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Mar 24, 2011 08:58 AM

New Haven Lunch Spots

My wife and I are taking our niece to lunch around Yale. Where would you suggest for a nice lunch?

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  1. Prime 16- great burgers but nice inside- 172 Temple St. Temple Grille- assorted menu, long standing favorite 152 Temple Street. Finally Kudeta- excellent asian fusion and atmosphere- quieter than the other 2, 27 Temple Street

    Prime 16
    172 Temple St, New Haven, CT 06510

    27 Temple Street, New Haven, CT 06510

    1. I was in NH today with only an hour before an appointment, so I stopped at Thali Too (or II or Two), a vegetarian Indian restaurant on Broadway. Well, just a little off Broadway. Park in the Bway parking lot, and walk through the covered way next to the entrance to the B&N bookstore. The decor is sort of Metro-Techno, very clean, and lots of seats. Prices are reasonable, since they cater to students, but I saw several family groups there and the kids were enjoying their meal as much as the adults.

      I ordered Chai Tea and Kothmir Chawal (a mildly spicy rice/onion/chili dish) from their extensive menu with the idea of taking some home and trying another sample of their "Tiffin menu", but it was so tasty I scarfed down the whole thing, and then only had time for some carmel ice cream for dessert. It was ok, but I would rather have skipped their ice cream and gone to Ashley's for a cone. You can find their menu at as well as that for their other Thali restaurants which are more upscale (and more expensive!).

      Other places I have had pleasant lunches at (other than the many good italian restaurants on Wooster street) might be Caseus, Ibiza, Zinc (closed Monday), Temple Grill, or Lalibella--an Ethiopian restaurant whose unique serving method really brings families together!

      Temple Grill
      152 Temple St Ste 1, New Haven, CT 06510

      93 Whitney Ave, New Haven, CT 06510

      Thali Too
      65 Broadway, New Haven, CT 06511