Off-Campus Dining

Vestal, NY
Tuition (in-state)
$16,795 ($7,645)
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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Cost: depends

Convenience: depends on if you have a car or what time you want to eat

Student discounts: some places allow you to use your BU ID or your communikey for discounts

Variety: large

Best places to check out: chipotle, lost dog, burger mondays, Tullys (really good appetizers)

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Many different types of restaurants, some expensive some cheap, some are really great.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Many places to go expensive and cheap

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: At night there are few options open for you to order from, which gets annoying at times.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There is a nice variety of places to eat downtown.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 855th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost
  • 1171st
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Mills Horton
Geneseo, Illinois
English-Creative Writing
Grad Year
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For a smaller area, Binghamton has a rather large variety between styles, expenses, and atmospheres of restaurants. It does have a few hidden gems, some trendy cafés, and just about every conceivable chain in existence. There is an abundance of cheap Italian food, and many places stay open late for eat-in or delivery. Getting to most of these places without a car may prove difficult, but most students are more than willing to venture off campus to escape the tedium of the dining halls. 

Decent food at a cheap price is the hallmark of Binghamton eateries, the perfect combination for college students. There are also a handful of more upscale restaurants for when the parents come to visit, but be warned: Many places will raise prices during major events like Family Weekend and graduation. During Restaurant Week, though, prices go down and provide specials for students and the local population. Once every semester during this week, local restaurants join together to offer three-course, $10 lunch specials and $25 dinner specials. There is a restaurant for any budget or taste in the area.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
  • Danny's Diner
  • Denny's
  • Plaza Diner
Best Asian
Foliage Chinese Restaurant
Best Breakfast
  • IHOP
  • Skylark Diner
Best Coffee
Java Joe's
Best Dessert
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • Cortese Restaurant
Best Healthy
Cyber Café West
Best Late-Night
Danny's Diner
Best Mexican
  • Los Tapatios
  • Margarita's Cantina
Best Pizza
  • Cortese Restaurant
  • Domino's Pizza
Best Wings
  • The Dugout Sports Bar & Pizzeria
  • Uncle Tony's Tavern
Best Place to Take a Date
Lost Dog Café
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • J. Michael's Restaurant & Lounge
  • Number 5
Other Places to Check Out
  • Adriano's Pizza
  • Applebee's Neighborhood Grill
  • Burger King
  • China One
  • Chris' Diner
  • DP Dough
  • Dunkin' Donuts
  • Five Guys Burgers & Fries
  • Friendly's Ice Cream Shop
  • Fuji San Japanese Restaurant
  • Grande's Bella Cucina
  • K & K's The Old Teahouse
  • KFC
  • Little Venice Restaurant
  • Mario's Pizza
  • McDonald's
  • Moe's Southwest Grill
  • Moxie
  • Nip's
  • Nirchi's Pizza
  • Olive Garden
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Panda Chinese Restaurant
  • Panera Bread
  • Pasquale's Pizza
  • Pizza Hut
  • Red Lobster
  • Red Oak Restaurant
  • Sake-Tumi
  • Sharkey's Restaurant
  • Spiedie & Rib Pit
  • Starbucks
  • Subway
  • Texas Roadhouse
  • TGI Friday's
  • Tokyo Sushi
  • Tony T's
  • Tully's Good Times
  • Uno Chicago Grill
  • Wendy's

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

31112 Vestal Parkway E, Parkway Plaza
(607) 729-6611
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
2405 Vestal Parkway E, Town Square Mall
(607) 798-1011
Daily 24 hours
650 Harry L Drive, Johnson City
(607) 729-7782
Daily 24 hours
Weis Markets
100 Rano Blvd.
(607) 763-8712
Daily 24 hours

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Anthony's Restaurant
Food: Italian
4 W. State St., Binghamton
(607) 231-3034
Price: $10-$15
Burger Mondays Bar & Grille
Food: American
23 Henry St., Binghamton
(607) 722-7777
Price: $5-$15
Cold Stone Creamery
Food: Ice cream
4700 Vestal Parkway E
(607) 217-7126
Price: $3-$8
Cortese Restaurant
Food: Italian/American
117 Robinson St., Binghamton
(607) 723-6440
Price: $10-$30
Cool Features: Authentic Italian food and superb wine selection
Cyber Café West
Food: Healthy options, sandwiches, wraps
176 Main St., Binghamton
(607) 723-2456
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Live music, couches, and board games available
Danny's Diner
Food: Diner food
151 Main St., Binghamton
(607) 724-9873
Price: $5-$10
Food: American
4024 Vestal Parkway E
(607) 798-9660
Price: $8-$15
Domino's Pizza
Food: Pizza
1185 Vestal Ave., Binghamton
(607) 772-8555
Price: $10-$20
The Dugout Sports Bar & Pizzeria
Food: American
6125 New York 434, Apalachin
(607) 625-3188
Price: $10-$20
Foliage Chinese Restaurant
Food: Chinese
47 Riverside Drive, Johnson City
(607) 798-8998
Price: $8-$15
Food: American, breakfast
3720 Vestal Parkway E
(607) 644-9051
Price: $8-$15
J. Michael's Restaurant & Lounge
Food: Italian
59 Court St., Binghamton
(607) 720-6453
Price: $15-$25
Java Joe's
Food: Coffee
81 State St., Binghamton
(607) 774-0966
Price: $3-$8
Kampai Japanese Steakhouse
Food: Japanese
108 N. Jensen Road
(607) 798-7521
Price: $15-$20
Los Tapatios
Food: Mexican
1101 Bunn Hill Road
(607) 644-9121
Price: $10-$15
Lost Dog Café
Food: Coffee, salads, sandwiches
222 Water St., Binghamton
(607) 771-6063
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Live music
Margarita's Cantina
Food: Mexican
1166 Upper Front St.
(607) 772-0722
Price: $10-$15
Number 5
Food: Steakhouse
33 S. Washington St., Binghamton
(607) 723-0555
Price: $15-$25
Plaza Diner
Food: Diner food
3605 Vestal Parkway E
(607) 770-0012
Price: $5-$10
Skylark Diner
Food: Diner food
248 Vestal Parkway E
(607) 785-9795
Price: $10-$15
Tranquil Bar & Bistro
Food: American
36 Pine St., Binghamton
(607) 723-0495
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: Tranquil is a restaurant that is owned and run by two Binghamton University professors. There's live acoustic music on Thursdays and a projection gallery that changes scenes during dinner.
Uncle Tony's Tavern
Food: American bar fare
79 State St., Binghamton
(607) 723-4488
Price: $8-$15
Whole in the Wall
Food: Vegetarian
43 S. Washington St., Binghamton
(607) 722-5138
Price: $10-$20

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 88 responses

Very poor
  • Cost
  • Convenience
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Student discounts
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

How would you rate the diversity of off-campus dining options?    Based on 91 responses

  • 4% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 30% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 44% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 22% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.


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