We sat in the flowering patio to enjoy our casual lunch. There were lines out to door to get inside; we were seated rather quickly. Enjoyed looking at the cookbooks, caps, mugs, tee shirts shirts, & cooking chatcka's while waiting. Service was friendly and attentive.
Moosewood was founded in 1973 with an emphasis on healthful, natural foods with an ethnic flair. Their foods are prepared with the freshest organic ingredients. They now offer natural juices, sodas, coffees, beers, NYS wines & now a full service bar.
The Moosewood Cooperative of 19 operators, has written ten cookbooks; most are acclaimed! They offer cooking classes and demonstrations. Moosewood consultants help adapt menus & receipes for special dietary needs; ex. understanding alternative protein sources, vegan menus. ..
Favorite Dish: Soups, salads, entrees and deserts are all wonderful. The menu changes daily identifying which Moosewood Cookbook I can replicate the dish from. We enjoyed the Egyptian Red Lentil Soup, Mexican Corn & Cheese Buritto, Gado - Gado an Indonesian dish of steamed veggies topped with a spicy coconut-peanut sauces served with tomato wedges & a hard boiled egg. The warm fudgy brownie was incredible topped with homemade ice cream & fudge.
This isn't necessarily the best tex-mex, but it's decent, satisfying, and convenient. The restaurant is at the end of the Commons.
Favorite Dish: Pretty much anything is good. The ingredients are fresh and portions are good.
Margaritas are definitely worth getting.
There are two "Collegetown Bagels", one at the Triphammer Mall and the other one right in Collegetown. I like the former one better since the once in Collegetown is always crowded with all the Cornell students. Both are nice, though, to eat bagels with everything you imagine on them, and coffee or cappuccino or tea. They have many sorts of tea available as well as fancy sandwiches and some fresh, nice Mediterranean food and soup.
It's a bit expensive, but every once in a while I really like it.
Favorite Dish: Bagels, soup, coffee.
This is the best restaurant that I visited in the Finger Lakes area. The food is outstanding, as is the view of the lake and Taughannock Falls State Park. And the service is top-notch. Be prepared to splurge, but it's worth it.
Favorite Dish: Supper is a four-course affair, with an appetizer, salad, main course, and dessert. I had the rack of lamb with mint sauce, which was the best lamb I've ever had.
There are over 40 restaurants in the centre of Ithaca by all accounts, most situated in teh pedestrianised 'commons' area. Parking is free after 6pm in the multi story. There is lots of choice but beware it can be busy. On a Good Friday everywhere was packed by 7:30pm. Perhaps there was a shortage of fish!!
Great dining at the Lost Dog - quirky almost Australian in style with p y things waiting on, all very enthusiastic about the food. Great atmosphere here with people just enjoying themselves.
Suitable for all ages although certainly not a quiet establishment.
The famous vegetarian restaurant, the Moosewood Restaurant, is located in downtown Ithaca. If you are a vegetarian, this is the place for you. Lots of interesting and creative vegetarian dishes are served here. Their menu changes every single day and can be downloaded from their web site. They also serve fresh juices which you should also try.
(I'm not a vegetarian, by the way.)
Even though this place isn't my favorite, I do appreciate it and I would be amiss if I didn't mention it. You may or may not have heard of Moosewood, but it has a series of nationally recognized vegetarian cookbooks. The restaurat, found in the Dewitt Mall, isn't very fancy, but it does have good vegetarian food, and the menu rotates every week, so you are sure to find something new upon every visit.
Just a Taste is one of Ithaca's better known restaurants, getting some press in the New York Times a few years back. It truly has great good, serving dozens of different type of tapas, though most dishes are a little fancier than you would actually find in Spain. The restaurant also has a wine bar, and a great sunday brunch. The space is small, so you might have to wait for a table.
Viva is a great alternative to most mexican food which can be extremely fattening and greasy. You can eat a meal and leave without feeling the need to immediately run on treadmill. Viva also includes a bar with dozens of Tequilas, and a order out area if you don't want to wait for a table.
Maxie's is a sort of southern comfort food kind of place, where you can get BBQ, jumbalaya or raw oysters. It is one of the most popular places in Ithaca, and hands down one of the two or three best places to eat in the city. It also has great atmosphere and occasional live music.
Taste of Thai is on The Commons, in downtown Ithaca and is one of the best thai restaurants I have eaten at outside of the west coast. I'm sure there are better places in NYC, but it beats anything I've eaten at in New England or D.C.
Favorite Dish: All of the dishes I've had there are suburb, though the Pad Thai isn't as good as I've had in other locations. I would try something else.
This is one restaurant to get to, especially if you want to splurge a little bit. I've been there twice now, once for dinner and once for lunch.
Even if you don't want to go for a full meal, or if you're waiting for a table to open up, take a spot at the bar and try some of their martinis. It's a big meet-for-a-drink-after-work place. We went for lunch around 12:30 on a Saturday, and there were only a few other tables taken in the place - but by 2:45 when we left, the place was packed. The waitress said this was normal - people come in off the Commons to have a drink.
Service is great, and the ambiance can't be beat - lots of wood, etc.
Favorite Dish: I've been there for both lunch and dinner, and I got to try lots of dishes (we all tend to share). Everything was excellentt - good pasta, good steak, good salads, good sandwiches. Try their garlic bread with cheese, their "Jenny McGraw" sandwich on French Bread, the giant seafood ravioli, or their sesame crusted tuna.
This Thai Restaurant has the Best Thai Food available outside of Thailand (possibly within).
An exhaustive search of New York (City), Massachusetts and Asia has found no comparable restaurant. Authentic Thai Flavors coupled with fresh produce from the Ithaca area.
The owners and their family are friendly and wonderful. The waitstaff is extemely professional and accomodating. They respond very well to questions such as: does this have peanuts or eggs in it?
Favorite Dish: The entire Dim Sum menu.
Waiters carry the food around on trays and each amazing dish is just $2
Baked-stuffeds crap, small cups of red curry with straw mushrooms or small cups of green curry with scallops. Pad Thai and more.
The tastes are delicate.
The desserts are extremely rich and decadent.
The Nines used to house one of Ithaca’s fire stations (now next door) and offers great music many evenings.
Favorite Dish: Best wings in town! The pizza is not bad either. They have both square deep dish and traditional (NY Style flat).
Monday-Saturday 11:30am - 1:00am
Sunday 3:30pm - 1:00am
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