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Guidebook for Rochester

Randi

Guidebook for Rochester

Food Scene
We have vibrant restaurant offerings from American to ethnic restaurants from around the world, large number of craft breweries, healthy craft liquor and cocktail revival scene. The Finger Lakes has been named #1 wine region in the country. The area has the distinction of being one of the largest craft brewery regions as well. Most restaurants offer Grub Hub or Door Dash delivery services if you are ready for a quiet night in.
Diverse menu and great food made to order.
Chen Garden
1750 Monroe Ave
Diverse menu and great food made to order.
Best Middle Eastern food in town. Located right on the canal.
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Aladdin's Natural Eatery
8 Schoen Place
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Best Middle Eastern food in town. Located right on the canal.
Best Thai food in town.
The KING AND I Cuisine of Thailand
1455 East Henrietta Road
Best Thai food in town.
Best Indian food. Monday night buffet all you can eat.
Thali of India
3259 South Winton Road
Best Indian food. Monday night buffet all you can eat.
Serves breakfast all day. Homemade soups. Daily specials. Professional service. Affordable prices.
Char Broil
2450 Monroe Ave
Serves breakfast all day. Homemade soups. Daily specials. Professional service. Affordable prices.
Lots of homemade Lebanese specialties like hummus, spanokopita, appetizer platters. Casual atmosphere. Owner is always on-site and also the chef so he makes sure you are happy. I notice many return visitors.
Basha Mediterranean Eatery
2900 Monroe Ave
Lots of homemade Lebanese specialties like hummus, spanokopita, appetizer platters. Casual atmosphere. Owner is always on-site and also the chef so he makes sure you are happy. I notice many return visitors.
Authentic and upscale Vietnamese lunch and dinner specialties in a gorgeous setting.
Mamasan's Noodle Caboodle Restaurant
2800 Monroe Avenue
Authentic and upscale Vietnamese lunch and dinner specialties in a gorgeous setting.
Not your ordinary Chinese restaurant. Delicious new dishes await you. Great Hot and Sour Soup, rolls, dumplings and delicious entrees.
Red Sun Chinese Cuisine
2775 Monroe Avenue
Not your ordinary Chinese restaurant. Delicious new dishes await you. Great Hot and Sour Soup, rolls, dumplings and delicious entrees.
Sushi made to order with the freshest ingredients and interesting combinations. Enjoy a sake flight or complete sushi dinner for two. A separate room serves Bennihana-style meals. Great bar scene after dinner.
Sakura Home
2775 Monroe Avenue
Sushi made to order with the freshest ingredients and interesting combinations. Enjoy a sake flight or complete sushi dinner for two. A separate room serves Bennihana-style meals. Great bar scene after dinner.
A family-owned, upscale diner featuring American, Greek, Vegetarian and Gluten-free options. Dine inside or out. The views of this vibrant Park Avenue neighborhood are worth the price of admission. Breakfast is served all day. The restaurant offers beer, including micro brews, wine and a great Mimosa.
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Jines Restaurant
658 Park Avenue
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A family-owned, upscale diner featuring American, Greek, Vegetarian and Gluten-free options. Dine inside or out. The views of this vibrant Park Avenue neighborhood are worth the price of admission. Breakfast is served all day. The restaurant offers beer, including micro brews, wine and a great Mimosa.
An American Restaurant located in a renovated industrial building in the South Wedge Neighborhood, is run by accomplished NYC chefs. Food is locally-sourced. Bar serves cocktails in a speak-easy style. This is a place of camaraderie where the owners invite you to indulge, imbibe and make new friends.
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The Cub Room
739 S Clinton Ave
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An American Restaurant located in a renovated industrial building in the South Wedge Neighborhood, is run by accomplished NYC chefs. Food is locally-sourced. Bar serves cocktails in a speak-easy style. This is a place of camaraderie where the owners invite you to indulge, imbibe and make new friends.
An entierly vegan restaurant with a diverse menu of entrees, sandwiches, salads, bowls, fresh juice smoothies and delicious house-baked pastries and cookies.
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The Red Fern
283 Oxford Street
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An entierly vegan restaurant with a diverse menu of entrees, sandwiches, salads, bowls, fresh juice smoothies and delicious house-baked pastries and cookies.
