Ithaca, NY has more restaurants per capita than New York City and continues to attract diners across the globe. In fact, Ithaca was recognized by Bon Appetit magazine as one of the “foodiest” towns in America.
Ithaca is known for its farm-to-table and fine-dining restaurants, serving fresh and healthy American and ethnic cuisine, which appeal to residents and visitors alike.
Ithaca is home to the world-famous Moosewood Restaurant, whose award-winning vegetarian cookbooks attract diners from around the country. Ithaca is also the birthplace of the ice cream sundae, created by a local fountain owner in 1892.
With over 50 dining establishments in Downtown Ithaca, you’ll definitely find an option that will please your palate. Browse the following lists to see where you and your friends or family will be dining today!
Do you enjoy the showiness of hibachi cooked right in front of you and the customizability of frozen yogurt shops? Put them together and you’ve got Thai-style “fried ice cream,” now available at 15 Below Ice Cream, a brand-new dessert shop on the west end of the Ithaca Commons.
Customers can watch as an employee prepares their order on a frozen pan. The tasty treat is crafted by quickly blending frozen milk with assorted flavors on the slab. The ice cream is then flattened with a spatula and molded into “fried” rolls. Toppings – cookies, fruit, candy and/or sauce – are then added to the rolls.
The starting cost for each combo is $5 and includes four or five fried ice cream rolls and three to four toppings. More toppings may be added for an additional charge.
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Alley Cat Cafe
Browncoat Cat Rescue
One of our most common questions is, “Where do the cats come from?”
They come from Browncoat Cat Rescue! AKA, BCR. BCR is a volunteer run organization that focuses on unwanted and abandoned cats in Ithaca and its surrounding areas. Volunteers create awareness within the community, and educate people of the importance of spaying and neutering. By working with committed foster parents, local veterinarians, and members of the community, we can empower feral cat colony keepers, and find loving adoptive homes for rescued cats.
BCR brings adoptable rescued kitties to the cafe, where they can socialize with people and other cats alike, and meet their future forever parent! It’s been a great way to spread awareness of cats in the community, as well as get these little ones the attention and homes they deserve.
Did you know the first ever cat cafe was in Taipei, Taiwan, in 1998? From there it spread to Japan, and quickly became popular since many people live in small homes that can’t house a cat. The concept since then has been popularized in many other countries – from Austria, Scotland, Canada, Australia and much much more! All over the world now, people seek the comfort of cats at cat cafes.
We also have been asked why BCR chose a cat cafe instead of an adoption center. Our mission is to create a sense of community; a place for people to come together with a common interest. Not only do we get cat-lovers, but we get coffee-lovers too! Amazing things happen when the two are combined, and the smiles left on peoples’ faces is so worth it to us. The cafe not only provides delicious drinks & fare, but also supports BCR and its cause.
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Wednesday-Friday: 11 am-6 pm
Saturday-Sunday: 9 am-3 pm
Gourmet vegan comfort foods made from scratch.
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Located on the corner of Aurora and Seneca Streets, Asia Cuisine is a favorite stop for both locals and the college communities. Asia Cuisine has a reasonably priced array of Japanese, Korean and Chinese dishes and posseses lovely window seats where you can watch the world go by as you dine. Asia Cuisine is an excellent option for vegetarians: their bibim bop and stir-fried kimchi with tofu are delectable.
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There is no other establishment quite like Bar Argos. The craftsmanship of the custom zinc-top bar, the two hundred year old handmade bricks, the warm beeswax finish on the pigmented plaster wall, and all that before you even see the menu!
Bar Argos’ offerings are as inviting as the building itself. Our bartenders will guide you through our unique menu featuring both carefully curated classic cocktails and housemade inventions. Or, just share what you might be in the mood for! This is the perfect place to enjoy the company of friends, co-workers, neighbors, and family. You will feel perfectly at home at Bar Argos, and will find our craft to be beyond compare!
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Tuesday - Thursday 11:00am - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday 11:00am - 1:00am
Sunday 11:00am - 9:00pm
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Bike Bar Ithaca
A bicycle inspired Tap Room.
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Thursday-Saturday: 8:30am - 2:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm
A local favorite, Cafe Dewitt serves up uncommonly imaginative and fresh foods using local organic produce and farm-raised meats. They serve healthy breakfasts, brunches and lunches in a European cafe atmosphere situated in the open air hall of the DeWitt Mall.
