New York State Foodie Road Trips

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From the Big Apple to revitalized Rust Belt cities and college towns, across the picturesque Finger Lakes Region to the rugged Adirondacks, and through the lush Hudson River Valley, New York State offers a plethora of foodie destinations to satisfy the appetites of even the most hardcore eaters.
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Now, get ready to have your fill with this foodie road trip to New York (the whole state)!

New York City, NY

Why to go: With a nickname like The Big Apple, not only can you eat everything you can dream of, you can practically do anything you can imagine as well.
Besides checking out Manhattan’s world-class shopping and Brooklyn’s trend-setting cool, we recommend that you get your steps in before you chow down. Head to The High Line, an elevated urban park built on top of an old stretch of the New York Central Railroad on Manhattan’s West Side.
What to eat: Grab a slice (or a full pie) of classic New York City pizza at Lucali, a Brooklyn institution in Carroll Gardens. Lovingly cooked in a blistering wood oven, the dough’s been proofed for a full day and night and it’s slathered with house-made sauce, not to mention all the typical pizza toppings. Lucali’s gets busy—you might have to wait a bit in line. But trust us—it’ll be worth it.
If pizza isn’t your thing, head to Katz’s Delicatessen on the Lower East Side for a mouth-watering pastrami sandwich on rye. Your mustard-covered meat will arrive on a plate piled so high that eating this sandwich will stretch your jaw’s limits. Again—worth every bite.
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A streetview shot of the Katz’s Delicatessen restaurant sign in New York City.
Katz’s Delicatessen, New York City, New York

Buffalo, NY

Why to go: The Queen City sometimes gets a bad rap, but we’re not sure why. Check out Buffalo’s incredible architecture on one of the many available tours. See the recently renovated Darwin Martin House, a Prairie School gem designed by celebrated architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Also, don’t miss Buffalo’s City Hall, an Art Deco masterpiece.
What to eat: Buffalo wings. You’re familiar with those sometimes-savory, sometimes-sweet, always delicious drums and flats? We thought so. Head to Gabriel’s Gate for some of the most exquisite wings you’ll ever eat—doused in pitch-perfect sauce, these wings offer a crispy bite followed by fatty, chewy bliss.
Also, head to the West Side Bazaar for a smorgasbord of tastes from around the world—you’ll find sizzling Thai food, succulent Chinese dishes, unique Ethiopian meals, and more. The Bazaar also acts as an incubator for entrepreneurs building their businesses.
A dramatic shot looking up at the Buffalo City Hall in New York. A dark blue sky is overhead.
Buffalo City Hall, Buffalo, New York

Rochester, NY

Why to go: Rochester is far more than what people in Toronto call “that other city” on the other side of Lake Ontario (snobby Canadians)—it’s home to the George Eastman Museum, named after the late founder of Eastman Kodak and now home to a massive photography collection. It also hosts the film archives of numerous filmmakers, including Spike Lee, Martin Scorsese, and Ken Burns.
In Rochester, you’ll also find House of Guitars, the largest guitar store in the world, featuring three floors of all the axes you could ever dream of. Shred away!.
What to eat: Another Rust Belt city that’s seen its share of hard times, Rochester wears its blue-collar heart on its sleeve, and there’s no better place to indulge it than at Nick’s Tahou Hots, a legendary greasy spoon founded in 1918 and still run by the same family.
When you’re there, try the dish originally known as “Hots & Potatoes” but now affectionately known as The Garbage Plate, a base of french fries covered in baked beans and topped with a hamburger or hot dog, then covered in hot sauce, mustard, and onions. Healthy? No. Delicious? Yes.
Frost lines a street leading to downtown Rochester, New York. A sign over the road welcomes visitors.
Rochester, New York

Syracuse, NY

Why to go: Be sure to check out Green Lakes State Park in nearby Fayetteville, home to a series of meromictic lakes. These bodies of water have no seasonal mixing, thus leaving the lakes’ surfaces a tropical, aquamarine green. The park is also surrounded by one of the largest old-growth forests in the Northeast.
What to eat: If you’re going to eat anywhere in Syracuse, make it Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, one of the best barbecue joints in the country. It’s totally understandable if you want to sample everything on the menu (no judgment here), but if you eat just one thing, make it the pulled pork, and slather it with some Wango Tango Habanero BBQ Sauce. You’re welcome.
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A bright pink and yellow sunset sweeps over the water of Green Lakes State Park, Syracuse. Fields and trees fill both sides.
Green Lakes State Park, Syracuse, New York

Lodi, NY

Why to go: Nestled in the gorgeous Finger Lakes region and the shores of Seneca Lake, Lodi is home to numerous wineries and vineyards that are worth checking out.
What to eat: Head to Suzanne’s Fine Regional Cuisine, run by James Beard-nominated chef Suzanne Stack, for delicious, fresh food made from local ingredients and paired with wine from local wineries. The restaurant is built in an old farmhouse dating back to 1903, with scenic views of the lake to boot.
Two sparse trees start to bloom over Seneca Lake, Lodi, with miles of farmland across the water.
Seneca Lake, Lodi, New York

Lake Placid, NY

Why to go: Home of both the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics, Lake Placid is built for being active. Check out the town’s Olympic sites, reminisce about the U.S. Ice Hockey team’s stunning defeat of the USSR, and get your adrenaline pumping with a ride on the Lake Placid Bobsled Experience.
What to eat: Head to The View Restaurant, the only AAA Four Diamond Restaurant in town, at the Mirror Lake Inn. Known as some of the best food in the Adirondacks, enjoy a delectable dinner—we like the ratatouille or the Pot roast with local Kilcoyne Farms beef. Wash it down with a local craft beer and take in the gorgeous views of Mirror Lake.
Silhouettes of dark trees frame this end-of-day view of Lake Placid, New York.
Lake Placid, New York

Poughkeepsie, NY

Why to go: Wheel through the abundant forests and fertile green space of The Hudson Valley where you’ll find quaint shops, restaurants, galleries, and eateries in charming Poughkeepsie. Don’t miss taking a stroll on the Walkway Over The Hudson—the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world, spanning the Hudson River. There are trails, bike paths, and more on both sides of the walkway.
What to eat: For a true farm-to-table experience, head to Farmers & Chefs, where you can indulge in the finest meat, cheeses, and wines the Valley has to offer. We love the Portuguese octopus and lobster spaghetti, not to mention the mimosas.
Dark, wispy clouds cover an orange sunset over the Walkway Over The Hudson, Poughkeepsie. The city sits on the water's edge.
Walkway Over The Hudson, Poughkeepsie, New York

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