Over the years, I've found myself drawn to some of the most unique and flavorful culinary creations that have left a lasting impression on my taste buds.
From cozy hidden gems to popular local hangouts, there's something incredibly satisfying about discovering the perfect dish right in your own backyard.
In this article, I'm excited to share my personal favorites with you as we embark on a journey through Binghamton's vibrant food scene.
I recently visited Tsha's Kitchen, an American restaurant with a Caribbean twist located in the Southern Tier.
The moment I walked in, I was greeted by a warm, homey atmosphere that instantly made me feel like I was in my family's kitchen.
The informal ordering process added to the casual, inviting vibe of the place.
As I waited for my jerk chicken with spicy coleslaw and cornbread, I enjoyed the music playing on the TV and the mouthwatering smells of the food being cooked.
The presentation of my meal was impeccable, and the taste was even better – every bite reminded me of homemade cooking at its finest.
I must say, the flavors were bold and spicy, which I personally loved, but some might find it a bit overwhelming.
The amazing food and excellent customer service make it a must-visit spot for anyone craving authentic, homemade Caribbean flavors.
Paul & Sons Pizza
I have been living in the Binghamton area for over two decades now, and I can confidently say that if there's one pizza place you must try, it's Paul & Sons Pizza.
This gem may have limited hours and only offers takeout, but trust me, it is well worth the effort.
Their New York-style pizza is in a league of its own, with generous toppings bursting with flavor.
One of my favorite combinations is the arrabbiata and ricotta – a perfect blend of spice and creaminess.
I’m not kidding when I say that I would choose their pizza over the ones I've had in Rome and northern Italy.
Parlor City Vegan
I can't help but gush about my recent visit to Parlor City Vegan, a restaurant that offers a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere that made me feel right at home.
As soon as I walked through the doors, I was greeted by the warm and welcoming ambiance of the place, and I couldn't help but feel incredibly safe and at ease.
The food, let me tell you, was out of this world!
I had their spicy mac and cheese, which had just the right amount of kick to it, and I couldn't help but try their zucchini muffin as well.
It was by far the best muffin I've ever had – I'd give it 11 out of 10 stars if I could!
I also had one of their sandwiches, which was as delicious as everything else on their menu.
Strange Brew Cafe
I finally decided to check out Strange Brew Cafe in downtown Bing, and I'm so glad I did!
The cafe has an extensive menu, offering not just coffee but also tea, smoothies, and a wide variety of food options.
The prices were reasonable, and I was pleasantly surprised that my mocha frappe wasn't overly sweet.
Even though the cafe got pretty busy, I managed to find a seat, enjoy the music, and take a break from the hustle and bustle.
It's definitely a popular spot in town, so be prepared for a little wait during peak hours.
However, the atmosphere and quality of the food and drinks make it well worth it.
If you prefer, you can also take your order outside and enjoy the fresh air.
Parking can be a bit challenging depending on the time of day, but there's plenty to see and do downtown as you walk to the cafe.
I must say, Jody's Diner has been a go-to spot for me and my family for quite some time now.
The food there is consistently great, and the service is quick and friendly.
One time, I stopped by for breakfast and ordered two eggs over easy, home fries, toast, and sausage patties - it was cooked just like my granny used to make!
My partner tried their chicken and biscuits for the first time and loved it.
The chicken was so tender, the gravy was yummy, and the biscuits were fluffy!
We even got an order to go to share for dinner later that day.
The homemade desserts at Jody's Diner are also a must-try.
We purchased one, and it turned out to be incredibly delicious.
What's more, the prices are very fair, making it one of the best value-for-money places in town.
Just keep in mind that they close at 2 pm and it's a cash-only establishment.
I recently decided to try out 205 Dry, a speakeasy-style bar in town, and it exceeded all my expectations!
Upon entering, I was instantly captivated by the unique atmosphere and stunning decor.
The attention to detail was evident, and the mismatched furniture just added to its charm.
Navigating their extensive drink menu wasn't easy, but I eventually settled on the Oaxacan Breakfast and Rosemary's Baby cocktails, both of which were absolutely delicious.
