8 Restaurants You Need to Try Today
Monday, March 8, 2021 1:00 PM by Elizabeth Judge
With spring on the horizon it's time to put away the crockpot and head out for some fine Syracuse dining. While you've been staying cozy in your house this winter, new restaurants have been popping up all around. Whether your feeling adventurous and want to try a new restaurant or you'd prefer one of your favorite mainstays, our list will satisfy any craving:
Esquina Habanera: An authentic Cuban restaurant with huge portions and and fresh squeezed juices, you won't want to miss out on this locally owned spot. Try the Cuban sandwich or their signature Ropa Vieja with Cuban rice and have food for days. Throw in some plantains, fresh squeezed orange juice and a homemade dessert for a full meal.
Hope Cafe and Tea House: A fusion of Peruvian, Italian and American food and drink this community lounge cafe commits all profits to charitable works through their non-profit organization, The People Project. Offering a variety of international drinks such as Emoliente, Guanaban juice, Esencia De Cafe, Peruvian smoothies, Vietnamese drip coffee and Argentinian Mate, you'll want to keep going back to try them all. Feeling hungry? Try their Chicharron Sanguich, Liege waffles or one of their many delicious homemade desserts.
Gilda's: Offering small plates, artisan pizzas and desserts this spot is a favorite in the village of Skaneateles. In the summer months try to grab an outdoor table for a view of Skaneateles Lake. We suggest ordering a few small plate options, like the arancini or roasted mushroom crostini, and then splitting a pizza or two for the table!
Sushi House: Having opened in January 2021 this is one of the newest sushi spots in Syracuse. Offering a large list of specialty rolls, sashimi, nigiri, noodle bowls and "create your own" poke bowls you'll need to keep going back to try it all! Start off with the Tuna Tower or one of the Sushi Combo's for a mix of nigiri and a select roll.
Santangelo's: Just a short drive from downtown Syracuse this family-owned and operated Italian restaurant is a long-time favorite in the region. With a menu full of classic Italian dishes like clams casino, antipasto and homemade lasagna, combined with a a cozy atmosphere, you'll feel right at home at this Syracuse spot.
Brian's Landing: Located in the heart of Jamesville, this relatively new spot features weekly specials and a Sunday Brunch. Check out their select menu of appetizers, handhelds and entrees, including Bella Luna Greens, Lobster Grilled Cheese and Tavern Meatloaf to name a few. On Sundays, try their signature mimosa flight or build your own Bloody Mary.
Azteca Mexican Grill: A Mexican restaurant with a large menu at just the price point! Order up some Street Tacos, or try something from the grill like the Steak Fajitas and don't miss out on Thursday's $4 margarita special. They also offer a lunch menu with combo specials all under $10.
A Mano Kitchen & Bar: Located right in downtown Syracuse this modern restaurant touts an authentic Italian menu utilizing local ingredients with their pastas, pizzas, doughs and desserts made by hand every morning. They also offer a Sunday Brunch featuring house-made biscuits, breakfast classics and bubbly drinks.