From buffalo wings and thousand island dressing to Jell-O, New York is the home of some of America's favorite foods. Every town has hot spots where signature dishes claim top honors, and there are lots of gay-friendly options where the mood is inviting no matter what your taste.
In the Greater Niagara region, LGBT Buffalonians will point you to standbys like Mother's Restaurant in the fun and eclectic Allentown neighborhood, as well as fine dining at Tempo and Hutch's. Merge is a favorite for vegetarians and vegans, and there are great brunches awaiting at Betty's. Anyone who cares about food history will want to stop by the Anchor Bar, the birthplace of the buffalo wing.
LGBT locals in Syracuse love Laci's Tapas Bar in the Hawley-Green neighborhood. Binghamton's funky Lost Dog Cafe & Lounge has great food and entertainment, and Tranquil Bar & Bistro features a sassy Sunday brunch.
At 140 Alex Bar & Grill in Rochester, LGBT diners eat casual tavern fare downstairs before heading to the lively dance floor upstairs. Equal+Grounds Coffeehouse has comfy chairs, art and light fare in the popular South Wedge neighborhood. There are great choices in NOTA (Neighborhood of the Arts). The Rochester Public Market has been voted the best in the nation with gorgeous produce and inexpensive food stands.
But you don't have to stick to the metropolises for great gay eats. Ithaca has tons of welcoming restaurants from Maxie's Supper Club and Oyster Bar, to Just a Taste tapas bar, to the Purity Ice Cream Company. The town is where the ice cream sundae is believed to have been invented!
The small Central New York town of Sharon Springs has been put in the spotlight by th reality-TV hit The Fabulous Beekman Boys, and across from their flagship store, Beekman 1802 Mercantile, the American Hotel provides visitors with inviting cuisine.
On Warren Street in the town of Hudson, you can end a day of world-renowned antiquing with creative dining experiences - from BBQ to Mexican to "new Scandinavian," as well as the self-dubbed "socially accepting" Red Dot.
No culinary tour of New York would be complete without a trip down one of our wine trails, either through the Finger Lakes, across Long Island or in many other regions across the state. There are almost always charming towns nearby with shopping, cafes and cozy lodging.
In the Hudson Valley, you can do more than just eat - you can have a culinary experience. Besides dining in one of its many restaurants, you can attend a course and take a tour at the famed Culinary Institute of America. For great farm-to-table dining, you can visit the Blue Hill Restaurant at the Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, along with taking a tour the gardens and greenhouse.