Voted best brunch in Ithaca numerous times in the reader’s polls, grab a Sunday Times and watch the passersby (or the fish in one of their many tanks if that’s more your speed) as you enjoy one of their culinary marvels, such as lemon-chiffon pancakes with mascarpone whipped cream; apple, sausage and potato hash; or omelets with sherry-glazed shitake mushrooms, fresh spinach, and pesto ricotta.
Also available for catering.
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Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 11:30pm
One restaurant, two menus. The Capital State Kitchen and Capital Corner Restaurant serves asian cuisine with Chinese and Japanese menu options. The restaurant has a newly renovated dining room with wooden floors as well as a private party room. The Capital State Kitchen and Capital Corner Restaurant serves sushi, teriyaki and tempura dishes. Lunch specials and lunch and dinner Bento boxes are always available. Customers can dine in or take out. Delivery is available.
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Located on the Ithaca Commons, Casablanca Mediterranean Cuisine & Pizzeria offers excellent deals on pizzas. Casablanca also serve wings, subs, pastas, salads, panini, wraps, and sandwiches, pitas, burgers, calzones, chicken, and more!
Casablanca offers delivery and pickup. Delivery time is 30-45 minutes and costs $1.75. Please see Casablanca’s website link below for information on its delivery range.
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Cayuga Lake Creamery
Homemade ice cream & roadside food using the finest ingredients in Interlaken, NY.
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Friday - Sunday: 1:00pm - 1:00am
Don’t let appearances fool you! Possessing a certain je ne sais quoi, the Chanti is Ithaca’s most beloved dive bar. Not only is it Ithaca’s oldest surviving tavern, but it is arguably the oldest downtown business. Its laid back, dingy interior has continued to attract an eclectic mix of graduate students and townies alike for decades. Pool tables, friendly, knowledgeable bartenders, and a great lineup on the jukebox has made it a favorite watering hole for the town as long as we can remember.
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It all began with a bagel. Collegetown Bagels, to be exact. For over 20 years, stacks of excellent bagels have formed the foundation of the Brous & Mehaffey stores, now numbering five Ithaca locations.
A family business, Brous & Mehaffey grew from two bagel stores, on College Avenue and Aurora Street. By 1983, CTB Appetizers was in place, as a gourmet deli and full-service catering center focused on fine specialty foods.
Seven years later, the acquisition and renovation of the 80-year-old Ithaca Bakery added both a centrally situated, highly visible and high-traffic location, and a fully equipped bake shop capable of turning out traditional, restaurant-style Italian bread as well as dozens of delicious, creative new artisan breads and pastries.
Today, the stores serve daily waves of Ithacans from every walk of life and dazzles travelers passing through our fair city. Customers find sustenance from a simple cup of good coffee to super sandwiches, exquisite entrées and the most ornate, customized cakes they can imagine. But more, they enjoy an exciting, ever-evolving environment built on good service, tantalizing taste temptations and an ongoing welcome with a local touch and a cosmopolitan vision.
Online ordering and call-ins are available for pickup orders. Make sure that your picking up from the N. Aurora St. location!
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Sunday - Tuesday : 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Wednesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Happy Hour at the Bar:
Tuesday - Friday: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Sunday's Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Farm-to-table Restaurant | Culinary Education Center | Event Venue. Home to Tompkins Cortland Community College programs in Culinary Arts, Hotel & Restaurant Management, and Wine Marketing. The downtown Ithaca culinary center, special event venue, and farm-to-bistro restaurant of Tompkins Cortland Community College.
Seasonal menus, locally sourced ingredients, and fresh, inventive preparation.
Craft cocktails – Finger Lakes wines – New York State beer
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The Commons Market is a convenience store that sells popcorn, cigarettes, beer, ready-made food, and more.
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Friday - Saturday: 10:30 am - 3:00am
Sunday: 10:30am - 2:30am
Founded in 1960, Domino’s Pizza operating a network of company-owned and franchise-owned pizza delivery stores in the United States and abroad. Domino’s Pizza’s Vision illustrates a company of exceptional people on a mission to be the best pizza delivery company in the world.
