The Best of Stamford 2023

The Best of Stamford 2023

Looking for everything that makes Stamford stand out? You voted, and these local favorites–from restaurants and bars, to bookstores and boutiques–came out on top.

FOOD + DRINK

Restaurants

Best Service
Washington Prime
washingtonprimect.com

Business Lunch
Capital Grille
thecapitalgrille.com

Creative Menu
The Wheel
thevillagewheel.com

above: This waterfront restaurant is a go-to for its chic decor, craft cocktails and versatile menu of farm-to-table fare. – Photograph by Jessica Sorentino

Hotel Restaurant
Villa Italia
villaitaliastamford.com

Outdoor Dining
Table 104
table104stamford.com

above: The patio is always packed at this Tuscan-inspired osteria. – Photograph by Kyle norton

Pickup/Delivery Option
Colony Grill
colonygrill.com

Private Dining/Intimate Venue
The Wheel
thevillagewheel.com

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

Special Occasion/Date Night
Divina
divinastamford.com

Steaks
Blackstones
blackstonessteakhouse.com

Sushi
Kashi
kashijapanese.com

Tapas
Barcelona
barcelonawinebar.com


Regional Specialties

American
The Wheel
thevillagewheel.com

Asian/Asian Fusion
Mecha Noodle Bar
mechanoodlebar.com

Chinese
Peter Chang
peterchangct.com

French
Chez Vous Bistro
chezvousbistro.com

Greek
Kouzina
kouzinataverna.com

Indian
Taj
tajstamform.com

Italian
Café Silvium
cafesilviumct.com

Japanese
Kashi
kashijapanese.com

Mediterranean
Layla’s Falafel
laylasfalafel.com

Mexican
bartaco
bartaco.com

Spanish
Barcelona
barcelonawinebar.com

Thai
Bedford Thai
bedfordthai.com

 

Casual Food

Bagels
Liz Sue Bagels
lizsuebagelsinc.com

Bowls
Chopt
choptsalad.com

Burritos
Ole Mole
olemolestamford.com

Frozen Yogurt
16 Handles
16handles.com

Hamburgers
Lucky’s
luckysclassic.com

Hot Dogs
Lunch Lady Gerri’s
homeofthesloppy.com

Ice Cream/Gelato
Gofer
gofericecream.com

Pizza
Colony Grill
colonygrill.com

Ribs/Barbeque
Avellino
avellinofamilybbq.com

Salads
Chopt
chopt.com

 

Drop-in Spots

Breakfast
Granola Bar
thegranolabar.com

Brunch
Fortina
fortinapizza.com

Café/Bistro
Granola Bar
thegranolabar.com

Coffee Shop (independent)
Lorca
lorcacoffeebar.com

Deli
Rye Ridge
ryeridgedeli.com

Diner
Elm Street Diner
elmstreetdiner.com

above: Locals love the burgers, sandwiches, milkshakes, donuts and All-American classics at this favorite diner. – Photograph by Garvin Burke

Health/Organic Food
Mike’s Organic
mikesorganic.com

Juice Bar
Juice Kings
juice-kings.com

Lunch Spot
Table 104
table104stamford.com

Vegetarian/Organic/Health
Teff
teffstamford.com


Markets & Catering

Bakery
DiMare Pastry Shop
dimarepastry.com

Butcher Shop
LaRocca’s
lcountrymarket.com

Cakes/Cup Cakes
DiMare Pastry Shop
dimarepastry.com

Caterer
Marcia Selden
marciaselden.com

Desserts/Chocolates
DiMare Pastry Shop
dimarepastry.com

Gourmet Grocery
Mike’s Organic
mikesorganic.com

Gourmet To Go
Mike’s Organic
mikesorganic.com

Grocery Pickup/Delivery Option
Mike’s Organic
mikesorganic.com

Liquor Store
BevMax
bevmax.com

Organic Food Market
Mike’s Organic
mikesorganic.com

Seafood Market
New Wave
newwaveseafood.com

Wine Shop
Harbor Point Wine & Spirits
harborpointwineandspirits.com


Bar Boasts

Beer Selection
Third Place
halffullbrewery.com

Margaritas
bartaco
bartaco.com

Martinis
Divina
divinastamford.com

Microbrewery
Half Full
halffullbrewery.com

Outdoor Bar
Cisco Brewers
thevillagestamford.com

Pub
Tigin
tiginirishpub.com

Restaurant Bar
bartaco
bartaco.com

Sports Bar
Bobby V’s
bobbyvsrestaurant.com

Wine Bar
Barcelona
barcelonawinebar.com

Wine List
Barcelona
barcelonawinebar.com


SHOPPING + STYLE

Fashion

Accessories
Whim
whimlove.com

Consignment
Roundabout
roundaboutcouture.com

Department Store
Macy’s
macys.com

Designer Boutique
A Step Ahead
astepaheadfashion.com

Event Dresses/Bridal Gowns/Bridesmaid Dresses
A Step Ahead
astepaheadfashion.com

Eyewear
Cohen’s
cohensfahionoptical.com

Jeans
Havana Jeans
shophavanajeans.com

Lingerie
Victoria’s Secret
victoriassecret.com

Luxe Leisurewear
House of Humbled
houseofhumbled.com

Men’s Fashion
House of Humbled
houseofhumbled.com

Men’s Shoes
Hawley Lane Shoes
hawleylaneshoes.com

New Shop
Daisy-Bella
daisy-bella.com

Swimwear
Macy’s
macys.com

Teen Fashion
Whim
whimlove.com

Women’s Fashion
House of Humbled
houseofhumbled.com

Women’s Shoes
House of Humbled
houseofhumbled.com


Jewelry

Designer Jewelry
Russ Hollander
ringart.com

Estate Jewelry
Russ Hollander
ringart.com

above: 4.64ct Cushion cut Burma Sapphire & six E color natural bezel set diamonds in an 18kt granulated green gold Scythian band. – Photograph: contributed

