Michelin-Starred Chef To Open First CT Restaurant In Greenwich

A Michelin-starred chef who owns multiple popular restaurants in the region will soon debut his first Connecticut eatery in Fairfield County. 

Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten

Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten

Photo Credit: Jean-Georges Management

Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, of Inn at Pound Ridge fame, will open Happy Monkey in Greenwich in late spring, according to representatives.

The restaurant will be located at 376 Greenwich Ave. and will offer Latin-inspired cuisine, including small and large plates, crudos, salads, tacos, and more.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of Greenwich’s vibrant culinary scene, and have long eyed Connecticut as a prospective location,” Vongerichten said in the announcement. “We’ve created something new and exciting that builds on our commitment to whole food and inventive fare yet offers the same level of tailored service you can expect at our restaurants. 

"From a sophisticated evening out to a relaxed family dinner, Happy Monkey’s elevated yet approachable feel makes it a go-to destination for any occasion.”

Representatives said the restaurant will feature favorites from ABC Cocina, one of Vongerichten's New York City restaurants, and new dishes, such as shrimp tacos topped with spicy peanut slaw and whole roasted cauliflower.

The dessert menu is set to include cocoa tres leches cake, strawberry mango crisp with macadamia coconut streusel, and popsicles.

The restaurant is also set to offer sangria, beer, and hand-crafted cocktails, representatives said. 

Vongerichten will work with Executive Chef Ron Gallo, who also recently worked as executive chef at the Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-Georges in Westchester County. 

The restaurant will be open for dinner service on Wednesdays through Sundays, with plans to expand to offer brunch and lunch service in the summer, according to the announcement.

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