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Feb 11, 2008 07:17 AM

Sage American Grill, New Haven?

Have people gone to this place, supposedly on the water? Wondering if the view and food are good, prices look okay. And how far is it from downtown?

Did Rumba close? I think that was the name of the place that lots of people used to talk about. Is Zinc still good? Where would you go for a mediterranean, new Americn or northern Italian meal with an interesting scene? Altho I'm talking the Sun. before President's day, so it might not be the best time to find a scene. Didn't find too recent comments on New Haven except for pizza. And speaking of, if you went to Pepe's at 9 or 9:30 on a Sun., would you be able to sit right down? Thanks.

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  1. I've been going to Sage American since before it had that name, and was never dissapointed. However, I haven't been to the New Haven location in about five years, because we live closer to the Chester branch now.

    Anyway, I think it's a safe bet for you to go there.


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    1. re: Redstone

      Talk about a let down. We "discovered" Sage while driving around lost one dark night. The faded letters on the weathered shack was all we needed to return. Imagine our shock in the light of day. The shack obscured a large parking lot and a huge marina-side restaurant the likes of Anthony's Pier 4. The food wasn't awful, just dull and overpriced. There are very few outdoor seats and they are first come. Folks there tend to settle in for the evening so don't bother waiting for a table. Our find turned out to be our loss.

    2. Sage is good, not great. It does have a nice view. It is separated from the rest of the town over in City Point.

      For american I would recommend Foster's
      For Italian, L'Orcio

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      1. re: EastRocker

        I have only been to the Chester Sage but agree with EastRocker. There's nothing wrong with Sage....just not too inventive or creative. They do the standards well but nothing really memorable.

        1. re: chowmensch

          I agree with the postings. Sage is one of those restaurants that you really wish was better. The location and view are wonderful and you will always be made to feel comfortable, yet the food is decidedly unexciting. For me, the highest level of enjoyment is sitting in the bar with a nice glass of wine and a few apps.... For the same $$$, there are far more interesting alternatives downtown.

        2. re: EastRocker

          Would you be able to walk there from the main drag (as someone who walks a lot)?

          1. re: Joanie

            I presume you mean the main drag of New Haven. You can absolutely NOT walk to Sage from anywhere. It is in City Point which is a nice enough neighborhood, cut off from New Haven by I-95 but more ominously by the Hill neighborhood through which a sane person would not walk. Besides that, it's a long walk. No car? Take a cab, but from my experience at Sage, you can do much better in downtown New Haven unless you really crave a view of water and oil tanks.
            Roomba has closed. The owners have opened another restaurant at 266 College St. named Bespoke.

        3. For Mediterranean, Ibiza is wonderful.