My friends were equally impressed with their choices, and we all agreed that 205 Dry is a true hidden gem.
Now, let me talk about the food.
I couldn't resist trying the 205 Spiedie since Binghamton is known for its Spiedies, and it was divine!
The rest of my party raved about their dishes, too, making it a memorable dining experience for all of us.
House of Reardon
I recently decided to grab a bite to eat at House of Reardon, as I had heard a lot about this Irish restaurant from my friends.
It was my first time there, and I had a lovely experience.
I went along with a coworker for lunch, and we were both impressed by the food.
Their wings were absolutely delicious, and the soup of the day - ham and beans - was just as tasty.
Despite being a bit crowded, they managed to keep their cool and kept everyone informed about the status of their orders.
It's definitely a place where people seem happy, and I can see why it has been compared to the TV show Cheers.
Water Street Brewing Co.
I recently visited Water Street Brewing Co. with a few friends for lunch, and I must say, it was a pleasant experience.
The atmosphere was casual and welcoming, with a self-serve and bar service system in place.
We were able to order and pick up at the bar, which made it quite convenient.
What caught my attention was the wide selection of beers they had on offer.
I chose a beer flight to sample a few, and I was not disappointed.
My Some Like It Hot burger was cooked to order, just the way I like it, with a delicious honey sriracha sauce and fresh jalapeno slices.
My friends tried the fish and chips and the chicken and waffles - both dishes received positive feedback, although one of the chicken pieces was slightly overcooked.
The fries, which were a unique flat crinkle cut, were perfectly cooked and absolutely delicious.
I also tried their house beer, the Green Man, which was excellent, and I noticed they carry a variety of delightful Treleaven wines from nearby Cayuga Lake.
Red Chili Restaurant
As someone who lives in the area, I can't help but rave about my dining experiences at the Red Chili Restaurant in Binghamton.
This Sichuan restaurant has become one of my favorite spots for authentic Chinese cuisine.
The moment I walked in, I was captivated by the elegant and artistic decor.
It really sets the tone for the delicious food that's about to be served.
What really stood out to me was the unique and flavorful dishes on the menu.
I've tried several items, but the duck tongue and dry fried pork intestines are definitely the most memorable ones.
It might be an acquired taste for some, but I find it absolutely delightful.
One of my favorite spots in town is Manni's Donuts, a no-frills diner with incredible donuts.
I usually pop in on Saturday mornings to grab some breakfast and treat myself to one of their fantastic honey dip donuts.
The place is pretty cozy, with a small number of tables and a counter that seats around 12 people.
The prices at Manni's are really affordable, and the food is always solid.
Apart from the delicious honey dip donuts, I also recommend trying their lemon donut, which is fresh, tart, and sweet – a perfect morning pick-me-up!
Their vanilla angel donuts and cinnamon coffee rolls are also worth a try.
Old Barn Market & Gluten Free Bakery
I absolutely love visiting Old Barn Market & Gluten Free Bakery in Binghamton.
It feels like I'm supporting not only the market itself but also the local artisans, farmers, and business owners who provide the amazing products available there.
One of the best parts about Old Barn Market is their delicious gluten-free and vegan baked goods.
It's not often that I find a place where I can indulge in treats without worrying about dietary restrictions.
I highly recommend their coconut macaroons - they're simply divine!
Aside from the baked goods, they also offer a wide variety of fresh produce, drinks, and other goods.
The prices are decent, and it's always a pleasure to shop and support local businesses.
Every time I visit Danny's Diner, it's like stepping back in time to the 1950s.
The diner has a renovated trolley car vibe, complete with tables, booths, and the traditional lunch counter.
I absolutely love their all-day breakfast and the lunch/dinner menu too.
The short-order cook never fails to impress with the perfectly prepared dishes.
One of the most endearing aspects of Danny's Diner is their family-friendly environment.
They have old-style candy machines that take quarters, and they even keep lollipops under the counter for the little kids.
It's a great spot to bring the whole family for a delicious, affordable meal, especially considering everything on the menu is less than $10.
