New Haven, CT is home to the beautiful Ivy League Yale University, which dates back to the 16th century. Other interesting attractions include the Yale Center for British Art, the Yale University Art Gallery, the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, and the Grove Street Cemetery, whose 19th-century Egyptian Revival gateway is worth a visit. The city also has plenty of excellent restaurants to celebrate love from cozy cafés and elegant restaurants to fine dining establishments for a special night. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
© Consiglio's Restaurant
Consiglio's Restaurant is a long-standing family-owned and operated restaurant with an old-world setting that serves authentic Italian cuisine and hosts occasional dinner-theater events and cooking classes. Established over 80 years ago, the restaurant has been serving delicious Italian cuisine of fresh seafood, homemade pasta and from-scratch sauces, prime beef and veal dishes, fresh, local and organic salads and vegetables, and delectable desserts. The cuisine is paired with a selection of casual wines, imported and local beers, classic cocktails, and fine spirits, and the restaurant offers catering services for privet parties. Consiglio's Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily.
165 Wooster St, New Haven, CT 06511, Phone: 203-865-4489
2.Harvest Wine Bar & Restaurant
© Harvest Wine Bar & Restaurant
Harvest Wine Bar & Restaurant is an upscale bistro with an elegant charm that offers a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of Chapel and Yale Street. Set in a striking architectural building designed by acclaimed American architect Louis I. Kahn, the restaurant boasts a sleek design with solid concrete walls, elegant glass displays, contemporary décor, and a spacious, open-air, stone outdoor dining room which is perfect for alfresco dining in the summer. The sophisticated eatery serves a seasonal menu of farm-to-table cuisine prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients and regional produce and is accompanied by fine wines from around the world, local craft and imported beers, high-end spirits, and classic cocktails. Harvest Wine Bar & Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily.
1104 Chapel St, New Haven, CT 06510, Phone: 203-777-2500
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3.Midpoint Istanbul Fine Dining
© Midpoint Istanbul Fine Dining
Midpoint Istanbul Fine Dining is a Mediterranean-Turkish restaurant that serves modern takes on Mediterranean dishes in a cozy, casual setting. Owned by Jack Donmez, the restaurant is named after the city in Turkey where the two continents of Europe and Asia meet and serves a menu of the most delicious dishes from each corner of Istanbul. Traditional and time-tested signature dishes include Ottoman favorites such as Hunkar Begendi (fire-smoked eggplant), moussaka, and grilled kebabs, and a bar list features imported Turkish beers, spirits and cocktails. Midpoint Istanbul Fine Dining is open for lunch and dinner Sunday through Saturday.
245 Crown St, New Haven, CT 06520, Phone: 203-745-4741
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© Pacifico Restaurant
Located in the heart of downtown New Haven, Pacifico Restaurant is an award-winning restaurant that serves extraordinary Nuevo-Latino cuisine in a warm and vibrant setting. Helmed by Colombian-born Chef Palomino, the eatery serves traditional tapas like Short Ribs Empanadas, Ceviche de Camaron, Queso Fundido, Boquerones, and entrées of Chicken Enchilada, Skirt Steak with Chino-Latino stir-fried rice, Seafood Paella, and Caramelized Salmon. Decadent desserts include Dulce de Leche Cheesecake and Tres Leche Pound Cake, and drinks range from homemade sangria and world-class mojitos. Pacifico Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
220 College St, New Haven, CT 06510, Phone: 203-772-4002
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5.ROÌA Restaurant and Cafe
© ROÌA Restaurant and Café
Located in the former Taft Hotel that dates back to 1912, ROÌA Restaurant and Café is a sleek destination that serves award-winning French-Italian fare in a stylish and sophisticated setting. Named after a river that runs between France and Italy, the modern restaurant is spread over two floors with open plan design, impressive columns and soaring ceilings, and boasts beautifully laid tables with soft lighting to create an intimate and romantic atmosphere. Seasonal menus of farm-to-table cuisine feature dishes like homemade duck prosciutto, tender grilled octopus, pan-seared duck breast, and classic French steak frites. The cuisine is paired with a selection of fine wines from around the world, imported and local beers, classic cocktails, and fine spirits. ROÌA Restaurant and Café is open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Sunday.
