Category Archives: Erie Boulevard

Tyme-Out Café


An Assortment of Gelato, Photo Credit: Ian Ransley

Tyme-Out Café is a gluten-free cafe located inside Natur-Tyme grocery market. It is especially known for being vegan friendly. They offer a variety of beverages including smoothies, fruit juices, organic tea, milkshakes, and coffee. Their food menu essentially consists of 3 daily soup options, chili, and a few flavors of gelato. Some of their soup options include zucchini curry or lentil spinach and they offer turkey chili as well as vegetable chili. For vegans, the gelato options are raspberry and blood orange.

If you are interested in their juices they offer beet, wheatgrass, and ginger shots and many of their smoothies have flax seed in it. Their coffee drinks options include your regular cappuccinos, mochas, lattes, and iced coffees as well as chai and iced tea beverages.

Although Tyme-Out Cafe does not provide the typical café experience because it is located in the grocery store, Tyme-Out’s all-encompassing beverage options seems to be making up for it. This café is fairly brand new and really prides itself in its uniqueness in offering gluten-free and vegan options.

Address: 3160 Erie Blvd. E, Syracuse NY 13214

Phone: (315) 488-6300

Prices: $$

Taj Indian Palace

Taj Indian Palace is a family run Indian restaurant located on Erie Blvd. East. They are open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. They also cater.


TajIndianPalace specializes in North Indian style cuisine. Their menu contains a wide variety of appetizers, breads, seafood dishes, chicken curries, tandoori specials, lamb & goat curries, biryani, and desserts. Their prices start as low as $2.95 for vegetarian appetizers up to $7.95 for chicken tikka appetizer. Their prices are affordable and the portions are very large.Vegetable platters are all $8.95. Seafood dishes are all $12.95. Lamb/goat curries are $10.95. The chicken curries are all $9.95. They now serve beer and wine to accompany your meal.

They offer an optional lunch buffet seven days a week from 11am until 3pm for around $10.00.

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The atmosphere in TajIndianPalace is simple and humble. The building was a former Quiznos before the now owners bought and converted it into their own business. They have added a little flair of their own with sheer draperies and hanging lighting. If you’re looking for that certain ambiance while you dine, go at night for the full effect! But if you don’t mind a simple surrounding then give this place a try anytime.

Hours and Contact Information

3138 Erie Blvd
Dewitt, NY13214

They are open from 11am until 10pm Monday – Sunday

Their lunch buffet begins at 11am and runs until 3pm seven days a week.

Phone: 315-446-2229
Fax: 315-446-2275

Email: [email protected]

Sparky Town Restaurant

Sparky Town Restaurant is a self proclaimed, “Funky place to meet and eat.” They specialize in fresh healthy comfort food with options suitable for all your friends: vegan, vegetarian, and meat lovers alike! Sparky Town is located on the corner of Catherine Street and Burnet Avenue in the historic Hawley Green District. They feature a calendar of events promoting community engagement with things like ArtExpo displays, weekly live music events, songwriter’s workshops, and much more! It really is “A place where everyone fits in!”

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Fresh healthy comfort food is on the menu at Sparky Town Restaurant. Soups range from $2.75 to $8.00 and can come vegan or not. There are nine different salads ranging from $3.50 for a house salad to $8.50 or $8.75 for the Anti-Oxidant Salad, The Mexicali Blue Salad, The Trail Mix Salad, and others. For those who like variety in their meals, Sparky Town has combination plates allowing customers to choose from a quiche or soup along with a salad for $7.75 to $8.75, black beans and rice for $8.75, and Anti-Oxidant pasta, Burger Deluxe, or the Mediterranean platter for $9.50.

 Sparky Town also serves fresh coffee and barista specials. They serve Coffee Mania coffee and have their own trademarked “Sparky’s Blend” coffee beans in ½ and 1 pound bags available for purchase. Beer and wine options are also on the menu.

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Sparky Town offers their guests a creative ambiance. It’s an intimate, friendly, hippie-chic kind of place. There’s a bar on one side of the restaurant and less than a dozen tables on the other. The walls are decorated with local artwork, priced to sell. They utilize high and low tables creating intimate dining situations in a relatively small area. It’s a fun place to hang out and “go local!”

Hours and Contact Information

Sparky Town is located at 324 Burnet Avenue.

There hours are:

Mon-Thurs 11am-8pm

Fri 11am-9pm

Sat 10am-9pm

 They can be reached on the phone at (315) 422-8401 or the fax at (315) 422-8403

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
Photo credit Gen Red Thomas

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

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

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.

Photo credit Gen Red Thomas

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


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)