Dubbed "The Neighborhood Within the City," Eastwood is a charming residential district with lots of things to do, places to eat, parks to stroll and streets to walk. Walkable and charming, spend a day exploring this distinct suburban gem of Syracuse and you'll find everything from books to brews to coffee beans and dogs (lots and lots of dogs).
Best breakfasts + brunch spots
- In business for over one hundred years, Lyncourt Bakery is a local favorite. Grab your fill of cinnamon buns, cakes, cookies and all kinds of treats to make it a sweet day.
- Take on the whole frittata food challenge à la Man v. Food at Mother's Cupboard on James Street.
- The Cracked Bean Roastery is the perfect spot to enjoy a hot cup of coffee, cold brew, croissants, cinnamon rolls and many other homemade treats.
Best afternoon eats
- Swing by Goal Tenders on James Street for a grilled chicken sandwich or burgers and fries.
- Grab a cheese steak or sammy at A Taste of Philadelphia.
- The famous Brooklyn Pickle is the place to go for any and all kinds of sandwiches. This top-rated deli serves up loaded sammys like the Brooklyn Pickle Special Sandwich, Cajun Turkey Breast, Reubens and more. Stop in to see why it's Syracuse's favorite sandwich shop.
Best place for bites + beverages
- Looking to get loaded? On food of course. Check out Loded on Thompson Road and load up on fun and fast casual favorites with a unique twist — burgers stacked with everything from pork Carnitas to mac & cheese, pork belly and lobster claws, massive fried chicken sandwiches, crazy varieties of mac & cheese platters, signature milkshakes, and of course loaded fries and funnel fries. Decked out with all the rad flair of the 90s, this new and colorful spin-off from the owner of Rise N Shine Diner is a must-try experience.
- Another Café Kubal is located in Eastwood. Order up your favorite cup of caffeine and munch on some light snacks at this quaint coffee shop.
- Indulge yourself and the kids with a sundae from Fifi's Ice Cream & Sweets on James Street. This local, family-owned business can satisfy any sweet craving with their wide variety of Perry's ice creams and tasty milkshakes.
Best place for pizza + pints
- Sample some of Syracuse's top-rated pizza at Original Italian Pizza (OIP). Grab a slice or a whole pie, and don't forget to try their famous chargrilled wings.
- Kosta's Pizza House combines the best parts of an old school pizza parlor and the tastiest of Mediterranean menus. This long-standing, top-rated pizza joint serves up standard pizza shop items, some with a unique Greek flair, and rumor has it the owner, Kosta, has the best chicken wings and gyros this side of the country.
- The Tangy Tomato conveniently located across the street from Shifty's Bar is a great spot to sample some top-rated authentic Chicago deep dish or a New York style slice.
Best supper spots
- Sample flavors of the Mediterranean at Goodie's. This quaint grill serves up tasty hummus and pita, gyros, chawirma and even burgers.
- In the mood for some killer Mexican food? Look no further than famed Ponchito's Taqueria. Their original location on New Court Ave. throws down some of the best burritos, nachos and Dr. Pepper wings, all made-to-order and full of flavor that you'll come back for time and time again.
Best late night lounges
Home of the best live music, pub food and beer, Shifty's Bar & Grill is a must-see spot while visiting Eastwood. Oh, and the wings — voted the best in the city and even featured in the documentary The Great Chicken Wing Hunt (no big deal), be sure to try the Frankenstein Wings and F-Bombs, but only if you're in the mood to not taste anything else for the next day or so.
- Walk through the rich interior of Dalton's American Decorative Arts and you'll find a beautiful collection of mission oak furniture, arts and crafts furnishings and decorative accessories. Housing a unique collection of Gustav Stickley, L&JG Stickley, Roycroft, Limbert and other famous producers, this shop is a great place to check out the finest examples of the American arts and crafts movement.
- Marketplace on James offers a variety of vintage and handmade goods, including gifts and one-of-a-kind items from over 50 local vendors. With a quaint cafe inside, shoppers can take their time enjoying this new small business while perusing an eclectic assortment of community artisan products for any occasion.
- If craft beer is your thing, The Stafford convenience store tucked away in the residential section between Burnet Ave. and James Street is a must-stop for stocking up on all those hard to find cans you love.
- We know you're looking for it, and luckily there is an Eastwood Wegmans at the corner of James Street and Thompson Road. Grab your groceries or a quick midday snack, and make sure to stock up on your favorites at everyone's favorite grocery store.
- Book shops galore in Eastwood — check out the massive Books & Melodies on James Street for tons of vintage vinyl, books, movies and much more. Fun fact: scenes from the film Adult World starring John Cusack and Emma Roberts were shot in this very bookstore.
- Another charming book store on James is Books End. Explore this neighborhood favorite and browse their library of rare, used and out-of-print books.
Best way to get outdoors
Enjoy all the outdoor activities at Sunnycrest Park and athletic complex, a 45-acre park with a nine-hole golf course, ski trails, two turf football fields, Olympic running track, tennis and basketball courts and an indoor ice rink.
Best places for family fun
- Skate over to the East Woods Skate Plaza in Huntington Park for a dusk to dawn park fit for skateboarders and BMX bikers.
- Lincoln Park is a great place to spend the afternoon. A six-lane pool is on the property, as are athletic fields and courts, and a playground with swings, slides, seesaws and climbing bars. Also at the top of the park is an elliptical observation drive with excellent views of Downtown Syracuse and surrounding areas.
Best places for a pint
- A place for hop heads and craft beer lovers, Eastwood Brewing Company serves up a variety of craft brew styles in their large tasting room.
- Chadwicks Sports Bar & Grill is a fun neighborhood joint to grab a quick bite and a beer. And Steel City visitors rejoice — Chadwick's is the ultimate Pittsburgh Steelers bar and a great place to catch the game on one of their 16 high-def TVs.
Best entertainment spot
Check out the historic Palace Theater on James Street for live music, movies, and entertainment.
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