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Trip to NY State – upstate NY

Posted on | June 23, 2011 | 5 Comments

Part III of our recent trip to NY! We decided to get in the car and drive through upstate NY. Our journey started on a ferry to New London, CT. After disembarking, we were hungry for lunch, and ended up at a pizzeria called 2 Wives, which was surprisingly good! The pizza was molten hot, with a nice, crispy thin crust, tart sauce, and fresh, flavorful ingredients on top. Pizza in Connecticut. Who would’ve thunk?

45 Huntington St,  New London, CT 06320
(860) 447-9337
www.2wivespizza.com

2 Wives Brick Oven Pizza on Urbanspoon

Next, it was a drive through the rolling countrysides of Connecticut, then Massachussets, up to Saratoga Springs, NY. What beautiful country this is!

Here we arrived at Saratoga Springs. Thankfully it wasn’t during a horse race, so all was relatively calm in town. I’ve heard it can get quite crowded and crazy!

After some debate, we decided on Hattie’s for dinner. Apparently, the owner beat Bobby Flay in a fried chicken throwdown. So you KNOW we had to have some of that fried chicken! And no wonder they won. This fried chicken was amongst some of the best we’ve ever had. Crisp, juicy, and quite flavorful…

45 Phila St, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
(518) 584-4790

Hattie's on Urbanspoon

After our brief stay in Saratoga Springs, (and a not so memorable breakfast at the Inn at Saratoga Springs), we were off again towards the fingerlakes region; Ithaca.

Looks like the lake had risen a bit with all of the recent rainfall in NY!

For dinner the first night, we went out to a Tapas bar called Just a Taste. Turns out it’s one of the more popular restaurants in Ithaca, and rightfully so! The food was quite good.

Asparagus in brown butter, with garlic, pecans, and romano:

Really good! I LOVE asparagus, and this one had a nice blend of flavors and textures added to it.

Warm brie with canteloupe and crostini:

Probably my favorite dish of the night. Canteloupe and brie? A really, really delicious combination!

Fried arctic char with pickled onion butter and lemon dressed watercress:

Probably my least favorite of the night. Not bad; just a bit overly fishy for my liking…

116 N Aurora St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 277-9463

Just A Taste on Urbanspoon

There are some remarkably beautiful areas in and around Ithaca. We found a lovely path leading up to two waterfalls.

The view was worth the hike!

For lunch the next day, I convinced Adam we should try the Moosewood. One of the first vegetarian restaurants in the Nation; they also have one of the top selling vegetarian cookbooks, ever (which I am now a proud owner of!) Their menu constantly changes, and consists of many items that can be found in that cookbook. Although the food may not LOOK overly appetizing, trust me, both of these dishes were delicious!

I had a corn and chile casserole, topped with mild salsa. I could have eaten two portions of this dish!

Adam had a stuffed eggplant dish, which was also quite good, with plenty of interesting spices.

215 N Cayuga St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 273-9610
www.moosewoodrestaurant.com
Moosewood Restaurant on Urbanspoon


Our lodging in Ithaca was at the William Henry Miller Inn, a quaint bed and breakfast minutes from downtown Ithaca. Not only was the location super convenient, the place was wonderful, as was the host, Lynette.

Our breakfast included a delicious warm peach compote (dessert first? I like this place!)

Adam had the scrambled eggs with potatos, bacon, and some seriously delicious homeade focaccia:

I went with the banana french toast with a side of bacon. Yum!

In the evenings, Lynette leaves out a spread of various desserts. We had cookies, cheese, and a yummy orange cake!

303 N Aurora St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 256-4553
www.millerinn.com/

All in all, our vacation was spectacular! The weather was beautiful, the food was remarkable, and I can’t wait to go back to NY!

Comments

5 Responses to “Trip to NY State – upstate NY”

  1. DF
    June 24th, 2011 @ 9:08 pm

    Kristi,

    Enjoyed your report and the photos are stunning (even some of the non-food ones!).

    But wow, it sounds like you don’t realize that an argument can be made that Connecticut is the most important state for pizza. For one, Pepe’s made the first pizza as we know it in the U.S., and many think that this New Haven establishment might have the best pizza in the country. And another contender, Sally’s, is on the same street! No place on earth has two pizza establishments of this quality on the same block.

    There are many other outstanding pizza places in CT. Here is one write-up about the Big 2: http://slice.seriouseats.com/archives/2004/08/new_haven_pizza_1.html

    Let’s put it this way. I live in New York City and travel to Connecticut to eat pizza.

  2. Kristi
    June 25th, 2011 @ 9:33 am

    DF:
    You’re right.. I had no idea that CT was known for pizza, until we were there! Yeah, I’m a West Coaster. =) Next time I’ll have to plan for more than just a quick trip through CT..

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