Whenever I have friends or family visiting from out of town, I make sure to bring them to Danny's Diner for a taste of classic New York nostalgia.
It's a short 15-minute drive from Binghamton University, making it a convenient stop for students and visitors alike.
If you're looking for a charming, old-school diner with amazing food and a welcoming atmosphere, do yourself a favor and head to Danny's Diner.
You won't be disappointed!
The Old Union Hotel
Last weekend, I decided to visit The Old Union Hotel with some friends for a casual dinner and drinks.
It's an unpretentious bar & grill set in a historic 19th-century hotel, which gives it a unique atmosphere.
I had heard great things about their wings, so I was eager to give them a try.
We were seated promptly and began browsing their menu.
I ordered their highly recommended wings, and let me tell you, they lived up to the hype!
The wings were flavorful and cooked to perfection.
I must say the fries were quite good, and we all enjoyed them.
We ended up staying longer than anticipated, just chatting and enjoying the laid-back atmosphere.
Every time I visit Despina's Mediterranean Taste, I am blown away by the consistently perfect quality of their food.
Their charming counter-serve operation offers a delightful experience of classic Greek & Mediterranean fare, along with catering services.
I've been there about 10 times now, and their gyro has been perfect every single time!
Somehow, their pita bread tastes like it was just made each time I get it.
The recent move from Hawley Street to Main Street has made the restaurant smaller with a more 'historical' interior, but the high prices have remained.
Despite that, I still frequent Despina's a few times per year because their food is just that good.
One of my favorite dishes here is the spinach salad, which is large enough to share.
The lamb gyro is another tasty option.
My partner and I often stop by for lunch, and we swear by the chicken souvlaki pita.
Their lemon orzo soup is absolutely excellent.
Sach's Tee House
Oh, how I love spending my evenings at Sach's Tee House!
Last night, my friends and I decided to grab a bite and catch up, and as usual, Sach's Tee House did not disappoint.
We started with some steak quesadillas, and I must say, they were the best I've ever had!
Do note that they currently only accept cash, but they have an ATM available for those who need it.
One of the things I truly appreciate about this place is the variety of options on their menu.
They have an extensive selection of burgers, sandwiches, salads, pizzas, wings, and appetizers.
And let me tell you, their burgers are simply amazing – some of the best in the Binghamton area!
My personal favorite is the Mushroom and Swiss burger, paired with their crispy, juicy, and downright miraculous fried mushrooms.
We also love the laid-back atmosphere at Sach's Tee House.
My friends and I tried The Reggie and the Rustler burgers, and instead of chips, we chose to pay the extra $2 to get house-cut fries and sweet potato fries.
The presentation was fantastic, and the Rustler was so tall that it needed a skewer to hold it together!
The burgers were cooked to perfection, and the flavors and seasonings were outstanding.
Lost Dog Café & Lounge
Let me tell you about one of my favorite spots in town – Lost Dog Café & Lounge.
This upbeat cafe offers a fantastic selection of global fare backed by live jazz music, making it the perfect place to unwind after a long day.
They also have a sleek lounge area where you can enjoy a diverse range of beers and cocktails.
I've been to Lost Dog Café numerous times, and I must say their food never disappoints.
The servings are quite generous, and they even provide vegetarian options.
The eclectic, artsy vibe of the place adds to its charm, and the fun drink menu has something for everyone, including alcohol and mocktails.
They are always attentive and friendly, making sure you have a great dining experience.
They offer both indoor and outdoor seating (seasonally), so you can enjoy your meal in any weather.
Mediterranean Halal House
As a frequent diner at the Mediterranean Halal House, I can confidently say that this place offers some of the most authentic Pakistani food in the area.
The quality of the food is always top-notch, and the generous portions never leave me feeling unsatisfied.
I particularly enjoy their karahi and naan, as well as the chicken kabab, which is always cooked to perfection.
The seating at Mediterranean Halal House is quite spacious, making it an ideal spot for large group gatherings or parties.
Ample parking is also available, making it a convenient choice for those driving to the restaurant.
One of the aspects I appreciate most about this restaurant is the flexibility they offer in terms of spice levels.
