In the days leading up to Valentine’s Day, an even more romantic holiday approaches, and this one is topped with cheese. February 9th marks National Pizza Day, a memorable holiday for our city as we celebrate what we’ve dubbed, “The Year of the New Haven Pizza.” On this day, sharing a pie is the ultimate show of romance – a bubbling and charred representation of love for our city – which is, after all, the only place to find authentic New Haven-style apizza.
This year, V-Day falls on a Wednesday, but don’t let the rush of a work week overshadow your moment of romance. Plan ahead and spend your evening in downtown. Our advice? Make a reservation, consider dining earlier or later than usual, and spring for the nice bottle. It’s Valentine’s Day, after all. Looking for a place to dine? Check out these 6 romantic spots perfect for any date, and be sure to follow us on social media to stay up to date on Valentine’s specials in downtown.
If you have a taste for Italian cuisine, then be sure to check out Gioia in January. This new Italian restaurant is serving some of the best dishes and drinks, all from the heart of the historic Wooster Square. The restaurant, which also serves up house-made gelato for diners with a sweet tooth, features a market selling tons of Italian specialties from homemade pastries to the best-aged cheeses.
One of downtown’s most popular restaurants, Tavern on State, was featured in The New York Times, leading the “23 of the Best American Dishes of 2023.” Writer Julia Moskin specifically praised the tavern’s fried chicken, saying “I will always order the fried chicken at a promising new restaurant like this one. Its fried chicken thighs with green tomato relish and radish salad was the best of many dishes I loved this year in the growing “tavern” category — a much-needed bridge between pub grub and tweezer food.”
While Halloween may be October’s most recognizable holiday, did you know the month is also marked by another holiday? National Pizza Month, a tradition as integral to New Haven culture as any other holiday. Pizza is our thing. Rather, Apizzais our thing. This year alone, our city has been recognized by the likes of The Washington Post and Bloomberg for our pizza culture, and travelers from across the country continue to make their pilgrimages to the Elm City for a slice of our best pies. Looking to make some pizza plans ahead of the holiday? Visit Pepe’s, Sally’s, Modern, and... View Article
Pay visit to the East Rock Market, New Haven’s first ever premier boutique food hall. Home to some of the best eats in the Elm City, East Rock Market features six food concepts and a full service bar, here’s what’s on the menu. Rockfish Sushi: Here, “nigiri is truth.” Stop by for high quality fish paired with fresh sushi rice. Panicale Pasta: Freshly prepared in-house each morning, the pasta at Panicale is as fresh as it gets. Plus, they serve Neapolitan pizza cooked in a wood burning pizza oven. Raw Bowls & Juice: Smoothies, bowls, salads, oh my! This healthy... View Article
Prefer to drink your calories, rather than scoop them? Grab a sweet cocktail with your neighbors as we celebrate the return of New Haven Cocktail Week, taking place from August 27 – September 2 at 29 locations throughout the city. The annual celebration honors the best in New Haven mixology and cocktail culture, featuring education, tastings, and New England’s most unique cocktails.
In the hottest summer month, there is only one place to turn for respite – New Haven’s best ice cream shops. Arethusa Farm Dairy: Located in The Shops at Yale, Arethusa is a scoop shop featuring freshly made waffle cones and homemade ice cream from their dairy farm. Ashley’s Ice Cream: Ashley’s serves up delicious scoops of ice cream, frozen yogurt, pies, and cakes in the Broadway District. Elena’s on Orange: Specializing in soft serve, unique flavors, and house-made toppings, Elena’s is located (you guessed it) on Orange Street in East Rock. Libby’s Italian Ice: The family-owned favorite Libby’s Italian... View Article
Gather your group and reserve the Elm City Party Bike for a day. Socialize, exercise, and restaurant hop through downtown, East Rock, and Wooster Square. With the help of trained drivers, groups of 8-15 people can enjoy 2-hour rides through New Haven’s most popular, historic, and beautiful hubs. Elm City Party Bike is BYOB, so pack up, gear up, and ride.
Be it a rooftop or a patio, outdoor dining is in full swing in downtown. Layer on the SPF and pick your dining style, we’ve got it all. For Patios: 116 Crown, L’Orcio, Geronimo, South Bay and Tre Scalini For Sidewalk Cafes: Atelier Florian, Claire’s Corner Copia, olea and Villa Lulu For Rooftops: Elm City Social and High George For Waterfront Views: Il Gabbiano and Shell & Bones Can’t pick one place? 🤔 You don’t have to.