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About ZINC New Haven

Across from the historic New Haven Green, ZINC offers an innovative seed-to-plate menu that celebrates the surrounding community. Sustainable food has been the focus of ZINC since opening its doors in 1999 and has helped earn our place as a fixture in the downtown landscape. Our modern interpretation of “American Food” which is local market inspired and globally infused with a focus on sustainable food offers a dining experience fit for even the most enthusiastic of foodies.

Co-Owners Donna Curran and Chef Denise Appel combine more than 20 years of experience to create a restaurant that reflects their passion for great local food and quality service. ZINC has evolved into one of the city’s most popular gathering spots for both local foodies and visiting ones.

964 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT 06510
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Global, International

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday 12:00pm - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday, 5:00pm -10:00pm. Closed All Day Sunday

Cross Street:
Between College and Temple Streets

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(203) 624-0507

Website:
http://www.zincfood.com/

Parking Details:
Validated parking for dinner is available in the Crown Street Garage and Temple Street Garage.

Executive Chef:
Denise Appel

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
ZINC holds monthly wine tastings and wine dinners.

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Private Dining

ZINC and Kitchen ZINC offer you the best of both worlds. Choose from our Private Dining Room, Main Dining Room or ZINC Table for sophisticated gatherings. Enjoy casual get-togethers at Kitchen ZINC or on our patio to enjoy a little fresh air with your fresh ingredients.

ZINC New Haven Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

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4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (42)
Good for a Date (40)
Good for Anniversaries (37)
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Special Occasion (34)
Fit for Foodies (31)
Local Ingredients (27)
Pre/post Theatre (27)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Romantic (22)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Worth the Drive (21)
Business Meals (19)
Seasonal (15)
Notable Wine List (14)
Bar Seating (12)
Cozy (12)
Fun (12)
Good for Groups (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Healthy (10)
Hot Spot (10)
Authentic (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Organic (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Casual (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Comfort Food (5)
People Watching (5)
Spicy (5)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Vegan (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Outstanding dinner. Cheeses were a great appetizer. Both entries were delicious. Ample portions--enough to take him for lunches the next 2 days.

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·Dined 2 days ago

The food, service and ambiance were all terrific. My wife had the Gnocchi and I had the Scottish salmon which were both delicious. We would definitely go back there again and try some new things on the menu. The noise level was not at all loud even though the restaurant was full. The service was really very good with the water glasses refilled regularly and the dishes cleared promptly.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Late-night Find, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Good wine list and the sommelier was helpful in choosing good wine by the glass. Food was above average. We both had vegetarian meals (gnocchi and veggie curry). Tasty!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 6 days ago

I can't say enough about the perfect, unhurried , unworried lunch
with a lady friend. Everything was better than expected. Go !

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Detroit)·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent service, really nice food, large portions.

Tags: Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on January 16, 2018

Great experience. The menu is unique and the food delicious

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

First time dining here and I was very impressed. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. Went here on date night and made a reservation ahead of time. There was a lovely corner booth ready for us upon arrival. The woman who walked us to our seat was very friendly and professional. We enjoyed our time here and will definitely be back.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on January 11, 2018

excellent food and service I would highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Food was amazing! Right before Midnight we were all encouraged to crowd around the tv at the bar and ring in the New Year together. The owners even came to the table afterwards to thank us for celebrating the New Year with them... this place is a gem

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Romantic, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

New Years Eve date and we had a wonderful meal. The restaurant was very busy but our waitress made us feel special and we were not rushed. The meal was delicious and perfectly prepared. We love Zinc!!!!!

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Experience was good. We were going to Schubert, so we were close. Will have to see what my next experience is like. New Haven has so many restaurants to choose from.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Came here New Year’s Eve for dinner with friends before a show. Had the artichoke and dumpling small plates as well as 3 cheeses to share. All were phenomenal. I had gnocchi but others had various fish dinners. We were all very happy with our choices. Waiter was informative, friendly and attentive. We will be back!

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The ambiance was wonderful, especially on a cold night, the restaurant was warm and inviting. The food was delicious, and our server Matt was wonderful.

Tags: Business Meals, Fun, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great spot in New Haven for upscale dining. Interesting menu items. We had the tuna, chicken and hangar steak and were happy with all our dishes.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

We arrived early for reservation and was seated promptly. We were even given a big table for our party of 4,because the previous party had canceled. The food was good, although the cheese plates are over priced for what you get. Our main course was delicious and prepared perfectly. Our waiter was nice. Over all good experience here.

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·Dined on December 21, 2017

Our server, whose name I cannot recall but had a very attractive handlebar moustache, was polite, prompt, cordial and welcoming. An excellent experience overall.

