The two George and Harry’s restaurants were two blocks from each other and worlds apart. The Wall Street G&H became known as a pizza place but was the first place I had their seven layer cake (“You’re smart,” the guy at counter said—to anyone ordering anything I guess.) The seven layer cake was the first time I saw that much butter creme in multiple layers anywhere. I remember the seats near the plate glass window in the front that opened to the fall colors surrounding Silliman College. It had the feel of a college eatery.
The Temple G&H was where we went for late evening snacks. It was darker, more like a place where New Haven town folk would eat, rather than Yale College students. Both places had counter service. I always had coffee and cake during the daylight hours on Wall Street, and liverwurst sandwiches in the evening on Temple Street.
– Neil Blumberg