I just went to a new-ish restaurant in New Haven, down on Orange Street in the 9th Square area - it's called Fosters. Has anyone else been? (www.fostersrestaurant.com ) I'd never heard of it, but I had a fabulous meal, on par if not better than the standard "American" high class New Haven restaurants (Zinc, Union League) in terms of food quality and preparation, and particularly innovation. But what made it even better in my opinion was the atmosphere - the chef, Dave Foster, came out in the middle of the meal (wearing a black chef's coat and tye-dyed pants) and chatted with us about the food, his ideas, and the restaurant for at least 10 minutes. Very funny, very knowledgeable, very passionate about food. A much more welcoming atmosphere than UL. The service wasn't anything to write home about, but it was adequate; the food was definitely something else.
Has anyone else tried this place? How do you think it compares in the New Haven line-up?