Features nightly specials, soups, salads and small plates--all locally sourced. My favorite is the Buffalo Cauliflower. They also offer a large selection of craft brews, artisan wines, locally roasted coffee and desserts from nearby bakeries. Most menu items can be prepared gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and vegetarian upon request.
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The Owl House
75 Marshall Street
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Features nightly specials, soups, salads and small plates--all locally sourced. My favorite is the Buffalo Cauliflower. They also offer a large selection of craft brews, artisan wines, locally roasted coffee and desserts from nearby bakeries. Most menu items can be prepared gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and vegetarian upon request.
One visit to this top tier, family-owned supermarket will change your concept of what a grocery store can be. Wegmans is not just a supermarket, it is an exerience. This location is where the company introduces its new products and services, but the store has lots of different locations around Rochester. All stores are open 24 hours (except Christmas and Thanksgiving). This store features an Olde World Cheese Department, prepared foods and meals-to- go, pizza and taco bar, spectacular fish and seafood, sushi, wockery, organic and locally-sourced produce, floral department, large craft brew separtment, sub sandwiches, parisserie and in-house bakery, Kosher deli and so much more. Fortune magazine named it one of the best places to work so the customer service you'll find there is incomparable. Business Week ranked Wegmans at #5 in its list of top cutomer service providers. All Wegmans are handicap accessible and a Helping Hands department. It now offers Instacart shopping and delivery.
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Wegmans
3195 Monroe Avenue
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One visit to this top tier, family-owned supermarket will change your concept of what a grocery store can be. Wegmans is not just a supermarket, it is an exerience. This location is where the company introduces its new products and services, but the store has lots of different locations around Rochester. All stores are open 24 hours (except Christmas and Thanksgiving). This store features an Olde World Cheese Department, prepared foods and meals-to- go, pizza and taco bar, spectacular fish and seafood, sushi, wockery, organic and locally-sourced produce, floral department, large craft brew separtment, sub sandwiches, parisserie and in-house bakery, Kosher deli and so much more. Fortune magazine named it one of the best places to work so the customer service you'll find there is incomparable. Business Week ranked Wegmans at #5 in its list of top cutomer service providers. All Wegmans are handicap accessible and a Helping Hands department. It now offers Instacart shopping and delivery.
Drinks & Nightlife
Live music every might. Beer, wine and simple food items available.
The Little Café
Live music every might. Beer, wine and simple food items available.
An independent movie theater with three screens showing popular films, documentaries and art films. Home to many film festivals throughout the year.
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The Little Theatre
240 East Avenue
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An independent movie theater with three screens showing popular films, documentaries and art films. Home to many film festivals throughout the year.
Great music and dancing. Check out their current band lineup.
Abilene Bar and Lounge
153 Liberty Pole Way
Great music and dancing. Check out their current band lineup.
Sightseeing
Rochester, NY is an incredible community with so much to see, do learn and enjoy. It is only an hour or two drive to the Finger Lakes Region, Toronto, Canada, Buffalo, the Shaw Festival ice wine trail at Niagara on-the-Lake and Niagara Falls (both Amercan and Canadian sides).
The home of one of the leaders of the women's suffragette movement. History happened here. In 2020, we are celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Women's Movement. Lots of special events are planned! In the middle of this downtown neighborhood is a beautiful scupture of Frederick Douglas and Susan B. Anthony having tea.
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Susan B. Anthony Museum & House
17 Madison Street
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The home of one of the leaders of the women's suffragette movement. History happened here. In 2020, we are celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Women's Movement. Lots of special events are planned! In the middle of this downtown neighborhood is a beautiful scupture of Frederick Douglas and Susan B. Anthony having tea.
The 196 acre Victorian-era cemetery is oldest municipally-operated cemetery in the country with 300,000 gravesites. Famous graves include iconic figures Frederick Douglas and Susan B. Anthony as well as business leaders (John Jacob Bausch, Henry Lomb, Frank Gannett). It is also home to many African American pioneers such as architect Thomas Boyd, doctor Charles Lunsford and social advocate Nathan Sprague . This cemetery is beautifully landscaped; making it just the right place to enjoy an easy hike through the history of Rochester. Weekend tours are available through the Friends of Mount Hope.
