My wife and I arrived in New Haven on a chilly Thursday evening at around 6PM and circled the immediate area once before locating a parking space less than a ½ block away. On entering we were surprised to discover the bar fully occupied as were several tables. Since we did not have reservations, we were directed to a 2-seat table top. I had a Groupon, confirmed it could be applied toward the happy hour wine specials, and ordered glasses of cabernet sauvignon that proved to be quite good.
The winter menu is/was quite limited, not particularly appealing, and excluded 2 dishes from the online menu that I planned on ordering – butternut squash risotto and blue crab cakes. Sheesh! Of the remaining items, Maghan, our server, advised us that neither the arancini nor clams diablo were available. Double sheesh!! She said the spring menu was being introduced tomorrow so the kitchen was out of several ingredients. Yikes! Had we lived closer and/or the Groupon not set to expire in a few days, I would have been out the door and over to Modern Pizza in a NY minute. Instead, we ordered mussels in beer broth, herbs and garlic. There were small pebbles attached to 3 of the mussels so these were obviously wild plus the beer broth overwhelmed, rather complimented, the delicate flavor of these mollusks.
Our next order was a local beet and turnip salad with mixed greens. Since the kitchen was out of goat cheese, it was topped with blue cheese crumbles. The beets might as well have originated in a can and the small pieces of turnip added little to nothing to the dish. Lastly we ordered an entree of (4) small, seared sea scallops over a vegetable hash that turned out to be very good though on the pricey side. Overall, it was a less than stellar dining experience. 2 Forks out of a possible 5.