The Finger Lakes Travel Guide

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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.

Find the Best Restaurants in The Finger Lakes

  • #1
    Scuteri's Cannoli Connection
    #1 of 49 Places to Eat in Watkins Glen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 154 reviewsTripAdvisor (154)
    $ | Italian, Pizza
    409 E 4th St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1216
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  • #2
    The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor
    #2 of 49 Places to Eat in Watkins Glen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 243 reviewsTripAdvisor (243)
    $ |
    221 S Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1508
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  • #3
    Thai Elephants
    #3 of 49 Places to Eat in Watkins Glen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 95 reviewsTripAdvisor (95)
    $ - $$ | Asian, Thai
    133 E 4th St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1211
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  • #4
    Nickel's Pit BBQ
    #4 of 49 Places to Eat in Watkins Glen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 419 reviewsTripAdvisor (419)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Barbecue, Pub
    205-207 N Franklin Street, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1201
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  • #5
    Jerlando's Ristorante & Pizza Co.
    #5 of 49 Places to Eat in Watkins Glen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1178 reviewsTripAdvisor (1178)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza
    400 N Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1226
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  • #6
    BluePointe Grille
    #6 of 49 Places to Eat in Watkins Glen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 385 reviewsTripAdvisor (385)
    $ - $$ | American
    16 N Franklin St Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1221
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  • #7
    Rooster Fish Brewing Pub
    #7 of 49 Places to Eat in Watkins Glen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 982 reviewsTripAdvisor (982)
    $ - $$ | Brew Pub, American, Bar
    301 N Franklin St #301, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1202
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  • #8
    Seneca Lodge Restaurant
    #8 of 49 Places to Eat in Watkins Glen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 243 reviewsTripAdvisor (243)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar
    Route 329, Watkins Glen, NY 14891
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  • #9
    Village Marina Bar & Grill
    #9 of 49 Places to Eat in Watkins Glen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 338 reviewsTripAdvisor (338)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Pub
    2 Seneca Harbor, Watkins Glen, NY 14891
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  • #10
    Glen Dairy Bar
    #10 of 49 Places to Eat in Watkins Glen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 60 reviewsTripAdvisor (60)
    $ | American, Deli
    433 S Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1528
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  • #11
    Graft Wine + Cider Bar
    #11 of 49 Places to Eat in Watkins Glen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 87 reviewsTripAdvisor (87)
    $ - $$ | American, Wine Bar
    204 N Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1224
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  • #12
    Captain Bill's Seneca Lake
    #12 of 49 Places to Eat in Watkins Glen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 238 reviewsTripAdvisor (238)
    $ - $$ | American
    1 N Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1275
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  • #13
    Glen Mountain Market
    #13 of 49 Places to Eat in Watkins Glen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 255 reviewsTripAdvisor (255)
    $ | American, Cafe, Deli
    200 N Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1224
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  • #14
    Seneca Harbor Station
    #14 of 49 Places to Eat in Watkins Glen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 680 reviewsTripAdvisor (680)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Seafood
    3 N Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1251
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  • #15
    Ben & Jerry's
    #15 of 49 Places to Eat in Watkins Glen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 115 reviewsTripAdvisor (115)
    $ - $$ | American
    418 N Franklin Street 418 N Franklin St, 14891, Watkins Glen, Finger Lakes, New York, Watkins Glen, NY 14891
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  • #16
    Montage Italian Grill
    #16 of 49 Places to Eat in Watkins Glen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 126 reviewsTripAdvisor (126)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    3380 State Route 14, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-9717
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  • #17
    Tobey's Donut Shop
    #17 of 49 Places to Eat in Watkins Glen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 42 reviewsTripAdvisor (42)
    $ | American
    137 E 4th St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1211
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  • #18
    Bleachers Sports Bar & Grill
    #18 of 49 Places to Eat in Watkins Glen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 83 reviewsTripAdvisor (83)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Pub
    413 N Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1203
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  • #19
    Atlas Brick Oven Pizzeria
    #19 of 49 Places to Eat in Watkins Glen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 33 reviewsTripAdvisor (33)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza
    304 N Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1225
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  • #20
    Lucky Star
    #20 of 49 Places to Eat in Watkins Glen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 37 reviewsTripAdvisor (37)
    $ | Chinese, Asian
    800 N Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1327
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