Best of New Canaan

Nick Martschenko, chef and owner of The South End Restaurant Group, shows off the taco platter at The Back End in New Canaan. – Photography by Julie Bidwell

THE WINNERS LIST

FOOD & DRINK

RESTAURANTS

Best Service + Private Dining + Restaurant Bar + Wine Bar
Ten Twenty Post
tentwentypost.com

Pickup/Delivery Option + Seafood + Outdoor Dining + Outdoor Seating
Rowayton Seafood
rowaytonseafood.com

Business Lunch
Oak & Almond
oakandalmond.com

Creative Menu + French + Cafe/Bistro
Bruxelles Brasserie
bruxellessono.com

Hotel Restaurant + Special Occasion/Date Night + Martinis + Wine List
Tavern at GrayBarns
tavernatgraybarns.com

New Restaurant + Margaritas
The Back End
thesouthendgroup.com

Steak
Blackstones Grille
blackstonessteakhouse.com

Sushi + Seafood Market
Fjord
fjordfishmarket.com

 

Roasted chicken breast with carrot and parsnip puree, broccolini, cremini mushrooms and cipollini onion. Yum.

BRUXELLES BRASSERIE
WINNER OF BEST CREATIVE MENU
Mixing the flavors of Belgium and France into one menu is clearly one of chef Roland Olah’s great talents. His passion for food can be tasted in every dish from the classic beef bouruignon to the platters of fresh chilled seafood, you’ll want to go back again and again.

 

The tuna nachos are so fresh and full of flavor.

THE BACK END
WINNER OF BEST NEW RESTAURANT
If you haven’t been to The Back End in New Canaan, make it a priority. This little Mexican-inspired joint has some of the best food around—and that toasted coconut margartita will most definitely transport you to that island vacation you’ve been craving.

 

Regional Specialties

American + Family Friendly Restaurant
South End
thesouthendgroup.com

Asian Fusion
Ching’s Table
chingsct.com

Chinese
Village Gourmet
villagegourmetnorwalk.com

Greek
Pontos Taverna
pontostaverna.com

Indian
Coromandel
coromandelcuisine.com

Italian
Spiga
eatatspiga.com

Japanese
Hibachi Sushi Ya
sushiyadarien.com

Mediterranean
Sole
zhospitalitygroup.com

Mexican
bodega Taco Bar
bodegatacobar.com

Spanish + Tapas
Barcelona Wine Bar
barcelonawinebar.com

Thai
Little Thai Kitchen
littlethaikitchen.com

CASUAL FOOD

Bagels
Upper Crust Bagel Co.
uppercrustbagel.com

Breakfast
Rosie
rosienewcanaan.com

Brunch
Valencia Luncheria
valencialuncheria.com

Frozen Yogurt
Swirl
facebook.com/swirlfrozenyogurts

Ice Cream
Gofer Ice Cream
gofericecream.com

Hamburgers + Outdoor Bar
Uncorked
thesouthendgroup.com

Hot Dogs
Jake’s Place
jakesplacect.com

Pizza
Letizia’s
letiziaspizza.com

Ribs/Barbecue
Bobby Q’s Cue & Co.
bobbyqsrestaurant.com

Coffee Shop
Zumbach’s Gourmet Coffee
facebook.com/zumbachscoffee

Deli
Uncle’s Deli
unclesdeli.com

Diner
Sugar Bowl
sugarbowlofdarien.com

Health Food
Maikana Foods
maikanafoods.com

Juice Bar
Green & Tonic
greenandtonic.com

Lunch Spot + Beer Selection
The Goose American Bistro and Bar
thegoosedarien.com

Pub
BJ Ryan’s’
bjryans.com

MARKETS + MORE

Bakery
Flour Water Salt
flourwatersaltbread.com

Butcher Shop
Darien Butcher Shop
darienbutchershop.com

Cupcakes
Forever Sweet
foreversweetbakery.com

Gourmet Grocery + Caterer + Grocery Pickup/Delivery + Desserts/Chocolate + Wedding Cakes
Palmer’s Market
adashofsaltcatering.com

Gourmet to Go
Aux Delices Foods
auxdelicesfoods.com

Vegetarian/Organic/Health
The Lime
limerestaurant.com

CBD Store
Your CBD Store
cbdrx4u.com

Liquor Store
Leary’s Liquor Cabinet
learysliquorcabinet.com

Wine Shop
Total Wine & More
totalwine.com

 

Flour Salt Water’s chocolate croissants.

FLOUR WATER SALT
WINNER OF BEST BAKERY
Whether you stop in for a fresh-from-the oven sourdough loaf or the most delicious chocolate criossant—this Darien bakery really could be the best here, or anywhere. Bonus: head over on Friday night for the most insane pizzas.

STYLE & SHOP

FASHION

Accessories + Virtual/ Online Shopping + Children’s/Baby Decor
She La La
shopshelala.com

Consignment
Double Exposure
doubleexposureboutique.com

Department Store + Personal/Private Shopping Services + Women’s Fashion + Men’s Fashion + Men’s Shoes
Darien Sport Shop
dariensport.com

Designer Boutique
Splash of Pink
splashofpink.com

Eyewear
Eyes on Elm
eyesonelmct.com

Jeans
Morley
shopmorley.com

Luxe Leisurewear
Nordstrom
nordstrom.com

Lingerie + Swimwear
Soleil Toile
soleiltoile.com

New Shop
Classic Prep
classicprep.com

Tailor
Sokayri
sokayri.com

Teen Fashion + Children’s Clothes
Groove
shopgroove.net

Women’s Shoes
Shoes ‘N’ More
shoesnmore.com

Gifts
Everything Is Rosey
everythingisrosey.com

 

DARIEN SPORT SHOP
WINNER OF BEST DEPARTMENT STORE
This Darien instituion has been here for 75 years and still doesn’t miss a fashion beat (Ulla Johnson dresses? Yes, please). And, you’ll still find the best service in retail, too.


