By Analiese Paik
One of my favorite farm-to-table restaurants, a cozy spot for Southwestern fare on Forest Street in New Canaan called Farmer’s Table, is set to move across the street to the space formerly occupied by Bistro Bonne Nuit. Chef/owner Robert Ubaldo estimated 4-6 weeks before the space would be ready. Lately he’s been spending his days off working on improvements to the new location, including new surfaces and a new floor. Custom reclaimed wooden tables are being crafted for the dining room that will initially accommodate 40 guests; an additional 20 guests will enjoy dining outdoors at their sidewalk tables once the weather warms up.
“We had to move anyway and this opportunity came along. It’s perfect because it’s not a far move” said Ubaldo. ” The building we’re in is getting knocked down and will be developed into condos with retail space below.” Besides additional indoor and outdoor seating, the new space will bring an expanded food and drink menu. “We’re getting a liquor license but will continue the popular BYO.” Ubaldo sources much of the fresh produce for the restaurant from his own garden, requiring him to double its size this year. Meat and poultry is supplied by John Boy’s Farm, a 185-acre “beyond organic” farm in Cambridge, NY owned by Robert’s brother.
If all goes as planned, there will be minimal downtime, perhaps a few days at most, during which both restaurants will be closed to complete the move. “We’ll keep the open kitchen and cozy feel in the dining room” said Ubaldo. “We’ll also have room for events in the new space, perhaps cooking classes and other special classes.”
Don’t wait for Farmer’s Table to move to enjoy their Southwestern food and warm wait staff. Reservations are recommended as they fill up fast. A quick check on Trip Advisor helps to explain why: they’re the #1 rated restaurant in New Canaan on the site.
21 Forest Street
Closed Sundays and Mondays.
Soon to move to 12 Forest Street, across the street from the current location.