Looking for a restaurant recommendation in Hartford (first visit).
I'd like to find someplace for a weekend dinner to catch up with a friend we haven't seen in a while... someplace "casual" insofar as you can linger for a long time, and cocktail it up, and the room will have a little energy and buzz. But "upscale" in terms of good/interesting food and drink offerings. We're late thirties/forty-ish and budget isn't a consideration.
Perhaps something along the lines of Eastern Standard in Boston or a bit-more-happening-ish Cotton (Manchester)?