Watkins Glen Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Watkins Glen

April 14, 2018 Jasper Kershner

Watkins Glen is a village in Schuyler County, New York, United States. The population was 1,859 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Schuyler County. The Village of Watkins Glen lies within the towns of Dix and Reading. The current mayor is Samuel Schimizzi. The village is home to well-known race track Watkins Glen International, host of NASCAR Cup Series, IndyCar and a former host of the United States Grand Prix of Formula One.
Things to do in Watkins Glen

1. Curly's Family Restaurant

2780 State Route 14, Montour Falls, NY 14891 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 16 +1 607-535-4383
Excellent
43%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 166 reviews

Curly's Family Restaurant

Reviewed By Willof72

Located on the outskirts of Walkins Glen, this little place serves up down home, diner style food. Soups, sandwiches, burgers, fish & steak. Staff is friendly and very attentive. The place is very clean (big bonus for me). If you're looking for something simple and tasty....stop on in.
All in all, give them a try!

2. Scuteri's Cannoli Connection

409 E 4th St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1216 Takeout Dinner SGD 13 +1 607-535-7568
Excellent
80%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 137 reviews

Scuteri's Cannoli Connection

Reviewed By NCRedhead105 - Cary, North Carolina

This was our first night in the Finger Lakes and it was also Saturday night so Scuteri's was serving pizza (only on Fridays and Saturdays). We stopped in, order a pizza, ran some errands, and came back to pick up a yummy pizza...also a cannoli for dessert...how can you not from a place that has a big cannoli on their sign! It is family run and everyone there was really nice. Only advice is to park on the same side of the street as the location...4th St is very busy and it was a pain to have to cross as no one wants to stop and let you across, but there is several parking places on the right side of the street.

3. Nickel's Pit BBQ

205-207 N Franklin Street, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1201 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Barbecue, Pub, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 4 - SGD 58 +1 607-210-4227
Excellent
47%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 333 reviews

Nickel's Pit BBQ

We partner with a small, local farm and our menu is updated to reflect availability. Our ribs, chicken, brisket and other meats are so popular that they may sell out during business hours, or not be featured. All of our meats are smoked fresh and smoking is very long, intricate process that cannot be rushed. Give us a call to see what we are offering! We do classic BBQ with an Upstate NY spin and want to give you the best dining experience. We appreciate your understanding, flexibility, and appetites!

Reviewed By mizlori - New Brunswick, New Jersey

Enjoyed the "Prince" themed cocktails--among the 4 of us we tried 2 of them. Local wine and beer is on the menu too.

As some have mentioned, there are a lot of really good choices on the menu!

The fried jalapeno appetizer was delicious! Had never had jalapenos quite this way before and it was great.

I had a huge salad that I ended up getting two meals out of. The wings were very good too. I think one of us had a pulled pork sandwich.

Food was very good and we would go back here if in Watkins Glen again.

4. Dunkin' Donuts

311 S Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1510 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Fast Food Breakfast +1 607-535-7542
Excellent
38%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
11%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 43 reviews

Dunkin' Donuts

Reviewed By jcarp26 - Elkland, Pennsylvania

I've tried on more than one occasion to convince myself to enjoy this coffee (as it's the only thing open in the middle of the night around here). Every time it's the same thing...slow, unfriendly service and stale/sour coffee. Nowhere near as good as most D&D's. Drive through is a no go for many full size trucks.

5. The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor

221 S Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1508 Highchairs Available, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options SGD 7 - SGD 20 +1 607-535-7354
Excellent
72%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 208 reviews

The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor

Family owned ice cream parlor in Watkins Glen NY for 35 years. Come enjoy dozens of flavors of Hershey's Ice Cream, Homemade Gelato, Sorbet, Vegan hard homemade ice cream (coconut & soy milk based), Soft Custard & a ever changing rotation of Homemade Hard Ice Creams, mostly made through suggestion. Gluten Free CONES!!! Also serving dessert specialties, ice cream cakes, homemade novelties and our famous homemade waffle cones made fresh daily. Perfect for the family and please bring the kids. Outdoor seating and convenient parking lot next to Burger King in downtown Watkins Glen. In Season Homemade Fresh Grape & Pumpkin Pies!! So Much More Than an Ice Cream Store! Open 7 Days a Week, Just a 1/2 block away from Watkins Glen State Park Main Entrance! We are now closed for the Season, See you Spring of 2018

Reviewed By Barnzey62 - Dillsburg, Pennsylvania

We were finishing up a limo tour of wineries on Seneca Lake and wanted a sweet treat. Friendly employees and very yummy ice cream!!Thank you for stopping at our store and taking the time to write a review. I hope you tried our Hazlitt's wine ice cream. Hope you come back soon. Peter

6. BluePointe Grille

16 N Franklin St, Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1221 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 607-535-6116
Excellent
50%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 356 reviews

BluePointe Grille

Reviewed By Queens Village NY traveler - Queens, New York

Excellent food and service-varied menu with excellent wine list-definitely worth a splurge. If you go when the weather is nice-ask to sit outside by the lake and marina-the view is as good as the food!

