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Home Care In New Haven, CT

Home Care New Haven, CT

They say that your golden years are the best years of your life. For most older Americans, that's how it should be - a time to relax, reflect, and live life in a familiar place. After all, senior citizens in the U.S. have worked tirelessly to build a better economy, serve their communities, and raise families.

However, as seniors grow older, completing daily tasks like showering and enjoying activities such as visiting the historic Fort Nathan Hale gets harder without someone by their side. Unfortunately, many older Americans aren't able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today's world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live far away from long-term, institutionalized facilities and closer to the place where they feel most comfortable - their home. Home care in New Haven, CT is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.

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The Always Best Care Difference

Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they get older. We are proud to have helped more than 25,000 seniors maintain higher levels of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of in-home care available so that they may live happily and independently.

Unlike some senior care companies, we genuinely want to be included in our clients' lives. We believe that personalized care is always the better option over a "one size fits all" approach. To make sure our senior clients receive the best care possible, we pair them with compassionate caregivers who understand their unique needs. That way, they may provide care accordingly without compromising their wellbeing.

The Always Best Care difference lies in life's little moments - where compassionate care and trustworthy experience come together to help seniors live a fruitful, healthy life. Whether you are an aging adult that can't quite keep up with life's daily tasks or the child of a senior who needs regular in-home services, Always Best Care is here to help.


“We are 3 weeks into working with this agency for homecare for my dad. There were a few bumps in the road, but we have hit the jackpot with two of our caregivers. Melissa Pericas and Jordene have been amazing! My mother has been struggling with having strangers in her home and letting someone else take care of her husband, but these two lovely women have melded into the family and put her completely at ease. They are both very experienced and are doing and amazing job. My mom is able to put the caregiving into their capable hands and focus on being his wife and spend valuable time with him. These ladies both deserve 5 stars!! I rated the agency with 4 stars because we had some scheduling issues in the beginning and had one caregiver that was problematic, but he was removed from our schedule as soon as I reported the issue.”

Sherry D.

“Our caregiver Anne Sumner is more than a passionate, compassionate, caring, dependable and dedicated professional. She quickly became a family member and friend.”

t M.

“Cynthia Montano is the amazing from Always Best Care. Cynthia has helped my parents and us with this transition process. She has been wonderful explaining everything. If we had questions or just needed to talk about what is going on with the parents she was there to help. She goes above and beyond. She has help us tremendously. I feel blessed for having Cynthia during this time. Our family would like to say thank you for everything. We couldn't have done it without her.”

Deborah M.

“I just want to thank ABC agency for allowing us our angel giver which is what we call her. Shay is a life saver without her I'll be running like a chicken with my head cut off. She has stepped in and saved the day numerous times between changing her schedule to work with ours, to even making sure Steve visits his wife grave. We appreciate her please don't take her from us steve would be devastated. She's amazing”

Stephanie B.

“They are very hospitable and provide a wide range of job and in various locations. They communicate these job very well and make access to these opportunities easy. I definately like working for them.”

Jardene R.

“My experience with ABC has been great. My current caregiver Tashaya S. Is helpful and quick”

Virginia C.

“I enjoy my job , I love the flexible hours :)”

Zhane C.

“The caregivers talk with me. I like that the caregivers clean for me.”

Walter S.

“ABC has been very supportive in providing excellent caregivers to take care of my 96 year old father. It’s been a very good experience working with them over the past few months. Responsive and flexible in covering last minute requests. We are also blessed to have Ginny as our full time day caregiver and Mike for overnight. Both are very passionate about the care they give and do a terrific job. We have no worries when they are with dad. They care for him as if he was their own and it means a great deal to my family. They go above and beyond our expectations. We are more than grateful for their assistance.”

Donna M.

“My uncle needed support-fast! Cynthia’s assistance helped him weigh his options and make the transition from home to assisted living in surprisingly quick fashion. In addition, she suggested vendors and agencies to help support and manage the distribution of his belongings. We are forever grateful.”

Deborah S.

