New Haven is thought by many to be Connecticut’s top restaurant town, although the Gold Coast also offers a wealth of dining opportunities and Greater Hartford is definitely up and coming. Despite the strength of our dining scene, Greater New Haven took its hits during the recent economic downturn, and even though the economy is said to be expanding again, that hasn’t prevented some notable restaurant casualties.
Smaller dining concepts seem to be in vogue. Savvy restaurateurs look for ways to lower costs, so a restaurant can succeed with fewer fannies in seats. Arising phoenix-like from the ashes of ventures that have crashed and burned is a new breed of restaurants, better adapted (we hope) to survive. And of course, there are still a few high-stakes players who follow the no-guts, no-glory approach.
We bring you some of the more interesting openings of the past year or so. Our list is not exhaustive. The nature of the business is risky (one in four restaurants fails within its first year). As always, we recommend you call in advance before venturing out.
We think Café Vincenzo at Gateway Community College is one of our more intriguing, if not terribly practical, dining suggestions. Café Vincenzo is the real-life laboratory in which Gateway’s food service and hotel management students practice what they have learned. Meals typically include house-baked rolls, soup, salad, a main course and a dessert. Guests can bring their own wine. The café is open to the public only on Thursdays and the cost of the meal is $20. Reservations are required, and seating takes place between 6:15 and 6:30 p.m. 20 Church St., New Haven, (203) 285-2269.
Elm City Market
Another interesting option is Elm City Market. It’s a cooperative, but you don’t have to be a member. And you can have your parking validated for up to an hour in the attached garage. Most people carry their food away, but they don’t have to. There is a small seating area, even if it’s a little difficult to spot. There are 16 sandwich combinations, made-to-order sandwiches, a salad bar, a hot bar, soups and stews, and a grab-and-go case. 777 Chapel St., New Haven, (203) 624-0441, elmcitymarket.coop.
Dee Asian Kitchen
At Dee Asian Kitchen, which bills itself as an authentic noodle, soup and dim sum emporium, a picture is worth a thousand words and a thousand pictures must be worth a million words. We wondered what was the national origin of the folks behind the colorful, scrupulously photographed, 114-item menu? After all, it lists dim sum (Chinese), tom yum soup (Thai), udong noodle soup (Japanese), chicken satay (Malaysian or Indonesian), and any number of Vietnamese soups. The answer appeared to be Vietnamese, based on proprietor Chongdee Leroux’s last name and the admonition that “pho” rhymes with “duh,” but it turned out to be Thai. 163 Temple St., New Haven, (203) 776-0007, deeasiankitchen.com.
After the success of its first Connecticut venture in Westport, Shake Shack, an offshoot of Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group, decided to bring its popular product to a city with a serious yen for hamburgers. Shake Shack is known not only for its tasty, freshly ground, 100 percent all natural Angus beef burgers, but for its flat-top dogs, crinkle-cut fries and frozen custards. Be there, or be Union Square! 986 Chapel St., New Haven, (203) 747-8483, shakeshack.com.
It doesn’t seem like there’s any such thing as too much affordable Thai food in a college town like New Haven. Located next to a mochi ice cream shop, Jeera is tiny but cute and welcoming, with tall counter seating and a single communal table. The place may be small but the menu isn’t. We’ve made up our mind to try this one, including the Thai buffalo wings with spicy pomegranate dressing. Jeera does a good takeout business and also delivers for free within one mile of the restaurant. 216 Crown St., New Haven, (203) 777-7230, newhavenjeerathai.com.
New Haven Meatball House
Smart restaurateurs like Bob Potter, who owns c.o. jones and Prime 16 in New Haven, are thinking small — smaller concepts and smaller overhead. New Haven Meatball House takes a single thread — that early childhood love of meatballs that no one completely outgrows — and expands it into a winning formula. There are four types of meatballs, four types of sauces and three ways to eat them (served with choice of sauce and starch, as sliders or as brioche sandwiches). The college students are eating it up — and so are we! Open for dinner Monday through Thursday, lunch and dinner Friday through Sunday. 1180 Chapel St., New Haven, (203) 772-3360, nhmeatballhouse.com.
Zafra Cuban Restaurant & Rum Bar
Connecticut’s first rum bar, this Cuban-themed eatery tucked away on Orange Street delights those who stumble upon it with more than 200 different types of rum, well-made cocktails, and vibrant food. Exuberant presentations and tropical flavors abound. Try popular choices like the Havana sampler, coconut ceviche for two, picadillo, churrasco steak, guava-glazed salmon, tres leches cake and rum bread pudding. 259 Orange St., New Haven, (203) 859-5342, zafrarumbar.com.
