The Best of New Canaan, Darien and Rowayton [2024]

Since January, you, our enthusiastic readers, have sounded off on your favorite businesses across the Gold Coast. And we’ve been listening. Read on for the results of your votes on what you consider to be tops in New Canaan, Darien and Rowayton for 2024

2024 Town Winners’ List

food + drink

RESTAURANTS


Best Service + Business Lunch + Outdoor Dining + Seafood

ROWAYTON SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

rowaytonseafood.com


Creative Menu

L’OSTAL

restaurantlostal.com


Event Space

DCA MEADOWLANDS

dariendca.org/meadowlands


Event Space/Wedding Venue

WAVENY HOUSE

wavenyhouseevents.com/weddings


Family-Friendly Restaurant

PAPA JOE’S

papajoesdarien.com


Hotel Restaurant + Private Dining/Intimate Venue + Special Occasion/Date Night

TAVERN AT GRAYBARNS

tavernatgraybarns.com


New Restaurant

SEAMORE’S

seamores.com


Pickup/Delivery Option

ROWAYTON MARKET

rowaytonmarket.com


Steaks

THE WATER’S EDGE AT GIOVANNI’S

watersedgeatgiovannis.com

REGIONAL SPECIALTIES


American

THE GRANOLA BAR

thegranolabar.com


Asian/Asian Fusion

LITTLE THAI KITCHEN

littlethaikitchen.com


Chinese

CHING’S TABLE

chingstable.com


French

L’OSTAL

restaurantlostal.com


Indian

COROMANDEL

coromandeldarienct.com


Italian

PAPA JOE’S

papajoesdarien.com


Japanese

HASHI SUSHI

hashisushinewcanaan.com


Mediterranean

ARDEN’S

ardensrowayton.com


Mexican

BODEGA TACO BAR

bodegatacobar.com


Sushi

FJORD

fjordfishmarket.com


Tapas

PESCA

pescaperuvianbistro.com


Thai

LITTLE THAI KITCHEN

littlethaikitchen.com

CASUAL FOOD


Bagels

UPPER CRUST BAGEL CO.

ucbcbagels.com


Bowls

PLAYA BOWLS

playabowls.com


Burritos

BODEGA TACO BAR

bodegatacobar.com


Frozen Yogurt

SWIRL

203-594-9797


Hamburgers + Hot Dogs

PRESS BURGER

thepressburger.com

Custom Cravings: Located in downtown New Canaan, this casual spot offers counter service and takeout. Loyal followers rave about the build-your-own burgers and shakes. Photo: contributed

Ice Cream/Gelato

GOFER ICE CREAM

gofericecream.com


Noodle Bar/Noodles

MIYUKI

miyukisnoodleshop.com


Pizza

LOCALI

localipizzabar.com


Salads

AUX DELICES

auxdelicesfoods.com

DROP-IN SPOTS


Breakfast + Brunch + Lunch Spot

ROSIE

rosienewcanaan.com


Café/Bistro

ARDEN’S

ardensrowayton.com


Coffee Shop(independent)

ZUMBACH’S GOURMET COFFEE

zumbachsgourmetcoffee.com


Deli

UNCLE’S DELI

unclesdeli.com


Diner

NEW CANAAN DINER

203-594-7595


Food Truck

TASTY YOLK

thetastyyolk.com


Health/Organic Food + Vegetarian

GREEN & TONIC

greenandtonic.com


Juice Bar

BARVIDA

thebarvida.com

MARKETS AND MORE


Bakery

FLOUR WATER SALT BREAD

flourwatersaltbread.com


Butcher Shop

DARIEN BUTCHER SHOP

darienbutchershop.com


Cakes/Cupcakes + Desserts/Chocolates + Gourmet Grocery

PALMER’S MARKET

palmersdarien.com


Caterer

MARCIA SELDEN

marciaselden.com


Gourmet To Go

AUX DÉLICES

auxdelicesfoods.com


Grocery Pick-Up & Delivery

WHOLE FOODS

wholefoodsmarket.com


Liquor Store + Wine Shop

SIPSTIRS

sipstirs.com


Organic Food Market

TRADER JOE’S

traderjoes.com

The OG of Markets: People will travel hours for a TJ run. But we can be there in minutes! Photo by Venera Alexandrova

Seafood Market

FJORD FISH MARKET

fjordfishmarket.com

BAR BOASTS


Beer Selection + Pub

THE GOOSE

thegoosedarien.com


Margaritas

BODEGA TACO BAR

bodegatacobar.com


Martinis + Wine List

TAVERN AT GRAYBARNS

tavernatgraybarns.com


Mobile Bar

BAKED AND SAUCED

bakedandsauced.com


Restaurant Bar

MOLTO

moltodarien.com


Sports Bar

WHITE BUFFALO

thewhitebuffalo.net


Wine Bar

SPIGA

eatatspiga.com

style + shop

FASHION


Accessories + Bridal + Designer Boutique

HELEN AINSON

helenainson.com


Consignment Shop

DOUBLE EXPOSURE

doubleexposureboutique.com


Department Store + Formal Wear + Luxe Leisurewear + Men’s Fashion + Men’s Shoes + Women’s Fashion