“Nothing in particular. Generally, I get people who are good people, most of the people they send are okay and I have had 2 or 3 people who were bad. I have someone now who is good and I have had some people who were not good from the agency. Some of them need to be more thorough.”


“Great company to work with, flexible and reasonable. Always involved and available as well as continued contact from beginning to end of service. The caregiver we had was amazing and devoted as well as super knowledgeable and driven to not only care but to rehabilitate . I would recommend them to anyone in need without hesitation.”

Kevin A.

“ABC was a great care giving company to work with. If there were issues, they were corrected quickly by the office staff and the aides my mother had were kind and caring. Kudos to everyone!”

Rich R.

“Great company to work with, flexible and reasonable. Always involved and available as well as continued contact from beginning to end of service. The caregiver we had was amazing and devoted as well as super knowledgeable and driven to not only care but to rehabilitate . I would recommend them to anyone in need without hesitation.”


“She talks with her while I go to appointment and if there is a problem. I would recommend because it provides companionship.”

Connie B.

“They've boosted my husband's spirits and his wellbeing. We've had two people, and they're absolutely incredible.”

George G.

“My Mom started requiring 24x7 care 2 years ago and her primary aid was attentive to her needs and treated her with dignity and respect. She would often call my Mom her "Queen". They always provided advanced notice whenever the aid needed time off and was responsive to questions and concerns. I don't know what we would have done if not for ABC and its services.”


“If my back is hurting, the aid will do everything I need. She takes me to every one of my appointments. I would recommend this agency because the people that have cared for me have all been great people, and they are willing to do everything for me.”

Andrew R.

“The client feels comfortable with the provider. I like that they are attentive to the patient.”

Domenico B.

“The first time you send an aid to someone, send a list of expected duties the aid is supposed to do. I like that they always offer a fill in care giver. They always make sure I have an aid when I am supposed to have one.”

Barry P.

“My Mom started only requiring part time care due to her cancer but as it progressed, we needed around the clock care. The aides were always extremely helpful and kind to my Mom and when we needed care 24x7 our aide was Na who was here for my Mom day in and day out. In a six month period she had only taken two days off where we needed coverage which Always Best took care of for us. Na was just wonderful and my Mom loved her and everything she had done to comfort her. I also appreciated everything Na had done for my Mom and to have an aide as dedicated to my Mom was critical in my eyes. I would also like to thank their entire office they always worked with me and were always available whenever I needed anything. Thank you Always best Care, my Mom couldn't have been treated any better!!!”


“I deal with Deanna, and I can ask her to do what I need without question. I like that they're prompt.”

Gilmay L.

“Tommico, she makes my bed, she helps me with cleaning my floors cleans my bathroom, and she really does a nice job. They try hard to get caregivers and the right care to have someone here for me.”

Barbara K.

What is Non-Medical Senior Care in New Haven, CT?


Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it is especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age.


When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.


The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.


At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one gets older, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Types of Elderly Care in New Haven, CT

To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:

Personal Care

Personal Care Services

If your senior loved one has specific care needs, our personal care services are a great choice to consider. Personal care includes the standard caregiving duties associated with companion care and includes help with tasks such as dressing and grooming. Personal care can also help individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes.

Common personal care services include assistance with:

  • Eating
  • Mobility Issues
  • Incontinence
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Grooming

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Home Helper

Home Helper Services

Sometimes, seniors need helpful reminders to maintain a high quality of life at home. If you or your senior has trouble with everyday tasks like cooking, our home helper services will be very beneficial.

Common home helper care services include assistance with:

  • Medication Reminders
  • Meal Preparation
  • Pet Care
  • Prescription Refills
  • Morning Wake-Up
  • Walking
  • Reading
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Companionship Services

Companionship Services

Using this kind of care is a fantastic way to make life easier for you or your senior loved one. At Always Best Care, our talented caregivers often fill the role of a companion for seniors. That way, older adults can enjoy their favorite local activities, such as visiting East Rock Park with friends while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.

