Lunch

Going out to eat isn't always about cravings. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. We'll direct you to the best Lunch restaurants in New Haven and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers find much to enjoy at Modern Apizza thanks to its all-around good offerings. It's also hard to beat Frank Pepe's Pizzeria, which serves just what you're looking for when you're in the market for a great Lunch.

10 Parthenon Diner Restaurant
Since 1995, this busy all-night diner has been voted number one in New Haven — and not in just one category, either! The Parthenon has won for having the best breakfast in addition to being best diner, best Greek restaurant, and best meal for under 10 bucks. The omelets are a great way to start your day, with fresh ingredients and creative combinations. There are plenty of vegetarian options, great Greek potatoes, pancakes, French toast, sizzling sausage — anything you could want and served all day. (203-481-0333, 800-934-6379)

9 The Pantry
Locals rave about this friendly little breakfast place, which has amazing strawberry Belgian waffles, tall stacks of fluffy pancakes, and some of the best home fries you'll ever eat. Scrambled eggs, cheese French toast, hot coffee, and plenty of other freshly made breakfast options are available. (203-787-0392)

8 Atticus Bookstore and Café
This is a great place to ease your way into the day. Grab your favorite newspaper or book — after all, this is a bookstore — and settle at a table with a mug of specialty coffee and a fresh scone. A peaceful refuge in the heart of downtown, Atticus offers a range of breakfast dishes, such as two eggs on a croissant, multigrain toast with cranberries, lemon-poppy seed muffins, and sticky buns topped with pecans and caramel. (203-776-4040)

7 Adriana's
This old-fashioned Italian favorite features all of the classic dishes, including great veal, perfectly cooked New York strip steak with portabella mushrooms and a rich wine sauce, and grilled tuna with pesto and mustard sauce. (203-865-6474)

6 Indochine Pavilion
For a peaceful meal of exotic Vietnamese, Thai, or Laotian cuisine, Indochine Pavilion is a favorite. People who like their food with a spicy kick will love the specialties, which include pungent lime chicken, excellent seafood, and delicate, crisp egg rolls. Just down the street from the Yale Repertory Theater, this is a great restaurant to visit before a show. Asian pop videos show on a small screen while you dine. (203-865-5033)

5 Sage American Grill & Oyster Bar
Classic American seafood and steaks are the specialty here, and a rustic dining room with great waterside views of the Oyster Point Marina on Long Island Sound only enhances the experience. Recommended dishes include the flavorful coconut shrimp and tender, aged prime rib. For a lighter appetite, try a juicy burger or lobster rolls. Excellent service and a fun lounge upstairs. (203-787-3466)

4 Istanbul Café
This is the first and only Turkish restaurant in the city. Elegant and sophisticated, the dining room is dimly lit with tabletop gas lamps and chandeliers. The menu features numerous Turkish specialties, including fresh salads with Turkish cheese, dolmas (stuffed grape leaves), kebabs, moussaka, traditional casseroles, vegetarian dishes, and unique lamb or seafood options, including marinated swordfish kebabs. Finish with decadent baklava or a creamy Turkish pudding. (203-787-3881)

3 Hot Tomato's
Located in the renovated ballroom of the former Taft Hotel, this is a great place with a happening bar and a sophisticated, contemporary two-tiered dining room with intricately detailed ceilings. The modern international cuisine includes dishes such as Three Devil Shrimp with Italian sausage, Pasta Verdure with charred plum tomato sauce, and Salmon Osso Buco, pan-seared and served with rich lobster broth, vegetables, and garlic mashed potatoes. The dessert menu features a stellar array of possibilities. Enjoy a cocktail before or after dinner in the lively bar area. (203-624-6331)

2 Lucibello's Italian Pastry
Established in 1929, this Italian specialty store features an eye-popping and array of towering cakes, refreshing Italian ices, and delicate pastries and cookies. Lucibello's knows how to create stunning desserts and baked goods, including biscotti, rum cake, éclairs, and addictive cannolis. Let owner Peter Faggio show you the tempting selection, and you will not leave empty-handed. (203-562-4083)

1 Koffee on Audubon
Consider the name of this place as an invitation, and respond with an enthusiastic "yes, please." Inside this cozy, artsy spot, you can settle into a comfortable couch, plug in your laptop, or flip through a paper or magazine while enjoying great coffee, fresh muffins, or an Italian soda. There is plenty to keep you occupied, including poetry slams and rotating displays of original art. (203-562-5454)


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Parthenon Diner Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Burger, Diner, European, Greek
Dining Options: Counter Seating, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - HVN
COST: $
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The Pantry 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: STATE STREET
COST: $
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Atticus Bookstore and Café 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Coffee Shop
Dining Options: Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $
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Adriana's 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Wine Cellar
Cuisine: European, Italian
Neighborhood: STATE STREET
COST: $$
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Indochine Pavilion 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Thai, Vietnamese
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $
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Sage American Grill & Oyster Bar 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Live Music, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: LONG WHARF
COST: $$
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Istanbul Café 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Wine Cellar
Cuisine: European, Greek, Middle Eastern, Turkish
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $$
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Hot Tomato's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, European, Italian, New American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $$
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Lucibello's Italian Pastry 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Bakery, European, Italian
Neighborhood: STATE STREET
COST: $
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Koffee on Audubon 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Coffee Shop
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: ARTS DISTRICT
COST: $