Their kababs and goat karai are among my favorites, and I can't wait to try more items on their menu.
I've also had the pleasure of attending a wedding catered by Mediterranean Halal House, and the food was a hit with all the guests.
Whenever I crave a hearty, delicious breakfast or lunch in town, I always head over to Chris' Diner.
This modest mom-and-pop joint has been whipping up large portions of classic dishes for years, and they never disappoint.
The atmosphere is a cozy and old-school diner vibe, complete with rips in the booth seats, but that's just part of its charm.
Despite being cash-only, the prices are very reasonable, and the portions are more than generous.
One time, I ordered their 3-egg breakfast with bacon, toast, and a massive serving of home fries, and it only cost me $9.50!
But what really sets Chris' Diner apart is their warm and friendly customer service.
Not only do they serve American classics, but they also offer some delicious Greek dishes, like the chicken gyro I had once.
The bread was warm and soft, the chicken cooked just right, and the tzatziki sauce added a perfect tangy finish.
Their pancake portions are enormous, too – bigger than my hand!
Weekends can get busy at Chris' Diner, so it's best to arrive early if you want to enjoy a meal without the crowd.
Trust me, it's worth the effort to try their mouthwatering meals and experience the warm hospitality that only a family-owned diner can offer.
Remlik's Grille & Oyster Bar
I've always heard great things about Remlik's Grille & Oyster Bar, so I finally decided to try it out for myself.
From the moment I walked in, the upscale ambiance and elegant decor immediately caught my attention.
I made sure to try some of their specialty oysters, which were incredibly fresh and delicious.
For my main course, I decided on the double-cut pork chop, cooked medium/well, based on a recommendation I had read.
It was cooked to perfection and bursting with flavor.
My companion's filet mignon was equally mouthwatering and cooked just right.
While I agree that the prices can be a bit on the higher side, the quality of the food and the overall experience made it worth the splurge.
One thing I look forward to on my next visit is trying out some of the other menu items, as I noticed that they had a few limited-time offerings due to the holiday season.
I also wouldn't mind stopping by just for a glass of wine and some of their delicious appetizers.
P S Restaurant
One evening, after scrolling through Google, I stumbled upon P S Restaurant and decided to give it a try.
The atmosphere was intimate, yet had a good energy about it, which made me feel right at home.
To start, I ordered the shrimp and scallop appetizers, which were perfectly prepared.
I was quite impressed by the Thai-French fusion concept and the unique flavors it brought to the dishes.
For my main course, I chose the filet, duck, and salmon - all cooked to perfection and highly satisfying.
I also tried some of their cocktails, with Captain Daniels being a personal favorite.
The service at P S Restaurant was exceptional, and the timing and order in which the food was brought out made the whole dining experience even more enjoyable.
I can't wait to return and try the rest of their menu!
I often find myself ordering takeout from China Star, a local Chinese restaurant.
Their Buddha's Delight with tofu is my absolute favorite!
I love how they let me order it with the sauce on the side, so I can dip the veggies into the sauce to my liking.
Do remember that they only take cash, so make sure to have enough on hand for the bill and tip.
Now, I have to admit that the service at China Star can be very slow.
When they say "10 minutes," it's best to be prepared for a 30-minute wait.
Despite this, I continue to get takeout from them because the food is consistently excellent.
One of my favorite places to hang out in town is Peterson's Tavern.
Last Thursday, my partner and I decided to have dinner there.
My partner ordered French onion soup and spiedie salad.
I decided on their burger and fries, which did not disappoint.
We finished off our meal with funnel fries and caramel dipping sauce - a delightful treat!
Once, we even ordered a tomahawk steak for a private party, and it came with perfectly done sides and salad, and the steak literally melted in our mouths!
Another time, I tried their onion soup with Sam Adams and Jameson, and it was an excellent combination.
Downs Ave. Tavern
I have been going to Downs Ave. Tavern for years, and it has become my go-to spot for a laid-back night out with friends.
The atmosphere is so relaxed and inviting, making it the perfect place to catch a game and have some great conversations.
Everyone I've met there has been incredibly friendly and welcoming, making me feel right at home.
