I graduated from Cornell this past May, 2006. Many of the Ithaca posts I've been reading are very outdated! So I thought I'd list some of my favorite restaurants that I grew to love during my 4 years spent in Ithaca.
Sangam - great Indian food, cheap lunch buffet ($6.95)...my favorite is the chicken tikka masala, ordered very spicy. It has great flavor. Delicious mango lassi, good samosas.
Taste of Thai - On Ithaca Commons, great Thai food...I like the "Taste of Thai Chicken" and the "Thai Spicy Noodles" with the highest spicy rating of 5.
Just a Taste - Tapas place on the Commons, great variety, delicious! Haven't been disappointed with any of the dishes there.
Za-Za's Cucina - in my opinion, better Italian than Lucatelli's. Great atmosphere as well. Only went there once right before I left Ithaca for good, but enjoyed it immensely.
Sindbad's - this opened only about 2 years ago, but this is home to the best pizza in Collegetown (NY style). Better then Collegetown Pizza or Mama T's. Their buffalo chicken pizza is the best I've ever had. It was only 2 blocks from my residence, so I frequently visited. 2 specialty slices and a soda for $5.40! Sammy's Pizzeria on the Commons also has good NY style pizza.
The Nines - their corn nuggets (formerly found at The Chariot, which recently closed) are delicious. Good deep dish pizza. Slow service, though.
Maxie's Supper Club - Cajun, "down-home" style cooking. Fun atmosphere. I usually stuck with the "Po' boy" sandwiches, all of which I enjoyed...the blackened catfish po' boy was my favorite.
Aladdin's - good, fresh food. I enjoy their pasta dishes. A few Greek dishes as well.
Viva Cantina/Viva Taqueria - Mexican place on the Commons, one side is sitdown and one side is fast/takeout. The sitdown side is very nice, and the dishes are very fresh tasting.
Collegetown Bagels - always crowded, freshly made sandwiches with interesting combinations. My favorite was the Sweet Rachel: turkey, a spicy-sweet mustard, muenster cheese, and onions on pumpernickel. Serving coffee, hot chocolate, cider, beer, and delicious sangria as well.
Cafe DeWitt - This place hidden in the DeWitt Mall has a tasty brunch, with creative omelets, and dishes such as poppyseed pancakes. I believe the brunch is only on Sundays though.
I greatly miss the Ithaca resturant scene...I'm going back to visit in 2 weeks and will have a hard time deciding which places to eat, since I will only be there for 2 days!