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Aki Samurai Japanese Restaurant


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113 East State Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-272-8638

Aki Samurai is the latest in a string of eateries in this spot, offering sushi and sashimi, bento lunch boxes, noodles, hibachi dinners, and more. OK food and indifferent service.

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Apollo Chinese Restaurant

407 College Avenue
Ithaca, NY 14850
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Once called Hong Kong and then Peace Restaurant, Apollo is one of those eateries renamed largely for preferable GrubHub or Yellow Pages placement. They offer freshly prepared food delivered, carried out, or eaten at their no-frills tables, but the bulk of Apollo's business is from their steam table of prepared dishes. It's all pretty good, though sometimes isn't quite hot. The spicy steamed fish really is.

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Asia Cuisine

126 North Aurora Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-256-8818

This small eatery specializes in Korean and Japanese cuisines, including sushi, salads, bento boxes, and bibim bap. They excel in both hot and cold weather, with a cold sashimi variation of bibim bap, which is normally served hot. For winter, try the bibim bap served in a hot stoneware bowl. The food is good, but service can get slow when they're busy.

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Asian Noodle House

204 Dryden Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-272-9106

From the folks who brought us Little Thai House, Asian Noodle House is a classic noodle shop with a substantial variety of noodle and rice dishes and soups, plus gourmet Asian pizzas, with plentiful portions and reasonable prices. The curry puffs appetizer were a treat, and Thai grilled chicken with noodle was served with a perfect Thai peanut sauce. Our entrees came with a small salad, generously adorned with bean sprouts and bits of tofu.

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Bangkok Thai Bistro & Sushi Bar


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118 West State Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-319-4722

Just off the Commons in Downtown Ithaca, this "Asian fusion" eatery opened in the summer of 2012, featuring Thai and Vietnamese dishes and a limited variety of freshly prepared sushi. Affordable and tasty food, with quick, friendly service.

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Capital Corner Restaurant

118 West State Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-272-7350

This new establishment where Asiatic Garden lived for decades has a lot to live up to, and is off to a very good start. We were impressed that our egg rolls came out of the kitchen almost as soon as we’d ordered them, hot and fresh. The steamed dumplings appetizer didn’t arrive in quite as timely a fashion, coming after the first of two entrees. Our beef satay, with chunks of fresh tomato, was a pleasant surprise, and the sesame chicken (a Chinese restaurant staple) was good. They have affordable combo dinners and lunch specials, and deliver free with an order of $8 or more.

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Capital State Kitchen

138 West State Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-272-1388

The new Capital State Kitchen Japanese Restaurant adds Japanese food next door to the same family's Capital Corner Chinese Restaurant. They offer good-quality sushi and Japanese entrees, though there's nothing especially innovative about their menu and the prices are a little higher than similar downtown offerings. We're intrigued by a new all-you-can-eat offering, $14 for lunch and $21 for dinner, in which you can keep ordering appetizers, sushi, sashimi, teriyaki dishes, rice or noodle entrees, and dessert until you've had enough.

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Dasan-J Korean BBQ

104 Dryden Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-256-3333

Dasan-J's Korean BBQ dishes are served over sticky white rice, with a side of crisp salad. The menu features a vegetarian selection in addition to beef and pork, wraps as well as platters, and affordable lunch specials.

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De Tasty Hot Pot

422 Eddy Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-821-2303

This new Chinese restaurant in the former basement home of The Gates and The Chariot will offer soups, casseroles, noodles, and other Asian dishes.

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Franny's Food Truck

University Avenue at Sibley Hall
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-255-0293

Named for a Cornell alumna and architect, Franny's is Ithaca's latest food truck, situated behind Sibley Hall, which houses the Department of Architecture. The truck offers salads, noodle bowls, rice bowls, dosas, and banh mi sandwiches, with meat and vegetarian options across the board. The bowls offer curried lamb, chicken, shrimp, or smoked tofu.

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Hai Hong Chinese Restaurant

208 Dryden Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-272-1668

A top-notch Chinese restaurant in Collegetown, this eatery moved up the hill from Ithaca's west end about five years ago. It's easy enough to stick to typical Chinese fare at Hai Hong, like sesame chicken or shrimp lo mein, and Hai Hong does them well, but it's worth stretching out and trying some new things. I'm a big fan of the roast duck appetizer, or when it's cold out share one of the soups... like the salted egg with mustard greens and sliced pork. Save room for the fried ice cream. 

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Ithaca Sumo Japanese Hibachi & Sushi Restaurant

2309 North Triphammer Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-257-7777

This new Japanese hibachi and sushi eatery is now open in the Cayuga Mall, across North Triphammer Road from the Shops at Ithaca Mall. Their spacious restaurant offers bar area, dining room seating, sushi bar, private and open hibachi rooms, and a private dining room available for meetings. The folks are friendly, the food is good, and check the specials board for interesting creations like a cooked duck sushi roll!

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Jade Garden

113 North Aurora Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-272-8880

Jade Garden offers a small but well-stocked Chinese lunch and dinner buffet right off the Commons, plus tasty food prepared to order for dining in or carry-out service. They also deliver, with online ordering via GrubHub. The restaurant is clean and casual, and while they don’t compare to the sheer variety at the larger buffets in town, they don’t seem to have to.

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Ling Ling

222 Elmira Road
Ithaca Shopping Plaza
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-272-0718

Ling Ling, a pair of carry-out or eat-in Chinese restaurants, offers quick and inexpensive and tasty Chinese food. They offer a surprising variety of Szechuan, Hunan, and Cantonese cooking a la carte, with several options available as combo dinners ($7-8 or so for entree plus fried rice and egg roll), and a couple dozen lunch special possibilities, where $5 or so gets you an entree with fried rice, plus soup or an egg roll. The expanded East Hill location offers bottles of beer and fancier seating.

