This is from a buddy of mine who goes to Yale:
"…anyway. restaurants – a few keepers. “mahmoun’s” for falafels (cheap and tasty). “yorkside” (good greek style pizza - york st.) “tandoor palace” and “royal india” (weekend buffet lunches - chapel st. and high st). all the little places on chapel st. are probably good, but a little expensive. there’s a new burrito place that’s supposed to be good also, i forgot the name.
liquor/clubs/bars – toad’s place (some people love it, others hate it. wednesday’s penny night, saturday’s dance party.) “alchemy” is nice - college st. “bar” (that’s the name of the place) is also decent - grove st. as is “risk” (nightclub) - grove st.
p.s. some of my street names might be off, i’m having a brain fart at the moment. for general stuff to do, there’s the yale rep theatre and peabody museum if you’re in for some culture, and the international festival of arts and ideas coming soon this june. usually there’s something going on down by the green that’s free. the only movie theater is york square cinema, which doesn’t always have the latest releases but sometimes has quality, lesser known (i.e. “artsy”) movies. that’s all i’ve got off the top of my head. keep your eyes/ears open – new haven’s not the greatest city, but it kind of grows on you."
Also, I might add, there’s a couple good shows coming to the Meadows in Hartford this summer (Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews, Ozzfest and of course Poison…If you want to meet some 12-16 year old girls, there’s always John Mayer).
Anyway, I’m up here near Hartford, so if you’re ever up my way or I’m down by you, maybe we can get together to lift, have coffee, talk daughters, you know, no big whup.