Common companionship services include:

  • Grocery Shopping
  • Transportation to Appointments
  • Nutritional Assistance
  • Conversation
  • Planning Outings
  • Completing Errands
  • Transportation to Community
  • Events and Social Outings
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Respite Care

Respite Care Services

According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy nearby activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress reduces the risk of caregiver burnout. So, if you've always wanted to eat at the local ZINC New Haven or visit James Dwight Dana House, don't feel bad. Doing so is great for both you and your loved one.

At the end of the day, our goal is to become a valuable part of your senior's daily routine. That way, we may help give them the highest quality of life possible. We know that staying at home is important for your loved one, and we are here to help make sure that is possible.

If you have been on the fence about non-medical home care, there has never been a better time than now to give your senior the care, assistance, and companionship they deserve.

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Benefits of Home Care in New Haven, CT

Always Best Care in-home services are for older adults who prefer to stay at home but need ongoing care that friends and family cannot provide. In-home care is a safe, effective way for seniors to age gracefully in a familiar place and live independent, non-institutionalized lives. The benefits of non-medical home care are numerous. Here are just a few reasons to consider senior care services from Always Best Care:

Always Best Care offers a full array of care options for patients at all levels of health. With our trusted elderly care services, your loved one will receive the level of care necessary for them to enjoy the highest possible quality of life.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit - something that is unavailable to many older people today.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a strange nursing home, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:

How much does a senior's home truly mean to them?

A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, then, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old.

With the help of elderly care in New Haven, CT, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors.

Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.

For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like a nursing home. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier and more affordable to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, seniors who age in the comfort of their homes can save thousands of dollars per month.

In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, are often less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

If your loved one qualifies, Medicaid may help reduce in-home care costs. Review your CT's Medicaid program laws and benefits, and make sure your senior's financial and medical needs meet Medicaid eligibility requirements.
Attendance and aid benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.
Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.
Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.
Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.
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Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers.

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in New Haven, CT understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

Assisted Living Referral Services

While it's true that many seniors prefer to age at home, sometimes in-home care isn't the best fit. For those seniors and their families, choosing an assisted living facility makes more sense. Unfortunately, finding the optimal care facility is easier said than done in today's day and age. That's when Always Best Care's assisted living referral services begin to make a lot of sense.

Assisted living is a form of housing intended for seniors who require varying degrees of medical and personal attention. Accommodations may include single rooms, apartments, or shared living arrangements. Assisted living communities are typically designed to resemble a home-like environment and are physically constructed to encourage the independence of residents.

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At assisted living communities, seniors receive help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating. They may also benefit from coordination of services with outside healthcare providers, and monitoring of resident activities to ensure their health, safety, and well-being. Caregivers who work at assisted living communities can also provide medication administration and personal care services for older adults.

Other services offered within assisted living communities can include some or all of the following:

  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Recreational Activities
  • Social Outings
  • Emergency Medical Response
  • Medication Monitoring
  • Family Visitation
  • Personal Care
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At Always Best Care, our representatives can match your senior's emotional, physical, and financial needs with viable assisted living communities nearby. Results are based on comparative data, so you can select the best choice for you or your loved one.

Always Best Care works closely with local senior living communities to gain valuable knowledge that we then use to help seniors and their loved ones make informed decisions. This information can include basic care and rent, resident availability, and services provided. Because Always Best Care is compensated by these communities, we provide senior living referral services at no extra cost to you.

Some of the most popular assisted living communities to consider in our area include the following:

  • Chatham Place at Mary Wade
  • Mary Wade Home
  • Riverview Residential Care Home
  • University Place Residential
  • Advanced Center For Nursing And Rehabilitation
  • Leeway
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For many seniors, moving into a senior living community revolves around how and when they want to make a transition to more involved care. Some seniors are more proactive about transitioning to independent living. Others choose to remain home until their care needs or other requirements are satisfied. Remember - our staff is here to help. Contact our office today to learn more about assisted living communities and how we can find a facility that exceeds your expectations.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Always Best Care Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

A discussion of your needs and how our trained caregivers can offer assistance in the most effective way


A draft of your care plan, which includes highly detailed notes and a framework for the care that you or your senior will receive


Discuss payment options and help coordinate billing with your insurance provider


Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

At the end of the day, we only hire the best of the best at Always Best Care. Whether you need home care in New Haven, CT 24-hours a day or only need a respite for a couple of hours, we are here to serve you.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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‘The Sopranos’ stars talk about the HBO show, New Haven pizza picks on CT stage

The air was thick with anticipation, apizza fresh out of Wooster Street ovens, cologne and Pinot Grigio at New Haven’s College Street Music Hall."I...

