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About Park Central Tavern

Park Central Tavern opened in Hamden in 2009, just minutes from downtown New Haven, as an independently owned and operated eatery offering Contemporary American tavern fare. The tavern serves as a place for casual weeknight or lively weekend meals. We offer excellent take-out and off-site catering, host special occasions of all types and sizes, serve produce from local organic sources whenever possible, and have spacious patio seating available.

1640 Whitney Ave
Hamden, CT 06517
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Wine Bar, Gastro Pub

Hours of Operation:

Lunch: Wednesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm.
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - close, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - close,
Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 4:00pm.

Cross Street:
Park and Central Avenues

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(203) 287-8887

Website:
http://www.parkcentraltavern.com/

Catering:
We offer on-site, off-site, drop off and pick up catering, anything from a ten course truffle dinner to a whole roasted pig and lobster BBQ. We can also provide a well trained and professional staff, including servers, bartenders and an on-site chef for off site events.

Parking Details:
38 car private lot with two handicap spots. Street parking also available.

Public Transit:
bus: from new haven proper or the green, the northbound j-line from church st/whitney
from cheshire, the southbound j-line on whitney ave.

Private Party Facilities:
We offer on-site, off-site, drop off and pick up catering, anything from a ten course truffle dinner to a whole roasted pig and lobster BBQ. We can also provide a professional staff, including servers, bartenders and an on-site chef for off site events.

Private Party Contact:
Polly Coassin: (855) 821-0820

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Park Central Tavern Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (6)
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Good for a Date (6)
Cozy (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Bar Seating (4)
Great Beer (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Authentic (2)
Business Meals (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Healthy (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Organic (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Live Music (1)
Live Sports (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Fun (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Romantic (1)
Tapas (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2018

My family has eaten at PCT many times. The food had been consistently well above average. Service was great. But, our last few visits have been below normal. Tonight, we realize that subpar is the new norm at PCT. I don’t think we are alone in that opinion.
The restaurant was not busy on a Saturday night.

Our food tonight was unacceptable. But, finding someone to discuss it with was impossible. When the food was served, I balked at my chicken sandwich having a pool of basically buffalo sauce (not aioli spread on a bun) drowning it. I started scraping off some of it when our server walked up. When I complained, Gabrielle, our server, shrugged her shoulders and said that’s how it is served, then walked away. That’s basically the last we saw of her. No one ever did a check back to ask how our food was until it was time for plates to be cleared (and that was by the bus person).

My sandwich was the little issue tonight. My daughter’s calamari (her main course) was rubbery and had no lemon served with it. My husband and I thought she was being picky, until we tried it. The dish was awful. But, we couldn’t get anyone’s attention to complain until the bus boy asked to clear dishes. We sent 3/4 back and told him it was not his fault, but it was terrible. Again, no response.

We tried to find a manager (on a Saturday night you would expect a check-in at some point). Again, no luck.

When the check came, we were charged in full for the entire meal.

Until I hear they have improved I would recommend not frequenting this locale. Frankly, we get better service at Friday's: the food is about the same, and it's much more inexpensive (with tip our meal was over $80 tonight).

Save yourself the frustration and disappointment. Find a different restaurant.

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Awesome lunch! Short Rib Grilled Cheese may have been best sandwich of my life! Philly Cheese fans take notice!!!!!

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 (West Virginia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We went for New Year's Eve and had a lovely dinner. The southern beets were outstanding. We also liked how there were wine choices with each entree item on the menu.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 21, 2017

A few friends got together for dinner. I had been here before so thought my friends would like it.
The service was great, the dining room did not feel crowded and the decor was very rich. The food was wonderful and my friends thanked me for finding such a great restaurant for our get together

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

I would definitely recommend this restaurant. The food was excellent and service was very good. The restaurant has a parking lot in the back which is always a plus. Besides a wine list, beer list, the cocktails were different but good. We had the shrimp and grits and short ribs for dinner both were awesome, for apps we had the tuna and brussels sprouts that were out of this world.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Great Beer
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great service and food. Our waiter Derrick was awesome. Bring back chocolate chip cookies for dessert

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Such great food and not crowded at all, the server named Abby is so much fun and provided excellent service all night. My family was pleasantly surprised. Forget Elis, we're coming here.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Late-night Find, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Cozy, Casual, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Had a great meal and excellent service. Little noisy but the ball game was on and people cheering plus the entertainment. I would expect that. Lots of people there for a Wednesday night!

