Thanks to all for suggestions. Just a Taste was brilliant. We also tried a new place (also tapas) called Lot 10 on S. Cayuga near the Commons. The food was excellent, the servers (and service) couldn't have been better. What a great addition to some of the mall places which seem to be interchangeable. Again, thanks to all respondents.
My father lives in Ithaca and brother went to Ithaca College. I've been to a few places, but their faves are Zaza's for Italian (I've never been).
Thai Cuisine - excellent and wonderful service two times I've been there. Don't confuse with Taste of Thai. I've heard the food is decent, but the service is touch and go.
Moosewood - Vegetarian and soups -
Antler's or John Thomas - steakhouse/American. Antler's has specials some nights.
Glenwood Pines - Burgers are very good
Collegetown Bagels - bagels and coffee