The air was thick with anticipation, apizza fresh out of Wooster Street ovens, cologne and Pinot Grigio at New Haven’s College Street Music Hall.

"In Conversation With The Sopranos," a road show comprised of actors from HBO's popular series "The Sopranos," took to the College Street Music Hall stage on Nov. 18 with the actors chatting about their time on the show. It was a packed house, with a boisterous audience prone to shouting out popular lines from the show like, "Where's the gabagool" and thunderous applause whenever the aforementioned New Haven pizza got a nod from one of the performers.

Emmy-winner Michael Imperioli (who played Christopher Moltisanti on “The Sopranos” and has recently been seen on “The White Lotus”), “Blue Bloods” actor Steve Schirripa (who played Bobby Baccalieri), Vincent Pastore (who played Salvatore Bonpensiero) and even the event’s moderator comedian Joey Kola mentioned New Haven pizza. Each of the actors had their own favorite. For Pastore it was Sally's, for Imperioli it was Modern and for Schirripa it was Pepe's.

It should be noted that "In Conversation With The Sopranos" doesn't involve a single actor who played a character with the last name Soprano.

"That's true," Imperioli laughed during an interview ahead of the show. "No one's ever called us out on that before. I don't think we ever even thought about that before."

Meadow and AJ Soprano (actors Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Robert Iler, respectively) are doing a podcast together of their own called “Not Today, Pal with Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Robert Iler,” Carmela (Emmy-winner Edie Falco) went on to play "Nurse Jackie" and Tony Soprano himself, James Gandolfini, died in 2013.

"You know, everyone says this, but we really did become a family doing that show. I still talk to Jamie (Sigler) and Dominic (Chianese who played Uncle Junior) all the time,” Imperioli said. “I knew Vinny before I even got into acting, when he owned a bar in Mount Vernon called The Crazy Horse. Steve and I wrote a book — an oral history book — of 'The Sopranos' that comes from all of the interviews we've done on the podcast. So we all still talk. It's a behind the scenes look of the show, as is the 'In Conversation' tour, which we've been doing for a while now. We show clips and we talk about what it was like filming those scenes, basically making the show, even our auditions. What it was like being there, what it was like working with James, and then we open it up to the audience. That's when it gets really different every time."

During the event, Imperioli told the crowd about his experience auditioning for “The Sopranos.” "Up until then I hadn't done much. But I had worked for two days on 'Goodfellas,' so I did know some Italian-American actors. Then again, I had a real glass in my hand for my death scene in that movie and wound up having to get rushed to the hospital for stitches. I kept saying 'Robert De Niro's waiting for me, Robert De Niro's waiting for me.' They had to think I was crazy. Anyway, 'Goodfellas' got me the audition. They flew me out first class. Put me up in a nice hotel. But David Chase (the series creator) kept having me do it again and again,” Imperioli said. “He wanted more energy and more anger. I left thinking that guy hated me and he's not even Italian! Turns out he is Italian and he didn't hate me. I got the call I had the job the next day."

To this Schirripa injected, "I had to fly myself out to audition."

Twenty people had the chance to ask the cast questions about themselves and the show. One person asked them all to name their favorite sandwich. Schirripa said prosciutto while both Imperioli and Pastore agreed on eggplant parmigiana. "But it's got to be good - with some crisp - and not messy," Imperioli added.

Others dug deeper, asking about the still-controversial ending to the series, one attendee earned kudos from Imperioli himself for his own personal take on what happened after that infamous fade to black. The attendee said he thought it involved Tony actually being busted by the Feds at the series end.

