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Jul 20, 2011 07:16 PM

Binghamton Area Help - Any hidden gems?

My daughter will be starting at SUNY Binghamton this fall, and we just made the first of many trips to Binghamton. Can anyone help with some different non-chain restaurant recs? I have read all of the recent posts, but am hoping to find some more foodie, ethnic recommendations.

We ended up having Italian food one night at J Michaels in downtown Bing. We were hoping it would be old style red sauce type Italian like some of the places we remembered from our college days in Schenectady and Albany. Unfortunately, it was just pretty bad. Another night was at Lost Dog Cafe. It was just okay.

Hoping to try the Korean place on Vestal and Mekong Vietnamese on another trip. Both were closed when we tried to eat there.

The restaurant that has been recommended most often is Number 5, but since we are not big steak eaters, we didnt't try it. Is it really the best in the area?

Help! Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!!

Mekong Vietnamese Restaurant
29 Willow St, Johnson City, NY 13790

Number 5 Restaurant
33 S Washington St, Binghamton, NY 13903

Lost Dog
222 Water St Ste 101, Binghamton, NY 13901

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  1. I was just in the Binghamton area this past weekend and enjoyed a new Turkish restaurant at the corner of Broad and Main St. in Johnson City. It appears to be a family run place, quite humble (used to be a dive bar years ago). I had a very good adana kabob with a side of eggplant and red pepper salad. The father of the family eating next to me seemed to be familiar with Turkish food and could be heard praising his meal.

    The little Thai restaurant at the corner of Washington and North in Endicott was pretty good last time I went (last year sometime).

    Otherwise, good luck! I understand your problem all too well.

    1. My mother and stepdad really enjoy Consols in Endicott, family owned Italian ( They are huge fans of Mekong and have gotten to know the owners, because they go there so much.
      We have had a couple wonderful meals at Lampy's Mediterranean Grill, also in Endicott
      I've heard great things about Lemongrass Kitchen on the Vestal Parkway, but haven't gotten there yet. (
      FujiSan, in the hotel across from the college has pretty decent sushi - at least they did last time we went about 3 years ago.

      we're going up this weekend, I'm sure I'll think of something more while I'm there.

      Consol Family Kitchen
      101 Oak Hill Ave, Endicott, NY 13760

      Lemongrass Kitchen
      1550 Vestal Pkwy E, Vestal, NY 13850

      Lampy's Mediterranean Grill
      105 W Main St # 107, Endicott, NY 13760