Uppers and downers all in one spot!
Espresso NEAT has built a reputation in Fairfield County as being at the top of their game. Year after year, they’ve been awarded best cafe and best coffee, and after you’ve gone there, you can see why. Owner Rachel Haughey and her crew pick their coffee beans with care and perform routine coffee cuppings to ensure that only the best quality coffee will be served at their Darien hotspot. And, that quality comes through big time. Add in their other options like tea, espresso, coffee, salads, snacks, breakfast goodies, and sandwiches, and you’ve got the perfect spot to hang out or grab a quick bite.
So, to Rachel, it was only natural to take Espresso NEAT into the next phase of evolution by opening up a brand new restaurant that was part cafe and part cocktail bar. The new venture, NEAT, will open up in the National Hall Campus in Westport in early August. Working with Rachel in this venture will be owner of Experience Hospitality, Bobby Werhane, and Managing Director Kevin Daniel Lalumiere. Both Bobby and Kevin are locals, too, with Bobby coming from Westport and Kevin from Fairfield. Kevin and Bobby unite Rachel’s expertise and cafe experience with an amazing resume of bars, restaurants, and shops. The team at Experience Hospitality helped to bring some amazing restaurants into NYC like Spasso, dell’anima, L’artusi, and Johnny Utah’s, adding an even more rounded background to the structure of NEAT.
You’ve probably passed by it a hundred times. It’s just a big brick building in Port Chester. But, as you get closer the amazing aroma of roasted coffee beans assaults you. This is where Empire Coffee and Path Coffee roasters (a division of Empire) roasts and packs up different varieties of coffee. Head brewers Johnny Steverson and Jason Richter are roasting up small artisan batches of coffee there at a seemingly endless pace.
Where the magic happens at Path!
And, just a few miles down 95 in White Plains is Cathy’s Biscotti and Sweet Treats. Owned by Cathy Schauber, Cathy’s Biscotti and Sweet Treats has been creating yummy biscotti cookies and more since 2006. And, guess what? They’ve come together in a perfect pairing and marriage with Path Coffee for the holidays. Yes, you can get 6 biscotti and a 12 oz bag of Path Coffee for just 22.58.
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Churros and dipping sauces
Slow drip extracts the flavor better
Somebody’s got a case of the Mondays.
Psssh, not any more! That’s because Lorca in Stamford is giving you something to be excited about even though it’s the start of the week. Yes, Friday won’t seem so far away when you get to take part in their brand new book club.
Bacon, chive, and ?? zeppole
Aye, paisanos, have we got a new spot for you to check out! We’re talking ’bout Zeppoleme, right on Main Street in Port Chester, walking distance from our part of Greenwich (uh oh, we’re in trouble). Ever since we saw the sign a few months ago, we’ve been dreaming about the zeppoles we’d enjoy on, oh, say EVERY Sunday morning, starting with this past Sunday when they opened up shop!
Lucky for Kristien’s parents, they just so happened to be in town when they opened…which was the perfect way to round out our weekend of gorging. See just two nights before we had taken the rents out for dinner at Bar Sugo and feasted like the good Italians we are. But back to Zeppoleme…
Immediately, we were happy to see how cute and cozy the interior is. Lots of dark wood tables and rustic tones make Zeppoleme chill, relaxing, and comfortable. Plus, if you’re feeling like it would be nice to eat outside, check out their pretty outdoor garden dining that they share with sister restaurant Nessa next door. Eh, you gonna get to the food? Psshhhh, here are the basics:
It’s officially summer in Darien when espresso NEAT opens their beautiful outdoor patio. So, what better way to kick it off than with some live music and a contest to prove your worth? We’re talking about Doug Allen live outside of NEAT and a latte art competition. They’ll begin the signup for competitors on 6/20 at 6 pm and the first pour will happen at 7 pm and go until 9 pm. Check their FB page and their site because they might be offering an online sign-up for those who can’t make 6. Each entry costs $5, but that money will be going directly to help the victims of the devastating Oklahoma tornado.