Central Greenwich

Central Greenwich is the Centerpiece of our Great Town. Greenwich Avenue the center of Central Greenwich is our  beautiful “Main” Street, running gently downhill toward Long Island Sound. Residents who live in Central Greenwich experience the fun of living in a bustling area with shops, restaurants, hospital, library, arts, parks, waterfront, cultural activities and much more only minutes away. Residents walking their dogs and tourists from all over the world love walking along the Avenue.

GOOD TIMES AND FABULOUS PARTIES

https://greenwichtownparty.org

Our Town’s very own all day amazing party for all ages held on the Roger Sherwin Baldwin Park on the waterfront. Famous bands, Greenwich musicians, food from local restaurants, bouncy castles and local non-profit groups make this a great day!

Greenwich Arts Council, 203.862.6750

www.greenwichartscouncil.org 

If you want to enjoy Greenwich Avenue at its best, do not miss a stroll down the Avenue on the opening night of this festival. The Greenwich Arts Council sponsors this event in early May. Over 150 artists and retailers take part.

www.greenwichconcours.com 

The Concours takes place in the Roger Sherman Baldwin Park the weekend after Memorial Day. This exciting event for all ages features an exhibit of outstanding motorcars from the last decade of the 19th century through the late 1970s. Car lovers in Greenwich have enjoyed this event for over 10 years. It is one of the most prestigious Concours events in the country, attracting over 10,000 spectators.

www.greenwichreindeerfestival.com/holiday-stroll.php 

Usually held the first weekend in December, this is a festive and fun way to visit the shops and take a horse drawn carriage ride on the Avenue.

Call the Chamber of Commerce, 203.869.3500. www.greenwichchamber.com   and www.ogmerchants.com 

Greenwich residents eagerly await summer sidewalk sales. Expect a good time with bargains galore. Don’t forget to go inside the stores; they are also full of incredible buys during these sales. Sidewalk sales are In mid-July (on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday) in Central Greenwich and in late June in Old Greenwich.

https://www.greenwichct.gov/493/Special-Events-Concerts

During July and August the Department of Parks and Recreation arranges free Sunday and Wednesday evening concerts. Visit the website for locations and times. They are held in Binney Park, Roger Sherman Baldwin Park and even on Island Beach.

Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, held in the fall

Run by Adopt-a-Dog, 914.273.1674, 203.629.9494 www.adoptadog.org

This show is a great place to show off your dog, learn about dogs, or adopt a new friend. Always a hit with children of all ages.

www.brucemuseum.org/events   

The Museum sponsors two fairs in Bruce Park every year. The mid-May Craft Fair and the Columbus Day Arts Festival have juried artists from around the country and draw visitors from all over the area.

Ticket office, 203.661.5957

https://www.greenwichct.gov/641/Ferry-Service

Imagine living in Central Greenwich and taking the ferry to one of Greenwich’s own islands! Some people make this their lunch time break. The ferry service from the Arch Street dock to Great Captain’s Island or Island Beach varies according to the tides and time of the year. Service begins in the middle of June and lasts until the middle of September.

CENTRAL GREENWICH PARKS

100 Arch Street

www.greenwichct.gov/facilities/facility/details/Roger-Sherman-Baldwin-Park-22

The park looks over Greenwich Harbor. A lovely place to sit and dream. Many special events are held here, such as concerts and the Town Party.

Bruce Park Drive and Indian Field Road, Greenwich CT, 203.622.7824

www.greenwichct.gov/facilities/facility/details/Bruce-Park-5 

Athletic fields, bowling green, fitness trail, picnic area, tennis courts and an exciting playground. Our kids always wanted to play here.

Greenwich Avenue (Between Town Hall & Board of Education Building)

If you shop until you drop, this is the place to drop, refresh and carry on. Walking paths, game tables and lots of manicured green space right in the heart of downtown. The Common is emblematic of the many public / private partnerships. The Dalios and Malkins donated $250,000, the Town paid $180,000 to update the Park.

THE SHOPS

Major stores want to have a presence in Greenwich. Stroll the Avenue and you will see the latest fashions, art and eyeware. Restoration Hardware has beautifully renovated the original post office and Saks has four separate stores. In this mix of national and international retailers are some of Greenwich’s own extraordinary stores. Be sure to visit:

239 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich, CT, 203.869.0124

www.betteridge.com

This third-generation family-owned business buys, sells, and collects fine jewelry. The shop specializes in fine timepieces, rare and exceptional stones, estate jewelry, and pearls. They also offer a broad collection of classic and contemporary jewelry and silver to suit a diverse clientele. They carry many renowned brands, such as Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels. They are totally trustworthy with excellent service and repair staff, as well as appraisal services.

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 9:30am – 5:30pm.