261 College St, New Haven, CT 06510, Phone: 203-200-7045
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6.Union League Cafe
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The Union League Café is an award-winning French-inspired brasserie in the heart of New Haven’s historic theater and entertainment district that offers a lively atmosphere with Old World charm. Located directly across from Yale University, the elegant 19th-century-style café serves a superb menu of classic French cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients and a highly acclaimed wine list featuring top vintages from around the world. Chef Jean-Pierre Vuillermet creates sublime dishes such as Grilled Organic Faroe Island Salmon, Nova Scotia lobster, Bouillabaisse, Housemade Gnocchi with fresh fava bean, and pan-seared Black Angus New York steak. The Union League Café is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday, and dinner only on Saturdays.
1032 Chapel St, New Haven, CT 06510, Phone: 203-562-4299
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© 116 Crown
116 Crown is a hip, urban eatery in Ninth Square in New Haven that is renowned for its spectacular onyx bar and a long list of creative cocktails. Established in 2007 by John Ginnetti and his wife, the trendy bar and lounge has reinvented itself as a first-class restaurant that serves Mediterranean-inspired small sharing plates and gourmet entrées. Signature dishes include sliced octopus with cauliflower panna cotta, burrata on whole-wheat crostini with prosciutto with fig preserves, and pancetta-wrapped chicken livers with diced apples. The striking bar of polished concrete, steel and leather serve an impressive menu of libations, ranging from classic cocktails made with top-shelf spirits, fine wines from around the world, and craft beers on tap and by the bottle. 116 Crown is open for dinner and drinks, Tuesday through Sunday.
116 Crown St, New Haven, CT 06510, Phone: 203-777-3116
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8.Adriana's Restaurant & Wine Bar
© Adriana's Restaurant & Wine Bar
Adriana's Restaurant & Wine Bar is an award-winning Italian restaurant that serves authentic Northern and Southern Italian fare in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Decorated in earth tones with art-adorned walls, the restaurant is helmed by Executive Chefs Valentino and Federico who bring the rich tastes of both Northern and Southern Italy to the heart of New Haven with ancient Italian recipes and fresh locally sourced ingredients. Signature dishes include Calamari Fritti, Tagliatelle Alla Bolognese, Linguine Alle Vongole, Bistecca Di Manzo Alla Griglia, and Osso Bucco Di Vitello, and the cuisine is paired with a selection of fine wines from around the world, imported and local beers, classic cocktails, and fine spirits. Adriana's Restaurant & Wine Bar is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Sundays, and dinner only on Saturdays.
771 Grand Ave, New Haven, CT 06511, Phone: 203-865-6474
© Basta Trattoria
Basta Trattoria is a cozy and comfortable Italian restaurant with a small, intimate dining space that exudes the ambiance of a quaint Italian village. Using only the highest quality and freshest locally sourced ingredients, the restaurant’s culinary team creates a menu of Italian favorites such as house-made pasta and sauces, prime beef and veal dishes, fresh seafood and fish-of-the-day, and fresh salads with signature dishes like the Italian Sunday Dinner, which features local Italian sausage, tender meatballs, and eggplant rollatini served with penne pasta. An excellent selection of casual Italian wines, imported and domestic beers, classic cocktails, and fine spirits are served from the bar, and the restaurant is open for dinner nightly and lunches on the weekends.
1006 Chapel St, New Haven, CT 06510, Phone: 203-772-1715
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10.Brazi's Italian Restaurant
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Brazi's Italian Restaurant is a family-owned and operated restaurant that serves authentic Italian cuisine in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. Established in 1993 by Val Capobianco, Brazi's has an elegant dining room with modern décor, a casual bar that serves a wide variety of drinks from casual wines to cappuccinos and lattes. The extensive menu features a variety of appetizers, entrées, and desserts of traditional Italian dishes from fresh seafood and prime meats to housemade pasta and wood-fired pizzas. Brazi’s has a banquet room for private events, and the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
201 Food Terminal Plaza, New Haven, CT 06511, Phone: 203-498-2488
© Caffè Bravo
One of New Haven’s top Italian restaurants, Caffè Bravo serves authentic Italian dishes and other European specialties in an elegant atmosphere. Established in 1994, Caffè Bravo prides itself on using only the freshest, top-quality ingredients and regional produce that provide the distinct and delectable tastes of Italy. Created by the head chef is Santos Caceres, the extensive menu features wood-fired pizzas and housemade pasta and from-scratch sauces, fresh seafood and catch-of-the-day fish, prime beef and veal dishes, such as breaded veal cutlets and crisp salads. The cuisine is paired with a selection of casual wines from Italy, imported and local beers, classic cocktails, and fine spirits. Caffè Bravo is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday and dinner only on Saturdays.
