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Aug 2, 2011 01:15 PM

Foodies through the Finger Lakes

Hi All,

My wife and I are taking a short driving trip through Finger Lakes region as part of a larger trip...see itinerary below. Already did a search on "Finger Lakes" and read most everything but just wondering if anyone has anything else to add. No kids, no restrictions food wise and upscale dining great too.

9/3 - fly into Buffalo, stay in Niagara Falls
9/4 - drive to Seneca Falls (Finger Lakes), stay 2 nights
9/6 - drive to Montreal, stay 2 nights
9/8 - drive to Quebec, stay 3 nights
9/11 - drive to Hyde Park, NY, stay 3 nights (one night eat at the CIA)
9/14 - drive to NYC, stay 3 nights
9/17 - fly home

Thanks in advance

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  1. What will you be doing in the Hyde Park area for 3 nights? There are many great restaurants from Rhinebeck (northern Dutchess County) down to Beacon (southern Dutchess). Although maybe you've already found enough info on that and are just asking about the Finger Lakes :-) Will you be making it down to Ithaca from Seneca Falls?

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    1. re: Solstice444

      We drive in late first night from Quebec so that's a lost evening. Other than that we will visit Roosevelt & Vanderbilt homes. CIA tour and eat there one night. Please pass along Duchess County recommendations and anything for Ithatca. Thanks in advance.

      1. re: mbro

        In Hyde Park there is Thai House, which is good. If you can make it up to Rhinebeck, Terrapin is very good. In Poughkeepsie, some very nice places for dinner are The Artist's Palate and Crave, and Mole Mole is a small very casual place with authentic Mexican. If you happen There are definitely more good restaurants up in the northern half of Dutchess, I just haven't been to many north of Poughkeepsie since I live in southern Dutchess. If you do make it down to Beacon, maybe on your way to NYC or something (it's a worthwhile place to stop anyway, interesting stores and art galleries), check out Poppy's which has excellent burgers made with local grass-fed beef and other local ingredients.

        In Ithaca, Just A Taste is a great tapas place. Viva Cantina has reasonably priced fresh Mexican. Taste of Thai is good also. Those are all on the Commons. There are many new places that have sprung up too since I've graduated so maybe someone else can provide further suggestions.

        1. re: Solstice444

          Thank you Solstice...I really appreciate the recommendations. This is going to be a great trip ! Again, thank you.

          1. re: mbro

            Sure! It does sound like a great trip, you'll get to see and do alot.

        2. re: mbro

          Twisted Soul in Poughkeepsie is worth the hour drive from our home. We go regularly. Everything is great, particularly the Fried Chicken Noodle bowl, chickpea fries and bubble teas. And the dulce de leche cupcakes. Cheap, casual, fresh and yummy.

          Also, Formosa Cuisine, just across the street from Marist. Really great Taiwanese.

          Twisted Soul - Food Concepts
          47 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

      2. Just had a very nice lunch at Dano's Heuriger on the east side of Seneca. Austrian bistro food done well. Stick with the traditional stuff, as the only thing I wasn't crazy about was the burger. Highlights included Hotel Sacher, cucumber salad, braised cabbage, spaetzle, bread basket, pork chop, homemade smoked sausage, saurkraut and knodle. Good local beer and wine selection, and an awesome local grape juice.

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        1. re: veganhater

          +1 to this -- I liked Dano's a lot. We got a bread basket and assortment of dips/spreads to start.

          I'm in Ithaca if you have have any questions about specific places. It's hard to suggest something without knowing what type of restaurants you want (e.g., fine dining/ethnic/casual). My only change to Solstice's recommendations is that Thai Cuisine is much better than Taste of Thai IMO.

          Taste of Thai
          216 E State St, Ithaca, NY 14850

          Thai Cuisine
          501 S Meadow St Ste 1, Ithaca, NY 14850

          1. re: veganhater

            Oops -- just realized that I'm late to this party.

          2. Sounds like a good trip. Seneca Falls was never much of a town for food, but if you are looking for someplace close to where you are staying, I've heard good things about a place called Parker's Grill and Tap House. Geneva is also close and the Red Dove is a decent gastropub type place and nearby Opus is a respectable coffee bar.

            Getting out into the lakes, you might want to consider hitting some wineries on Rt. 414 on Seneca; these are interspersed with some good places to eat - Suzanne (dinner only), Dano's, Red Newt and Stonecat. You can cut across to Ithaca on Rt. 79, and since you have been looking at posts here, I won't say much more except this place has a bigger food scene than anywhere else in the region. Check the Farmer's Market if possible.

            Going back north you could eat at Hazelnut Kitchen in Trumansburg or Simply Red Bistro at Sheldrake Point winery. Or if you find yourself on the eastern shore of Cayuga, you should check out Heart and Hands winery; the little town of Aurora might be a good food stop.

            Stonecat Cafe
            Hector, NY, Hector, NY

            Sheldrake Point Cafe
            7448 County Rd 153, Interlaken, NY 14847

            Hazelnut Kitchen
            53 E Main St, Trumansburg, NY 14886

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            1. re: jmoryl

              So far Suzanne's for dinner. Pork loin and duck were good but heirloom salad and beet salad were killer. Everything farm to table good. Also had lun h at the pub in Seneca falls. Very nice folk tending bar and stood beer and bowl of chile. Moved onto Montreal. Les pyre new, Le Local and Le Garde Manger with Le Garde Manger the best of the bunch. Risotto and halibut cheeks excellent. In Quebec city now

              1. re: mbro

                Thanks for the report. When you say the "pub in Seneca Falls" do you mean Parker's?

                1. re: jmoryl

                  Sorry to be unclear...yes it was Parker's Grille & Tap House. on Fall St. in Seneca Falls.