Oneida County Central New York’s Gateway and Authentic Flavors

Ethnic diversity yields a bounty of extraordinary cuisine in Oneida County – Utica, Rome, Verona and Sylvan Beach…Central New York’s Getaway Region!


Rich history, ethnic diversity, and agricultural excellence combine to produce something unique that visitors and locals alike always appreciate: amazing food! The area is packed with hundreds of restaurants offering everything from a wide variety of international flare to celebrated local favorites that originated right here like chicken riggies, turkey joints, tomato pie, and Utica greens.

From AAA four diamond restaurants like Wildflowers at Turning Stone Resort Casino to local favs like “Wake the Hell Up” coffee by Utica Coffee Roasting Company, the region boasts culinary experiences sure to delight the most discerning palettes. On the Tailor and the Cook earned recognition as the Diner’s Choice Winner for the New York/Tri-State Area with Best Overall, Best Ambiance and Best Food!

Chesterfield’s in Utica has been a local staple for more than 30 years. Now they have a second location with the same high level of quality they’ve always delivered to your table. At Tavolo, guests can still order the Utica greens that Chesterfield’s is famous for, as well as signature dishes like chicken riggies. But with the dining landscape evolving, Tavolo wants to bring fresh new ideas to the area, too. Coal-fired pizzas and local beers on tap are part of the new offerings.

While Eddie’s Restaurant in Sylvan Beach is well-known for their hotdogs, it’s also the birth of the “Original Hot Ham Sandwich.” Legend has it that this happy accident occurred on a summer day when Eddie Sr. ran out of hot dogs. Knowing he had to feed hundreds of hungry tourists, Eddie whipped up one of his favorites, grilled capicola ham on a seeded roll. Eddie Sr. said the people fell in love with the hot ham sandwich and kept coming back for more. 85 years later, Eddie’s is still serving up their legendary home-cooked dinners, including the Hot Ham Sandwich. We suggest you try it with a fried egg…yum!

Up for a foodie trail challenge? Hit the stops along the Heart of New York Craft Beverage Trail and the Central New York Cheese Trail. Combine the two for some of the best craft beer, wine, spirits and cheese you can find! Central New York has legendary beer and cheese producers. F X Matt Brewing Company, makers of the Saranac brand of beers, located in Utica has been brewing award-winning beers for more than 130 years. Take the factory tour, then relax over a pint in the 1888 Tavern. The Original Herkimer Cheese Company has been at the top of their game for 70 years. They still make all of their cheeses in batches by hand. Their amazing Chudder won a bronze medal at the U. S. Cheese Championship.

Readers of the local daily newspaper, the Utica Observer Dispatch, exercise their voice and choose the Best of the Best every year. Craft your own culinary trail by including some of these top local picks during your next getaway to Central New York…

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