Happy Hour at Atelier Florian

You don’t need to twist my arm to hit a concert in New Haven, as it normally means that a delicious dinner and cocktails will also be on the agenda… here we come Atelier Florian!

Since we were headed to College Street Music Hall that Friday, we found a sweet parking spot right near the venue on the New Haven Green. Tip: paying on the meter until 9pm in New Haven beats $8 in the garage.

We then walked on down to Atelier Florian which was only a couple blocks away, near the corner of Chapel & Park.

Atelier Florian’s tag is “sophistication in the European tradition, with fabulous sea-to-table dishes and sustainable meats and produce”. Let’s face it though, we really just wanted a new experience at a place with some happy hour pricing (4-6:30pm).

Not having a reservation, we were happy to pony up to the bar. Isn’t the bar where everyone tells you to eat these days for real excitement?

Oyster shooters were a must. Tip: If there’s a raw bar menu, GET a shooter! They could have amped-up the horseradish in their cocktail sauce, but it was still worth it at the half-off happy hour pricing.

The beer selection was solid for a ‘Euro-sea-to-table’ restaurant with representation from Palm, Two Roads, Allagash, and more (the owners also own Rudy’s, so I guess this shouldn’t be a surprise). If you’re into cocktails, there are close to a dozen choices including a signature, gin sage martini that was quite nice (note: tap beer, wine, and ‘Florian’ cocktails were all half-off).Atelier Florian

On to the half-priced apps from which we choose the Crispy Brussels – w/ maple salt, fiore sardo (raw, hard cheese made from whole sheep’s milk), and lemon. Very solid with just the right amount of sweet from the maple. I know they have been all the rage the last few years, but why stop?!Atelier Florian_Brussels

For an entree, I chose the Umami crusted steak burger and my wife the Turkey Sliders, which were both lunch-priced. Not being surrounded by so-called umami  dishes here in CT yet, I had to try this “5th taste”. I didn’t reach a new dimension, but the burger was a delectable mouth full with gruyere, caper aioli, onion jam, tomato on a toasted brioche. No need for details with the Turkey Burger Sliders as they were just so-so.

We’re tempted to give the sea-to-table entrees a try next time around since we only scratched the surface with their meats and produce. I’d still say it’s a recommendation for a pre-show or post-work happy hour. Although, we would love to hear from anyone that’s dug into their dinner menu!

-The Sweet and Sweaty

Atelier Florian
1166 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT




  1. Ilya Eliashevsky · January 12, 2016

    I am looking for a restaurant to take my darling wife out to eat for her birthday this weekend. Something with good food, delicious cocktails and cozy atmosphere. Romantic is a plus. We’ve previously gone to places in Branford and Milford that fit the bill, but are looking for something new, maybe New Haven. Thoughts and suggestions?


    • The Sweet and Sweaty · January 12, 2016

      For this type of occasion we would suggest L’Orcio in NH. The atmosphere is romantic AND cozy, the cuisine is magnificent (make sure one of you orders a dish with their homemade pasta and/or a special), the cocktails are impressive (especially for an Italian restaurant – their Italian Manhattan is great as well as the Negroni if you like bitter cocktails), the staff is top notch, and they have a reputable wine list. Dessert, an after dinner drink, and a coffee are all musts as well.

      We also suggest at least casual-chic dress, as it is not uncommon to see jackets, ties, and dresses there. You know that a button down and nice jeans are about as far as I go though, so don’t think it’s ‘formal’. Make sure to make reservations today for Saturday to ensure you get a table. Lastly, it’s on State street and it’s street parking. Drop the misses off so she can duck inside. Parking on State toward Humphrey St will prove more crowded due to Modern crowds, so we normally look for spots closer to Bradley St near the overpass. You’d be in the same position parking-wise anywhere else in NH or Milford anyway. Let us know if you pick it, enjoy it if you do, and we’d love to hear feedback. -The Sweet and Sweaty


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