Category Archives: Asian

Bleu Monkey

Bleu Monkey is a Japanese restaurant located in the middle of Marshall Street, sandwiched between other stores. More upscale than Oishi Sushi, and slightly more expensive, Bleu Monkey is great for lunch, dinner, and also delivery. With a plethora of Japanese foods, and probably the best bento box offering around, Bleu Monkey is great for dinner with friends, family, or even for a date.

Photo credit Gen Red Thomas

The menu at Bleu Monkey has all of your Japanese favorites. There is a great selection of salads, appetizers, bentos, sushi dinners, party platters, desserts, and of course, sushi. The only place in the area offerings “large rolls”, these are great to share with others as they come with more pieces than the regular-sized rolls. There is a large selection of sushi and sushi bar items, as well as add-ons so that you can get the most out of your fresh fish. One of Bleu Monkey’s big draws is their noodle bowls. Udon, soba, rice, flat rice, Roman, tofu, or yam noodles can be chosen, along with vegetables and broths.

With a mix of booths, chair tables, and a sushi bar, there are many dining options. Ambient lighting is done all day round, and the décor is pretty fancy. The service is prompt and delivery is always within a reasonable amount of time.

Hours and Contact Information
163 Marshall St.
(315) 474 0099

Oishi Sushi

Oishi Sushi is a Japanese restaurant located perpendicular to Marshall Street, across the road from Crouse Hospital Garage. Oishi means “delicious” in Japanese, and this place certainly is! With prices slightly cheaper, but comparable to Bleu Monkey, it has a more casual atmosphere with a few tables and booths. Great for lunch or a quick dinner.

Photo credit Gen Red Thomas

Here you can find all of the Japanese staples—sushi, udon, yakisoba, don dishes, and bento boxes for a cheap way to try a few things. The most popular menu items are the lunch and dinner bento boxes, along with shumai and tempura rolls. There is a good selection of specialty rolls dinners including donburi, hibachi items, and dessert.

Oishi Sushi is popular for lunch and delivery. The wait for food, both in restaurant and for orders, is never too long and they always bring everything. A plus to ordering online is that if you order twenty dollars or more, there are free extras you can get such as a can of soda, seaweed salad, or even spicy rolls.

Hours and Contact Information
713 South Crouse Ave.
(315) 580 3043
Monday through Saturday 11:00am – 12:45am
Sunday 12:00pm – 12:45am


Koto is an upscale Japanese hibachi restaurant boasting two locations, both at the Destiny USA Mall and on Erie Boulevard. It is a little more expensive than other Japanese cuisine alternatives, but provides a great atmosphere for families, dates, and friend outings. There is a Happy Hour, Monday through Thursday, from three to six pm.

Koto On Erie – Photo credit Gen Red Thomas

Both locations offer a wide variety of sushi, hibachi meals, and other favorites, such as udon dishes and even pad thai. There are fusion entrees, which mix Japanese with other Asian and American delicacies, as well as a wide variety of appetizers and a plethora of drinks. They have everything from wine and martinis, to imported beer and many types of sake. House specialties are also listed. For dessert, you can get pretty much anything in tempura, including cheesecake, bananas, and ice cream, or ice cream a la carte.

Trendy and clean, Koto has beautiful koi ponds, picturesque prints, granite counter tops, neon accent lighting, stone walls, and mixture of light and dark hardwood dividers. During dinner, the ambiance is pleasantly noisy, but not so loud that it is hard to hear your tablemates. On most weekend nights there is a wait, but weeknights are usually less busy.

Hours and Contact Information

Erie Location
2841 Erie Boulevard East
(315) 445 5686

Monday through Friday 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Monday through Thursday 4:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday 4:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Saturday 3:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Happy Hour:
Monday through Thursday 4:30 to 6:30 (at the bar only

Destiny USA Location
By the Carousel
(315) 497 5686

Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Monday through Thursday 3:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 3:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Happy Hour:
Monday through Thursday 3:00 to 6:00 (at the bar only)



Komachi is a Japanese Restaurant located off of South Crouse Street in the alleyway behind Marshall Street. Komachi will deliver to anywhere in the university area for a $2 charge and there is no order minimum. They operate from five to nine pm every night. Komachi offers a variety of different Japanese and Korean foods, though they are more expensive than Japanese alternatives, such as Oishi Sushi and Bleu Monkey.This is the only Korean Restaurant in the area that delivers.

Photo by Alex Rouse

Restaurant Key Info

  • Price: $$$$ (out of 5) Huge variety of Sushi from $4-$13.
  • Wide variety of Japanese noodle, don, katsu, and teriyaki dishes as well as Korean favorites
  • Lots of combo meals.


Komachi serves primarily Japanese food but also has a good variety of Korean dishes. Their menu starts off with a list of appetizers that vary from steamed shrimp dumplings to sashimi, which is a sushi dish. These appetizers run from about $4 up to $10 which isn’t bad for the amount of food you get. Their food selection then goes to a list of full meal items that include some kind of meat either deep fried or broiled in a teriyaki sauce and rice, salad, and a type of soup. These items are a bit more expensive and range from $10.99 up to $17.99. Next the menu moves to a noodle section where you can choose from different noodle dishes for  about $10 including yaki udon, yakisoba, soups.
Finally we can move on to the sushi. A good portion of the menu consists of sushi related items and can vary from an entire meal based around a California roll to ordering two individual pieces of sushi. There are 37 different types of a la carte rolls that you can order as well as 10 individual a la carte items that you can choose from. The rolls go from expensive as $15.99 for a Power Roll which consists of lobster California roll on the outside and eel on the inside. The cheapest rolls are for $3.99 and range from a tuna roll to a vegetable roll.
The entire backside of the menu consists of lunch specials either in a box, or straight from the sushi bar. The box specials consist of a variety of different items packaged together in a box, usually consisting of rice with some kind of sushi roll, and possibly a meat with some Japanese sauce on it. These run from $7.99 to $12.99.

