Finger Lakes

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The area’s dining ranges from sandwich shops, coffeehouses, and diners to pubs, bistros, and fine restaurants. Though avant-garde dining is not to be found here, the most innovative of the restaurants emphasize wine pairings and fresh, locally produced ingredients. The area’s nightlife is rather limited, so a night of fine dining can be a terrific cap to a day of sightseeing.

Top Restaurants in Finger Lakes

London Underground Café

Serving regional American and continental cuisine (duck breast, veal marsala, salmon key largo, and house baked desserts), this café offers fine dining in an informal atmosphere where casual dress is welcome. Live piano on weekends.

69 East Market St., NY, 607-962-2345, www.londonundergroundcafe.biz
Tags: moderate | new american | casual

Soul Full Cup Coffeehouse

Original artwork, upholstered couches and chairs, and exposed brick make this the hippest coffeehouse in town. Live music on weekends brings in a regular, laidback clientele.

81 W. Market St., NY, 607-936-9030, www.soulfullcup.com
Tags: budget | coffee shop | casual

Thali of India

Extremely popular with locals and visitors, Thali of India’s vast array of dinner entrees ranges from $10 to $15. Insiders rave about the all-you-can-eat lunch buffet.

28 E. Market St., NY, 607-936-1900, www.thaliofindia.com
Tags: budget | indian | casual

The Bistro at Red Newt Cellars

Specializing in fresh ingredients from local farms, orchards, dairies, coffee roasters, and breweries, The Bistro’s sparkling menu rotates as ingredients become available. Expect an impressive wine list (and inventive wine flights) from Red Newt and other local wineries.

3675 Tichenor Rd. Hector, NY, 607-962-2345, www.rednewt.com
Tags: moderate | new american | local ingredients | casual

Three Birds

This refined American bistro has a good local wine list and the dinner menu includes signature dishes like Toasted Corn and Chesapeake Crab Cake, and Honey-Roasted Pecan Crusted Pork Tenderloin. The refined décor in both the dining room and martini bar includes freshly cut flowers and local artwork.

73 East Market St., NY, 607-936-8862, www.threebirdsrestaurant.com
Tags: seafood | expensive | smart splurge

Veraisons

Located at the Glenora Wine Cellars and showcasing lush lake views, Veraisons features seasonal appetizers, salads, pasta, and entrees like Australian lamb, coq au vin, and filet mignon. The chef focuses heavily on locally grown produce and the wait staff is adept at suggesting the perfect wine pairings.

5435 RT-14, NY, 800-243-5513, www.glenora.com
Tags: romance | expensive | smart splurge | new american

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