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Off-Campus Dining


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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: New Haven has an incredible amount of restaurants, just venture a bit out of the Yale bubble to find them!

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are several bars frequented by students, not much my scene so I wouldn't know how they compare to those in major cities.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of ethnic Asian food places, namely Japanese sushi places and Indian food places that have a lot of vegetarian options. New Haven had pretty interesting places to eat if you can afford it.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: A lot of great spots to eat, only problem is there's not that many late night spots unless you down to walk a few blocks

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Most people say the restaurants here are great. However, I don't really like eating out so I don't enjoy it as much as others.


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New Haven is definitely a foodie's city; ethnic food rules the streets. Whether you're searching for pad thai or falafel, New Haven's got you covered. Perhaps the presence of so many gastronomic cultures is due to Yale's own diversity or to the city's proximity to New York. Regardless of its origin, New Haven food culture is about variety. There are lots of options for vegetarians (especially Indian food) and many restaurants are open late for the college crowd. Prices are generally reasonable, although they vary with the type of establishment. Some areas of New Haven (especially by Chapel St.) boast very fine gourmet experiences with very fine price tags to match. Other places, like Mamoun's Falafel, boast delicious dishes at even more delightful prices (think $5 per meal). So it's up to you to decide what you and your wallet are hungry for.

However, don't expect to be able to find a $0.79 taco or a $2.99 nugget special in New Haven. There is one type of food that you simply won't find in New Haven: fast food and national franchises. There is no McDonald's, no Panera, no Steak 'n Shake. New Haven caters to independent, unique restaurants and, in all frankness, it's better off that way. So save your Taco Bell cravings for spring break. Try a real burrito from the local burrito cart guys.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Claire's Corner Copia
  • Thai Taste
  • Yorkside Pizza & Restaurant
24-Hour Dining
Gormet Heaven
Best Asian
  • Ivy Noodle
  • Miya's Sushi
  • Thai Taste
  • York St. Noodle House
Best Breakfast
  • Au Bon Pain
  • The Copper Kitchen
Best Coffee
  • Blue State Coffee
  • Starbucks
  • Willoughby's Coffee and Tea
Best Dessert
  • Ashley's Ice Cream
  • Claire's Corner Copia
Best Healthy
  • Atticus Bookstore Café
  • Claire's Corner Copia
  • The Publick Cup
Best Late-Night
  • Ivy Noodle
  • Mamoun's Falafel Restaurant
  • Yorkside Pizza
Best Mexican
  • Burrito carts
  • El Amigo Felix
Best Pizza
  • BAR
  • Pepe's Pizzeria
  • Sally's Apizza
  • Yorkside Pizza
Best Wings
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Bar
  • S'wings
Best Place to Take a Date
  • Bespoke
  • Heirloom at The Study at Yale
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Basta Trattoria
  • Ibiza
  • Scoozzi Trattoria and Wine Bar
  • Union League Café
  • Zaroka
Other Places to Check Out
  • Au Bon Pain
  • Bangkok Gardens
  • BAR BruRoom
  • Barcelona
  • Caseus
  • El Amigo Felix
  • Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant
  • Miso Japanese Restaurant
  • Pad Thai Restaurant
  • Rusty Scupper
  • Samurai Japanese Restaurant
  • Scoozzi Trattoria and Wine Bar
  • Wall St. Pizza and Restaurant
  • Whole Enchilada of New Haven
  • Zinc
Did You Know?
  • Students make pizza at the Yale Farm every Friday evening, when the weather is good. They harvest basil and tomatoes from the garden and then sprinkle it on top of pizza that they cook in the Farm's wood-burning hearth oven.
  • New Haven claims to be the birthplace of the hamburger at Louis' Lunch.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Edge of the Woods
379 Whalley Ave.
(203) 787-1055
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Saturday 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Gourmet Heaven
15 Broadway
(203) 787-4533
Daily 24 hours

