Bring your appetite to Rochester.
New York’s third-largest city, on the southern shores of Lake Ontario, is in the midst of a revitalization, with more than $850 million invested in its downtown. And its food scene in particular is blowing up.
Hop on a flight under an hour and a half from NYC, or take a scenic six-hour road trip, and dig in.
Wake up to breakfast in a cozy setting at the Ellwanger Estate Bed & Breakfast (625 Mt. Hope Ave., 585-314-1793, ellwangerestate.com). The historic spot is known for its gourmet breakfast, with dishes like stuffed acorn squash with quinoa or a spicy sausage and vegetable frittata for its guests.
For brunch with a view, head to nearby Pittsford for the Erie Grill (41 N. Main St., 585-419-3032, eriegrill.com). Soak up the sights, from the Erie Canal to picturesque bridges, while munching on a smoked salmon bagel or brioche French toast.
Park Avenue is one of Rochester’s most popular destinations. Among the eateries lining the strip is Magnolia’s (366 Park Ave., 585-271-7380, magnoliascafe.com), a destination for gourmet pizzas.
Nearby, find vegan spot Red Fern (closed Monday; 283 Oxford St., 585-563-7633, redfernrochester.com). Choose from among its sandwiches, salads, pastries and menu of smoothies, juices, teas and beer.
At Rochester’s outdoor-indoor Public Market (open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday; 280 N. Union St., 585-428-6907, cityofrochester.gov/publicmarket), find more than 300 vendors selling fresh produce and specialty items, as well as food stands, coffee shops and breweries.
Ox and Stone (closed Sunday-Monday; 282 Alexander St., 585-287-6933, oxandstone.com) serves Latin-inspired eats in a 19th-century mansion. Dishes use seasonal ingredients from local farms, with favorites including braised oxtail and paella.
Dine inside an intimate warehouse space at hotspot Good Luck (closed Sunday-Tuesday; 50 Anderson Ave., 585-340-6161, restaurantgoodluck.com), which offers shared plates.
At laidback cocktail spot Nox (302 N. Goodman St., 585-471-8803, noxcocktail.com), order from the “hidden” “Harry Potter”-themed menu. And don’t miss the make-your-own s’mores dessert.ing your appetite to Rochester.