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Good diners/casual spots on Rt 17?

DGresh Jun 11, 2013 03:53 PM

We'll be driving back from Ithaca to Westchester county after dropping our son off at a summer program. The timing is very uncertain, so I'm not looking for a place that I need/want a reservation; a reliable diner or other casual place would be ideal. We'll probably be leaving Ithaca around 4 pm, but the timing of dinner is pretty flexible. Any ideas? I see on the interwebs that Roscoe diner is not the icon I thought it was.

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    mrsdebdav Jun 11, 2013 05:44 PM

    I live in Westchester. My son went to Cornell. I spent many hours on 17. No chow worthy stops along the way.

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      Solstice444 Jun 12, 2013 06:20 PM

      I have to agree with this - I am from Westchester and went to Cornell, and we used to time it so that we wouldn't need a meal along the way. Have an early dinner/late lunch in Ithaca! Or stop in Binghamton, although I'm not familiar with the food there, it's likely better than anything else you'd find along the rest of 17.

      DGresh, I hope your sun has a wonderful time at the summer program! Ithaca is amazing in the summer. I took part in a very short (one week) summer program at Cornell while I was in high school, and then ended up going there.

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      scunge Jun 11, 2013 06:28 PM

      I often enjoyed a pretty good "Sportsman Breakfast " at the Circle E Diner There are I believe two Italian restaurants also in that town which is Hancock

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        Mike in Rhinebeck Jun 11, 2013 06:47 PM

        Piccolo Paese, just off Rt. 17 at the Rt 52 exit in Liberty, is much more elegant than a diner, although when I have been there I sat at the bar where the full menu is available. Some true CHOWHOUNDS might scoff at the high prices, but the rod is great. Check it out at piccolopaeserestaurant.com

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          Elisa515 Jun 12, 2013 08:22 PM

          The Lost Dog Cafe in Binghamton is really good, fun and relaxed.

          And to join in what others are saying about the Cornell summer program...I, too, went as a high schooler. Didn't go to Cornell (but I was tempted), but it had a huge positive influence on my ultimate choice, plus I got to college knowing about 10 of my classmates because of the Cornell program.

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            fourunder Jun 12, 2013 08:35 PM


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              Elisa515 Jun 12, 2013 09:25 PM

              This place is south of where the OP will be getting off Rte. 17.

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              scattyboy Jun 13, 2013 11:23 AM

              If you've never had a spiede I recommend Sharkey's or Lupo's in Binghamton.

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                tponti Jun 18, 2013 09:40 AM

                That's a great suggestion, scattyboy! I've been in SoFla since the early '80s and I still crave spiedies. I've brought home Lupo's and Salamida's suces and made them here - but they just aren't the same. Maybe because I always preferred venison, and you gotta have a fresh loaf of Roma's Italian bread to go with it to make the whole experience.

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                DGresh Jul 17, 2013 07:42 AM

                I saw this thread about BBQ not far off Rt 17 that I thought I'd add to this thread


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                  lemarais Jul 17, 2013 06:10 PM

                  If you can go until 7 for dinner I recommend Limoncello in the charming village of Goshen. A very unusual downtown area, stores not laid out in the typical way. In a seemingly residential structure is the restaurant, which is also quite attractive inside.

                  Very nice modern Italian cuisine.


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