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Gateway Mediterranean Bistro and Grill
When you crave the goodness of Mediterranean food, there’s an easy way to satisfy cravings with our convenient online ordering (coming soon). Fresh tasting appetizers and salads get you started, and then choose from a wide selection of Mediterranean and Greek classics. Meats and seafood are combined with traditional seasonings to produce our mouth watering entrees, such as Shawarmas, gyros and kabobs, bursting with the flavors of our old world recipes. Savor the goodness easier than ever now with our online ordering for delivery or carry out.
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Gorgers, started by brothers Barton and Matthew Diamond, was formed with a desire to use high quality, fresh ingredients to produce an affordable, yet desirable dining option. Subs are served on either an Italian roll or grilled flatbread, both of which are made in house, daily. All of the sauces (some of which use herbs from the owners’ garden) are house-made, without preservatives or high fructose corn syrup.
Gorgers hopes to fill the void in Ithaca’s hot sub market by offering unique options such as Chimichurri, Coconut Shrimp with pickled vegetables and a sweet thai chili sauce, and Chicken Modena which features mozzarella cheese and tomatoes soaked in a balsamic vinegar reduction. Gorgers also roasts fair trade, organic coffee beans, imported from Guatemala.
Gorgers offers free delivery from 1:00pm-9:00pm.
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GreenStar Food Co+Op – Dewitt Mall
GreenStar At Dewitt Mall is a cozy downtown natural foods market located in the historic Dewitt Mall. Whether you’re looking for a hot meal, a few vitamins, your week’s groceries or just a cup of tea, GreenStar At Dewitt Mall has you covered!
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Hawi Ethiopian Restaurant
Ethiopia’s unique cuisine is favored by many family and friends, from many dishes with its rich spicy stew and diversity of flavors to its spongy flat bread, Ethiopian cuisine surely qualifies as one of the world’s flavorful cuisines. All are welcomed.
A typical dish is served with injera accompanied by a spicy stew or mild stew, which includes either beef, lamb, chicken, vegetables and various types of legumes, such as lentils. All vegetarian dishes are vegan.
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Hound and Mare
Wednesday: 8 am - 2 pm
Thursday: 8 am - 2 pm
Friday: 8 am - 2 pm
Saturday: 8 am - 2 pm
Sunday: 8 am - 2 pm
American and Asian-inspired breakfast & lunch sandwiches and baked goods
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Ithaca Ale House
If you’re in the mood for a lively, festive atmosphere, especially on the weekends, check out the Ithaca Ale House. Located in the heart of Restaurant Row on Aurora Street, the Ithaca Ale House is an American bar and grill with an extensive, ever changing selection of 20 tap craft beers with brews from all over the country.
A great place to meet for drinks and appetizers, or a full blown dinner with friends, the Ale House offers tasty appetizers, salads and soups, an extensive selection of burgers, and dinner entrees ranging from sandwiches to heaping plates of salad, a large selection of dinner entrees, and an assortment of flatbread pizzas. Try their mini sliders with eggplant fries, Ale House blackened cajun pasta, or Maryland crabcake salad.
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Ithaca Mini Mart
Coffee soda snacks Tobacco cigarettes Ice cream breakfast lunch sandwich craft beer/cold beer much more One stop shop Follow us on Instagram/FB @Ithacaminimart for craft beer updates
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Ithaca Social Pub & Grille
Monday – Sunday; October – May: 6:30am – 11:00am
Sunday Brunch: June - September: 7:00am – 1:00pm
*Restaurant closed during brunch*
Sunday – Thursday; November – January 4:00pm – 9:00pm
Friday and Saturday; November - January 4:00pm – 10:00pm
Sunday –Saturday; February – October 4:00pm – 10:00pm
*Bar only- Friday and Saturdays* 2:00pm – 11:00pm
Happy Hour Sunday – Thursday 4:00pm – 7:00pm
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Jimmy John’s Sandwiches
A sandwich chain with corporate headquarters based in Champlain, IL. Offering take out or delivery service, Jimmy John’s claims to have ‘the world’s tastiest gourmet sandwiches.’ You be the judge.
Now with online ordering available: see link below to place your order.
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Just A Taste
Tapas are a Spanish tradition of tasting and sharing a variety of appetizer-size dishes, and Just a Taste has not only perfected this, they have turned it into an art form. An Ithaca favorite, Just a Taste serves up culinary marvels in the form of reasonably-priced sharable plates.