Tags: Live Music, People Watching, Live Sports, Hot Spot, Late-night Find
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 (New England)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Met my daughter for dinner and we had a very nice evening. I had a salad with crab cake which was delicious followed by The flourless chocolate cake. Service was wonderful and the ambience of the restaurant was lovely.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

I always like this restaurant but this time I would say that the food was not as good as it usually is. I had the Eggs Benedict with crabmeat and the eggs were overcooked, there was too little Hollandaise sauce, and the hash browns were not cooked properly. Normally the restaurant's food is better than this. On the other hand, two other people with me liked their food.

I do applaud the restaurant for an unusual menu!

We were in a lovely room but a large group was making so much noise (too many Mimosas!) that we had to leave. I don't blame the restaurant for this but it did not contribute to the experience.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Very good evening out with my grandparents. Still my favorite spot in the area.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Presentation nice. Food was so bland. Won't be back.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Delicious brunch with extremely pleasant service. PCT benedict was fabulous . Very relaxing and enjoyable brunch.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on September 8, 2017

It was an amazing date night. I had been here with my parents here a couple of times before and had good experiences, but I wanted to really impress this girl I had just started dating. We started with some oysters which we enjoyed very much. For entrees, I had a special which was this beautiful NY Strip with brussel sprouts and cheesy bread. As someone who doesn't like brussel sprouts, I ate every one. My girl had the salmon, and she loved it as well. Great ambiance and probably my favorite place in the area. Great for Quinnipiac and Yale students to have date nights in the area to get off campus for awhile.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Really poor service, and the food was not up to our expectations. We've been many times, but brunch is not something we will do again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

This restaurant is truly a neighborhood gem! I have dined here several times and it is always consistent in it's service and quality of its dishes.

Tags: Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 11, 2017

Excellent menu with something for everyone. The Jambalaya was superb, deliciously spicy but not to the extent of obscuring other flavors. And the Filet Mignon was like butter with a cooked spinach that was very flavorful and tender (I generally do not like cooked spinach and often find it a bit tough to chew). I will order it again. The service was superb. Server was knowledgeable, friendly and attentive but not hovering. A real gentleman who obviously likes his job and the restaurant and when asked, was able to give us some information about what the current owner did to make it into such a beautiful place. We have been to Park Central three times and have sat in the dining room each time. The decor is tasteful: wood paneling, a cork floor that is both sound dampening and very comfortable to walk on. Vaulted ceiling is sensational! We will return again...and again.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Healthy, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

Sunday Brunch menu was great. We sat outside and it was beautiful . Our server was attentive and friendly. The choices were many and there was specials available as well.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

Celebrating my engagement!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Food last night was one of the best meals I've had. Fried green tomato appetizer was outstanding. Duck ready w curry was perfect. Service was quick and polite. Always an awesome selection of beers on tap. Definitely a favorite spot.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Pleasant environment but poor service and poor food. Stay in the bar and drinks only.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 21, 2017

On our way back home, my husband and I were trying to decide where to go. Used OpenTable to find a restaurant in our path and chose Park Central. Food was outstanding, very friendly and attentive service. Would definitely go back.

Tags: Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Casual, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Paleo Friendly, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 11, 2017

We chose the tasting menu with wine paring and the chef did a magnificent job with very creative dishes. The wines chosen were appropriate and good quality.

Not to complain but the quantity of wines was more than we are used to and much went unconsumed because of the need to drive. But all in all a very creative chef.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Good food and a pleasant experience

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 (Denver)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Perfect last minute stop for family group of 7.
All were very satisfied.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Disabled Access, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Brought my family here for the first time on father's day for brunch. Service was good. The food was fresh. The menu selections were creative. Will return to experience the regular menu soon!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Organic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Brunch selection was outstanding. All a happy with our food. The drinks had a lot to be desired. The Bloody Mary didn't taste like fresh mix and the mimosa was watered down. Not our first time eating brunch, never had an issue in the past.

