We've been to endicott the last two years for my son's destination imagination state competition. Last year I posted a request for suggestions, received little help. Searching the posts over the last couple of years for this area, there is a dearth of information.
We arrived in Binghamton late fri night and opted for a pizza chain called Nirchi's. I recall someone posted about it being good bread with toppings rather than traditional pizza. This was accurate..the pizza was good and certainly well priced. Unfortunately, the oldest person working in the place looked to be 18 and the staff was not prepared to run the place. My youngest wanted a hot dog with the fries, the bun was stale. When we asked for a fresh bun, we were told "sorry, they all are stale". The floor was dirty with wrappers, the "clean" fork and knives had crusted food. We won't be back.
The next day we headed to Phil's Chicken House (1208 Union Center Main) in Endicott for lunch. They has an AYCE buffet that offered well-seasoned rottiserie chicken, meat loaf, mac and cheese with pieces of ham, biscuits and gravy, mashed potatoes, vegetables and pineapple upside down cake. There was also fresh bread and a salad bar which contained potato and macaroni salad. It was all homemade. It was all hot, delicious and fresh. Price for the kids was about $4 and for adults $6.50. I took a tray of freshly baked brownies (40 cents each) to our team and they loved them.
After the competition, we headed to a vietnamese place by suny binghamton but it had closed. As we were driving out of the parking lot, I spied a small korean restaurant called Man Nam (4700 vestal pkwy) in the shadown of KFC. I looked in, saw the place was full of korean families and waved my family in. We had bi bim bop and bulkogi, both delicious. Service was friendly and the chef circulated the room, asking diners if they enjoyed the food. I suggested that he use palindromes for his prices (eg $9.09). btw, I saw several tables bring their own wine.
Folks from this area, I think I speak for other chowhounders that while its nice to know about innovative, upscale restaurants, we'd like to know the best place to eat chinese, vietnamese, indian, chicken wings, fried chicken, bbq, etc. I passed all sorts of interesting "chowish" spots, wondering why no one had posted on them.
I saw in the local paper that there is a ukranian church that allows you to place your order for perogies, etc on a wed and pick it up on sat? I would have been all over that if someone posted about it here.
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