8A Grigg Street, Greenwich, CT, 203.869.1515, 203.900.8992

www.dianesbooks.com

This is a must-visit bookstore that features books for all ages. You will find a huge selection at this family-owned shop, including a wealth of children’s books, an excellent travel book section and, best of all, a knowledgeable, resourceful sales staff. You will enjoy their newsletter filled with book suggestions. Be sure to check the website for their calendar of author events.

Hours: Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm; in December, open Sunday 12pm-5pm.

39 Lewis Street, Greenwich, CT, 203.869.7600

www.splurgegifts.com

We love this gift shop and its owner, Sonia Malloy. The shop is filled with artisan crafts, jewelry, glassware. Select from a great variety of unique gifts, including gifts for hostess, teacher, bride and groom, and gourmet cooks. Sonia has recently added 1,000 square feet of space devoted to tweens. The clothing and accessories are a real hit with the youthful crowd. We always find the “just right” gift here. Good parking is available behind the store.

Hours: Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm.

145 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich, CT, 203.661.1803

www.VineyardVines.com

Greenwich residents are proud of this 5,000 square foot shop filled with colorful, informal, delightful clothing. Shep and Ian Murray of Greenwich began their company a few years ago by creating unique ties worn by presidents, celebrities, and many Greenwichites. You will love this shop.

Hours: Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm, (Thursday to 7pm), Sunday 11am – 5pm.

Greenwich Central Police and Fire Station

Right in the middle of Central Greenwich is a brand new $40 million Safety Center. Greenwich is continually rated as one of the safest towns in the U.S. Residents in Central Greenwich especially appreciate having Policemen directing traffic on Greenwich Avenue.

1 Museum Drive, Greenwich CT, 203.869.0376

www.BruceMuseum.org 

This year the Bruce attracted over 100,000 visitors to their exciting exhibitions, making the Bruce one of the most popular museums in Connecticut. The Bruce’s 40,000 sf expansion will transform this already very popular museum into a first class cultural destination.

50 East Putnam Avenue, Greenwich CT, 203.869.1630

www.YWCAGreenwich.org
www.greenwichymca.org

Programs galore for children and adults. The new Olympic size pool is especially fun for aquatic fitness, masters water polo, masters swimming programs.

www.greenwichlibrary.org

The Greenwich Library is a special treasure used by young and old alike. In a typical year the Library loans 675,000 customers an average of 4.5 books per minute. It is no wonder the library has been rated the best in the country. The library received a $25,000,000 bequest from Clementine Peterson. Based on this bequest and funds raised by the Friends of Greenwich Library, Architect Cesar Pelli designed the 31,000 square-foot addition as well as renovations to the original building. Use the website to check a book’s availability or call 203.622.7910 to reserve items, and ask to have your reserved materials sent to one of the branches. Membership in the library is free. There is no limit to the number of books you can check out. You can even use their machines to transfer your VHS tapes to DVDs.

2 Railroad Avenue, Greenwich CT, 203.869.4030

www.bowtiecinemas.com/plaza-3.htm 

Greenwich’s remaining commercial movie house. Use it or lose it. You can buy your tickets online, rather than standing in line. General Admission $13, Children (11 and under) $11, Seniors (62 & over) $11.

299 Greenwich Avenue, 203.862.6720

www.greenwichct.org/CommissionOnAging/caSeniorCenter.asp

Their motto is “Life: Be-In-It.” Their monthly calendar includes exercise, games, language classes, art, health forums, and much more, plus weekend trips and daily luncheons. The nutritious meal is $3.00. For Greenwich seniors 62 and older, there are a lot of activities going on! This is the place to take computer classes. Check out their calendar of events, newsletter and menus on their web site.

Hours: weekdays 9am – 4pm.

299 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich CT, 203.862.6750

www.greenwichartscouncil.org 

Established in 1973, the GAC provides year-round, high-quality arts programs, educational outreach programs and gallery exhibits. Housed in the landmark Greenwich Arts Center building, the GAC is home to The Bendheim Gallery, and offers affordable performance, meeting, exhibition and office space, art studios and a large dance studio. It is also home to the Choral Society, Symphony and the Greenwich Art Society, as well as the Alliance Francaise and Friendship Ambassadors Foundation (a United Nations-affiliated cultural organization). We highly recommend membership.

Bendheim Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday & Sunday Noon – 4pm.

