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Food With A View – Waterfront Dining Near CNY

Luke Austin, TSM
Luke Austin, TSM

With spring here and summer on the way, its time to start thinking about those weekend excursions and day trips right here in New York State. What better way to wrap up a day trip then with dinner or lunch overlooking a beautiful body of water?

With that in mind here are eight establishments within driving distance of Central New York where you can enjoy a great meal while taking in the beauty that is New York State.

1. Castaways Waterfront Bar

Located in Angola and sitting right on Lake Erie, Castaways has two floors with stunning views on each. Try their famous Bloody Marys.

2. Bella’s

Bella’s is found in Clayton, NY, and sits on the St. Lawrence River. What better way to end a summer day than with a solid meal and beautiful views of the boats and islands on the St. Lawrence.

3. Rusty Anchor Waterfront Bar and Grill

You can find the Rusty Anchor in Watervliet, NY, on a barge in the Hudson River. The only thing better than looking at a body of water while eating is sitting on one!

4. Blue Mingo Grill

If you have been to Cooperstown and haven’t checked out the Blue Mingo, you’re missing out. Sitting on the shore of Otsego Lake, you can watch the sunset over Cooperstown and then take a nice stroll around the town. Don’t forget to check out the National Baseball Hall of Fame while you’re at it.

5. Lanzi’s On The Lake

Found in the southeastern Adirondacks in Mayfield, NY, Lanzi’s offers views of Great Sacandaga Lake and is known for their delicious homemade Italian salad dressing.

6. Boatyard Grill

The Boatyard can be found in Ithica, on the shore of Cayuga Lake. If that isn’t enough to make you want to experience the Boatyard, then how about their hand-cut steaks and fresh seafood that is flown in daily?

7. Daiker’s

Much closer to home is Daiker’s in Old Forge. With a gorgeous view of 4th Lake, Daiker’s is famous for their nightlife – offering live entertainment almost every weekend throughout the summer. Don’t forget to try out their famous Fish Fry too. You can get it broiled, cajun, blackened or beer battered.

8. Rudy’s Lakeside Drive-In

On the shores of Lake Ontario. Grab some steamers, Texas hots or just a burger and sit on one of their hundred picnic tables and enjoy the panoramas of the lake while you eat. Rudy’s is now open for the 2017 season.

Now you can add these stops to your New York State To-Do List for the summer and make sure you don’t go hungry while exploring the beauty of the Empire State!

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