Darien Social Brings Back the Classic American Bar and Restaurant From an Era Gone By...
Darien Social holds the corner spot of a rejuvenated downtown Darien with a window overlooking the MetroNorth train station and the everyday goings-on of a charming Fairfield County town. The street side brick façade gives way to an urbane respite framed by exposed brick and wood paneled walls, dark wood furnishings, cushy leather banquette seating, a large white granite top bar, and soft lighting to compliment the lush earth tones throughout. The courtyard entrance is adorned with tall potted greenery and guests are greeted as they make their way through the large mahogany doors. Wood floors throughout are made from recycled wide plank oak and even the restrooms boast attention to detail as seen in the use of real river stone pebble flooring. The dining room walls are adorned with vintage black and white photography that depicts the carefree attitude of the 1920s and the resolute of a nation during the prohibition years. The décor speaks to Darien Social’s approach and commitment to providing their guests with a place from which to hang their hat.
Darien Social is led by a team of seasoned restaurateurs and savvy wine and spirits devotees. Spearheading the kitchen and responsible for crafting one of the most inspired and comforting menus to be found this side of the Gold Coast is Executive Chef Nick Bilello. Chef Bilello has created a menu that takes its cues from tried and true favorites we all like to eat, and unfamiliar foods we must have again and again because there’s just nothing else like it around. When possible, Darien Social sources their food locally – utilizing a bounty of New England grown produce, farmed raised meat and poultry, fresh seafood, and local artisan products.
The beverage program at Darien Social is just as bold and thoughtful as the menu. Spirits bottles line the exposed brick wall, surrounding 31 draught beer handles that pour a revolving assortment of stouts, ales, and lagers. Darien Social pays homage to the American classics, their way, and a global and accessible wine list, along with premium scotch and whiskey selections round out the beverage offerings.
Darien Social will always be open, lunch and dinner, and every time in between.