5 Perryridge Road, Greenwich CT, 203.863.3000

Greenwich Hospital Emergency Room: 203.863.3637

www.greenhosp.org

Greenwich Hospital is a 160-bed, non-profit, community teaching hospital, affiliated with Yale-New Haven Hospital. Since 1996, the Hospital has been completely rebuilt and it is a model for health care. The cost of the entire project (including the Helmsley Building and the Watson Pavilion) was $220,000,000, of which $138,000,000 came from private community donations. The rooms have been carefully designed to make the patient feel comfortable. As a result, many feel it’s more like staying at a fine hotel than a hospital. Even the intensive care unit has woodland views and amazing amenities. Word is spreading fast that this is the most comfortable place to have your baby. Greenwich Hospital is ranked first in Connecticut in patient satisfaction and was named in the “Top 100 Most Wired Hospitals.”

The Greenwich Train Station

The station located at the end of Greenwich Avenue, makes commuting to NYC easy. Hop on one of Metro-North’s express trains and be in NYC before you have finished your Wall Street Journal.

GROCERIES AND NECESSITIES

There are several Groceries and Pharmacies in Central Greenwich. Our favorites are:

90 East Putnam Avenue, Greenwich CT,  203.661.0631

www.WholeFoods.com

This organic grocery store, now owned by Amazon, has an abundance of fruit, vegetables and cheese, plus a first-class deli. When you shop here, you are bound to meet your friends buying their Sunday bagels, fresh fish, vitamins, and other staples. In their Dish Area, you can get coffee and interesting juices, salads and pizza. The 48,000 sf Port Chester store is considerably larger than the Greenwich store. It has a large prepared foods area and seats 50.

Hours: Normal hours: 7am – 10pm every day.

116 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich CT, 203.661.2721

www.GreenwichRX.com

A local, independent, family pharmacy. They compete with big chains by offering lots of helpful personal service. Phone in your prescription and they will deliver it to your door. Why be just a number when you can deal with someone who knows and cares about you?

Hours: Monday-Saturday 9am – 7pm, Sunday 9am-5pm.

CLUBS

(Dining, Golf, Swimming, Paddle Tennis, Tennis)

61 Woodside Drive, Greenwich CT, 203.869.4540

www.milbrookclub.com 

(Dining and Boating Facilities including Mooring/Docking)

710 Steamboat Road, Greenwich CT, 203.869.2484

www.indianharboryc.com 

(Dining, Boating, Tennis, Swimming)

100 Harbor Drive, Greenwich CT, 203.861.5353

www.bellehavenclub.com 

(Club House, Mooring/Docking and Picnic Areas)

Grass Island, Greenwich CT, 203.622.9558

PO Box 40 Greenwich CT 06830

www.gbyc.org
http://gbyc.wildapricot.org 

Membership is open to all interested residents of the town.

Arch Street Teen Center

100 Arch Street, Greenwich CT, 203.629.5744

www.ArchStreet.org

Founded in 1993, Arch Street (also known as the Greenwich Teen Center, Inc.) is a refurbished warehouse right on the harbor. Whether at the dance floor and bandstand or the upstairs snack shop with booths, Arch Street provides teens with the opportunity to be together in a healthy environment. Arch Street is more than just a place to hang out; the Center provides everything from college application advice and counseling help, to opportunities for teens to participate in community service projects or to learn leadership skills. Although there is an adult board, the teens run Arch Street through the teen board. This board has sixty members, from 9th to 12th grades, and has representatives from private and public schools. Arch Street is open to Greenwich students from 7th through 12th grade.

Blocks of beautiful single family, townhouses and condos surround Central  Greenwich.

Drive along Milbank, Bruce Park, Field Point Road, or take a peak in the Meadgate condo complex.Popular Streets for Trick- or- Treating on Halloween: Perryridge and Maher Ave.

Special Neighborhoods

Millbrook
Belle Haven
Indian Harbor
Mead Point
Rock Ridge

PUBLIC SCHOOL

Julian Curtiss Elementary School

180 East Elm Street, Greenwich CT, 203.869.1896

http://www.greenwichschools.org/jcs   

60 countries, 30 languages, one great school!

Julian Curtiss School (JCS) offers world language instruction in grades K-5 in either Spanish or French and has been described as “the little United Nations Schools of Greenwich” in the New York Times.Building on the strength of this international foundation, JCS provides a rigorous academic curriculum, a partnership with Teachers College Columbia University, and a strong social-emotional learning framework in a personalized learning environment.

SUPERB PRIVATE SCHOOLS

Greenwich Academy
Brunswick

RESTAURANTS

Greenwich Avenue is mecca for foodies. Some of the ones you might want to try first:

500 Steamboat Road, Greenwich CT, 203.661.4600

www.lescalerestaurant.com

L’Escale, French for “port of call,” evokes good memories of dining along the French Riviera. What better style restaurant could be on our Greenwich waterfront! In the summer, the terrace is the perfect spot to dine. This bright, airy restaurant has nicely-spaced tables and attentive service allowing diners to have good conversations and a good time. Whether you are in the mood for a Salade Nicoise or one of their many seafood entrees, you will enjoy it. Be sure to try one of pastry chef Wendy Laurent’s creations. Everyone loves the convenience of the valet parking.

