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550 Westcott Street
Syracuse
Though 2nd Story's name comes directly from its location on the second story of its Westcott Street home, this straightforward attribution belies the aesthetic delights and array of items offered in this low-key coffee shop and former bookstore. Whether you're craving a crispy panini or crumbly pastry, 2nd Story will provide and have you lounging around in its cozy nooks for hours with a treat in...
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331 Nottingham Road
Syracuse
Walking into A La Mode Café and Catering, you’ll find it hard to ignore the sweet bacon aroma that fills every corner of the room. But don’t let the fried fragrance fool you – this South Campus sandwich shop caters to the health-conscious as well as the hearty eater. Tucked away in Nottingham Plaza, A La Mode serves wraps, salads, and sandwiches with fresh Boar’s Head meat and a choice of bread...
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167 Marshall Street
Syracuse
In the mood for a truly savory salad? At Acropolis, they leave the boring boxed-up salads to McDonald’s. It’s nothing but fork-fulls of fresh lettuce leafs tossed with dices of ripe tomato, sprinkles of feta cheese, and homemade Greek dressing here. Heck, if you’re feeling adventurous, they’ll even top it off with steamy slices of freshly-grilled chicken. At Acropolis, you’re guaranteed fresh...
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321 S. Clinton St.
Syracuse
Picture this: your dad’s favorite armchair meets funky New York swank.  It’s that unique hybrid that puts Al’s Wine & Whiskey at the top of our list.  If you’re not feeling up for the crowded Beerfest at Chuck’s or the underage dance party at Maggie’s, Al’s offers a refreshing change from the norm.  A hip chilled out lounge with an indie music selection to match.  Now...
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526 Westcott St.
Syracuse
Alto Cinco is the Mexican restaurant of your dreams. An extensive menu full of reasonably priced choices and an atmosphere — unmatched by any place on Marshall Street — will keep you coming back to the Westcott Street eatery for more. With 14 types of burritos, 10 quesadillas, and a wide variety of vegetarian and vegan options, there is something for everyone. Since Alto Cinco opened in 1995, the...
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727 South Crouse Ave
Syracuse
AppeThaizing Thai/ Southeast Asian Cuisine AppeThaizing has been providing the University Hill community with a Southeastern Asian alternative to the pizza and subs of Marshall Street since it opened in 2006.  The cleverly worded restaurant often grabs students walking through Campus Plaza, on their way to the post office, or  at night, Chuck’s.  While the name inevitably shows up in the...
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247 West Fayette Street Suite 100
Syracuse
If you want to experience NYC-style dining, but don't want to drive four hours to get there, then bc Restaurant is the place for you. Located in Armory Square, this restaurant features a variety of entrees and drinks with a upscale, yet casual atmosphere. Whether you're stepping in for a meal or an after-work drink, it's a classy alternative to the average pub. When to Go: bc Restaurant is open...
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121 W. Fayette Street
Syracuse
  With a name like Bittersweet Wine and Dessert Bar, this West Fayette Street restaurant makes it clear to patrons what parts of the meal they are going to remember. Indeed, the wine list and dessert menu offer enough to leave only the snobbiest of eaters unsatisfied. But you might also be surprised at how much you enjoy the stuff that comes in between. When to Go: Bittersweet, which opened...
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731 S. Crouse Ave.
Syracuse
Hours: Monday—Friday: 5:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. • Saturday, Sunday: 6:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. At the heart of Bruegger's Bagel Bakery is the atmosphere of a small-town restaurant with the affordability of a fast-food conglomerate. Bruegger's genius is specializing in one basic breakfast item. It's like Krispy Kreme, but for bagels. The bakery offers dozens of freshly baked bagels and home-made...
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125 E. Water St.
Syracuse
“Shut up and eat your burger,” says the slogan of Bull & Bear Pub. Which burger, you ask? Take your pick of one of many made at the pub, located in Hanover Square. You may have heard the phrase “fresh, never frozen” at a burger joint before, but at this “burger company,” their mission is serious: to provide you with a fresh half-pound Angus beef or a hand-trimmed chicken burger that is never...
