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any suggestions for New Haven?...would like a really good place for dinner...no pizza, please

steviek Dec 23, 2011 11:17 AM

going with a dear friend who is new to the city...I will be staying at Omni Hotel but have a car if something nearby is excellent..



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    jdgall Dec 23, 2011 11:46 AM

    Would suggest Ibiza. Fantastic Spanish food and great service. If it still on the menu try the fresh sardine appy.

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      steviek Dec 23, 2011 02:24 PM

      Thanks John...anyone have any thought on John Davenport’s? It’s on 19th floor of my hotel...looks like it should be quiet with nice views but have read mixed reviews about the food.

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        sibeats Dec 23, 2011 03:36 PM

        I agree with the Ibiza rec...great food, in my opinion the best place in New Haven to eat. Never heard of John Davenports...

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          rbailin Dec 26, 2011 12:50 PM

          John Davenport's is much better than your average hotel restaurant, but is itself quite average compared to the other restaurants recommended here.

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        DGresh Dec 24, 2011 05:11 AM

        I haven't been to Ibiza, so can't compare, but we've been very happy with Kudeta. It's a pretty room, and they have an interesting variety of food. We also love the food at Thali, but it may not be upscale enough for what you are looking for. We've been to Heirloom at the Study, and it was nice, but has a pretty small menu.

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          benbenberi Dec 24, 2011 08:19 AM

          The Union League Cafe has always been excellent.

          1. Shoreliner Dec 30, 2011 06:26 PM

            Portofino on State Street - great Italian food and good service.

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              steviek Dec 30, 2011 07:39 PM

              Thanks to all...we are going to Ibiza...Tuesday is paella night.....but really appreciate all the input as my friend has just moved from L.A. to New Haven...I am from L.A., as well.

              Happy Healthy New Year to all,


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                Stylo Jan 31, 2012 11:19 PM

                There's a lot more than Ibiza, although it is one of the best.

                Nina's and Barcelona also excellent tapas (also Bistro Basque in Milford if you have access to a car). Burgers - Prime 16 and Louis' Lunch. Sushi - Miya's Sushi (the most unique sushi ever), Miso, and Sushi on Chapel. Also Zinc, Bespoke, Union League, Heirloom, Caseus, Skappo, 116 Crown, Pacifico, Oaxaca Kitchen, Rice Pot, Mezcal. And so on.

              2. chrissy1988 Feb 11, 2012 01:29 PM

                I disagree--John Davenport's is superb. I've been for both lunch and dinner. I was happy both times.

                Heirloom--At the study at Yale is amazing! One of my favorite restaurants.

                Zinc--not Kitchen Zinc--is also very very good!

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                  DGresh Feb 12, 2012 06:44 AM

                  We had dinner at Ibiza last night and absolutely every bite was wonderful. Especially the appetizer of fresh anchovies, and the lobster main. A splurge, but definitely highly enjoyable.

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