Back 40 Kitchen

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308 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Organic
Organic | Seasonal | Chef-Inspired

Back 40 Kitchen is a small, hidden restaurant located in the heart of Greenwich, CT.
We serve an entirely organic menu including wines and spirits. Our cuisine showcases
Chef Ian Vest’s passion for great food in a comfortable environment where we hope guests feel at home. Our menu changes frequently with the seasons and our team strives to impress at every opportunity.

We happily cater to allergies and dietary restrictions, including gluten-free and vegan, and are always willing to cook off the menu. For a full experience, we strongly urge guests participate in the chef's tasting menu, which is customized to each guest's preferences upon arrival.

If the reservation you are looking for is unavailable online, please contact the restaurant directly at 203-992-1800.

Special Offers

Wine(d) Down Wednesday

Enjoy 50% off all bottles of wine $85 and under every Wednesday night!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 21 March 2019

Ends: 22 March 2118

Availability: Wed 17:00-21:00

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New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All the employees at Back40Kitchen are friendly and welcoming. It is a pleasure eating at this establishment.

CC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it loved it loved it! We met the chef and will happily be back for dinner to dinner enjoy their tasting menu :)

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amongst best three restaurants I have been to, globally. At a fraction of the price. Outstanding and consistent. A gem.

DD
New England
14 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Met friends at this restaurant in Greenwich, as it was a good meeting spot...we came from Jersey and they came from upper Ct. area...one and 1/2 hr. Drive for both couples, but...food was delicious! Service and hosts very nice and did not rush us, even with a lot of people waiting. Entrance through office space is a little strange, but restaurant itself, while noisy, was very nice. Expensive meal, but again, well done and a good time! Thanks!

l
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is fabulous - fresh, expertly prepared, beautifully presented.

DH
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been there several times and it never fails to please. The menu is full of fresh, often organic options. Among our favourite regular spots

LK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It is wonderful to find restaurants that care about and offer organic, pastured and grass fed food.

P
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner at Back 40. The menu was inventive and diverse. The food was very well prepared and exceptionally fresh. The wine list, although perhaps a bit pricey, was excellent. Service was attentive and particularly helpful to a member of our party who has limited mobility. I highly recommend Back 40.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I really wanted to love this place and completely appreciate what they are trying to do here with locally sourced produce, but as others have mentioned, execution could do with a tiny bit of improvement to take it to the next level. Two of our party had the burgers, which were totally fine but yes, the buns were charred in places. Same with the bread that the veggie burger came in. The veggie burger overall could use a few tweaks to make it a better dish. The patty itself (white bean and herb) is fine, maybe needs a little more herbs and seasoning. Patty is interesting texturally as it was quite crunchy. However, this doesn't work with the crunchy topping (not sure what it was) and the toasted slices of sourdough style bread that it was housed within. It needs a wetter sauce/condiment (maybe a vegan aoli or smooth green goddess sauce) and the bread needs to be changed to a softer, brioche style bun. The sliced bread doesn't even work mechanically let alone the dryness, because it is impossible to eat a round burger within an oblong piece of bread successfully. Husband had the falafel bowl which was quite good, nice tahini sauce and falafel appeared fresh although the quinoa was plain and unseasoned/undressed which again would be a simple fix and make the dish 100% yummier. Overall, service was good, ambiance was nice/relaxed, and the coffee was good. Small tweaks and a bit more thought around the food and this place would be on my repeat list!

IA
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

great food, but very slow service

had to wait an hour for appetizers, and nearly the same again for the main course.

food was amazing when it finally arrived

JT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We tried their $75 tasting menu. Wonderful. Fresh ingredients and chef’s imagination at display. We enjoyed everything from the starters to our desserts. Highly recommend.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Out of this world.

l
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great fresh food. We certainly plan to come back

s
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Remarkable food in a casual setting. We did not know about this Greenwich gem and cannot wait to return even from Manhattan.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb! It was a birthday celebration for my husband. I had some food restrictions to be accommodated. We noted them in the Open Table reservation. Not only was our note acknowledged by phone call confirmation, but our sever acknowledged it (discretely) upon greeting us after being seated; then, the chef visited the table to confirm his preparation ideas were acceptable! Simply the BEST personalized service, ever. For starters we had the grilled romaine Caesar salad and heirloom / watermelon salad, so fresh and dressed perfectly. My husband had the lobster and pasta special which said was wonderful, and I had poached salmon that was wonderfully flavored, moist, and flaky. Highly recommend the carrot cake with coconut cream frosting for dessert. Lastly, both the cocktails and the by-the-glass wine offerings were plentiful in choice and excellent pairings for our meals. Excellent service, delicious food, just perfect! Please go, you’ll not regret it. We’ll certainly be returning.

