Bella's Cafe is a bright and cozy restaurant in West New Haven serving up some of the city's favorite breakfast and brunch all week long. You definitely won't go home hungry after chowing down on massive portions of dishes like french toast, omelets, burgers, salads and more. The menu changes frequently, and they always offer daily specials, so you can try something new every time.
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!
This restaurant is the New Haven branch of the world-famous falafel joint that started in New York City's Greenwich Village in 1971. The New Haven branch is Mamoun's nicer, sit-down restaurant, with the walls covered in plush Middle-Eastern carpets. The menu features all the Mamoun's favorites like the renowned falafel, shawarma, kabobs and kibbeh. Mamoun's is a perfect place to chow down on some filling and healthy Middle-Eastern specialties.
Undoubtedly one of the neighborhood's favorite ice-cream parlors, Ashley's Ice Cream is one of the must-visit joints on every tourist's list. Since its inception, this ice-cream parlor has been known for its unique flavors, which has only increased in number over the years. Bring out your inner child with its range of specialties, including the Red White and Blueberry, Nutella Chip, Lemon Pie and Bittersweet Chocolate ice-creams. Apart from its ice-creams, the cakes, frozen yogurt, juices and smoothies are also worth a try.
When moseying along Chapel Street, stop into this popular student (but not exclusively) hangout. Here, it's a toss up between what's more fun; the excellent selection of homemade soups, salads and sandwiches, gourmet coffees and sweet pastries, or the titles that cover almost every subject known to publishing. Sunny seating makes this a cozy stop in any season, and a great place to peek into when downtown.
Synonymous with great coffee and good times, Blue State Coffee is a great place to kick-start your day with a warm beverage and a healthy morning conversation. Sourced from some of the best coffee traders, and roasted and brewed on-site, expect nothing short of a cup of fresh, aromatic coffee from this coffee house. Be sure to try some of their signature coffees such as the True Blue, Liberty and Espresso #9, which is every bit as unique and wonderful, as you would expect.
When it comes to serving a deliciously good pizza, very few places can meet the standards of Yorkside Pizza and Restaurant. This intimate, family run restaurant offers some of the city's finest pizza and Greek-inspired dishes that are prepared using age-old, inherited recipes. Expect nothing short of a thorough gastronomical adventure each time you dig into a meal here. From the soups to the signature souvlakis, everything on the menu here promises a palate-pleasing experience, that will certainly have you planning for your next meal at this splendid restaurant.
Take a break from regular burgers and pizzas and lose yourself in the vibrant flavors from China at Ivy Wok. This popular restaurant is known for offering delicious and authentic Cantonese delicacies at pocket-friendly rates. The Pan Fried Pork Dumplings, Wonton Cantonese Noodle Soup and General Tso's Chicken on rice from their menu which have been loved by there regulars.The friendly staff is efficient and makes this place a great spot to enjoy a quick meal.