794 Orange St #2508, New Haven, CT 06511, Phone: 203-772-2728
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12.Cast Iron Chef Chop House and Oyster Bar
© Cast Iron Chef Chop House and Oyster Bar
Cast Iron Chef Chop House and Oyster Bar is a classic steakhouse and raw oyster bar that has been serving the finest cuts of aged steak, prime rib, and beef and fresh raw oysters on the half shell. Boasting traditional steakhouse décor with elegantly dressed tables and soft lighting, the steakhouse serves a menu of thick house-butchered cuts of USDA choice steaks, free-range chicken and pork, fresh seafood and fresh selection of oysters from the raw bar. The full-service bar has an extensive menu of fine wines from around the world, which can be enjoyed by the glass or bottle, craft beers on tap or by the bottle, and handcrafted cocktails. Cast Iron Chef Chop House and Oyster Bar is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
660 State St, New Haven, CT 06511, Phone: 203-745-4669
© Goodfellas Restaurant
Goodfellas Restaurant old-school mobster-themed Italian restaurant and New Haven favorite that traditional Italian cuisine with an emphasis on farm-fresh ingredients. One of Connecticut's most highly acclaimed restaurants, the charming eatery has seen the likes of celebrities like Robert DeNiro, and Wahlberg, Al Pacino over the years and features a comfortable dining room with exposed brick walls, and white tablecloths - a perfect place for a romantic dinner. Guests can dine on classic Italian fare and sparkling Bellinis to sounds of Andrea Bocelli, Dean Martin, and Frank Sinatra for lunch and dinner, daily.
702 State St, New Haven, CT 06511, Phone: 203-785-8722
14.Heirloom - New Haven
© Heirloom - New Haven
Set inside the boutique Study at Yale Hotel on Chapel Street at the heart of Yale University Campus, Heirloom is a charming farm coastal restaurant that showcases the bounty of Connecticut and New England with delicious farm-to-table cuisine. The contemporary-chic restaurant boasts an inviting and elegant ambiance and serves seasonal menus of locally sourced and organic cuisine, along with an extensive selection of wines from around the world. Professional staff exudes friendly warmth and hospitality, and a full-service bar serves a variety of craft beers, high-end spirits, and classic cocktails. Heirloom is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, daily.
1157 Chapel St, New Haven, CT 06511, Phone: 203-503-3919
© John Davenport's
Located on the 19th floor of Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale, John Davenport’s is a fashionable restaurant that serves contemporary, approachable, coastal New England fare against a backdrop of spectacular views. Boasting floor-to-ceiling windows that embrace panoramic views of the city, Long Island Sound, and Yale University, the restaurant offers an inventive menu of farm-to-fork cuisine prepared with fresh locally sourced and regional ingredients such as fresh seafood, prime meats, and organic vegetables. A selection of casual wines, imported and local beers, classic cocktails, and fine spirits are served from the bar, and the restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, daily.
155 Temple St, New Haven, CT 06510, Phone: 203-974-6858
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L’Orcio is an upscale Italian restaurant in the heart of New Haven that serves refined Mediterranean cuisine in an elegant and relaxed setting. Located in a beautifully refurbished historic home, the restaurant offers three stylish dining spaces, namely the main dining room, a sleek bar area, and a charming outdoor area with a wisteria-covered arbor for alfresco dining. The restaurant serves seasonal menus of specialty pasta like ricotta gnocchi, ravioli and pappardelle, a variety of Italian cuisine of meat and fresh fish, and delectable desserts of Tiramisù, Lemon Tart, and Chocolate Mousse Cake. L’Orcio is open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday.
