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Off-Campus Dining


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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are an incredible amount of restaurants to go to off-campus. Some require a car, though there are buses that can take you there. Others are right in Collegetown. There are so many places to explore, so ask an upperclassman or a townie for some options.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Ithaca had more variety than the small town I grew up in, so I thought it was great!

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Plenty of good restaurants and shops downtown and in Collagetown.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of dining options off campus. There are a bunch of tea shops. There is also a lot of variety in the places. There are Japanese places, Korean places, Greek places, pizza places, etc.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of restaurants and options for everyone

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Off-campus dining options are substantial. Most students are very pleased with Ithaca’s offerings and find a variety of food types available—American, International, fast food, sit-down restaurants, coffee shops, and bars. In addition to its many restaurants, Ithaca Commons hosts food festivals, including Apple Fest and Chilifest.

Collegetown, which is within waking distance from central campus and most student residences, also has an impressive selection of restaurants. Pricing varies from place to place, but it isn’t typically exorbitant. Ithaca offers not only a variety of foods within close proximity of the Cornell campus, but also many restaurants that serve organic or ethically-purchased food.

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Student Favorites
  • The ABC Café
  • Collegetown Bagels
  • Just a Taste
  • Maxie's Supper and Oyster Bar
  • The Nines
  • Stella's Kitchen & Cocktails
  • Taste of Thai
Best Asian
Jade Garden Restaurants
Best Breakfast
  • Banfi's Restaurant
  • Collegetown Bagels
Best Healthy
  • Aladdin's Natural Eatery
  • Moosewood Restaurant
Best Pizza
The Nines
Best Wings
Buffalo Street BBQ
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Benchwarmers
  • Benn Conger Inn
  • The Heights Café & Grill
  • Just a Taste
  • Moosewood Restaurant
Other Places to Check Out
  • College Café
  • College Town Pizza
  • Collegetown Bagels
  • Hot Truck
  • Louie's Lunch
  • Mama Teresa's
  • Pita Pit
  • Smoothie Hut
  • Subway
Did You Know?
  • Purity Ice Cream, founded by Leo Guenert (class of 1920), is produced in Ithaca and sells 40 different flavors of ice cream.
  • D.P. Dough, located in downtown Ithaca, makes for a great late-night snack.
  • From your computer's Internet, allows you to conveniently order food, and it offers daily specials and discount prices.
  • Moosewood Restaurant is an acclaimed vegetarian restaurant that also makes famous cookbooks. It was named one of the 13 most influential restaurants of the 20th Century by Bon Appetit magazine.
  • Ithaca has more than150 restaurants!

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

GreenStar Cooperative Market
701 W. Buffalo St.
(607) 273-9392
Jason's Grocery and Deli
301 College Ave.
(607) 273-0807
P&C Foods
2309 N. Triphammer Rd.
(607) 257-7095
Tops Friendly Markets
710 S. Meadow St.
(607) 275-8041
Wegmans Food
500 S. Meadow St.
(607) 697-0211

