The Cottage

4.7
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899 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
THE COTTAGE, is a warm and welcoming new restaurant by Chef Brian Lewis, which embraces the local community and is greatly influenced by the artisan farmers and growers in our region. Chef Brian's creative take on American cooking offers an exciting menu of hand-crafted dishes, inspired by techniques and cultures from various regions around the globe. Our food, wine and signature cocktails are paired with gracious hospitality in a warm and cozy setting. We are deeply rooted in seasonality, focused on sourcing exceptional ingredients and creating a memorable experience for our guests.
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.7
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.2
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BK
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Every meal I've ever had here has been nothing short of excellent — especially love how they prepare vegetables and seafood.

i
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The cottage was great. The food was really tasty. We had the foie gras, deviled eggs, chestnut soup and we shared the prime rib. They were all very good and the prime rib came out perfectly. We had a great waiter, he suggested a wine for a pairing with the prime rib (Nebbiolo) which was perfect! We'll be back :)

S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Food was delicious,however, the entree was petit and probably a luncheon size!

a
New York Area
98 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

always the best of the best

DD
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our 3rd visit in two years. (We live about 1/2 hour away from the restaurant.) The food was again delicious. Our server, who was lovely, professional and helpful, warned us that we were over ordering, which we decided to do anyway. The foie gras was great as was the tuna tataki. My husband loved the deviled eggs and I thought the do-it-yourself steamed pork bun was terrific. The one dish which was only good, not fabulous, was the pasta with truffles - too rich and it could have used more flavor. The chocolate and peanut butter sundae was really good and weirdly addictive. Looking around, all of the tables that ordered it finished every last bit in the bowl. We did end up bringing our last dish, a hamburger, home as leftovers. We warmed it (and the fries) the next night. It was truly one of the best hamburgers my husband and I have ever had. I can’t wait to go back to the Cottage again!

D
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love the way The Cottage innovates, rather than serving the same old combinations and dishes. All the ingredients seem to be extra fresh and of good quality. Tables are very close, but the ambience is friendly, Service is always accommodating and pleasant. There are two rooms to the restaurant; one contains a long bar, which is where the seat people when they are crowded. They're usually crowded, so I recommend reservations. And, BTW, their portions are large. And their coffee is great.

d
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Full house Saturday night before Christmas. Another return visit and the food is consistently excellent and the service top-notch. The restaurant really has its act together and everyone there knows what to do and how to do it. Never felt rushed or ignored.

Appetizers were perfect: Deviled eggs and Wagyu brisket steamed buns. Mains were salmon (among the two or three best we’ve had) and the lobster spaghetti. Both were outstanding.

A top 3 restaurant in Connecticut.

W
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Consistently outstanding food and service. Worth a special trip. But get there early or late if you want to have a conversation.

m
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Excellent food, great service! Wines by the glass are expensive. I was expecting there to be more than 3 sips in my glass! I will definitely be coming back!

RE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Love this restaurant. Food is always wonderful. A bit noisy but will return due to excellent food and service.

OT
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an incredible experience!

OT
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional food and service. Cottage never disappoints. Everyone involved in this restaurant is a pro. Highly recommend!

B
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

We had an early dinner so not much going on when we arrived. The staff was friendly and engaging and we tried several appetizers- all excellent. Limited menu but found several great selections from with to choose. Really fresh and well prepared A+.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Great food experience - portions were a little unbalances so my partner got a little food and I got a lot. Drinks were a little sweet for my taste. Service

SR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience2

I get ambience...no really I do! But not being able to read a menu, except by the light on your phone, is absurd. The food at best...mediocre. No salads, no chicken dish, no specials. The portions are silly small. The waitress: no humor, no energy, no interest. Bluntly, the four of us were in and out in 76 minutes and even that was too long.

p
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

You won't find food that is more inventive AND delicious. The agniolloti was amazing.

