The last time I stopped in New Haven was en route to Maine. We had sweets in the Bronx and dinner in Pound Ridge. We checked into The Study at Yale close to midnight and left early the next morning. It was a mini layover.
I returned last month, and this time I came with no agenda aside from eating, exploring and getting some quiet time. The Saturday morning train left from Grand Central. I arrived early and picked up a cinnamon bun (with cardamom!) from Great Northern Food Hall. Two hours later, a quick cab ride from the train station and I was checked into my room The Study at Yale.
First things first, brunch! A seat at the bar of Heirloom for oysters and a beautifully made Last Word. No better way to settle in….
Next, a curly endive caesar laced with pecorino, olive oil breadcrumbs, and anchovies.
For dessert, hot caramel-apple doughnuts! These were wild, super crisp on the outsider, all tender insider. Five to an order, dotted with apple bits and rolled in sugar. How heady. Honey and vanilla anglaise on the side.
Then, time for some reading and a nap before…
…a walk around town for ice cream at Arethusa Farm Dairy. Two scoops in a waffle cone. Coconut chocolate chip on the bottom and mint chocolate chip on top.
An early dinner at Miya’s…
…I tried a bunch of little things. This was the Wild Plant Nigiri. Left to right: dandelion, Japanese knotweed, shiso, wild lettuce, mugwort, and mint. Interesting.
A later dinner at BAR. Mashed potato pizza with extra garlic. So good. Next time I’ll try the same with bacon. One big, cold Coke on the side. I love pizza so much. This was the last spot on my list…I went to Modern Apizza on the way back from Maine. And visited Sally’s Apizza and Frank Pepe’s on the trip before. I can’t decide on a favorite but I think it is ok to love them all.
Louis Lunch is never open when I’m in town (fingers crossed for the next trip).
A long shower, bathrobe, books in bed …
…and up the next morning to finish some writing. Coffee break at Blue State (I like the 84 Wall Street location).
Breakfast at Heirloom. This is the kale fritatta topped with milled tomatoes, a glorious mound of burrata and sunflower seeds.
And one buttermilk blueberry pancake. Butter and maple syrup. Classic. Always need one savory dish and one sweet dish.
A visit to the Beinecke Rare Book Library…
…so lucky to come on a sunny day and see the light stream though the marble.
A magical place.
…and one Shake Shack burger before the train ride home ^-^