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The first thing you will notice after entering the wide doors with door pulls in the shape of a "Z," is the very cool, chic interior, where minimalist and sleek go hand in hand. Located just a few steps from the Chapel Street shopping area and the financial district, Zinc boasts a view of the New Haven Green from the zinc-plated community table, serving limited edition wine and a fresh-market, fusion-inspired menu. Live jazz is played on Saturday nights.
Yet another first for New Haven: not only did the city introduce pizza to America, it is also home of the hamburger, introduced to the world by this diner in 1900. If you drive or walk by too quickly, you might miss this small, unpretentious, cottage-like building tucked away along the bustling street. But on the inside, New Haveners enjoy "a bomb" of a burger, so good that ketchup and mustard are no-no's. The burgers are grilled vertically for the best taste possible, and if you ask nicely, you might get a slice of cheese. Maybe. This is a classic New Haven landmark not to be missed!
The name says it all. Burgers and beers. Prime 16 Tap House + Burgers is a craft beer heaven, with 20 beers on tap, not to mention the fully stocked bar. From the kitchen, take your pick of any of the juicy specialty burgers with amazing flavor combinations. Or you could even create your own. The kids menu makes Prime 16 a perfect place for everyone to get something they like.
In the shadow of East Rock, this 100-year-old eatery has a cozy bar with a lively atmosphere, which can be a little raucous at times. But it is where you meet up with friendly locals and chow down on the "best Buffalo wings" outside of Buffalo. Unpretentious but hearty victuals like sandwiches and burgers are served until late. The pub also has locations in Fairfield and Milford.