"You know we never heard that before? I got to give you points for that," Imperioli praised.

But Schirripa wasn't having it, "He's dead," he said of the mob boss.

Others were clearly fans of Imperioli and Schirripa's podcast “Talking Sopranos” — which inspired the roadshow that led to the College Street event — and had questions and praise related to it.

While the podcast brought the actors there, Schirippa revealed in an interview prior to the event that working on the podcast isn’t the most competitive venture he’s tried.

"I'm used to competitive industries. From acting to doing radio and now the podcast, which is a very competitive field. But you know what the most competitive was? Jarred sauce,” he said. “I did that for a while. Uncle Steve's Pasta Sauce. We didn't put my picture on the jar, we didn't try to make it tied to the show. This was my mother's recipe, but we made it healthier, and we had a great run. But jarred sauce was more competitive than acting and radio could ever be!"

In the end, Schirripa closed the show by citing Yale's victory over Harvard earlier in the day, and then they flashed a photo of the late Tony Sirico, who played Paulie Walnuts on the show. The place went crazy.

Where to Eat, Stay, and Play in New Haven

Now is the perfect time to introduce the new New Haven. Nicknamed the Elm City thanks to the stately trees that line its streets, this Long Island Sound–hugging spot is rich with history and character. Of course, Yale University has served as the city’s academic and cultural touchstone from its founding in 1701, thanks to its free museums and quintessentially New England campus perfect for strolls with coffee in-hand. T...

Now is the perfect time to introduce the new New Haven. Nicknamed the Elm City thanks to the stately trees that line its streets, this Long Island Sound–hugging spot is rich with history and character. Of course, Yale University has served as the city’s academic and cultural touchstone from its founding in 1701, thanks to its free museums and quintessentially New England campus perfect for strolls with coffee in-hand. Then there’s the many historic neighborhoods, including Wooster Square—overflowing with cherry trees, and its Little Italy eateries slinging perfect slices of pizzas —and oystermen houses along the waterfront area of the Hill neighborhood. Even with all that history, the last few years have seen a renaissance rollicking through the city.

With a veritable buffet of bold new restaurants—fare from Peru to Japan and back again—foodies are finding a new culinary capital within the city. And that’s not to detract from the mealtime mainstay of New Haven pizza, with a distinct, chewy crust that sets it apart from its New York-style neighbors. What’s more, a flurry of new design-forward hotels offer a chance to lay your head down in surroundings that combine couture and comfort. Much more than just a stopover on your way to well-loved Mystic, here are the best ways to enjoy a weekend in this haven by the water.

Getting to and around New Haven

Petite Tweed New Haven Airport (HVN) is just a ten-minute drive from downtown New Haven. The only catch? HVN’s single carrier, Avelo Airlines, services only fourteen destinations, mostly down the east coast, along with Nashville and Chicago; about 90 minutes by train and bus in nearby Windsor Locks, all the major airlines fly through Bradley International Airport, or BDL. John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in Queens is a three-hour Long Island Sound-skimming train ride away.

Once in New Haven, the city is imminently walkable; a compact downtown in close proximity to other neighborhoods means that many attractions are within a twenty-minute walk from each other. Multiple bus routes service the city seven days a week, and Uber and Lyft are available, too.

New Haven celebrates first direct flight to Puerto Rico

New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker got up early Wednesday morning and headed to Tweed-New Haven Airport.But he wasn’t catching a flight; instead, he celebrated Avelo Airlines’ first direct flight from New Haven to San Juan, Puerto Rico.“Lots of people are going to take the opportunity to visit the island either to see family or potentially for the first time, to explore it and go on vacation,” Elicker said.Elicker, state lawmakers and Avelo Airlines officials celebrated the flight with speeches and a ...

New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker got up early Wednesday morning and headed to Tweed-New Haven Airport.

But he wasn’t catching a flight; instead, he celebrated Avelo Airlines’ first direct flight from New Haven to San Juan, Puerto Rico.

“Lots of people are going to take the opportunity to visit the island either to see family or potentially for the first time, to explore it and go on vacation,” Elicker said.