MN
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a bit hard to find for us, but it was also part of the excitement once we did find it. It was bustling when we got there, but it was around lunch time; once we were getting ready to leave, the spot had quieted down. Everything is organic, so if that's your thing, you'll be very happy. The price matches the quality of the food. Small, homey and very charming. 10/10 would recommend.

AW
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chef came out to speak with us regarding our limited diets to make sure we were happy and well taken care of—and everything was delicious!
The only thing I would say that it was extremely loud on a Friday night—we could barely hear each other. Not a good date place!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Quality of food is excellent. Service was friendly and pleasant.

l
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding. The server was knowledgeable, friendly, enthusiastic and we took her suggestions and recommendations — we were not disappointed! It is expensive, but a treat in every sense.

MF
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything you can ask for in a meal with healthy well prepared food, courteous service and an unpretentious atmosphere .

OT
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual

EW
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Been over a year since I last ate at Back 40 Kitchen. The food remains top quality. Especially the pasta! Very comfortable space as well. A satisfying experience!

D
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything is pretty amazing. We've yet to be anything less than wowed with the food. And the menu is actually really impressive considering they seat less than 50. We've had a number of menu items (our favorite thing is actually the cornbread bites they start you out with), but we most recently had The tasting menu, which is amazing. They customize it to your preferences, while still surprising you. And everything was fantastic. The service is excellent in that they will make sure you enjoy yourself. This doesn't mean mistakes can't happen, but they make sure they solve any issues and then some. The only drawback is it is fairly loud.

L
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in the Fairfield County/Westchester area. While not the easiest place to find on your first visit, once you eat there you will keep returning. Every ingredient tastes like it was picked, caught or butchered that day (except for the 40 day dry aged steaks, of course). When they say farm to table, they mean it! That being said, their chef is a magician and can elevate the finest ingredients into dishes that will make a foodie go "WOW". His homemade pastas will have you wondering whether you are eating in your favorite spot in Tuscany. The staff is friendly and very knowledgable. If you haven't been, you are missing something!

DM
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Made the reservation on Open Table for my sons 22 birthday. We got there and it was closed. Very disappointed that I was able to make the reservation through Open Table and it was closed!

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food
Amazing service

Hidden gem!

JF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It was closed. Inexplicably.

RS
London
16 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good healthy food. Bar pairs well.

TH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff. Friendly, prompt and food was spot on!

LO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

So glad to have found this restaurant on our trip. The noise level was very high, but the food was excellent and the staff was knowledgeable and very friendly. Next time I hope to enjoy the tasting menu!

o
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and atmosphere. Great cocktails. Vegan options a bit sparse but the vegan carrot cake for desert was a home run!

MM
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a great staff, wonderful food and a excellent evening.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was delicious! We shared a grilled romaine Caesar salad which was interesting and tasty.The seafood in the paella was top notch and plentiful. The salmon was moist and perfectly cooked.

MH
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very speakeasy feel. Small but thoughtful menu prepared with care. Our table of 4 ordered a little bit of everything and were delighted... loved all of it except the mussels.

s
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Small portions

SB
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is delicious and wholesome. The restaurant is small and comfortable with
lot's of wood. You feel like you could be in Vermont.

E
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This is a mediocre restaurant. I thought they served farm to table organic food and the menu was no different than half the other places on Greenwich Avenue. Two in our party ordered salmon, waiter wasn’t aware fish wasn’t delivered yet that day, really?
Menu wasn’t very detailed, nothing marked vegan or gluten free which I expect for a place with their cuisine. Decor is very spartan and the setup struck me more like a cocktail bar than a full service restaurant.

r
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Lovely staff! Food was good but small in portion size. Dessert was microscopic.

s
New York Area
105 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a vegan gem on Greenwich Ave
Very tasty well prepared dishes and cocktails as well
Will absolutely bring colleagues here in future

PF
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Wonderful food, everything was flavorful and fresh. Service was fantastic and the decor was comfortable but stylish. Noise level was high but it could just have been the people next to us being loud. We enjoyed our meal and will return.

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