I Went to New Haven So You Wouldn't Have To
There's a certain charm about college towns. You're bound to meet people from all around the world, they're booming spheres of social interaction, and you're also certainly going to run into a Chipotle somewhere nearby.
This weekend, I trekked my way out of Hyde Park to check out Yale. I lurked around, looking for cafes to do work in, avoided all buildings that reminded me of the Reg, and tried favorite local restaurants of Yale students.
Spoiler Alert: Sometimes setting no expectations really is the best way to go about things.
155 Temple Street New Haven, CT 06510
Barcelona is a wine bar/restaurant located in Omni New Haven Hotel that offers a various selection of fine wines and tapas. While I didn't try the paella for myself, it looked pretty good. I'd say the selection on the menu is great, but the food was not as impressive. The tapas at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba in Lincoln Park are much much better in my opinion. In case you do try out Barcelona, I'd recommend the Crispy Calamari dish and the Boquerones.
Blue State Coffee
84 Wall St, New Haven, CT 06511
Located right in the heart of Yale's campus, Blue State Coffee is the perfect place to start off your day with an Americano or an iced chai latte. Food-wise, I'd recommend the bagel and lox paired with an almond croissant. You can't go wrong with a classic all-round palette pleaser. Blue State: 10/10 better than C-Shop.
Choupette Crêperie & Cafè
24 Whitney Ave, New Haven, CT 06510
Founded and run by Parisian Adil Chokairy, this small creperie was the perfect reminder of the crepe places I saw in Paris. While not a perfect rival of Breizh Café or Le Petit Grec, Choupette was a comfy, homey place that served quality savory and sweet crepes. Having both flour and buckwheat options, the variety of crepes here is actually pretty impressive. Paired with the artistry of the warm drinks available here, I would say I was pleasantly surprised.
This restaurant has to the highlight of this trip. With a chic yet minimalist interior, 116 Crown not only had the best aesthetic, but also had the best food. What I would best describe as all-encompassing fusion food, this place blends the best of all foods to create something more. Their speciality pizza, called the New Haven, is a blend of littleneck clams, cockles, parmigiano-reggiano, and gremolata. I never was a fan of strange pizzas, but this was definitely the best I've had.
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