Best of Stamford 2020

Golden Advice
How do you make any meal better—with the right wine choice?

“For over thirty years JoAnn and Sal have been purchasing the perfect wines to pair with your meal at The Waters Edge at Giovanni’s in Darien. They have created an award-winning and one of the best stocked wine cellars in all of Fairfield County. Next time you stop by, ask for a ‘tour.’ Their favorite part of being in business is the love they have felt from the customers and friends. Even though she can’t hug her customers, they have shown her love through their continued patronage and support.”

STACY LINDSEY
Water’s Edge


Golden Advice

Guests expect good service, so what does that mean now?

“We’re so pleased to be recognized for best service. I personally think that the vibe of the restaurant when you walk in should be comfortable and fun at the same time. And I always ask my staff to make guests feel at home, try to understand the mood that they are in and treat them like they would like to be treated if they would be ones having drinks and/or dinner. And given these times, I hope people think of us not just for a specific favorite dish, but also for our outdoor seating.”

WALTER CAPPELLI
Managing Partner, Table 104


Golden Advice

What makes wedding jewelery more meaningful now?

“For the forty-four years that I’ve been bringing my hands to metal, I’ve been guided by one simple design brief: tailor unique solutions to each client’s individual needs. The antithesis of canned ‘branded’ jewelry, we’re passionate creators of family heirlooms; hand-fabricated, never CAD-generated or cast, from the ground up to provide generations of cherished wear. Nothing exemplifies this state of the craft better than the handmade platinum three-stone ring, elegant forged solitaire or hand engraved signet.”

RUSS HOLLANDER
RH Master Goldsmith


Golden Advice

How have you adapted your cooking classes for these days?

“I have been entertaining clients and growing my followers throughout the Covid-19 pandemic via social media with my daily cooking videos, uploaded recipes, tips and more. I have also been hosting charity fundraisers for local nonprofits to help support the community. I am looking forward to another fun summer bringing my cooking parties to Nantucket in a socially responsible manner, as well as getting back to business in the fall.”

JULIA DEANE
Culinary Works


TOWN WINNERS

FOOD + DRINK

RESTAURANTS

American + Best Service
Bedford Hall
bedfordhallstamford.com

Creative Menu
Taco Daddy
tacodaddystamford.com

New Restaurant
Mecha Noodle
mechanoodlebar.com

Outdoor Dining
Capriccio Café
capriccio-cafe.com

Special Occasion/Date Night
Table 104
table104stamford.com


REGIONAL SPECIALTIES

Asian Fusion
Mecha Noodle
mechanoodlebar.com

Chinese
Blue Ginger
stamfordblueginger.com

French
Chez Vous Bistro
chezvousbistro.com

Greek + Mediterranean
Kouzina Greek Taverna & Bar
kouzinataverna.com

Hotel Restaurant
Villa Italia Ristorante & Bar
villaitaliastamford.com

Indian
Tawa
cttawa.com

Italian
Cafe Silvium
cafesilviumct.com

Japanese
Kashi
kashijapanese.com

Mexican + Spanish
Brasitas Restaurant
brasitas.com

Thai
Little Buddha
littlebuddhact.com


COMFORT FOOD

Bagels
Liz Sue Bagels
lizsuebagelsinc.com

Breakfast
The Stamford Diner
stamforddiner.com

Frozen Yogurt + Ice Cream/Gelato
Sunny Daes
sunnydaesicecream.com

Hamburgers
Bareburger
bareburger.com

Hot Dogs
The Weinery
thewienery.com

Pizza
Fortina
fortinapizza.com

Ribs/Barbeque
Judy’s Bar + Kitchen
judysbarandkitchen.com

Seafood
F.I.S.H.
fishstamford.com

Steaks
The Waters Edge at Giovanni’s
watersedgeatgiovannis.com

Sushi
Kiku Sushi Japanese Cuisine
stamfordkikusushi.com

Tapas
Barcelona Wine Bar
barcelonawinebar.com


CASUAL SPOTS

Café/Bistro + Coffee Shop
Lorca Coffee Bar
lorcacoffeebar.com

Deli
Corbo’s Southside Deli
corbosdeli.com

Diner
Elm Street Diner
elmstreetdiner.com

Family-Friendly
Lucky’s Classic
luckysclassic.com

Food Truck
Daniels Food Truck
danielstruck.com

Lunch Spot + Weekend Brunch
Bedford Hall Craft Kitchen & Bar
bedfordhallstamford.com

