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Located about two miles north of the village of Trumansburg, on Route 96, sits the Brews and Brats restaurant (no relation to Brew and Brats in Bristol Springs, NY). As you might imagine from its name, this is not an establishment you’d want to visit in search of a fine dining experience. Ra…

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Taverna Banfi is the signature restaurant of the Statler Hotel located in the heart of the Cornell University campus. The word “Taverna” was officially added to its name in February 2007 after an extensive and expensive six-week remodeling that created an interior space that resembles restau…

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You can probably guess, from the name of the restaurant—actually it’s the name of four restaurants all located in the Ithaca area—that this establishment is not a fine dining, expensive operation. In fact, the most expensive item on the menu is about $12. Collegetown Bagels, or CTB as it is …

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During the two decades I’ve been writing food and wine articles and restaurant reviews for our two major local newspapers, I can’t begin to tell you how often I have been asked the same question: “What’s your favorite restaurant?” However many times I’ve been asked, I have deflected it by re…

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Based on impressions formed when I was growing up, my idea of a diner is a long and narrow railroad-car-shaped-space featuring a dominant counter and booths, each with its own jukebox and napkin dispenser. In my memory, diners served breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week with lots of…

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Since opening earlier this fall, Angelhearts Diner has tried to make a name for itself as one of Ithaca’s several vegan eateries. Angelhearts owner, Kim Engelheart, considered the idea of starting the diner for years, though she moved away from Ithaca for several years, forcing her to put he…

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Other than the removal of the salad bar, there haven’t been many discernible changes to the physical structure of the former Lucatelli’s restaurant, now called Mix, located on Elmira Road opposite the Northside Shopping Center. And happily, it still features its own dedicated parking lot.

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You might think that someone who has publicly reviewed restaurants for two decades, in the relatively small city of Ithaca, would become blasé when checking out the variety of dining establishments. In my case, that would not be correct. I am still in awe of the amazing variety and scope of …

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Readers of this column know I like to begin restaurant reviews with a bit of history of the establishment, and Joe’s past is one of the most interesting in Ithaca. When I graduated from Cornell in the mid-20th century there were already many restaurants in downtown Ithaca. In the intervening…

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Diamonds, they say, are forever. And the Indian restaurant New Delhi Diamond’s is living up to its namesake, tallying up its 26th anniversary this year.?