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Dec 21, 2010 09:18 AM

Chrismas day in Syracuse

Visiting daughter in Syracuse over Christmas and am looking for a restaurant that is open on xmas day. I have twin 18 month old grand-daughters so atmosphere and "trendy" dishes are obviously not a must. My daughter lives in Nedrow area and we have eaten in a few restaurants on Erie Blvd but "chain" restaurants are generally closed xmas day. I am also posting on Yelp as I realize this site is not for recommendations for restaurants like Red Lobster or Chuck - E - Cheese.

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  1. Syracuse is not known for its wide selection of restaurants, unfortunately. Not much is open on Christmas day here. The Genesee Grande is open until like 1 or 2 pm, it's in Syracuse on E. Genesee St. Other than that, you *might* have luck at a country club like Orchard Vali in Lafayette, near Nedrow - but most places are definitely closed on Christmas day in Syracuse. You could try ethnic restaurants, Chinese or Indian, who do not celebrate Christmas. Another option, if you do not want to prepare food, is to call Wegmans and order dinner for the number of people that will be eating and pick it up in advance the day before, and reheat it the day of. Joelle's French Bistro in Skaneateles offers a Christmas dinner priced per person, but the deadline for ordering may have already passed - if you wanted to go the gourmet route, you could call them. I think pick up is on the 23rd or morning of the 24th, reheat the day of. I ordered the take-out dinner from there for Thanksgiving and it was out of this world.

    Joelle's French Bistro
    4423 State Street Rd, Skaneateles, NY 13152

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    1. re: chapstickaddict

      Thanks for the info. My wife & i were up in Syracuse for Thanksgiving (actually, we are up there just about every month for a few days, drawn by our 18 month old twin grand-daughters) and we ordered the dinner from Price-Choppers and that wasn't half bad.
      It's funny even in a big city like New York most of my memories of xmas day are going to a near empty movie theatre and ordering in Chinese food.
      Actually I called the Ruby Tuesdays on Erie Blvd. and they are open 2PM to 6PM xmas day. If you happen to go there, look for me; I'll be the older gentelman picking food and sippy cups off the floor.

    2. Since most regular restaurants are closed, you may want to try a Chinese place.

      I like China Road in Brewerton. It caters to both Chinese and non-Chinese clientele. Give them a call. They are less than 10 minutes from Carrier Circle.

      2204 Brewerton Road Mattydale, N.Y. 13211. Tel: 315-455-5888


      China Road
      2204 Brewerton Rd Ste 1, Syracuse, NY 13211

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      1. re: Fred19

        Thanks Fred 19. We stayed in a Motel there in June 2010 so I know the area.

      2. The Genesee Grande has a limited menu from 11am - 8pm