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Aladin Crown Pizza
Food: Pizza, Middle Eastern
260 Crown St.
(203) 773-3772
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Allows you to order online; late hours
Ashely's Ice Cream
Food: Ice cream and frozen yogurt
280 York St.
(203) 776-7744
Price: $3-$8
Atticus Bookstore Café
Food: Café
1082 Chapel St.
(203) 776-3719
Price: $3-$10
Cool Features: Amazing bread, pastries, tea, sandwiches, you name it, plus an independent bookstore; free loaf of bread on Election Day!
Basta Trattoria
Food: Italian
1006 Chapel St.
(203) 772-1715
Price: $15-$30
Food: Contemporary
266 College St.
(203) 562-4644
Price: $15-$30
Blue State Coffee
Food: Coffee and tea
276 York St.
(203) 787-9929
Price: $2-$5
Book Trader Café
Food: American
1140 Chapel St.
(203) 787-6147
Price: $4-$9
Cool Features: Sandwiches with names such as "Jane Rare" and "A Tale of Two Turkeys"; also houses a used bookstore
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Bar
Food: Wings
74 Church St.
(203) 789-9453
Price: $8-$15
Caffé Adulis
Food: Ethiopian
228 College St.
(203) 777-5081
Price: $15-$20
Cool Features: A great place to order multiple entres and share amongst your friends since all the food is spooned into the middle of the table on injura bread.
Claire's Corner Copia
Food: Vegetarian
1000 Chapel St.
(203) 562-3888
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: All vegetarian cuisine and delicious cakes (a Yale party staple)
Copper Kitchen
Food: Diner
1008 Chapel St.
(203) 777-8010
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Only diner near campus; great breakfasts! (note: cash only)
Educated Burgher
Food: American
53 Broadway
(203) 777-9198
Price: $3-$8
Est Est Est Pizza
Food: Italian
1176 Chapel St.
(203) 777-2059
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Late night delivery
Gourmet Heaven
Food: Grocery plus
15 Broadway
(203) 787-4533
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Hot/cold buffets, deli, sushi, and grocery with tables upstairs; affectionately known as "G-Heav"
Food: Spanish food
39 High St.
(203) 865-1933
Price: $10-$30
Ivy Noodle
Food: Chinese
316 Elm St.
(203) 562-9933
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Open late and right on campus (near Davenport)
Louis' Lunch
Food: American
263 Crown St.
(203) 562-5507
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Claims to be the birthplace of the hamburger, and the proprietor forbids the use of ketchup because he feels it is an insult to his art
Mamoun's Falafel Restaurant
Food: Middle Eastern
85 Howe St.
(203) 562-8444
Price: $3-$8
Miya's Sushi
Food: Sushi
68 Howe St.
(203) 777-9760
Price: $3-$15
Cool Features: Gourmet, non-traditional sushi and incredible sake bombing; don't miss $5 roll specials Thurs 10-11 PM and Fri-Sat 10:30 PM-12 AM
Food: American
306 York St.
(203) 562-3157
Price: $15-$20
Cool Features: Founded in 1849, Mory's is a private club with a long Yale history (you must be a member or with a member to eat there); currently closed due to construction
Pepe's Pizza (Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana)
Food: Pizza
163 Wooster St.
(203) 865-5762
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Amazing thin-crust pizza; part of the "Sally's or Pepe's?" long-time feud; be prepared to wait in line because this place is VERY popular
Sally's Apizza
Food: Pizza
237 Wooster St.
(203) 624-5271
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Sally's and Pepe's pizza are major rivals (you have to decide your favorite!); be prepared to wait in line because Sally's (like Pepe's) is VERY popular
Food: Chicken, nachos, wings
280 Crown St.
(203) 562-9464
Price: $5-$10
Thai Taste
Food: Thai
1151 Chapel St.
(203) 776-9802
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: The best Thai food in New Haven; also caters events (yum!)
Thali Too
Food: Vegetarian Indian
65 Broadway
(203) 776-1600
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Vegetarian Indian for a great price right on campus (across from Morse/Stiles)
Union League Café
Food: Contemporary French
1032 Chapel St.
(203) 562-4299
Price: $20-$30
Cool Features: Perfect for parents' weekend; reservations recommended
Willoughby's Coffee and Tea
Food: Coffee and tea
258 Church St.
(203) 777-7400
Price: $2-$5
York St. Noodle House
Food: Noodle and rice dishes
166 York St.
(203) 776-9675
Price: $5-$10
Yorkside Pizza & Restaurant
Food: Italian, Greek
288 York St.
(203) 787-7471
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: A Yale tradition since 1969; THE place for late night pizza runs
Food: Indian
148 York St.
(203) 776-8644
Price: $8-$15

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 65 responses

Very poor
  • Cost
  • Convenience
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Student discounts
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

How would you rate the diversity of off-campus dining options?    Based on 80 responses

  • 68% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 30% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 1% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 1% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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