Here’s a timeline of my Zinc experience:
11:00 a.m. – Wake up and read Maude’s Bullblog article on Restaurant Week. Decide to experience it in person.
11:30 a.m. – Arrive at Zinc in the misty drizzle. Zinc is closed. Peer through the window multiple times at people setting up
11:32 a.m. – Finally realize that Zinc will not open early. Leave to go to Starbucks (the one on the Green frequented by real people, not the one by Atticus frequented by Yale students)
11:35 a.m. – Hang out in Starbucks. Feel sad that Pumpkin Spice Lattes have been replaced with Gingerbread Lattes.
11:59 a.m. – Return to Zinc, which has opened one minute early!
Now for the food. Restaurant Week Lunch at Zinc starts with flatbread with a bell pepper dip, followed by Fall Harvest Squash Soup. This was deemed “better than Silliman’s” by my dining companions. While I haven’t tried Silliman’s (or let’s be real, any dining hall’s) version, this has to be true. The soup isn’t chunky in the way some squash soups can be, and has pieces of caramelized onion and a light cinnamon flavor. The second course is a choice between Berkshire Pork Meatloaf, Squash Filled Ravioli (wouldn’t this be a squash overload?), or Shrimp and Chorizo Paella. We all took the Berkshire Pork Meatloaf, which came with a side mashed potatoes and a fantastic apple tomato chutney. Again, this meatloaf beats Yale Dining by a long shot–it isn’t too mushy, every mouthful is flavorful, and it’s impossible not to finish it. Dessert was the hardest part–Zinc offers Pumpkin Flan, Sorbet, Bittersweet Chocolate Mousse Cake, or an Apple and Cranberry Crisp. We tried the Bittersweet Chocolate Mousse Cake and the Apple and Cranberry Crisp, both of which exceeded our wildest dreams. If you’re trying to pick just one, go with the chocolate mouse cake, which is easier to finish and a little less cloyingly sweet. Overall, Zinc tastes autumnal, and the variety and quality is excellent for only $18.
The full list of restaurants and menus for New Haven restaurant week can be found here.