An Ithaca Thanksgiving means several open eateries and free meals

Where can you dine in and around Ithaca and Tompkins County over the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend? As always, there will be a few eateries open, plus some community meals, and we’ve got the details. Eateries in bold are open on Thanksgiving.

Agava Restaurant on Ithaca’s east hill will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, and reopening for lunch on Friday. They’ll also be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, closed from January 1st-4th, then reopening for just dinner service on January 5th before resuming full service on January 8th.

After three years of a community Thanksgiving meal, Aladdin’s Natural Eatery will be closed this Thanksgiving, then open 12 noon to 9:30pm on Friday and Saturday.

The Antlers will be opening at noon on Thursday with a Thanksgiving menu that includes a Roast Turkey Platter with all the fixings for $16.95 or a platter for kids for $8.95, plus baked scrod, filet mignon, and Tuscan fettuccine.

The Carriage House Café on Stewart Avenue in Collegetown will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, but reopening Friday for the weekend.

The Circus Truck will be closed both Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday.

Cornell University is hosting its 30th annual Community Thanksgiving Feast with seatings at noon and 1:30pm on Thanksgiving, with tickets going on sale on November 20th to the general public. (Tickets will not be sold at the door.) The menu features roast turkey, poached salmon with citrus hollandaise, herb baked tofu, vegetarian and sausage stuffing, and traditional accompaniments. $14 for adults and $8 for children 6-12. Kids 5 and under eat free. All other Cornell Dining eateries are closed for the day.

On Wednesday, Cornell’s First Generation Student Union, International Students Union, Alpha Phi Omega, and other campus groups are co-hosting a free Thanksgiving Dinner starting at 3:45pm in Klarman Hall.

Hotel Ithaca on South Cayuga Street in Downtown Ithaca is offering a “Thanksgiving Grand Buffet” in their newly renovated grand ballroom, with red lentil pumpkin soup, roast turkey with fig stuffing, smoked gouda and shallot lobster mac & cheese, buttermilk mashed potatoes, roasted brussels sprouts, and plenty more. Dinner is $25.99 per adult, $12.99 for kids 4-12, and free for kids under 4. Beverages, taxes, and gratuity are not included, and reservations are required.

Both Ithaca Coffee Company cafes and taverns are closed on Thanksgiving, but will reopen Friday for their usual hours.

The Inn at Taughannock (formerly the Taughannock Farms Inn) is accepting reservations at 607-387-7711 for their Thanksgiving dinner. They have a three-course prix fixe menu at $65 per person with a choice of Turkey Dinner, New York Strip, or Grilled Eggplant Lasagnette, each with its own accompaniments.

The Lincoln Street Diner will be closed both Thanksgiving Day and Friday the 24th.

The Loft at the Carriage House on Stewart Avenue is closed Thanksgiving Day and Friday the 24th.

Monks on the Commons at the Ithaca Marriott will be open for breakfast on Thanksgiving morning, but otherwise closed for the holiday.

O’Malley’s Cabin on the Lake in Interlaken has a $24.95 complete dinner from 12-5pm on Thanksgiving, with the kitchen closing at 5pm “except for turkey sandwiches.” Call 607-532-8846 for reservations.

Ithaca’s Papa John’s Pizza is opening at 10am on Thanksgiving Day and staying open all night through Black Friday! They have regular hours on Saturday and Sunday.

Thanksgiving dinner at the Ramada. 14850 file photo.

Ithaca Airport Ramada Inn’s Dapper’s Restaurant has both Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day dinner buffets planned, with reservations required. They’re featuring roast turkey with gravy, ham and steamed broccoli, and roast sirloin of beef, plus candied yams, country stuffing, fresh fruit and salads, desserts, and more. The meal is $19.95 per person, $10.95 for kids under 12, and kids under 4 eat free.

Red’s Place on Restaurant Row in Downtown Ithaca is closed on Thanksgiving Day.

The Seabring Inn in Newfield will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. Their Kids Christmas Party is scheduled for December 10th from 3-5pm, and will be a chance to meet Santa and his Elf, and enjoy Christmas cookies and hot chocolate.

Shortstop Deli on Seneca Street in Downtown Ithaca is open 24/7, and will be open through the holidays.

Tamarind will be open for Thanksgiving, serving tasty Thai food on Ithaca’s northside.

Texas Roadhouse will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, then opening early on Friday, December 24th at noon.

The Varna Community Center is holding their sixth annual community Thanksgiving dinner. It’s a free meal open to the public, featuring turkey (or vegetarian alternative), sides, desserts, and beverages. Volunteer help and food or monetary donations are welcome! Contact Susan at 607-280-8042 or sasrvcs121@yahoo.com to volunteer, or Dawn at 607-280-9750 or dap4@cornell.edu to donate food. The Varna Community Center is handicap accessible, and is at 943 Dryden Road, Route 366. The dinner is being served from noon-3pm.

Need to do a little shopping? Tops Friendly Markets stores are open until 5pm on Thanksgiving. Collegetown’s 7-Eleven store (formerly Wilson Farms) is open 24/7, and will be open through the holidays. The P&C Fresh stores in Ithaca and Cortland are open until 4pm on Thanksgiving, then reopening Friday morning at 6am. Triphammer Wines & Spirits is open 10am-2pm on Thanksgiving, and Stonewall Wine & Spirits will be open until 6.

All three GreenStar stores are closed on Thanksgiving. The Collegetown GreenStar is open Wednesday until 8pm, then closed through Saturday and will reopen on Sunday.

Just need a post-prandial pint? The Chanticleer is opening at 3pm as usual, and the Fall Creek House will be open Thursday evening.

Would you like to let us know when your eatery will be open and closed over the holidays? Please drop us a line! We’d love to include you in this list.

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