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.
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.
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.
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.
Located within the The Study at Yale hotel, Heirloom offers a tantalizing cuisine from New England with a contemporary twist. Relish the roast chicken, duck breast, steak and dumplings made from locally sourced meat. Oyster lovers can feast at the Oyster bar. Those lodging within the hotel can gorge on the delectable dishes from the menu in the warmth of their cozy rooms. Heirloom begins serving its guests dinner from 5p everyday.
One of the most popular pizza joints in the city, Pizza at the Brick Oven never fails to surprise its customers with its delectable variety of traditional pizzas. This little eatery features hand crafted pizzas, topped with the freshest local ingredients and baked in an old-school wood-burning oven, that assure its customers an palatable treat. Take your pick from the signature The Brick Special, Blanco and Sweetie Pie pizzas, or opt for the classic Napoletana and Californian pizza. Apart from pizzas, this restaurant also offers a scrumptious selection of pastas, salads and finger foods.
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.