NIXS Hartford, Hartford, CT
Last week I was invited to a pre-opening red carpet event at NIXS Hartford restaurant and lounge in preparation for their grand opening.
We “VIPs” were invited for a first look at Hartford’s newest eatery in the emerging Front Street district of Hartford. The Front Street district is a component of Adriaen’s landing, a state-sponsored, master planned development that attracts activity to downtown through retail, restaurants, entertainment, conventions, museums and residential living.
You can find NIXS Hartford at 40 Front Street, directly across from the CT Convention Center and next to the soon-to-open Infinity Music Hall. It’s the newest of four restaurants located in the Front Street district.
NIX Hartford restaurant and lounge is part of The Bostonian Hospitality Group with other locations in Boston, Nantucket and Newburyport. The NIX name pays tribute to one of the small islands in the Boston Harbor.
The Hartford location serves contemporary American small bites, has a raw bar and serves New England micro brews and craft cocktails.
The restaurant’s décor reminded me of a swanky NYC industrial loft, with high ceilings, a combination of wood textures and industrial fixtures and lighting. There are several seating options – high tables at the bar, a dining area with tables and half round booths, outside seating or comfy lounge-style couches.
NIX Hartford uses the “Play Nice” have fun mantra and that certainly was the atmosphere at the pre-opening party!
I had the opportunity to sample several of the restaurant’s craft cocktails.
I loved the creative names each was given – William Fly Tai; Large Marg; Dawn of the Daiquiri; Bad Wolf; Orchard Avenue; Strawberry Rhubarb Smash and Beach Please.
My favorite was Beach Please – a seasonal cocktail with a hint of cucumber that was very refreshing!
Additionally the restaurant had several food stations set up with samplings of their menu items.
We tasted their signature mini burgers, with a special sauce – the chef wouldn’t divulge the ingredients.
There were several seafood items featuring grilled tuna and tuna tartar – both were delicious!
My favorite was the grilled scallop on top of braised kale over a homemade potato chip drizzled with bacon gravy. Wow – a mouthful of amazing flavors!
NIXS Hartford is a great addition to the Front Street community. In addition, the restaurant will be offering live entertainment – bands and DJs – on Saturdays. I look forward to going back for dinner very soon!
Have you tried any of the NIX restaurants?
Have you been to the Front Street district in Hartford yet?
Have you ever been to a pre-opening VIP red carpet event?
Disclaimer: While I was invited to the NIXS Hartford pre-opening VIP event by the restaurant’s marketing and public relations team, the opinions and views expressed above are my own and describe my personal experience at the event.