Michael’s Trattoria in Wallingford has enjoyed a sterling reputation for years. Since too few New Haveners apparently make it to Wallingford, Michael’s has come to them in the form of Michael’s Downtown, which occupies the challenging location that was previously The Blue Pearl. Michael’s Downtown serves a largely Italian menu with a few exotic flourishes and an emphasis on pastas, meats and seafood. 130 Court St., New Haven, (203) 507-2677, michaelsdowntownrestaurant.com.
Despite its short length, only one block of which is commercially viable, High Street has become another pocket of restaurant activity in New Haven. Steamed cheeseburgers are out and frozen yogurt, salads and chocolate desserts are in. Ay! Salsa is out, and Rubamba is in, although larger Rubamba, which now also occupies the space next door, appears headed by the same chef. Rubamba serves gourmet Latin American fare, including, arepas, empanadas, quesadillas, tacos, and burritos. 25 High St., New Haven, (203) 773-0032, rubamba.com.
Little Salad Shop
You gotta love a story like this. In spring 2011, two fraternity brothers (Jerry Choinski and Etkin Tekin) who were juniors at Yale got tired of trying to find affordable, healthy off-campus food and decided, with the help of a friend (Tiffany Ho), to do something about it. And so, The Little Salad Shop was born. No little salad shop of horrors, everything is beautifully fresh, healthful and delicious. There are 12 intriguing combinations to choose from — or you can create your own salad. 45 High St., New Haven, (203) 691-5882, littlesaladshop.com.
One of our favorite area chefs, Israeli Mickey Josephs, who owns highly regarded Mickey’s Restaurant in Hamden, has brought a little of his Hamden magic to the New Haven lunch scene. Choose your preferred type of shawarma (seasoned meat grilled on a vertical spit and shaved off for the customer), have it on pita or as a platter, and then choose your salads, toppings and sides. 21 Whitney Ave., New Haven, (203) 776-PITA (7482), sababafalafel.com.
We liked Press 200 when it was on Crown Street in the old Nikkita’s space, and then it seemed to vanish without warning. But it popped up again as Press in attractive new digs on State Street, so all appears to be well. We remember Press as having some wonderful small plates, and that seems still to be the case, but the restaurant now appears to be placing a greater emphasis on artisan pizzas. Regardless, Press’s menu is one that will pique the interest of true foodies. 932 State St., New Haven, (203) 787-0227, presspizza.com.
Cave à Vin Wine Bar
A lot seems to be happening on State Street these days, even without Café Goodfellas playing leapfrog. Cave à Vin seems to be New Haven’s answer to Bin 228 — and that’s a good thing. The one downside is, unlike Bin 228 in Hartford, Cave à Vin isn’t really located within easy walking distance of entertainment venues. But visitors will enjoy its menu of artisanal cheeses, small plates, sandwiches, panini and desserts intended to complement its wine list of more than 60 wines by the glass and a selection of micro-brew beers, some of which are available as flights. “Wine drinkers make grape lovers,” the website says. Indeed. 975 State St., New Haven, (203) 777-6206, caveavinwinebar.com.
Despite a fairly convenient Whalley Avenue location about a block from the Broadway traffic octopus with the parking in the middle, Sushi Mizu promises free delivery. The online menu lists bountiful kitchen, hibachi and sushi offerings, but it doesn’t mention that there’s an all-you-can-eat option. However, according to Yelp “reviews,” there is one. Although we’re no fans of blogger opinion, the funniest Yelp comment we found was the following: “If word gets out about it and the students quit being little bitches, suck it up and walk past Popeye's... this place will thrive.” 47 Whalley Ave., New Haven, (203) 777-9888, sushimizunewhaven.com.
Manjares in Westville has been open closer to three years than one. The breakfast and lunch spot has already won Westville residents’ loyalty for its terrific baked goods and breakfast and lunch options. Always evolving rather than realizing an initial vision, it appears that it will soon be adding a juice bar in the adjacent space. But the chief reason we felt this neighborhood gem qualified as new is that for perhaps a year it has had a tapas menu, which is available Thursday through Saturday evenings. 838 Whalley Ave., New Haven, (203) 389-4489, manjaresfinepastries.com.
