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Aug 19, 2014 03:27 PM

Need a meal on the way from Boston to NYC

IYH I will be driving round-trip from NYC to Boston and am looking for somewhere to stop for a meal to break up the trip. Any ideas? I'll be doing breakfast on the way up and dinner on the way back.

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    1. Depends on which route you're taking. If you'll be going on 95 through New Haven, I recommend Clare's Cornercopia 100%, right by Yale, excellent. If you're taking 84 to 90, I suggest any host of places in West Hartford, such as Yossi's (at Whole Foods).

      1. Update from New Haven....Edge of the woods a local vegetarian option on Whalley Avenue has taken over the often failed cafe at the JCC on RT 63 Woodbridge, about 5 minute drive from exit 59 on The Wilbur Cross Parkway (CT RT 15)
        From the release by the Director of the New Haven Jewish Federation in tomorrow's issue of the CT Jewish Ledger:

        "• Edge of the Woods Opens at the JCC
        Edge of the Woods, New Haven’s popular natural market established in 1978, is open in the JCC and provides fresh, healthy take-and-go meals, all kosher vegetarian with gluten-free options. Open Mon -Thurs 8am-8pm; Fri. 8am -4pm; Sunday 8am – 5 pm; Closed Shabbat."

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        1. Went to Claires in the end. Frankly I found it a bit too crunchy for my liking and the service was pretty poor, but any complaints are redeemed by the excellent bread. Full review to come!

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          1. re: PotatoPuff

            Far be it for me to defend Claire's. They do just fine on their own. I'm curious what was crunchy. Personally, I love crisp ends of baked pasta dishes and the corner brownie.

            Service has never been good, but with Yale just having returned from summer break, Claire's and most downtown New Haven eateries are busy with both the crowds of newbies and new employees.

            Remember Claire's should not be viewed as a kosher restaurant, but a eclectic college town kosher vegetarian restaurant that happens to be under kosher supervision accommodating the local Jewish community.

            New Haven is truly lucky that after many years of failed Jewish owned poorly run kosher restaurants we have both Claire's and Edge of the Woods run by restaurant professionals under supervision and staying the course for many years.

            1. re: bagelman01

              i think she meant that it had a hippy student vibe, not literally crunchy

              1. re: shoelace

                Claire definitely runs the place in a 1968-75 time warp. I never heard the word crunchy used this way, but then again I'm 60.
                Of course when I was growing up and in college the space occupied by Claire's was Johnny's Smoke Shop where Mr Arabolos custom blended my pipe tobacco, perfect for an after meal smoke.
                Haven't smoked in 38 years, but I've eat Claire Criscoulo's food for more than 30. Plenty of interesting food, even for this carnivore
                As a townie I don't like Yale or Yalies, which is why
                went to Penn.

                1. re: bagelman01

                  I have only heard Americans living in Israel use "crunchy" to mean "hippie".

                    1. re: avitrek

                      Then I guess I'm both too old and have lived in the suburbs too long

                    2. re: SoCal Mother

                      Recently heard two shuls in same city described as Bnei Crunchy and Beth Snobby.

                      1. re: SoCal Mother

                        I grew up with the term in northern California. We had a lot of crunchy people.

                        1. re: CloggieGirl

                          I went to boarding school in New Hampshire in the '70s and the term was widely used to describe our student body.

                  1. re: PotatoPuff

                    Oh, dear. PotatoPuff, if this list lured you into expecting Claire's to be a restaurant, I am so sorry. The bread is great. A lot of the food is great. BUT attentive service would negate the mood that Claire's is going for: 70s crunchy granola.(Used as descriptor, tho it's probably on the menu)

                    Honestly, except that this is the 'other' Ivy, you should think of Claire's as a stage set waiting for Ali McGraw to walk in and film a scene from "Love Story".

                    1. re: AdinaA

                      More than 40 years ago, when I was a first semester freshman at Penn, another Ivy, I had Erich Segal as my English Lit Prof...he was visiting that semester. One of the few things that made living in that wasteland worthwile, along with cheesecake and old time kosher delis on Castor Ave...all long gone

                  2. There are three locally-certified vegetarian restaurants in Providence: Vege-fun - vegan pan-Asian; The Grange - vegetarian gastro pub; and Garden Grill (actually in neighboring Pawtucket) - wide vegetarian menu.

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                    1. re: Kosher Critic

                      That's lovely to know, and I believe you've posted it elsewhere before, BUT Providence is NOT on The NYC to Boston driving route. No one would drive more than an extra hour on the I-95 corridor unless they has a specific stop along the shore.

                      BTW-the OP has already come and gone and made her report.

                      1. re: bagelman01

                        I once posted asking for road food on my NYC to Boston drives. Even after stating that my door to door commute was actually south of Boston and that 95 is the best route for me, I was ignored, scolded, reprimanded and told I was ignorant. And those multiple posters told me where I should stop on the Hartford/MAPike area. They took over the whole thread and pointedly dismissed me and my question as the OP

                        Sometimes the 95 route is the way to go if you are not going to Boston proper.

                        1. re: Bellachefa

                          There is a large, shomer Shabbat community south of Boston (Sharon, a commuter suburb) and several other substantial Jewish communities,

                          Not to mention the fact that people often vaguely say "Boston" when they intend other E. Mass. destinations. People take driving tours "to Boston", by which they mean something like: We will stop at Yale, Mystic, Newport, eating along the way... eventually ending up in Boston.

                          I, for one, appreciate knowing that there are kosher places in Providence. I'll come back to look for this info if I have a reason to be there. Bagelman, I don't think of these posts as exclusive to the OP. More like info that is easily found by, for example, all of the families heading to "Boston" on college campus tours - stopping at Brown or RISD en route.