I'm looking for a restaurant for Yale graduation dinner. I'm familiar with the downtown New Haven restaurants and currently have a reservation at Pacifico. However, I have heard that restaurants on graduation night are very crowded, that food quality suffers, and that prices are higher that evening. (The Pacifico mandatory prix fixe is $48 + drinks + tax + tip; I'm not sure what's on the menu.)
I'm am looking for recommendations of restaurants outside of downtown New Haven that might be less crowded and that are somewhat less expensive (or at least that don't force a prix fixe menu, since we don't each need three courses). I would love if a place has a nice view of the water, but that's not mandatory.
Thanks in advance!