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Mar 10, 2009 04:26 AM

Cornell Graduation Dinner

Could you suggest the place to have a celebratory dinner near Cornell? Thank you!

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  1. Most of the good Ithaca restaurants have "special menus" (read $50 or $60 prix fixe) for Cornell graduation. That said, I would recommend Willow (new American), Dijon (French bistro) or Pangea (eclectic American).

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    1. re: FKM123

      Thank you! Out of the 3 restaurants which would you say is more "special". Our last family graduation celebration was at a wonderful dinner in Boston and I want my stepdaughter to feel that we went to as much effort for her dinner. Thank you!

      1. re: DaisyM

        Willow is the most special - nicest atmosphere, fine service. Dijon is a true bistro - bread on the table, etc. Pangea is more "Ithaca" - funky.

        1. re: FKM123

          Thank you! I think we'll make it Willow. Thanks again for your help.

          1. re: DaisyM

            Just one more question...I see that the Statler hotel is having prixe fixe dinners that Saturday night. Does it compare to Willow or is it best avoided. Thank you.

            1. re: DaisyM

              The Statler is really convenient, but the food is average at best.

    2. I had my graduation dinner at Lucatelli's 3 years ago, but if I had to do it over, I think I would've chosen someplace different. Their food is pretty good, but the menu is not exciting. However, I had to please several relatives who are very traditional eaters. I like Za-Za's Cucina better than Lucatelli's, if you're interested in Italian. More interesting, better quality, and better atmopshere.

      I have only tried Pangea out of the other 3 mentioned, and it certainly is funky and unusual. I did enjoy it.

      Congrats to your stepdaughter!

      1. I've been to Dijon and the food and service was amazing. My father lives in the area and swears by ZaZa's. Said the food is some of the best Italain he's had, and he lived in the NYC area for years!

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        1. re: jhopp217

          Thank you for those suggestions.