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Nov 16, 2011 02:10 PM

Rochester recs

I will be in Rochester (NY) over Thanksgiving visiting family but will have one night out with just my husband and I. I'm not familiar with the area, so am looking for some suggestions for a nice date-type restaurant. Some factors:

-Type of food is wide open. My husband hates sushi, but that's about the only limit. Excellent food is top priority, and if it's local and/or innovative, that's a plus. A good wine list is also a plus.

-Location: wide open. Are staying with relatives in the western suburbs, but we tend to like places in the city (in other cities, haven't spent much time in Rochester). So something in the city or nearby, aren't able to drive out to far flung towns, etc.

-Atmosphere: we're in our early 30s and want something nice but not stuffy. Not super traditional, unless it is the best food ever.

Any help is appreciated!

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  1. Lento is known as the area's locavore place, and Good Luck has gotten notice for creativity and innovation. Both are in the City, in a neighborhood called Neighborhood of the Arts (home of the biggest art gallery, street sculptures, performing arts sites, etc.). Lento is in Village Gate, and Good Luck is around the corner; both venues are repurposed factory sites and have lots of charm. If you want a great steak or seafood, try Black and Blue in Pittsford Plaza. Setting is less charming (suburban strip plaza), but you won't know that once you are inside, and the food is great. Tony D's offers excellent casual Italian, including outstanding wood-fired pizza. It's in a great location in Corn Hill, just south of downtown and on the river. Not a stuffy joint among those mentioned. Enjoy Rochester!

    Good Luck
    50 Anderson Ave, Rochester, NY 14607