New Haven boasts diverse and quality dining options. In between your classes and milongas,
you can get a taste of New Haven from the 40+ restaurants downtown. Here we list some
budget-friendly places near the fest locations. (* our recommendations)
Coffee Shops & Pastry Places
• Atticus Bookstore Café*, 1082 Chapel St. Great for brunch, lunch, dinner, or just dessert! Open 7am – 9pm, 8am – 8pm (Sun)
• Blue State Coffee*, Organic, fairly traded coffee, sandwiches, snacks.
84 Wall St. Next to the Slifka Center. 8am- 11pm
276 York St. 2 blocks from GPSCY. 8am-10pm (Sat), 8am-12am (Sun)
320 Congress Ave. (NEW!) 1 block from Harkness. 7am-6pm (Sat), 9am-5pm(Sun)
• Book Trader Café, 1140 Chapel St. Corner of York and Chapel. Excellent sandwiches, fresh OJ. Used books, outdoor seating. 9am-8pm (Sat), 9am-7pm (Sun)
• Bruegger’s Bagels, 11 Whitney Ave. Bagels (fresh at the store everyday), coffee, sandwiches, salads, soups and more! 6am-5pm
• Cedarhurst Café, 44 Crown St. Cozy café with yoga chairs and smoothies and small bites. 8am-5pm (Sat), 9am-5pm (Sun)
• Choupette Crêperie & Cafè, 24 Whitney Ave. Traditional sweet & savory French crêpes & coffee drinks. 7:30-8pm (Fri), 8am-5pm (Sat, Sun)
• Jojo's Coffee & Tea, 1177 Chapel St. Has a very large selection of tea, espresso drinks and desserts. Ginger Lemon tea! Open 7am - 10pm (Opens 9am on Weekends).
• Koffee on Audubon, 104 Audubon St. Located at the historic Foundry building, Koffee serves coffee, tea, sandwiches, cupcakes from the Sugar Bakery. Open 9am-11pm (8pm on Sun)
• Willoughby's Coffee & Tea
194 York St. On the same block as GPSCY. 7am-7pm. (6pm on Sun)
258 Church St. 2 blocks from Pratt. Open 7am-7pm (7pm on Sun)
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• East Rock Coffee, 49 Cottage St. Small. No electronics allowed.
• Katalina’s Kupcakes, 74 Whitney Ave. Name says it all. New cupcake store in town. 8:30am-6pm (Fri) 9:30am-4:30pm (Sat)
• Dunkin Donuts
1179 Chapel St. (1 block from GPSCY)
51 York St. (1 block from Harkness)
• Claire's Corner Copia, 1000 Chapel St. New Haven institution. Vegetarian cuisine, organic café. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. We recommend the Lithuanian coffee cake. ($$)
• Thali Too, 65 Broadway (behind the Apple store). Indian, all-vegetarian. ($$)
• Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant, 176 Temple St. Food is served on large platters, good for sharing, and you eat with your hands! Kitchen is slow. ($$)
• Cask Republic, 179 Crown St. American food, wide selection of beer, great for a large group.
• The Little Salad Shop, 45 High St. Quick salads to go. ($)
• Louis’ Lunch, 263 Crown St. A New Haven institution, possibly where the burger was invented, no ketchup available, old-style burger grilling. ($)
• Prime 16, 172 Temple St. New burger and brew pub with a fancier, dark wood and dim lighting atmosphere. Great gourmet burgers with fries for under $10, several dozen beers on tap. ($$)
• Shake Shack, 986 Chapel St. Slow-fastfood. 11am-11pm (Fri-Sat), 11am-10pm (Sun). ($$)
• Subway, 66 York St. One of the only things open near Harkness on the weekends.($)
• Temple Grill, 152 Temple St. Mid-priced fare. Burgers, pasta, salads, sandwiches, entrees. ($$)
• Barracuda Bistro & Bar, 1180 Chapel St. New American with Latin flavor. Kitchen closes at midnight. ($$)
• Elm City Social, 266 College St. New American with good cocktails. ($$)
• Bru BAR, 254 Crown St. Excellent microbrewery. Try the mashed potato white pie –with bacon- and Damn Good Stout. ($$)
• Est Est Est, 1176 Chapel St. Affordable price. Good pizza, sandwich, Soups, etc. ($)
• Da Legna , 858 State St. Small plates and delicious (interesting) pizza. ($$)
• Modern Apizza, 874 State St. Good for large groups but reserve ahead. New Haven classic. ($$)
• Wall Street Pizza, 90 Wall St. 203-776-9021. Next to Blue State Coffee on Wall St. Quick sandwich and pizza. Closed Sunday. ($)
• Yorkside Pizza, 288 York St. Best for take-out wine in brown bag after liquor store hours. ($)
• Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, 157 Wooster St. Line up at 11:20am on Sat morning for real New Haven pizza. Clam pizza is great, but others are good too. If the line is too long, Anastasio’s Ristorante* (11:30am-9pm) is a local fav. with great food and no line. ($$)
• Sally’s Apizza, 237 Wooster St. Only open for dinner on weekends. Excellent meat pies.