806 State Street, New Haven, Connecticut 06511, Phone: 203-777-6670
17.Miso Japanese Restaurant
© Miso Japanese Restaurant
Located in a historic building on Orange Street just two blocks from the main campus of Yale University, Miso Japanese Restaurant is a contemporary Japanese restaurant that serves traditional Japanese cuisine such as fresh handmade sushi, sashimi, and teppanyaki. The restaurant is decorated in sleek and stylish décor and serves a menu of soup, crisp salad, seasonal tempura and California rolls, and an array of hibachi, sushi, sashimi, rolls, tempura, teppanyaki, and other fresh seafood dishes for dinner. A range of drinks from sake and craft beers to classic cocktails are available from the bar. Miso Japanese Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Saturday, and dinner only on Sundays.
15 Orange St, New Haven, CT 06510, Phone: 203-848-6472
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Portofino is a traditional Italian restaurant with tasteful décor, an elegant dining room with beautiful chandeliers and lampshades, and a lively bar that serves casual Italian fare such as housemade pasta, from-scratch sauces and wood-fired pizzas in a comfortable setting. Open for lunch and dinner, the restaurant serves authentic favorites like spaghetti, lasagna, veal parmigiana, and chicken marsala, along with signature dishes like lobster ravioli and chicken Albanese in a warm and welcoming atmosphere with soft candlelight. A list of casual easy-drinking wines is available to pair with the food, as well as imported spirits, classic cocktails, and craft beers. Portofino is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Sunday.
937 State St, New Haven, CT 06511, Phone: 203-562-1414
19.Shell & Bones Oyster Bar and Grill
© Shell & Bones Oyster Bar and Grill
Located in Historic City Point New Haven, Shell & Bones Oyster Bar and Grill is a seafood-centric restaurant with a beautiful seasonal deck boasting breathtaking water views. Overlooking the New Haven Harbor, the fashionable eatery celebrates the rich nautical history of the surrounding area with modern, clean lines, spacious dining spaces, large windows that flood the interiors with natural light and a massive fireplace for fireside dining in the winter. Award-winning Executive Chef Arturo Franco Camacho creates a seasonal menu of seafood, steak and raw bar dishes using fresh and sustainable ingredients and reinterpretations of classic recipes. The full-service bar has an extensive list of fine wines from around the world, which can be enjoyed by the glass or bottle, craft beers on tap or by the bottle, and handcrafted cocktails. Shell & Bones Oyster Bar and Grill is open for lunch and dinner, Wednesday through Sunday and dinner only on Mondays and Tuesdays.
100 S Water St, New Haven, CT 06519, Phone: 203-787-3466
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20.Skappo Wine Bar
© Skappo Wine Bar
Skappo Wine Bar is a low-key Italian wine bar that has been a popular gathering spot for casual drinks and light fare for the past 15 years. This family-run restaurant serves an Italian-inspired, ingredient-driven menu of tasty appetizers, antipasti platters, fresh salads, fresh seafood, and meat entrées, and traditional Umbria dishes. Desserts include Cannoli di Ricotta, warm chocolate cake, and tiramisu, and platters of locally-produced cheeses complement a selection of casual wines from Italy and further afield, as well as local and imported craft beers and classic cocktails made with top-shelf spirits. Skappo Wine Bar is open for dinner, Wednesday through Sunday.
