Welcome to Restaurant Week!
There was so much variety this year for restaurant week, I couldn’t help but try what New Haven’s best restaurants had to offer. From traditional French to Nuevo-Latino cuisines, I opened my mouth and my mind to new culinary experiences. This year I headed to Pacifico, Caseus and Union League Cafe. I had Tarry Lodge Iron Chef Mario Batali’s restaurant on my list. But unfortunately I couldn’t make it. As you know good food is to be eaten with care and time, there’s always next year. Restaurant Week offers diners a generous prix fixed menu at the rate of $17 for lunch $34 for dinner. Dinner prices depend on where you eat. At Union League, the dinner menu started at $49. Take a look at the wonderful food I did have the pleasure of eating and what I recommend for you if you find yourself in the New Haven area.
Located on the corner of Crown St. and College St. This Latino inspired restaurant has more than just tapas and sangria. I headed to Pacifico for lunch. Which at the $17 range was a steal. At the suggestion of the waiter, I tried the corn chowder with crab meat, which blew me away. There were several options for the second course, including a shrimp salad, plantain crusted tilapia and a salmon sandwich. I had the salmon sandwich which included bacon, kale, tomato and chipotle mayo served with cumin fries. I highly recommend that dish for anyone heading there for lunch. Go to Pacifico for the atmosphere, the drinks and the amazing customer service.
If you’e a cheese lover, this place is for you. From the appetizers to desserts, everything contains delicious “fromage”. Tucked away on Whitney Ave. this lovely bistro restaurant has a little something for everyone, vegetarians and meat-lovers alike. For Restaurant Week I had lunch there for $17. The prix fixed menu consisted of appetizers, a main course and dessert. Unfortunately the price doesn’t include beverages, so I did have to pay for my lemonade. I’m happy to say though, I will be heading back soon. I hear the Mac and Cheese there is to die for.
Union League Cafe
This lovely fine dining restaurant is located on Chapel St. just down the street from the Yale Center for British Art, has much to offer if traditional French dining is for you. The atmosphere was amazing, especially when sitting at the large front windows over-looking Chapel St.
I usually take advice from the waiter when it comes to the best drinks on the menu, which for Union League included an extensive wine menu. We started with a delicious salad, filled with shallots, lettuce, eggs and peas. The main course, was simple, yet delicious. A beautifully presented pork chop with lentils. I didn’t care much for my dessert, a cup of vanilla ice cream with almonds. I did try what my brother ordered and that was more pleasing to my palate. The Restaurant Week menu here, was delicious, but a little limited. With that said, I’ll certainly be heading back there soon to try some more delicious options, like the sea bass and fennel.
If you can’t get to New Haven, CT. I encourage you to try Restaurant Week in your own community. Perhaps you might discover new culinary experiences you never knew existed.
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