We all have our go-to restaurants for a guaranteed savory meal, but who isn’t interested in stumbling upon a tasty new place to eat? When it comes to deciding where to go to grab some food, the overall outward appearance of a dining establishment is weighed heavily when making the decision. But, should it be?
Proving that you should never judge a book by its cover, these 13 underrated restaurants in New York that don’t look like much will knock your socks right off:
1. Mother's Cupboard, Syracuse
First off let me say, I challenge you to try and leave this restaurant hungry. Specializing in scrumptious breakfast foods, the pancakes you'll find here are like something out of this world! As big if not bigger than the plates they are served on, the pancakes aren't the only thing that will blow your mind. Our suggestion? Just do the best you can to try and clear off whatever plate you decided on, the rest of life's answers will come at one point or another.
2. Ambar Restaurant, Sleepy Hollow
Often missed by those looking to find it, this restaurant blends right in with its surroundings. Small in size but filled with tons of flavor, you won't regret coming here and shoving your face full of delicious Dominican food.
3. Dogtown, Rochester
Calling all dog lovers, this spot is for you! A menu that will have you smiling from ear to ear, all of the hot dogs listed are named after different breeds of dogs! Looking to eat something other than a dressed up hot dog? This restaurant offers a variety garbage plates that will have any true New Yorker drooling!
4. The Good Bite Kitchen, Lake Placid
A vegetarian's dream that's blending in right amongst the shops of this popular village, the restaurant actually used to be a storage hallway. Talk about a hidden gem! Serving up vibrant and affordable dishes, you'll want to stop in here if you find yourself up in the Adirondacks.
5. Mexican Grill 2000, Patchogue
From the outside, this restaurant looks like the solution to solving your hunger while you're stuck somewhere in a laundromat plaza and have no where else to go for several hours. But believe it or not this Long Island Mexican Grill is a true treasure. Serving up a variety of dishes, we suggest trying the fish or tongue tacos!
6. Sunny Restaurant Asian Cusine, Utica
Somebody stop me from dreaming of noodles! Wonderful food and even better service will have you completely forgetting about the outward appearance of the this restaurant, proving to be unimportant. Not sure what you want to eat? We suggest one of the crispy noodle entrees!
7. Provisions, Woodstock
What some declare as being the home to the best breakfast sandwiches in the area, this small but scrumptious restaurant will take hold of your taste buds. While you may not think to give this spot a second thought due to its small size and lack of mass seating, we assure you that the last thing you'll be thinking about is where you're sitting once you dive into this food.
8. Marco's Italian Deli, Buffalo
A great spot to check out if you're craving some classic Italian food, this restaurant will make you wish you could somehow find room for more! Don't let its average exterior fool you into thinking this isn't a total gem. Our suggestion if you plan on going here? Try out one of the sandwiches and make sure to get a dessert!
Spiedie & Rib Pit, Binghamton
Operating since the early 1990's, this restaurant has become a favorite spot to dine on one of New York's favorite dishes, the Spiedie. Despite its exterior appearance, once you sit down the menu will have your mouth watering.
10. "Poopie's" Di Manno's Lunch, Glens Falls
A local favorite that's been up and running since the 1950's, you'll find all your favorite dishes waiting for you here. While our favorite meal of the day to eat here is breakfast, we also can't help but love Poopie's incredible burgers!
11. Plant Strong, Dix Hills
If vegans had a heaven on earth with a designated dining area, this restaurant would probably be it. Colorful menu items that are all completely gluten free and plant-based will have you feeling good about deciding to dine on these healthy dishes. If you decide to stop in we suggest you try out one of the yummy parfaits!
12. Johnny's Lunch, Jamestown
Filled with all your favorite classic dishes, your stomach will be rumbling before you even walk through the door. Dressed up hot dogs, burgers and shakes, it's all so good. Known for their tasty sauce, we suggest making sure to try the rice pudding before you leave. Yum!
13. Bob's Diner, Watervliet
Nestled right along the train tracks, this 24 hour diner has been a long time favorite and dependable spot to get good food at all hours of the day.
We love discovering new hidden gems inside our state! Which one of these underrated restaurants looks the most tasty to you?