Binghamton, a city nestled in the Southern Tier of New York State, is a culinary gem waiting to be discovered. The city's vibrant food scene is a reflection of its rich cultural diversity and history. From cozy cafes to upscale dining establishments, restaurants in Binghamton offer a wide array of cuisines that cater to every palate. Whether you're a local foodie or a tourist seeking a gastronomic adventure, Binghamton's restaurants promise an unforgettable dining experience. This article will guide you through some of the best eateries in the city, highlighting their unique offerings and specialties.
Waterside restaurant serving up classic diner staples in an informal, view-filled setting.
It's been a while since our last visit and it looks like they have remodeled the window lined dining sections. The view of the river below and the further downtown area was quite splendid especially on a nice weather day. However, there are only a few tables by the window and they were taken first most of the time. The food and service was decent but nothing exceptional.
3 / 5
Not a fancy diner but cool view of the river from the diner. Service was great and food was quick and good. Decent prices.
4 / 5
Peter Yong (PedroJoven)
Ask for a table to sit in the room with the view of a the dam. There isn't one menu item here that isn't made to PERFECTION. I highly recommend the French onion soup and the Sautéed entrees.
5 / 5
The diner has a hometown atmosphere with excellent views of the river. The kids enjoyed the cheeseburger, French fries, mozzarella sticks and spaghetti and meatballs. The roast beef sandwich was perfectly made. The Greek salad was fresh and excellent. The spinach pie had too many cooked onions and was a huge portion. An excellent variety of menu items and specials every day.
4 / 5
Had breakfast here and got the Skillet. It's 2 eggs, with veggies and sausage over potatoes and a side of rye toast. The rye toast here was good in comparison to another local diner. The scrambled veggies/sausage mix was underwhelming. It just felt like they threw it in a pan, sauteed it a couple of times, and poured it on the plate, I got clumps of onions and peppers bunched together. It wasn't mixed well. Potatoes were overcooked and did not have a crisp to it. Eggs were perfectly over medium. Coffee was good. So food overall is average, not spectacular, but it was what is expected for an average diner. The apple pie was good, but it is served cold. I prefer it warm with ice cream. Nice thick crust and classic apple filling. Service was average, friendly service. Although it was only 2 servers running on a Monday holiday, they managed well and made sure we had what we needed. Ambience, interior, clean and bright, somewhat modern/old school diner. The view was beautiful, it was sunny when we went, so that helped create a relaxing and gorgeous breakfast. I would definitely say it's a great spot for catching up with friends and family. Great view, good service and average food. I would come back again for sure!
3 / 5
Modest mom-&-pop whipping up large portions of breakfast & lunch classics plus weeknight dinners.
We love to find a local diner when we’re on the road. This one was a great choice. The place bubbles with energy both at the counter & in the 2 dining rooms. The staff seems to know at least a third of the customers. Another third are college students and the test are traveling riff raff like us. The menu is extensive: from hot dogs, hamburgers to meat loaf, meat balls & pasta. Breakfast is served all day. We shared a scrumptious Reuben & a lamb gyro. Both were stuffed & juicy and the best we’ve eaten in a long while. Fries were hot & tasty. We shared a coconut pie that was darned good. There is parking on the street and in an adjacent lot. Easy access from the highway. You won’t be disappointed!
5 / 5
Mary Rita Dominic
Great little diner here in Binghamton NY. Great food for a great price. We took half home as left overs. Waffles were delicious and the corn beef hash was perfectly cooked.
5 / 5
They know how to treat customers well. The lady who served us and the owner were very warm and friendly. We felt right at home. My kids got free lollies too! We ordered a pancake, gyro and burger and we were so amazed at their generous servings. My chicken gyro was cooked well - bread was warm and soft, chicken cooked just right and the tzatziki sauce was yum! The burger was also cooked so well and had abundant cheese and mushrooms. The pancake was bigger than my daughter’s hand! Definitely worth a stop next time we are in the area!
5 / 5
First timer at Chris'. Really enjoyed it!! Probably one of the best turkey clubs, French fries were fresh out of the fryer and cooked perfectly!! Sat up at the counter, like I've always wanted to do, to watch the cook and it was really fun to watch. Food was filling and really good, daughter had 3 eggs home fries and bacon also really good and she's glad she ordered no toast because she wouldn't have been able to eat it! Waited was attentive and good!! I'm definitely going back
4 / 5
First time at Chris’ this morning and glad we popped in. It’s an old school diner, it’s no frills, some rips in the seats in the booths but if you’re looking for good, honest, well portioned food, with great service. This is the place to go. It’s cash only but then again, most diners are anyway. Food is very well priced. 3 eggs, 5 pieces of bacon, toast and huge portion of home fries for $9.50! Enjoyable experience.
