I'm trying to decide on a place for a special anniversary dinner on Thursday night. Right now I'm leaning toward Blue Hill at Stone Barns because I've been to their Village location and know that it is excellent. However, after searching around this board, I'm also intrigued by X20 and the School House at Cannondale. I'm in Norwalk, so SHC would be the most convenient for me, but this is the first I've heard of it.
Factors going in to the decision: First and foremost, excellent food, of course. Romantic, pleasant setting. I'd love to get a good, three-course meal and a bottle of wine for under $200, but if it's worth it, I can pay a little more. I eat fish, but I do not eat poultry or other meats, and my boyfriend eats everything, so I do want there to be at least one fish main dish.
And finally, I want to make a reservation for 9 or 8:30 at the earliest. So it needs to be a place that won't rush us out, if it starts to get a little late.
Those are the three restaurants that I'm deciding between, but I'm open to other suggestions. It just has to be within an hour's drive (and preferably closer to 45 min.) from Norwalk, CT.