Category Archives: Asian


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Sign found outside of AppeThaizing.



Is a delicious Thai restaurant located on South Crouse Avenue, located across from CVS and down the block from Marshall Street. AppeThaizing offers a catering service that has become increasingly  popular. Their food is also available to order through, if you can’t make it to the restaurant. The entrees and appetizers are decently priced as well.


AppeThaizing, has a  wide range of delicious entrees such as noodles, sautéed dishes with chicken, beef, vegetables, and shrimp, as well as curry dishes.

For appetizers, they offer shrimp, chicken satay, priced around $6.29, appeThaizing Rolls, priced around $5.99, appeThaizing Veggie Rolls, priced around $5.79, and tofu.

Their soup features Tom Yum, priced around $3.99-$4.79, a famous Thai lemongrass soup.

Along with their most popular entrée, Pad Thai, priced around $10.99-$12.99, there are also other noodle entrees to choose from like Pad Kee Mow, priced around $10.99-$12.99. This is a spicy dish, made from flat rice noodle, and is sautéed with egg, chili, broccoli, Asian greens, tomatoes, and basil. All of the soups and noodles come along with your choice of shrimp, chicken, tofu, and beef (beef comes with the noodle entrees only).

They also offer fish and salads. For drinks they serve a wide array of wines and beers along with other typical beverages.


The service is quick and friendly, and it is a popular spot for both lunch and dinner. It is located right on campus, and the staff is always friendly. The dining resembles  a cafeteria setting, except it is very well kept, and more casual than fancy.

Hours and Contact Information

AppeThaizing is open Mondays through Fridays from 11:00AM-9:00PM. Lunch hours are from 11:00AM -4:00PM, and dinner hours are from 4:00PM-9:00pm. On Saturdays, the restaurant is closed for lunch, but is open for dinner from 4:00PM-9:00PM. AppeThaizing is closed on Sundays. It’s located at Campus Plaza, 727 S. Crouse Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13210.

Metro Sushi Bar & Lounge


Metro Sushi Bar & Lounge located on Westcott

Metro Lounge and Sushi Bar offers two separate menus. One menu is for dining and the other menu specializes in parties and catered events. Their dining menu offers a variety of sushi and Pan-Asian items. Sushi rolls cost anywhere from $6 to $10 per roll and entrees vary from $9 to $17. If one isn’t in the mood for a whole meal, appetizers such as wings are available to order.

Metro also has a wide variety of beverages including alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Although they have no beer on tap, they do have an array imported beer options available, such as Heineken, Stella and Sapporo. The lounge also has many other drinks selections to choose from.

Their private parties menu allows their customers to request and choose the type of entrees that would best suit their party needs. There is a private form on their menu designed to explain and inform the restaurant of each customers’ private party needs.

On Wednesdays, Metro hosts karaoke night, which always draws in very large crowds. On Friday and Saturday nights, local bands of varying genres (reggae, rock ‘n’ roll, dance etc) come to perform. At Metro, there is also a dance floor that is separate from the seating area. Also available is a pool table towards a room in the back of the lounge.

Metro has a 21 and over rule, as well as a dress code. The types of people one is most likely to find at metro are local area professionals and graduate students. Overall, the crowd at metro is considered to be “older” and “more sophisticated.” However, all  people are welcome to Metro, as long as they are 21 or above.

There are specials every night at Metro. Mondays and Tuesdays the bar offers half-priced Sushi to its customers. On Wednesday nights where there’s karaoke. Also on Wednesday nights at Metro there are drink specials; $2 Blue Light and Absolute vodka for $3. Recently, the lounge has also started trivia nights every Thursday, where it will give away prizes and offer Coors and/or Coors Light for $2 and Bacardi for $3.

505 Westcott Street
Syracuse, NY 13210

Phone: (315) 428-0810

Monday and Tuesday 5:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.

Wednesday and Thursday 5:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.
Friday and Saturday 5:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.

Closed Sundays (Except during football season: 2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.)



Oriental House of Syracuse

Oriental House Asian grocery is located on Erie Boulevard East. It stocks many different Asian foods, including popular items like mochi, ramune drinks, cookies, and crackers, as well as freezer foods, noodles, dried goods, and sauces. Some vegetables are available, as well as miso pastes, soybean pastes, and other handpicked fridge items. Fresh fish and homemade kimchi are some of this store’s unique draws.