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Mount Hope Cemetery
1133 Mount Hope Avenue
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The 196 acre Victorian-era cemetery is oldest municipally-operated cemetery in the country with 300,000 gravesites. Famous graves include iconic figures Frederick Douglas and Susan B. Anthony as well as business leaders (John Jacob Bausch, Henry Lomb, Frank Gannett). It is also home to many African American pioneers such as architect Thomas Boyd, doctor Charles Lunsford and social advocate Nathan Sprague . This cemetery is beautifully landscaped; making it just the right place to enjoy an easy hike through the history of Rochester. Weekend tours are available through the Friends of Mount Hope.
Thousands of years ago, glaciers arved the lofty ridges and buccolic valleys that cut through the 196-acres Victorian-era cemetery. Mt. Hope was founded in 1838 and remains the oldest, municipally-operated cemetery that is home to over 350, 000 citizens. The architectural style of the cemetery's gravestones and grave markers, cryots, chapels, gatehouses and masoleums (many with Tiffany glass detail) span three centuries. Many graves honor the legacy of Rochester business leaders John Jacob Bausch and Henry Lomb (Bausch and Lomb), Frank Gannett (Gannett Newspaper Chain including USA Today), Milton Glazer (past owner of Manchester United), George Ellwanger (Ellwanger Barry) Hiram Sibley (Sibleys Department stores) Seth Green (father of fish famig in North America) George B. Seldon (held a patent lightweight automobile engine); local politicians and activists Nanthanial Rochester (founder of Rochesterville), Jonathn Child (first mayor), Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglasss and hundreds of thousands more.
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Mount Hope Cemetery
1133 Mount Hope Avenue
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Thousands of years ago, glaciers arved the lofty ridges and buccolic valleys that cut through the 196-acres Victorian-era cemetery. Mt. Hope was founded in 1838 and remains the oldest, municipally-operated cemetery that is home to over 350, 000 citizens. The architectural style of the cemetery's gravestones and grave markers, cryots, chapels, gatehouses and masoleums (many with Tiffany glass detail) span three centuries. Many graves honor the legacy of Rochester business leaders John Jacob Bausch and Henry Lomb (Bausch and Lomb), Frank Gannett (Gannett Newspaper Chain including USA Today), Milton Glazer (past owner of Manchester United), George Ellwanger (Ellwanger Barry) Hiram Sibley (Sibleys Department stores) Seth Green (father of fish famig in North America) George B. Seldon (held a patent lightweight automobile engine); local politicians and activists Nanthanial Rochester (founder of Rochesterville), Jonathn Child (first mayor), Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglasss and hundreds of thousands more.
Shopping
We are best-known for our boutique shops showcasing fashion, crafts, vintage and unique gifts. We are also home to the upscale Eastview Mall and Armory. For people looking for walkable shopping, try cosmopolitan Park Avenue, recently renovated South Wedge and the funky Oxford Square.
Brookstone, Eddie Bauer, Discovery Store, Gap, Athleta, Ann Taylor, Von Maur, Apple, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn for Kids, William Sonoma, Lord and Taylor, Macys, Brighton, j jill, Anthropoligie, Ethan Allen, LL Bean and many other fabulous stores. Restaurants include P.F. Chang, Prime Steak House, Bonefish Grill and Chammps.
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Eastview Mall
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Brookstone, Eddie Bauer, Discovery Store, Gap, Athleta, Ann Taylor, Von Maur, Apple, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn for Kids, William Sonoma, Lord and Taylor, Macys, Brighton, j jill, Anthropoligie, Ethan Allen, LL Bean and many other fabulous stores. Restaurants include P.F. Chang, Prime Steak House, Bonefish Grill and Chammps.
West Elm, Arhaus furniture Peppermint Boutique, Feet First specialty athletic shoe store and Pittsford Bakery and Cafe.
Culver Road Armory
145 Culver Road
West Elm, Arhaus furniture Peppermint Boutique, Feet First specialty athletic shoe store and Pittsford Bakery and Cafe.
Arts & Culture
The home of Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester's world class art, music, dance and photography scene continues to explode with impressive shows.
Only open on certain days. Be prepared to be dazzled. Allow a day to see it all.