59 Crown St #3322, New Haven, CT 06510, Phone: 203-773-1394
21.Soul de Cuba Cafe
© Soul de Cuba Café
Soul de Cuba Café is a bright and colorful café that specializes in traditional Cuban fare in a vibrant, laid back setting with Afro-Caribbean vibes. Designed to preserving Afro-Cuban culture through authentic cuisine, drinks, and music, the café features a cozy dining room with peach-colored walls adorned with Afro-Cuban religious artworks, family photos, and Cuban memorabilia. Cuban music along with African and American jazz and traditional Yoruba rhythms play in the background as guests tuck into a seasonal menu of Cuban fare such as cangrejo y Camarones enchilada, pollo modern, Lechon Asado, aceitunas marinades, and pollo empanadas. The bar serves classic cocktails such as mojitos and caipirinhas, imported Cuban beers, and casual wines, and Soul de Cuba Café is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
283 Crown St, New Haven, CT 06511, Phone: 203-498-2822
© Tarry Lodge
Tarry Lodge is an Italian chain of restaurants owned by Joseph Bastianich and Andy Nusser that serves traditional Italian fare and casual wines in a relaxed and laid-back space. The restaurant pays homage to New Haven with distinct architectural accents like a beautiful black and white oyster tile floor with inlaid mosaics and a bronze bulldog statue. A large pizza oven crafted by Valoriani in which crispy wood-fired pizzas are cooked to perfection, and other delicious dishes on the menu include house-made pasta and sauces, fresh seafood, grilled meat plates, and decadent desserts. Tarry Lodge offers an impressive wine list as well as craft beers, and classic cocktails. Tarry Lodge is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
278 Park St, New Haven, CT 06511, Phone: 203-672-0765
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23.Tre Scalini Restaurant
© Tre Scalini Restaurant
Tre Scalini Restaurant is a classic trattoria-style restaurant overlooking Wooster Street that serves hearty homemade Italian fare and casual wines in a comfortable, family-friendly setting. The restaurant boasts an old-school setting with large window walls embracing charming street views, a cozy main dining room with plush cream-colored walls, a mezzanine balcony overlooking the main floor, and elegant chandeliers that cast a warm glow. The full-service bar has an outdoor patio for alfresco dining in the summer and serves an extensive award-winning wine list of 6, 700 bottles with over 425 wines by the bottle and 19 wines by the glass. Tre Scalini Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
100 Wooster St, New Haven, CT 06511, Phone: 203-777-3373
24.Zafra Cuban Restaurant & Rum Bar
© Zafra Cuban Restaurant & Rum Bar
Zafra Cuban Restaurant & Rum Bar is a casual Cuban restaurant that brings the vibrant taste and flavors of Latin American to the heart of New Haven. Named after the term for the sugarcane harvest in the Caribbean, Zafra serves a variety of inventive Cuban dishes and rum-inspired dishes, along with a robust list of specialty cocktails, craft beers, casual wines, and one of the largest rum bars in the country. Signature dishes on the menu include mango ceviche, empanadas, Cuban dumplings, Coconut Crusted Tilapia, Churrasco Steak, and Camarones Enchiladas. Zafra Cuban Restaurant & Rum Bar is open for lunch Wednesday through Friday, and dinner only on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
259 Orange St, New Haven, CT 06510, Phone: 203-859-5342
25.ZINC New Haven
© ZINC New Haven
Centrally located in Downtown, ZINC New Haven is a contemporary eatery that specializes in New American farm-to-table cuisine with Asian influences in a sleek and stylish environment. Established in 1999, the restaurant is one of the city’s most popular gathering spots for locals and visitors and serves an innovative seed-to-plate menu of locally-sourced, sustainable, and globally-driven fare. A list of casual easy-drinking wines is available to pair with the food, as well as imported spirits, classic cocktails, and craft beers. ZINC New Haven is open for lunch Tuesday through Friday and dinner only on Saturdays and Mondays.
964 Chapel St, New Haven, CT 06510, Phone: 203-624-0507
25 Best Restaurants in New Haven, CT
- Consiglio's Restaurant, Photo: Consiglio's Restaurant
- Harvest Wine Bar & Restaurant, Photo: Harvest Wine Bar & Restaurant
- Midpoint Istanbul Fine Dining, Photo: Midpoint Istanbul Fine Dining
- Pacifico Restaurant, Photo: Pacifico Restaurant
- ROÌA Restaurant and Cafe, Photo: ROÌA Restaurant and Café
- Union League Cafe, Photo: Union League Café
- 116 Crown, Photo: 116 Crown
- Adriana's Restaurant & Wine Bar, Photo: Adriana's Restaurant & Wine Bar
- Basta Trattoria, Photo: Basta Trattoria
- Brazi's Italian Restaurant, Photo: Africa Studio/stock.adobe.com
- Caffe Bravo, Photo: Caffè Bravo
- Cast Iron Chef Chop House and Oyster Bar, Photo: Cast Iron Chef Chop House and Oyster Bar
- Goodfellas Restaurant, Photo: Goodfellas Restaurant
- Heirloom - New Haven, Photo: Heirloom - New Haven
- John Davenport's, Photo: John Davenport's
- L'orcio, Photo: L'orcio
- Miso Japanese Restaurant, Photo: Miso Japanese Restaurant
- Portofino, Photo: Portofino
- Shell & Bones Oyster Bar and Grill, Photo: Shell & Bones Oyster Bar and Grill
- Skappo Wine Bar, Photo: Skappo Wine Bar
- Soul de Cuba Cafe, Photo: Soul de Cuba Café
- Tarry Lodge, Photo: Tarry Lodge
- Tre Scalini Restaurant, Photo: Tre Scalini Restaurant
- Zafra Cuban Restaurant & Rum Bar, Photo: Zafra Cuban Restaurant & Rum Bar
- ZINC New Haven, Photo: ZINC New Haven
- Cover Photo: Africa Studio/stock.adobe.com
Attraction Spotlight: Yale University Art Gallery
The Yale University Art Gallery is located within the ivy covered walls of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. The original Yale University Art Gallery was founded in 1832 and its history is quite extensive and intriguing.
