Exploring Syracuse

Explore the City of Syracuse

A city with history, Syracuse has a lot to offer in terms of food, arts, and sightseeing. Check out this guide made by Visit Syracuse for some cool things to do.

If you’d like to rent a car, some commonly-used providers include: Hertz, Enterprise, Avis, and Budget. For a list of car-rental options at Syracuse Hancock Airport, click here.

If you’d like to venture farther, New York City and Boston are both 5-hour drive away (or 1-hour flight).

Click here for an interactive map of restaurants and attractions in downtown Syracuse.

Attractions & Restaurants in Syracuse NY

Downtown Farmer’s Market

Clinton Square, Syracuse, NY

7am- 3pm

The Market features more than 50 farmers and produce dealers each week, selling fresh, seasonal vegetables, fruits, nuts, eggs, cheeses, baked goods, flowers, plants, handcrafted items and more. The Market also hosts live entertainment from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm during select weeks.

The Everson Museum of Art
401 Harrison St. Syracuse, NY 13202

The Everson Museum building is a sculptural work of art in its own right designed by renowned architect I.M. Pei. Within its walls, Everson houses roughly 11,000 pieces of art: American paintings, sculpture, drawings, graphics and one of the largest holdings of American ceramics in the nation.

Sunday: Noon – 5:00pm, Monday: Closed, Tuesday: Closed, Wednesday: Noon – 5:00pm, Thursday: Noon – 8:00pm, Friday: Noon – 5:00pm, Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Admission:
$8 – Adults, $6 – Seniors (65+), Students, FREE – Everson Members, Children 12 and under, Military (w/ ID)

Syracuse University Art Galleries

Shaffer Art Building, Syracuse University Campus

The SUArt Galleries is the newest main campus venue for the visual arts. Accessible through the Shaffer Art Building, the facility hosts a variety of exhibitions throughout the year in a space of nearly 10,000 square feet. The department’s mission is to enhance the cultural environment of the University and the Syracuse area through meaningful educational experiences and encounters with art.

Gallery hours:
Tuesday-Sunday 11 am- 4:30 pm, Thursday 11 am- 8 pm, Monday – CLOSED

Restaurants:

Lemon Grass

Thai cuisine

238 W. Jefferson St. Syracuse, NY 13202

Lemon Grass has been committed to serving innovate, fresh, and delectable Pacific Rim-Thai food for over 17 years. The award-winning wine list, savory dishes, and knowledgeable wait staff consistently create an exquisite dining experience for every customer who walks past the doors.

Lunch
Monday–Friday, 11:30 AM–2:30 PM, Saturday with Dinner Menu. 11:30 AM–2:30 PM
Dinner
Sunday, 4:30 PM–9 PM, Monday–Thursday, 5 PM–9:30 PM, Friday–Saturday, 5 PM–10:30 PM

Pastabilities

Italian-american cuisine

311 S. Franklin St. Syracuse, NY 13202

Homemade pasta, sauces, soups, salads and desserts highlight a versatile menu that includes a variety of breads baked fresh throughout the day in the restaurant’s bakery, Pasta’s Daily Bread.

Lunch: Monday-Saturday, 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Dinner:  First-come, first-served. No reservations.
Monday – Thursday 5 pm – 10 pm, Friday – Sunday 4 pm – 10 pm

Eleven Waters

American cuisine

500 S Warren Street Syracuse, NY 13202

Inspired by New York’s Finger Lakes wine region, Eleven Waters proudly crafts unique local flavors in a modern but rustic bistro setting.

Monday – Friday: 6:30am to 10pm, Saturday: 7am to 10pm, Sunday: 7am to  2pm


The Mission Restaurant

Pan-American cuisine

304 E. Onondaga St. Syracuse, NY 13202

Serving Pan-American Cuisine… a combination of fresh, homemade Mexican, Southwestern, and South American specialties featuring Latino ingredients.The Mission Restaurant’s dinner menu features a variety of appetizers that can be enjoyed tapas style, as well as elegant entrees including steak, pork, chicken, seafood and vegetarian dishes.

Monday 11:30am-2:00pm, Tuesday/ Wednesday/Thursday 11:30am-3:00pm, 5:00pm-9:00pm, Friday 11:30am-3:00pm, 5:00pm-10:00pm, Saturday 5:00pm-10:00pm, Sunday 11:00am-3:00pm, 5:00pm-9:00pm

Bleu Monkey Cafe

Sushi, Japanese

163 Marshall St. Syracuse, NY 13210

Bleu Monkey Cafe is known for its modern interpretation of classic dishes and for only using high quality, fresh ingredients. Offering delicious dining, takeout and delivery, Bleu Monkey Cafe is a cornerstone in the Syracuse community and has been recognized for its outstanding Sushi cuisine, excellent service and friendly staff.