Just a Taste does not take reservations; plan to arrive early and have a pre-dinner cocktail at one of the nearby bars or cafes. It will be well worth the wait and their ever-friendly, professional staff are happy to call you on your cell to let you know your table is ready. The patio out back is one of Ithaca’s best kept secrets – ask to sit outside if it’s a warm evening.
Over 40 wines by the glass. Can’t decide? Try one of their flights.
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Kilpatrick’s Publick House
Kilpatrick’s Publick House is a traditional, upscale Irish pub restaurant featuring authentic Irish-inspired and American cuisine. Located next to the Hilton Garden Inn in Ithaca, New York, we consider ourselves to be a “place for everyone,” catering not just to a steady bar crowd, but also to families and business travelers who are visiting the area.
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Kimchi Korean Restaurant
Authentic Korean Restaurant bringing yummy Korean favorites to downtown
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Authentic Spanish Tapas and Deli
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Le Café Cent-Dix
Classic French bistro. Featuring rotating Plats du Jour and an extensive selection of French and Finger Lakes wines.
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Lot 10 Bar and Lounge
Lot 10 is Ithaca’s only two floor cocktail lounge and night club. Upstairs at Lot 10 features daily drink specials, live entertainment, DJ’s and dancing, along with a pool table, dart board and juke box. Lot 10’s second floor is the perfect destination for cutting loose and unwinding with friends.
Downstairs at Lot 10 features a sophisticated cocktail lounge that is second to none. A welcoming selection of comfortable couches and soft candle light along with an eclectic music selection provides the perfect ambiance that is sure to put you at ease. Downstairs offers a hand picked wine list, an array of fine liquors, craft beers and the only weekly rotating cocktail menu in Ithaca. Lot 10’s first floor is where you want to be when you are looking to relax and enjoy a quality drink in a casually refined setting while being served by some of the area’s finest bartenders.
With twice daily Happy Hours (5pm-7pm & 10pm-1am), daily drink specials, rotating art installations, innovative cocktails, live music, and a continually expanding entertainment schedule all located under one roof, Lot 10 is certain to have you coming back time and time again!
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Lucky Hare Brewing Company
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Luna Inspired Street Food
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An American bistro, Mahogany Grill serves lunch and dinner, offering a range of American classics such as burgers and sandwiches, seafood & steaks, salads, pastas and soups. Their dining room and spacious tap room and bar make it a popular place for dinner or drinks with friends. Mahogany Grill is a lunch hot spot for downtown professionals and tourists. Mahogany Grill has outdoor seating where you can watch life go by on Aurora Street in the warmer months.
Daily appetizer special: half price appetizers from 4pm to 7pm and 9pm to midnight.
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Mama Said Hand Pies
Made by hand & baked to perfection, our hand pies feature a flaky, golden crust and fillings that celebrate comforting flavors from around the world.
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Mercato Bar & Kitchen
Mercato’s Bar and Kitchen offers Italian inspired seasonally-conscious cuisine, a friendly professional waitstaff, and a clean urban-bistro aesthetic. Offering an upscale menu that changes seasonally, try the cured meats appetizer with a selection of meats, cheeses and olives, the fresh market fish and herbs steamed in parchment paper, or the homemade gnocchi. For dessert, Mercato recommends trying its pine nut tart drizzled with balsamic reduction and served with cappuccino-flavored gelato.
Mercato does not take reservations; be sure to arrive early, put your name on the list and have a drink at the bar while you wait.
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Mia Restaurant offers Pan-Asian cuisine, the combination of the ingredients and flavors of several ethnic dishes. Owned by Lex Chutintaranond, one of Ithaca’s top restaurateurs and the founder of some of Ithaca’s most popular eateries – including Just a Taste, Madeline’s, and ZaZa’s Cucina. Mia Restaurant uses local produce, sustainably harvested seafood, and hormone & antibiotic free meats in their delicious Pan-Asian cuisine. Try the watercress and jicama salad with goji berries, the Ahi tuna steak with wakame miso and Japanese mustard sauce, or the fried red snapper Kerala style with southern Indian curry.
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Monks On The Commons
Saturday: 8am-11am, 5pm-10pm
Sunday: 8am-11am, 5pm-9pm
A full-service restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Located inside Marriott on the Commons.
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Moonies Bar & Nightclub
Friday - Saturday: 8:00pm - 1:00am
With its unique blend of a high energy, clubby atmosphere combined with a vintage tavern feel, ‘Moonies’ is a popular nightlife destination with the college and party crowd. Moonshadow’s space significantly increased in 2010 with the addition of a dance floor that offers plenty of room to get your groove on.