Elicker, state lawmakers and Avelo Airlines officials celebrated the flight with speeches and a send- off for the passengers on that flight.

The event comes months after the airline announced the new route. The nonstop flight is the first to travel out of New Haven to the Caribbean and outside the continental U.S.

Tourists are not the only ones who are excited about the new destination. Connecticut is home to one of the largest Puerto Rican populations outside of the island. And many of them still maintain connections with loved ones in the U.S. territory.

Elicker said New Haven residents clamored for the flights.

“I've been pushing them,” Elicker said. “And I know a lot of members in particular, the Puerto Rican community in New Haven has been pushing Avelo, “you got to fly to San Juan, you got to fly to San Juan.”

One way flights cost $99 and will fly out twice a week, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

But it also comes at a good time, business wise. According to the Bureau of Transportation, the holiday season, which begins around Thanksgiving, is among the busiest times for long distance travel during the year.

Avelo Airlines referenced the sheer numbers of Puerto Ricans statewide, many of whom travel frequently to the island. The first flight came the week before Thanksgiving and flights on the site are already climbing up in price.

The flights will come in time for the holidays, Avelo Airlines CEO Andrew Levy said.

“And with winter nearly here, this Caribbean Island treasure is the latest example of how Avelo is inspiring travel in new and exciting ways for Southern Connecticut,” Levy said.

Elicker said 300 jobs have been created since Avelo set up shop in New Haven and new routes, according to Gov. Ned Lamont mean more business.

“The addition of routes like this strengthens the region as a whole, improving our economic competitiveness and quality of life,” Lamont said.

But the flights aren’t just reconnecting family and friends. Elicker said the direct flights mean more people will visit New Haven, especially for upcoming events.

“There's a lot of people from Puerto Rico that are going to want to visit New Haven as well. And one of the draws will be the Puerto Rican festival, because they have topline artists that are from Puerto Rico and other places that people are going to want to see.”

Before the flights were announced, residents needed to head to Hartford or New York to board flights that went directly to the island. Hartford has the most Puerto Rican residents in the state, but Bridgeport and New Haven have large populations as well.

Avelo Airlines said 90,000 Puerto Ricans live in New Haven County. They make up the largest share of the Latino population in the state according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Nearly 300,000 live in Connecticut.

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15 Must-Try Restaurants in New Haven, CT: Where the New Haven Locals Eat

Welcome to Redfin’s guide to some of the best restaurants in New Haven, CT. Whether you’re in the mood for French cuisine, Mexican flavors, or a classic burger and fries, this vibrant city has something to satisfy every palate. Join us as we embark on a culinary journey through the Elm City, uncovering the hidden gems and iconic establishments that make dining in New Haven an unforgettable expe...

Welcome to Redfin’s guide to some of the best restaurants in New Haven, CT. Whether you’re in the mood for French cuisine, Mexican flavors, or a classic burger and fries, this vibrant city has something to satisfy every palate. Join us as we embark on a culinary journey through the Elm City, uncovering the hidden gems and iconic establishments that make dining in New Haven an unforgettable experience.

1. Union League Cafe

Cuisine Type: French Restaurant Location: 1032 Chapel St, New Haven, CT 06510 Website: Union League Cafe

Known for its elegant and sophisticated atmosphere, Union League Cafe offers a menu filled with classic French dishes. Guests can indulge in dishes such as Coq au Vin, Beef Bourguignon, and Escargot. The Union League Cafe is the perfect place to enjoy a romantic dinner or celebrate a special occasion.

Cuisine Type: Arepa Restaurant, Mexican Restaurant Location: 25 High St, New Haven, CT 06510 Website: Rubamba

Rubamba is a unique restaurant that offers a fusion of flavors from both Arepa and Mexican cuisines. On their menu, you can find delicious tacos, burritos, and more. Whether you’re craving a traditional Mexican dish or an authentic Venezuelan arepa, Rubamba has it all.

