There are over 150 restaurants in Ithaca, New York and odds are good that they’re all delicious. With a population of 30,000 and nearly all attending Cornell or Ithaca its hard to imagine students having time for good eats but they do. We let our noses do the discovering this weekend and thank you to freshman Mazzy for hinting at what smells best to her. Obviously, dessert was a deciding factor.
MOOSEWOOD: Moosewood has been serving local veggie dishes since 1973 so it’s no surprise that it’s one of the thirteen most influential restaurants of the 20th Century.
INSOMNIA COOKIES: Students get past their midnight cravings with this gooey sweet sensation. I nabbed the last peanut-butter and chocolate sensation.
MIA: Owned by Ithaca’s top restaurateur, Lex Chutintaranond, the Pan-Asian cuisine here is as authentic as they come so be warned: when they say spicy, they mean it.
MADELINE’S: Started by Lex but sold to his manager in 2006, we stopped here for the large display case of sweet tooth cravings by Pastry chef, Teresa Miller. We enjoyed our sinful moment sitting at a bar offering spirits rarely seen anywhere else.
ITHACA BAKERY: For over a century, Ithaca bakery has been baking up fresh artisan bread in hundreds of varieties. Don’t leave without an everything bagel with lox and veggie cream cheese topped by a handful of capers.