Wheeler’s Market-Café & Restaurant
According to their website, the folks at Wheeler’s live by extraordinary standards. Not only do they source as much of their produce locally as possible, they even source from all-natural heritage breeds to create their own housemade deli meats. Sustainability is a priority. Pay special attention to their lineup of salads and hot and cold sandwiches. 180 Amity Rd., Woodbridge, (203) 553-9055, wheelers-newhaven.com.
The East Haven ethnic and culinary landscape has been changing rapidly, even if town leadership isn’t quite ready for it and has to be dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century. No worries — the rest of us are ready! But don’t eat tacos or tapas or panchan plates as a political act, do it because it’s good food. Korean-owned Yama Dora in Trolley Square Plaza is the place to get your kimchi, kalbi, bulgogi and bibimbap. The restaurant also offers diners the opportunity to grill their own marinated meats at their table using special halogen lamp grills. And finally, Yama Dora has a lineup of Japanese favorites and sushi. 352 Hemingway Ave., East Haven, (203) 467-9200, yamadora.com.
It has been a busy restaurant year in Branford, but for a home away from home consider Home. Hometown pride compels me to point out that Home is brought to you by a pair of Hamdenites. Owner Jared Schulefand is a Johnson & Wales graduate who most recently was the assistant director of food and beverage at the Chatham Bars Inn in Chatham, Mass., while chef Mike DiVincenzo is a Culinary Institute of America graduate who served as chef de cuisine of the Tavern Restaurant at Chatham Bars Inn. They have combined to create a restaurant with an intriguing drink selection and a menu of comfort food prepared from scratch with a twist. 1114 Main St., Branford, (203) 483-5896, www.homerestaurantct.com.
Waterhouse Oyster Bar
After surrendering The Suburban up the street and tucking in next to their other restaurant venture, Tacuba Taco Bar, Arturo “Franco” and Suzette Franco-Camacho have opened one of Connecticut’s most tantalizing seafood venues. Forget the fried clams and baked scrod staples of yesteryear and enjoy fanciful, healthful, delicious seafood in a casual yet attractive setting. Study the menu and specials carefully and you’ll uncover some of your favorite Franco creations from Roomba and Bespoke/Sabor. Waterhouse Oyster Bar is a neighborhood gem. 1209 Main St., Branford, (203) 208-0423, waterhouseoysterbar.com.
Occupying the Suburban space forsaken by the Franco-Camachos, G-Zen introduces another notable husband-and-wife team in Mark Shadle and Ami Beach Shadle. The Shadles source many of their ingredients from their sustainable, organic Shadle Farm in Durham and prepare food from scratch made with “much love and intention.” Mark was executive chef and co-owner of Middletown’s It’s Only Natural, while Ami founded and owns the Colonic Institute of West Hartford and Gmonkey, their biodiesel farm-to-street food truck. G-Zen is a restaurant to try, but don’t take our word for it — it was named by Shape Magazine one of the top 10 upscale vegan restaurants in America. 2 E. Main St., Branford, (203) 208-0443, g-zen.com.
Ballou’s Restaurant & Wine Bar
When Hurricane Sandy slammed into the East Coast, Sybil Creek was kinder to Ballou’s, a spinoff of the original restaurant in Guilford, than it was to neighbors like Lenny’s Indian Head Inn. We’re sure owners and customers alike were grateful. Originally, it was a trip to the gastropubs of London and the cafés of Paris that gave owners Steve and Debbie Kaye the idea for Ballou’s. Their tremendous wine list is complemented by a menu of appetizers, cheeses, fondues, sandwiches, panini, pastas and flat-bread pizzas. 2 Sybil Ave., Branford, (203) 208-1701, ballouswinebar.com.
The Wharf at Madison Beach Hotel
We alluded to restaurateurs increasingly thinking small. This eatery is not an example. And if you were starting with one of the best pieces of seaside real estate east of New Haven, why would you think small? The Madison Beach Hotel has 33 guest rooms, each with an ocean view. Its restaurant, The Wharf, benefits from panoramic views and a wraparound porch. While heeding the farm-to-table imperative, executive chef John Cortesi’s New England-inspired menu adeptly balances the creative with the classic. 94 W. Wharf Rd., Madison, (203) 350-0014, madisonbeachhotel.com.