Monday – Friday: 11am-9:45pm, Saturday & Sunday: 12pm- 9:45pm

 

The Stoop Kitchen

Bakery café

311 West Fayette St. Syracuse, NY

The Stoop Kitchen strives to create a food, beverage and bakery café market place defined by relaxed excellence where each offering is from locally-sourced, seasonal products, served, and set in a modern place, inclusive for all patrons, with values that are born of the days when folks had the time to hang out and share, and the amount of that time was less important than the way it was filled. It is a meeting place, a great night out, a career, and a beacon for community development and social development.

Bakery Café Wed–Fri 7am-4pm; Sat & Sun 10am-2:00pm, Lunch Wed-Sat 11am–2:30pm, Dinner Wed-Sat 4:45pm–10pm

The York

Restaurant & lounge

247 West Fayette Street,  Syracuse NY 13202

The creative menu rotates seasonally with modern and classic dishes that take inspiration from cultures around the world. Ingredients are sourced locally whenever possible. In the warmer months, you’ll find a world-class raw bar and an Upstate NY cheese and charcuterie plate throughout the year. To complement the unique cuisine, the cocktail menu features one-of-a-kind seasonal libations.  The York also features a curated beer and wine list with highlighting local breweries & vineyards. If you’re not in the mood for a proper meal, have a drink and try some house-made bar snacks.

Sunday – Closed, Monday:  5pm to Close (Kitchen Open Until  9pm), Tuesday: 5pm to Close (Kitchen Open Until 9pm), Wednesday:  5pm to Close (Kitchen Open Until 9pm), Thursday: 5pm to Close (Kitchen Open Until  9pm), Friday: 5pm to Close (Kitchen Open Until 10pm), Saturday: BRUNCH 11am- 3pm DINNER 5pm to Close (Kitchen Open Until  10pm)

Funk ‘n Waffles

Unique waffle creations and live music

307-313 S Clinton St, Syracuse, NY 13202

This locally owned business mixes music and food to bring about an alternative, welcoming environment for all ages. With a menu unlike any other, Funk n’ Waffles focuses mainly on assortments of different kinds of waffles. They range from your traditional buttermilk waffle with syrup to your not so traditional waffles with pulled pork on top. They also try and use as many local and organic products as possible. Funk n’ Waffles offers quality food for realistic prices, all in an atmosphere with an essence of its own.

Sunday – Thursday 9am–12am, Friday and Saturday 9am–2am

Dinosaur  Bar-B-Que

Famous BBQ and live music

246 W Willow St, Syracuse, NY 13202

The Dinosaur Bar-B-Que opened its doors in 1988, selling only BBQ before opening the full bar in 1991. The restaurant was reconfigured a few times, including adding two private party rooms upstairs in what was formerly Andy’s Cycle Shop. At the Syracuse location, we have off-site catering, along with pickup, delivery, drop off with servers and full service. At the restaurant upstairs you can choose between two private party rooms or choose both. The main room seats up to 125 people and also has a stage with a sound system and a full bar. The Willow Room seats up to 40 and has a private balcony with additional seating for 18.

Monday – Thursday 11:00AM – 11:00PM, Friday – Saturday 11:00AM – 1:00AM, Sunday 11:00AM – 10:00PM

 

Apizza Regionale

Wood-fired pizza

260 West Genesee Street Syracuse, NY 13202

Inspired by the Italian approach to regional cooking and seasonality, we source our ingredients from the finest regional growers and producers in New York State, Italy, and surrounding areas, with the emphasis on “What’s good, When it’s good!” Our specialty is the perfect relationship of Naples and New York style pizza all done in our imported hand-made wood-fired oven from Naples, Italy. Complimenting the pies are a rotating lineup of seasonal antipasti, salads, and pasta. Sausage and mozzarella are made in-house daily. Our full bar has hand-crafted cocktails, regional beers, a dynamic and accessible wine list.

Monday CLOSED, Tues-Fri Lunch: 11:30am-2:30pm, Tues-Thu Dinner: 5:00pm-10:00pm, Fri Dinner: 5:00pm-11:00pm, Sat Dinner: 4:00pm-11:00pm, Sun Dinner: 4:00pm-9:00pm

 

Empire Brewing Co.

