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.
Born in 1890, Nibsy's entices patrons with Old World charm, sports-enabled TVs, and a menu of pizzas, wraps, sandwiches, and more. Start the meal right by planting your face in a basket of fried veggies, including zucchini, broccoli, and breaded baby carrots ($5.50), then move on to Nibsy's pizzas, which are freshly prepared with dough from Columbus Bakery and offer the chance to sample a personal pizza and six wings ($9.50+). Friday feasters can bury their gums in a haddock sandwich that's built with fried fish and a toasted roll and served with chips, a pickle, and tartar sauce ($5.75). Plentiful off-street parking offers pub-goers places to park their ride before parking hindquarters in Nibsy's to catch the game, dive into a plate of fries with cheddar-cheese sauce or gravy ($3.50), or choose from eight hot sandwiches and six wraps, such as the hot roast beef sandwich ($6.75) and rib-eye steak wrap ($6.95). Rinse teeth free of food bits by gargling a domestic beer ($3) or a pint of Guinness ($4).
The Basin Pub's menu accompanies upscale twists on corner-pub favorites with a breadth of draft brews and wines. Warm up gullet muscles with an order of crispy wedge fries smothered in melted blue cheese and drizzled with wing sauce ($8), then experience the layered lushness of a deli-style sandwich stuffed with roast beef, turkey, or corned beef roasted for up to 12 hours, with a choice of cheese and bread ($11 for 10 oz.). Lobster mac 'n' cheese arrives with the lowbrow elegance of Clark Gable at a tire fire, crafted from cavatelli pasta sautéed with lobster in a four-cheese house sauce and crested with crispy breadcrumbs and a drizzle of truffle oil ($13). A broad selection of draft beers, wines, and house cocktails provides a match for any meal and gives patrons an excuse to check out the bartender's solid resumé.
Since 1945, Don's Original has been stifling stomach rumblings with varied menus consisting of famous original sandwiches, not-yet-famous sandwiches, plates, and sandwich-complementing sides. Don's Original maintains a come-as-you-are atmosphere, allowing customers to order comfort eats free from the chaos of family-member-attended singles' masquerade balls. Savor your selection while watching sandwich engineers manufacture mouthwatering masterpieces at the inside counter, or take your order to the patio and dine at one of Don's outdoor picnic tables during warmer months (not available at the Brighton location).
Chakara Bistro & Bar's chefs prep a constantly evolving menu of original recipes influenced by Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, and Indian cuisines. Said chefs ditch MSG and food coloring when concocting their dishes, many of which feature noodles made in-house with a Taiwanese noodle press. Vegetables are always fresh, and vegetarians can order almost any menu item with tofu in place of a meatier protein. Takeout and catering services allow enjoyment of Chakara Bistro & Bar's one-of-a-kind flavor blends at home or upon a Sea-Doo.