Eating at the bar is a strange experience. You might do it if you are
grabbing a quick bite on your own, in from out of town and flying solo,
or in a group when all the tables are full. Guys often do it when they
are out together so they can watch TV and not have to look at each
other. If you're going to dine barside, the place to do it is at Match.
Chef and co-owner Matt Storch said of his SoNo outpost, “We have two
bars, with two completely different atmospheres and you can get the full
menu at both — which is rare.” The front bar is more polished and
upscale — a place to see and be seen, with flat-screen televisions and a
lively atmosphere. The back bar cozies up to the restaurant's
wood-burning stove and open-air kitchen. It's more intimate and allows
diners to watch much of the food being prepared. Choose this bar for a
first date — if the conversation's dull, you can always just watch the
chefs put on a show.
Winner of Best Place to Eat at the Bar in the Fairfield County Advocate's Best Of Readers' Poll 2012.