Haywire Burger Bar
We not only love the gourmet burger trend, we go haywire over this particular burger outpost. Using Creekstone Farms 100 percent Black Angus beef, Haywire produces some of Connecticut’s best and most intriguing burgers. But burgers aren’t all Haywire does well. There are some nice vegetarian options, including an array of salads. With entrées like pecan Bourbon chicken, steak frîtes, mac and cheese, fish tacos, Cajun grilled salmon, and barbecued ribs, there should be something for just about everyone. 730 Boston Post Rd., Westbrook, (860) 391-8479, facebook.com/haywireburgerbar.
Out with Bistro du Glace, in with Red House. Is this Southern-BBQ-and-music-themed joint Deep River’s answer to Hartford’s Black-Eyed Sally’s? Although we haven’t yet tried it, we’ve set foot inside and can report that it’s really, really red. And it’s hard not to be tempted by down-home items like pig wings, mean beans, kickin’ chicken, jambalaya, and grilled fish tacos, not to mention the “House Q” specialties like Dr. Pepper-basted beef brisket. But after all of these years of cooking with wine, beer and other alcoholic beverages, has cooking with soda suddenly becoming trendy? See next entry. 158 Main St., Deep River, (860) 526-2600, redhousect.com.
This Nuevo Latino eatery, which replaced Lupo, apparently retained the prior restaurant’s mixologist because of his popularity with customers. But judging by its menu of Spanish, Latin American and Caribbean offerings, Trapiche, which means sugar cane crusher or mill, is working hard to earn some popularity of its own. Certainly there’s nothing staid about a menu that includes root-beer-braised beef brisket nachos, pepita-crusted duck breast with a blackberry Grand Marnier sauce, or cinnamon bone-in 14-ounce prime pork chop with poppy seed roasted apples and apricot marmalade. It does sound, though, as if it might be living up to its name. 189 Middlesex Ave., Chester, (860) 526-9021, trapichect.com.
This restaurant occupies the newly restored Chester Savings Bank, which was constructed in 1902. A clean modernistic look, with white walls and bare wood tables, shows off the fresh, colorful, plant-based food of executive chef Rachel Carr. Carr has teamed up with building owner Bill De Jonge, whose Upper Pond Farm in Old Lyme grows the food for the restaurant — an ideal case of farm-to-table dining. Although the restaurant serves a number of raw and vegan items, the kitchen incorporates eggs and cheese in some of its dishes. Freshness and creativity are have been incorporated everywhere. 6 Main St., Chester, (860) 322-4212, sixmain.com.
Old Lyme Inn
New owners Ken and Christine Kitchings have been renovating the Old Lyme Inn from top to bottom. A jazz club is planned for next summer. In the meantime, with executive chef Dennis Young at the kitchen helm, the inn has been putting out some of the freshest and most creative food on the eastern shoreline. 85 Lyme St., Old Lyme, (860) 434-2600, oldlymeinn.com.
Ballo Italian Restaurant & Social Club
This dining suggestion may be our farthest afield, but we’ve tried it already and we’re fans. The space is said to resemble a gothic abbey built in the 12th century in the hills of Tuscany. Whatever — it’s pretty striking. When the mood hits, dancing may take place on window platforms and even on tabletops. All patrons must be 21 years old and able to prove it. But we’re foodies and wouldn’t be recommending Ballo if the Italian fare, especially the housemade pastas, wasn’t terrific. 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasville, (860) 862-1100, mohegansun.com.
Dan’s Dog House
Sometimes it’s a good thing to be in the doghouse, especially if it’s Dan’s Dog House in West Haven. This cute throwback looks like a dog house; there’s even a hound with a hot dog in its mouth perched on top. At Dan’s, you can dine in, take out, or drive through. In addition to dogs of various types and never-frozen 100 percent Angus beef burgers, you can get soup, salads, subs, sandwiches, wraps and seafood (including lobster rolls). 473 Saw Mill Rd., West Haven, (203) 932-DOGS (3647), dansdoghouse.com.
Chops Steak & Fish Grill
Neighborhood icon Chuck’s Steakhouse is no more, but apparently it’s no less, either. Continuing in the same vein is Chops Steak & Fish Grill, whose website says it “maintains the best features of Chuck’s and improves areas that needed attention.” Chops says it still uses the same high quality cuts of beef, has upgraded the salad bar, and has added pasta and seafood entrées. 1003 Boston Post Rd., West Haven, (203) 934-5300, chopssteakandfish.com.
