It's not easy to make it to number one in a city (let alone the world) where the pizzeria competition is brutal. But Modern Apizza has won many accolades since its inception in 1934. They have also received acclaim for having the freshest ingredients and friendliest service among its competitors. A must-try here is "The Bomb" variety; topped with bacon, pepperoni, sausage, mushroom, onion and garlic. A lot of flavors are sure to explode in your mouth.
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.
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.
Situated on Yale University's New Haven campus, Union League Cafe allows guests to savor classic French cuisine in an elegant and vibrant space that bears the resemblance of a 19th-century brasserie. The perfect setting for a romantic evening, the restaurant's vintage-themed interiors feature elaborate chandeliers, premium fabrics, sleek hardwood floors, and a traditional fireplace which lends the entire dining hall a majestic aura. The menu is well-structured and includes all-time favorites like the Crevettes Et Calamar, Canard Au Poivre, and the Lotte Au Vin Rouge. The cafe is also well-known for its desserts; especially the exquisite Creme Brulee Catalane.
Although there is no stylish decor, the service can be inconsistent, and the wait an inconvenience, this pizzeria is worth every bit of hassle. This is where you go to experience the best pizza in New Haven (always competing with Sally's Apizza, down the street), if not the world. Pepe's claims to have introduced pizza to the New World and has been making pizza a local legend since 1925. There is nothing like the amazing white clam pizza pie, or the other coal-fired, oven-baked combinations at this legendary pizzeria. No slices; you order by the pie.
Head to the Bar if you are looking forward to a lively evening in New Haven. Located in dowtown, this place is known for serving some of the best pizzas in town along with an impressive beverage menu to accompany you for the night. Choose from the variety of pizza bases and toppings to suit your taste or opt for the popular favorites, everything on their menu is sure to entice your palate. The delectable dishes are followed by an impressive list of beverages and cocktails that have been loved by all. Besides, the Bar hosts several DJ parties and live music gigs which makes it the ultimate nightlife spot to visit when in New Haven.
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!
For those who would like delectable fare of seafood blended with vibrant Latin flavors, a stop at Pacifico is a must. Located in the heart of Downtown New Haven, the shades of blue that decorate the entrance as well as the interiors will cocoon you in an oceanic ambiance. Relish in dishes like crispy whole sea bass, lobster quesadillas or caramelized salmon. Complement your food with some of their CT magazine prize-winning Mojitos.
Beer lovers of New Haven know one of the best places to get their craft brew on is the Cask Republic. This classic tavern features several beers on tap, not to mention the plethora of cask ales and bottles. In addition to the beverage options, Cask Republic also offers up tasty bites to go along with your brews, like burgers, sandwiches and other pub grub.