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This small shoreline chain of coffee shops founded in 1985 is a local favorite for rich coffees and teas served in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. Willoughby's has a mission statement about its serious attitude toward coffee, and it has won numerous awards for the best coffee and as the best roasting company in the New Haven area. Mail order available on its Web site.
This long-lived Mecca for Yale students and other fans of fresh vegetarian specialties has been a perennial "Best of New Haven" winner for its soups, salads and sandwiches, and its desserts and pastries are renowned around campus. There is always a long wait at lunchtime, so get there early and order fast; the place is packed. Convenient to the shopping area of Chapel Street, to the New Haven green, and to the Yale campus.
Synonymous with great coffee and good times, Blue State Coffee is a great place to kick-start your day with a warm beverage and a healthy morning conversation. Sourced from some of the best coffee traders, and roasted and brewed on-site, expect nothing short of a cup of fresh, aromatic coffee from this coffee house. Be sure to try some of their signature coffees such as the True Blue, Liberty and Espresso #9, which is every bit as unique and wonderful, as you would expect.
Part of a chain of coffee houses in Connecticut, Willoughby's Coffee & Tea is one of the coffee hot-spots in the Yale neighborhood. Cozy, intimate and never short of excitement, this is the ideal place to kick-start your morning with a steaming cup of coffee. Walk in, take a seat and treat yourself to one of their signature Unblended, French Roast, Decaf and flavored coffees. Roasted and brewed on-site, the coffee served here, never fails to be a cup of steaming goodness.
Located amongst other fine Italian restaurants and pizzerias in New Haven's "Little Italy", Abate's boasts the proud slogan of being the president's favorite restaurant- assuming it is either Bill Clinton or George W. Bush- both alumni of nearby Yale University. Classic Italian in a friendly, warm atmosphere, Abate's serves up every kind of Italian soup, appetizer, salad and pizza to whet your whistle. Or try a more substantial chicken, pork, veal or beef meal. The choices are endless, the menu complete.
When moseying along Chapel Street, stop into this popular student (but not exclusively) hangout. Here, it's a toss up between what's more fun; the excellent selection of homemade soups, salads and sandwiches, gourmet coffees and sweet pastries, or the titles that cover almost every subject known to publishing. Sunny seating makes this a cozy stop in any season, and a great place to peek into when downtown.
Pizza was founded in New Haven, and the famous pizzerias still serve up the best around, but even with heavy duty competition from all the others, Est Est Est holds its own. So, try a slice here almost around the clock, and you won't be disappointed, especially if you order another Italian specialty with your pie. Enjoy outdoor seating in summer, as it's perfect place for people watching. They also offer free delivery, and catering is available.