Brewery/Pub

120 Walton Street, Syracuse NY 13210

EMPIRE BREWING COMPANY, est. 1994, is an award-winning brewer of handcrafted ales and lagers in the heart of downtown Syracuse. We aspire to provide customers with the finest all-natural ingredients available by utilizing fresh locally sourced products from over sixty Central New York farmers. In 2007, Empire modified its business model to focus on sustainability. We define our business philosophy with the phrases “Eat Where You Live™” and “We Grow Beer™” and attempt to embody the practice “Be Excellent” in all facets of our business.

Monday – Thursday: 11:30am – 10pm, Friday – Saturday: 11:30am – 11:00pm, Sunday: 10am – 9pm *Bar – 11:30am – last call

 

Al’s Wine & Whiskey Lounge

Bar and lounge

321 S. Clinton Street Syracuse, NY 13202

The premiere bar in downtown Syracuse, offering the widest selection of wine and whiskey from around the world. Our wide selection is complimented by our offerings of the finest Artisan Cheeses, Cured Meats, Paninis and more. If that’s not enough for you, we also have some of the best live music entertainment in town and a huge selection of craft beers. So make sure to stop by and enjoy yourself, the atmosphere, the live music or even just to shoot some pool and play some games. Whatever you do at Al’s is up to you, all we ask is that you just bring an honest face.

Monday – Friday: 4pm – 2am, Saturday: 5pm – 2am, Sunday: 8pm – 2am

 

Wunderbar

Theatre and inclusiveBar

201 S. West Street Syracuse, New York 13202

It’s going to be hard to pin us down, because we’re vibing something new. Like, what’s a queer bar? And how is a theatre also a dance hall? I dunno. All we’re saying is that Wunderbar is all for you. Be weird. Be funky. Dance. Drink. Laugh. Grab a craft cocktail at the bar, meet me by the piano, and let’s sing the blues.

Monday – Wednesday 4pm – 12am, Thursday and Friday 4pm – 2am, Saturday, 10am – 2am, Sunday, 10am – 12am

 

Otro Cinco

Spanish and Mexican cuisine

206 S. Warren St Syracuse, NY 13202

Otro Cinco opened its doors in 2013 to bring a casual, urban dining experience to downtown Syracuse. Located inside the historic University Building on South Warren Street, we are a full-service restaurant and bar with take-out and delivery. We serve Spanish and Mexican food with love, mix up specialty cocktails made with our house-infused spirits, and organize regular events to create a lively friendly atmosphere. We are open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch, dinner, late night and weekend brunch. Our catering team works on events of all sizes, from weddings and private events to lunch meetings and small business gatherings. Otro Cinco is the little sister of Alto Cinco, a Westcott neighborhood institution providing fresh handmade Mexican since 1995.

Brunch: Saturday – Sunday 11am – 4pm, Lunch: Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm, Dinner: Sunday – Thursday 4pm – 10pm Friday – Saturday 4pm – 11pm Late Night: Thursday – Saturday 10pm – 1am

 

Sakanaya

Sushi bar

215 Walton St. Syracuse, NY 13202

Syracuse’s premier conveyor belt sushi bar and dining experience. A wide selection of sushi, sashimi & rolls prepared in a flashy space, plus wine, beer & sake.

Thursday 11:30am – 3pm, 4:30pm–10pm, Friday 11:30am – 3pm, 4:30pm – 11pm, Saturday 12pm – 11pm, Sunday Closed, Monday 11:30am – 10pm, Tuesday 11:30 am – 3pm, 4:30pm – 10pm, Wednesday 11:30am – 3pm, 4:30pm – 10pm

 

Bamboo House

Asian food

252 W Genesee St, Syracuse, NY 13202

Our restaurant offers a wide array of authentic Asian food, such as Kung Pao Chicken, Beef with Broccoli, Vegetable Fried Rice, Seafood Delight and Pad Thai. Try our Hand Pulled Noodles today. All of our noodles are made with wheat flour, and hand-pulled to order. Fresh strands can be made into various shapes and widths.

Try our delicious food and service today. Come in for an Asian Lunch Special or during evenings for a delicious Asian style dinner.

Monday Closed, Tue. – Thurs.: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm, Friday: 11:00 am – 10:30 pm, Saturday: 12:00 noon – 10:30 pm, Sunday: 12:00 noon – 10:00 pm