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Jul 24, 2009 07:08 AM

Yale Hospital (New Haven CT) neighborhood recs needed

Will be visiting a surgical patient over 3-4 days. Not familiar w/ this area at all. If time allows an escape from hospital and cafeteria food...what are some chowworthy options in the immediate area for lunch/dinner. Local, non-chain; quick service and/or lower $$ preferred; any cuisine.


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  1. Will you have a car?
    There is an outdoor food court right outside the hospital, the nearest restaurants are a good 6-8 blocks away Zaroka (Indian, they have a buffet lunch) just stay on York St, then a few blocks further there is a noodle shop (very inexpensive), and several Thai places. I like Thai Pan asian which is on Chapel.
    A longer walk or drive will get you New Haven's famous pizza, Bar is the closest on Crown St, across form Bar is Louis Lunch purported to be the inventor of the hamburger sandwich, and many ethnic and more upscale places.
    I hope the patient does well!

    1. There are any number of good restaurants within 4-6 blocks of the hospital. There is bus service, too.
      Closest that come to mind that are favorites is Thali, Indian food (the best in town), and next door is Royal Palace, a solid Chinese restaurant. I just remembered that Geronimo (Southwestern), is now serving lunch! It is four blocks max.
      Very close is Soul de Cuba, a very small and simple Cuban food place and Seoul, a very good Korean restaurant. Another block or two and you will have three Thai places to choose from!
      Please look at my Google map which shows all those I think are worth considering, in the area. Be sure to look on the second page of my map as everything is in alphabetical order by restaurant name.

      1. Whenever I did work for Yale (YNHH), I never made it past the food vendors outside...All kinds of choices, everything tasty

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        1. re: BiscuitBoy

          The lunchtime carts in the courtyard at York St and Cedar are very popular and can be a good deal. But they vary; many are associated with restaurants around town. Thai Awesome has a cart, and a strong reputation. In the afternoons, The Cupcake Truck is often parked in the same area. Homemade cupcakes, $2.

          I second the recs for nearby Zaroka, Bar and Louis Lunch, but Louis Lunch and Pepe's (a little further off) both require a time commitment. Miso has good lunchtime sushi deals (in 9th Square, near Royal Palace and Thali). And my Chapel St Thai of choice is Thai Taste . . .

          Best wishes to the patient.

          1. re: zoe p.

            HA! And Thai Awesome (the "real" restaurant, not the truck) was also reviewed in The Courant on Thursday. Here 'tis:

            The information I find here is sooooooo much more valuable to me than what I read in any paper. Thank you all!

          2. re: BiscuitBoy

            The Hartford Courant ran a "Lunch a la Cart" article that gave a shout out to the New Haven vendors discussed here. The focus is on the Bushnell Park carts, but it certainly sounds as though New Haven offers more options:

            "A stop at any of the trucks at Bushnell Park is likely to yield a satisfying lunch, but if you crave more variety and happen to be down New Haven way, we suggest the courtyard across the street from Yale-New Haven Hospital. There are 20 to 30 carts to choose from every weekday. There's Ethiopian, Thai, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Indian, hot dogs and singular creations like Bengali burritos."


          3. I totally agree you won't need to go past the carts. They fit with your non-chain, quick, and cheap requirements! The variety is astonishing.

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            1. re: humuhumu

              At least with cheap. What has been pre-cooked for how long? Where do you sit to eat? I urge you to walk a few blocks...

            2. You will be teasingly close to Louis' Lunch for the original vertical cooked burger, and to Ashley's for a sweet cream cone. When I was an in-patient at Yale-New Haven, the jello was decent, but the room service was about $1200 a day.

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              1. re: Veggo

                Oh God, Veggo. What is with Louis Lunch? How could you? Geronimo, next door, is now open for lunch, Bar has good pizza and Seoul and Marius are within sight! You need to revisit New Haven. I could be your foodie guide.

                1. re: Scargod

                  Scar, I suppose it's nostalgia. I knew the Lassen family way back when they ground their sirloin in the basement of their home in Orange every day.
                  But I need to visit; the reports on the Ibiza tapas bars are teasing. And I need a white clam pie.

                  1. re: Veggo

                    Somehow after the building was moved from George St to Crown, it was downhill

                    1. re: danieljdwyer

                      Um... are you suggesting that I wouldn't make a good foodie guide in New Haven? Are you suggesting that I speak of that which I know not? Do you think I've never eaten there at, uh, Mariuses?
                      OK, I'll change it to "Soul de Cuba", a place I HAVE eaten at...

                      I was just ribbing Veggo about suggesting Louis Lunch over (or leaving out), the other places in the same proximity. BTW, I've never eaten at Louis Lunch. Just can't bring myself to do it; not even just so I could say I have. I've already got suckered into eating a steamed hamburger at O'Rourke's Diner. (I shouldn't try Mariass?)

                      1. re: Scargod

                        Suckered?! DJD, please set the snail straight. *Most* locals think a steamed cheeseburger is a pretty tasty regional specialty (especially for the low, low price of $3.50) served on a housemade bun. Maybe you have to grow up with them to appreciate them. I can't speak to Louis Lunch. Maybe one day it's worth a try just for the experience (but it isn't near the hospital, is it?).

                        1. re: Scargod

                          Ha. Sorry, I was just being an ass.
                          I haven't eaten at Marius, though I have eaten at other places owned by the same guy. Sometimes I am willing to judge a book by its cover.
                          I do like the steamed cheeseburger, but I wouldn't compare the burger at Louis' Lunch to it. The burger at Louis' uses good quality beef, and you can get it with some pink left in the middle. My only real knock on the place is that they don't have anything good to eat along with your burger, so for me it's more of a snack than a meal. The burger is good though; it's worth a try.