Outside Oriental House
Photo credit Gen Red Thomas

Contact Information
1706 Erie Boulevard East Syracuse, NY 13210
(315) 475 5533

Eastern Supermarket

Eastern Supermarket is a pan-Asian grocery store located on Erie Boulevard East. It is located in a nondescript building, so people must really watch closely when they drive over, but it is worth the hassle. Inside are so many different foods stocked on shelves, in fridge cases, freezers in the center of the store, and even lots of fresh produce and fish set out on ice. There is also a rack of clothing and some household and lifestyle items are available here that are not in regular American grocery stores.

Photo credit Gen Red Thomas

Atmosphere and Layout
The front left of the store is filled with large bags of food, such things as rice and flour are available there. The first few shelves contain crackers, sodas and drinks, dried foods, jerkies, and junk food. Then the fridge cases have all kinda of noodles, fish, meats, pickled vegetables, and other cold products. The vegetables, including difficult to find Chinese types, and other fresh produce are near the back and kept near the coolers in the middle of the back room. The coolers have a large selection of meat buns and gyoza. The staff is friendly and will help you find what you are looking for with ease. The fish lend a unique feel to this particular market, and make selecting which piece you want easier because all of it can be seen.

Contact Information
2406 Erie Boulevard East Syracuse, NY 13224

Han’s Oriental Grocery

Han’s Oriental Grocery is a small, pan-Asian grocery store located on Erie Boulevard East. They specialize in Korean, Japanese, and Thai foods, while having a large selection of fridge foods, instant noodles, and some fresh foods and vegetables. There is a plethora of seasonings and sauces on the shelves, as well as junk food including but not limited to crackers, cookies, Pocky, Hello Panda snacks, and bread products. Interestingly enough, many of the foods available at Han’s are used in preparation of meals at the neighboring restaurant, Secret Garden. Han’s also carries imported toiletries, cleaning items, and other consumer goods for the house.

Outside Han’s Oriental Grocery
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Atmosphere and Layout
Mochi, bread snacks, homemade tteok, and small cakes can be found in the area where you enter the store, on an island in the middle. There are ban chan, or appetizers, in to-go boxes located in the refrigerator case next to the front door, too. The left aisle is filled with sauces, jarred goods, and seasonings. The middle has crackers, dried goods, and junk food. The refrigerator cases also have homemade kimchi and tofu. The right aisle and back of the store has all kinds of instant noodles, even include such things as moroheiya (a healthy alternative to ramen-style noodles) and pho ga (a Vietnamese soup). In front of the cash register there is a freezer case that holds mochi ice cream, ice creams including red bean and green tea, and lychee, and frozen desserts. The other freezer cases line the outsides.

Contact Information
2731 Erie Boulevard East Syracuse, NY13224
(315) 446 7801

Asahi Sushi

Asahi Sushi is located on Westcott Street in Syracuse. This sushi restaurant specializes in kaiten-zushi, or conveyer belt sushi. Patrons take a seat at the bar and sushi, gyoza, seaweed salads, as well as other sushi-bar food is served in colored plates that slowly trek by on a conveyer belt that surrounds the edge of the bar-top. Pricing is based on the color of the dish, and a list of prices is available every few seats. The conveyer belt currently runs only for dinner, and Mondays are half-price days, and usually busiest. They also deliver, and there are free menu items you can get for different denominations of money spent.

The street outside Sakana-Ya
Photo credit Gen Red Thomas

Asahi Sushi offers all the regular Japanese fare, including hibachi choices and noodles, along with amazing rolls, some, like the Spicy Sandwich Roll, as not seen at any of the other Asian restaurants in the area! The most popular rolls are the Spicy Tuna Roll, Shrimp Tempura Roll, and Godzilla Roll. There is a full complement of appetizer, salads, and a large selection of vegetable rolls for vegetarians. Vegetarians are also in luck here because Asahi serves up a hard-to-find dinner box: Tofu Teriyaki. The dessert section is especially impressive with traditional dishes such as mocha and red beans with tapioca, which you can get either hot or cold. There are also fried bananas, fresh fruit with tapioca and coconut milk, and tempura ice cream.

This new restaurant has a fresh feel about it in the layout of artwork, the bar, and tables. The sushi bar itself is the business’s crowning glory and is placed in the center of the large dining room. There are stools on one side, and booths on the other. There are also stand-alone tables and half-price Mondays are not just for the sushi bar.

Hours and Contact Information
508 Westcott Street Syracuse, NY
(315) 741 3564


Sakana-Ya is a Japanese sushi restaurant located downtown on Walton Street. It is a kaiten-zushi restaurant, or a place where conveyer-belt sushi is served. Patrons take a seat at the bar and sushi, gyoza, seaweed salads, and other sushi-bar food is served in colored plates. The plates slowly trek by on a conveyer belt that surrounds the edge of the bar-top. Pricing is based on the color of the dish, and a list of prices is available every few seats. Sakana-Ya is most packed on Mondays, as all sushi is half-price.

