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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Life At Harvard: Best Dining Hall On Campus

Eliot, Class of 2017

Move-in week is approaching, and Harvard students are soon going to be back to their favorite college dining hall food! This (unbiased) post will help incoming freshman as well as upperclassmen find the best dining halls to chill, study and eat in.

5. Quincy
With its huge windows and abundance of natural light, Quincy claims number 5 on our list. Quincy offers a convenient central location. Close enough to the Yard that a quick lunch between classes is possible, and also a great compromise for those of you in Mather or Dunster to meet friends from River West. The spacious kitchen doesn’t hurt either. However, Quincy does have its drawbacks. The majority of seating is on long tables that are not conducive to private conversations. It can also get very crowded because of its convenient location, resulting in a loud atmosphere with limited seating.

4. Annenburg
This list would not be complete without the massive freshman dining hall. Ask any upperclassmen about Annenburg and they will definitely have a strong opinion about their year at the ‘Burg. Those that love it point to the fact that the large amount of people that eat in the dining hall virtually guarantees that you will run in to at least a few friends at every meal. However, this can also be a drawback, especially on a Saturday morning when you are hung-over and don’t want to see anybody.  Also, food is prepared in huge quantities and lines can get very long during lunch. Overall though, Annenburg is deserving of its spot in our top 5. I mean it does look like Hogwarts, that counts for something

3. Currier
Yes it’s quite a trek, but if you’re in the neighborhood Currier is a total gem. It’s not one of the more popular d-halls on campus, presumably because of the distance, so you will have no problem finding seats. In the middle of the seating area is a large fountain, giving the whole area a very tranquil feeling. The kitchen is spacious, the grill quick, and the overall quality of the food is top notch. Besides the obvious downside of the distance from the rest of campus, some students say the fountain reminds them of a dining hall in a retirement home. If you can get over the senior citizen feeling, the Currier dining hall is the best the Quad has to offer, and one of the best on campus.

2. Hillel
The Harvard Hillel dining hall is a surprise number 2 on our list. Of course, the main purpose of the Hillel is to serve kosher food to Harvard’s Jewish community, but a little known fact is any student is allowed to eat there, a privilege underutilized by most. The kitchen prepares meals for a relatively small number of students. This ensures that the food is made with care in small quantities.  The location is also great. After lunch you can walk across the street and check out THS’s Mt. Auburn store, located at 65 Mt. Auburn Street.

1. Leverett
The best thing about Lev’s D-hall is it is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. This is extremely convenient when you are up till 4 am cramming for a mid term or scrambling to finish a pset. The other nice thing about Lev is it attracts a wide array of students from different houses. DeWolfe housing is right across the street so you can expect to see friends from Lowell, Kirkland, Quincy, Dunster and Winthrop at least occasionally. This also means that it can get a bit crowded at peak lunch and dinner hours, but it is a large dining hall so seating is usually not too big of an issue. The grill is among the best and the staff is the friendliest on campus, making Lev the clear number one dining hall.

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