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We are planning a road trip in August that will take us through upstate New York. Would love to have suggestions for dinners in the Rotterdam/Schenectady area, also in the Geneva/Waterloo/Seneca Falls area. We prefer casual, home-cooking kinds of places with a full bar (not just wine & beer).

Also, has anyone eaten at the restaurant attached to the Knapp Winery in Romulus, NY? We like their wine -- is the food good too?

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    1. About the Knapp Winery: the Knapp family is no longer involved and it is run by others. The wines have been mediocre, at best, so I'm not sure how the restaurant is holding up. If you want to eat in the wine country, you might be better off at Stone Cat Cafe, Red Newt or Dano's Heuriger, all on the east side of Seneca Lake.

      1. I second the Knapp observation and the Seneca Lake suggestions. Stop for gelato at Cowlick's.

        1. I am not a fan of New York wines, Knapp Winery included. However, I ate a Sunday lunch there last summer, and it was delicous. They also do a champagne coctail with their champagne and armanac in different flavors which is fun to drink. The flavors compliment each other and the combination is better than the sum of its parts.

          The Old Erie Restaurant in Weedsport (1 mile south of Thruway Exit 40, Waterloo is Exit 41) is excellent for dinner. I was there last Saturday night with my wife and daughter. IMHO this is the best restaurant in the Eastern Finger Lakes, far superior to more expensive places in Skaneateles and Auburn. The crab cake appetizer was great. I had pan fried chicken for an entree and the best coconut cream pie I have had in years. Someone told me the owners are a couple fo CIA grads, but the food is great anyhow - not pretentious. This place is worth a special trip.