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

The ABC Café
Food: Vegetarian
308 Stewart Ave., Collegetown
(607) 277-4770
Price: $6-$8
Cool Features: International dinner specials and musical performances
Aladdin's Natural Eatery
Food: Vegetarian
100 Dryden Rd., Collegetown
(607) 273-5000
Price: $4-$12
Cool Features: Outside seating, light entrees, wine list
Food: American
2300 N. Triphammer Rd., Ithaca
(607) 257-6200
Price: $6-$12
Cool Features: Carside service to-go
Asian Noodle House
Food: Asian, vegetarian
204 Dryden Rd.
(607) 272-9106
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Reasonably-priced Japanese style noodles
Banfi's Restaurant
Food: Italian, Tuscan
11 East Ave., Statler Hotel
(607) 254-2565
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: Sophisticated, views of campus, cuisine like Castello Banfi in Italy
Food: American grill
214 E. State St., Ithaca
(607) 277-7539
Price: $6-$15
Cool Features: All sports, all the time
Benn Conger Inn
Food: Mediterranean
206 W. Cortland St., Groton
(607) 898-5817
Price: $5-$25
Cool Features: Southern Mansion with a Mediterranean cuisine
The Boatyard Grill
Food: American
525 Taughannock Blvd., Ithaca
(607) 256-2628
Price: $6-$25
Cool Features: Ithaca's premier waterfront restaurant
Buffalo Street BBQ
Food: BBQ
708 W. Buffalo St., Ithaca
(607) 277-3287
Price: $8-$25
Cool Features: On the water, supports local farms and uses organic produce when possible
The Carriage House Café
Food: Breakfast, salads, sandwiches
305 Stewart Ave.
(607) 645-0152
Price: $5-$12
Cool Features: Carriage House offers inexpensive food, and is known for its breakfast.
Collegetown Bagels
Food: Bagels, salads, sandwiches, soup
415 College Ave.
(607) 273-0982
Price: $2-$10
Cool Features: A popular Cornell student hangout offering a variety of food at reasonable prices.
Francos Restaurant
Food: Italian
823 Danby Rd., Ithaca
(607) 277-6666
Price: $9-$26
Cool Features: Relaxed dining with a lake view
The Heights Café & Grill
Food: American with a Mediterranean flair
903 Hanshaw Rd., Cayuga Heights
(607) 257-4144
Price: $10-$30
Cool Features: Great upscale place to dine if you need a reason to celebrate
Hong Kong Restaurant
Food: Chinese
120 Dryden Rd., Ithaca
(607) 277-7595
Price: $5-$8
Cool Features: Quick delivery
Ichabod Lounge
Food: American
357 Elmira Rd., Ithaca
(607) 273-9522
Price: $5-$12
Cool Features: Bar stays open until people leave
Jade Garden Restaurants
Food: Chinese
113 N. Aurora St., Ithaca
(607) 272-8880
Price: $4-$10
Cool Features: Daily lunch specials
John Thomas Steakhouse
Food: Steakhouse
1152 Danby Rd., Ithaca
(607) 273-3464
Price: $25-$45
Cool Features: Everyone is entitled to play poker to win dessert or a T-shirt
Just a Taste
Food: Tapa bar
116 N. Aurora St., Ithaca
(607) 277-9463
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Menu changes daily, great date restaurant
Kayuga Japanese Restaurant
Food: Japanese
416 Eddy St., Ithaca
(607) 277-7967
Price: $5-$14
Cool Features: Great and long list of sushi
King Buffet
Food: Chinese
734 S. Meadow St., Ithaca
(607) 256-3388
Price: $6-$8
Cool Features: All-you-can-eat buffet
Les Ducs
Food: Bistro
113 S. Cayuga St., Ithaca
(607) 277-8942
Price: $17-$25
Cool Features: Fine provincial French cuisine, relaxed setting, reservations recommended
Ling Ling Restaurant
Food: Chinese
222 Elmira Rd., Ithaca
(607) 272-0718
Price: $7-$8
Cool Features: Great view, outdoor seating when weather permits
Little Thai House
Food: Thai
202 Dryden Rd., Ithaca
(607) 273-1977
Price: $6-$12
Cool Features: You can adjust the spice level in all dishes
Lost Dog Café
Food: Italian
106-112 S. Cayuga St., Ithaca
(607) 277-9143
Price: $14-$17
Lucatelli's Ristorante
Food: Italian
205 Elmira Rd., Ithaca
(607) 273-0777
Price: $12-$27
Cool Features: Family-owned and operated restaurant with a great wine list
Food: Nouvelle Cuisine
215 E. State St., Ithaca
(607) 277-2253
Price: $15-$21
Cool Features: Amazing desserts made by their own pastry chef, meals are a bit expensive so it's a good place to bring your parents
Manos Diner
Food: American
357 Elmira Rd., Ithaca
(607) 273-1173
Price: $5-$8
Cool Features: Breakfast is served all day
Maxie's Supper Club and Oyster Bar
Food: Cajun, oyster bar
635 W. State St., Ithaca
(607) 272-4136
Price: $9-$23
Cool Features: Happy hour daily featuring half-priced fresh shucked oysters and clams, last two hours of each night features dishes for $2.50, Sunday night live music
Moosewood Restaurant
Food: Vegetarian
215 N. Cayuga St., Ithaca
(607) 273-9610
Price: $6-$18
Cool Features: Wednesday is students' night with ten percent off meals, restaurant sells about ten cookbooks in national bookstores
The Nines Restaurant
Food: Pizza
311 College Ave., Collegetown
(607) 272-1888
Price: $6-$7
Cool Features: Most popular pizza place in Ithaca, live music on some weekends
Food: Nouvelle Cuisine
120 Third St., Ithaca
(607) 273-8515
Price: $15-$40
Cool Features: A restaurant for people with creative minds and educated palates
Plum Tree Japanese Restaurant
Food: Japanese
113 Dryden Rd., Collegetown
(607) 256-8212
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Good sushi
Rulloff's Restaurant
Food: American
411 College Ave., Collegetown
(607) 272-6067
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Daily lunch and dinner specials
Sangam Indian Cuisine
Food: Indian
424 Eddy St.
(607) 273-1006
Cool Features: Brunch is offered six days a week!
Simeon's on the Commons
Food: American Bistro
224 E. State St., Ithaca
(607) 272-2212
Price: $8-$25
Cool Features: Excellent martinis, gourmet sandwiches
Souvlaki House
Food: Greek
315 Eddy St., Collegetown
(607) 273-1650
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Great baklava and traditional lamb meals
Stella's Kitchen & Cocktails
Food: American
403 College Ave., Ithaca
(607) 277-1490
Price: $6-$15
Cool Features: Excellent cocktails, fun dinners
Taste of Thai
Food: Thai
216 E. State St., Ithaca
(607) 256-5487
Price: $8-$12
Cool Features: Family-owned and operated, authentic Thai dishes, take-out available
The Thai Cuisine
Food: Thai
501 S. Meadow St., Ithaca
(607) 273-2031
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Meals served mild spice, medium, hot, Bangkok hot, or jumping hot
Viva Taqueria and Cantina
Food: California-style Mexican
101 N. Aurora St., Ithaca
(607) 277-1752
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: One side is for dine in and the other is for take out, healthy Mexican dishes for cheaper prices
Wings Over Ithaca
Food: Ribs, sandwiches, wings, wraps
335 Pinetree Rd.
(607) 256-9464
Price: $6-$16
Cool Features: Offering a huge selection of wing flavors.
Wok Village Restaurant
Food: Chinese, Mandarin, Szechwan, Peking, Cantonese, and Vietnamese styles
23 Cinema Dr., Ithaca
(607) 257-8881
Price: $5-$9
Cool Features: All-you-can-eat buffet, special diet menu

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 150 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 159 responses

  • 70% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 25% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 1% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 4% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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