• House of Naan, 65 Howe St. Free naan with cocktails. ($$)
• Sitar, 45 Grove St. Great for large groups with lunch buffet every day. Couple blocks from Pratt. ($)
• Tandoor, corner of Chapel and Howe. 203-776-6620. In a vintage diner! Chicken Tikka Massala is heavenly here. ($$)
• Thali, 4 Orange St. Modern Indian cuisine. Great lunch buffet ($$)
• Tikkaway Grill, 135 Orange St. Fast, casual indian take-out. Wraps, rice bowls and salads with your choice of meat and topings. ($)
• Zaroka Bar and Restaurant, 148 York St. Grest Sunday brunch buffet! 5pm-11pm (Fri, Sat); 12pm-3pm (Sun). ($$)
• The Halal Guys, 906 Chapel St. Gyros, chicken & rice. ($)
• Mamoun’s, 85 Howe St. Falafel, kebab sandwiches $3-5, plates etc. Wifi. Open until 3a.m.! ($)
• Pitaziki, 170 Temple St. Quick Falafel, kabab, or shwarma platters, wraps, or pita sandwiches. ($)
• Miya’s, 68 Howe St. American-fusion sushi. WILD! Creative combinations. Prices vary. Slow service during dinnertime. Try the sake bomb with fire-cracker sake! Late night menu includes $5 sushi platter, udon, and ramen! ($, but can be $$$)
• Miso, 15 Orange St. Traditional sushi restaurant. Only open for dinner on weekends. ($$)
• Kumo Sushi & Hibachi. Quick Japanese. ($$)
• Junzi Kitchen, 21 Broadway. Quick bite burrito style chunbings and noodles to go. ($)
• Pad Thai, 1170 Chapel St. Excellent lunch deal, a few outdoor tables. ($$)
• Thai Taste, 1151 Chapel St. below The Study Hotel. Cozy booths, large portions good for sharing, call ahead to reserve for large groups. ($$)
• Barcelona, 155 Temple St. (next to the Omni Hotel). Tapas and wine bar. ($$$)
• Caseus Fromagerie & Bistro, 93 Whitney Ave. Local greens, over 100 unique artisan cheeses and gourmet goods. ($$)
• Harvest, 1104 Chapel St. Good for large groups. Spacious with large menu. ($$$)
• Heirloom. 1157 Chapel St. Locally sourced American. Can be loud. At Omni hotel. ($$$)
• Olea, 39 High St. Yale Medical School favorite spot for visitors. ($$$)
• Pacifico, 15 Orange St, 203-848-6472. Latin American, great cocktails.
• ROIA Restaurant and Café. 261 College St. Upscale French-Italian. Interesting food. Good cocktails. ($$)
• Skappo Italian Wine Bar, 59 Crown St. Great place to take a date. Warm, friendly and cozy Umbrian food. ($$)
• Soul de Cuba Café, 283 Crown St. Recommendation: Lunch sandwiches. ($$)
• Tarry Lodge, 278 Park St. Mario Batali’s Italian chain. ($$$)
• Union League Cafe, 1032 Chapel St. French, expensive, impressive. ($$$$)
• Zinc, 964 Chapel St, American. Farm-to-table menu. ($$$)
• Ashley's Ice Cream Café*, 280 York St. Local favorite. Ice cream is made in-house and they have a variety of flavors. 11am-11pm(Mon-Sat); 12pm-11pm(Sun).
• Arethusa Farm Dairy, 1020 Chapel St. Giant homemade waffle cones. 12pm-9pm (Fri-Sat) 11am-8pm (Sun)
• Ben & Jerry’s, 155 Temple St. Vermont-based ice cream parlor chain. 12pm-10pm (Fri-Sat), 12pm-8pm (Sun)
• Froyo World, 46 High St.
• Jake’s Diggity Dogs*, 216 Crown St. Former Mochi store. Still has mochi from Hawaii. 11am-3am (Sat), 11am-8pm (Sun).
• Insomnia Cookies 1143 Chapel St.
• The Anchor Spa, 272 College St. Great cocktails!! ($$)
• 116 Crown, 116 Crown St. Trendy lounge with expensive and creative cocktails. Garden open in the spring. ($$)
• Barcade, 56 Orange St. Bar + Arcade. ($$)
• The Beer Collective, 130 Court St. Beers! ($$)
• Rudy’s Bar, 1227 Chapel St. Belgian fries and pub fare. ($$)
• Ordinary, 990 Chapel St. Caseus owned bar with fancy drinks. ($$)
• Three Sheets, 372 Elm St. Local bar with pizzas, sandwiches, drinks, and live music. ($$)
• Firehouse 12, 45 Crown St. Intimate downstairs bar/lounge. Half price wine on Sunday afternoons.