Binghamton is a city known for its small town charm. From dense natural forest lands to lovely riverfront locations to the rolling hills in between, this traditional city has a lively flare, and an atmosphere to match. Steeped in tradition and history, yet blended with modern energy, this multi-layered city does not disappoint. Even the most discerning traveler can let loose and enjoy themselves here, especially as fresh flavors infuse with energy from the locals, creating an experience like no other. Whether you’re in the mood for sizzling steak, authentic Italian, or Binghamton’s very own specialty, the dining choices here will surely please your palate. In addition, this small town is making a big name for itself in the craft brewing arena. After your full day of sightseeing, settle down and satisfy your appetite with these great local establishments.
By far the most famous food in Binghamton is the sought after Spiedie. Legend has it that this Italian specialty made its mark here in the 30’s, and remains a hit today. So much so that they even have an annual festival to celebrate it. It’s pretty simple actually; just slow marinated cuts of meat (chicken, beef, pork, or lamb) cooked on a skewer and served on a roll. Sharkey’s is the original joint in town, but there are several others who consistently rank among the best. The vinegar based marinade from Lupo’s S&S Char pit is so popular that they will even ship it to you. If you love fast, good food, then your trip to Binghamton cannot be considered complete until you try this local treat.
Good Italian food can sometimes be hard to find, but if you are looking for something authentic, consider going a few miles west of the city center to Consol’s. Since 1947, this family owned restaurant has been serving delicious, homemade specialties, made to order with the best quality imported ingredients. It won’t get more Italian (in the states) than this. Don’t let the rural setting of The Lost Dog Café fool you. It has great food, a laid back, cool atmosphere, and a variety of vegetarian options. Prices are affordable, and service is top notch.
With small batch, craft brews on the rise, Binghamton is carving its own niche in this trend. From unique beers, to hard cider, and even a winery, this former hops capital once again going national. Check out the father and son duo at Galaxy Brewing. Their main goal is to brew great tasting beers that are “out of this world”. They have about 12 in house creations and have won many international rewards. Their beers are also included in most of their house recipes, which are also created using local grains and ingredients. They pride themselves on being just a little bit different from all the rest, and have really made a name for themselves here in Binghamton. They give tours of the “mother ship” and have a perfectly fun atmosphere in the “lunar lounge.” For a great hometown bar feel, check out the Ale House. They have a lively vibe and over 100 beers on tap at any given time. Known for their great bar menu and competitive trivia, this is a great place to sample some brews, and hang out with the locals. Though relatively small, it’s packed with character and encourages conversation and a good time.
Located in the Kilmer Building in downtown Binghamton, Remlick’s Grille and Oyster Bar is a top choice for a dazzling night on the town. This intimate yet welcoming atmosphere is built around a menu that places high precedence on ingredients sourced from local farms. The elegant high ceilings in this historic building and infusion of unique flavors will make this a sure winner for a romantic date night.
Binghamton’s food scene often gets overlooked for the more impressive dishes found in New York City. What was once billed as basic is now a contemporary infusion of traditional and modern flavor. From food truck to five star, Binghamton chefs here have brought locally sourced ingredients to the forefront, and this has made all the difference. No matter your taste, and no matter your budget, you are sure to find something to wow you.