Definitely a fan of 116's cocktails. Don't go for dinner, but for snacks. Snacks here are delicous, but sometimes a hearty person leaves without feeling full. The cocktail menu is elaborate, lengthy and fab. I wish they would put the roasted bone marrow back on the menu though. Had it 5 years ago and have never forgotten it.
I'm raising my rating to 4 stars. After several outings, Ordinary has replaced 116 Crown in my mind for "best cocktails in New Haven." Their drinks are outstanding. Fresh juices. The right amount of liquor. Intriguing concoctions. Wish I could go more often than I do.
Stayed 2 nights here as it was the only place I could find on Block Island to book at the last minute. I do not recommend it as it is in desperate need of renovation. The room was cramped, the entire place smelled like mildew, the sheets were awful -- old and worn out, and the towels were so thin they were nearly invisible (plus, we had to ask 3 times for towels).
And, as for the food???? The "famous Blue Dory cookies" were nothing more than a pecan sandies recipe that you could find on any simple internet search or in the Joy of Cooking -- the only twist was that they were topped with a single chocolate chunk. And, they sell these 1982-era atrocities for $20 a dozen??? Unbelievable that anyone would want them, truly. Plus I decided to take a risk and indulge in the breakfast. Stale shredded wheat? Gross, and no thank you.
The hostess seemed oblivious to us and any problems that might be present. Hard to imagine what is going on behind the scenes at this place.
Whoa. Wandered in here on a whim while I was waiting for the bus and felt like I had been transported to a chi-chi spa. NOT your average "waiting for the bus" experience. The atmosphere is *very* calming and lovely. When you walk in, you are treated like royalty, helped to sit in a comfy seat with pillows, etc. The waitstaff is extremely polite. The tea is divine (I had a toasted coconut green tea that was the best tea I'd ever had) and the manner in which they serve it is just lovely. Your teapot comes with your cup on a tray, with a little dish containing tea cookies and a place to dispose of your tea bag -- all very pretty little dishes. The waiter pours your water for you, and then offers to re-pour later. I didn't have a repour because I had to leave to catch my bus and return to the real world but I can't wait to go back for more tea soon. Amazing!
Uncomfortably crowded, and I find the food to be sort of blah. It's fine, but not my favorite brunch place in New Haven by far. Come to Westville for better brunches, I say. The pancake portions are huge, but really -- do any of us need that?
Rudy's is the place I pick more often than anywhere else, for whatever reason. Their Cobb Salad is really really good. Try it! It's bacony-avocadoy-blue cheesy deliciousness can't actually be healthy but man, oh day, it is super tasty. Plus, the place looks great and is spacious and friendly. Good spot.
I like Stone Hearth and we go there often. It is MOST DEFINITELY better food than Delaney's, though for really great food, I would probably go somewhere else. It is functional and fine though. I am especially thrilled with the nutrition information ont he menu because I feel like it helps me make good choices. My personal fav is the squash spaghetti with meatballs - a pretty darn healthy and low-carb option. Granted, I could make it at home with relative ease, but sometimes it's just nice to be served. I also really enjoy the trout, which also feels like a pretty healthy dish.
My only weird criticism about this place (coming from a former restaurant professional for many years) is that the service is really odd. It always seems to me like the servers are making very amateurish mistakes. They, for instance, will take your order before drinks are served, or get way too wrapped up in the personal conversation that you're having with your family. They don't seem like a group of folks who have ever worked in a restaurant before in their lives. And, this is pretty consistent throughout the waitstaff. I've wondered if they've been instructed to be super-duper-friendly and some of them just don't know when to quit. I mean, I didn't come to make friends with the waiter, you know?
The ambiance is nice, but nothing blows you away. It's all pretty standard stuff for a slightly upscale neighborhood place. It is great to have a place like this in Westville though. We need more places for dinner desperately.
I don't understand why on both occasions I have visited the Shake Shack in New Haven, there are flies buzzing around the trays and the trash. Small flies. It is truly gross. The first time it happened, I was willing to assume they would figure out how to deal with it (even though this was in the middle of winter). Next time - about a year later - flies still there. Very yucky, guys. What's up?
That said, my 12-year old sure does love it.
They are not professional movers and have no clue how to move things properly. The movers who came from 2 Young Studs when I used them told me that they had to leave in the middle of the job. They took so long that their shift ended and other movers had to come in, making the job last 2 days to move across town. This, after I had moved from a city 4 hours away in 1/2 the time that these guys took because I hired great movers in that city.
Please don't use them. Though they warned me that I would need to rent the truck, they did not bring the pads that movers normally have, putting all my items in danger, and they did not understand how to take apart larger pieces of furniture like a bed to make them easier to move. They are in way over their heads. They should produce more truth in advertizing -- "we are not a professional moving company and if you have a house that you are moving (even a small one), please don't use us." "We are only for college kids who have nothing of value."
The owner gave me some discount for the trouble, but then when I tried to give a bad review, he called and bullied me on the phone. Said that I was destroying his business. Really memorably bad experience. Do a better job and your customers will report nice things.