Fall menus are built from comfort.
Apples, gourds, and other autumn harvests are annually intertwined into the menus at New England’s top dining establishments, creating both adventurous dishes, as well as those you’ve grown accustomed to enjoying by the time the calendar shifts and the cool winds start to blow.
Here are six of our favorite restaurants — one from each state in New England — where you can find food and atmosphere enhanced by the season.
The Shipwright’s Daughter, Mystic, Conn. — Executive chef David Standridge celebrates New England food heritage at this downtown gem, recently named one of the 50 best restaurants in the United States by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. The Shipwright’s Daughter’s menu changes daily, reflecting the unique character of coastal Connecticut. Come fall, that will mean an eclectic harvest menu. Among some of the mainstays are roasted oysters, steak tartare toast, and a selection of pastas. Happy hour (Mon.-Fri., 4-6 p.m., 3-5 p.m. weekends) means half-priced oysters. — 20 East Main St., shipwrightsdaughter.com