A Lot of Pride in Riverside

Riverside – one of the neighborhoods of Greenwich has a very special mystique. Residents speak lovingly of growing up in this suburban community, new residents join in quickly and glow with pride…

A Sailor’s Delight

Riverside is bordered on three sides by water – the Mianus River, the Cos Cob Harbor and the Long Island Sound. Its easy to understand why residents who love fishing and boating and simply looking out at the Sea, choose this neighborhood.

Go Riverside Gators!

Hear the cheers, watch a game, and you will feel the pride of Riverside. The Greenwich Youth Football League is for children 8-13. Everyone has fun!

Easy Commute to NYC

The neighborhood is served by the Riverside train station on the Metro-North line—Commuters from NYC hop off in Riverside and minutes later are at home! Riverside is exit 5 off I-95.

Join a Garden Club

The Riverside Garden Club, a member of the National Council of State Garden Clubs, heartily welcomes new members. Members have a wonderful time as they work on horticultural education and projects to enhance the beauty of Greenwich.

St. Paul’s Day School

200 Riverside Avenue, Riverside CT, 203.637.3503

http://www.stpaulsriverside.org 

Children, ages 2 – 5. Non-sectarian, with enrichment program for older children. Summer camp program for ages 3 – 6.

Riverside Elementary School and Eastern Middle School

Riverside Elementary School at 90 Hendrie Avenue in Riverside looks like a small ivy league college. Read the Riverside School handbook, www.greenwichschools.org and you will see how proud they are of their students’ excellence in their academic achievement and in their character development. Eastern Middle, 51 Hendrie Avenue in Riverside, is a great middle school preparing students for the high school and for life. Students often make life long friends.

What kind of Homes are in Riverside?

Take a drive down Riverside Avenue. You can see beautiful homes of all styles and sizes – 1900 Victorians, farm houses and newly constructed colonials. Homes along Riverside Avenue range from about  $1,000,000 – $3,000,000+.

In Riverside’s gated waterfront communities homes sell for $4,000,000 and up.

The Riverside Yacht Club

A private club located at 102 Club Road has spectacular views of the water. It has dining, swimming, beach, tennis and boating. Membership requires a proposer and several sponsors. Once a resident, you are bound to meet members and being a resident of Riverside is helpful.

Nearby Town Beach (Greenwich Point/ Tod’s Point)

Entrance at the south end of Shore Road in Old Greenwich. This 147-acre beach, with two concession stands, has jogging, hiking and biking trails, lots of picnic facilities and windsurfing. Dogs on a leash are normally allowed in the winter.

Tennis Courts

Eastern Middle School has 4 courts available to the public when school is not in session.

The Greenwich Newcomers Club

Even before you have unpacked your boxes, you will want to join in the fun of the Newcomers Club, formerly known as the Old Greenwich Riverside Club. Over 280 members are taking part in morning coffees and evening socials. Even new arrivals show a lot of pride in Riverside! www.greenwichnewcomers.org 

Riverside Neighborhood Association

https://www.riversideassociation.org/

Their mission is to promote the interests and welfare of the residents and property owners of the Riverside Community. Joining your neighborhood association is great way to meet neighbors and keep up with the latest news.

RIVERSIDE SHOPPING

Some of the many shopping and dining options in Riverside:

1245 East Putnam Avenue

in this center you will find, DeMare Pastry, Starbucks, Acme Grocery, CVS (24 hour), wine, Chopped, Verison, and Post Office (Riverside has its own zip code: 06878).

112 Riverside Avenue (corner of Chapel Lane), Riverside CT, 203.637.1956

www.adaskitchenandcoffee.com 

A place of tradition. Since 1950 kids love stopping here for candy. It is still owned by the Cantavero family. Chef Mike Pietrafeso, Serendipity’s “Most Innovative Chef”,  has transformed it into a first rate sandwich, salad and coffee shop. Of course, they still have Ada’s candy. Greenwich natives Mike and Krista Pietrafeso have a larger sit-down restaurant, The Roost, in Darien, 203.309.5549. http://roostdarien.com 

Hours: Monday – Friday 6:30am – 5pm, Saturday 8am – 4pm, Sunday 8am – 2pm.

Size: No seats, everything is to go.

1075 East Putnam Avenue, Riverside CT, 203.698.1066

www.AuxDelicesFoods.com 

Provencal-style food with an American twist prepared under the direction of talented Chef Debra Ponzek. Delicious gourmet take-away food. They have a weekday home delivery service and will deliver your order even when you are not home, packaged to keep the food at the proper temperature.

Riverside Hours:  Monday – Saturday 7am – 7pm, Sunday 7am – 5pm

Seating: They have have a few tables (grab one for a quick breakfast or late lunch).

