Nowadays, many of the American chain booksellers have added cafes where it is possible to get a latte and a "little something" (as Pooh used to say) to consume whilst paging through the latest art book or Pulitzer winner. In my opinion, none of them are as successful at combining food-for-the-spirit with food-for-the-tummy as Atticus, long a staple of the New Haven scene. The culinary offerings surpass by some margin the chain stores' goodies, and the staff is exceptionally knowledgeable on the literary front, as well. I've spent many happy hours encountering authors who've become favorites -- lingering long enough so that a morning coffee became a soup lunch. Atticus manages to cram an admirable breadth of subject matter into a fairly small space, so that tables can be a little cramped, but that's part of the charm. The restaurant side of the service is, shall we say, less charming. But I love the bread!
What to buy: The shop features Yale and New Haven authors as well as the standard NYT best-sellers and an impressive collection of art, architecture, photography, children's books, and other more arcane literature.
What to pay: Candidly, the food prices are on the high side. Books are basically fair-traded.
Miya Japanese Restaurant in New Haven is famous for it's experimental cuisine. Most of what is created there obviously does not travel well. But there are exceptions. Miya's has fantastic homemade infused sakes and beer. The four that I particularly like are the DRAGON LADY SAKE (ginger lemongrass and wildflower honey infused sake). the CHINESE FIRECRACKER SAKE (hot peppers, limes and clover honey infused sake), the CHEROKEE SUMAC LOVE POTION SAKE (hand picked wild sumac berries and wildflower honey infused sake) and lastly but not leastly the MIYA'S BEER (green tea, ginger and lemongrass infused) designed to deliciously cleanse the palate).
What to buy: Legendary chef BUN LAI of MIYA'S has created sakes that are absolutely stunning.
What to pay: $10.75-$28.75
The Yale bookstore is worth to have a look. The store sells souvenirs that pertain to Yale University: t-shirts, mugs, caps, writing utensils, and postcards. The store, of course, also sells textbooks and books. It is run by Barnes and Noble.