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.
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.
Goodfellas has been a New Haven favorite for classy, elegant Italian food ever since it first opened. Get all kinds of classic Italian dishes made with the most fresh, seasonal produce. Menu favorites include chicken Parmigiana, linguine with clams and a freshly prepared ravioli of the day. Goodfellas is a great destination if you're looking for an upscale atmosphere with down home flavors.
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.
Oak Haven Table & Bar offers has a bright, clean and fresh ambiance. With plenty of natural light streaming through the white-washed window panes, it is a nice place for a casual weekend brunch or post work drink with friends. The menu features seasonal ingredients and aims to throw the spotlight on local produce. From small plates and snacks perfect for sharing over a drink to more substantial options, choose from dishes like the Pretzel Nugs, Blue Crab crab cakes, Harvest Salad, Meatballs with fresh mozzarella and Steak. Each dish is named after the main ingredient in a very minimalist fashion and the produce is clearly the star here. Craft cocktails and wines provide a refreshing accompaniment to each meal. Sample concoctions like the Orchards Bounty, Death in the Afternoon and Bon Vivant. For additional details, visit the restaurant.
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.