The Perks of New Haven

The Perks of New Haven

As admitted students are carefully considering their graduate school options, we hear questions about academic programs, campus culture and finding jobs. I wanted to take a quick break from these very important questions to talk about what is so great about New Haven as a city. Below are my takes on some the perks and I have included amazing resources that I would recommend.

Everything outdoors

We talk about East Rock as a neighborhood where many F&ES students live but East Rock is also the name of the park north of the neighborhood. It is a great spot for a quick hike and provides a beautiful view of the city. Just a few miles north into Hamden, you can also explore Sleeping Giant State Parks miles of hiking trails. East of downtown New Haven is Lighthouse Point Park. This is a great beach area to take advantage of in the summertime and it has a beautiful lighthouse and indoor carousel. Another staple in the warmer months is a visit the local farmer’s markets, especially the Wooster Square market Saturday mornings.

Live Music

There is no shortage of live music in New Haven and the (relatively) recent opening of College Street Music Hall has really stepped up New Haven’s live music game. Some upcoming shows include Tiffany Haddish, Matt and Kim and Old Crow Medicine Show. Also in town is Toad’s Place which is known for hosting surprise shows in the 1980s and 90s by artists like the Rolling Stones. Now their shows are hit or miss but it is definitely a venue worth checking out at least once. For more local music, Bar hosts Wednesday night shows and there are frequent performances at Café 9.

Theaters and Museums

Yale provides a wealth of theaters including both the Reparatory theater and the Cabaret. In additional to these however, New Haven is home to the Shubert Theater and the Long Wharf Theater. Coming up at the Shubert is the longest running Broadway show, Chicago, and at Long Wharf, a musical celebration called Crowns. If you are more of a fan of visual art, Yale has both an Art Gallery and a British Art Museum.

Restaurants and Bars

Previous F&ES bloggers have referred to New Haven as the “Foodie Suburb of NYC” and for good reason. You can find almost any cuisine including but definitely not limited to Ethiopian, Mexican, Thai, Turkish and Italian. There are way too many restaurants to name but an absolute must is pizza at either Pepe’s, Modern or Sally’s. As for bars, there are the places that Yale students tend to frequent (mostly GPSCY) but there are a lot of other great spots in New Haven (many with awesome Happy Hour deals). Try Prime 16 for burgers and beers, Geronimo’s for margaritas and southwestern food and Barcade for a fun bar/arcade combo.


The craft beer trend has hit Connecticut with force and there are some great places right in town (or just up the street) that are worth checking out. Local to New Haven is New England Brewing Company which recently opened a new tap room in Westville. In Hamden, Counterweight and No Worries are both great options and coming soon to the F&ES neighborhood is East Rock Brewing.

Bike Culture

New Haven is a relatively small city which makes it very bike able. The city has been putting in new bike lanes down major roads and just this month installed bike share stations around town. Also new to the area is the Bradley Street Bike Co-op where you can buy a bike, fix a bike or meet likeminded bikers. New Haven hosts an annual bike month full of community events and the Rock to Rock Earth day bike ride across town.

Easy Travel

As someone who travels regularly for F&ES events, it is important that I can get around and in and out of town easily. While the only flight options from New Haven are to Philadelphia, there is nothing like being able to get there 10 minutes before your flight and not have to worry about hordes of travelers. It is also very easy to get into New York City. As the last stop on the Metro North train, it could not be more convenient to get into the city or anywhere in between. New Haven is also a stop on Amtrak and has a Mega Bus stop making Boston and Washington, DC very accessible.


This list just scratches the surface of what New Haven has to offer. For the basics, check out Info New Haven at and for a local e-magazine, the Daily Nutmeg is a great resource You can find commentary on this very blog and Between Two Rocks Also, don’t miss I love New Haven for a photo exploration of the city


I would be happy to talk more about this great little city and feel free to reach out with any questions!