Ithaca and restaurant by the road
Hi, will be going from NYC to Niagara falls in May with my wife and was hoping for some help with restaurant suggestions. We will be leaving from Newark as it seems to be the best location to pick up a rental car if you want to avoid driving in Manhattan. We expect to leave Newark somewhere between 10 and 11 on Sunday May 4th and need a place for lunch along the way. From looking at a map somewhere between Scranton and Binghamton seems ideal, is there any decent place for lunch in that area? Does not have to be fine dining by any means, a diner will do fine just as long as food is good.
On the way back we will spend Monday night, the 5th of May in Ithaca and I've been reading a little bit on older discussions on what seems to have been the top suggestions and came up with Moosewood, Just a Taste, Crooked Rooster and Hazelnut Kitchen as the most interesting alternatives. However most threads are quite old. Are these still good places? If so which one would you suggest if you only have one dinner on a Monday night? If these places are no longer up to standard or new and better have opened where should we go? We are open to any type of cuisine, but the ingredients should preferably be local. Also, as we are in the wine business, a good beverage list is a bonus, though not a must. I appreciate any feedback you might have.
We did a similar trip last year and I did a quick write-up. For the one dinner recommendation in Ithaca, I'd recommend Moosewood on principle, but Just a Taste had a better set-up for tasting different wines:
And if you make it up to Niagara-on-the-Lake during your trip north, I recommend checking out Stone Road Grille and Greaves Jams and Jellies!
Savory Maza in Scranton for authentic and fabulous Middle Eastern food. It's our favorite stop on the yearly trip to Syracuse.
We've tried Moosewood, excellent, but I am not a vegetarian enthusiast.
Not for nuthin' but you might want to fly into Buffalo. There are usually some good fares on Jet Blue.