The service at Downs Ave. Tavern is truly top-notch.
Their smiles are contagious, and it's clear that they enjoy what they do.
The bar and grill menu offers a variety of tasty options, and the prices are very reasonable.
One of the things I love most about Downs Ave. Tavern is the sense of community.
It's a small establishment, so it's not uncommon for everyone to know each other.
You'll often find people cracking jokes and sharing stories, leaving everyone in good spirits.
The Bagel Factory
I love starting my weekends with a visit to The Bagel Factory.
The line is usually long, but that's just a testament to how great their bagels are.
They have a wide selection of delicious bagels and toppings to choose from.
I'm a big fan of their sandwich, bagel with cream cheese, buffalo wedges, and brownie – they never disappoint!
I've been to The Bagel Factory three times and have enjoyed their lox and cream cheese with sliced onions, as well as their bacon scallion cream cheese.
The coffee and tea they offer in their cozy cafe are just perfect to complete the meal.
Chroma Café and Bakery
I decided to start my day with a visit to Chroma Café and Bakery - a cozy, brick-accented American eatery in the heart of college town.
The selection of baked goods and sandwiches was just right and not too overwhelming.
I opted for their baked French toast and a latte of the day.
Sitting at a small table, I couldn't help but notice the lively, welcoming vibe of the place.
Students and locals alike were chatting and enjoying their breakfast.
The baked French toast was absolutely amazing - it tasted healthy yet delicious, making me save the second half for later.
The latte of the day was a perfect complement to my meal, providing a much-needed caffeine boost for my day ahead.
Amici Italian Restaurant
I recently decided to try out Amici, a laid-back Italian pub in my neighborhood.
My friends have been raving about it, so I thought it was about time I gave it a shot.
I love Italian food, and the promise of trivia nights added an extra layer of appeal for me.
Upon walking in, I noticed the place was quite dark, but that didn't bother me too much as it gave off a cozy vibe.
The restaurant filled up quickly, and I was glad I had made a reservation.
I started my meal with garlic knots and a wedge salad, both of which were absolutely delicious.
For my main course, I ordered the gnocchi, and I must say it was excellent.
The mussels were some of the best I've had, making my experience even more enjoyable.
Michelangelo's Pizza Restaurant
Whenever I crave some delicious pizza and Italian food, I head straight to Michelangelo's Pizza Restaurant in my neighborhood.
This family-friendly casual choice offers classic Italian and American favorites, and their pizzas are simply incredible.
Last Saturday night, I decided to order delivery from Michelangelo's, and the whole experience was exceptional.
The pizza was huge, fresh, and cooked to perfection.
Their wings and garlic knots were also pretty good, adding that extra flair to my meal.
The delivery time was about an hour, which is not bad for a busy Saturday night.
Their mixed drinks are perfect, and the prices are so reasonable for the portions served.
Michelangelo's is not just a go-to spot for pizza but also a great place to stop for a meal when traveling.
On one occasion, my friends and I were on our way to Niagara Falls and decided to have dinner at Michelangelo's.
We managed to complete our meal, including appetizers and main courses, within an hour, all the while receiving first-class service.
Thai Thai Cuisine
I've been to Thai Thai Cuisine several times, and I must say, it never disappoints me.
The prices are incredibly affordable, and the food is always delicious.
Although the restaurant primarily focuses on takeout, they do have seating inside.
The interior could use an update, but it works perfectly for a takeout spot.
When I crave Thai food, I usually order their fried tofu, veggie fried rice, and red curry – it's all so tasty and definitely gives other Thai places in the area a run for their money.
One of my favorite spots to hang out with friends in town is Birtchy's Joint.
Although the place has low ceilings, it's filled with fun and laughter, and I always have a great time there.
The open kitchen setup is amazing - I love being able to watch my meal being prepared while enjoying sports on their TVs.
Plus, the place is open late, so it's perfect for those evenings when I want to stay out a bit longer.
Their food and atmosphere are top-notch as well.
Trust me, you can't go wrong with a night out at this bar and grill!
