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CT Mag Readers Vote on Dining ‘Best’

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maggA new year means new opinions from Connecticut Magazine readers on what’s best when it comes to dining out around the state.

And even with a new, more streamlined  format in the January 2014  issue, several Hartford-area places have still made the grade when it comes to readers’ votes and special mentions by the editors.

In the ‘Best Mexican’ category, Bartaco, with a location in West Hartford, was deemed #1 while another WeHa Mexican eatery, Besito, placed third.

While no longer really part of the Hartford area food scene since closing its Wethersfield location, Carmen Anthony’s, with locations now  in Waterbury, New Haven and Woodbury, was voted ‘Best Prime Rib’ and ‘Best Steak,’ and took third in ‘Best Seafood.’

Placing third in the ‘Best Steak’ category was Capital Grille, which has a new Hartford location.capgrille5

Barcelona, with a location in West Hartford, was third in the ‘Most Romantic’ category,  while Millwright’s in Simsbury took third in the ‘Best Desserts’ contest.

When it comes to ‘Family Dining,’ it was a sweep for Hartford-area restaurants. Placing first was Bartaco in West Hartford. Second place went to First & Last Tavern and third to Wood-n-Tap, both popular places with several locations in and around Hartford.

Bartaco and Barcelona were tapped second and third respectively in the ‘Best Outdoor’ dining category and Barcelona racked up even more reader accolades, placing firsbarct in the ‘Best Wine Selection’ category and  second when it comes to ‘Best Service.’

Among the Hartford area restaurants that received a special shout-out as part of the magazine poll were Rein’s Deli, called a “must-exit I-84 gem,” The Willows in Bristol, Firebox in Hartford, the “Max Empire” restaurants, Republic in Bloomfield, Rizzuto’s in West Hartford , Hartford’s On20, (editors noting that the General Assembly should pass a bill requiring every Hartford executive to dine there,) and Vinted Wine Bar and Fleming’s, both in West Hartford.

Mentioned as “fast balls right down the middle” that are worth the trip include 50 West in Plainville, and La Tavola and Sweet Maria’s in Waterbury,

Abartacolso getting some special attention were West Street Grill in Litchfield, Carole Peck’s Good News Cafe in Woodbury, a renowned restaurant that just celebrated its 20th anniversary, Arethusa al Tavolo in Bantam, The Vanilla Bean Cafe in Pomfret, River Tavern in Chester, and a slew of places in New Haven,  editors nicknamed ‘ Connecticut’s hot lava core of fine dining.’

For more of the list go here.


NBMAA Throws The Art PARTy of the Year

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It was an artist’s dream at the New Britain Museum of American Art Saturday with a picture perfect springtime evening, more than 200 donated works of art, and a crowd that was more than ready for “The Art Party of the Year.”

More than 450 people attended the bash held each year to raise money for the museum’s education program, and they came from far and wide.

nbmaa2 (2)Probably traveling one of the longest distances was former Bushnell director Doug Evans who came with husband Mikolaj Bauer from Florida. New Britain was the first leg of an even longer vacation journey.

“We’re headed to Barcelona,” said the always dapper Evans, who along with much of the crowd, took time to watch the Kentucky Derby that was being broadcast on a giant screen in the museum’s Stanley Works Center.

nbmaa3 (2)Honorary co-chairs for the event were Webster Bank’s Jim Smith and his wife Cathy with Marzena Silpe stepping up as gala chair.

“We needed this to be a festive night,” she said, explaining the bagpiper who welcomed guests, the eye-catching white table settings with clear acrylic “Ghost” chairs that made “dining amidst the masterpieces” that much more special.

Beaming the entire night was executive director Douglas Hyland, who was celebrating the success of the museum’s Toulouse-Lautrec exhibit and already looking forward to the next big show and event.

“We’ll be having a Tiffany display next,” said Hyland about “The Brilliance of Louis Comfort Tiffany: Painter and Craftsman” exhibit opening May 23. “We’re planning a ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ opening for that.”

For more pictures go here.