Had a fine birthday dinner at this recently-opened marina restaurant, and want to pass on my recommendation. I'm not sure if this Boom is related to the Boom that has been in Stonington for several years, but even if not, it supports my theory that the BEST restaurants in any region can be found in marinas!
Located in Brewer's yard, you reach Boom by driving a winding drive through this huge marina. You'll pass hundreds of pleasure boats - admire & window-shop! The restuarant is situated right at the water's edge a bit upstream from LI Sound. About two-thirds of the tables are indoors, with the other (generous) third on a wide, beautifully lit, covered outdoor deck.
The bartender mixed us some very tangy, lime-y, bright-tasting margaritas -- among the best 'ritas I've ever had, actually. Baskets of crusty round-loaf bread came out, accompanied by a tasty olive oil mixed with cilantro, kosher salt, and roasted garlic. They replaced this when we plowed through it without us having to ask. We shared red-onion rings as an app -- sweet onions fried perfectly brown and crispy, batter-free. They came with a horseradish cream sauce. One plate allowed for 6 people to nosh happily without filling up too much.
The entree list isn't overwhelmingly long, but everyone in our party of 6 found something calling their name. A few well-chosen seafoods, nicely prepared; a few pastas, one vegetarian; a vegetable strudel; a steak, a pork dish, and a couple of chicken dishes offered enough variety in preparations and accompaniments that no one was disappointed. In fact, it was difficult to choose just one. Lots of fresh vegetables, Italian-inspired flavors. Presentation was strikingly pretty.
The atmosphere is marina-casual, laid back and relaxed but not sloppy. Diners were there to have a good time, enjoy a perfect summer's evening, linger over a glass of wine. Our waiter was friendly, funny, and efficient. Tables were nicely appointed with quality linen and china - great contrast to the casualness of the canvas deck chairs and general atmosphere. I noticed a woodburning fireplace in the indoor section...I'm hoping that means Boom will be open for winter getaway meals, as well.
Prices: Copious wine list offered choices from $18-$60, many in the $20-$30 range. Entrees started at $15.50 with specials ranging up to $22. Apps were anywhere from $4.50-$9.50. We skipped dessert in favor of homemade birthday cake at home.
Reservations seem like a very good idea....the parking lot was jammed and not one table empty on the Friday night we ate, around 8 pm.
Just wanted to pass on an idea of what the place was like, for anyone who's interested in trying it. I'll be back.
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