Clarion Hotel & Suites Hamden-New Haven
2260 Whitney Ave
Hamden, CT 06518
Phone: (203) 288-3831
Fax: (203) 281-6032
Awarded by Connecticut Magazine for the best Japanese chow around, Sono Bana lives up to all expectations. They offer a wide variety of authentic sushi, teriyaki, udon, soba, tempura and yakisoba dishes. A special touch is the lunch and dinner box-to-go: combinations of your favorite sushi, salads and meats prepared for the person on the run. If you stay to eat, the serene ambiance and Japanese décor will complete your oriental dining experience, and at just a few minutes north of downtown New Haven, this eatery is a popular place come lunchtime.
Cast Iron Soul serves up delicious New Orleans-style soul food and new soul food. Indulge in classic dishes like fried chicken, pulled pork and po' boys along with all the fixin's like greens, cornbread, fried okra and dirty rice. Plates emerge from the kitchen piled high with goodies, and don't forget to order a mason jar of sweet tea to wash it all down with.
Leon's is not a merely a business, but a family tradition that began in 1938. The food prepared blends together various herbs and sauces with high quality meat, seafood and poultry, creating a wonderful amalgamation of flavors. Do try out the chef's renowned dishes: Pork Tenderloin Calabrese Gypsy Chicken and Pane Cotto. Enjoy the delectable fares while seated in the cozy, amicable ambiance of the restaurant. Open seven days a week till late night, drop in at Leo's for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Unassuming from the outside but warm and inviting on the inside, J.P Dempsey's is a neighborhood favorite known for piling on the food. The kitchen, although amazingly small, whips up dozens of dishes and daily specials, from appetizers and sandwiches to steaks and pastas. Make sure you don't forget to throw your peanut shells on the floor; it's de rigueur here! When the weather is nice, there is a small patio out in front that serves as a great place to watch the neighborhood go by.
Oak Haven Table & Bar offers has a bright, clean and fresh ambiance. With plenty of natural light streaming through the white-washed window panes, it is a nice place for a casual weekend brunch or post work drink with friends. The menu features seasonal ingredients and aims to throw the spotlight on local produce. From small plates and snacks perfect for sharing over a drink to more substantial options, choose from dishes like the Pretzel Nugs, Blue Crab crab cakes, Harvest Salad, Meatballs with fresh mozzarella and Steak. Each dish is named after the main ingredient in a very minimalist fashion and the produce is clearly the star here. Craft cocktails and wines provide a refreshing accompaniment to each meal. Sample concoctions like the Orchards Bounty, Death in the Afternoon and Bon Vivant. For additional details, visit the restaurant.
It's not easy to make it to number one in a city (let alone the world) where the pizzeria competition is brutal. But Modern Apizza has won many accolades since its inception in 1934. They have also received acclaim for having the freshest ingredients and friendliest service among its competitors. A must-try here is "The Bomb" variety; topped with bacon, pepperoni, sausage, mushroom, onion and garlic. A lot of flavors are sure to explode in your mouth.
In business for more than 20 years, Christopher Martin's dining Room has been offering guests a delectable blend of Mediterranean and Italian cuisines. Their delighted patrons keep coming back for the modern flavors this place has to offer. Enjoy the poultry, meat and seafood made from the freshest catch. Accompany your meal with a delectable wine from their extensive collection. The chef's love to surprise their guests with a refreshing menu every season, so do try out their best dishes of the time.
Rustic interiors, warm woods and artfully scuffed walls welcome you into Da Legna, an Italian kitchen and bar. With a pleasant ambiance, and little tables tucked into corners it's a nice place for a romantic evening out or a quiet meal with friends. The menu features an array of Italian-style dishes from small plates, salads, entrees and deliciously decadent desserts; but the true stars here are the wood-fired pizzas. With a crispy thin crust, the perfect char and a wide variety of toppings, don't miss out on one of these. Dishes to try include the Goat Cheese Tartlet, Smoked Salmon Ravioli, Rustica Pizza, Pecora Pizza and Seasonal Cheesecake. Accompany your meal with a lovely glass of wine or a delicious infused vodka. The restaurant even has an impressive selection of vegan and gluten freee options for those with dietary restrictions. For reservations, give them a call.
There are 6 full pages of pizzerias listed in the New Haven phone book, and that doesn't include the immediate suburbs of the city, either. Pizza was founded here, and the famous pizzerias still serve up the best around, but with heavy duty competition from all the others, making New Haven the Pizza capital of the country. Sure, New York City "does" pizza, but for a city of its size, New Haven does it far better. There's even an annual city-wide competition; making pizza big business here. So, try a slice or two at Amato's and you won't be disappointed.
L'Orcio was established in 2003 by Francesco d’Amuri and his spouse Alison De Renzi, a couple who moved to New Haven from Florence, Italy to spread the flavors of this delectable cuisine among Americans. While dining in this restaurant you can take in the history of the Thomas Kelly House from the late 1880s, within which the restaurant is located. Relish the flavors of the delightful herbs and sauces inside the elegant restaurant or on the breezy patio. If you are not in the mood to eat, you can just stop by for a few cocktails.
Bella's Cafe is a bright and cozy restaurant in West New Haven serving up some of the city's favorite breakfast and brunch all week long. You definitely won't go home hungry after chowing down on massive portions of dishes like french toast, omelets, burgers, salads and more. The menu changes frequently, and they always offer daily specials, so you can try something new every time.
No time to get to Mexico while in Westville? Try authentic Mexican cuisine at this family-friendly restaurant, which also offers mariachi music as you sip your margarita. The restaurant serves up Mexican classics in a festive, south-of-the-border atmosphere. Westville is only a few minutes drive from the downtown New Haven area.