Vegetarian
Teff
teffstamford.com


MARKETS + MORE

Bakery + Cupcakes + Desserts
DiMare Pastry Shop
dimarepastry.com

Butcher Shop
LaRocca’s Country Market
lcountrymarket.com

Candy
CVS
cvs.com

Caterer + Gourmet To Go
Marcia Selden Catering & Event Planning
marciaselden.com

Fish Market
New Wave Seafood
newwaveseafood.com

Gourmet Grocery
Fairway Market
fairwaymarket.com

Health Food
The Little Gourmet Shop
thelittlegourmetshop.com

Personal Chef Services
Libby Cooke Catering
libbycookecatering.com

Liquor Store
BevMax
bevmax.com

Wine Shop
Westcott Cove Wine & Spirits
203-890-9222


BAR BOASTS

Beer Selection
Cask Republic
caskrepublic.com

Big Game Night
Bobby V’s Restaurant & Sports Bar
bobbyvsrestaurant.com

Girls’ Night Out + Martinis
Bedford Hall Craft Kitchen & Bar
bedfordhallstamford.com

Happy Hour + Singles Scene (Over 35)
F.I.S.H.
fishstamford.com

Margaritas
Mexicue
mexicue.com

Microbrewery
Lock City Brewing
lockcitybrewing.com

Outdoor Bar
Prime
stamford.restaurantprime.com

Pub
Tigín Irish Pub
tiginirishpub.com/stamford

Singles Scene (Under 35)
Sign of the Whale
signofthewhalect.com

Restaurant Bar
Table 104
table104stamford.com

Wine List
The Waters Edge at Giovanni’s
watersedgeatgiovannis.com

 

SHOP + STYLE

FASHION

Cocktail Attire + Gala Black Tie Attire
A Step Ahead
astepaheadfashion.com

Department Store
Saks OFF 5th
saksoff5th.com

Eyewear
Chic Boutique Optical
chicboutique-optical.com

Lingerie + Men’s Fashion + Men’s Shoes + Swimwear + Women’s Fashion + Women’s Shoes
Lord & Taylor
lordandtaylor.com

Designer Boutique + Jeans + Teen Fashion
Havana Jeans
shophavanajeans.com


JEWELRY

Anniversary & Special Occasion Jewelry + Designer Jewelry + Fine Jewelry + Local Boutique + On Trend Jewelry + Selection of Jewelry by Local Designers
R. Hollander Master Goldsmith
ringart.com

