A Parents Weekend Guide

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Cinnamon Roll Pancake

Your parents are on campus and it’s time to finally eat something other than dining hall food. Here is where to go and how to get the most out of your parents’ wallets.

Breakfast & Coffee

Jojo’s:  Mediocre espresso and drip coffee but highly recommend their honey lemon ginger tea. It’s fantastic and a cure-all for any cold. They recently added acai bowls to the menu which although the preparation still takes a while are also delicious. $

Book Trader: Literary-themed sandwiches and good coffee. A convenient and cozy option. $

Blue State: By far the best drip coffee and creative, albeit bitter, espresso drinks. Locations on York St. and Wall St. $$

Koffee: Only convenient if you are near Silliman or TD but great coffee and a cozy atmosphere for a relaxed morning or afternoon coffee break. $$

Maison Mathis: Half-decent espresso beverages and okay drip coffee in a chic environment but hefty prices to pay for it. They do have some good breakfast specialities including tasty omlettes and excellent oatmeal. $$$


The Pantry: The Pantry’s Cinnamon Roll Pancakes may be one of New Haven’s most instagrammable products. If you are more concerned about your stomach, we would suggest the Eggs Benedict. Less pretty, more tasty. Or, if you are looking for both savory and sweet — get both. $ (what if we say — Or if you’re feeling wild — get both)

Patricia’s: A cheaper brunch spot located right near Payne Whitney Gym. Walking into Patricia’s is like walking into your grandmother’s kitchen mixed with an old New York diner complete with eggs, hashbrowns and bacon. “Good food, great prices”. $

Rudy’s: Fries on Fries on Truffle Fries on Eggs Benedict. Filling and not too far from campus. $$

Barracuda: This new restaurant provides a trendy new Colombian take on brunch classics. Try their lobster eggs benedict, their Colombian breakfast or guava crêpes for a memorable and delicious brunch. If you’re still really feeling last night, try a bloody mary. $$

Heirloom at The Study: Heirloom is always a solid choice. Fresh, local produce with the kind of flax oatmeal that will please your mom. Everything is great but special shout-out to the baked local ricotta appetizer/snack and the buttermilk pancakes. $$$


Atticus: Known as the first book-store café, Atticus is great for a casual bowl of soup, salad or sandwich. The grilled mushroom and cheese sandwich is fantastic. The bookstore part of the café features hilarious cards and excellent books — a perfect place to get a last minute gift. Stay far away from their coffee. $

Louis’ Lunch: Have the first hamburger for the first time. Or maybe the second, or third, or fourth, etc. But hey — maybes it’s your parents first first hamburger. $

Junzi: A New Haven favorite started by Yale alums. Northern Chinese noodle bowls and rolled bings for when you are short on time. $

BAR Pizza: Mashed potatoes AND bacon on pizza. Need we say more? $$


G Café

G Cafe: Fantastic coffee and espresso drinks, great atmosphere and excellent pastry. At G Cafe, bread is the star. They have tasty takes on lunch favorites carefully pared with the perfect type of bread. Only problem is it’s past the Green, but if you’re willing to take a 10 minute walk, it’s a must-try. $$

Rubamba: Located on high street, Rubamba features Latin American cuisine and is an easy spot to check out close to the center of campus. We recommend their arepas and Mexican ceviche. As their facebook page says “Keep Calm…and Eat Arepas and Rubamba”. $$

Tarry Lodge: Mario Batali’s restaurant has quickly become a New Haven staple, perfect for a nice, Italian meal. Excellent pizza, easy to share and delicious fresh pasta dishes. Come for the $20 lunch special. $$$


Atelier Florian: A new-ish raw bar featuring oysters and a decent array of entrées. Florian has all of the classics – steak, chicken and pasta — and is perfect for a not-too adventurous crowd. $$

Mecha: New Haven’s new noodle bar. Bring your parents here for a warm bowl of Japanese ramen or Vietnamese pho. We recommend the Pork Belly Steamed Bao as an appetizer. Not recommended for tidy eaters. $$

Skappo: Family-run Italian restaurant to take your family to. The pasta is great, the crostini is to die for.  An experience worth a stroll south of the Green. $$

Soul de Cuba: Food good for the soul. Warm rice plates full of aromatic spices. Service can be patchy but the food is so so good. You’re on cuban time here, so get a drink, sit back, and get ready for an amazing meal. $$

Prime 16: Great burgers and mood lighting. You could say it’s a prime location for dinner. $$$

Barcelona: Spanish restaurant featuring excellent tapas. Great for sharing and large groups. A classic Parents’ Weekend choice. $$$

L’Orcio: A beautiful, homey Italian restaurant on State St. with beautifully light handmade pastas. Off the beaten path for many Yalies but one of Chew Haven’s favorites. $$$

Tarry Lodge: Great, expansive dinner menu for every Italian-food lover out there. We love their truffle and egg pizza.  $$$

Olea: One of the best restaurants in New Haven. A creative tapas-style menu, that also features entrée sized dishes. Their food is high quality, fresh and flavorful and the ambiance is relaxed but classy. $$$

Roia: By far the most beautiful dinner spot in New Haven, located in the expansive lobby of an old hotel with high ceilings and modern decor. The French and Italian inspired menu can be hit or miss but those that work, work exceptionally well — and the waiters tend to be very knowledgeable about their dishes. $$$

Caseus: For all of the cheese lovers out there. $$$

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