$5 food and drink deals around town this week thanks to Bite of Ithaca

This week, we’re trying a few new things for just $5 thanks to Bite of Ithaca Week! Once again, a couple dozen eateries in and around Ithaca are offering small bites so you can try their offerings, including appetizers, tapas, drinks, or mini versions of popular menu items. Each bite is just five bucks.

Bacon-wrapped dates and chevre at The Rook, among this week’s $5 bites.

For its third year, Bite of Ithaca takes place at restaurants around Downtown and the west end, on East Hill, and even out in Trumansburg.

Istanbul Turkish Kitchen has a plate of Baklava and Sigaras pastries. Maxie’s has a mini shellfish platter or oyster shooters. Atlas Bowl in Trumansburg has tater-tot nachos, chocolate mousse, and more.

Stop on the Cornell campus at the Regent Lounge or Taverna Banfi. Visit Agava on East Hill. Don’t miss Red’s Place for jumbo Thai chicken wings or French onion soup bread bowls. Mia, Ale House (who promise a vegan option), Sacred Root Kava Lounge and Tea Bar, and Bandwagon for fried chicken sliders or a waffle cone brownie sundae. Monks, Gateway BBQ, Taste of Thai, and the Rook for buttermilk donuts or hush puppies. Luna, Coltivare, Collegetown Bagels, Ithaca Coffee Company, Madeline’s, and Ithaca Bakery.

It’s a way to “design your own gustatory tour of the town,” says Allison Graffin at the Downtown Ithaca Alliance, which has organized this especially affordable take on the “restaurant week” theme. Those trying out the deals can “mark off their culinary conquests” in a Bite of Ithaca “passport,” and enter to win a $150 Downtown Ithaca gift card at the end of the week.

Some snacks, some cocktails, some desserts, and some real $5 meals. A few of the offers have limited hours or limited days this week, and some are available every day through Saturday.

See biteofithaca.com for a full list of participating eateries in Ithaca and Trumansburg, and check the details of their offers. Don’t dawdle, Bite of Ithaca ends this Saturday!

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