The neoclassical building that the initial collection was housed in was designed by history painter and portraitist, John Trumbull. He designed the building to house the 88 paintings and portraits that he sold to Yale University. The Trumbull Gallery became the first college art museum in the United States. Sadly, the Trumbull Gallery is no longer standing and Yale University's Art Gallery collection is currently housed amongst three historic structures: Street Hall (1866), Old Yale Art Gallery Building (1928), and the Louis Kahn Building (1953).
Street Hall was opened originally opened in 1866 and was known as the Yale School of Fine Arts. The building was designed by Peter Bonnett Write and was named after Augustus Russell Street, a local businessman who donated the funds for the building's construction. It was the first art school on an American college campus and one of the first to allow classes to be attended by both male and female students simultaneously. Street Hall has classrooms and studios on the first floor, galleries for exhibiting the collection on the second floor.
The Old Yale Art Gallery Building was designed by architect Egerton Swartout and was meant to unite the University's art collections. Construction took approximately two years and the building was finally opened to the public in 1928. A bridge was built between the new building and Street Hall to achieve this goal. There are a variety of architectural personifications on this bridge symbolizing architecture, drama, painting, and sculpture.
The Louis Kahn Building was opened in 1953 and is the first modernist building at Yale University. It resides beside the other two gallery buildings, which feature the neo-gothic designs. The Kahn building is constructed of masonry, concrete, glass, and steel, and presenting a windowless wall along its most public facade. Kahn's design has been celebrated for its beauty and its structural innovations.
The three buildings consisting of the Yale University Art Gallery have undergone quite a bit of renovation and remolding in the last few decades. In 1998, the Gallery was asked by then Yale President Richard Levin and his staff to produce a plan that would enhance the mission of the teaching museum and its galleries. The Gallery staff came up with a goal: To provide easy access to the collection, through increased public exhibition space and dedicated classrooms. As a result, the Gallery began a major renovation of all three buildings in 2004.
The renovations were completed in 2012 and included: Additions to the upper level of the Old Yale Art Gallery that created room for a rooftop sculpture terrace. Eight new classrooms, the development of the Nolen Center for Art and Education. The renovations enhanced the Gallery's ability to remain one of the nation's most prominent institutions.
The Mission of the Yale University Art Gallery is to "encourage appreciation and understanding of art and its role in society through direct engagement with original works of art". Through the organization of exhibitions, the Gallery hopes to engage and stimulate a deeper appreciation and understanding of art within not only their students, faculty, and staff, but amongst the community as a whole. The dedicated staff at the Gallery and the University believe that the continued maintenance, education, and preservation of these priceless works is important for future generations.
There are 13 major collections at the Yale University Art Galley consisting of more than 200,000 objects representing Eastern and Western cultures and ranging in date from ancient times to the present day.
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There are thousands of rare and exciting objects spread throughout 3 architecturally brilliant buildings for visitors to explore at the Yale Art Gallery. The collections include: African Art, American Decorative Arts, American Paintings and Sculpture, Ancient Art, Art of the Ancient Americas, Arts of Islam, Asian Art, Coins and Medals, European Art, Indo-Pacific Art, Modern and Contemporary Art, Photographs, and Prints and Drawings.
