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.
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.
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.
L'Orcio was established in 2003 by Francesco d’Amuri and his spouse Alison De Renzi, a couple who moved to New Haven from Florence, Italy to spread the flavors of this delectable cuisine among Americans. While dining in this restaurant you can take in the history of the Thomas Kelly House from the late 1880s, within which the restaurant is located. Relish the flavors of the delightful herbs and sauces inside the elegant restaurant or on the breezy patio. If you are not in the mood to eat, you can just stop by for a few cocktails.
Part of the popular Miya's chain of Japanese restaurants, it's no surprise that New Haven's Miya's Sushi is one of the most loved restaurants in the city. Its rustic yet intimate interiors are peppered with beautiful paintings that adds an aesthetic tinge to the atmosphere. The menu features an enticing selection of classic Japanese delicacies, with an innovative twist. Their Nigiri Plate Especial, Miso Noodles and Udon Noodles are not-to-be-missed, while the Tempura Mussels, Tatsutage and Tokyo Fro are also worth a shot. Add in a array of special sushi, sashimi and maki, and you've got all the makings of a traditional Japanese restaurant.
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.
Spread over two floors, consisting of two bars and an open dance floor, Box 63 promises an endlessly enjoyable experience. Chic and intimate, the dining area has a touch of a retro-like atmosphere coupled with a modern twist. The menu here boasts of a variety of American-inspired dishes ranging from the classic sandwiches and burgers to the signature Mexican Margherita and Maui Waui. Whatever you choose to eat here, you are guaranteed an absolute palate-pleasing affair that will make you an instant fan of this splendid restaurant. Complement your brilliant meal with one of the bartender's signature cocktails that are named after legendary personalities like the Lewis Black, Joan of Arc or the Helen Keller.
Part of a chain of coffee houses in Connecticut, Willoughby's Coffee & Tea is one of the coffee hot-spots in the Yale neighborhood. Cozy, intimate and never short of excitement, this is the ideal place to kick-start your morning with a steaming cup of coffee. Walk in, take a seat and treat yourself to one of their signature Unblended, French Roast, Decaf and flavored coffees. Roasted and brewed on-site, the coffee served here, never fails to be a cup of steaming goodness.
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.
168 York Street Cafe is a chic hangout spot, just ideal for enjoying a fun evening with your friends. This gay and lesbian bar is known for offering an extensive beverage list that include your favorite spirits and refreshing cocktails to accompany you for an evening here. The menu is moderately priced and the Happy Hours make this easy-on-your-pocket. The bar hosts some entertaining performances regularly and also has TV and WiFi for your entertainment. In case you feel hungry, 168 York Street Cafe offers a scrumptious finger food menu to munch on. While, on Sundays, they have special American breakfast and brunch menu that will entice your palate.