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  • New Haven is legendary for culinary firsts: the first hamburger sandwich was served at Louis' Lunch; the first American pizza at Pepe's. Even the first lollipop was invented by George C. Smith of Bradley-Smith Candy Company of New Haven. Today, the Elm City pays homage to its reputation with a variety of restaurants unmatched for a city its size.

    According to legend, American pizza was born in 1925, when Italian immigrant Frank Pepe founded his Pizza Napolitana in Wooster Sq. Today, Pepe's is as famous for the lines of fans waiting hours to be seated in rain or shine as it is for its trademark dish. Sally's Apizza, founded by Pepe's nephew Sal Consiglio in 1938, maintains a friendly rivalry with Pepe's from its spot two blocks away. For Italian restaurants with shorter waits, if lesser fame, check out Apizza Place, Abaté Pizza and Seafood, and Tony and Lucille's.

    No tour of culinary landmarks would be complete without a stop at Louis' Lunch (263 Crown St), founded in 1895, where the first American hamburger was served. A century later, Louis' has made no  compromise on purism, serving burgers the original way with two slices of square white toast, tomato, onion, and optional cheese. Requests for mustard, ketchup, or mayonnaise are seen as an insult to the proprietors, as condiments mask the flavor.

    For more adventurous taste buds, New Haven has become a dining mecca for ethnic cuisine. Downtown, more than 120 restaurants cook eclectic cuisine from Thai, Malaysian, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Korean to Ethiopian, Eritrean, French, Greek, Indian, Jamaican, Cuban, Peruvian, Mexican, Syrian, and Turkish. These restaurants are clustered closer to Yale's campus, along Chapel, Crown, and George Streets, and no wonder - only a multitude of cuisines this vast could satisfy the palate of a cosmopolitan university.


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    1226 Chapel Street

    A-Z of Indian Food... read more

    Carmen Anthony Steakhouse of New Haven

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    660 State Street

    Union League Cafe

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    1032 Chapel Street
    Between High and College sts

    Culinary romance near campus... read more

    Scoozzi Trattoria and Wine Bar

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    1104 Chapel St.

    Italian with a Twist... read more


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    964 Chapel Street

    Chic cuisine... read more


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    266 College St.
    Btw. Chapel and Crown Sts

    Geronimo - New Haven

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    271 Crown Street

    Central Steakhouse

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    99 Orange Street

    The Greek Olive

    402 Sargent Drive

    Wicked Wolf Tavern

    144 Temple Street

    Local Irish Pub... read more

    Caseus Fromagerie and Bistro & Cheese Truck

    93 Whitney Avenue

    Fine Grilled Cheese & French Cuisine... read more

    Christopher Martins

    860 State Street

    C.O. Jones Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar

    969 State Street
    New Haven


    220 George St
    Temple St

    Istanbul Café

    245 Crown St
    College St

    Cafe Nine

    250 Streetate Street

    The musician's living room... read more

    Toad's Place

    300 York Street

    Number 1 nightclub in America!!... read more

    Tune Inn

    29 centrer Street

    Party all the time... read more

    Cupcake Truck

    165 Church Street

    Cupcakes on the Go... read more


    20 West Lane

    Dining in the Olden Times... read more
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