Best of New Canaan 2020

Golden Advice
After a busy few months at the market, how will you relax this summer?

“I plan on spending my summer with my granddaughters, my mom and our family at our house on Lake Winnepasaukee. It’s been a crazy few months so our entire family is looking forward to spending some relaxing time together.”

CINDY PALMER DEAN
Owner/Creative Director
Palmer’s Market


Golden Advice

If we were to try one thing at the bakery, what should it be?

“The pain au chocolat (chocolatine). We use a naturally leavened (sourdough) croissant dough and laminate it with a European style butter to 16 layers, each 0.25mm thick. They contain three bars of Valrhona 55 percent dark chocolate and are baked hot for a crunchy crust and fluffy interior.”

ROB VANKEUREN,
Owner/Baker
Flour Water Salt


Golden Advice

What’s the must-try summer menu item at Organika?

“The Plant Burger. It’s a fairly new addition to the menu and so far customers are raving about it. It’s made from a beet, lentil and veggie blend and topped with lettuce, tomato, provolone cheese and a delicious truffle sauce. Also, try the mock tuna sandwich made with chickpeas.”

GINO RICCIO
owner/founder,
Organika Kitchen


Golden Advice

What’s your favorite dish to make in summer?

“One of my favorite summer foods is the classic grilled cheeseburger, my guilty pleasure. But being a health conscious person, one of my favorite healthy summer meals is grilling cornon the cob, cutting it off the cob and adding to cubed watermelon, blueberries, feta, mint, basil and arugula and then topping that heavenly salad with a citrus garlic grilled shrimp. So delicious!”

JAMIESON VAN LOAN
Owner/chef
Maikana


TOWN WINNERS

FOOD + DRINK

RESTAURANTS

New Restaurant
Bruxelles Brasserie
bruxellessono.com

Best Service
Bistro Baldanza
baldanzarestaurants.com

Creative Menu
Match
matchsono.com

Hotel Restaurant + Mediterranean
Mediterraneo Norwalk
zhospitalitygroup.com

Outdoor Dining + Mexican
Evarito’s Mexican Kitchen & Bar
evaritos.com

American
Match
matchsono.com

Greek
Pontos Taverna
pontostaverna.com

Italian
Papa Joe’s Ristorante Italiano
papajoesdarien.com

Indian
Coromandel Cuisine of India
coromandelcuisine.com

Japanese
Habachi Sushiya
hibachisushiyact.com

Asian Fusion
Ching’s Table
chingsct.com

Chinese
Village Gourmet
villagegourmetnorwalk.com

Spanish
Paella Tapas Wine Bar
paellarestaurantnorwalkct.com

French
Bruxelles Brasserie
bruxellessono.com

Thai
Little Thai Kitchen
littlethaikitchen.com


COMFORT FOOD

Bagels
Upper Crust
ucbcnewcanaan.com or ucbcdarien.com

Breakfast Food
Rosie
rosienewcanaan.com

Frozen Yogurt
Stew Leonard’s
stewleonards.com

Hamburgers
BJ Ryan’s
bjryans.com

Hot Dogs
Press Burger
thepressburger.com

Ice Cream/Gelato
Gelatissimo Artisan Gelato
gelatissimoartisangelato.com

Noodle Bar
Mecha Noodle Bar
mechanoodlebar.com

Pizza
Letizia’s Pizza
letiziaspizza.com

Ribs/Barbeque
BJ Ryan’s B.AN.C House
bjryans.com

Seafood
The Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood
rowaytonseafood.com

