Thursday, July 20, 2006

Quattro's Italian Cuisine Restaurant on Temple St.

After walking past it scores of time, I finally stopped by Quattro's Italian Restaurant on Temple St. to check them out. They have one of the most generous happy hours in New Haven it seems - it's every weekday from 4pm until 8pm. In addition to cheap drink specials, they also have half price appetizers during this window as well.

I was really impressed by the atmosphere of this place - it's incredibly nice inside! My girlfriend and I just sat at the bar, which was equally nice. The bartender was very friendly and brought us delicious fresh chips when we arrived. I planned on trying some of the appetizers but they were mostly calamari based, which I am not a huge fan of so I just got a sandwich off the bar menu - it was really good and reasonably priced. My girlfriend got a pasta dish that she said was delicious. They also brought us some delicious breads with dipping oil.

I strongly recommend this place - maybe not for a loud night out with a bunch of friends, but certainly for a more intimate gathering. Check out their specials by clicking here.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Salty Dog Saloon in New Haven

Even though I can practically see the Salty Dog Saloon from my apartment, I have only been once. This isn't necessarily for lack of trying - twice I tried to go and was turned off by the long line to get in before I finally sucked it up and waited my turn.

After finally getting in (it was a Saturday night) I expected the bar to be spectacular given the lines it always has. I must say I was fairly unimpressed. It was much too bright for my tastes. It's in a warehouse-like setting with high ceilings and lots of open space but it still felt cramped. The clientele was a very strange mix of college age kids and 40 something.

I had heard about the mechanical bull and was excited to see it in action - I think due to the bright lights and strange mix of people this failed to meet my expectations as well. Regardless with $2 PBRs all the time I think I will certainly have to try it out again, maybe they'll turn down the lights and make it feel more like a bar. You can check out its specials by clicking here.