Prices: Breakfast $12 – $18; Brunch entrees $14 – $23; Lunch, $18 – $29, sandwiches $14 – $16; Dinner entrees $24 – $49; wine by the glass $12 – $22

Size: seats 100 inside; terrace seats 40.

362 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich CT, 203.629.6153

www.melimelogreenwich.com

A popular, always-crowded restaurant with French casual foods such as the yummy croque monsieur. They have over 20 soups (our favorite is the onion soup) and a large variety of sweet and savory crepes. They also have an amazing selection of fresh-squeezed juices. The fruit sorbets are excellent as are their pastries. Chef Marc Penvenne and Evelyne have a knack for keeping this a happy Greenwich favorite. The breakfast menu features delicious omelets. Rosanna and Clifford rave about it. This is where Holly met Tod.

Hours: Breakfast, Monday – Friday 7am – 11am, Saturday & Sunday 8am – 12pm; Full course menu, Monday – Friday 7am – 10pm, Saturday & Sunday 8am – 10pm. No reservations. Open 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Prices: Crepes & sandwiches $10 – $18, salads $6 – $14,  dessert crepes $3 – $11.

Size: seats 60. (French Restaurant, Bakery, Sorbet, Juice Bar)

Hours: Breakfast, Monday – Friday 7am – 11am, Saturday & Sunday 8am – 12pm; Full course menu, Monday – Friday 7am – 10pm, Saturday & Sunday 8am – 10pm. No reservations. Open 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Prices: Crepes & sandwiches $10 – $18, salads $6 – $14,  dessert crepes $3 – $11.

Size: seats 60.

366 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich CT, 203.629.4747

www.mediterraneoofgreenwich.com

Lively, bustling, welcoming, attractively-decorated in a nautical theme. Lots of people order their pizzas, but the kitchen turns out really good seafood dishes. The lunch and dinner entrees are not the same. For dinner, we like the yellowfin crudo followed by the parmesan crusted halibut. The terrace provides an interesting perspective on life along Greenwich Avenue and also allows you to have a conversation. Inside, the tables in the back are a little quieter. Don’t expect a quick lunch. Popular Terra has the same ownership. Z hospitality group also owns East End at the bottom of the Avenue.

Hours: Their hours keep changing but as of now: Lunch everyday 11:30am – 4pm, Dinner every day 4pm – 10pm. It is always wise to reserve at this long term popular restaurant.

Prices: Lunch, pizza $17 – $21, entrees $21 – $34, Monday – Friday, Prixe Fixe menus 2-course $21 & 3-course $25; Dinner, pizza  $17 – $21, entrees $21 – $44; wine by the glass $10 – $20.

Size: seats 40 in the front and about 30 in the back; a few tables seating about 16 on the outside terrace in the summer.

11 West Elm Street, Greenwich CT, 203.629.5795

www.elmstreetoysterhouse.com

Their raw bar and chowders are hard to beat. You will like the creative recipes and yummy desserts. Try their wasabi sesame-crusted tuna or the lobster paella. The pan fried oysters are top-rate for an appetizer. We also like the salmon/avocado sandwich and hot lobster roll. This is a small, bright, lively restaurant with good service.

Hours: Open continuously, Monday – Thursday 11:30am – 10pm, Friday & Saturday 11:30am – 11pm, Sunday 11:30am – 9pm (Sunday brunch 11:30am – 3pm)

Prices: Same menu lunch & dinner, entrees $27 – $42; sandwiches $16 – $21; wine by the glass $10 – $16.

Size: seats 42.

HOTELS

500 Steamboat Road, Greenwich CT, 203.661.9800

www.thedelamar.com

An 82-room Mediterranean-style luxury hotel with wonderful harbor views, just minutes from the Greenwich train station and Greenwich Avenue. Yachts can safely dock at their 600-foot private dock. This is a pet-friendly hotel. High-speed internet is available.

Rates: $400 to $900, rates vary with the day and season.

420 Field Point Road, Greenwich CT, 203.869.7500

www.homesteadinn.com

Exceptionally attractive country inn, with 22 lovely rooms/suites and superb food in the Thomas Henkelmann Restaurant. A great choice for formal dining.

Rates: $350 – $495.

76 North Maple Avenue, Greenwich CT, 203.869.2110

http://www.stantonhouseinn.com

Located in Central Greenwich, within walking distance of the shops and restaurants, this turn-of-the-century home, converted into a 24-room bed-and-breakfast with a swimming pool, is a welcoming first stop for many new residents. No restaurant, but breakfast is served daily.

Rates:  Rooms & Suites $189 – $318.