Foodies through the Finger Lakes
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
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?
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.
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
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.
+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
501 S Meadow St Ste 1, Ithaca, NY 14850
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.
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Sheldrake Point Cafe
7448 County Rd 153, Interlaken, NY 14847
53 E Main St, Trumansburg, NY 14886
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