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Guidebook for Ithaca

Linda

Guidebook for Ithaca

Food Scene
The closest coffee shop to the house, and coffee is good.
Press Bay Alley
116-118 W Green St
The closest coffee shop to the house, and coffee is good.
Share tapas, and there are some larger plates, too. You can get flights of local and non-local wines, beers or sangria. Ask to sit out back, in a sweet courtyard in the summer.
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Just A Taste
116 North Aurora Street
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Share tapas, and there are some larger plates, too. You can get flights of local and non-local wines, beers or sangria. Ask to sit out back, in a sweet courtyard in the summer.
Asian fusion tapas and wines.
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Mia
130 East State Street
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Asian fusion tapas and wines.
Dine in or take out for lunches or dinners; you can take your own beer or wine.
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Taste Of Thai Express
209 South Meadow Street
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Dine in or take out for lunches or dinners; you can take your own beer or wine.
On the Ithaca Commons.
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Taste of Thai
216 East State Street
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On the Ithaca Commons.
Close to the house across from the State Theatre. Salads, subs, and if you don't want a lot of bread, ask for "the man salad," with toppings over lettuce and hand-cut fries. The fries are good. Plant-based options.
Gorgers
116 W State St
Close to the house across from the State Theatre. Salads, subs, and if you don't want a lot of bread, ask for "the man salad," with toppings over lettuce and hand-cut fries. The fries are good. Plant-based options.
Ithaca does not really have any authentic Mexican fare, but the A choice for burrito or tacos comes close. Try the spicy ginger lemonade, and limeade is good, too.
Gorgers Taco Shack
111 E State St
Ithaca does not really have any authentic Mexican fare, but the A choice for burrito or tacos comes close. Try the spicy ginger lemonade, and limeade is good, too.
Of the famous cookbooks, an Ithaca establishment in an old school that was converted for housing and businesses. I suggest the lemon-tahini dressing. Brunches, lunches and dinners and drinks, and you can sit outside, too.
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Moosewood Restaurant
215 North Cayuga Street
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Of the famous cookbooks, an Ithaca establishment in an old school that was converted for housing and businesses. I suggest the lemon-tahini dressing. Brunches, lunches and dinners and drinks, and you can sit outside, too.
Vietnamese. Short walk from house away from the Commons. No liquor served, but you can take your own beer or wine.
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Saigon Kitchen
526 West State Street
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Vietnamese. Short walk from house away from the Commons. No liquor served, but you can take your own beer or wine.
Not that budget friendly and not an amazing setting (feel free to make your own breakfast at my house). But it's OK. Has gluten-free options.
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Waffle Frolic
146 East State Street
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Not that budget friendly and not an amazing setting (feel free to make your own breakfast at my house). But it's OK. Has gluten-free options.
Old barn converted to a restaurant on the lower edge of Collegetown.
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Carriage House Cafe
305 Stewart Avenue
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Old barn converted to a restaurant on the lower edge of Collegetown.
You can sit outside. Pretty decent and some local fare, mix of omnivore, but you can find vegan fare.
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Northstar House
202 East Falls Street
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You can sit outside. Pretty decent and some local fare, mix of omnivore, but you can find vegan fare.
Good Korean, Korean-Chinese and Japanese, including sushi.
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Asia Cuisine
126 North Aurora Street
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Good Korean, Korean-Chinese and Japanese, including sushi.
Great local bagels; many locations, affiliated with Ithaca Bakery. Bagel and other really good sandwiches.
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Collegetown Bagels
203 North Aurora Street
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Great local bagels; many locations, affiliated with Ithaca Bakery. Bagel and other really good sandwiches.
The location in Ithaca's Collegetown has beer and wine and late-night service.
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Collegetown Bagels
415 College Avenue
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The location in Ithaca's Collegetown has beer and wine and late-night service.
Yum. Has brunch and salad bar and soups. Try the sourdough bread. And the bagels are good.
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Ithaca Bakery
400 North Meadow Street
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Yum. Has brunch and salad bar and soups. Try the sourdough bread. And the bagels are good.
Known for breakfast and lunch, in the hallway of an old school downtown.
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Cafe Dewitt
215 North Cayuga Street
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Known for breakfast and lunch, in the hallway of an old school downtown.
You can buy very cheap burritos and tacos on the self-serve right side or go a bit more expensive and be served, sit outside of you like. It's Ithaca Mex-inspired, but not very good and not authentic Mexican fare or margaritas, but the sangria is really good (on restaurant/bar side), and you can get plant-based fare.