3. BAR

Cuisine Type: Bar, Pizzeria, Lounge Location: 254 Crown St, New Haven, CT 06511 Website: BAR

BAR is a versatile establishment located on Crown Street in New Haven where patrons are encouraged to unwind and socialize. With its combination of bar, pizzeria, and lounge, BAR offers a unique experience for visitors. The menu features a variety of delicious pizzas, alongside a wide selection of drinks.

4. Atticus Bookstore & Cafe

Cuisine Type: Café, Coffee Shop Location: 1080 Chapel St, New Haven, CT 06510 Website: Atticus Bookstore & Cafe

Known for its cozy atmosphere and extensive selection of books, Atticus is the perfect spot to enjoy a relaxing afternoon. The café offers a plethora of delicious dishes, ranging from hearty breakfast options to tasty sandwiches and salads. Whether you’re looking for a quiet place to work or a cozy corner to curl up with a good book, Atticus is a must-visit for book lovers and coffee enthusiasts alike.

5. Claire’s Corner Copia

Cuisine Type: Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurant Location: 1000 Chapel St, New Haven, CT 06510 Website: Claire’s Corner Copia

Looking for vegan and vegetarian restaurants in New Haven? Claire’s Corner Copia has you covered offering lots of options for those seeking a healthy and flavorful dining experience. Whether you’re a vegan, vegetarian, or simply looking to incorporate more plant-based meals into your diet, Claire’s Corner Copia is sure to delight.

6. Pacifico Restaurant

Cuisine Type: South American Restaurant, Tapas Restaurant Location: 220 College St, New Haven, CT 06510 Website: Pacifico Restaurant

Pacifico Restaurant’s menu offers a variety of unique dishes influenced by the flavors of South America. From traditional tapas to fusion cuisine, diners can enjoy a wide range of options that cater to different tastes and preferences. The restaurant exudes a vibrant and lively atmosphere, making it a fantastic spot for a memorable dining experience.


Cuisine Type: New American Restaurant Location: 946 Chapel St, New Haven, CT 06510 Website: ZINC

This restaurant offers a diverse menu with unique dishes inspired by American cuisine. From appetizers to main courses, ZINC’s menu features a range of flavors and textures that are sure to satisfy any food lover. Whether you are looking for a cozy dinner for two or a vibrant atmosphere for a group gathering, ZINC provides the perfect setting with its stylish decor and welcoming ambiance.

8. Barcelona Restaurant & Wine Bar

Cuisine Type: Spanish Restaurant Location: 155 Temple St, New Haven, CT 06510 Website: Barcelona Restaurant & Wine Bar

Barcelona Restaurant & Wine Bar is a favorite among locals. Loved for its vibrant atmosphere and extensive wine selection, Barcelona serves up traditional Spanish dishes like paella, tapas, and grilled meats. Don’t forget to try their famous sangria while you savor the flavors of Spain.

9. Prime 16

Cuisine Type: Burger Joint, Gastropub Location: 172 Temple St, New Haven, CT 06510 Website: Prime 16

Prime 16 is a popular burger joint and gastropub located in the area. With a relaxed and lively atmosphere, it’s the perfect restaurant in New Haven to grab a delicious burger and enjoy the company of friends or family.

10. Geronimo

Cuisine Type: Tex-Mex Restaurant, Bar Location: 271 Crown St, New Haven, CT 06511 Website: Geronimo

Craving Tex-Mex? Geronimo offers an array of Tex-Mex dishes on their menu, including flavorful tacos, sizzling fajitas, and refreshing margaritas. The restaurant has a vibrant and lively atmosphere, perfect for enjoying a night out on the town with friends or family.

11. Mecha Noodle Bar

Cuisine Type: Ramen Restaurant, Japanese Restaurant Location: 201 Crown St, New Haven, CT 06510 Website: Mecha Noodle Bar

If you’re in the mood for noodles, be sure to check out Mecha Noodle Bar where they specialize in authentic Japanese dishes and ramen. The vibe at Mecha Noodle Bar is laid-back and casual, making it a great place to enjoy a comforting bowl of ramen.

