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Nov 19, 2009 07:10 AM

Cafes around New Haven Union Station?

Hey all, I have 2:30 hours between trains at New Haven, and would like to duck into a cafe that is within walking distance of the train station. Any tips? Thanks.

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  1. Unfortunately, there really is nothing within short walking distance. If you walk a few blocks to Orange St, there are some options: Thali (upscale Indian), Royal Palace (Chinese), and Miso (Japanese). Apart from that, you are literally in the middle of nowhere as it pertains to restaurants.

    1. I don't know what the previous poster's issue is, but there several cafes within walking distance if you mean under a mile away. Just take a right as you walk out of the station, go under the overpass and walk upa few more blocks to Chapel STreet. IF you take a right, there's a hipster cafe called Fuel that great for coffee, sandwiches, etc. If you take a left, walk to the end of the Green and there's Claire's, with great coffee and more food offerings. There's also Woodland Coffee on Orange Street, a bit to the left off Chapel before the Green, that's even closer. All are open until about 8 p.m. Don't be shy, explore our city!

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      1. re: newhavener07

        I have no issues. I think this is a matter of interpretation as to what walking distance. As born and bred New Havener (and still a resident of the Elm City), I would not expect that someone with a couple hours layover at Union Station would want to walk 6 or 7 blocks in each direction for a relatively quick meal. Also, the original poster did not specify what time their layover would be, so I elected to err on the side of caution!

      2. I'll weigh in the middle, nothing is a short walk but if you take a right out of the station and walk past the Knights of Columbus Museum )about 1/4 mile )and take a left on Crown St there is Cafe 9, bar food, a short distance further are the spots that lsnhc mentioned as well as well as several other choices, Bentara (Malaysian) Skappo (Italian) I would not reccomend Marco Pollo, at least for Pizza

        1. I will also add that if you are laying over early in the day, (before 10:00 a.m.) or late in the day (after 4:00 I think), there is a shuttle bus that will take you to the Temple Street Garage. This would put you (more or less) in the center of the City opening up a whole host of options. If you are looking for something "in the neighborhood" of the train station, there really isn't anything.