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IMNOT_A_LAWYER t1_j9odlhd wrote

Just want to say I am pretty impressed with the list you’ve put together on your own.

> Headed into town Saturday at lunchtime. Modern Apizza for lunch?

You’ll get a million different opinions on pizza here. Modern isn’t my first choice but it has absolutely earned its place as one of the “big three”. No change needed here but I will toss in my controversial plug for De Legna’s

> Yale Art museum, green, old campus, Barcade after lunch.

This is a great day, can I join you? I’d add on the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library to this list l, which is really unique and only adds on about 15ish minutes or so.

> Booked a night at the Blake. Mostly for walkability.

Solid spot.

> Birthday dinner reservations at Union League or Olea?

Union League has been the standardbearer in fine dining for a long time and for good reason. That said, there is no shortage of fantastic restaurants in New Haven. If you are dead set on fine dining, I will second your nomination of Union League but Zinc (also mentioned here) belongs in the conversation.

> Nightcaps at High George?

Good spot mostly for view and ambience. I’d recommend Ordinary for drinks though. Really unique cocktails and great bartenders. It is a smaller spot but its previous occupant (Richter’s) was a bit of a New Haven landmark.

> Any recommendations for a great place for an early breakfast on the way out?

I will second the recommendation of the Pantry, another New Haven classic. They pretty much make two dishes (eggs Benedict and cinnamon roll pancakes) but they knock those out of the park. Another controversial opinion Bella’s / Lena’s have always been crazy overrated. Not worth a detour.

I will toss in an oddball breakfast recommendation of Trinity Pub. New Haven used to have a ton of irish bars and this place is the last man standing. Chef/owner is a great guy and it will be a more relaxed breakfast.


notanotheramber t1_j9pgc09 wrote

Modern is ALWAYS my first choice and it's the easiest of the big 3 in my opinion.


IMNOT_A_LAWYER t1_j9pgnsn wrote

Hah - there will never be peace or accord on this question but I 10000% agree with you that you can pretty much walk in to Modern without any of the hoopla, bullshit, or waiting that you deal with at Sally’s and Pepe’s


brewski t1_j9ukhei wrote

Pantry has plenty more to offer. The lox scramble and spinache feta omelette are fantastic. Shakshushka is one of my all time favorite breakfast dishes, though it is only occasionally on the specials. Cinnamon pancakes are good but not worth a special trip, IMHO.


HockeyandTrauma t1_j9ukvun wrote

Agreed on everything but ballas. Think they're fantastic.


IMNOT_A_LAWYER t1_j9ul9rd wrote

It wouldn’t be a New Haven recommendation if it wasn’t without controversy!


HockeyandTrauma t1_j9uu5rh wrote

Very fair! I don't disagree hard enough to argue it, but bellas has always been my number 1.