Anna Liffey's:  Shane Carty, Frank Cullimore.

Anna Liffey's: Shane Carty, Frank Cullimore.

1st) Anna Liffey's Irish Pub

Descend the stairs into Anna Liffey's main dining room and you'll swear you've been transported from the heart of downtown off the historic New Haven Green into that of the Emerald Isle itself. Rustic stone walls, wooden tables, a huge center hearth and more picturesque details than you can spot in a single visit all create an authentic Irish atmosphere unlike any other. And they've got the food to back it up. Irish import Shane Carty heads the kitchen, serving up a menu of traditional dishes including their famous Irish breakfast ("best this side of the Atlantic," says bartender and fellow Irishman Frank Cullimore), with sausage, rashers, eggs, fried tomato, mushrooms, home fries, black-and-white pudding and toast to top it off. Their brunch offerings also include a full English breakfast, the hearty "Hangover Helper," and so no one's left out, plenty of vegetarian dishes to boot. A full lunch and dinner menu with American pub fare like burgers, mozzarella sticks and stuffed mushrooms makes for a comprehensive dining experience that never loses its Irish touch. Of course, even if you're not hungry, Anna Liffey's also has a fully stocked bar with all the cold drinks and warm smiles one would expect from any pub across the pond. Good drinks, good people and a hangover helper for the morning after. Why ever leave?

17 Whitney Ave.
New Haven
(203) 773-1776


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