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Ling Ling Garden

East Hill Plaza
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-273-1668

Ling Ling, a pair of carry-out or eat-in Chinese restaurants, offers quick and inexpensive and tasty Chinese food. They offer a surprising variety of Szechuan, Hunan, and Cantonese cooking a la carte, with several options available as combo dinners ($7-8 or so for entree plus fried rice and egg roll), and a couple dozen lunch special possibilities, where $5 or so gets you an entree with fried rice, plus soup or an egg roll. The expanded East Hill location offers bottles of beer and fancier seating.

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Little Thai House

202 Dryden Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-273-1977

A tiny, casual eatery for take-out or eat-in service. You can order items from the menu, but your best bet is to select two already-prepared entrees from the steam table as a combo (or one large portion) for $6.25. We recommend the Pad Thai and one of the other entrees, such as red curry chicken or eggplant and tofu. For a treat, add a Thai iced coffee to your meal. Some dishes are deliciously spicy, and there's good chili sauce if it's not hot enough.

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Main Moon Buffet

401 Elmira Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-277-3399

Ithaca’s original "Chinese Buffet," Main Moon has expanded in response to the arrival of competing buffets in town. They’ve added sushi and a more complete salad bar, in addition to the wide array of Chinese food and such kid-friendly offerings as chicken wings and french fries. There are always vegetarian dishes on the buffet.

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Mia Restaurant

130 East State Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-277-2000

Twenty years after opening his first restaurant, Just a Taste, Lex Chutintaranond has opened Mia on the Ithaca Commons, featuring pan-Asian cuisine embodied in a variety of fresh and interesting dishes. It's a very seafood-heavy menu, but there are also lots of meat and vegetarian dishes. We were impressed with the friendly and helpful service, and the delicious food. Be warned: when they say spicy, they mean it! (Try the spicy saketini cocktail.)

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Mitsuba Japanese Cuisine

2300 North Triphammer Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-319-0760

Mitsuba Japanese Cuisine is the fourth location of a family-owned restaurant chain that offers fresh sushi and hibachi, the popular Japanese steakhouse style of cooking where meals are prepared right in front of the diner. They also have a variety of dishes prepared in the kitchen, and attractive lunch pricing. They're in the former location of Kyushu in Ithaca's northeast, near the Shops at Ithaca Mall, with updated decor and a remarkable attention to beautifully presented food.

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Miyake


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416 Eddy Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-277-6767

In the former location of Kayuga, Miyake features attractive new decor and an expanded menu. After we were seated at our table, we were greeted with a small dish of edamame to nibble on, and served hot green tea. The steamed gyoza is a bit wilted, but the calamari tempura is exceptional and the sushi very good. Lunch box specials include cooked dishes or plenty of sushi. There's nothing extraordinary here, but the food's good and the service is good.

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Plum Tree Japanese Restaurant


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113 Dryden Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-256-8212

This Japanese restaurant at the "kneecap" bend of the lowermost block of Dryden Road offers good sushi and sashimi and a plentiful variety of cooked meals with very nice presentation.

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Saigon Kitchen

526 West State Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-257-8881

Now in Ithaca's west end is Saigon Kitchen, a new Vietnamese eatery from the owners of Wok Village, in the former home of Taste of Thai Express. The menu features such Vietnamese specialties as pho and vermicelli noodle dishes, stir-fries, and rice plates. They're offering lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday, with lunch and dinner delivery Tuesday through Friday, and dinner-only delivery on weekends.

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Spicy Asian


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335 Elmira Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-277-7017

This new eatery in Ithaca's southwest, offering both Chinese and Japanese dishes, is in the former home of C.T. Bento and Smart Monkey Cafe. We hear they have good Szechuan food and a limited sushi selection.

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Sticky Rice Thai and Laotian Cuisine


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401 East State Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-275-3641

A tiny Thai and Laotian eatery at the back of the Gateway Center, just east of the Ithaca Commons, Sticky Rice has a rabidly loyal following for its freshly prepared dishes. Enjoy the tamarind fish soup, the summer roll, and the spicy garlic chicken, but save room for the sticky rice and mango dessert. If you catch them open despite oft-unpredictable hours, pick it up or get it delivered; there aren't enough tables.

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Tamarind

503 North Meadow Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-277-2220

This Thai restaurant along Ithaca's Route 13 serves (or delivers) good but unexceptional Asian cuisine. They're friendly, and they're willing to adapt their menu to the customer's wishes, and that goes a long way.

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Taste of Thai Express

209 South Meadow Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-272-8424

This west end eatery, just east of Route 13 on State Street, features fresh and tasty food, and  delivers as well as having eat-in service. Our food arrived far faster than the promised 40-45 minutes, and everything was correct, fresh, and hot. The cashew chicken, a Vietnamese-style dish, was a delightful surprise, with a marinated wood-grilled flavour and crunchy strips of onion and green pepper.

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Tokyo Japanese Hibachi


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722 South Meadow Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-277-8888

Newly opened in Ithaca's Southwest, Tokyo Japanese Hibachi Sushi and Asian Bistro offers hibachi prepared tableside, sushi, and other Japanese specialties. Their restaurant, in the former home of King Buffet and Sammy's Italian Buffet and Grill near Tops, has a dining room, a sushi bar, and hibachi tables.

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Vietnam Restaurant

208 Dryden Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-273-5030

This simple restaurant on Dryden Road in Collegetown offers Vietnamese-style soups, noodle dishes, and rice dishes for lunch and dinner. It's inexpensive and decent, and particularly hearty and filling on a cold day.

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