The northernmost town in what is generally considered South County, East Greenwich is also the least “beachy” of its waterfront communities. its charming Main Street, however, is probably the closest thing you’ll find in the area to a dense cluster of urban activity. its location on Greenwich Cove, with several dockside restaurants, also makes east Greenwich a popular place for boaters.
Up until 1854, East Greenwich was one of five state capitals in Rhode island, one for each county. The seat of the legislature rotated among them. It also claims to be the birthplace of the US Navy, as established by a 1775 General assembly resolution. Several other towns also stake this claim, but east Greenwich’s is the earliest and the only one to involve specific governmental authorization.
Known for: dining, shopping, historical charm, bustling Main street
Good for: couples, families, singles, boaters, fashionistas
Classic:For more than 30 years, Finn’s Harborside (formerly Harbourside Lobstermania) has been serving fresh, local seafood in a casual atmosphere. They offer free docking for diners who arrive by boat. 38 Water St. 401- 884-6363.
New School: Besos Kitchen & Cocktails (pictured left) serves modern tapas and eclectic international fare in an elegant atmosphere. 378 Main St. 401-398- 8855.
Something Different: Kon Asian Bistro stands out for its modern pan-asian cuisine, like sushi, hibachi and noodles, and a hip cocktail bar. 553 Main St. 401-886-9200.
The Local's Choice: Starting as a lunch cart in 1917, Jigger’s Hill & Harbour diner has survived through several incarnations, serving classic
breakfast and lunch fare, including their famed cornmeal johnnycakes, a Rhode island staple. 145 Main St. 401-884-6060.
Shop Main Street
Luniac Glamour, 37 Main st. 401-886-glam | Zuzu’s Petals, 165 Main st. 401-398-1199
Vintage & Consignment:
Karma Couture (pictured right), 591 Main st. 401-398-0576 | French Bulldog, 850 Main st. 401-884-0200
Gifts & Accessories:
Bags by Iris, 93 Main st. 401-885-3557 | The Green Door, 130 Main st. 401-885-0510
Emporium of Popular Culture, 142 Duke st. 401-885-5050 | Organical Botanical, 110 Main st. 401-451-6000
Get Some Culture
Greenwich Odeum: This 1926 theater, which has gone from vaudeville house to cinema to performing arts venue in its long life, reopened in 2013 after a five-year absence. Its current programming includes both music and theater. 59 Main St. theodeum.org
Main Street Strolls: One thursday every month, local merchants extend their hours for a Main Street Stroll, a block party-type event with entertainment, cocktails and food. This summer’s dates are June 19, July 17 and august 14.