In Connecticut, local cities organize restaurant weeks, where participating restaurants offer a prix-fixe (fixed price) for lunch and dinner. It is one of my favorite because my friends, family and me can try some restaurants we may not typically go to.
This week happens to be Restaurant Week in New Haven. Here’s the link for you to look at the participating restaurants and their menus. New Haven Restaurant Week April 8-13, 2018. Note: Some restaurants do change some items on their menu.
I tried Harvest Wine Bar & Restaurant. Parking in New Haven isn’t too bad. If you can’t find street parking, there are parking garages and during restaurant week, they tend to offer special pricing. When you get to 1104 Chapel Street, look downward and head down the stairs. It looks like a fun hangout place during the spring and summer with its outdoor patio with heater for those cool nights.
This time, I had dinner with my brother. I ordered the steak tartare, seared branzino, and tres leche cake while my brother ordered duck risotto, grilled NY strip steak, and the nutella crepe. I can’t speak for my brother’s food, but my food was delicious. My steak tartare was a great starter. It came with a quail egg which I drizzled over the raw meat and mixed. I smeared bits of the mixture on the toasty soft bread and bit into it. Delish!!! My branzino was light, delicate in flavor, and flaky and came with a ravioli filled with a lobster and crab filling and petite carrots. Devine! The tres leche cake was a delightful end to my meal.
Restaurant weeks are a great time to go and explore the different tastes in your community. So look and see if your city or surrounding towns offer them. The next restaurant week in Connecticut will take place in Stratford during the week of April 22-28.