What to Eat in The Finger Lakes

In addition to its many wineries, the Finger Lakes region is home to a vast array of farms, making it a great place for farm stands and farmers markets. The Ithaca Farmers Market offers five weekly markets during growing season (June to October), the largest at Steamboat Landing and additional markets at Dewitt Park and East Hill Plaza. Visitors can pick up fresh food for a picnic to enjoy at the many lakes and parks. 

Ithaca also claims to be the birthplace of the ice cream sundae – created in 1892 by the local reverend and the pharmacy owner after a church service (thus the name "sundae"). Visitors can enjoy versions of this local favorite at several local ice cream shops, including Purity Ice Cream and the Cornell Dairy Bar.

Other iconic regional dishes include salt potatoes and Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Syracuse, Cornell chicken (a vinegar-based barbecue version invented by a former Cornell professor) at Jim's BBQ in Candor and spiedie sandwiches filled with grilled pork cubes at Sharkey's in Binghamton. And with the abundance of water in the region, you'll want to try a local fish fry: Doug's in Skaneateles is a local hot spot.

If it's farm-to-table cuisine you're after, try restaurants like the Hazelnut Kitchen in Trumansburg or Veraisons at the Glenora Wine Cellars in Dundee, who work with local purveyors.

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  • #1
    Scuteri's Cannoli Connection
    #1 of 39 Places to Eat in Watkins Glen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 159 reviewsTripAdvisor (159)
    $ | Pizza
    409 E 4th St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1216
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  • #2
    The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor
    #2 of 39 Places to Eat in Watkins Glen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 256 reviewsTripAdvisor (256)
    $ |
    221 S Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1508
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  • #3
    Jerlando's Ristorante & Pizza Co.
    #3 of 39 Places to Eat in Watkins Glen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1283 reviewsTripAdvisor (1283)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza
    400 N Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1226
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  • #4
    Thai Elephants
    #4 of 39 Places to Eat in Watkins Glen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 151 reviewsTripAdvisor (151)
    $ - $$ | Asian, Thai
    133 E 4th St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1211
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  • #5
    Nickel's Pit BBQ
    #5 of 39 Places to Eat in Watkins Glen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 479 reviewsTripAdvisor (479)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Barbecue
    205-207 N Franklin Street, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1201
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  • #6
    BluePointe Grille
    #6 of 39 Places to Eat in Watkins Glen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 428 reviewsTripAdvisor (428)
    $ - $$ | American
    16 N Franklin St Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1221
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  • #7
    Glen Dairy Bar
    #7 of 39 Places to Eat in Watkins Glen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 76 reviewsTripAdvisor (76)
    $ | American, Deli
    433 S Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1528
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  • #8
    Graft Wine + Cider Bar
    #8 of 39 Places to Eat in Watkins Glen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 102 reviewsTripAdvisor (102)
    $ - $$ | Wine Bar
    204 N Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1224
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  • #9
    Village Marina Bar & Grill
    #9 of 39 Places to Eat in Watkins Glen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 365 reviewsTripAdvisor (365)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Pub
    2 Seneca Harbor, Watkins Glen, NY 14891
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  • #10
    Rooster Fish Brewing Pub
    #10 of 39 Places to Eat in Watkins Glen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1032 reviewsTripAdvisor (1032)
    $ - $$ | Brew Pub, American, Bar
    301 N Franklin St #301, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1202
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  • #11
    Captain Bill's Seneca Lake
    #11 of 39 Places to Eat in Watkins Glen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 269 reviewsTripAdvisor (269)
    $ - $$ | American
    1 N Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1275
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  • #12
    Tobey's Donut Shop
    #12 of 39 Places to Eat in Watkins Glen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 61 reviewsTripAdvisor (61)
    $ | American
    137 E 4th St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1211
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  • #13
    Seneca Lodge Restaurant
    #13 of 39 Places to Eat in Watkins Glen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 260 reviewsTripAdvisor (260)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar
    Route 329, Watkins Glen, NY 14891
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  • #14
    Seneca Harbor Station
    #14 of 39 Places to Eat in Watkins Glen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 733 reviewsTripAdvisor (733)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Seafood
    3 N Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1251
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  • #15
    Ben & Jerry's
    #15 of 39 Places to Eat in Watkins Glen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 127 reviewsTripAdvisor (127)
    $ - $$ | American
    418 N Franklin Street 418 N Franklin St, 14891, Watkins Glen, Finger Lakes, New York, Watkins Glen, NY 14891
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  • #16
    Glen Mountain Market
    #16 of 39 Places to Eat in Watkins Glen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 272 reviewsTripAdvisor (272)
    $ | American, Cafe, Deli
    200 N Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1224
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  • #17
    Babcha’s Pierogies
    #17 of 39 Places to Eat in Watkins Glen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 31 reviewsTripAdvisor (31)
    $ - $$ | Polish, Eastern European, Ukrainian, European
    309 N Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1202
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  • #18
    Montage Italian Grill
    #18 of 39 Places to Eat in Watkins Glen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 127 reviewsTripAdvisor (127)
    $ - $$ | American
    3380 State Route 14, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-9717
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  • #19
    Atlas Brick Oven Pizzeria Watkins Glen
    #19 of 39 Places to Eat in Watkins Glen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 46 reviewsTripAdvisor (46)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza, Bar, Pub, Beer restaurants
    304 N Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1225
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  • #20
    Bleachers Sports Bar & Grill
    #20 of 39 Places to Eat in Watkins Glen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 84 reviewsTripAdvisor (84)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Pub
    413 N Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1203
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