Estate Jewelry
Peter Suchy Jewelers
petersuchyjewelers.com

Everyday Jewelry
Lord & Taylor
lordandtaylor.com

Men’s Watches + Women’s Watches
NAGI Jewelers
nagijewelers.com


HOME

Antique/Vintage
United House Wrecking
unitedhousewrecking.com

Bookstore
The Book Shop at Ferguson Library
fergusonlibrary.org

China + Home Accessories
Juliska Boutique
juliska.com

Outdoor Furniture
Walpole Outdoors
walpoleoutdoors.com

Rugs
Floor Covering Warehouse
floorcw.com

Toy Store
Awesome Toys & Gifts
stamfordtoys.com


SPORTS GEAR

Bicycle Shop
Pacific Cycling & Triathlon
pacificsbr.com

Fitnesswear
Rhone
rhone.com

Golf Equipment
Sterling Farms Golf Shop
sterlingfarmsgolfshop.net

Sports Gear
Instant Replay Sports
instantreplaysports.info


WEDDINGS

Bridesmaid Dresses
A Step Ahead
astepaheadfashion.com

Wedding Cakes
DiMare Pastry Shop
dimarepastry.com

Wedding DJ/Live Music
Kunjan Collective
kunjancollective.com

Wedding Floral Design
Peter’s Wholesale Florist
peterswholesaleflorist.com

Wedding Gifts + Registry
Juliska Boutique
juliska.com

Wedding Menswear
Lord + Taylor
lordandtaylor.com

Wedding Photographer
Melani Lust Photography
melanilustphotography.com

Wedding Planner
Ashley Douglass Events
ashleydouglassevents.com

Wedding Reception Venue
Stamford Yacht Club
stamfordyc.com

Wedding & Engagement Rings
R. Hollander Master Goldsmith
ringart.com

 

SERVICES + TO-DO’S

PAMPERING

Blow Out/Updo
Salon Shahin
salonshahin.com

Color
Noble
noblesalon.com

Facial + Men’s & Women’s Salon
La Jolie Salon and Spa
lajoliesalonandspa.com

Day Spa + Massage
Noëlle Spa for Beauty & Wellness
noelle.com

Kids’ Haircuts
Happy Kids Haircuts
happykidscutsstamford.com

Makeup Application
Lindsey Trop Weddings
lindseytropweddings.com

Makeup Boutique
Sephora
sephora.com

Mani/Pedi
Colorcity Nails & Spa
203-595-5733

Spray Tan
Sunset Beach
203-252-2582

Waxing
European Wax Center
waxcenter.com


FITNESS

Barre + Kids’ Fitness/ Sports Training + Pilates
Chelsea Piers Connecticut
chelseapiersct.com

Crossfit
Crossfit Stamford
crossfitstamford.com

Dance Fitness
Dance With Me Stamford
dancewithmeusa.com

Fitness Club + Gym
Upper Deck Fitness
upperdeckfitness.com

Indoor Cycling Classes
Life Cycle
lifecyclect.com

Yoga
Harmony Yoga
harmonyogastudio.com


ERRANDS

Appliances
County TV & Appliance
countytv.com

Auto Repair Shop
Pray Body Shop
praybodyshop.com

Car Wash
Splash Car Wash
splashcarwashes.com

Dog Groomer/Pet Spa
Spot On Veterinary Hospital & Hotel
spotonvet.com

Dry Cleaners
Go Green Dry Cleanerss
gogreendrycleaners.net

Florist
Springdale Florist & Garden Center
springdaleflorists.com

Garden Center
Designs By Lee
designsbylee.com

Livery Service
Rudy’s Executive Transportation
rudylimo.com

Local Hotel
The Lloyd
thelloydstamford.com

Storage Facility
Westy Self Storage
westy.com

Tailor
Mario the Tailor
203-324-5177

Veterinarian
Bull’s Head Pet Hospital
mybhph.com


TRY IT / TUNE IN

Art Classes
Loft Artists Association
loftartists.org

Art Gallery
Danger Gallery
shop.dangergallery.com

Children’s Music Lessons
Jumpin Jams
jumpinjams.com

Children’s Parties
Chelsea Piers Connecticut
chelseapiersct.com

College Prep Courses
Tutor Me SOS
tutormesos.com

Cooking Classes
Culinary Works LLC
culinaryworks.com

Language Classes
German School of Connecticut
germanschoolct.org

Live Music Spot + Performing Arts Venue
Palace Theatre
palacetheaterct.org

Local Cover Band
Tangled Vine
tangledvine.com

Local Rock Band
The Straightjackets
thestraightjacketsband.com

Museum + Museum for Children
Stamford Museum & Nature
stamfordmuseum.org

Music Lessons
Intempo
intempo.org

Nanny/Babysitting Services
Wee Care Nanny & Sit ting Service
weecarenanny.com

Performing Arts
Curtain Call
curtaincallinc.com

Radio Station AM – Local
WSHU AM 1260
wshu.org

Radio Station FM – Local
WEBE 108
webe108.com

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

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