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NYC to Ithaca Drive

I'm driving from NYC to (and back from ) Ithaca, NY this weekend...any suggestions for good spots for a stop along the way? Not looking for fancy and don't care about service, as long as it's quick...more chow orientated.

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    1. re: 4Snisl

      Likely 80-380 and so forth. Through Scranton.

      1. re: Ubertrout

        Glider Diner in Scranton is pretty darn good. Hot open roast beef with crispy fries or mashed potatoes and and gravy is spectacular. Also Coney Island lunch, great chili-cheese dogs.

    2. Pita Gourmet (mediteranean) in Cortlandt is very good
      Community Restaurant also in Cortlandt
      There is a great hle in the wall BBQ/Rib place in Johnson Citynear the Square Deal arch (can't remember the name)
      Several Spedie places in Binghampton and Vestal

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      1. re: Motosport

        I think you meant Cortland? (Cortlandt is in Westchester county)

        1. re: Motosport

          Wouldn't you turn off 81 to 79 at Whitney Point before Cortland?

            1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

              I believe it went under a few years ago, at least. Unless they have re-emerged.

          1. Savory Maza at 200 North Main in Scranton's West Side is an amazing Lebanese restaurants - chowish but not quick

            1. I do this trip somewhat often and found very good Turkish food here. I

              Turkish Restaurant
              258 Main Street Johnson City, NY 13790

              I'm pretty sure I found the rec on this site but I can't remember.
              JeremyEG
              HomeCookLocavore.com

              1. There's a Cracker Barrel in Binghamton if you take 81 (which I believe is quicker). It's right off the exit basically. I love stopping there. In an out in 30-40 minutes usually (unless it's a weekend morning)

                1. And of course the Roscoe Diner...oops just saw you said this weekend and this was a month ago

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                  1. re: jhopp217

                    Off of rt 17 in the town of Hancock N.Y. would be the Circle E Diner where for over 30 or so yrs I enjoyed the Sportsman's Breakfast ; 2 sausage ,2 strips of bacon , 2 pancakes, 2 eggs and choice of toast .OH yeah home fries, I haven't been there for a while since moving away .Also in Hancock a new hotel with dining and also in the town a pizzeria "Little Italy "that was good . La Salette (sp) for Italian is also popular with locals and week enders .