Delivery: Yes

1050 East Putnam Avenue, Riverside CT, 203.637.7600

www.Balduccis.com

A sophisticated gourmet deli and country shop for fruits, vegetables and unique foods. It is owned by King’s Grocery. Balducci’s carries imported and American cheeses and a nice selection of flavorful soups. Their wine store carries a large selection of American and international wines. They have a delivery service “instacart”. Order groceries and get them in as little as one hour or when you want them.

Hours: Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm.

1233 East Putnam Avenue, Riverside CT, 203.637.0078

www.Chipotle.com

Chipotle has over 1,200 locations. All are company owned. They take pride in serving organic ingredients. Their menu is burritos, burrito bowls, tacos, and salads, with many choices in each category. The surroundings are sleek and modern, much like an upscale cafeteria. Definitely kid friendly. We like it.

Hours: Open everyday 10:45am – 10pm.

Size: Riverside seats 32 at tables, 20 on stools.

1271 East Putnam Avenue, Riverside CT, 203.409.5811

www.choptsalad.com

Greenwich residents love their salads and this is a popular place. The “Mexicali Vegan”, “Santa Fe” and “Chicken Tinga” are popular salads. Our favorites are the “Kebab Cobb” and the “Spicy Cashew Soba Noodles”.

Hours: Open every day 10:30am – 9:30pm

Prices: salads and sandwiches $8 – $11

Size: seats 50.

1212 East Putnam Avenue, Riverside CT, 203.698.2107

http://fuji-mart-greenwich.sites.tablehero.com

An authentic Japanese grocery, very well-stocked with most everything you will need, all in a very small space. A nice selection of fresh ingredients plus frozen foods and sushi. Buy a bag of frozen gyoza.

Hours: Monday – Saturday 9:30am – 6:30pm (Monday 6pm), Sunday 10am – 6:30pm.

1072 East Putnam Avenue, Riverside CT, 203.637.1000

www.greenwichpizzeria.com

The former manager of Re Napoli in Old Greenwich, Jon Marleku, opened his own pizza place serving his specialties of thin crust pizzas and homemade pastas. They have everything from size small 13” pies up to 23” XL pies.  Our favorite is the Pizza E Fichi. We predict this will be the winner of our next pizza contest.

Hours: Sunday – Thursday 1pm – 10pm, Friday & Saturday 11am – 11pm.

Size: Presently they have seats for 2 but plan to expand to seat 12. Right now they are mainly takeout or delivery. 

1239 East Putnam Avenue, Riverside, CT, 203.344.9402

www.LacrosseUnlimited.com

This is one of 44 stores that sells equipment, clothes, team uniforms, and custom apparel. They are also a good source for sports camps.

Hours: Monday – Friday 10am – 8pm, Saturday 9am – 7pm, Sunday 10am – 6pm

1247 East Putnam Avenue (Riverside Shop Cntr), Riverside CT, 203.698.7779

www.pomodoroRiverside.com

Friendly, casual, family dining since 2003. A popular spot with youngsters. If there were a contest for the largest portions, this small, charmingly-decorated restaurant might win. On their large menu, pizzas are popular, but they also have sandwiches, burgers, paninis, pastas and wraps. We like their Greenwich Salad and Chicken Francese. They sell sauces by the pint.

The Riverside School of Music is located next to Atelier Constantin Popescu’s String Instruments at 401 East Putnam Avenue (203.661-9501).

1309 East Putnam Avenue, Riverside CT, 203.637.1155

www.valbellaRestaurants.com/connecticut

Excellent Italian food in a dressy decor. One of the top retaurants in Greenwich. Everyone gets good service, just like the celebrities who dine here frequently. There is something wonderful on the menu for everyone. Top off your meal with a napoleon or chocolate souffle by their outstanding pastry chef Raphael Dequeker, one of the world’s top pastry chefs. They have a spectacular wine cellar with 850 wines to choose from. A town favorite for special occasions. Reservations required. Valet Parking.

Hours: Lunch, Monday – Friday 12pm – 3pm; Dinner, Monday – Thursday 3pm – 10pm, Friday 3pm – 11pm, Saturday 5pm – 11pm. Closed Sunday.

Prices: Lunch, entrees $22 – $42, Dinner, entrees $29 – $55; wine by the glass $15 – $18.

Size: seats 120.

1074 East Putnam Avenue, Riverside CT, 203.698.0800/0808

www.yangtzeriversidect.com 

This friendly take-out place has fed Greenwich residents for years. This is one of the few places you can order decent Peking Duck without advance notice.

Hours: Open every day 11am – 10pm, lunch specials served until 3pm.

Size: Takeout only, Free delivery for orders over $20.