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

It was me and my girlfriends anniversary and this was the PERFECT place to celebrate. We loved the atmosphere and the service was amazing as well as the outstanding food, especially the steak.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Always great food. We love coming here for special nights out. Love the cheese plate!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Excellent menu with chef inspired creative dishes
Very nice ambience close to Yale campus

Tags: Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Excellent as always! Took brother from Chicago who just received his culinary license and he loved it.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Tasting Menu, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

We had a a wonderful anniversary dinner experience at Zinc. Thank you ro the Zinc team for making our evening special

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

All around excellent restaurant. Highly recommend for that special occasion. Won’t be disappointed.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Stunning menu! Fabulously creative,excellent variety.
Attentive, respectful, friendly, informative staff. Ideal for friends & family or biz dining; perfect cuisine for a date but I wish there were more intimate corners in the dining space

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great place, excellent food

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

We had a great experience. Excellent service. Food was wonderful. Great ambiance.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Lovely food, and nice ambiance. Overall we enjoyed our time there very much.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (London)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Zinc is now a veteran amongst New Haven high quality restaurants and it excels in all matters to do with fine dining. It has maintained its standards by continuously pushing for higher quality in the wine selection and in the adventurousness of its menu. The staff is universally courteous and efficient.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We visited Zinc for the first time with our son and one of his suitemates the Thursday before the "Yale(beat) Harvard" game. Beautiful restaurant, great beers, and wine selection. I've been to our other child's college campus since being at Yale, so I'm honestly cannot recall what each of us ordered, as there have been many other restaurants in between, but suffice to say, it was ll terrific! I'm partially deaf, so they kindly gave us a quieter table. I met my husband, son, and his roommate there. I had no problem finding Zinc, but the three guys EACH headed for a restaurant (related?) in the area called, "Zinc Kitchen, " I believe. Because of that, they each were late by 15-25 minutes while I sat alone, but the server was very understanding and just kept me happy with a drink and an appetizer. Definitely going to make a repeat visit when we get the chance to see our son, again (hoping for one more trip to CT before graduation).

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Romantic, Great Beer, Cozy, Healthy, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Food was fine. Pretty good. Maybe did not get the right thing. Seemed to be better a few years ago, but good value and ingredients seemed very fresh!

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Excellent. Great menu. They even had choices on the menu to accommodate my vegan diet.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We had a few different small plates, each was excellent. Drinks were quite interesting and delicious. Servers were helpful and pleasant.
Great place!

Tags: Fun, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We had a lovely birthday celebration at Zinc in an energetic environment with delicious, creative, thoughtfully crafted food. The manager, Elizabeth, was extremely responsive with my request to bring in a an outside custom cake. Donna, one of the co-owners, greeted me so kindly when I arrived early and took the cake away so it would be a surprise when presented at the end of the meal. All nine of us enjoyed our dinners. I had the field green salad with pumpkin seeds that was perfectly dressed. At the suggestion of the very sweet waitress, I ordered the Montauk striped bass in carrot and lime coconut broth, fall squash mash, Brussels sprouts and Asian pear. It was delicious. The bass skin was blackened, but not charred, the Brussels sprouts were shaved and blackened but not charred and not over cooked. The Asian pear was so flavorful that I'm curious if it was macerated in something delicious before going into the dish. My husband had the grilled hangar steak which was tender and flavorful. Our daughter enjoyed her duck bulgogi and some of our guests had the ricotta gnocchi. Everyone really enjoyed their meals. I'm looking forward to our next meal at Zinc. The only thing that I wish were different is I would have preferred for the lighting to be a little stronger. I like to admire my beautiful plate before I eat it and that's hard to do when the lights are low but that's just me.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We came here for restaurant week and the food was absolutely delicious. They were also ok with having us stay even as the restaurant emptied out and didn't rush us, which I appreciated.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Food was delicious! I liked the lettuce wraps and buffalo shrimp.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Zinc has excellent and immaginative food and very good service. The tables are close together so it's a bit noisy. A New York Stye restaurant, to my mind. Recommended.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

We love Zinc and it didn't disappoint us: the food was great (we had the salmon and the chicken entrees and the appetizers and desserts that were part of the Special Menu) The service was A+ both in efficiency and in friendliness. Unfortunately, I forgot that the night was part of Restaurant Week and the place was super-busy and the noise level was, naturally, much higher than desirable. It wasn't a typical situation, though, so my only advice is to avoid Restaurant Week if you want to meet friends for low key conversations.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

This is not my first visit to Zinc and it will not be my last. I have left multiple reviews on this site before, so hopefully you will find those as more descriptive than this one (not much time to elaborate).
The food is always of great quality and interesting combinations, and the service is always top notch. They have a long wine list for bottles, pretty good options for by the glass, and some great changing cocktails. The Menu changes on a seasonal basis, but if you're looking for one go-to that never disappears it's the awesome Duck Nachos.
The Noise level depends on how full the place is, but in general you can always hear your conversation without much trouble and it has a nice Ambiance. Dress code / elegance is a little above your average, but you don't have to get to dressy and I've never seen them give anyone any problems with it.
This restaurant has few competitors/arguments in the discussion of Best Overall Restaurant in New Haven. (There are a few I've heard argued that are good, but this is my choice by far.)

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Zinc's staff is attentive, the chef flexible, the ongoing attention of the serving staff is perfect, non-invasive, responsive. The food is cooked and presented very well. A wonderful place to eat with others.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Paleo Friendly, Organic, People Watching
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

My second time at Zinc, the food imaginative and good. Nice wine accompanied. A reliable dinner spot

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Good food at a reasonable price in an uplifting scene.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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