12. Soul De Cuba

Cuisine Type: Cuban Restaurant Location: 283 Crown St, New Haven, CT 06511 Website: Soul De Cuba

Known for its authentic Cuban cuisine, Soul De Cuba’s menu offers an assortment of flavorful dishes such as Ropa Vieja, Empanadas, and Cubano sandwiches. The interior features colorful decor and lively music allowing visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the island’s cultural vibes.

13. Junzi Kitchen

Cuisine Type: Chinese Restaurant Location: 21 Broadway, New Haven, CT 06511 Website: Junzi Kitchen

Junzi Kitchen specialize in serving authentic Chinese cuisine with a modern twist. From traditional favorites like General Tso’s Chicken and Kung Pao Shrimp to unique dishes like their signature Junzi noodles, there is always something special to taste.

14. Olea

Cuisine Type: Spanish Restaurant Location: 39 High St, New Haven, CT 06510 Website: Olea

This restaurant’s menu offers a mixture of tapas, paella, and delicious seafood dishes. The restaurant has a warm and inviting atmosphere, with friendly staff and a cozy dining area. Whether you want to try their famous garlic shrimp or indulge in their classic sangria, Olea is a must-visit destination for anyone craving authentic Spanish flavors.

15. John Davenport’s Restaurant

Cuisine Type: New American Restaurant Location: 155 Temple St, New Haven, CT 06510 Website: John Davenport’s Restaurant

John Davenport’s Restaurant offers a variety of dishes, including options like the lobster mac and cheese, smoked pork belly with sweet potato puree, and the grass-fed beef steak. The restaurant has a sophisticated environment, with stunning views of the city skyline and a cozy fireplace.

Free dental clinic underway in New Haven

The CT Mission of Mercy, known as CT MOMs, is offering a free dental clinic in New Haven on Friday and Saturday for those who can't afford dental services."I don't know if you remember Annie and that song, 'You never fold a dress without a smile,' we are going to turn your smiles into healthy beautiful smiles on Friday and Saturday," Mayor Justin Elicker said.Thanks to community funding, the Mission of Mercy has been offering free dental clinic eve...

The CT Mission of Mercy, known as CT MOMs, is offering a free dental clinic in New Haven on Friday and Saturday for those who can't afford dental services.

"I don't know if you remember Annie and that song, 'You never fold a dress without a smile,' we are going to turn your smiles into healthy beautiful smiles on Friday and Saturday," Mayor Justin Elicker said.

Thanks to community funding, the Mission of Mercy has been offering free dental clinic events in different locations around the state for nearly two decades.

This is the third time it's being held in New Haven.

"There are so many people who don't have access to dental care insurance. According to the CDC, nearly one in three people in the U.S., and over six in 10 seniors, to dental care insurance," Elicker said.

Marcy Lynn Jones was a patient over a decade ago. She says the free dental clinic saved her life - from removing a tooth that was releasing poison into her body, to finding out why she was having stomach issues.

"They went further than a regular dentist that I could afford would have gone," Jones said.

Crews will be setting up the clinic this Thursday at New Haven's Floyd Little Athletic Center. You can expect to see 80 dental stations staffed by 800 volunteers who will provide a wide range of dental care including exams, x-rays, cleaning, extractions, fillings, root canals on front teeth and interim partial dentures.

"There are some people that are just afraid, your mental health matters, and being able to smile at somebody and not be self-conscious about it, makes a difference in your day," Jones said.

Doctors say over the years, the need for free dental services has become increasingly apparent for families and seniors, and they plan on providing this service as long as it's needed.

"I'm here to tell you the demand for dental service far exceeds our capacity to deliver," CEO of Fair Haven Community Healthcare Dr. Suzanne Lagarde said.

"We hope there's a day that this project will not be necessary," Dr. Lawrence Levy, co-chair of the CT Foundation for Dental Outreach, said.

The clinic is first-come, first-served and is expected to administer free dental care to about 1,400 patients over the two days of service.

It is being held at the Floyd Little Athletic Center, at 480 Sherman Parkway in New Haven on Friday and Saturday.

It'll open each day at 8 a.m. and will remain open until the clinic reaches capacity.


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