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Sep 19, 2012 09:42 PM

New Haven CT Husband's Birthday dinner 9/20 HELP

Coming from meeting in Meridan CT back to Stamford but want to eat for his birthday in New Haven. Ethnic, clean Clean Clean No MSG Hip not too expensive and want to know top 5 places, why and what to eat and prices please. Sorry for the short notice but got a last minute business meeting. Thanks very much. Also any fab dessert plaes. I also would love to try the best Korean, Moroccan, Turking, Isarel, Vietnamese so get my jist. Again and blessings and thank you very much!!!!

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  1. You had also posted this for the Meriden area, so I am going to advise on places between Meriden and New Haven, in that order. These are not my top 5 places, but they are my top 'ethnic' places that are clean and within the Meriden-New Haven area.

    Wallingford- Thai food at Siam Valee on Ives Rd (right off route 5) (http://www.siamvalee.com/ ) . I enjoy almost all of the stir-fried dishes, DH LOVES their Tamarind duck. Atmosphere is so-so, but nicer than most Thai places around. Price range is a little higher than most Thai places, but I think the food is better, so it balances. Generally about $40 for the two of us.

    Wallingford-Puerto Rican/Carribean food. Tatas restaurant, which is on Quinnipiac St (also right off route 5).( http://www.tatasrestaurant.com/dinner... )I enjoy the chicken in garlic (Pollo en ajillo), DH likes the Pernil (pork shoulder). Prices in the $15 per meal range or so. Atmosphere is ok, not super romantic or 'hip'

    Hamden- Mickey's in Hamden, on Whitney Ave (http://www.mickeysgroup.com/ ) . Food covers a wide range, but can best be described as Mediterranean. Prices in the $20 per plate range. Atmosphere is better than the other two place above, and they have a nice wine list.

    New Haven- Turkish food at Istanbul Cafe on Crown St (http://www.istanbulcafect.com/dinner_... ) . I have enjoyed many items on their menu, and they do a mean Babaganush . DH likes their lamb kebab. Prices in the 15-20 range or so. Atmosphere is nice enough, and sometimes they have belly dancers for entertainment (but that may be only on the weekend).

    I would be interested to know where you wind up!

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    1. re: justme123

      +! on Mickey's and Istanbul Cafe

      I can't comment on Siam Valee, haven't been

      Tata's is not what I'd call clean, clean as OP requested, not a birthday destination.

      Mickey's is one of our favorite New Haven area restaurants, Very good food, nice ambiance. Good wine selection.

      1. re: justme123

        Thank you very much and I was thinking there probably is more in New haven. So thanks again.