The African Art collection contains approximately 2,000 objects that represents more than3,000 years of African history. A variety of objects can be found in this collection, including masks, figures, utilitarian objects, jewelry, ceramics, and textiles from throughout the continent. Highlights from this collection include ritual figures and masks from West and Central Africa, and terracotta antiquities from the Sahel area.
The American Decorative Arts collection ranges in date from the 17th century to the present. Highlights of this collection include the Mabel Brady Garvan Collection, it is the core of the collection and is renowned for rare examples of American silver.
The American Paintings and Sculpture collection is considered one of the greatest public collections of American art in the nation. The Yale University Art Gallery has been collection American art for approximately 250 years and currently, the collection contains prominent pieces from almost every period in American history. These are representative in a variety of objects, including paintings, miniatures, and sculptures.
The Ancient Art collection comprises over 13,000 objects from the ancient Mediterranean world, including places like Egypt, Greece, Etruria, and Rome. Highlights from the collection include important finds from Yale University's own personal excavations in the 1920s and 1930s in Syria and Jordan.
The Art of the Ancient Americas collection comprises approximately 1,500 objects and spans more than 3,000 years. Highlights of the collection features pieces from the Maya tribe and their predecessors. The collection also includes ancient pieces from Costa Rica, West Mexico, and the Andean regions.
The Arts of Islam collection contains works on paper, ceramics, textiles, metalwork, coins and medals, and architectural elements dating between the 7th and 20th century. The Coins and Medals collection contains approximately 100,000 pieces, making it the largest and most diverse held by any American university.
The Asian Art collection comprises approximately 6,700 works from East Asia, continental Southeast Asia, South Asia, Iran, and the Near East and spans the Neolithic period to the 21st century. This collection includes Chinese ceramics and paintings, Japanese paintings and prints, and Indian and Persian textiles and miniature paintings.
The European Art collection contains paintings, sculpture, textiles, and decorative arts from the 9th through the 19th century. This collection includes notable works by early Italian Renaissance painters and Northern European artists such as Hans Holbein, Frans Hals, and Peter Paul Rubens.
The Indo-Pacific Art collection represents the art of maritime Southeast Asia and includes about 1,900 objects. Highlights of the collection include Javanese gold from the prehistoric to the late medieval period, and Indonesian textiles.
The Modern and Contemporary Art collection contains exemplary works from the 20th century and the 21st century. Highlights of this collection incuded vibrant works by Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, and Wassily Kandinsky.
The Photographs collection spans the medium's entire history, with large holdings of work made in America during the 20th century. One particular highlight of the collection is the complete sets of master prints by Robert Adams and Lee Friedlander.
The Prints and Drawings collection comprises approximately 28,000 prints and over 10,000 drawings and watercolors from the 15th century to the present. Highlights of this collection include more than 800 post-war prints obtained quite recently.
For more information on each of these upcoming exhibitions, visit the Yale University Art Gallery's upcoming exhibition page.
The Yale University Art Gallery hosts a variety of ongoing programs mainly focusing on the education and awareness of art within the local community. There are plenty of resources for educators and parents to get children involved and interested in artwork. The goal of the Gallery's staff is to engage and educate all members of the community on their diverse and prominent collection.
Lectures, workshops, artist talks, readings, and even film screenings are also hosted at the Gallery. Yale University students and faculty also utilize the gallery space for research and educational purposes year-round. Visit the Yale University Art Gallery program calendar for more information on events and educational programs.
The Yale University Art Gallery if free, open to the public, and offers a variety of touring options for visitors. Group tours, student tours, and self-guided tours are all available at the Gallery.
As for food, there is no cafe on the Gallery property, but there are plenty of restaurants and coffee shops within walking distance. There is discounted parking nearby if visitors are attending the gallery, however, street parking is metered. The Gallery is located at 1111 Chapel Street between York and High Streets.
The surrounding New Haven area is a bustling and historic town filled with museums, cafes, parks, breath-taking architecture, and renowned cultural spots.
