5 Restaurants to Try at Yale

by Caroline Gentile ’17

Imagine the scene. You arrive to Yale on Friday night (or Saturday morning), excitement humming through the polluted New Haven air. Perhaps you are a bit buzzed, perhaps you aren’t (but you probably are because this is the one weekend Harvard kids act like its Harvard State). Regardless of your level of inebriation, you are very likely hungry. But where should you go to eat in New Haven? Do they even have restaurants there, in a place so riddled with crime and gothic architecture?

Surprisingly, yes! New Haven actually boasts many great restaurants, ranging from cheap eats to expensive gourmet fare. Below are some of the best picks on the cheaper, college-student-friendly end of that spectrum (disclaimer: there’s a lot of pizza on this list, but only because pizza is something that New Haven apparently does really, really well):

  1. Alpha Delta Pizza

Location: 371 Elm St., New Haven, CT 06511

Hours: 3pm-3am

Type of Food: Pizza

Price range: $

What to Order: The Wenzel, a deliciously greasy conglomeration of fried buffalo chicken, hot sauce, mozzarella, lettuce, and tomato atop a sub roll.


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  1. Ivy Wok

Location: 316 Elm Street, New Haven, CT 06511

Hours: 11am-2am

Type of Food: Cantonese

Price Range: $

What to Order: The curry soup or the fried pork dumplings.


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  1. Mamoun’s Falafel

Location: 85 Howe St, New Haven, CT 06511

Hours: 11am-3am

Type of Food: Falafel

Price Range: $

What to Order: Chicken kebabs.


Photo courtesy of mamouns.com

  1. Miya’s Sushi

Location: 68 Howe St, New Haven, CT 06511

Hours: 5pm- midnight on Fridays and Saturdays

Type of Food: Sushi

Price Range: $$

What to Order: The Late-Night Specials, offered after 10:30pm, which consist of award-winning sushi made from leftover premium ingredients at a much lower price, as well as 1/3 off pitchers of beer, cocktails, and all bottles of wine. Also, their spicy-mayo-covered shoestring Tokyo fries.


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  1. Pepe’s Pizza

Location: 157 Wooster Street, New Haven, CT, 06511

Hours: 11am-10pm

Type of Food: Pizza

Price Range: $

What to Order: Any of their pizzas! Pepe’s is probably the most well known restaurant in New Haven, and is actually opening up a store in Boston soon!


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Boston Restaurants to be Graded on Cleanliness

by Bovey Rao ’19

Many larger cities have adopted standardized grading systems for their restaurants. Frequent inspections made restaurants maintain higher standards of operation and cleanliness to earn their respective grade. These ratings improved their respective food scenes in terms of quality, but many concerns about consistency and corruption were voiced with this process. The power of the inspectors to give a restaurant a lower cleanliness rating could destroy a business. Similarly, some restaurants might be coerced into bribes and other underhanded methods to boost their letter grades. As Boston prepares to roll out their own grading system, I hope that the city is aware of potential repercussions.

Early next year, Boston is on track to begin grading restaurants on a scale from A to C (with A being the best and C being the worst). Restaurants that receive the C rating are then given 30 days to repair any issues and then be regraded by health inspectors. However, these ratings would not posted on storefronts like in many other metropolitan areas; instead, they would found online on a public database. This proposal now seemingly loses it merit because these ratings would not be visible. It is tedious to have to check a website when trying to figure out where to eat. At the same time, it would allow for restaurants of Boston to truly understand how the system works and to prepare themselves for it.

This ultimately brings up the issue of food safety and regulation. It is reasonable to expect restaurants to serve food from sanitary conditions in a comfortable and clean environment. If an establishment fails to meet those expectations, a potential customer would like to know. The immediate problem is to explain what the respective rating means. What differs between an A rating and a B rating? Does having a B rating change whether or not a person is likely to dine at a restaurant?

However, from a restauranteur’s perspective, it is also frustrating and sometimes hindering to have to adhere to standardized practices. Given the arbitrary nature of inspections, there is the issue of consistency and timeliness in visits. Fortunately, the provision allowing for a 30 day period to improve allows for this to be a non-issue. While many restaurants may protest these demands, the accommodations provided by the city are fair and justified. It is currently hard to tell whether or not the changes are going to help or harm the Boston food scene, but I believe that having a standardized restaurant health code will ultimately benefit the city.