Everyday Jewelry
Nagi
nagijewelers.com

Fine Jewelry
Russ Hollander
ringart.com

Selection of Local Designers
Nagi
nagijewelers.com

Special Occasion Jewelry
Russ Hollander
ringart.com

Watches
Peter Suchy
petersuchyjewelers.com

Wedding/Engagement Rings
Russ Hollander
ringart.com


Home

Antiques/Vintage
Remix Market
remixmarket.com

Appliances
County TV & Appliance
countytv.com

Closet/Organization
Matt Baier
mattbaier.com

Décor
The Collective
thecollectivect.com

above: With a mix of modern and vintage finds, this 20,000-square-foot home showroom features pieces hand-picked by Pamela Frisoli of Trovare Home. – Photograph by Garvin Burke

Furniture
Remix Market
remixmarket.com

Garden Center
Designs by Lee
designsbylee.com

Hardware
Rocky’s
rockys.com

Kitchen + Bath
Plimpton & Hills
plimptonhills.com

Lighting
The Accessory Store
stamford-shades.myshopify.com

Linens
Home Goods
homegoods.com

Outdoor Furniture
DWR
dwr.com

Paint
Ring’s End
ringsend.com

above: At this hub for home improvement, you’ll find the best selection in paints for indoor and outdoor projects. – Photograph by © ink drop – stock.adobe.com

Pool Design
Shoreline
shorelinepools.com

Rugs
Redi-Cut
redicarpets.com

Stone
Connecticut Stone
connecticutstone.com

Windows/Doors
Windorama
windowrama.com


Pampering

Blow Out/Updo
Noelle
noelle.com

Color
Noelle
noelle.com

Cosmetic Spa
Nichols Skin Lab
nicholsmdskinlab.com

Day Spa
Noelle
noelle.com

Eyebrows/Eyelashes European Wax Center Facial
Maria Nicole Aesthetics
marianicoleaesthetics.com

Makeup Shop
Macy’s
macys.com

Mani/Pedi
Coco Nail
cocospa.com

Massage
Noelle
noelle.com

Men’s Styling/Salon
Salon 1026
salon1026stamford.com

Spray Tan
Palm Beach
palmbeachtan.com

Waxing/Hair Removal
European Wax
waxcenter.com

Women’s Styling/Salon
Reveal Hair Salon
revealhairsalon.com


SERVICES + TO-DO’S

Fitness

Activewear/Running Shoes
Rhone
rhone.com

above: The pros at Rhone help athletes, weekend warriors and everyone in between to find the perfect fit in activewear. – Photograph by Rhone instagram account

Barre
Chelsea Piers CT
chelseapiersct.com

Bicycle Shop
Danny’s Cycles
dannyscycles.com

Crossfit
Carozza Fitness
carozzafitness.com

Dance Fitness
Empowered Aerial Fitness
empoweredaerialfitness.com

Fitness Studio
The U
morethanjustagym.com

Golf Equipment
Sterling
sterlingfarmsgc.com

Gym
Carozza Fitness
carozzafitness.com

Indoor Cycling
Life Cycle
lifecyclect.com

Pilates
Chelsea Piers CT
chelseapiersct.com

Private Fitness Training
The U
morethanjustagym.com

Virtual Fitness
The U
morethanjustagym.com

Yoga
Connecticut Power Yoga
ctpoweryoga.com


Family Life

Art Classes
Best Time Ever
thebestimeever.com

Children’s/Baby Décor
Honey Pie
honeypiewestport.com

Children’s Clothes
Honey Pie
honeypiewestport.com

Children’s/Youth Fitness
Training
chelseapierwsct.com

Children’s Music Lessons
Mary Ann Hall’s Music for Children
musicforchildren.net

Children’s Parties
Chelsea Piers CT
chelseapiersct.com

College Prep Courses
Tutor Me SOS
tutormesos.com

Family Friendly Restaurant
Honey Joe’s
honeyjoescoffee.com

Nanny/Babysitting Services
Wee Care Nanny
weecarenanny.com

Toy Store
Awesome Toys and Gifts
awesometoys.com


Daily Essentials

Auto Repair Shop
Pray Body Shop
praybodyshop.com

Bookstore
Barnes & Noble
barnesandnoble.com

Car Wash
Splash
splashcarwashes.com

above: A multi-year winner, Splash Car Wash takes a hands-on approach and leaves your vehicle sparkling clean, inside and out. – Photograph by Garvin Burke

CBD Store
Fine Fettle
finefettle.com

Dry Cleaning
Go Green
gogreendrycleaners.net

Event Space
Third Place
halffullbrewery.com

Event Space/Wedding Reception Venue
The Village
thevillagestamford.com

Florist
Stamford Florist
stamfordflorist.com

Gift Shop
House of Humbled
houseofhumbled.com

Livery Service
Rudy’s Limousine
rudylimo.com

Local Hotel
The Lloyd
thelloydstamford.com

above: A boutique hotel with a cool, contemporary vibe, The Lloyd is close to Mill River Park and in walking distance to everything downtown. – Photographs: contributed

Pet Groomer/Pet Spa
Spot On
spotonvet.com

Pet Supplies/Clothing
Choice Pet
choicepet.com

Shoe Repair
Izet’s Leather
izetsleather.com

Storage
Westy
westy.com

Tailor
Mario the Tailor203-324-5177

Veterinarian
Spot On
spotonvet.com

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