Home to one of the world’s most famous and well-respected educational institutions, Yale University, New Haven is open to a wealth of cultural influences that are prevalent in its architecture, art and cuisine. Eating out in the city is a truly multicultural experience, as dining spots range from Ethiopian fare to all-American eats. Here’s our guide to 10 of the best restaurants in New Haven, Connecticut.
The apparent birthplace of the hamburger sandwich, Louis’ Lunch stakes its claim to a piece of pure Americana with a recipe that has changed little from its historic prototype. The current proprietors, descendants of the original owner who created the famed sandwich, place such stock in the recipe that they refuse to offer any condiments to accompany it with cheese, tomato, and onion being the only acceptable garnish. This is an iconic eatery of New Haven, so much so that when threatened with the possibility of demolition in the early 1970s, patrons took it upon themselves to save the site and when a spot was found for relocation, bricks were donated to the build.
Louis’ Lunch, 261-263 Crown Street, New Haven, CT, USA, +1 203 562 5507
The phrase ‘iconic American pizza’ tends to conjure up images of either Chicago’s famous deep dish or New York’s folded slice. However, New Haven has its own unique pizza known as ‘apizza’ (pronounced ‘ah-beets’ in the local accent) which is served without the mozzarella and is notable for its thin crust. This New Haven delicacy wad debuted at Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana and has served the great and the good including former US President Bill Clinton. A must-try is Pepe’s signature dish, The White Clam Pizza.
With a name like The Green Tea House it is perhaps unsurprising that this venue deals in all sorts of loose leaf teas, including black, green, oolong, matcha, herbal, white and pu-erh. With a full dining menu as well it is ideal for a relaxed and unique meal out. Focusing predominantly on Asian cuisine, like curry noodles and tofu wraps, guests can also choose from more western fare such as a range of panini or salads. Each meal comes with a suggestion of a tea pairing and you can even get your tea fix without having to buy a beverage, with such sweet treats as tea-infused cookies.
The Green Tea House, 1008 Chapel St, New Haven, CT, USA, +1 203 562 6000