In addition to darts, a pool table and lounge areas, Moonshadow’s features a one of a kind bar top made from custom concrete that features hundreds of fiber optics set inside of the stone that illuminate the entire bar. Live DJs rock the dance floor 5 nights a week (Tues-Sat.)
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Named one of the 20th century’s most influential restaurants by Bon Appetit magazine,
Moosewood has been a driving force in the world of creative vegetarian cooking since 1973. Moosewood, Inc. is a collectively owned business with nineteen members who share responsibilities to run what has grown from a small natural foods restaurant to become a large and diverse company.
Since its inception, Moosewood has published thirteen internationally acclaimed vegetarian cookbooks, and a line of frozen vegetarian dinners, salad dressings and soups that are sold in natural food stores and supermarkets across the country.
With a menu of tasty and nutritious entrees that change daily, Moosewood is known for using only the freshest produce (organic whenever possible), whole grains, beans, soy, quality herbs and spices, and the finest imported or domestic ingredients available. Moosewood serves fresh seafood, great homemade desserts, and offer natural sodas, fresh juices, coffees, beers, spirits, and a good selection of wines from New York State and beyond.
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New Delhi Diamond’s
Monday - Friday:11:30am-3:00pm
Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm-3:00pm
Monday - Sunday: 4:30pm-10:00pm
New Delhi Diamond’s offers authentic North Indian cuisine to the Ithaca community. New Delhi Diamond’s is a great place to go when you’re on a budget, or when eating out in a big group. New Delhi Diamond’s has a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere; the daily lunch buffet is a popular spot for both working professionals and students.
‘Diamond’s’ is owned and operated by the Sekhon family who are originally from the city of Ludhiana in the Indian state of Punjab. Preparing authentic North Indian cuisine in the traditional Indian way, many of the dishes are prepared in a tandoor, a traditional Indian clay oven. The menu offers vegetarian, chicken, seafood and lamb dishes, as well as a variety of delicious Tandoori bread flavors.
New Delhi Diamond’s All-You-Can-Eat Lunch Buffett is $7.99 (+tax) and is offered every day.
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Nothing Nowhere Cafe
A “secret” cafe serving specialty coffee and baked goods. Nothing Nowhere is located inside of Home Green Home.
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Nowhere Special Libations Parlor
Cozy cocktail bar with rotational beer and seasonal cocktails.
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One Ring Donuts
Features freshly baked, locally made and seasonally inspired donuts. Its donut recipe is actually made with potatoes – giving it a decadent texture that we cannot WAIT to share with you. (yes gluten free! yes vegan! as well as good ol’ gluten-full.)
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Deli offering coffee, specialty drinks, smoothies and grab-and-go food items. Will soon offer more traditional deli selections like sliced meats and made to order sandwiches.
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Enjoy a meal of pizzettes, salads and pastas in our comfortable dining room on the east end of the downtown Ithaca Commons. House favorites include spaghetti and meatballs, pesto pizzettes, arancini and our roasted vegetable salad. Lots of vegan and vegetarian options. Have an Italian cocktail or a glass of Prosecco on tap and check out our fabulous desserts!
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Pete’s Cayuga Bar
A fixture on the downtown bar scene since 1975, Pete’s Cayuga Bar has all the charm of your local neighborhood bar. It’s the kind of place where if you come by yourself, you’re bound to make a few friends by the end of the night. Now popular with a younger, townie set, Pete’s offers newly renovated bathrooms, pool tables in the back, and an extremely laid back atmosphere.
If a few drinks and rounds of pool are on the evening’s agenda, then make Pete’s a stop on your list.
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Located on the corner of Green and Cayuga Street opposite the Tompkins County public library, Pizza Aroma offers delicious gourmet pizzas with a light, crunchy NY style crust. Pizza Aroma offer an imaginative array of combinations; try the potato pie or the chicken ranch pizza. As an extra bonus, they even make vegan pizza with soy cheese.
Estimated delivery time is 45 minutes. There is a minimum of a $15 purchase for delivery. Please see their website below for details on Pizza Aroma’s delivery range.
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Thursday-Saturday: 8 am-2 pm
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Red’s Place is a dining pub featuring flavors from all around the world and a laid-back atmosphere with reclaimed wood, lighting fixtures, and other architectural elements from Ithaca’s past.
