An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
Oct 28, 2013
08:56 AMThe Connecticut Table
CHAR Opens in Greenwich With a Menu Built to Please
Westchesterites and Nutmeggers...CHAR in Byram (a section of Greenwich) is open!
In the crazy scene that was this year’s Culinary Village at The Greenwich Wine+Food Festival there were a few major culinary stand outs…and one was a Grilled Octopus with Garlic Confit prepared by CHAR. From that single bite I knew that a visit to this Greenwich newcomer was required.
Situated along the river in Byram on the NY border, CHAR is owned by experienced GM, Jimmy Rucova, and his two brothers who also run Dolphin and Cafe Hudson, both in Yonkers. CHAR has a warm, but "cool" interior, with multiple dining spaces all outfitted with beautiful reclaimed wood. The wall coverings are former floor joists from old buildings in Brooklyn and the flooring is water-logged white oak from Alabama. A stone fireplace provides the focal point in the main dining room and antique brass fixtures dot the faux-tin ceiling to provide a casually hip environment.
But the food is the real news at CHAR.
Chef David Snyder’s menu draws from Mediterranean, Italian and Asian influences and offers a wide variety for both seafood and meat lovers. He keeps the dishes simple but creative while complementing the presentation with sides and sauces that support and balance the main ingredients. Chef David is passionate about keeping his menu seasonal, full of character and integrity driven, and he informed us that a new fall menu will be unveiled October 30th.