One of my absolute favorite spots to grab brunch or just hang out with friends is The Shop.
The chic, brick interior and stylish cafe atmosphere always make me feel comfortable and relaxed.
One thing I can't get enough of is their smoked pork crepe - it's simply amazing.
They have a variety of delicious crepes and small plates that showcase their skilled cooking.
And if you're a fan of mimosas like me, you'll be happy to know that they're only $3 on Saturdays and Sundays!
I also love trying their unique drink options, like their lavender lemonade and chai lattes.
The Shop is definitely a gem in downtown Binghamton, and though there might be a bit of a wait on weekends, trust me, it's worth it.
It's a great spot to satisfy any taste palette, making it the perfect brunch destination.
Social on State
One of my favorite spots to unwind and enjoy a delicious meal in the area is Social on State.
This speakeasy-style restaurant has a fantastic atmosphere and offers an impressive selection of creative small plates and craft beers on tap.
You can check their website here to see their full menu and more information.
The moment you step inside, you'll be amazed by the beautiful decor and the inviting ambiance.
It's an excellent place to celebrate special occasions like anniversaries or just to catch up with friends over some tasty bites.
The food at Social on State is truly phenomenal.
I've tried multiple dishes, and each one has been better than the last.
Their small plates are perfect for sharing, allowing you to sample various flavors and textures.
It's also a great spot for beer lovers, with a wide range of craft beers available, as well as drink flights and specials.
While the restaurant is tucked away in a slightly hidden location, the extra effort to find it is well worth it.
Last weekend, I decided to treat myself to a nice dinner at Cortese Restaurant, an Italian restaurant that has been a staple in our community for years.
It's known for its warm atmosphere and delicious Italian dishes.
When I arrived, the restaurant was quite busy, but I was lucky enough to find a seat at the bar.
I couldn't resist the craving for Spaghetti & Meatballs, so I ordered their Homemade Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce & Meatballs.
The dish came with a lovely salad as well.
One thing I noticed about the Marinara Sauce was the strong garlic flavor.
As a fan of garlic, I didn't mind it too much, but it might be a bit overwhelming for some.
The potato soup I tried was delicious, and the overall meal was satisfying.
I must mention that the veal at Cortese is to die for, and the salads are always delightful.
Let me tell you about the time I decided to try Pizza Nia's one night after hearing my neighbors rave about it.
It's not just limited to pizza; they also offer a range of Italian dishes and some mouth-watering sides.
So I thought I'd give it a try, and I must say, it did not disappoint!
I ordered their pizza, and it was simply delicious - flavorful with a perfectly cooked crust, which is not always easy to find.
You can check out their menu and more at pizzanias.com.
But it's not just about the food - the place has a nice, friendly neighborhood vibe to it.
And even though I heard a few negative reviews about some incidents in the past, my experience was nothing short of fantastic.
I also tried their fries, and they were so tasty!
I'm glad I chose Pizza Nia's that day, and I've been a regular customer ever since.
It's a great spot to grab a tasty pizza takeout and enjoy a relaxing evening at home.
Cafe West 46
I can't believe I've been living just 2 buildings away from Cafe West 46 for 8 months and only just discovered it!
This cozy little fast-food restaurant has quickly become my go-to spot for delicious sandwiches and salads.
I love their amazing pulled pork sandwich, and the breakfast sandwiches are always top-notch.
One thing that sets Cafe West 46 apart from other places is the warm and friendly atmosphere.
The moment I walked in, I was greeted by the most welcoming locals who made me feel right at home.
I never expected to find such a strong sense of community at a fast-food joint, but it's evident that this place is a favorite among locals.
The cafe is situated in a quiet area on Seminary Ave, making it a perfect spot for a relaxing lunch break.
Nip's Park Avenue Saloon
Every time I crave some delicious wings, there's only one place that comes to my mind: Nip's Park Avenue Saloon in Binghamton, NY.
Their wings are truly legendary, and being a big fan of hot buffalo sauce, I always go for the regular hot buffalo sauce made extra crispy.
Trust me, they never disappoint.
There are many other options to choose from as well, so no matter what your preference is, you'll definitely find something you love.
