East Coast Goes West
Connie & Ted's
There’s isn’t much Michael Cimarusti can’t do or hasn’t done with tentacles and pincers at his celebrated haute seafood restaurant Providence, so it was with sky high hopes and much ado that fans welcomed his newly opened casual clamhouse-style diner Connie & Ted’s in June.
Named for Cimarusti’s grandparents, and inspired by the chef’s childhood spent in Rhode Island, C&T’s is unsurprisingly a celebration of classic East Coast fare – but on the plate is where the throwback ends.
Crisp service and a cavernous, new-wave fitout more stylised aircraft hangar than old fashioned clamshack make for an ultra-modernised offering crowds are clam-ouring to experience for themselves.
Providence alum Sam Baxter reigns as Executive Chef, and his ‘simple dishes done well’ formula is unquestionably a winning one.
The raw bar features more than 16 varieties of oysters and clams; 3 kinds of Jo’s Wicked Good Chowda (New England, Manhattan and Rhode Island clear) can be sampled in one tasting dish; Nancy’s Peeky Toe Crab Cakes are fleshy, perfectly-fried masterpieces; and must-try chunky, fleshy Lobster Rolls come hot with drawn butter or cold with lashings of creamy mayonnaise.
A sizable craft beer and wine selection means the perfect accompaniment is at hand, but don’t miss the Laura Lindsay-designed cocktails, like the refreshing Sailor’s Delight of dry gin, strawberries, rhubarb, lemon, egg white and soda. Now, to get a reservation…