Freshest ingredients, freshly made, always with love and joy. We are your neighborhood cafe, and we take pride in providing a fine cup of coffee and satisfying meals to all our clients.
Coffee & Tea
Our lattes, teas and coffees are sustainably sourced and custom crafted for you.
Egg toast, delicious focaccia, vegetarian dishes and scrumptious salads are just the beginning.
Made from scratch daily, our all natural muffins, scones cookies and biscotti are the perfect pick-me-up.
Smoothies & Juices
Made to order with the freshest fruits and vegetables, our smoothies and fresh-pressed juices are healthy and delicious.
it was meant to be
If it weren’t for an online dating service, there would be no Cedarhurst Cafe in New Haven’s Ninth Square.
In 2009, Match.com brought Teri Bernet and Tom Panzella of Milford together, creating not just a romantic partnership, but a business one as well.
Teri, raised in Connecticut, had a busy work life in Florida and Kentucky, working in the cruise-line industry and then for a custom builder. Her marriage to a chef ended and Teri found herself back in Connecticut.
Meanwhile, Tom, an engineer, took on a new business opportunity in the 1990’s: Donut Express on Woodmont Road in Milford. Dunkin’ Donuts bought it in 1996 and Tom returned to engineering. After another decade or so he got tired of commuting to his engineering job on Long Island, and tried his hand at professional poker.
“Teri told me, ‘You need a real job,’” Tom says, “and I said ‘I have a real job,’ she said ‘No, you need a real job.’ So I said, you find something for us to do and we will buy it and we’ll do it. She found this place,” which was called Greenwell Organic Tea and Coffee at the time.
The two often finish each other’s sentences. “It was a good fit. We fell in love with it. It’s so quaint, the tree and everything. The whole ambiance,” they say together. “We didn’t want to keep the name Greenwell because it was [the previous owners’] last name.” Inside the cafe “is a trunk of a red cedar tree that came down in Hurricane Irene. When they built this, they put that [trunk] around a supporting column in the cafe, which is really cool. So being that is a cedar tree, and the street we live on is Cedarhurst Lane, we said Cedarhurst Cafe! It seemed to work.”
They opened last November. “We kept a lot of the Greenwell items because they worked, the smoothies, juices, all the coffees,” Teri says. “We added to the coffees, to the teas,” and especially, to the menu. Cedarhurst expanded beyond Greenwell’s vegan and vegetarian offerings to accommodate everyone. They now offer sandwiches, wraps, Belgian waffles, and real New York City bagels, straight from Queens. Next up they’ll be adding local ice cream.
The muffins are baked on the premises, the juices are squeezed right in front of you, and they added grab-and-go items. “It wasn’t intentional,” says Teri, “but we are bringing a lot of Milford here. The biscotti are from Kathy’s Cookies, the ice cream will be homemade from Walnut Creamery in Devon.”
The Cedarhurst Cafe is one of those perfect spots to spend hours on your laptop writing that great novel, or taking just long enough to slow down during the work day and take a break. And take a moment to check out the art on the walls. The exhibit changes monthly, and there is already a waiting list of artists who have applied to show work.
— Mara Lavitt, from New Haven Eats
We Know You Love Breakfast.
We do to, which is why we have all of our breakfast sandwiches and home made Belgian Waffles available to order all day. So if you are craving some bacon and egg between some toast, we have what you want the way you like it.
Breakfast (all day): $2-6
smoothies or fresh-squeezed juices: $6-8
coffees, teas: $1.50-5
Frequently Asked Questions
• Style of Food: American breakfast and lunch with a vegetarian direction
• Favorite dishes: Smoothies, egg sandwich, avocado salad.
• Drinks: fresh-squeezed juice, coffees and lattes of every stripe, teas
• Vegetarian/gluten free: absolutely
• Catering: yes
• Outdoor dining: yes
We source a lot of our ingredients locally, and when we can’t we make sure that we get the freshest we can to ensure that your experience is not only enjoyable, and fulfilling. But that it is one that will make you want to come back again and again. Cedarhurst makes your food fresh to order every time.
Come on In!
7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sat | 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sun | 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
44 Crown St
New Haven CT 06510