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ITHACA, NY -- If you eat out from time-to-time you must have noticed that restaurants in Ithaca, as they are around the globe, have been hit hard by the pandemic. In our community we have, sadly, lost a few permanently while others struggle to keep to a normal schedule despite being understaffed.

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The Heights, located in Community Corners in Cayuga Heights, is currently serving some of the best food and most interesting wine in greater Ithaca.  However, it comes at a price. 

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ITHACA, NY -- Do you like fried chicken? How about BBQ pork ribs? Well then, if you haven’t discovered The Rook, located near the West End of downtown Ithaca on State Street, you’re in for a treat.  With their limited menu, these two entrées constitute 50% of their total main course offering…

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ITHACA, NY -- I LOVE raw oysters!  Throw in a generous chunk of homemade cornbread and a well chilled glass of a dry Sauvignon Blanc and I’m in dining heaven. In Ithaca, we’re lucky to be able to find this exact combination and it’s easy to access.  I understand that not everyone likes raw o…

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ITHACA, NY -- In Thailand, it’s customary for Buddhist monks to give a newborn baby a nickname based on the day, date and time of his/her birth. 

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If I’m going to commit to driving about 40 miles round-trip for lunch or dinner at a restaurant, the restaurant has to be really good. Little Venice in Trumansburg is good, however the main attraction for me, is gone…at least temporarily. Before the pandemic hit, I used to visit friends in t…

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ITHACA, NY -- As the cold Ithaca winter weather settles in, the questions I get from Times readers have morphed from “What’s your favorite Ithaca restaurant?” (which for professional reasons I deflect), to “When you want a good bowl of soup, where do you go?” This I answer without hesitation…

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ITHACA, NY -- In Ithaca, I always admire establishments that are so popular they remain open year after year. I have been eating at the Mahogany Grill, at the same location on Aurora Street (Restaurant Row), for almost two decades. And that’s how long it has been serving quality fare in a co…

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ITHACA, NY -- Having covered the greater Ithaca dining scene for about 20 years, I have come to admire any restaurant that survives, and thrives, for a long period of time. Moosewood, still at its original site in the Dewitt Mall, has done just that. It opened in January 1973 so is now appro…

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ITHACA, NY -- The Ale House has been at the same site on Aurora Street for more than a dozen years. Ironically, the pandemic has assuaged the only concern I’ve had about the Ale House…and that’s the noise from the kitchen with the cooks loudly communicating with each other. Since the pandemi…

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Looking at the Harbor Hotel at the foot of Seneca Lake in Watkins Glen, you can almost imagine the architects straining their brains trying to figure out how to create a large stone structure with as many windows offering a lake view as possible. As a result, the hotel bends around the lake …

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Located about two miles north of the village of Trumansburg, on Route 96, sits the Brews and Brats restaurant (no relation to Brew and Brats in Bristol Springs, NY). As you might imagine from its name, this is not an establishment you’d want to visit in search of a fine dining experience. Ra…