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Downtown Dining Weeks are here!

It’s the most wonderful time of the Syracuse dining scene year!

Downtown Dining Weeks begin Monday, February 18thand run through Sunday, March 3rd , and 47 downtown restaurants are participating! 37 of them are offering three course dinners for $30 or less (a steal!) and ten are offering lunches for $10 or less. So get a babysitter, grab your SO or your girlfriends, and get ready to eat like a queen.

Here are the restaurants that have my eye (and also have menus available to see at

*Note: I originally had a section titled “Great Deals” but in reality, everything is a great deal!

Classic favorites

Lemongrass/Elephant Bistro  – My husband and I came here for DDW a few years back and had a great time. We had a hard time choosing between the many attractive options. Three years later, I still remember the appetizers we chose – the delectable shrimp dumplings and the lobster dip, of which we ate every last drop. Atmosphere was warm and cozy, exactly what we wanted on a cold winters’ night! This is a highly recommend from me. ($30 for three courses)

Otro Cinco– An obvious downtown dining choice, but their menu for DDW is a great deal. I’d go with the classic catfish burrito as my main, which comes with salad and cornbread, and a glass of wine is included along with an appetizer and dessert. The atmosphere is always fun at Otro Cinco, whether there’s a crowd or it’s more of a quiet night. ($30 for three courses and the glass of wine)

Sky Armory – I haven’t been to Sky Armory yet, but I am definitely going for DDW. The starter salads all look inviting (and the winter salad has honey infused goat cheese!), the second course options include a smoked gouda and white truffle mac n cheese (are you noticing a trend?), and I never order ribs, but the description of the slow braised seseame-soy glazed boneless short ribs are already making my mouth water (no cheese, but I’ll probably have had enough by the third course.) There are dinner upgrades for a slight upcharge throughout the menu, and if you still have room, dessert is available for an additional $7.00. ($30 for three courses)

New guys on the block

PressRoom Pub – Full disclosure, my dad owns this restaurant (and is having the time of his life running it), and the food is delicious. Their DDW menu has choice of soup or salad or pretzel sticks, a main course, a dessert and an 8oz glass of beer from their NY State inspired tap (I always get the Ommegang Witte.) The pretzel sticks are a star appetizer, and while all three mains are wins, Dee Dee’s Eggplant is a real crowd-pleaser (and is named for my mom), and my husband loves the Fleetwood Mac & Cheese. It’s worth the upcharge to add sausage. It’s a warm, fun and casual place to hang out. ($25 for three courses and an 8oz glass of beer)

a Mano Kitchen & Bar – I haven’t been here for dinner yet, but their DDW menu has many good-looking options. The appetizer choices include clams and mussels as well as a few pizzas, and I have had more than one friend recommend the pumpkin cappletti, one of their main course choices. My cousin had her bridal shower here and the space is beautiful. ($25 for three courses)

Kasai Ramen– This restaurant is my husband’s dream-come-true. If you have never had restaurant quality ramen, now is the time to try! I’m recommending their lunch special. $10 for your choice of steam bun (chicken or mushroom) and a ½ order of ramen (the bowls are big and I recommend the pork!) Really fun spot in Armory Square. ($30 for three course dinner, $10 for two course lunch)

Honestly, there are so many restaurants I could have mentioned because downtown Syracuse (and the larger area!) has a great dining scene. Give yourself a night off from cooking and go see what our amazing city has to offer!

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