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Best Lunch in New Haven?

Scargod | Feb 24, 2009 06:31 AM

Somewhat frequently I come into NH and want to have lunch. Some nicer places are not open for lunch.
I personally, am not trying to limit this discussion, but I am not talking a cheap or fast meal. I have specific ideas when I am not doing the cooking. When I take the time and effort to have lunch downtown, or near downtown, I want warm and not too hectic, with a wine choice or two. I don't consider buffets. Again, I am not trying to paint this discussion into too small a box. I would even consider just outside downtown if it doesn't take more than 15 minutes to get there (from The Green, let's say).
To start this off, I/we have enjoyed lunch recently at Thali (Lunch and Sunday Brunch 12-2:30PM, [brunch is supposed to be great], and dinner hours??), and just had a so-so lunch at Scoozzi (which we usually enjoy). Scoozzi: Open 12-9 or 9:30PM, Jazz Brunch on Sunday 12-3, closed Mondays.
Bentara (7 days:11:30-3PM/Sun-Thur: 5-10PM/Fri-Sat: 5-11PM), is usually good and we like Pacifico (Tue-Fri:12:00-3:00 pm/Sun-Thurs: 5:00-10:00 pm/Fri&Sat: 5-11:00 pm/closed Mondays.
Slightly farther is Christopher Martin's (Pub Menu is available 11:30 am till midnight - 7 Days/Week Dining Room: 11:30 am - 2 pm & 5-10(ish) PM).
L'Orcio (Tues- Fri:11:30-2:00/Tues-Thurs: 5:30-9:30/ Fri- Sat: 5:30-10:30/Sun: 5:00-9:00/Closed Mondays).
Possibly often forgotten (you have to bring your own wine; they open it and they have glasses), is Guadalupe La Poblanita. Open Mondays & Wed-Thu. 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Fri.-Sun. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Closed Tue.
Even farther, but still easily accessible, is Leon's, for my favorite setting or view. Never closed, Leon's only has a bar menu for lunch Sundays.

What do you like? What is open on a Saturday or Sunday? Please note if they are closed Mondays.
Has anything changed recently? I thought there was a chance that Geronimo (open 7 days a week for dinner), was going to open for lunch. This does not seem to have happened yet.

PS: I almost forgot Heirloom at "The Study at Yale" Hotel. Great food, so far!
Breakfast: Monday to Saturday from 7 am to 10 am
Lunch: Monday to Saturday from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm
Dinner: Sunday to Thursday from 5:30 pm to 10 pm; Friday and Saturday from 5:30 pm to 11:30 pm
Sunday Brunch: Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm
Heirloom Lounge: Sunday to Thursday open until 11 pm; Friday and Saturday open until midnight

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