Tags: Casual, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Coffee, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 4, 2017

A very pleasant brunch outside on the patio. Food was excellent; service was a bit lacking ( long times without seeing our waitperson, had to ask for and then wait a while for coffee refill. But overall a really lovely brunch.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 2, 2017

We've been coming to New Haven for years to attend the Jazz Series at the Lyman Center and we like to try different restaurants for dinner. This is our favorite yet! We appreciated the comfortable seating in the small but tastefully decorated dining room. The food was superb, starting with crispy Brussels sprouts. Oysters were tasty but way too small. Beer and wine choices were good and varied. The short ribs were wonderfully tender and were complimented perfectly by cheese grits and spinach. My wife loved the crusted salmon just as much. Service was friendly and prompt. Prices were about right. We will certainly return.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 24, 2017

IT's Back!!!!! The best neighborhood restaurant. We took my sister who is visiting from Florida and consideres herself a foodie, was blown away by every single app and dinner. Here's the menu, for apps, there always great meatballs with ricotta and the best fresh tomato sauce, I'm Italian, I know great sauce, plus the Brussel sprouts, crispy and flavored with crisp bacon and a sweet and sour magic...perfect,... the best tuna tartare ever, I was dining at a very expensive restaurant Monday, and their tuna tartare was overly sweetened and expensive...no comparison. We also shared the Knudi, a delicate ricotta gnocchi, with pieces of a delicious ham, fresh peas shaved Padano cheese and topped with perfectly cooked fried egg...A MUST, after all that, we all had burgers, and for burger people, they were exceptional, mine was medium rare, and that's hard to get anywhere, chefs seem to undercook or most often overcook. Served with crispy fries, you could also have salad, but why bother counting calories after that feast!!!! and once again, finish off with the Beigets and chocolate sauce....just perfect

Tags: Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 23, 2017

The main course was very good; the duck was tender and flavorful. The arugula salad was drowning in too much dressing.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Graduation lunch was phenomenal! They were packed so things took a little longer than normal but the food was sooooo worth the wait, and the staff was so friendly and accommodating!
Such a memorable brunch!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 21, 2017

We had an amazing brunch. Everything was fresh and delicious. We started with Avocado Toast. My husband had the crab cake Eggs Benedict, which he loved. I had the traditional Eggs Benedict. The eggs were cooked perfectly and the sauce was delicious. Our server was wonderful and was helpful in offering menu selection ideas. Highly recommend bringing friends and family when you are in Hamden. Perfect for a celebration brunch for all of you local college parents. A definite A+++.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Calimari was outstanding

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Super menu. The only disappointments at our table of 10 were the kale salad and VERY slow service

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

This was a very expensive buffet brunch. The lines were very long, they ran out of most everything and what was left of the breakfast foods was cold. They included a 20% gratuity when you had to serve yourself. It was a rip off.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Second trip and food was very good both visits. We were seated in the wine room with a large party.., bad acoustics in that room, way too loud. Raul, our server, was exceptional; prompt, professional and pleasant. He alone is worth a return visit.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 7, 2017

We sat near the bar so that's why it was so loud, didn't realize we could have requested the dining room. Luckily fancy things tend to make my mom nervous so the more laid back ambiance probably worked in our favor. Just the same, I'd recommend the dining room as more appropriate for special occasions.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Normally I stay away from specials when out for dinner. The idea of pork with mushroom sauce mixture was too good to pass. The risotto is a great opener...can't come here and miss that item. Nice quiet area away from the bar but we still had the 90s singer song writers in the background. Very enjoyable night out. Highly recommend!

Tags: Organic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on April 28, 2017

We were looking for a nice casual restaurant to celebrate our anniversary and had been driving by Park Central for several months. It is very appealing from the outside and even more so inside. We made a reservation on Open Table (always a plus) and were seating in the dining room. Park was an active bar area with seating but also two separated dining rooms for a quieter experience. Service was great. Gabbie our waitress was friendly knowledgeable and attentive but we never felt rushed. The drinks, wine and real local craft beer menu is extensive and impressive. We had appetizers of Artichokes flash fried and rolled in feta and lemon, spectacular and Calamari with Cherry Peppers that were tender and delicious. My entree of Shrimp and Grits was really special with a pepper jelly and Andouille sausage. The chef is from NC, and it shows with the Shrimp and Grits, perfect. Portions are plentiful, but save room for desert as multiple items will strike you including beignets and house made ice cream in great flavors. All in all a wonderful meal.

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