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Sacred Root Kava Lounge & Tea Bar
Sacred Root is Ithaca’s newest nightlife alternative, serving kava – a traditional and relaxing ceremonial elixir from the South Pacific – as well as a diverse selection of organic and local teas, coffees, and RAW desserts.
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Friday: 10:00am - 12:00am
Saturday - Sunday: All day (24 hours)
Located on the Ithaca Commons, Sammy’s Pizzeria serves up delicious pies – especially their legendary white pizza. Sammy’s Pizzeria also serves pasta, burgers, salads, sandwiches, soups, wraps and chicken wings. Sammy’s offers outdoor seating in the warm weather months, and is a favorite stop for the downtown after-bar crowd.
The minimum order for delivery is $6.99.
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Sangam Indian Cuisine
Located in Center Ithaca, Sangam is an Indian to go cart whose parent restaurant is located on Eddy Street in Collegetown. Sangam offers a variety of traditional Indian specialties. If you’re craving Indian food for lunch, the vegetable curry and side of fried pakora is an excellent meal.
Accompanying the stand is a Bollywood video rental section. You can also purchase far Eastern cooking staples like rice, lentils and nan bread.
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Shortstop Deli was founded in 1978 by Albert Smith, who set out to build the BEST SUB in Ithaca. He chose to use only the finest meats, cheeses, and vegetables and serve it on bread baked right in the store. He lets the customer decide the toppings so you can have it your way.
We think he succeeded in creating Ithaca’s BEST SUB as do the readers of the Ithaca Journal and the Ithaca Times: His sandwiches have been voted “Best of Ithaca” by the readers of both papers almost every year since the inception of the award.
Shortstop hasn’t closed their doors in over 30 years; so whether you want to come in for a cup of fresh brewed coffee at 7am or if you are hungry for an award winning sub at midnight, you can always count on them to be open.
In addition to a delicious array of sandwiches and subs, they also carry a variety of drinks and snacks.
Stop by anytime or call in your order and have it ready for pick-up.
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Simeon’s on the Commons
Tuesday- Thursday: Dinner 5pm-10pm
Friday: Lunch 11:30am-3pm / Dinner 5pm-11pm / Bar till 12:30am
Saturday: Brunch 11am-2:30 / Dinner 5pm-11pm / Bar till 12:30am
Sunday: Brunch 11am-2:30 / Dinner 5pm-10pm
Simeon’s is an upscale American bistro that provides delectable food to accompany an incredible variety of beverages. Simeon’s serves exceptional cuisine inspired by the seasonal bounty of the Finger Lakes region. Simeon’s has been welcoming guests in a warm turn-of-the-century setting for over twenty-five year.
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Friday-Saturday: 6:00 am - 9:00pm
Starbucks is located on the corner of Seneca and Tioga Streets in Seneca Place. Starbucks offers coffee, pastries, and sandwiches and offers free Wi-Fi.
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Tue:11:00 am~10:30 pm
Wed:11:00 am~10:30 pm
Thur:11:00 am~10:30 pm
Fri:11:00 am~11:00 pm
Sat:11:00 am~11:00 pm
Sun:11:30 am~11:00 pm
Sweet Melissa’s Ice Cream Shop
Serving up some delicious homemade ice cream goodness downtown Ithaca! Both dairy and vegan varieties! Also has the best soft serve you’ll have try!
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Taste of Thai
Dinner: 5:00pm - 10pm
Sat, Sun & Holidays
11:30am - 10:00pm
Family owned and operated since 2001, Taste of Thai features moderately-priced authentic Thai food, as well as vegetarian and vegan dishes. Each dish on their extensive menu is individually prepared to taste using the freshest ingredients including exotic Thai herbs and spices. Choose from a variety of imported and domestic wines and beer, including the world-renowned Singha beer of Thailand.
Taste of Thai — voted “Best Asian Food in Ithaca” in 2011 and 2010 and “Best Thai Food of Ithaca” in 2008 by Ithaca Times readers — is elegantly furnished with Thai art and other Thai decorations and has both English and Thai speaking wait staff available.
Chefs, owners, and husband and wife team, Aryia (Oh) and Sadudee (April) Pancharoen, welcome you to dine in the casual, friendly, and relaxed atmosphere of Taste of Thai on the Ithaca Commons!