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ARTISANworks
565 Blossom Road
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Only open on certain days. Be prepared to be dazzled. Allow a day to see it all.
Changing photo exhibits. Iconic films at the Dryden Theatre. And a magnificent mansion and English gardens. Also a small cafe and gift shop. Closed Mondays.
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George Eastman Museum
900 East Avenue
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Changing photo exhibits. Iconic films at the Dryden Theatre. And a magnificent mansion and English gardens. Also a small cafe and gift shop. Closed Mondays.
Changing national exhibits, permanent collections, restaurant and an amazing gift shop of works by local artists. Beautiful art gallery with large selection of artwork and special exhibits. Features outdoor Sculpture Garden with works from world famous artists. Hosts the annual, high-end Clothesline Art Festival durig the second weekend in September.
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Memorial Art Gallery
500 University Avenue
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Changing national exhibits, permanent collections, restaurant and an amazing gift shop of works by local artists. Beautiful art gallery with large selection of artwork and special exhibits. Features outdoor Sculpture Garden with works from world famous artists. Hosts the annual, high-end Clothesline Art Festival durig the second weekend in September.
Contemporary and eclectic, this gallery is known to showcase works of its members. It is also home to the world-renown 6x6 exhibit. Open Thursday though Sunday.
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Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo)
137 East Avenue
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Contemporary and eclectic, this gallery is known to showcase works of its members. It is also home to the world-renown 6x6 exhibit. Open Thursday though Sunday.
A gallery dedicated to showcasing the work of local and national photographers with exhibits changing monthly.
Image City Photography Gallery
722 University Avenue
A gallery dedicated to showcasing the work of local and national photographers with exhibits changing monthly.
A great opportunity to visit studios of working artists, photographers and potters. Open First Fridays and Second Saturdays or by appointment.
Anderson Alley Artists
250 Goodman St N
A great opportunity to visit studios of working artists, photographers and potters. Open First Fridays and Second Saturdays or by appointment.
Under the direction of conductor Ward Stare, the RPO's Repertoire varies from traditional to contemporary works. Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra's (RPO) Pops under the direction of musician, composer and conductor Jeff Tyzik, moves toward the standards and contemporary of jazz music. Rochester Philharmonia Orchestra features a student orchestra from the #1 Music School in the Country.
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
108 East Ave
Under the direction of conductor Ward Stare, the RPO's Repertoire varies from traditional to contemporary works. Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra's (RPO) Pops under the direction of musician, composer and conductor Jeff Tyzik, moves toward the standards and contemporary of jazz music. Rochester Philharmonia Orchestra features a student orchestra from the #1 Music School in the Country.
An eclectic and interactive children's museum that brings several hundred thousand visitors to Rochester created the Toy Hall of Fame, a vintage video game exhibit, mini supermarket, Sesame Street characters and a butterfly garden to the world. Currently undergoing a massive expansion.
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The Strong Museum
1 Manhattan Square Drive
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An eclectic and interactive children's museum that brings several hundred thousand visitors to Rochester created the Toy Hall of Fame, a vintage video game exhibit, mini supermarket, Sesame Street characters and a butterfly garden to the world. Currently undergoing a massive expansion.
A very cool, historic industrial building renovated to house artist studios and lofts. All studios open on First Fridays from 5-9. Other times, call to make an appointment to meet with the artists.
Hungerford Building
1115 East Main Street
A very cool, historic industrial building renovated to house artist studios and lofts. All studios open on First Fridays from 5-9. Other times, call to make an appointment to meet with the artists.
Neighborhoods
Rochester, outside of the Center City, is home to diverse neighborhoods each with their own unique character. Every neighborhood features its own flavor of shopping, restaurants, urban art and bars.
Named for the shape of this distinct neighborhood filled with restaurants, bars, boutique shops and urban art. Special shoutout to Hedonist chocolates and ice cream, Abundance Coop, Swillburger, Harry Gs Deli and Taste of Asia.
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South Wedge
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Named for the shape of this distinct neighborhood filled with restaurants, bars, boutique shops and urban art. Special shoutout to Hedonist chocolates and ice cream, Abundance Coop, Swillburger, Harry Gs Deli and Taste of Asia.
Eclectic neighborhood with galleries, cafes and restaurants.
