• For $15, you get $30 worth of authentic Irish fare during dinner from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday–Thursday • For $5, you get $10 worth of authentic Irish fare during lunch from noon to 3 p.m. Shamrock Jack's invokes the spirit of authentic Irish cuisine with original recipes, dishing out a menu of grilled steaks and fresh seafood. Patrons can satisfy the wanderlust of evening appetites with the dublin broil, a grilled sirloin steak tucked into a bed of garlic mashed potatoes and serenaded with a drizzled lullaby of Jack's gravy ($17.99). Deli favorites, steaks, and seafood deliciously crowd the lunch menu like tourists in a fanny pack museum.
The lakeside dining room at Crescent Beach dazzles visitors with gourmet cuisine and scenic vistas of Lake Ontario. Like a lunchbox with Oscar Wilde’s face on it, the lunch menu adds a touch of sophistication to midday meals, tempting taste buds with delicacies such as the grilled-salmon-filet sandwich, served with flavorful cucumber-horseradish sauce ($10.99), or the Sam Adams new york strip steak, marinated in beer and paired with mashed potatoes and seasonal veggies ($26.99). The Sunday brunch menu pairs champagne and a chocolate fountain with made-to-order specialties like pancakes and Belgian waffles.
The cooks at The Stagecoach Cafe plate up a full menu of classic diner fare for breakfast and lunch, then fry fish on Thursday and Friday evenings. Eggs, pancakes, and biscuits with gravy appease bellies in the morning, and a wide variety of burgers and grilled sandwiches can be worn as warm earmuffs at lunchtime. In addition to seafood selections, the dinner hour also boasts down-home entrees such as meatloaf, mac 'n' cheese, and New York strip steak.
Tabatha's Family Tree is aptly named because Tabatha Babbitt and Patricia Personius co-own and operate the restaurant with her family members. In the kitchen the chefs prepare pastas, prime rib, and veal scallopini sautéed with peppers, tomatoes, and mushrooms in a red wine sauce. The same careful preparation of their meals in the restaurant goes into their catered events, which can occur on or off their premises.
Nestled in Syracuse’s historic Armory Square district, PJ’s Pub and Grill’s unpretentious atmosphere belies the filet mignon sizzling in its kitchen. Patrons can slice into gourmet beef cuts and other upscale dinner entrees, such as a sesame-crusted tuna and portobello-stuffed ravioli, as games unfold on the eatery’s big-screen TVs. Alternatively, diners can opt for bar-style eats, which complement a bar-sized selection of wine, beer and shots. Dishes range from shepherd’s pie and grilled paninis to burgers, such as the Southwestern, crowned in pepper jack cheese and onion straws. A daily rotation of lunch and happy-hour specials adds an element of surprise to the dining experience, much like finding a winning lottery ticket in your date's wallet, and groups can retire to a choice of two brick-walled banquet halls for private celebrations.
On Fridays, the familiar aroma of frying fish wafts out of Westvale Fish Cove, luring in as many diners as it did when the restaurant opened its doors in 1948. But chefs keep the deep fryer sizzling throughout the rest of the week too, as they dip shrimp, calamari, and fish into its golden bubbles, yielding bronzed crusts and resonant crunches. In addition to their made-to-order meals, chefs can also wrap up raw seafood for customers to fry at home or to use as a subtle warning in front of complacent pet goldfish.