F
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We went to the Cottage for my parents wedding anniversary- the staff was very welcoming and kind. We got free champagne! The menu does not have too much variety but I would still recommend going here.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a special place. Always must get the squash & sage pasta. Out of this world.

c
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We were there for brunch. The service was excellent: friendly and attentive to just the right degree. We both had the lobster eggs Benedict. It was delicious, with a sauce slightly different from classic hollandaise, and better. When our plates arrived, we both found that the eggs were over-cooked. Our server did not have to be asked to return them to the kitchen for new eggs. They were perfect on the second try. My husband loved his blueberry pisco cocktail. As a wine geek, the wine by the glass selection weighs heavily in my opinion of any restaurant. The Cottage did not disappoint on that score. Their selection is comprehensive and very well chosen, IMO.
I look forward to returning to further explore the menu, including the wine by the bottle list.

PS
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

This was the first time I was at “The Cottage” for Sunday Brunch (my dinner experience at the place has been very good). For appetizers, three of us shared “Deviled Egg” and “Cottage Bakery Board”. Both were quite good. Among the ‘Mains’, the quality of “Cottage Burger” was very good and it was good - sized. “Chocolate Pudding” dessert was very tasty. Good cappuccino. Overall, very good food and good value in a friendly, informal atmosphere.

s
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service is always thorough and friendly. The halibut with the curry seasoning was amazing. In addition, the peanut butter sundae was delicious

DO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I would definitely recommend The Cottage to a friend! I loved that the wait staff all wore plaid flannel shirts in muted fall colors - what a clever idea! Also, The Cottage uses old-fashioned thin and very soft dish towels for napkins - very cool! But most importantly, the vegetarian options were excellent. And our waitress offered to have some dinner options prepared without meat. The wait staff checked on us - just enough, so we were never left without drinks! The food was prepared with some very delicate flavors. I really had an excellent dining experience.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

All I can say is Awesome!!

NB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was exquisite! Wait staff gave us good reccos. The Foie Gras was Outstanding
- what a glorious mix of textures and tastes! Everyone was happy with their choices. Only downside is the tininess of the space and how youre always being bumped and jostled. But still worth it for sure

MH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Overpriced , mediocre service no idea what the fuss about this place is for?

MA
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Had high hopes, but walked away feeling disappointed with the menu, food and value for money. Sorry.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience. Staff was great , food was spot on. Over all wonderful experience. Looking forward to going back!

DR
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

always an enjoyable experience at the cottage. great food and service. best restaurant around the area.
we enjoy going there with friends to have them experience it as well.

W
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our ultimate favorite restaurant for miles around!

LS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

It was a special dinner for my husband’s birthday. The food was outstanding and the service was excellent. Highly recommended for a special occasion with family and friends.

NP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Appetizer was amazing. Entree was underwhelming and couldn’t eat it. Felt ill afterwards. Waiter seemed overstretched. Too noisy for me.

OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a delight!

GB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Really great. Noisy and expensive, but we will be back.

KS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Between the speedy service, friendly staff, and delicious food I highly recommend The Cottage! We sat at the Chef's Counter which was a fun experience seeing all the beautiful plates come out of the kitchen. I appreciated how relaxed and friendly the staff was despite how packed the restaurant was. It was awesome to see how seamless their service was. Each bite was uniquely decadent - I'd love to come back to try more!

n
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Thank you for our special table in back.
Think staff were stretched. Service very slow (yet friendly )but everything else great.
Definitely going back

SC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful meal!

GB
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First visit. Food and service were excellent. Cozy restaurant. Staff was very attentive and pleasant. Definitely will be back!

JW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and great service. Love the Cottage.

e
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just wonderful food. The attention to the product and the preparation and knowledgeable staff makes this a great experience. We absolutely fell in love with the Cottage. Drew was our server, and could not have done more to make us welcome.

A
Birmingham
11 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Wonderful food; creative and delicious. Drinks were excellent as well. Only negative was the dessert. Preferring fruit to chocolate, we ordered the huckleberry tart. It was tasteless. I don't like things too sweet. This was so UN-sweet that I felt that I needed something more when finished. When I got home, I had some ice cream!
We shall return. My husband's choices were the pate and the pork belly. Mine were the crab toast and halibut. I wish there were more veggies on the side of the halibut but all was delicious. Our server was very good as well.

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