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Thai Basil Restaurant
Thai Basil Restaurant – formerly the Bangkok Thai Bistro & Sushi Bar – is a full-service restaurant serving lunch and dinner. Thai Basil Restaurant is located in the heart of downtown Ithaca and offers delicious Thai cuisine for Ithacans and college students.
An event space with a draught bar with all beers served on tap. Also serving wine, champagne, and soft drinks. For use by reservation only during Covid-19.
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The Greenhouse Cafe and Cocktail Lounge
We’re true New Yorkers at heart.
We believe in our soil, the people who grow our food, and the community we feed.
We work hand in hand with local farmers, growers and purveyors to source ingredients that have been the products of genuine care.
We grow the herbs used to garnish your cocktails, and take pride in the spirits we place before you.
We craft our wine and tap beer program to highlight New York’s talented winemakers and brewers.
The result is thoughtful drinks and provisions that pay homage to the state we call home. We want you to taste our food and sip our drinks and feel the spirit of New York pulsing through you.
By embracing homegrown foods, The Greenhouse not only supports New York’s farmers and growers, but it advocates for the larger principles of sustainability.
Know a great purveyor we should partner with? Let us know!.
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Western Saloon-themed bar. The Range offers a 250 capacity room, a full sound system and a wooden dance floor with plenty of comfortable space to dance, drink or people watch.
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The Strand Cafe
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The Watershed offers conversational atmosphere until 1am for people of all ages and tastes, a bookish social space where delicious beverages and comfort foods set an understated baseline for Ithaca’s varied night life. Tea and coffee, a curated list of classic cocktails, regional, national, and international selections of beer and wine as well as delicious soft drinks, The Watershed has something to offer everyone.
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Thompson and Bleecker Pizza and Wine Tavern
Tues.-Thurs. 4:30pm - 9pm
Friday, Saturday 4:30pm - 10pm
Sunday 4:30pm - 9pm
Neapolitan Pizza. organic wine tavern. craft beer
All of the menu items will be made fresh with the finest, freshest, and healthiest ingredients. No Freezer. No Fryer. No Microwave.
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Tian Jin Foods
Tian Jin Foods, Downtown Ithaca newest Chinese food place, is now open! It’s located in Center Ithaca’s food court and offers a sampling of authentic dishes. Come check it out! Center Ithaca is located on The Commons.
Tibetan Momo Bar
Saturday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Located in Center Ithaca’s food court, Tibetan Momo Bar serves Japanese and Tibetan cuisine. The stand is owned and operated by Yeshi Tsondu, who specializes in Tibetan momos, a traditional dish consisting of hand made dumplings filled with meat, potatoes or vegetables drizzled in a delicious savory sauce. Tibetan Momo Bar offers sizable portions of stir fry, noodles, and more at reasonable prices. If you enjoy spicy cuisine, be sure to try the Hapayaki chicken dish.
Viva! Taqueria & Cantina
Founded in 1995, Viva Taqueria brings to Ithaca a California-style taqueria that offers healthy and delicious Mexican food at reasonable prices.
Viva Cantina, a full service restaurant located next door to the Taqueria (take-out), offers margaritas made with fresh lime juice, a huge selection of premium tequilas, Mexican and local beers, and fresh sangria. Viva’s menu features tacos, burritos, quesadillas, enchiladas, soups and salads, and more. Items from the Cantina menu are available for takeout in the Taqueria.
Viva does not take reservations. First-come, first-served!
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Wednesday Friday: 7:00am - 3:00pm
Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 3:00pm
Waffle Frolic specializes in sweet and savory waffles loaded up with an assortment of delicious toppings that change daily. They also carry an array of baked goods with vegan and gluten-free options, and a full espresso bar featuring fair trade certified and bird friendly Coffee Labs Roasters coffee from Tarrytown, NY.
Waffle Frolic serves full breakfasts and late night goodies such as the Viking Donuts and funnel cakes. In addition to waffles, Waffle Frolic offer paninis, soups and salads, and daily specials (savory grilled cheese sandwiches, fried chicken, and homemade turkey chili). On hot summer days, stop by Waffle Frolic for a smoothie or frappe drink.
With ample seating on the upstairs level, Waffle Frolic is a great place to sit and work thanks to their free WiFi service.
Waffle Frolic hosts poetry slams, a free book exchange, and rotating monthly art shows.