Plan B Burger Bar
Plan B is a Connecticut restaurant group we can hardly get enough of. The folks at Plan B give any burger joint in the Nutmeg State a run for its money with their lineup of beef burgers “cut from 100 percent verified humane, fresh, never frozen, wet-aged whole chucks and hand-ground on premises daily.” But burgers aren’t the entirety of the offerings, with tempting appetizers, soups, salads, and “big plates” like horseradish-encrusted salmon, shepherd’s pie, fish and chips, country meatloaf and lobster mac & cheese. Hopefully, its ownership plans to sprinkle a couple more of these joints around Greater New Haven. We promise we’ll do our part. 1638 Boston Post Rd., Milford, (203) 713-8700, planbburger.com.
Indigo by the Water
Indigo by the Water took over the space formerly occupied by Cabo, and Cancun Charlie’s Cantina before that. At Indigo, a good drink selection and fun food complement a chic interior, great deck and superb view of Milford Landing. Indigo’s contemporary American menu is imbued with a Latin American flair. Veteran chef Edwin Maldonado uses as many fresh local ingredients as possible. 1 Schooner Ln., Milford, (203) 882-1999, indigobythewater.com.
Solun Tapas Bar & Restaurant
Solun is one of several Latin American-owned tapas restaurants that have sprung up in Greater New Haven, capitalizing on the burgeoning popularity of the cuisine of Spain (but adding to public confusion regarding the distinct cuisines of Spain and Latin America). Solun's owner, veteran Guatemalan restaurateur Carlos Hernandez, previously purchased Meigas in Norwalk from Spaniard Ignacio Blanco, and Solun borrows heavily from the Blanco playbook in menu and décor. The 125-seat restaurant, whose name is Spanish for “the sun and the moon,” offers a mixture of tapas and entrées for lunch and dinner. 245 Amity Rd., Woodbridge, (203) 298-9741, soluntapasbar.com.
Seasons at Oak Lane
This Woodbridge country club eatery recently opened its doors to the public, following in the footsteps of taking its place alongside its sibling Seasons at the Tradition in Wallingford. There’s a broad array of casual fare, including sandwiches, burgers and pizzas, but there are also more sophisticated entrées for those more formally inclined. The restaurant is open seven days per week for lunch and dinner. Of course, if they’re letting us in, there goes the neighborhood. 1027 Racebrook Rd., Woodbridge, (203) 389-5555, seasonsatoaklane.com.
Smoke & Bones BBQ
“Served fast but cooked slooow” is Smoke & Bones’ motto, and apparently it ain’t just smoke and mirrors. No, this joint aspires to be real barbecue, the kind where the sauce is secondary because the flavor is in the meat. Smoke & Bones serves breakfast, buckets of chicken, smoked barbecue, fresh seafood and po' boys the way Raylan Givens serves warrants in “Justified.” 1 New Haven Ave., Derby, (203) 516-5994, smokeandbones.com.
Although Koi describes itself as “Asian fusion,” it would be more accurate to call it “pan-Asian.” Judging by the menu, Koi faithfully reproduces dishes from a number of cuisines, especially Japanese, but it doesn’t usually fuse together elements of diverse cuisines into individual dishes. Semantics aside, Koi has a large and appealing menu, with particular emphasis on sushi and hibachi. Although the hibachi is prepared in the kitchen, not at the table, don’t be Koi — you know you want some. 375A Main St., Ansonia, (203) 308-2380, koisushict.com.
Tavern 1757 is an offshoot of Villa Bianca, a prominent banquet facility on Route 34 in Seymour that, like Anthony’s Ocean View in New Haven or the Aqua Turf Club in Southington, most New Haven area residents eventually wind up visiting for some event or other. And like the Aqua Turf Club, which has elegant New Mill Restaurant nearby, Villa Bianca has opened handsome Tavern 1757 next door. Tavern 1757 calls itself an Italian country restaurant with global influences. If the food tastes only half as good as the setting looks, it will be terrific. 317 Roosevelt Dr., Seymour, (203) 516-5461, tavern1757.com.
8 Fifty Wood-Fired Pizza
Maybe some folks along the shore don’t realize it, but Middlebury is in New Haven County. And word is that this town of 7,000 odd residents (we don’t actually mean they’re odd) just got a good one in 8 Fifty Wood-Fired Pizza. 8 Fifty isn’t the cost of their 12-inch pizzas, we’re sorry to say, and it’s not their street address, either — it turns out it’s the temperature of their oven. True pizza lovers will travel to find the best pizzas, and judging by the photos, these 12-inch personal pizzas look worth the trip. 489 Middlebury Rd., Middlebury, (203) 528-4457, 8fiftypizza.com.
