3 Herons Brewing Co

9632 Route 96
Trumansburg, NY 14886
Phone: 607-387-7000

Opening this summer is 3 Herons Brewing Co, a Trumansburg brewery and BBQ restaurant. They feature Texas-style beef brisket, ribs, Cornell BBQ chicken, smoked gouda macaroni & cheese, and more, all prepared on the premises. Their "soft opening" day is Friday, August 24th, though they've been offering take-out for a few weeks. A beer and wine license will follow.


Classic Chef's

Montour Falls, NY 14865
Phone: 607-535-9975

Huge breakfasts and homestyle lunches and dinners, with menu items including fresh soups, burgers and sandwiches, steaks and pasta. Cash only!


Creekside Cafe

4 West Main Street
Trumansburg, NY 14850
Phone: 607-342-8145

This new cafe on Main Street in Trumansburg offers breakfast and lunch Thursday through Sunday, with a farm-to-table ethos bringing locally sourced food to their menu. They have soups, salads, and sandwiches, with plenty of vegetarian options.


Crystal Lake Cafe

4367 East Covert Road
at Americana Winery
Interlaken, NY 14847

This small cafe adjacent to the tasting room at Americana Winery does a fantastic Sunday brunch, and it's well worth the wait for a table. They offer a great brioche french toast, shrimp and cheddar grits with eggs, oatmeal pancakes, and other decadent breakfast items, as well as burgers, hummus wraps, and other lunch choices. Lunch and dinner hours vary seasonally; for winter and spring, they're open Thursday through Sunday.


Daño's Heuriger on Seneca

9564 Route 414
Lodi, NY 14860

Amidst our favorite Seneca Lake wineries, Daño's offers freshly prepared European delicacies in a relaxed, attractive setting. The food includes simple charcuterie and a mouth-watering array of spreads along with freshly baked breads, and there's a broad selection of Finger Lakes and European wines.


Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

246 West Willow Street
Syracuse, NY 13202
Phone: 315-476-4937

This is the original Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, a biker bar, blues club, and BBQ joint in the heart of Syracuse, and it's got BBQ good enough to satisfy southerners and music good enough to draw a crowd. Dinosaur got its start in Syracuse over 30 years ago as a traveling BBQ vendor at fairs and festivals, and for over 25 years they've been on the corner of Franklin and Willow. Expect to wait for a table just about any time of day or night, but it's well worth the wait.


Doug's Fish Fry

206 West Road (Route 281)
Cortland, NY
Phone: 607-753-9184

Doug's Fish Fry is worth the drive from Ithaca. It's a small privately owned Central New York chain with restaurants in Skaneateles, Cortland, Mattydale, and East Syracuse, that prides itself on simple, quick food, with no table service, no wait staff, and no tipping. Yes, a lot of the food is fried, but not all of it.


Pita Gourmet

41 Main Street
Cortland, NY
Phone: 607-756-4442

Pita wraps and sandwiches are just a small part of the menu at this Downtown Cortland family-run eatery, which specializes in fresh and inexpensive Lebanese food in a casual atmosphere. Middle-eastern fare is well suited to vegetarian dining, and if you stay away from some of the sauces, it's even largely vegan. For carnivores, the traditional lamb and chicken feature prominently on the menu, and there's beef as well.


Red Newt Bistro

3675 Tichenor Road
Hector, NY 14841
Phone: 607-546-4100

Attached to the popular Red Newt Cellars winery just off Route 414 on the east side of Seneca Lake, Red Newt Bistro offers a delightful selection of freshly prepared dishes, locally sourced whenever possible. Stop by to enjoy lunch or dinner at the beginning or end of an afternoon of winery touring, or visit for a special meal anytime.


Rosalie's Cucina

841 West Genesee Street
Skaneateles, NY 13152
Phone: 315-685-2200

This bakery and Tuscan-themed Italian restaurant was opened in 1995 by Philip Romano, the restaurateur who's also responsible for the Macaroni Grill and Fuddrucker's chains. He built it for his ill sister, Rosalie, but she unfortunately passed away about a year after the restaurant opened. A meal here begins with freshly baked, hot Italian bread, with olive oil and a plate of oregano, grated cheese, hot pepper flakes, and minced garlic to mix into your oil as you see fit.


Taughannock Farms Inn

2030 Gorge Road (Route 89)
Trumansburg, NY 14886
Phone: 607-387-7711

Built 135 years ago as a private summer home, Taughannock Farms has spent about the last seventy years as a restaurant and inn, adjacent to the state park. Dinner here has an elegant feel, and virtually every table enjoys a nice view of the park and the lake, thanks to a tiered dining room whose walls are mostly window.

Each course was plentiful without being huge, so we left feeling well fed but not stuffed. We also felt well taken care of; our server was friendly and answered questions as they came up, always available without hovering.


The Ginny Lee Cafe

9322 Route 414
Lodi, NY 14860
Phone: 607-582-6574

On the Finger Lakes Wine Trail, the Ginny Lee is the cafe at Wagner Vineyards. They offer freshly made salads, sandwiches, wraps, and flatbread pizzas, and a surprisingly limited selection of wines by the glass. Open daily for lunch and Sunday brunch, May through October.


Wings Over Ithaca


335 Pine Tree Road
East Hill Plaza
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-256-9464

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AGAVA Restaurant


381 Pine Tree Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-319-4366

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