JEWELRY

Designer Jewelry + Fine Jewelry + Local Jewelry Boutique + Estate Jewelry + Special Occasion Jewelry + Watches + Wedding/ Engagement Rings
Manfredi
manfredijewels.com

Everyday Jewelry
Pennyweights
etsy.com/shop/pennyweightsjewelry

Selection of Local Designers
Studio Minerale
studiominerale.com

HOME

Appliances + Home Tech Services
Aitoro
aitoro.com

Bookstore
Barrett Bookstore
barrettbookstore.com

Cleaning Services (rugs, furniture, home)
Fabricare Cleaners
fabricarecleaners.net

Furniture + Contemporary Furnishings + Dry Cleaning
Lillian August Design Center
lillianaugust.com

Hardscaping Services
Tuliptree Site Design
tuliptreesitedesign.com

Florist + Home Garden Design & Services + Home Accessories
Nielsen’s Florist & Garden Shop
nielsensflorist.com

Home Organization Design Services
Adele Organizes
adeleorganizes.com

Home Security System Designs and Services
Security Solutions Inc.
securitysolutionsinc.com

Landscaping Services
Hoffman Landscapes
hoffmanlandscapes.com

Lighting
Chloe Winston Lighting Design
chloewinstonlighting.com

Linens
The Linen Shop
thelinenshopct.com

Outdoor Furniture
Seasons Too
seasonstoo.com

Pool Design and Services
Rick Pinto Swimming Pools
rickpintopools.com

Storage
Westy
westy.com

Hollow Tree
hollowtreestorage.com

WEDDINGS

Bridal Gowns
A Little Something White
alittlesomethingwhite.com

Wedding Flowers
Bon Fleur
Bonfleur.com

Wedding Gifts
MK&T Design and Print
mkatdesign.com

Wedding Invitations/Stationary
The Whitney Shop
thewhitneyshop.com

Wedding Music
James Daniel Entertainment
jamesdaniel.com

Wedding Photographer
Melani Lust Photography
melanilustphotography.com

Wedding Planner
Laura Boulton Events
lauraboultonevents.com

Wedding Reception Venue
DCA
dariendca.org

SERVICES & TO-DO’S

PAMPERING

Blow Out/Updo + Color + Day Spa + Eyebrow Services + Children’s Haircuts + Facial + Mani/Pedi + Men’s Styling/Salon + Waxing/Hair Removal + Women’s Styling/Salon
Lanphier
lanphier.us

Makeup Boutique
Bluemercury
bluemercury.com

Spray Tan
Coco Glow Organic Sunless Tanning
cocoglowsunless.com

Massage
Massage Mavens
massagemavens.com

FITNESS + GEAR

Activewear/Running Shoes
New Balance
newbalance.com

Barre
Pure Barre
purebarre.com

Dance Fitness + Children’s Fitness
Dance on the DL
danceonthedl.com

Bicycle Shop
Danny’s Cycles
dannyscycles.com

CrossFit
Crossfit Norwalk
crossfitnorwalk.com

Fitness Studio
Orangetheory Fitness
orangetheory.com

Golf Equipment
Golf Galaxy
golfgalaxy.com

Gym
Equinox
equinox.com

Indoor Cycling
Joyride Cycling + Fitness
joyridestudio.com

Pilates
Club Pilates
clubpilates.com

Private Fitness Training
Linda Stephens Fitness
lindamstephens.com

Yoga
Sama Yoga Center
samayogacenter.com

Virtual/Live Stream Fitness
Saraswati Yoga Joint
syjyoga.com


TRY IT, LOVE IT!

Lanphier
Winner of Best Day Spa

1 STAYCATION RELAXATION
Spa packages are just what the doctor ordered and Lanphier offers some amazing ones. Try the Stress Reliever for a 60-minute massage and signature facial. Pure heaven.

2 COLOR THERAPY
After months at home, it’s time to color those grays. Book your color consulation so you’re ready to mingle—all summer long.


FAMILY LIFE

College Prep Courses
Summit Educational Group
mytutor.com

Children’s Parties
Rosebud Slumber Parties
rosebudslumberparties.com

Toy Store
Darien Toy Box
darientoybox.com

ERRANDS & MORE

Art Gallery + Art Classes
Silvermine Art Center
silvermineart.org

Auto Repair Shop
Fedor
203.838.2443

Car Wash
Splash Car Wash
splashcarwashes.com

CBD Store
Your CBD Store
cbdrx4u.com

Livery Service
Hoyt
hoytlivery.com

Local Hotel
Graybarns
graybarns.com

Online Banking Services
Chase
chase.com

Pet Groomer
The Hairy Barker
thehairybarkerinnandspa.com

Veterinarian
VCA Darien Animal Hospital
vcahospitals.com

Pet Supplies
The Pawprint Market
pawprintmarket.com

Portrait Photographer
Kristin Wood Photography
kristinwoodphoto.com

Shoe Repair
Darien Shoe Repair
203.655.6169

Tailor
Sokayri Atelier and Boutique, Custom Couture and Tailoring
sokayri.com

GRAYBARNS
WINNER OF BEST LOCAL HOTEL
It may only have six (very spacous) guest rooms, but the Inn at Graybarns is one of the most spectacular spots in all of Fairfield County. Take a staycation and enjoy the gorgeous scenery of the Silvermine River, in-room beauty services and delicious fare from the Tavern. Yes, please.

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