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Utica: The Oasis of the New York Thruway

Utica: The Oasis of the New York Thruway


If you’re in the area for a short time or if you’re living there permanently you’re going to want something great to eat. Your choice will depend on your favorite dishes, but Utica has something to offer for absolutely everyone. The Utica restaurants make planning a special night out or a family meal easy and memorable.

The Ocean Blue Restaurant & Oyster Bar is well known throughout the city for its wonderful seafood and rooftop bar. It’s not the place you’ll be taking your children, but it is perfect for your next date night or special occasion.

Offering special events and private dining, Delmonico’s is a busy restaurant with excellent service and a varied menu. Although specializing in Italian fare, Delmonico’s offers everything from lobster and crab cakes, to steak and designer style burgers.

Babe’s Macaroni Grill and Bar offers meals that will suit the entire family. This restaurant has everything from ribs, pizza and burgers to seafood and steaks. That means everyone will be able to find their favorite foods and enjoy themselves.  Babe’s offers nightly specials.

Gerber’s 1933 Tavern resembles a speakeasy but provides a unique experience.  Bring your friends here for a night out on the town and sample the variety of great foods as well as some of the best drinks available anywhere. The Tavern fare is modeled after the original 1933 menu, featuring items such as hot pastrami and meatball sandwiches. The Tavern also hosts special events throughout the year.

Places to Stay

If you don’t have your own place in Utica, that’s just fine because there are plenty of great hotels in the area that will offer you comfortable rooms. Two of the most notable local accommodations are the Pratt Smith House B & B and the Fairfield Inn and Suites. At the Pratt Smith House B & B, a typical brick farmhouse, you will find cozy, well-appointed rooms in a park-like setting.  If you prefer a more modern setting, the Fairfield Inn and Suites provides easy access to the Thruway, the Utica down town area and the surrounding countryside.  Several restaurants are within walking distance of the Fairfield Inn.

Local Colleges

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Utica is home to several institutions of higher learning. Utica College, a four-year school,  boasts a wide variety of academic programs. Empire State College is part of the SUNY system and offers many degree programs at all academic levels.  Mohawk Valley Community College has a range of two-year degree programs, many specializing in science or technology.  St. Elizabeth College of Nursing offers an associates degree in nursing while the Utica School of Commerce trains students for entrance into the world of business.

So when you spy the distant buildings of Utica, it is NOT a mirage.  Utica is a vibrant city, possibly a brief oasis during your travels, or possibly a long term stop over, a place to set down roots.  No matter what, get off the Thruway and do some exploring!

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  1. Thank you for the article and your appreciation of Utica. Other great restaurants near the thruway exit include Ancora, Aqua Vino, Trackside, and Tailor and the Cook. I think you meant SUNY Poly, not Empire. We are surrounded by golf courses for something to do,as well.


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