noteworthy places to stop at on road trip upstate?
i'm going to be going roadtripping through new paltz, albany, little falls, watertown, alexandria bay, syracuse, ithaca, and niagara falls for two weeks. any recs for:
1. really good, creamy homemade ice cream
2. new york state cheese
3. vegetarian/vegan/organic that is not ethnic (no thai, indian, vietnamese etc.)
4. old-fashioned italian, jewish, german, scandinavian, polish etc. bakeries and meat markets?
5. other holes-in-the-wall places that are well-known to locals or where i can get indigenous delicacies (like thousand island dressing etc.)??
thanks so much!!!!
Villa Italia, Schenectady, NY for Italian Pastries. As you head west from Albany on the Thruway, take I-890 to the Broadway exit. Go about 1/2 mile and it will be on your left. FYI: as you head toward it, you'll pass a little store called Cappiello's on your left. Worth it to pop in and see the great Italian groceries, meats and cheeses. (You can get back on I-890 and follow it almost to its end and hop right back on the Thruway without driving much out of your way).
I can give you some Ithaca recs...
Homemade ice cream: Cornell Dairy Bar on Cornell's campus, or Purity Ice Cream in downtown Ithaca. There's also Cayuga Lake Creamery up the western side of Cayuga Lake on Route 89 in Interlaken and their flavors look delicious, but I have never been there. http://www.cayugalakecreamery.com/
Okay, now that I've looked at the website again, I REALLY have to stop there on my next trip up there.
Vegetarian: ABC Cafe, right near Cornell's campus. http://www.theabccafe.com/ They have vegetarian and vegan options. And of course, Moosewood, the famous veg restaurant in downtown Ithaca!
The Nines is a very popular pizza/bar food place in the Collegetown area of Ithaca. Deep dish pizza freshly made. Aladdin's has freshly made Greek food and pasta dishes, some are vegetarian.
2. Palatine Valley Dairy, also known as the Palatine Cheese Company, on Route 5 in Nelliston, maybe two miles from the Canajoharie exit on the Thruway.
4. Smokehouse of the Catskills, off the Saugerties exit of the Thruway. A traditional German smokehouse and butcher shop.
In Syracuse, see if The Welcome Inn is still there. Fabulous, Fabulous, Fabulous homemade pierogies & other Ukrainian yummies. Sorry I don't have an address - just that it's in a residential area on the west side.
Also, in general, see the thread "How would you describe the Syracuse Scene"
- lots of good recommendations already there (although, yes, some are too "ethnic" for your group, many will still delight!)