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Vegetarian entrees, sandwiches and baked goods.
Claire's has been serving the Yale crowd in downtown New Haven for over 30 years. The small eatery is a dependable source of good food throughout the day and into the late night.
Orders are placed at the counter. The menu sprawls across a series of blackboards on the wall. Daily specials and local, seasonal options are available. Once your order is placed you'll pay, give your name and find a seat. Once prepared a member of the small waitstaff will bring out your dishes and call your name. Service is generally quick enough for a fast lunch. Once finished you're expected to bring your dishes to a bin for cleaning.
There are many vegan options (listed with a heart on the menu).
Coffees, teas and juice/smoothies are available.
on Apr 16 04
(last updated Oct 17 10)
Mark this place closed (permanently).
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News about Claire's! Recently in 2014, Claire's dipped its toes into the 21st Century and increased its proportion of vegan entrées, as well as began offering vegan cheese as an option to all its cow cheese dishes. (Until now, you could substitute cow cheese with blah tofu). Took a while for Claire's to get here, as until around 1999, Ms. Claire used to offer tuna, but removed it from the menu, maybe upon opening her upscale meat restaurant next door. While a chef need not be veghead to creatively cook veggies, still it's unsettling that Ms. Claire is a carnivore at heart.
Most other vegan reviewers berate this place, which I can understand, but I would rate it "fair" rather than "terrible." You simply must pick and choose wisely from among its extensive menu. On the plus side, you can view some of the standard entrees and most of the specials in a display case near the registers, and doing so is more edifying than the inscriptions on the wall boards. The noise level inside compares to a college dining hall, and the seating is cramped and uncomfortable, so don’t bring your date here. But if you sit by a window you can enjoy the view of the Yale University and New Haven community parading by, and thereby take your mind off the bland, industrial-quality food, in which case you can actually enjoy sitting here.
I look forward to my trips to New Haven and enjoying Claire's for lunch. Great varieties and plenty of action (people are always coming and going for their great choices).
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Downtown, just off the green
Corner of Chapel and College Streets, just off the New Haven Green. Not far from the Shubert theater and the old Yale bookstore.
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