4 / 5
Casual strip-center kitchen dishing up Thai fare, including massaman curry & spring rolls.
We do takeout here from time to time and it's always an experience. The staff is always nice to us. I don't think we'd ever eat in because it's oddly sort of like walking into someone's living room. The food is... passable. But with options so limited on this side of the city, well, there you go.
4 / 5
I’ve been here a few times and they never disappoint. The prices are really really affordable & the food is delicious. The staff is very kind as well :)
5 / 5
A charming hidden gem in New York, Thai Thai Cuisine takes customers on an extraordinary culinary voyage through the energetic streets of Thailand. This family-run restaurant, which is tucked away in the center of the city, takes pleasure in delivering dishes that are truly Thai and represent the whole range of the country's taste profiles. The large menu of Thai Thai Cuisine features a variety of appetizers, main meals, noodles, and curries, as well as other classic Thai treats. Every dish is carefully crafted with the best ingredients, properly seasoned, and beautifully presented, providing a burst of flavor and aroma with each bite.
4 / 5
very nice and simple establishment run by kind and hard-working people. food is great and at a good price. They make the best fried tofu I’ve ever had too
5 / 5
Hands down, this is "THE BEST THAI PLACE" in Binghamton! They have the best of everything!! Right from starters to desserts!! And the best aspect of this place is their pricing! They have a very reasonable pricing!! I'd love to eat here anytime!!
5 / 5
Unassuming little restaurant in the downtown area. Surprising menu! Well thought out, prepared and presented meals. Sort of a French Colonial Thai style menu. Great cocktail menu with a heavy ginger influence. Desserts were spectacular! Thick crusted creme brulee, authentic bread pudding and more. Amazing friendly staff and quick service. Definitely will be returning!
5 / 5
I went there during restaurant week which I had a great deal. I like the food a lot, however I do think they over price them if they were regular price. Based on the regular price I don’t think they meet up the expectation. The place is pretty. The only thing is one of the desserts for restaurants week menu is just mix berries with whipped cream on top……. They called it “Dessert de ju”? The server is well trained to use fancy words to describe it, so we didn’t understand that was just berries with whipped cream…..I get it was part of the restaurant week menu and what they could offer was limited, but that was just sad……This dessert also took the longest time to serve. But overall, I did have a good time.
4 / 5
Found this gem scrolling through Google. The shrimp and scallop apps were perfectly prepares. Silvana was such a great host, making sure we were well taken care of. For dinner had the filet, duck and salmon, all perfect and tasty. Love the Thai French fusion concept. Exactly what the area needs. Can't wait to return and try the whole menu. Cocktails also great, particularly Captain Daniels.
5 / 5
I treated myself to a fabulous dinner prior to beginning my Radiation Therapy. I order the Filet which was prepared perfectly. Everything about this dinner was stunning from my seat at the bar with terrific conversation with Jess to the dessert … the bread pudding with that gorgeous cone of fresh whipped cream. I highly recommend this restaurant and I will be coming back too.
5 / 5
Went for our parents 50th Anniversary. The waitstaff was wonderfully accommodating to everyone (including our little kiddos) and the food and drinks were incredible. Thank you for helping make the night a memorable one!!
5 / 5
Upbeat cafe with global fare backed by live jazz, plus a sleek lounge pouring beers & cocktails.
We were here on a recent trip that involved an overnight stay in Binghamton. First off, I have to say that I wish there was a restaurant like this near me! The atmosphere is great - fun and festive, but not ridiculously loud either. There was a nice, diverse crowd the night we were there. Although it was very busy, we were able to get seated immediately as walk-ins. The service was friendly and fast. Despite being busy, the kitchen kept up with demand just fine. Table service was a team effort, rather than just relying on a single person, which seemed to expedite things. The drinks were good. But, the food was incredible! The salmon dish I had was amazing! Perfectly cooked and very flavorful! My dining companion's mac and cheese was also a big win! On top of that, the prices were quite modest considering the quality and portion sizes. I also noticed some appetizing vegan options on the menu too. Congratulations to the owners and staff of Lost Dog Cafe for running such a great establishment!
5 / 5
We had a late lunch after visiting the university-it's a short drive and parking on the street right outside was easy. Staff was friendly and everyone enjoyed the food. Servings are generous. Vegetarian options are available. I did have one piece of mushy lettuce in my greens :( but overall it was still worth going.
5 / 5
We had a wonderful experience, thanks to Abby e. She was a wonderful server. She gave great suggestions. I ended up having the pasta with the steak added she ended up having the special, which was a Greek steak. Both were great. Appetizers were brussel sprouts and sweet potato fries also wonderful.