Cast Iron Soul
New Haven’s loss is Hamden’s great gain as some of the best Southern cooking you’ll ever find settles into the space formerly occupied by Taste of Jamaica. The split setup of its predecessor is preserved, meaning you can get carry-out from the side street entrance or dine in style in the main dining room. Enjoy soul, Cajun and Creole influences applied with subtlety and artistry, thanks to proprietors Steve Ross and Shayla Crawford’s 20 years of experience in the restaurant business. You haven’t encountered soul food like this since, well, the 1997 movie Soul Food. 1012 Dixwell Ave., Hamden, (203) 495-8400, castironsoul.com.
Taking the place of the old IHOP in Hamden, Cumin India was welcomed by a town lacking Indian food. Cumin India has an extensive menu, with offerings sure to please carnivores and vegetarians alike. There are even a few Indo-Chinese dishes, a fused cuisine that has become extremely popular in places like London, Toronto and even Nairobi, while in Connecticut it is easier to find in both Fairfield and Hartford counties than in New Haven County. But if you like sweets, we would worry a little that the “desert” could be dry. 266 Skiff St., Hamden, (203) 248-6464, cuminindia.com.
Located in a small strip mall at Dixwell and Evergreen in Hamden is Hokkaido. Although the restaurant opened recently, we managed to talk to the owners. Hokkaido, named after Japan’s northernmost and second largest island, will serve traditional Japanese fare, hibachi dinners and sushi. Due presumably to space concerns, the hibachi dinners will be prepared in the kitchen, not at the table. The sushi menu is extremely varied and the kitchen menu looks equally ambitious. 2779 Dixwell Ave., Hamden, (203) 287-8888.
Replacing Brix in Cheshire is Luca Ristorante, a family-owned-and-operated restaurant emphasizing traditional Italian fare and seafood. Owner Dino Ricciardone says 40 years of culinary experience have taught him that people’s favorite restaurants are “usually local, serve fresh, high quality food, provide friendly service and offer a pleasant atmosphere.” We haven’t made it to Luca yet, but it sounds like a winning formula to us. 1721 Highland Ave., Cheshire, (203) 439-2727, lucaristorantect.com.
First New Haven County gained a Wood-n-Tap in Orange, and now one has just opened in Wallingford. We’re always happy to see more Wood-n-Taps, for their happy-go-lucky atmosphere and elevated pub fare. We particularly recommend their bar bites (turkey, chicken, bison and beef) — although if they’re planning to migrate any closer to New Haven they should probably develop falafel or veggie burger bar bites as well. 970 N. Colony Rd., Wallingford, (203) 265-WOOD (9663), woodntap.com.
El Pulpo Restaurant & Tapas Bar
Southington has rolled out the welcome mat for this appealing little tapas joint located next to an auto service center. El Pulpo is owned by Ecuadorian Jaime Lopez, who also has La Paella in Norwalk and Taberna in Bridgeport and used to work for Ignacio Blanco (whose DNA is found in most Spanish restaurants in Connecticut) at Meson Galicia in Norwalk. The tapas and entrées are Spanish with some Latin American influence, and there’s a nice selection of affordable Spanish and South American wines. 1217 Queen St., Southington, (860) 410-1147, elpulpoandtapasbar.com.
When it closed after 14 years, we mourned Little Tibet in Middletown, which had some of the best Tibetan fare we’d ever had, not just in Connecticut but anywhere. So we were heartened recently to hear that Tibetan Kitchen was opening in the same town. Both proprietors’ families apparently had Tibetan restaurants in India, from which the menu draws. There is said to be a wonderful selection for non-vegetarians, vegetarians and vegans. We can’t vouch for the food, because we haven’t yet made it to the restaurant. But it’s definitely on our list! 574 Main St., Middletown, *860) 343-3073, tibetankitchen.us.
NOTABLE CLOSURES—NEW HAVEN
•T.J.’s Breakaway Deli
•Downtown at the Taft/Baccus Enoteca
•Bespoke/Gilt Moroccan Steakhouse
NOTABLE CLOSURES—SURROUNDING TOWNS
•Sub Boss, East Haven
•The Suburban, Branford
•Chuck’s Steakhouse, West Haven
•Bistro du Glace, Deep River
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