Finally: some good news Binghamton/Endicott
- Joe Moryl
OK, I've been snarled at enough in other Binghamton threads so I won't join in the thread below. I happen to be of the opinion that Broome county offers some of the worst food in any upstate metro area. It is also my hometown and I have been spending just about every other weekend there and eating out virtually all the time.
So I was overjoyed on my visit last weekend to discover Curry & Grill Indian Restaurant at 1200 North St. in Endicott. It is an unassuming little place with a menu that would be interesting even in Jackson Heights or Iselin. I was only able to eat one meal there but had an excellent dosa (south Indian crepe filled with spiced potatoes, not on the menu but a chalkboard item) with superb sambar. Chatting with the waiter, who came from Madras, I discovered that they have been open a couple months. Even though they offer all the standard tandoori items my guess is that the vegetarian (i.e. southern style) dishes might be the strong point. A friend who ate dinner there later that night also loved the food, even though he has never had Indian before. Beats the horrid Indian place on Court St. by a mile.
Afterward, I went up to L'Aveggio at 128 Oak Hill Avenue and had one of the best cups of expresso anywhere. The owner is very passionate about every aspect of coffee. Check it out. On weekend nights in summer there were many older Italians from the neighborhood gathered outside providing some musical entertainment. Oh, just down the street from Consol's Family Kitchen, one of my reliable standbys in the area.
Joe, By now you know they closed the Curry &Grill. I'm sorry to say that I never had the opportunity to try it as my husband is not fond of Indian food. Consul's is one of our fav's, though. At least once a week. Coffee at L'Aveggio is very good. I have stopped going there, however, as I think the "Barrista" has an attitude problem. His wife is an angel, I think.
Is Little Venice downtown still open? I think its on Chenango St. I haven't been in about 10 years (since college), but their Manicotti was to die for. Other than that, I always thought the restaraunt scene in Binghamton was pretty lackluster also. Good coffee and sandwiches at the black dog cafe though (again, if it's still open).
Kloomis, Little Venice is still here. And you are right- the Manicotti is great! Good coffee and sandwiches at The Lost Dog. (but I have the cookbook from Black Dog Cafe!) PS Restaurant in Vestal is very good. If you visit, try them. They are in the Giant Plaza on Vestal Pkwy- of all places!
I'm sorry to hear about the lack of adeqaute dining in the binghamton area. When I attended SUNY-B in the mid to late 80's I seem to recall that there existed a number of very decent restaurants in the area. I know most if not all have closed by now. I remember the following (quite fondly)- Drovers Inn, Tiffany's, #5 Steakhouse, Coco's, the Vestal Steakhouse, the Copper Cricket, the Hole in the Wall, and Pino's. The last I heard, the Copper Cricket, Pino's and #5's were still operating. BTW, is the Cider Mill Playhouse still around? Great donuts and cider ...YUM. I kind of miss Binghamton. Thanks for giving me a reason to reminisce.
Yes, I noticed that Curry & Grill was gone. In fact I should have posted because they started going downhill for some time before they closed. Guess it was too good to be true. It boggles the mind how the really bad Indian place on Court St. downtown can stay in business....
In other triple cities chow news, there is a new Italian cafe of the pannini, wine and gelato sort (maybe called Antonio's?) across Oak Hill Ave. from Consol's. The nice thing is that they stay open till 11 pm, you can lounge on a sofa; we had some decent sandwiches and tasty gelato. I don't think there is anything else like this in the area.
I had been going to the Korean place in the Vestal plaza (Han-am?) and have been quite pleased with mostly everything. Well, on my last visit they were gone, but moving to Bunn Hill Rd. near the west entrance to SUNY. Said they would open in Oct.; hope they maintain their quality.
Can't say I'm a fan of Little Venice, and Lost Dog is only o.k. in my book...
Joe, My husband loves the gelato at Antonios. I'm not crazy about the food, but great cappucino and yes, it is nice to have a place that stays open late. Little Venice does have great manicotti, but honestly aside from that, their homeade pasta with sauce and their martini's, it is not great. Even meatballs and sausage are not good! How to you make a bad meatball? Or find taseless sausage? But! I must say, Lost Dog has some great food! Such as their coconut shrimp (amazing sauce), parm crusted chicken with asparagus and balsamic on a hard roll or croissant with sweet potato fries! Great crisp salads with fresh homeade dressings! Anyway, I usually enjoy my meal there.I will try the Korean place when the open back up. What about the Vietnamese place in Johnson City? And have you tried Lemongrass? I have heard nothing about this new place.
The Viet place in JC is pretty mediocre. I think they have tried to tailor the menu to suit those non-Asians who are expecting something similar to the sugary Chinese buffets that are standard in the area. The menu seemed to lack a lot of the dishes I usually associate with that cusine. There is a new place called Lemongrass on the Vestal Parkway about a mile east of the Endicott bridge. Heard any thing about that one?