The traditional neighborhood bar lives on at Newfield’s Seabring Inn

Remember when the neighborhood bar used to be the community focal point, offering not just food and drink but a place for family events, fundraisers, and gatherings? Just a few minutes south of Ithaca, Newfield’s Seabring Inn is just that. This roadside bar and grill just off Route 13 dates back 50 years, and they offer affordable, tasty food with creative nightly specials.

Pickle chips are among the creative fried appetizers at the Seabring Inn! 14850 Photos by Mark H. Anbinder.

The appetizer list is classic fried bar fare like cheese sticks and jalapeño poppers, plus fun items that don’t appear on the menu at most bars, like mini chicken tacos and fried pickle chips. If you just want to watch the game with a few friends and a few brews, you may never need to get past the fried appetizer list.

There are also excellent chicken wings with a fun choice of sauces, though, like garlic parm, cattlemen tangy gold, and “garbage” sauce, and even a few salads.

The Cajun black and blue burger.

Fire up the grill for a handmade half-pound burger, specialty choices like a Cajun black-and-blue burger, nacho-style burger with guacamole and jalapeños, or a chili burger, as well as a fish sandwich and chicken sandwich.

Build your own flatbread pizza, or go with a chicken bacon ranch or Mediterranean flatbread with pesto, black olives, garlic, and more.

A generous slab of fried fish comes with mac & cheese or crispy french fries on Fridays.

Nightly specials include 50-cent wings on Mondays, with the same great sauce selection, spaghetti and meatballs or sausage on Tuesdays, meatloaf on Wednesdays, three hard-shell beef tacos for five bucks on Thursdays, and a Friday night fish fry or shrimp platter served with excellent french fries or macaroni & cheese.

We’d heard about the weekly fish fry, and it really lives up to its reputation. A generous slab of battered haddock is fried to crispy perfection. You can get an idea of the scale by noting the beer bottle right behind the fish platter in this photo. The fried shrimp are just as satisfying, confirms the dining companion who, of the four of us, was the only one not to pick the fish.

There’s a full bar with wines and mixed drinks, and regional favorite beers like Yuengling and Labatt Blue on tap, plus Henry’s Hard Sodas and more beers in bottles, like the great Shiner Bock from Texas.

Seabring Inn also hosts chicken BBQ fundraisers, that staple of Central New York life, serves as the starting point for the annual Cpl. Christopher Bordoni Memorial Ride, and just threw a Kids Christmas Party with cookie decorating, gift bags for all the kids, and of course a visit from Santa and his elves. We’re tempted to think of the place as Newfield’s cozy living room — and the glowing fireplace in the corner doesn’t hurt.

Find the Seabring Inn at 330 Sebring Road in Newfield or on Facebook, open lunch to late night seven days a week, or give them a call at 564-9338 and tell them you heard about them here.

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