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Warm Up Your Dinner Plans at iishin Ramen Bar

There’s nothing more warming and satisfying than a steaming bowl of hot ramen, and West Haven has a new spot to get this authentic Japanese specialty. iishin Ramen Bar serves appetizers, a few rice dishes, and their namesake ramen soups in a cozy, intimate dining space.  Choose from seven different noodle bowls, including a vegan option,

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Find Upscale Seafood and Handmade Pasta at Hamilton Park

It’s not easy to stand out in the sea of fine dining options in New Haven, but Hamilton Park’s New England style bistro fare is already a front runner. Here, you can expect a fresh concept of house-made food with simple accompaniments from Michelin-starred chef Matt Lambert.  The restaurant itself is one of the high

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Feed Your Whole Crew at Bear’s Smokehouse at The Stack

Great barbecue can be hard to find, but New Haven residents say that Bear’s Smokehouse at The Stack always hits the spot. This eatery is a relative newcomer to the local dining scene, but has already developed a devoted local following thanks to its generous helpings and reasonable prices.  You can order any item on

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Foodies Will Love the Grab-and-Go Fare at Olmo

Olmo is a fresh, new conceptual restaurant in New Haven that caters to both on-the-go diners and those who want to enjoy a sit-down meal. The first floor is grab and go, with the freshly made bagels as the specialty of the house. The Shop, as they call it, is open for breakfast and lunch,

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Find Your New Favorite Taco at Te Amo Tequila Bar & Tacos

New to New Haven, Te Amo Tequila Bar & Tacos is a modern Mexican restaurant and tequila bar with a selection of margaritas, tequila tasting flights, and unique tacos made over an open-flame grill. Try the sweet plantain tacos with crispy pork belly, julienned romaine, pico de gallo, and a horseradish cilantro crema. For vegetarians,

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Savor Modern Italian Cuisine at NOLO

It might be hard to believe that the stunning building in which NOLO now resides was inhabited by a local dry cleaning business for more than six decades. The striking, modern mix of concrete and glass was actually designed and constructed specifically for the family that ran the beloved small business.  As of a few

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Put Your Heads Together to Beat the Odds at Elm City Escape

This winter, shake up your weekend plans with a 60-minute adventure at Elm City Escape. They have a unique — and tough — escape room designed to be anything but your typical night out.  Gather up a few friends and book an escape room with a plot and clues straight out of a Hollywood action

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Sip Local Beers at East Rock Brewing Company

New Haven’s East Rock neighborhood has a rich tradition of beer brewing, with German immigrants setting up breweries along the Mill River over a century ago. Much more recently, the East Rock Brewing Company officially joined that history.  This small, family-owned microbrewery and beer garden is located in the newly refurbished industrial building on Mitchell

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Embrace Your Inner Artist at Art Plus Studio

Whether you’re a seasoned artist or haven’t ever taken an art class, Art Plus Studio probably has something that’s right for you. This New Haven shop is a paint-your-own ceramics studio that also offers private art lessons and group classes.  If you’re serious about improving your craft, consider signing up for individualized painting or drawing

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Find Hummus, Kebabs and More at Roaa Lebanese Cuisine

When Chef Marwan first conceived of Roaa Lebanese Cuisine, he wanted to share Lebanese-style food and culture with West Haven locals. Today, his restaurant does just that, as it’s one of the city’s most popular and affordably priced Lebanese restaurants.  Roaa is tucked into a strip mall on Campbell Avenue.The menu features a range of

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