Eat Up Stamford
Our locally sourced guide to 85+ restaurants defining Stamford dining right this minute
Long gone are the days when the only choices for takeout were pizza and Chinese, when enjoying haute cuisine prepared by a star chef meant—gasp!—sneaking across the border, when Latin food only meant Mexican. Today, no matter what Stamford foodies are hungry for, we can stay close to home and satisfy that craving, for whatever it may be. And we like it that way, so given that we are always planning the next reunion with friends or special occasion, we present our dining guide to what's trendy and delicious now. Dig in! There's plenty to choose from here, and with such a heated landscape, your only difficult decision will be what to order next.
Table For Two
A dinner date can be fraught with multiple moods. If it’s a first date, there are nerves and excitement. Those already dating are filled with expectations for what’s on the menu, and what may come after dessert. There's relaxed and social double-dating too, but don't forget “Date Night,” the longtime couple-enforced, perilous dance. No matter what the tone, Stamford can handle it all. At Napa & Co., you can come in blue jeans after a movie or dressed to the nines before the symphony, and you’ll be just right. Here you can satisfy your hankering for a chef’s tasting or wine and cheese at the bar. Either way, seasonal cuisine is the focus at this wine-centric, casually elegant New American spot. And if the table’s decorated with rose petals, go ahead and get your hopes up. Napa does marriage proposals.
For something a little more exclusive, book a table at Capital Grille, where you can feel affluent and pampered at once. One of you may order the dry-aged porterhouse steak, rare. The other, the citrus-glazed salmon. Specials or not, you’ll both toast each other while sitting at a cozy corner table facing the wine kiosk in the space’s dark, wood-paneled, comfortably clubby atmosphere.
On the other hand, when you both want to eat light but still feast, the simple yet bold Greek fare at Eos is a sparkling option. The spare, modern setting leaves the drama to the food—picture flaming saganaki cheese and a whole branzino grilled over charcoal and flavored with lemon and fresh herbs. There are plenty of dishes for vegans, vegetarians and the gluten-free here too. And after dinner, you can read your future in the grounds of the rich, potent Greek coffee.
To feel at home, try Columbus Park, owned by the Marchetti family, whose members will greet you at the door and remember your name (even your favorite cocktail). And the food is connected to Italy in the way Italians eat the order of courses—simply dressed salads and vegetable side-dishes—and some of the best pasta in the city, made each day by elegant mama Maria.
For something Old World, try Aria. You can start with prosecco at the cozy bar—their cellar sings with 350 wines from small vineyards—then to the dining room, with tablecloths, candles and servers who will hold your chair. The tables are not too close, giving your meal a sense of intimacy. The menu of Italian dishes intrigues: filet mignon carpaccio, and black squid ink pasta with radicchio, shrimp and walnuts. Don’t skip: Flourless chocolate almond torta caprese for the perfect romantic ending.This article appears in our current issue, to read the full article pick up a copy here »