Visit Jim’s Texas Hots (8 W. Market St., 607/936-1820) for ice cream and hot dogs, Texas-style. If grabbing a slice is more your style, try Aniello’s Pizzeria (68 E. Market St., 607/962-2060) or Atlas (35 E. Market St, 607/962-2626) for brick oven style pizza, two of five pizza joints in town.
Locals hit rustic, family-run Spencer’s(359 E. Market Ext., 607/936-9196), popular for their homemade sticky buns and breakfast menu with only one or two options over the $5 mark.
Tiny, hidden Bento Ya Masako (31 E Market Street, 607/936-3659) is tucked between two jewelry shops, up a flight of stairs, and marked only by a small ‘Open’ sign half-covering a Japanese symbol on a non-descript faded blue door. First timers might be caught off guard by the open kitchen at the top of the stairs in what looks like an apartment with two women cooking away. Just grab a seat at one of a handful of tables and prepare to be surprised. This cash-only establishment has limited hours (Tues.–Fri. lunch), but offers authentic Japanese and sushi to those in the know.
The Market Street Brewing Co. (63–65 W. Market St., 607/936-BEER) offers something for everyone, including rooftop and biergarten dining, dishes ranging from salads to steaks, a kids’ menu, and, of course, fresh brews on tap; average entrée $15. The casually elegant Three Birds Restaurant (73 E. Market St., 607/936-8862) serves “progressive American fare” made with fresh local ingredients, and hosts a popular martini bar; average entrée $17; open for dinner only.
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