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1111 Chapel Street at York New Haven, Connecticut 06520, Phone: 203-432-0600
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More Ideas in CT: The Fox Tower at Foxwoods Resort Casino
The Fox Tower is the ultimate entertainment destination at Foxwoods Resort Casino. A night in the hotel’s luxury rooms and suites prepares guests for a happy day of swimming at the 5,500 square foot resort pool or sampling gourmet Italian and Asian cuisine. Afternoons give way to unforgettable nights dancing at the hotel’s top-rated nightclub Shrine or playing the slot machines and live gaming tables at Centrale Fox Tower. A visit to The G Spa & Salon is the perfect cure for a long night out, with a restorative massage, facial or body treatment followed by a session in the sauna, whirlpool or steam room.
Rooms & Suites
Guests at The Fox Tower can choose from three styles of rooms and suites, each with high-speed internet access and flat screen plasma TV. Deluxe rooms offer guests a choice of one king-sized bed or two queen-sized beds, with marble rainfall showers in the bathroom and views of the lush forest surrounding the resort. The Director Suite features a king-sized bed and walk-in closet, a master bath with Jacuzzi tub, and a separate sitting area to enjoy a movie with room service. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the sitting area offer panoramic views in the king-sized Producer Suite.
The Fox Tower offers eight unique dining venues fitting for any occasion and taste. Alta Strada is the hotel’s excellent Italian restaurant for everything from pizza to pasta and antipasto plates, with a selection of Italian wines on hand as well. For a quick, hearty meal, The Grill Shack offers burgers, and Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs piled high with toppings and a side of fries or kettle chips.
Adventurous eaters will find gourmet Asian cuisine in an upscale setting at Red Lantern, featuring an open kitchen and lounge area. Junior’s offers a taste of Brooklyn with steak burgers, deli sandwiches, and New York-style cheesecake. Einstein Bros Bagels is a great spot for a quick breakfast or lunch, with salads, sandwiches, and smoothies. Guests can also find food court favorites like Boar’s Head Deli, Sbarro and Phillip’s Seafood.
The hotel also offers room service for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks in between.
G Spa & Salon at The Fox Tower offers 21,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor relaxation. Visitors can choose from a wide selection of massages, facials, body treatments and salon services, including treatments drawing from ancient Native American rituals. The facility features a fitness center, indoor pool, and whirlpool, as well as a sauna, steam room, waterfall whirlpool, and outdoor sun decks.
For guests 21 and over, The Fox Tower offers nonstop entertainment day and night.
The Fox Tower Pool spans 5,500 square feet, featuring eight private cabanas with flat-screen TVs and indoor and outdoor seating. During the summer, the pool hosts Liquid Sundays, the area’s only outdoor Vegas-style pool party, with bottle service, live entertainment, and celebrity meet-and-greet and photo opportunities.
Nightlife at The Fox Tower is just as exciting. Centrale Fox Tower is the hotel’s casino bar, with slot machines, live action table games, specialty cocktails and live entertainment six days a week. Located off the hotel lobby, The Fox Tower Casino is filled with hundreds of slot machines and gaming tables.
Also located at The Fox Tower is Shrine Nightclub, ranked among the Top 100 nightclubs in the world. The 21,000 square-foot venue features state-of-the-art audiovisual technology, including an 18-panel, LED video wall, for the ultimate club experience with some of the hottest DJs and celebrity hosts in the business. CT Magazine also ranks the club’s lounge for “Best Asian Cuisine.”
Some of the best shopping at Foxwoods Resort Casino is very close to The Fox Tower. Tanger Outlets at Foxwoods offers world-class shopping with premium brands like Michael Kors, Nike, Calvin Klein, H&M and many more. Located inside the hotel, Carina is an upscale boutique for designer women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories. For guests with a sweet tooth, Lick offers a wide variety of classic and new candy creations and souvenirs.
Located between The Fox Tower and Grand Pequot Tower, The Grand Theater hosts a variety of entertainment acts, from musicians to comedians and TV personalities.
Thrill-seekers can also find unforgettable adventures at The Fox Tower. The High Flyer Zipline takes guests from the top of The Fox Tower across a 3,750-foot-long line to the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center. The ride reaches speeds of up to 60 miles per hour, with expansive views of the resort and forested Mashantucket hills. Just outside the hotel lobby, Sky Drop takes riders up ten stories for a rapid freefall, while Sky Launch turns riders into human catapults with a slingshot bungee ride.
240 MGM Grand Dr., Ledyard, CT 06338, Phone: 860-312-3000
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