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223 North Clinton Street
Syracuse
Falafels. Chicken Kabobs. Gyros. Turkish Coffee. Next time a slice of pizza or sub fails to excite your appetite, look no further than Byblos Mediterranean Café in downtown Syracuse. Serving a wide variety of homemade Lebanese cuisine, this family-run business offers an exotic and ethnic twist for your culinary consumption. Vegetarians will love Byblos for its abundance of meat-free meals, but...
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3521 James Street
Syracuse
You know the feeling. The immediate, involuntary response — almost too subtle to notice — but there in the greedy inhalation, fluttering eyelids and chest-held clutch as you watch the steam uncurl from the aromatic brew. A ritual familiar to all those who pay respect to the beverage that puts an extra pep in one’s step and provides that spare zap of energy to keep you going for that one last hour...
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2529 James Street
Syracuse
Situated next to A Taste of Philadelphia and a few blocks away from The Palace Theater, Chadwicks is your resident James Street sports bar. In addition to booze and screens to watch the game, it offers customers all the grilled food staples, prepared right in front of your eyes at a window across from the bar. There’s plenty of room inside to mingle during half time, and the drink specials will...
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129 Marshall St.
Syracuse
There’s a new kid on Marshall Street and no, it’s not some obscure restaurant no one's heard about … it’s Chipotle, the Mexican fast-food joint taking the country by storm. With more than 1,000 restaurants around the country, it’s safe to say that people all over have jumped on the Chipotle bandwagon, and the University has taken to the place in likely fashion. The chain, which opened on Marshall...
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1121 East Fayette Street
Syracuse
Don't be put off by the standalone brick building and the vines so thick this time of year they obscure the windows and the "Open" sign. This 10-year-old restaurant serves authentic Korean specialties ranging from boiled snails to kimchi to stir-fried chicken gizzards to raw tilapia. There's also an abundance of chicken, beef, tofu and pork for the less adventurous. When to Go: Hours are 11:30 a....
Your rating: None Average: 3.8 (8 votes)
727 S. Crouse Ave
Syracuse
Grimy, crowded, sweaty, and loud … what is it about Chuck’s that keeps students coming back for more? It might be the cheap Friday night pitchers. It could be the opportunity to write your name in Sharpie on every surface in sight. Or, maybe, it’s just that Cheers-esqe feeling of togetherness you get after a night of drinking with your closest pals. And here, almost everybody does know your name...
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100 South Lowell Ave.
Syracuse
Coleman’s Authentic Irish Pub stays true to its name, appropriately tucked away on Tipperary Hill in Syracuse. For visitors and locals alike, the traditional pub has served as a hallmark for the historic Irish neighborhood since 1933. The miniature telephone booth for leprechauns just outside the main entrance ensures diners that Coleman’s leaves out no details when it comes to being...
Your rating: None Average: 4.8 (4 votes)
143 Marshall Street
Syracuse
Cosmos, a kitschy '50s diner, is a Marshall Street gem hidden behind a pizzeria facade. While most eateries on The Hill cater to a specific taste, Cosmos serves everything from loaded cheesesteak sandwiches to mocha-flavored malts to pizza omelets. They open early for breakfast and crank out diner classics and hybrids until the early hours of the morning. Cosmos opened in the late 1950s, and...
Your rating: None Average: 3 (4 votes)
153 Ainsley Drive
Syracuse
Hidden between dreary-looking factory buildings and truck loading docks is a German gem: Danzer's German & American Restaurant. Though the building is easy to miss, the German appearance inside is unmistakable. Signs in German hang from the walls, and multiple German beers are just an order away. Rich in history and about five minutes away from the Syracuse University campus, the...
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2950 Erie Blvd East
Syracuse
Imagine you could share a meal with Michael Corleone while being serenaded by Frank Sinatra. Delmonico’s Italian Steakhouse makes that fantasy come true. The Erie Boulevard restaurant offers reasonably priced Italian fare in a relaxed environment. Caricatures of famous Italians like Corleone are plastered on the dimly lit walls, and your meal is accompanied by the sounds of Sinatra. But, this...