Steak
Washington Prime
washingtonprimect.com

Sushi
Oisho Sushi & Izakaya
oishisono.com

Tacos
Bodega Taco Bar
bodegatacobar.com


CASUAL SPOTS

Bar Dining
Washington Prime
washingtonprimect.com

Brunch
Valencia Luncheria
valencialuncheria.com

Café/Bistro
Roost Kitchen + Coffee
roostdarien.com

Coffee Shop
Caffe Nero
caffenero.com/us/stores/darien

Deli
Uncle’s Deli
unclesdeli.com

Diner
Driftwood Diner
driftwooddiner.com

Juice Bar
Green & Tonic
greenandtonic.com

Lunch Spot
Organika
organikakitchen.com

Family Friendly
Sugar Bowl Luncheonette
sugarbowlofdarien.com

Vegetarian/Health Food
The Lime Restaurant
limerestaurant.com


MARKETS + MORE

Bakery
Flour Water Salt
flourwatersaltbread.com

Catering
Diane Brown Catering of Browne & Co.
Dianebrowne.com

Cupcakes
Forever Sweet Bakery
foreversweetbakery.com

Butcher Shop
Darien Butcher Shop
darienbutchershop.com

Gourmet Grocery
Palmer’s Market
palmersdarien.com

Gourmet To Go
Aux Delices
auxdelicesfoods.com

Chocolate Shop
Chocolate Works
chocolateworks.com/darien-ct

Fish Market
Fjord Fish Market
fjordfishmarket.com

Health Food
New Canaan Healthfare
newcanaanhealthfare.com

Liquor + Wine Shop
Sipstirs
sipstirs.com


BAR BOASTS

Beer Selection + Big Game Day
The Blind Rhino
theblindrhino.com

Girls Night Out + Margaritas + Outdoor Bar
Evarito’s Mexican Kitchen
evaritos.com

Happy Hour
Troupe429
troupe429.com

Restaurant Bar + Martinis
Washington Prime
washingtonprimect.com

Pub
O’Neill’s Irish Pub
oneillsono.com

Microbrewery
Iron Brewing Co.
ironbrewing.com

Singles Scene (Over 35)
The Goose American Bistro & Bar
thegoosedarien.com

Singles Scene (Under 35)
Evarito’s Mexican Kitchen
evaritos.com

SHOP + STYLE

FASHION

Accessories + Women’s Fashion
She La La
shopshelala.com

Cocktail Attire + Gala Black Tie Attire
Helen Ainson
helenainson.com

Consignment
Double Exposure Boutique
doubleexposureboutique.com

Department Store + Designer Boutique + Men’s Fashion
Darien Sport Shop
dariensport.com

Eyewear
Specs
specsforyou.com

Lingerie + Swimwear
Soleil Toile
soleiltoile.com

Jeans
Bloomingdale’s
bloomingdales.com

Men’s Shoes
The Shoemart
theshoemart.com

Teen Fashion
Groove
grooveforkids.com

Children’s + Baby Clothing
Wiggles & Giggles
wigglesandgigglesshop.com

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


JEWELRY

Anniversary & Special Occasion + Fine + Women’s Watches
Manfredi
manfredijewels.com

Local Boutique + Designer + Estate
Brad & Vandy Reh Fine Jewelry
bradreh.com

Men’s Watches
David Harvey Jewelers
davidharvey.com

On Trend
Pennyweights
pennyweights.com

Everyday/Costume
She La La
shopshelala.com


HOME

Antique/Vintage Store
Fairfield County Antique and Design Center
fairfieldcountyantiqueanddesign.com

Bookstore
Barrett Bookstore
barrettbookstore.com

Contemporary Furnishings + Furniture + Luxury Imports + Outdoor Furniture + Rugs
Lillian August Design Center
lillianaugust.com

Home Accessories
Found
foundanddesign.com

Lighting
Chloe Winston Lighting Design
chloewinstonlighting.com

China
The Whitney Shop
thewhitneyshop.com

Linens
The Linen Shop
thelinenshopct.com

Toy Store
Darien Toy Box
darientoybox.com


SPORTS GEAR

Bicycle Shop
Danny’s Cycles
dannycycles.com

Fitnesswear
Attitude Dance & Active Wear
attitudenorwalk.com

Golf Equipment
Golf Galaxy
stores.golfgalaxy.com/ct/norwalk

Sports Gear Store
REI
rei.com


WEDDINGS

Bridal Gowns + Bridesmaid Dress Boutique
A Little Something White
alittlesomethingwhite.com

