Life in New Haven
Med school gym is free for us and pretty good! There are a number of treadmills with flatscreens at each one, ellipticals, weight machines, and free weights and a small locker room. You just have to register your ID card. The gym is located in Harkness Hall (med school dorms). Entrance is on York street across the street from the hospital on the corner of S. Frontage and York.
Bank of America (BOA) has a small branch within the hospital, as well as a few ATMs, which makes them a convenient choice. In addition, they have a strong presence throughout Connecticut and surrounding states. During orientation there is also an easy way to enroll in automatic direct deposit with Bank of America. It is possible to do so with other banks, but easier to initiate with BOA.
If you are living in downtown New Haven, there are a few grocery stores nearby that are acceptable, but some find it worthwhile to drive a bit. If you need to do a "serious shop," Milford has Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Costco, and Stop and Shop/ShopRite all within a few miles of each other, in addition to a Target (also with limited groceries) and a Mall.
The closest mall is in Milford (about 15 minutes drive from New Haven). It is an adequate mall built in the traditional 1990s Midwest sense of the word. There is a Macy's, Dick's Sporting Goods, Express, and other mall staples. There is also a Banana Republic and Ann Taylor Loft down the street. There is a more upscale mall near Harford called Westfarms which is more of an outdoor design and includes Nordstrom, Tiffany's, Pottery Barn, Lord & Taylor, Louis Vuitton, and many other stores, as well as many restaurant options. Also, there are two outlet malls within driving distance, Clinton Crossing (in Clinton, CT) and Woodbury Commons (more designer stuff, in Central Valley, NY).
24% discount for Yale with AT&T, plus your book money can go toward a one-time iPhone purchase (or any smart phone).
Go to: www.newhaveneatsit.blogspot.com for some comical and fairly-accurate restaurant reviews of some top spots. There are LOTS of restaurants in New Haven and the surrounding areas; its worth checking them out yourself. Restaurant week, in the spring, is New Haven's attempt to get people out to try new ones with a standard Prix fixe menu. Some favorites:
- Barcelona: tapas, good drinks, nice ambience with a DJ sometimes
- Thai Pan-Asian: great food, nice outdoor patio
- Temple Grille: standard American stuff, nice salads and sandwiches, live outdoor music and lots of patio space
- Prime16: Good beer selection, great burgers, yummy truffle-oil fries. Vegetarians beware.
- Claire's Corner Copia: Lots of vegetarian and vegan selections, fresh everything, try the Lithuanian coffee cake or carrot cake! Free wi-fi.
- Union League Cafe: expensive, historic, have your parents take you
- Miya: good sushi with some unique rolls (including non-fish for the weak-at-heart). Nice drink menu with a variety of saki. Good ambience
- Coramandel: good south Indian
- Thali Too: vegetarian with some of the best south Indian. Try one of their dosas.
- Thali: good Indian
- Zaroka: good Indian near the hospital with a lunch time buffet
- Royal India: good Indian
- Educated Burger: quick fast-ish food.
- Lalibela: decent Ethiopian, can be very slow, but a fun experience
- Kudeta: Asian fusion, good for celebrations/groups, large drink selection
- Soul de Cuba: cute and intimate atmosphere, very nice staff, fantastic food and drinks (have dessert and don't forget to get some plantains!)
- Seoul: Korean, decent, near hospital
- Pepe's, Sally's, Bar, Modern: All brick-oven pizza places (supposedly pizza originally came to North America through New Haven or some such lore). Sally's and Pepe's are in Wooster Square (New Haven's Little Italy) and can be very busy. Modern is a short drive. Bar is close to the hospital and has a microbrewery and is "open-air" in the summertime and popular for the mashed potato pizza.
- Geronimo's: Tex-Mex/Latin or something. The food is hit-or-miss, the drinks are pretty good, the ambience is eclectic. Outdoor patio is great. Spicy Passion Fruit margaritas are worth trying.
- 116 Crown: trendy, a little pricey, great drinks.
- Mamoun's: Cheap falafel, a popular choice in New Haven
- Basil: Best Chinese, very cheap
- Sushi Palace: all you can eat delicious sushi/sashimi as well as other assorted appetizers (they just ask you eat all that you request). Second location just opened due to their popularity.
- The Place: a little drive and only open in the summers, but delicious if you like seafood and corn. An outdoor restaurant where you sit on log seats and there is an open air grill where you can watch them cook your order. (Bonus: Ashley's is right across the street)
- The Pantry: great breakfast food (be prepared for a little wait though)
- Ashley's: best home-made ice-cream around with some unique flavors
- Froyo World: frozen yogurt (for those wanting something less creamy) with all the toppings your heart desires
Check out Yale activities. They have speakers, sports games, movies, etc which are typically associated with a university and available for us too.
Music school is great here and there are many free concerts.
There is a grad student bar, GPSCY (pronounced Gypsy). You need your Yale ID to get in and there are discounted drinks and events, like the annual Halloween Party, trivia night, and karaoke night, etc.
There are a few other trivia nights around town at Playwright (Thursdays) and Anna Liffey's (Tuesdays)
Downtown New Haven has a Bow-tie Criterion Cinema. On Saturday nights they play old movies for cheap and Sunday mornings is Movies and Mimosas.
Link from the intranet site called Yale Travel services has info. On this page there is also a link for discounted airport parking at some airports (under airport parking link) for various airports for Yale people.
Airports near here: NYC ones, Hartford, White Plains, and Tweed New Haven (but New Haven with pretty limited options. Only US Air flies through there and always goes through Philly.) The pros of flying through NYC are that you can get direct flights (unlike New Haven) and it's cheaper than New Haven. To get to the airport, you either take Metro North to Grand Central, and then take an airport shuttle or cab, drive and park at the airport, or take ConnecticutLimo, which is a 15-passenger van that leaves from various stops around New Haven and the shoreline and takes you direct (you can reserve online). Hartford is a nice option too. It's about an hour drive and has cheap parking (as low as $5-6/day). It's also fairly small and easy to navigate, has free wi-fi, and price competitive with New York. White Plains is another smaller airport option that is about an hour away, but warning... the parking is expensive. Some people also like flying out of Newark because the train directly takes you to the airport and it also has more direct flights.