727 S. Crouse Ave.
Syracuse, NY 13210

Phone: 315-476-2400

Goldstein Student Center

This is Goldstein Student Center, photo credit Gabrielle Beaudry, Creative Commons licensed.

Goldstein Student Center is the central location on south campus. It is a 3700 square foot building. Goldstein provides students and faculty with many vital services, which includes South Campus Express grocery store, Fitness Center, Laundry Services, Dining Center, conference rooms, an ATM, and a quiet study lounge. Office of Residence Life as well as the Department of Public Safety have offices in this center.  Although the Goldstein Student Center is primarily used by students, it is also open to the public. Visitors are welcome at the student center to eat, shop, or just check out student life on campus. Hours for Goldstein Student Center can be found at

South Campus Express

South Campus Express is a grocery store that takes SUper Food money, cash, debit, and credit. The food available in this grocery store include frozen dinners, frozen desserts, snack foods, fresh produce and seasonal local produce, dairy products, and convince food. Non-food products include shampoo, conditioner, and other health products, over the counter medicine, school supplies, cleaning supplies, laundry products, and cleaning products. The hours of South Campus Express can be found at .

Fitness Center

Only open to Syracuse University students and faculty, the Goldstein Fitness Center has cardio and weight lifting machines. The fitness center has treadmills, stair masters, elliptical, stationary bikes, and a rowing machine. While the equipment in the Fitness Center is not as new as other campus locations, there are a several weight lifting machines and the added convenience of being adjacent to the Laundry Services.

Laundry Services

The Laundry Service in Goldstein accepts both SUper Card Food Plus and quarters. Prices are $1.50 for washing machines and $1.25 for dryers. Laundry Service hours are the same as the hours for Goldstein Student Center, however the last load of laundry must be in two hours before close of facility. You must bring your own laundry basket and detergent is available for sale in South Campus Express. The Laundry room includes 35 washers, 44 dryers, and two change machines. The availability of open washers and dryers can be seen online at

Dining Center

This dining facility is located on South Campus in the downstairs part of the Goldstein Student Center. This clean and comfortable dining center offers Freshens Smoothie Company, Jump Asian Express Cuisine, Burger King, Sal’s Bird Land, a hot food line, a deli, and a salad soup bar. This facility accepts cash, SUper Food, and Skyhall residents can use their meal plans.


Freshens is a smoothie and ice cream vender that uses yogurt in the vast majority of their products. Some of the available smoothies include Berry Breeze, Caribbean Craze, Citrus Mango and Orange Sunrise. All smoothies come with the option of adding protein supplements. Freshens also sells vanilla and chocolate ice cream made with yogurt instead of milk.  Freshens does make all peanut butter shakes in separate blenders; however Goldstein is unable to subtract or substitute any ingredients because of allergies.

Jump Asian Express:

Jump Asian Express has a stir fry line where you have your choice of sauce, vegetables, chicken, pork, or beef. There is also the option of white rice, brown rice, or noodles. ‘Jump’ also has two daily specials and ready to order egg rolls.

Sal’s Bird Land

Sal’s offers breaded chicken wings, potato wedges, steak, and chicken . To order from Sal’s you put your order in on a computer located between the salad bar and Sbarro. When the order is finished the kitchen staff bring it to the cashier, who will bring it to you in the main dining room. Sal’s Bird Land is open during the dinner serving time.


Sbarro is an Italian fast food chain with pizza, pasta, vegetables, strombolis, bread sticks, and meatball sandwiches. Pizza type includes cheese, pepperoni, sausage, mushroom, spinach and mushroom, supreme, Hawaiian, spinach and broccoli and many more.  The strombolis include peperoni and cheese and spinach and cheese. Goldstein serves the pastas on a rotation, which includes lasagna, baked ziti, and spaghetti.

Dunkin’ Donuts

Dunkin’ Donuts offers an abbreviated menu from the original fast food chain. Drink items include hot coffee, cappuccino, espresso, hot chocolate, hot tea, iced coffee, ice tea, ice latte, coolattas and decaf. Bakery items include a selection of donuts, munchkins, brownies, croissant, hash browns, muffins, and danishes. There are also breakfast sandwiches including bacon/ ham/ turkey with egg and cheese, Angus stake, and big n’ toasted.

Burger King

Burger King also has a limited menu. Available in Goldstein are chicken, fish, and beef burgers, wraps, chicken nuggets, chicken strips, French fries, onion rings, and combo meals. Burger King is opens at the lunch serving time every day. For combo meals, the fries and burger are ordered at the counter and fountain drinks from the counter in the front of the cafeteria.

Goldstein Student Center’s official website:

Important Goldstein Student Center Phone Numbers:

443-1514 Goldstein Dining

443-1990 Goldstein Information Center

443-2224 Public Safety

443-3893 Residence Life

443-2567 South Campus Housing


“Goldstein Student Center”. Student Centers and Program Service. December, 9 2009