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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This café's inviting entrance beckons you to dine in a romantic atmosphere where Italian specialties are served with beautiful presentation. Seafood, meats and pastas are carefully prepared with a touch of the nouvelle, and the facilities are perfect for large or intimate parties. Located in the heart of Madison's charming downtown, the restaurant is only a short 20-minute drive from downtown New Haven, off Interstate 95 North, at exit 61.
Lenny & Joe's Fish Tale in Madison has been delighting customers since 1979 with mounds of fresh scallops, scrod, shrimp, clams, crabs and lobster. This casual restaurant is great for people of all ages and is particularly child friendly with the outdoor ice cream stand and carousel (all proceeds go to local charities). Fish Tale is packed every night during the summer as it's not far from Hammonasset State Park, not to mention even packing customers in on weekends in the winter. Go to the counter, order and pay, find yourself a table, pick up your tray and enjoy some of the best local seafood. There is also a lobster stand open daily in summer and on weekends in the winter months. Don't forget to pick up a t-shirt (they change yearly) for only $6 that tells everyone you ate there as well as making a fashion statement. There is also the sit-down restaurant Lenny & Joe's in Westbrook, just five miles up the road.
Fairly new to the shoreline area, Zhang's already has a remarkable following making it one of the hottest restaurants in the Madison and Guilford area, especially on the weekends. There is an abundance of delicious, beautifully prepared Chinese delicacies like the Jumbo Shrimp with Walnut, replete with a white Marnier sauce, and Crispy Orange Beef. Japanese specialties like Donburi, Udon and sushi to die for are all served by a friendly wait staff. The atmosphere is warm but low key, and on a Saturday night, the place is packed and the mood is almost raucous! Try a combination of Chinese and Japanese favorites and you won't be disappointed! Excellent cuisine with reasonable prices.
Shoreline Diner is a casual eatery located just off Tanner Mash road. They serve typical diner food and provide alternatives for all kinds of dietary needs including vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free food options. The menu is extensive and very affordable; their specialties are the Buckwheat pancakes with vegan butter, the classic BLT, and cheese steak with coleslaw. The seating area is spacious, so you can go in with your friends whenever you feel like having some of their yummy burritos.
Lobster Landing is a restaurant that started out of an effort to start a small food cart. The restaurant now is a popular spot with locals and tourists alike, as it serves the best Lobster Rolls. It is a cozy little place serving limited but enticing choices in seafood. The place serves alluring Lobster rolls with gluten-free options. This little restaurant has been awarded by the regional and local magazines for being one of the best places to serve Lobster Rolls. Apart from giving a cozy feel, they welcome patrons to bring any beverages, food, they like to their restaurant that is not served by them.
The Place Restaurant is a unique outdoor restaurant in Guilford. This seasonal restaurant is open for six months (May to October) and serves delicious seafood and American cuisines. They have a simple food menu and serve a variety of seafood and barbecue dishes, the popular dishes on the menu being the smokey lobsters, roasted clams to name a few. Diners can enjoy their meals in the outdoor dining area that is unique and has tree stumps for seating and round bright red tables. Diners can bring their own drinks, side dishes and enjoy it with their meals. The eatery only accepts cash and it is advisable to call before visiting.