5 / 5
I ordered the Greek Chicken and garlic broccoli and they were both delicious! Very nice portion size, packaged well and full of flavor. I will definitely consider ordering from here again the next time I’m visiting Binghamton!
5 / 5
Great place with amazing food. Definitely try their very own Vodka Penne.
5 / 5
Casual cafe with modern flair & murals serves up Thai classics, from noodles to Thai iced tea.
I would like to start off by saying the yellow curry has by far the best flavor we have ever tasted in any curry, however we are still very disappointed. My husband and I really love Thai food and we ordered our two favorite dishes, pineapple chicken fried rice and yellow chicken curry. We ordered takeout for dinner and live about 30 minutes away, so we didn't get try it until we got home. We like our curry over our rice and so when we dished it out that is how we made our plates. I took a few bites and soon found a hair in my food. I called right away and the staff I spoke with were both very friendly. I do not recall the name of the person who answered the phone, but the manager was put on and was very kind. They both apologized and the manager offered to either refund me for my full order, remake the whole order, or give me a gift card. Due to it already being late and having a special needs daughter who I needed to get to bed, I requested our order to just be re-made at a future date to which the manager kindly obliged. We called ahead to place our order and picked it up to bring home for dinner last night. Upon dishing it out on two plates and having our first couple of bites we realized our curry had tofu in it, rather than the chicken we had ordered. Had we actually ordered tofu it probably would have been amazing, as it was loaded with it. However, we had to pick out the tofu and were not left with much as far as vegetables. Needless to say, we are very disappointed... honestly not sure if we will go back and try again.
2 / 5
I have been wanting to experience this restaurant for a while now … well … tonight I did and it didn’t disappoint … I sat at the bar and was taken care of by Fallon who was fabulous … she cared about how my food was and her service & conversation was exemplary … the food was awesome including the Thai beer I enjoyed … the Spicy Basil Dish was delicious … and recommended by Fallon … I recommend Thai Time Raw … and give it 5 stars too …
5 / 5
The good is so good! The prices are very fair. The service was decent but they were very busy when we went so it's understandable that it was a bit slower. It's a much bigger space than it appears on the outside. The back room with the bar is so nice and there's a beautiful view of the river. I would definitely go back here again!! Everything we got was delicious.
5 / 5
Unassuming mom and pop restaurant pumping out DELICIOUS Thai food. Nice atmosphere, large bar, pretty space. I ordered the phat phrik, a traditional red curry dish. Get it extra spicy if you like a lot of heat. 🔥
5 / 5
Very enjoyable experience. Waitress was attentive and personable. Patient with all our questions. We had happy hour wine which was good. I order sushi apps of salmon roll and eel. But we’re good and beautifully presented. Precious had a very good massaman curry but we both agreed the Panang curry was star of the show. Can be ordered with no heat. Good meal.
5 / 5
Stylish cafe with a chic, brick interior offers a range of small plates & crêpes, plus a full bar.
The fig salad and truffle fries can not be beat. Warm and inviting atmosphere and good service. Menu options are refreshing. The crepes are to die for. Don’t miss this place.
5 / 5
The staff is really friendly and professional. We love the variety of the menu. Crepes, french toast, burgers and more!
5 / 5
This restaurant has a good selection, including vegan food in their menu. The quantity was generous, and the food was deliciously prepared. It was conveniently located in downtown Binghamton. We dined at the Bistro in DoublecTree Hilton around the corner. The food there was nowhere comparable with this. Probably the best in town. Would definitely come back if we happen to be in town again.
5 / 5
The food is good but I used to work here and the management was truly toxic. The restaurant is owned by a man and a woman. The man is nasty and would make rude and unprofessional remarks, and all the woman would do is passively laugh along with in. She supports him even though he is hostile. They are inflexible, quick to anger, and unreasonably demanding, which shows they lack empathy for their employees. I felt super uncomfortable working there, and not respected at all. I have spoken to others who have worked here and have heard similar feedback: toxic management. I recommend the management to view their employees as people worth of basic human decency, and that they treat their employees with respect. A company's reputation is built on how it treats not only its customers, but on how it treats its employees as well. Although I was assertive enough to speak up about this in this review, there are others with this same opinion that haven't expressed it here.
1 / 5
Came mid afternoon and ordered a Red Pepper Eggplant Whip Crepe with Herb Creamed Gournay... It was amazing! Between the relaxing atmosphere and super friendly staff, I would definitely recommend The Shop - I'm looking forward to my next visit 😄
5 / 5