DARIEN SPORT SHOP

dariensport.com


Eyewear

WARBY PARKER

warbyparker.com


Jeans

J. CREW

jcrew.com


Lingerie + Swimwear

SOLEIL TOILE

soleiltoile.com


New Shop

WEE MODINE

weemondine.com

Big on Fashion: This adorable shop in Darien Commons offers artisinal childrens clothes. Photo: contributed

Teen Fashion

TOGS

togsct.com


Women’s Shoes

SHOES ‘N‘ MORE

shoesnmore.com

JEWELRY


Designer Jewelry + Estate Jewelry + Fine Jewelry (tied) + Selection of Local Designers + Watches

MANFREDI JEWELS

manfredijewels.com


Everyday Jewelry

PENNYWEIGHTS

pennyweights.com


Fine Jewelry (tied) + Special Occasion + Wedding/Engagement Rings

DAVID HARVEY

davidharvey.com

HOME


Antiques & Vintage

FOUND & DESIGN

foundanddesign.com


Closet/Organization

CALIFORNIA CLOSETS

californiaclosets.com


Décor + Furniture

MANDARINE HOME

mandarinehome.com

Dynamite Decor: Courtney Chessen’s Darien retail shop offers a wide range of products. Photo: contributed

Garden Center

NIELSEN’S

nielsensflorist.com


Hardware Store + Paint + Windows/Doors

RING’S END

ringsend.com


Home Tech

ROBERT ALLEN MULTIMEDIA

ramultimedia-ctny.com


Kitchen & Bath

TRUE NORTH CABINETS

truenorthcabinets.net


Outdoor Furniture

SEASONS TOO

seasonstoo.com


Pool Design

SWIMM POOLS

swimmpools.com

services + to-do’s

PAMPERING


Blow Out + Color + Eyebrow/Eyelash Services + Facial + Makeup Application + Massage + Men’s Styling/Salon + Waxing/Hair Removal + Women’s Styling/Salon

LANPHIER

lanphier.us


Cosmetic Spa

ELEMENT MEDICAL AESTHETICS

elementct.com


Day Spa + Facial + Massage

EGIA DAY SPA

egiadayspa.com


Makeup Shop

BLUEMERCURY

bluemercury.com


Manicure + Pedicure

POSH

poshct.com


Spray Tan

GODDESS GLOW

goddessglow.glossgenius.com

FITNESS & GEAR


Activewear

DARIEN RUNNING COMPANY

darienrunning.com


Barre

THE BAR METHOD

barmethod.com

Tending Barre: Co-owners Anna Trepanier and Lara Meehan in their New Canaan stuido. Photo: contributed

Bicycle Shop

DANNY’S CYCLES

dannyscycles.com


Dance Fitness

ANNA KAISER STUDIOS

annakaiserstudios.com


Fitness Studio + Virtual Fitness + Yoga

KAIA YOGA

kaiayoga.com


Golf Equipment

TRI-FIT CUSTOM GOLF

trifitgolf.com


Gym + Indoor Cycling

EQUINOX

equinox.com


Pilates

CLUB PILATES

clubpilates.com


Private Fitness Training

EVOLUTION

evolutionphysicaltherapy.com

FAMILY LIFE


Art Classes + Children’s Parties

MAKE-MODERN

make-modern.com


Children’s/Baby Décor

SHE LA LA

shelala.com


Children’s Clothes

WIGGLES & GIGGLES

wigglesandgigglesshop.com


Children’s Haircuts

BONBON HAIR STUDIO

bonbonhairstudio.com


Children’s Music Lessons

JUMPIN’ JAMS

jumpinjams.com


Children’s/Youth Fitness Training

DARIEN YMCA

darien-ymca.org


College Prep

CARNEGIE PREP

carnegieprep.com


Toy Store

DARIEN TOY BOX

darientoybox.com

DAILY ESSENTIALS


Auto Body

GRANT’S AUTO BODY

grantsautobody.com


Bookstore

BARRETT BOOKSTORE

barrettbookstore.com


Car Wash

SPLASH

splashcarwashes.com


CBD Store

YOUR CBD STORE

getsunmed.com


Dry Cleaning

FABRICARE CLEANERS

fabricarecleaners.net


Fine Art Gallery

GEARY GALLERY

gearygallery.com


Florist

EARTH GARDEN FLOWERS

earthgardenflowers.com


Gift Shop

EVERYTHING IS ROSEY

everythingisrosey.com


Livery Service

HOYT LIVERY INC.

hoytlivery.com


Local Hotel

THE INN AT GRAYBARNS

graybarns.com


Pet Supplies/Clothing

PET PANTRY WAREHOUSE

ppwpet.com


Photography (Portrait)

ABBY COLE PHOTOGRAPHY

abbycolephotography.com


Photography (Wedding)

CALLALILY STUDIOS

callalilystudios.com


Shoe Repair

DARIEN SHOE REPAIR

203-655-6169


Stationery/Formal Invitations

THE WHITNEY SHOP

thewhitneyshop.com


Tailor

GREENFIELD CLEANERS

greenfieldcleanerct.com


Veterinarian

VCA DARIEN ANIMAL HOSPITAL

vcahospitals.com

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