7. Mura Bella's Italian Steakhouse

241 N Genesee St, Montour Falls, NY 14865-9703 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night +1 607-210-4020
Excellent
62%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
6%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 201 reviews

Mura Bella's Italian Steakhouse

Reviewed By JMCUpstateNY - Upstate NY

This is a very good Italian Restaurant in a very unique building. The building is very interesting being build right into the rock-face which is actually the back wall. The menu isn't the largest but serves the purpose. All four of our meals were very good, portions were generous. I think the veal parmigiana I had was the best I've ever had. The service was good but we were there very early for dinner. the wait staff friendly and helpful. Be advised they have limited parking especially up near the restaurant. The remainder lies at the base of quite a flight of outside concrete steps, which is also limited. We'll be back for sure.

8. Seneca Sunrise Coffee

806 N Decatur St, Suite 2, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1375 American SGD 4 - SGD 13 +1 607-228-7930
Excellent
76%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 8 reviews

Seneca Sunrise Coffee

Seneca Sunrise Coffee is an organic coffee roaster. We serve hot coffee, cold brew, and iced and frozen lattes. We also carry a small selection of local products. A simple menu of paninis is coming soon!

Reviewed By jdms33 - Monroe, Connecticut

We found a reference to Seneca Sunrise Coffee someplace and decided we needed to try it. One of our best decisions of the trip.

Mindy, the owner/operator, was full of energy and very friendly. She brewed a fresh pot of her own freshly roasted half caf for my wife and I had a frozen latte.

Both were wonderful. We actually drove back to buy a pound of her coffee to have were we are staying.

It is awesome to see a small business owner just making it work, networking with other local owners to help each other grow.

Glad we found it!

9. Jerlando's Ristorante & Pizza Co.

400 N Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1226 Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 10 - SGD 34 +1 607-535-4254
Excellent
51%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 1 reviews

Jerlando's Ristorante & Pizza Co.

Jerlando's Ristorante & Pizza Co. Is located in the center of downtown Watkins Glen at the corner of 4th and Franklin St.. We are walking distance from many Hotels, Motels, B&B's and many area attractions including the State Park Gorge, Seneca Lake and several great shops. We have both Italian and American selections including a variety of Pasta, Steaks, Seafood, Poultry, Sandwiches, Veal, Salads, Pizza, Wings, and Burgers. We offer a full service bar for a quick drink with friends or to enjoy a meal watching a ball game. Our specialty is family dining. We also enjoy serving business clientele and being part of special events like anniversaries and rehearsal dinners. Our goal is to serve a quality meal that is affordable, and sure to satisfy. All of our entree's are prepared to order. Our bread is purchased daily from local bakeries in Watkins Glen and Montour falls. Our pizza is made from freshly prepared dough. We use whole milk mozzarella from Upstate New York farms. We feature many regional and domestic wines including Lakewood, Hazlitt, Glenora, Rock Stream, Fox Run and more. We have a variety of import/domestic bottle beers and keep a few regional craft beers on tap. Our entree price range is $7.99 -$23.99. In addition to our dining room, if your on the go, we have a very popular "take-out" located at the rear of our building. In the summer months we are open from 11am - 10pm seven days a weak. After Labor our hours are 11am - 9pm. We are open year round.

Reviewed By JohnandJaneS - Elmira, New York

Stopped in for lunch. Nice interior, quick efficient service, food was OK. I say OK because we ordered a hot ham & cheese sandwich and a hot meatball sub and the sandwiches were both quite tasty but both were no warmer than room temperature. The sub came with fries which were absolutely excellent and very hot. Our theory is that the sandwiches got made and then set aside for five minutes, or so, while the fries cooked and by the time the fries were done the sandwiches had cooled. Come on guys, if it says "hot " sandwiches they should at least be warm! There were only a couple of other tables occupied so this wasn't because they were busy.

10. Glen Dairy Bar

433 S Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1528 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American +1 607-535-2757
Excellent
77%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 47 reviews

Glen Dairy Bar

Reviewed By Hiker1812 - Branchburg, New Jersey

This is a classic summer ice cream stop! Their soft serve vanilla was spot on, and their portions were more than generous. I ordered a small cup and received a towering amount of ice cream. It was so much I had a difficult time finishing it. Their prices were very cheap, relative to the crazy amount of ice cream they give you!

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