Take your graduate guests to these 4 restaurants this weekend

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With family, friends and fans coming to Syracuse for launch weekend, it’s the perfect time to visit those restaurants you’ve never tried before. Here are four perfect local restaurants to introduce to your supporters.

Kasai Ramen
Located on Walton Street in Armory Square, Kasai Ramen offers Hakata-inspired Japanese ramen and other Izakaya-style dishes. The ambiance of the exposed brick walls creates a warm, upscale loft feel. With homemade noodles and a combination of local and imported Japanese ingredients, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that every meal is of high quality.

The menu adds twists to Japanese staples like edamame by adding honey, chili and kaffir lime leaf seasoning for a bit of flavor. Kasai caters to most dietary restrictions by providing replacements that make meals suitable for vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free diets. The restaurant menu also includes different types of gyoza, steamed buns and fried rice.

Eliana Hallegua, a second-year student in the Bandier program at the SI Newhouse School of Public Communications, says meeting those restrictions is why she loves Kasai, in addition to the delicious food.

“My favorite dish is Veggie Ramen,” Hallegua said. “I’m glad they have a vegetarian option for people who don’t eat meat, plus it’s really tasty and very well done. The steamed mushroom buns are also very popular and melt in your mouth.

For those of legal drinking age, Kasai also offers a huge selection of alcoholic beverages, including canned drinks, craft cocktails, wines, sake, and Japanese whiskeys.

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Dinosaur BBQ
One of six locations across the country, Dinosaur BBQ offers a lively downtown dining setting. Located on West Willow Street and founded in 1988, Dinosaur offers catering, pickup and delivery services, and has private party rooms located in the restaurant. The restaurant serves barbecue-style food with an edgy vibe due to the exposed brickwork and decor and its beginnings as a biker bar. With a full-service bar and a stage with a sound system, the atmosphere sets a fun tone for the night. Plus, you can bring your dog and sit outside if the weather is nice!

Dishes on the menu include classic barbecue cuisine, such as deviled eggs, chicken wings, ribs and barbecue chicken. And from the bar there are plenty of options for mixed cocktails, beers and wines.

Lucas Eberl, a junior in the construction management program at SUNY-ESF, said his favorite menu item was chicken wings.

“The wings with the hot sauce would have to be my favorite,” Eberl said. “I’m really into the wings, and these have got to be some of the best.”

If you are looking for a family restaurant, Dinosaur also offers a children’s menu. The restaurant has its own sauces and seasonings, such as Hot Honey Gold Sauce and Cajun Foreplay Spice Rub, available for purchase, as well as merchandise such as stickers and pub glasses featuring their logo.

Regional pizza
Located on West Genesee Street, Apizza Regionale specializes in pizzas, pastas, salads and wood-fired sandwiches. Fresh ingredients sourced from New York State, Italy and other regions allow Apizza to create a new balance of Neapolitan and New York-style dishes right here in Syracuse. The restaurant also has a wood-fired oven from Naples, Italy, to ensure authentic taste. Apizza also varies its menu depending on the season – they currently offer a spring menu.

Their menu items include classic pizzas such as the ‘Apizza’, made with tomato sauce, mozzarella, fresh basil and grana. But they’re not afraid to have a little fun — they also offer pizzas with great variations of toppings, like the “Patata,” which includes golden Yukon potatoes, caramelized onions, aged Gouda and rosemary. However, if you’re looking for something lighter, you can opt for a spring beet salad or a zucchini frit from their entrees.

If you’re 21 or older, Apizza Regionale also serves a wide selection of craft cocktails, regional beers, and an extensive wine list. They have mixed cocktails like the Manhattans, but also a wide selection of white and red wines and a few canned drinks.

Blue Monkey Coffee
For food close to campus, Bleu Monkey Cafe on Marshall Street is perfect for delicious sushi and other Japanese dishes. A staple among Syracuse University students, Bleu Monkey offers a dark, relaxed atmosphere with quick service and pickup, restaurant, and delivery options. In addition to a wide range of delicious sushi, Bleu Monkey also offers fresh make-your-own poke bowls, bento boxes and other classic appetizers and desserts, making it easy for everyone to find something they want. ‘he likes.

Ethan Cohen, a sports management junior at the Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, says his favorite dish is teriyaki salmon over rice.

“I like it because it has a good blend of flavors. The sweetness of the salmon is well balanced with the rice,” Cohen said. “I like Bleu Monkey overall because of the atmosphere. It is definitely a must. »


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