Photo credit Gen Red Thomas

All sushi bar foods and entrees, including noodles are served upon request. If you do not see the kind of sushi or roll on the conveyer belt, servers come around to ask for requests. The conveyer vet service is great for people who are in a rush, and is a cool way to try something new if it looks good to you. Sake, beer, and wine are also available.

The design for the restaurant is very upscale, well-lit, and vibrant. The actual dining area feels small, as it is not very wide, but can seat around twenty-five people at one time. There are white and blue lights all around, but the lighting is soft as they are not direct sources. In conclusion, the place is very well lit and vibrant. There is most always a wait on Mondays, but other days of the week are not as bad. People dress in both fancier and casual clothes and there is no dress code enforced.

Hours and Contact Information
215 Walton St.
(315) 475 0117

HK Take Out

HK Take Out is a Chinese restaurant located on Erie Boulevard East. They specialize in having a wide array of Chinese-American dishes as well as Hunan, Szechuan, and Cantonese styles of food. Just as its name indicates, HK is popular among Syracuse students for take out and delivery. If ordering on Grubhub, there are coupons for different denominations of money spent—You can get free items such as a two-liter bottle of soda, different flavors of soup, or General Tso’s chicken.

Photo credit Gen Red Thomas

HK has all kinds of Chinese foods, but also many different kinds of fried rice including fried rice with lobster or just white meat chicken, eggplant dishes, string bean dishes, and a Diet Food selection. There is also a Thai Special section of the menu that allows you to order pad Thai and Thai fried rice. Additionally, fried noodles are available as a side. In total, there are around one-hundred and fifty menu items! Dumplings, egg rolls, and crab Rangoon are some of the most popular things to order.

HK Take Out is in a standalone building and has a good number of tables. There is usually no wait to sit and the staff will bring your food out to you.

Hours and Contact Information
1640 Erie Boulevard East
(315) 428 8898

Fortune Hawaii

Fortune Hawaii

Is a pan Asian restaurant that cooks up all types of food, including American, so do not let the “Chinese Food” sign out front fool you! They take pride in serving many different foods and offer a clean place to enjoy your meal. Additionally, this is the only place in the area that will deliver Thai food to Syracuse University’s South Campus.

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While Fortune Hawaii specialized in Chinese cuisine, with a wide array of choices, they also serve up Thai food, Japanese food, American fare, Japanese food, even some other Asian dishes such as Korean scallion pancakes, all for prices lower than most of their competitors. There is even a Special Diet Menu with lower calorie choices. Of course there are combination plates and Chef’s Specials, just like every other Asian eatery out there. The cheap lunch specials include rice and an egg roll, and the restaurant is known for its delicious Hunan, Szechuan, and Cantonese styles. Portions are of good size compared to other similar Asian restaurants.

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While there are only a few tables, the staff is always polite and prepare dishes fresh to order. Substitutions and special requests are welcome. There is usually no wait and the staff will bring the food out to you at your table.

Hours and Contact Information

4324 E. Genessee St.
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 11:00am through 9:30pm
Tuesday 11:00am through 8:30pm
Friday, Saturday 11:00am through 10:30pm
Sunday 12:00pm through 9:30pm

Oriental Kitchen

Oriental Kitchen is a combination Chinese and Japanese restaurant located on East Fayette Street. They offer a very wide variety of Chinese and Japanese foods, including sushi. Great for delivery, different free foods will be added to your order after a certain amount of money is spent. Such items include a two-liter bottle of soda, an egg roll, or different chicken dishes.

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Oriental Kitchen serves up just about every time of Chinese food you can imagine. Top menu items include dumplings, teriyaki chicken, and different egg rolls. The Crab Rangoon seems to be a universal favorite here, and there are many tofu dishes available for vegetarians. There is also a large selection of Traditional Dishes, combination platters, sushi, sashimi, and sushi bar entrees. House specials are available all day, and two sushi roll specials allow you to choose any two or three a la carte rolls and a either a soup or soda. Unlike most local Chinese restaurants, Oriental Kitchen also offers desserts.

Staff is friendly and there is usually no wait to sit in. When ordering, food is delivered in a timely fashion. There are even online coupons for GrubHub where you can get a can of soda, a two liter bottle, an egg roll, Sweet and Sour Chicken, or General Tso’s Chicken free with different amounts of food purchased.

Hours and Contact Information
1113 East Fayette St.
(315) 428 8899