Here at Only In New York, we’re big fans of discovering hole in the wall restaurants and other places to eat that you might not ever think to check out. Forget wasting your time going to a big chain restaurant, the most unforgettable meals you’ll ever have while in our state are ones that come straight from our neighborhood spots! Whether you’re looking to grab a pizza with friends or eat outside with the family, there’s something on this list of neighborhood restaurants in New York that will appeal to everyone.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Seneca Farms - Penn Yan
You may know this favorite local spot for having drool worthy ice cream, but they also serve up some absolutely fantastic savory dishes. Pair up their recognized
Vineyard View Riesling
ice cream with a Friend Chicken Meal to complete an already perfect day.
How to get here:
2485 State Route 54A Penn Yan, NY 14527
2. Riella’s Homestyle - Levittown
With a motto like "Homestyle is Family Style" could you really go wrong with a place like this? I mean, look at those pizzas! Not your ordinary pizzeria, Riella's has pies that are unlike anything you've ever seen. From Lemon Chicken to Bacon Cheeseburger pizzas, you'll come back for more than just seconds.
How to get here: 3103 N Jerusalem Road Wantagh, NY 11793
3. Charlie Riedel’s Restaurant - Webster
Between the burgers and the garbage plates? We're in heaven. A great place to stop by when you're looking for hearty dishes that won't cost you an arm and a leg, everybody loves Charlie's. Our suggestion? Try the Charlieburger!
Another plus? Charlie's has locations in Canandaigua, Ontario and Webster.
How to get here: 1843 Empire Boulevard Webster, NY 14580
4. Doug's Fish Fry - Skaneateles
A favorite place for locals to visit at both their Skaneateles and Cortland locations, there's no better Fish Fry out this way than Doug's. Delivering to you all of your favorite fish fry dishes, this restaurant has the perfect neighborhood touch to make everything all the better. Our suggestion? Try out the Fish Dinner!
How to get here: 8 Jordan Street Skaneateles, NY 13152
5. Fargo Bar & Grill - Aurora
Right across the street from the charming Aurora Inn, you can walk on over to Fargo Bar & Grill for a great time filled with delicious food. From their famous Fargo Burger to their crab rolls, there's something tasty here for everyone. Stop on in before it gets cold and you'll even be able to enjoy outdoor dining on their patio!
How to get here: 384 Main Street Aurora, NY 13026
6. Coal Yard Cafe - Ithaca
A place that feels like home, you'll fall in love with this little restaurant over their creative and tasty dishes. Focusing on extraordinary breakfast meals, there's no better way to start your deal than coming over to Coal Yard Cafe! Our suggestion? Try their Sweet Potato Hash!
How to get here: 143 Maple Avenue Ithaca, NY 14850
7. Sprague's Maple Farms - Portville
What many consider to be "New York's Maple Wonderland", this restaurant is what restaurant bucket lists are made of. Serving breakfast all day, we're calling in all of our maple lovers! A place many of us have grown up visiting, we suggest trying out their all you can eat pancakes!
How to get here: 1048 Portville Obi Road Portville, NY 14770
8. Gus's Hot Dogs - Watervliet
Never judge a book by its cover! This tiny restaurant that's barely big enough for the two us will blow your mind. There's nothing better than coming across a delicious hot dog stand that has great prices and good flavors. But what's even better? Coming across a local restaurant like this that not only serves up hot dogs, but also amazing burgers. Our suggestion? Come down and visit while it's still warm and you can eat outside! Grab one of their famous Greek burgers and call it a day.
How to get here: 212 25th Street Watervliet, NY 12189
9. Baba Louie's - Hudson
A family owned restaurant that's always guaranteed to bring the flavor, you'll definitely want to check out this pizza place. To our friends in Massachusetts, don't worry, we have a location in Great Barrington for you too. While there's obviously nothing quite like trying one of their pizzas, we also tend to have quite the sweet spot for their soups. Our suggestion? Stop in for dinner with a group of friends and family so you can try a little bit of everything!
How to get here: 517 Warren Street Hudson, NY 12534
10. Filling Station - Palisades
Also referred to as the 9W Filling Station, you can find some of the best, most fresh all natural burgers in New York right here! A longtime favorite, you won't have to ask us twice if we want to tag alone for a meal here!
How to get here: 243 Route 9W Palisades, NY 10964
11. Well Dressed Food - Tupper Lake
A place you'll love to get behind, Well Dressed Food focuses on supporting and showcasing local products that will make your meal that much more tasty. Stop in and take advantage of their full service deli that has anything you could need! Our suggestion? Take home one of their Rotisserie Chickens to snack on later!
How to get here: 87 Park Street Tupper Lake, NY 12986
12. Rock Hill Bakehouse Cafe - Glens Falls
Tucked away on a tiny street in Glens Falls, you'll stumble upon this cafe that's home to some of the best tasting bread you'll find in the area. If you're in the mood to have a fresh sandwich and flavorful bowl of soup, then Rock Hill is the place where you should be!
How to get here: 19 Exchange Street Glens Falls 12801