Eating at the Singapore Grill makes you feel like you have been transported across the sea for a tropical vacation in Singapore. The food is incredibly authentic, as the owner and chefs have come directly from Singapore and have made an effort to not alter their cooking style. The Singapore Grill also offers delicious sushi and a full vegetarian and vegan menu. For any dietary restrictions or with questions, just talk to the friendly owner, as he will do anything he can to make your meal as enjoyable as possible. Despite the funny location of the Singapore Grill, the meals are unexpectedly delicious.
The Tibetan-run Northern Indian Restaurant on State Street in New London is delicious. During lunch on weekdays they offer a reasonably priced unlimited lunch buffet. When you sit-down for a meal you are always served delicious papadum, an Indian crispy bread, which is served with a trio of fantastic dipping sauces. I really enjoy their samosas, naan, and chicken saag. They also allow their customers to choose the spice-level and if asked make their food as spicy as the authentic dish should be. Additionally, they have numerous vegetarian and vegan options. The owner, who also acts as the server, is very nice and always willing to explain any dishes. The restaurant is very clean, casual, and relaxed.
Michael’s Dairy must be added to your New London, Connecticut itinerary. Michael’s Dairy is only open seasonally in the spring and summer; check their website for the current schedule. Michael’s Dairy has been open for over sixty years and was the last milk-processing dairy in New London. Now, Michael’s Dairy is located next to Mitchell College and is now managed by the college and is used to teach hospitality and tourism to college students. Michael’s Dairy balances traditional ice cream flavors such as chocolate, vanilla, and cookie dough with northeastern specialties such as Graham Central Station, Moose Tracks, and Maple Walnut.
Fred’s Shanty in New London is an outdoor casual dining food stand. At Fred’s Shanty you order from a window, wait for your number to be called and then take your food to one of their outdoor tables. From the outdoor tables at Fred’s Shanty you have views over the New London Marina and portions of Electric Boat. This restaurant is a favorite for locals after a day at the beach or in hot weather and is often crowded. Fred’s Shanty serves grilled and fried foods for very affordable prices. My favorites from Fred’s Shanty are onion rings, long hot dogs, chicken fingers, and seafood.
A cafe where you can really feel community. People come together over coffee and food and this is absolutely visible in Muddy Waters Cafe on Bank Street in downtown New London. Muddy Waters is a classic coffee house that serves delicious pastries, breakfast sandwiches, and hot beverages for you to enjoy on one of their mismatched, yet comfortable couches or outdoors on their patio that overlooks the Thames River. This is a perfect place to hunker down to do some reading or computer work and is easily my favorite cafe in the area. If you are looking for a filling treat try the grilled muffins!
Saeed's Market stocks hard to find Middle Eastern and Mediterranean foods. They also have a good selection of prepared Middle Eastern/Mediterranean desserts, pastries, and appetizers. Saeed's also makes sandwiches made to order that you can eat in their cafe as well as baba ghannuj, hummus, gyros, stuffed grape leaves, and so much more. Saeed's also offers catering that includes anything that they sell on their menu. I love Saeed's for their fresh filo dough to use in my own baking at home. Their filo dough easily beats the frozen grocery store brands. Also, the staff that I interacted with were so nice.
Since the indefinite closure of Singapore Grill in New London I've been in search of a replacement that serves equally as delicious Asian food. The Lazy Leopard came highly recommended from friends and from sites like TripAdvisor. Located right in the heart of downtown New London, I just had to give it a try. Unfortunately, I don't feel that it lived up to the hype. I ordered a lunch special that included a Thai soup and the chicken and vegetable rice dish called Basil. Both were overly salted yet bland in other flavors that you'd expect of Thai food. In contrast to my opinion, almost every table in the small restaurant was full (on a weekday). The waitstaff who served us was incredibly nice and I like that they donate money each month to WWF.