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Neighborhood of the Arts
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Eclectic neighborhood with galleries, cafes and restaurants.
Known for its architecture, culture and hip urban atmosphere, Park Avenue is a favorite destination for Rochesterians and visitors alike. The neighborhood is home to mostly young professionals seeking an urban lifestyle with incredible diversity, vibrant businesses and acceptance of its many LGBQ residents. Most rent apartments in beautiful historic houses. Stores are upscale, bars and restaurants are noteworthy. The Park Avenue Summer Art Festival, held annually in early August, stretches over a mile from Alexander St. to Culver Road. The family-friendly festival attracts some 350 artists from the US and Canada. Admission is free.
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Park Avenue
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Known for its architecture, culture and hip urban atmosphere, Park Avenue is a favorite destination for Rochesterians and visitors alike. The neighborhood is home to mostly young professionals seeking an urban lifestyle with incredible diversity, vibrant businesses and acceptance of its many LGBQ residents. Most rent apartments in beautiful historic houses. Stores are upscale, bars and restaurants are noteworthy. The Park Avenue Summer Art Festival, held annually in early August, stretches over a mile from Alexander St. to Culver Road. The family-friendly festival attracts some 350 artists from the US and Canada. Admission is free.
Nature
We are lucky enough to have a beautiful Conservatory within Highland Park. The temperature is always nice and warm so this is the perfect place to go when the weather is bad. I'm told the Conservatory contains an impressive variety of unusual plants. Cost is just a few dollars, which is a bargain when you consider you get access to seasonal displays, orchids, towering hibiscus plants with every color flower, a large succulent and cactus gardens, water features plus active turtles and small birds moving about.
Lamberton Conservatory
180 Reservoir Ave
We are lucky enough to have a beautiful Conservatory within Highland Park. The temperature is always nice and warm so this is the perfect place to go when the weather is bad. I'm told the Conservatory contains an impressive variety of unusual plants. Cost is just a few dollars, which is a bargain when you consider you get access to seasonal displays, orchids, towering hibiscus plants with every color flower, a large succulent and cactus gardens, water features plus active turtles and small birds moving about.
The largest Monroe County park with 2,500 acres of woodlands, ponds, bogs, wetlands and glacially-created landforms (eskers, kames and kettles) was been named to the National Registry of Natural Landmarks in 1969. It also is the home of Sharon's Sensory Gardens, the birdsong and fairy house trail. Great spot for fishing all year long, non-motorized boat launching, hiking and running, geo-caching and orienteering. Maps available on their website. There is a 550 acre nature preserve and 30 miles of selg-guided trails fullor waterfowl, birds and wildlife.
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Mendon Ponds Park
95 Douglas Rd
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The largest Monroe County park with 2,500 acres of woodlands, ponds, bogs, wetlands and glacially-created landforms (eskers, kames and kettles) was been named to the National Registry of Natural Landmarks in 1969. It also is the home of Sharon's Sensory Gardens, the birdsong and fairy house trail. Great spot for fishing all year long, non-motorized boat launching, hiking and running, geo-caching and orienteering. Maps available on their website. There is a 550 acre nature preserve and 30 miles of selg-guided trails fullor waterfowl, birds and wildlife.
Frederick Law Olmstead, famous landscape designer of Central Park and Prospect Park in New York City, Arnold Arboretum in Boston and eleven parks in Rochester also designed this park famous for its Lilacs, Magnolias and Arboretum, Vietnam Memorial, Highland Bowl, fantastic childrens' playground and historic Warner Castle. Dogs allowed. Easy walk on paved paths or venture up the hills. The Lilac Festival, held in May, attracts over 500,000 people from around the world. It also features live music, food trucks and art exhibits.
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Highland Park
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Frederick Law Olmstead, famous landscape designer of Central Park and Prospect Park in New York City, Arnold Arboretum in Boston and eleven parks in Rochester also designed this park famous for its Lilacs, Magnolias and Arboretum, Vietnam Memorial, Highland Bowl, fantastic childrens' playground and historic Warner Castle. Dogs allowed. Easy walk on paved paths or venture up the hills. The Lilac Festival, held in May, attracts over 500,000 people from around the world. It also features live music, food trucks and art exhibits.