Menswear
Darien Sport Shop
dariensport.com

Wedding Cakes
Palmer’s Market
palmersdarien.com

Wedding Deejay/Live Music
Kunjan Collective
kunjancollective.com

Makeup Application
Andrew Stefanou Salon & Spa
andrewstefanousalonandspa.com

Wedding Floral Design
Flowers and Flowers by Adam Manjuck
flowersandflowers.com

Wedding Gifts
Everything is Rosey
everythingisrosey.com

Wedding Registry
Bloomingdale’s
bloomingdales.com

Wedding Invitations/Stationary
MK&T Design and Print
mkatdesign.com

Wedding Photographer
Melani Lust Photography
melanilustphotography.com

Wedding Planner
Ashley Douglas Events
ashleydouglassevents.com

Wedding Reception Venue
The Darien CommunityAssociation
dariendca.com

Wedding & Engagement Rings
Manfredi
manfredijewels.com

 

SERVICES + TO DO’S

PAMPERING

Blow Out/Updo + Makeup Application + Women’s Salon
Andrew Stefanou Salon & Spa
andrewstefanousalonandspa.com

Color + Men’s Styling
Julia’s Salon & Company
juliassalonandcompany.com

Manicure + Pedicure + Massage
To And From
toandfromnails.com

Day Spa + Facial
Versailles Medical Spa
versaillesmedicalspa.com

Women’s Salon + Makeup Boutique + Waxing + Kid’s Haircuts
LANPHIER
lanphier.us

Spray Tan
Coco Glow Organic Sunless Tanning
cocoglowsunless.com


FITNESS

Barre
The Bar Method
barmethod.com

Indoor Cycling Classes
JoyRide Cycling + Fitness
joyridestudio.com/darien

Crossfit
CrossFit Norwalk
crossfitnorwalk.com

Dance Fitness
Norwalk Academy of Dance
norwalkdance.com

Fitness Club
F45 Training South Norwalk
f45training.com

Gym
Orangetheory Fitness
orangetheoryfitness.com

Pilates
The Edge Fitness
theedgefitnessclubs.com

Kids’ Fitness/Sports Training
Darien YMCA
darien-ymca.com

Yoga
Saraswati’s Yoga Joint
syjyoga.com


ERRANDS

Appliance
Aitoro Appliance
aitoro.com

Auto Repair Shop
Fedor Auto Body Works
fedorautobody.com

Car Wash
Splash Car Wash
splashcarwashes.com

Dog Groomer/Pet Spa
Dog Gone Smart
doggonesmart.com

Pet Supplies
The Pawprint Market
pawprintmarket.com

Dry Cleaners
Fabricare Cleaners
fabricarecleaners.net

Florist
Flowers and Flowers by Adam Manjuck
flowersandflowers.com

Garden Center
Nielsen’s Florist & Garden Shop
nielsensflorist.com

Livery Service
Hoyt Livery Inc.
hoytlivery.com

Local Hotel
The Inn at Gray Barns
graybarns.com

Storage Facility
Hollow Tree Self Storage
hollowtreestorage.com

Tailor
Sokayri Atelier and Boutique – Custom Clothing
facebook.com/sokayri

Veterinarian
Norwalk Veterinary Hospital
thenorwalkvethospital.com


TRY IT / TUNE IN

Art Gallery
Geary Gallery
gearygallery.com

Children’s Music Lessons
The Ewald Suzuki Guitar Method
ewaldsuzukiguitar.com

Children’s Parties
Stepping Stones Museum for Children
steppingstonesmuseum.org

Language Classes
Maria’s Friend’s LLC
mariasfriends.com

College Prep Cources
C2 Education of Darien
c2educate.com

Cooking Classes
Chef Prasad
chefprasad.com

Personal Chef Services
Maikana Foods
maikanafoods.com

Local Cover Band
Tangled Vine
tangledvine.com

Local Rock Band
The Straightjackets
thestraightjacketsband.com

Museum
Stepping Stones Museum for Children
steppingstonesmuseum.org

Performing Arts
Summer Theater of New Canaan
stonc.org

Radio Station AM – Local
WSHU AM 1260
wshu.org

Radio Station FM – Local
WEBE FM 107.9
webe108.com

Radio Station Personality
The Anna & Raven Show/ Star 99.9
star999.com

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