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Viva Taqueria & Cantina
101 N Aurora St
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You can buy very cheap burritos and tacos on the self-serve right side or go a bit more expensive and be served, sit outside of you like. It's Ithaca Mex-inspired, but not very good and not authentic Mexican fare or margaritas, but the sangria is really good (on restaurant/bar side), and you can get plant-based fare.
Indian, and they will accommodate no dairy requests. Lunch buffet is good.
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Sangam Indian Cuisine
424 Eddy Street
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Indian, and they will accommodate no dairy requests. Lunch buffet is good.
Indian, and has a lunch buffet.
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Mehak
410 Eddy Street
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Indian, and has a lunch buffet.
Looks like an old-school diner. Has a really great vegetarian Greek pizza; ask for the house vegetarian.
Souvlaki House
315 Eddy Street
Looks like an old-school diner. Has a really great vegetarian Greek pizza; ask for the house vegetarian.
You can sit outside on the Cayuga Lake Inlet.
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The Boatyard Grill
525 Old Taughannock Blvd
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You can sit outside on the Cayuga Lake Inlet.
Local fare, very short walk from house.
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Coltivare
235 South Cayuga Street
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Local fare, very short walk from house.
Italian; expensive. Hidden away in an apartment building. In walking distance on the other side of the Commons.
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Gola Osteria
115 South Quarry Street
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Italian; expensive. Hidden away in an apartment building. In walking distance on the other side of the Commons.
Shopping
Local herbalist collective in Press Bay Alley near coffee shop.
Bramble
118 W Green St
Local herbalist collective in Press Bay Alley near coffee shop.
Local crafts and art.
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Handwork, Ithaca's Artisan Cooperative
102 West State Street
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Local crafts and art.
If you are shopping to equip your student dorm room or apartment, find dishes, electronics, furniture. There is another Ithaca ReUse store on Triphammer, and that one has cute clothing and some textiles. These stores employ people and keep stuff out of the landfill.
Ithaca ReUse Center
214 Elmira Rd
If you are shopping to equip your student dorm room or apartment, find dishes, electronics, furniture. There is another Ithaca ReUse store on Triphammer, and that one has cute clothing and some textiles. These stores employ people and keep stuff out of the landfill.
Department store has closeouts and good prices on things like curtains and tons of other goods for your student room in Ithaca.
Ollie's Bargain Outlet
723 S Meadow St
Department store has closeouts and good prices on things like curtains and tons of other goods for your student room in Ithaca.
Looking to equip your new apartment? Cool used stuff.
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Mimi's Attic
430 West State Street
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Looking to equip your new apartment? Cool used stuff.
Stuff for babies and parents.
Jillian's Drawers
171 East State Street
Stuff for babies and parents.
Drinks & Nightlife
You can see this from the porch. Friendly, local; go to see a game or play pool, or have a meal.
Uncle Joe's Grill & Sports Bar
302 West Green Street
You can see this from the porch. Friendly, local; go to see a game or play pool, or have a meal.
So new I haven't even tried it yet. Short walk west on Green St.
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Liquid State Brewing Company
620 W Green St
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So new I haven't even tried it yet. Short walk west on Green St.
No alcohol, just kava kava and other teas and plant-based desserts. Very close to my house.
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Sacred Root Kava Lounge & Tea Bar
139 W State St
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No alcohol, just kava kava and other teas and plant-based desserts. Very close to my house.
Pleasant to sit outside and watch the sun set.
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Ithaca Beer Co
122 Ithaca Beer Drive
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Pleasant to sit outside and watch the sun set.
Except for Ports of NY, the only winery in the town or city of Ithaca.
6 Mile Creek Vineyard
Except for Ports of NY, the only winery in the town or city of Ithaca.
One of if not the only port maker in the region and getting lots of awards. The winemaker grew up on a winemaking family in France.
Ports of New York Winery
815 Taber Street
One of if not the only port maker in the region and getting lots of awards. The winemaker grew up on a winemaking family in France.
Lovely inn, beautifully restored, sweet spot for a drink or to catch a good Irish music session on Tuesday nights.
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Argos Inn
408 East State Street
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Lovely inn, beautifully restored, sweet spot for a drink or to catch a good Irish music session on Tuesday nights.
Sightseeing
Must see. Only a mile from house, in the Fall Creek neighborhood. Not the tallest waterfall in the area, but after it rains, the volume of water is amazing.
