Top Picks in Restaurants, Bars and Hotels!

Syracuse is a happening town full of college spirit and historic landmarks. With exquisite restaurants of all types, bars that will have you dancing the night away, and comfortable hotels with exceptional service, you are sure to have a wonderful time in this great college town.


Dinosaur Bar-B-Que: A Syracuse original. This iconic restaurant has the best barbeque in the region, and the atmosphere is nothing short of authentic. Try Dinosaur’s signature sandwich, The Porksket, a large pulled pork sandwich topped with tender brisket. Choose two mouth-watering sides to accompany your meal, and you have yourself the most delicious plate of barbeque. 246 West Willow Street, Syracuse, NY 13202 (315) 476-4937

Strong Hearts Café: Vegan, vegetarian, or meat-lover, Strong Hearts is a must eat in Syracuse. The food is fresh and savory, with amazing vegan pizza, delicious baked goods, and a warm and friendly staff. Come here for a healthy and wholesome meal at a reasonable price. 719 East Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY 13210 (315) 478-0000

Pastabilities: This hip Italian restaurant in downtown Syracuse offers delicious homemade pasta in a warm, inviting atmosphere. Their menu changes seasonally to incorporate the freshest ingredients. It is difficult to decide what to order because everything on the menu is spectacular. The consistently good food will keep you coming back time and time again. Try the Spicey Hot Tomato Oil with Pastabilities’ freshly baked bread! 311 South Franklin Street, Syracuse, NY 13202 (315) 474-1153

Sakana-Ya Sushi Bar: This small sushi bar is the best place in Syracuse for sushi. The interior is very sophisticated, with a revolving sushi bar that allows customers to see all the dishes before ordering. If you see something you want, simply grab it of the conveyer belt! There is no menu, but you can order whatever you want if you don’t see what you are looking for on the rotation. Get tasty sushi and a fun experience for a great price! 215 Walton St, Syracuse, NY 13202 (315) 475-0117

New Century: This is the greatest place for authentic Vietnamese food in Syracuse. The pho is delectable, and their unique spring rolls are fantastic. If you are looking for real, classic Vietnamese food, this is the place for you! 518 Kirkpatrick St, Syracuse, NY 13208, (315) 410-9999


The Country Club: With great music and a chic interior, this club is one of the best places to go dancing with a group of friends. Check it out on Fridays, when this hot nightclub transforms into a country hoedown! This hotspot welcomes people ages 18 and over. 3649 Erie Blvd E, Syracuse, NY 13214 (315) 445-2527

Faegan’s Café & Pub: With a large selection of great beer on tap, this laid-back bar is a favorite among beer lovers. Check this place out on Wednesdays for the popular flip night, where your tab is in the hands of probability as the bartender flips a coin to determine the price of your drink. 734 South Crouse Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13210 (315) 472-4721

Darwin’s Restaurant & Bar: This bar offers a plethora of entertainment for the night crowd, with big screen TV’s, live blues performances, Friday night karaoke, and weekend DJ’s. Darwin’s also boasts a spectacular view of Syracuse University’s campus. 701 S Crouse Ave #2, Syracuse, NY 13210 (315) 472-1901

PJ Dorsey’s Pub & Grill: PJ’s is one of downtown Syracuse’s most popular dancing spots for the college students. This fun bar draws in a great crowd, and the Irish music is a nice touch. 116 Walton Street, Syracuse, NY 13202 (315) 478-3023


Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center: The hotel is conveniently situated on Syracuse University’s campus. The location is awesome, with plenty of great dining options nearby. The hotel sports a nice in-house bar, comfortable and clean rooms, and a state of the art fitness center. The staff is full of personable and accommodating people. 801 University Ave, Syracuse, NY 13210 (315) 475-3000

DoubleTree Hotel Syracuse: Just minutes from the highway, this easily accessible hotel is located only a few miles from downtown Syracuse and many of Syracuse’s historic landmarks. This nice hotel is good for traveling families, with great amenities for the perfect stay, including an indoor and outdoor pool and hot tub. Although the hotel is surrounded by restaurants, you may want to dine in at the hotel’s Regatta Bar & Grill for delicious steak and seafood. 6301 Carrier Parkway, East Syracuse, NY 13057 (315) 432- 0200

Jefferson Clinton Hotel: The Jefferson Clinton Hotel is a classy and beautiful hotel, from the amenities to the location. The staff is friendly and helpful, and the valet parking is free. The suite-style rooms are equipped with new appliances, including a microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator, freezer, and coffee maker. This is an excellent choice when visiting Syracuse. 416 S. Clinton Street, Syracuse, NY 13202 (315) 425-0500

Holiday Inn Express Syracuse/Fairgrounds: This beautiful Holiday Inn is brand new! Enter the hotel into a nicely decorated lobby, and head up to your large room equipped with a refrigerator and microwave. In the morning, enjoy a delicious breakfast on the house. This is a great hotel at an excellent rate. 6946 Winchell Road, Warners, NY 13164 (315) 701-5000

Hotel Skylar: This eco-friendly hotel just two blocks from the Syracuse campus offers big rooms with a modern flair. There is free parking and free Wi-Fi, and all rooms include a mini-fridge. You can find many restaurants and bars in the main downtown area in just five minutes by car. 601 South Crouse Ave, Syracuse, NY 13210 (800) 365-4663


Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

Strong Hearts Café


Sakana-Ya Sushi Bar

New Century


The Country Club

Faegan’s Café and Pub

Darwins’s Restaurant and Bar

PJ’s Pub & Grill


Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center

DoubleTree Hotel Syracuse

Jefferson Clinton Hotel

Holiday Inn Express Syracuse/Fairgrounds

Hotel Skylar