Having plenty of friends in the hospitality industry, I have mixed feelings about Restaurant Week. If you’re working it, it can be stressful. It’s also possibly not as lucrative for servers and bartenders as one would think, since the awesome $32 dinner prix fixe means people aren’t spending as much money, and therefore aren’t tipping as much.
But I digress. There’s a lot of inherently great things about Restaurant Week. It gives you a chance to try new things, and the restaurants participating are from a variety of countries and styles.
For craft beer fans, there are a few “best bets”.
Caseus is known for their cheese-heavy fare, but I’ve actually enjoyed their dishes that are lighter on the dairy. For restaurant week, they will be serving up both lunch and dinner specials. When I go out to eat, I like to go all out and eat things I wouldn’t normally eat on the regular. At Caseus, the restaurant menu is full of decadent duck. Fried duck eggs are available to add to most of the courses, as well as duck confit and sausage. Although they only have a handful of beers on draft, they make the most of them available taps, tending to lean towards the Belgian styles.
With 56 beers on draft and over 80 interesting things in bottles, beer lovers can’t go wrong with Cask Republic. I’ve always enjoyed their late night menu, which tends to be pub fare stepped up a notch. For restaurant week, Cask is offering a choice of trout or steak as a main course, or a choice of two small plates. I would probably go for the small plates, because the short rib meatballs and cauliflower gratinado sound pretty awesome.
New Haven Restaurant Week goes from now until Friday; you can check out all the participating restaurants here. There’s also a $5 parking garage special! So you don’t have to worry about getting a ticket on the street or dealing with feeding a meter.