Not only are the wings amazing, but the service at Nip's Park Avenue Saloon is outstanding, even on the busiest days.
The vibe is laid back and chill, and the small space gives it that cozy, homey feel.
I've even been to their karaoke night, which boasts some hidden gems and is definitely worth checking out.
Oh, and don't forget to try their beatbox alcohol, as recommended by Sunny, the bartender.
It's absolutely delicious!
Dan Dee Grill
One of my favorite spots to hang out and enjoy some delicious food in the neighborhood is the Dan Dee Grill.
This small bar & grill has the perfect ambiance for a casual night out with friends.
The bartender is not only an expert at making drinks but also cooks up some of the most amazing wings I've ever had.
On my last visit, I ordered medium garlic wings, and they were simply divine.
The relaxing atmosphere was perfect for catching up with friends, as the music wasn't too loud, and we could easily have a conversation.
The price for the wings was so reasonable that I couldn't help but order a round of cheap drinks to go with them.
The homemade bleu cheese dressing is another reason to keep coming back to Dan Dee Grill.
As a wing aficionado, I appreciate the extra touch of being able to spend a dollar more and get all flats.
And if you're not in the mood for wings, the pool table offers an excellent setup for a few rounds of friendly competition.
South City Publick House
I absolutely love going to South City Publick House in my neighborhood!
This gastropub has a relaxed atmosphere with a beautiful brick wall that adds character to the place.
I have been here several times, and each visit seems to be even better than the last.
The menu offers updated takes on American pub grub, and I particularly enjoyed their fish with macaroni and cheese.
I have also tried their burger, which was tasty, although not as hot and juicy as I would have preferred.
However, the cheesecake was simply awesome!
One of the best parts of this eatery is the weekly live music.
It's always a treat to be able to enjoy a good meal and listen to some talented local bands.
The service is consistently good, and the ambiance is perfect for both grabbing a drink or sitting down to enjoy a meal with friends or family.
Downtown by Beer Tree Brew
I recently had the pleasure of visiting Downtown by Beer Tree Brew in downtown Binghamton, and I must say it exceeded my expectations.
This new establishment is their third location, and it has a slightly different focus on lunch sandwiches and burgers, which I appreciate as it opens up more options depending on my mood for the day.
The restaurant is conveniently located next to a downtown parking garage, making it easy to find parking.
I stopped by on a weekend around 5 pm, and even though it was quite busy, I was seated immediately.
For our meal, we started with the Giant pretzel with beer cheese, which was served hot and fresh.
The Beer Tree beer cheese is absolutely fantastic and a must-try.
I opted for the Grilled Chicken Pesto Sandwich with fries, while my friend chose the house's special BBQ and fried onion burger featuring a unique Dr. Pepper-inspired BBQ sauce.
Both entrees were delicious and lived up to the high standards set by Beer Tree's other establishments.
I've been going to Park Diner for years now, and I must say, it's always a pleasant experience.
The waterside location provides a beautiful view, making it a great spot for catching up with friends and family.
The interior is clean and bright, with a mix of modern and old-school diner vibes.
The food is pretty much what you'd expect from an average diner, with some hits and misses.
I usually go for breakfast, and their Skillet is a decent choice, though the scrambled veggies and sausage mix could use some improvement.
Their coffee is good, however, and their apple pie, albeit served cold, is a classic treat that I enjoy every time.
My kids love the cheeseburger, French fries, mozzarella sticks, and spaghetti and meatballs they serve here.
I've also tried their roast beef sandwich, which was perfectly made, and their Greek salad is always fresh and excellent.
They make sure you have everything you need during your meal.
The diner has a hometown atmosphere that I've always appreciated, and it's nice to see the same faces every time I visit.
Being a Binghamton resident has allowed me to explore some truly amazing and diverse food options.
Both Tsha's Kitchen and Dan Dee Grill have become my go-to spots for delicious meals, whether I'm craving authentic Jamaican cuisine or a scrumptious burger.
If you ever find yourself in Binghamton, New York, these are the places you need to visit to have a memorable and satisfying dining experience.