My Humble Restaurant Reviews

A man thoroughly enjoying his food

As I mentioned in another blog, I’ve spent a good amount of time trying out new restaurants throughout the semester. Looking through my camera roll, I realized that I actually had a good number of food pictures, so I figured I’d share some (completely subjective) food reviews. So, come with me as I relive some of my favorite meals from the past semester!


If you get a chance to visit New Haven’s Little Italy, you must go to Zeneli. Walk right past those long lines at Frank Pepe’s and Sally’s and check out this pizzeria that also serves simple and delicious pasta dishes. What I enjoy most about Zeneli is the simplicity of their dishes — each one is made with only a few ingredients, and it tastes like an amazing home-cooked meal. Check them out, and I promise you won’t regret it.

Their cacio e pepe — to die for.

September in Bangkok

Next up is September in Bangkok, serving traditional Thai cuisine with a modern twist. I really like the ambience — they have a really great patio where you can sit during the warmer months. Also, I’m a huge fun of their cocktails (and mocktails), and the food is super affordable. If you go, check out their noodle dishes (I’m a fan of the Pad see ew, or stir fried soy sauce noodles) and their appetizer selection!

A couple of delicious courses from September in Bangkok.
Chicken satay, chicken egg rolls, and pulled pork Pad see ew.

Shell & Bones

This is literally the best steak that I have ever had in a restaurant. Apologies for the somewhat dark picture (they’ve got a real ~intimate~ vibe going on), but pictured is a ribeye steak and a fennel potato gratin. As an oyster bar, they mainly specialize in seafood, but I can attest that the chef’s cuts are fantastic as well. However, it’s certainly on the pricier side, so I’d save this for when you have a rich relative in town…

An amazing steak from Shell and Bones
The aforementioned amazing steak and potatoes.


Harvest feels like a Yale staple, so even though it isn’t new to me, I wouldn’t feel right not including it. If you have a fancy class dinner, chances are that it’ll be at Harvest. The good news is, you have a lot of delicious options! I’d opt for one of their pastas, but I’m also a huge fan of their burger. If you have the chance, try the “lamb lollipops” or goat cheese croquettes. These are two fantastic appetizers that present a couple of unique flavors.

Delicious sliders and fries!