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Ithaca Falls
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Must see. Only a mile from house, in the Fall Creek neighborhood. Not the tallest waterfall in the area, but after it rains, the volume of water is amazing.
Parks & Nature
In the city, connecting a neighborhood near the Ithaca Commons, to Cornell. You would not know you are in a small city when in the gorge, and even on hot days, it's cool near the water and in the shade.
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Cascadilla Gorge Trail
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In the city, connecting a neighborhood near the Ithaca Commons, to Cornell. You would not know you are in a small city when in the gorge, and even on hot days, it's cool near the water and in the shade.
Lower trail and swimming hole at the base of a waterfall off Rt. 13 on the south edge of Ithaca. Upper trails off south hill.
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Buttermilk Falls State Park
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Lower trail and swimming hole at the base of a waterfall off Rt. 13 on the south edge of Ithaca. Upper trails off south hill.
Hike from the Upper or lower area. In the lower part of the park, there's a waterfall fed swimming area.
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Robert H. Treman State Park
105 Enfield Falls Road
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Hike from the Upper or lower area. In the lower part of the park, there's a waterfall fed swimming area.
For biking or strolls. On west side of Cayuga Lake inlet, from West End and Cass Park to Treman Marina and Hangar Theater area. The trail also follows the east side of the Cayuga Lake Inlet from the West End near GreenStar Coop to the Farmer's Market and Stewart Park, which is on Cayuga Lake.
Waterfront Trail
For biking or strolls. On west side of Cayuga Lake inlet, from West End and Cass Park to Treman Marina and Hangar Theater area. The trail also follows the east side of the Cayuga Lake Inlet from the West End near GreenStar Coop to the Farmer's Market and Stewart Park, which is on Cayuga Lake.
Lots of trails through woods, fields and around streams. See the educational gardens for herbs etc.
Cornell Botanic Gardens
Lots of trails through woods, fields and around streams. See the educational gardens for herbs etc.
Lots of wooded walking, streams and gorges, a small lake and in winter, distant views of Cayuga Lake.
South Hill Recreation Trail
Lots of wooded walking, streams and gorges, a small lake and in winter, distant views of Cayuga Lake.
Again, another park in the city along Six Mile Creek.
Six Mile Creek Walk
Again, another park in the city along Six Mile Creek.
Picnic and wading area near Cornell Sailing Club about a mile up Rt. 34, just north of Ithaca High School and the Fall Creek neighborhood. Go at sunset.
East Shore Park
1000 E Shore Dr
Picnic and wading area near Cornell Sailing Club about a mile up Rt. 34, just north of Ithaca High School and the Fall Creek neighborhood. Go at sunset.
Old railroad bed between Ithaca and Trumansburg.
Black Diamond Trail
Old railroad bed between Ithaca and Trumansburg.
Must see. Highest waterfall in the region, and you can go to the falls overlook without paying to get into the park. The lower trail walk of about a mile is flat and shady. Beach swimming on the lake, too.
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Taughannock Falls State Park
1740 Taughannock Boulevard
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Must see. Highest waterfall in the region, and you can go to the falls overlook without paying to get into the park. The lower trail walk of about a mile is flat and shady. Beach swimming on the lake, too.
Arts & Culture
This art museum has a variety of great exhibits, and just the views from the museum of the lake and town make it worth the visit.
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Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art
114 Central Avenue
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This art museum has a variety of great exhibits, and just the views from the museum of the lake and town make it worth the visit.
Across from the State Theatre, very near my house.
State of the Art Gallery
120 W State St
Across from the State Theatre, very near my house.
Essentials
A mama of all coops, open to anyone, has food bar and essentials beyond groceries, and 3 locations.
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GreenStar Food Co+op
701 West Buffalo Street
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A mama of all coops, open to anyone, has food bar and essentials beyond groceries, and 3 locations.
Short walk from the house, on the north side of the Commons in Dewitt Mall, a former school. In addition to groceries, a food bar and some essentials such as shampoo etc.
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GreenStar DeWitt
215 North Cayuga Street
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Short walk from the house, on the north side of the Commons in Dewitt Mall, a former school. In addition to groceries, a food bar and some essentials such as shampoo etc.
Large grocery store; has food bar with salads, Asian etc.
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Wegmans
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Large grocery store; has food bar with salads, Asian etc.
Pharmacy.
Green Street Pharmacy
131 E Green St
Pharmacy.
Fall Creek Laundromat
1012 N Aurora St