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Applebee's

2300 North Triphammer Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-257-6200

Considering the disdain with which “cookie-cutter” establishments are viewed by some, I was very impressed with how smoothly this trendy, yuppie-oriented chain restaurant has fit into the area. Applebee’s offers very speedy and friendly service, a pleasant surprise to anyone expecting anonymous or uncaring treatment. The food is good, reasonably priced, and plentiful, as well. Hot, tasty soup and a grilled chicken sandwich made a good lunch, and a recent visit for dinner yielded an excellent “Bourbon Street Steak,” their 10oz.

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CIAO Wood-Fired Pizza & Pasta

2 Hickory Hollow Lane
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-257-2233

CIAO is a new Italian eatery in the former home of Watercress and Billy Bob Jack's, off North Triphammer Road. Opened by owner Mark Campagnolo, formerly of Joe's and now a co-owner at the BoatYard Grill, they feature brick-oven pizza, as well as Tuscan-style dishes. They're off to an excellent start.

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Corners Deli

200 Pleasant Grove Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-257-4019

This Community Corners institution is a family-owned delicatessen specializing in Middle Eastern specialties in addition to a wide array of fresh American-deli-style foods. The overstuffed sandwiches and pitas barely leave room for the exceptional baklava and other desserts. Great falafel and gyros, and fresh roast beef whose aroma permeates the neighborhood. Leave a little room for dessert, such as traditional baklava or a cinnamon baklava roll, honey cake, or a semolina cookie, along with a cup of the very strong middle eastern coffee -- or regular coffee or tea.

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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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Heights Cafe and Grill

903 Hanshaw Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-257-4144

One of Ithaca's fanciest restaurants, The Heights has offered cozy fine dining for fifteen years. The menu ranges from comfort-food variations such as braised beef hash with a poached egg to gorgeous pan-roasted fish dishes and generous steaks. There are vegetarian offerings, including some of the handmade pizzas, and the Heights takes the gourmet burger prize with their $18 Brie Burger, featuring an entire pound of grilled sirloin. It's an expensive place to dine, but worth the occasional splurge.

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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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Louie's Lunch

588 Thurston Avenue
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-257-4649

On the north edge of Cornell University's campus, Louie's Lunch has a history that dates back almost a century to a Greek immigrant named Louis Zounakos who pushed around a food cart. These days it's more of a diner on wheels, open lunchtime to late night on Thurston Avenue near the north campus dorms, with breakfast sandwiches, burgers, wraps, sandwiches, and even salads. During the summer and other school breaks, Louie's is just open for lunch.

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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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Pizza Hut

2301 North Triphammer Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-216-6163

Pizza Hut offers their own style of deep-dish pizza that's perfect when it's fresh and hot. This location, in the Cayuga Mall in the Village of Lansing, has a decent lunch buffet featuring pizza and salad, and sadly, like most Pizza Huts across Central New York, doesn't serve beer.

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Plantation Bar & Grill


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1285 Dryden Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-273-4950

This casual pub out on Route 366 has good burgers, inexpensive cold beer, and dinner specials ranging from prime rib and New York strips to crab legs and fish fry. We love the potato wedges. There's live music a couple nights a week, and karaoke on Tuesdays. Check their Facebook page for upcoming events you might want to attend, or avoid.

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Scalehouse Brewpub & Northeast Pizza


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23 Cinema Drive
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-257-0107

This combination pizzeria and brewpub has good deals on decent pizza, wings, and subs, with both pizzeria and pub-style dining rooms, and a bar with a few beers brewed in-house. 

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Sicilian Delight


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40 Catherwood Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-266-9999

This pizzeria has offered freshly made pies and pizza by the slice, plus lasagna and other Italian dishes, salads, and side dishes for many years in the Cafe Square food court at the Shops of Ithaca Mall. The pizza's especially good when it's fresh, and the Italian entrees are a pretty good deal.

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Tavern on Triphammer

2255 North Triphammer Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-257-2669

Tavern on Triphammer is the new pub within the Ithaca Coffee Company's Triphammer Marketplace store, which has expanded its craft beer offerings and now offers beer and wine by the glass each afternoon and evening. They have a tempting array of tapas-style foods such as cheeses and hummus available on combination plates.

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The Rose Tap Room & Grill


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2255 North Triphammer Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
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The Rose, in northeast Ithaca's Triphammer Marketplace, offers an ever-changing lunch buffet, a salad bar that's included with dinner entrees, a full bar with TVs for enjoying the game with a cold beer, and expanded space that's a nice change of pace from their former cramped quarters. It's straightforward American pub fare, featuring burgers and fish fry, but also broiled haddock, pasta dishes, and a tasty and generous chicken parmigiana.

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Unwind Cafe

40 Catherwood Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-266-9463

This latest incarnation of coffee shop at the south end of the Shops at Ithaca Mall, where the Borders Books was, has a wide range of coffee drinks from Finger Lakes Coffee Roasters, teas, pastries, soups, breakfast sandwiches available all day, and handmade paninis. They're friendly, the espresso drinks are expertly made, and the food is tasty and creative, as well as affordable. Give it a shot.

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Wok Village

23 Cinema Drive
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-257-8881

Closed so the family could open Saigon Kitchen. This attractive and casual Chinese restaurant offers lunchtime dim sum on the weekends, a plentiful and ever-changing weekday lunch buffet, and nice dinners consisting of traditional Cantonese, Hunan, and Szechuan Chinese dishes, plus an array of Vietnamese specialties. An $11 "chef's special" lets you turn nearly any entree into a meal with soup, egg roll, and ice cream, and discounted lunch and dinner combos are available.

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