Meal Deals and Steals

Quality bargain cuisine is plentiful around Central New York.

Sakana-Ya. Michael Davis photo

Dining Weeks, the popular three-courses-for-$25 restaurant promotion in downtown Syracuse, is over for another year. But there are plenty of dining (and wine) deals to be had at Central New York restaurants on a regular basis — and not just downtown, exclusively. Here are 10 to keep in mind:

Sakana-Ya. Michael Davis photo | Syracuse New Times

Michael Davis photo | Syracuse New Times

Modern Malt (325 S. Clinton St.; What’s not to like about a $5 burger? Classic burgers, with American cheese, lettuce, onion and tomato on a brioche bun, are $5 all day on Mondays with the purchase of any beverage. Tuesdays are “Taco Tuesday” with taco offerings ($7) that change each week.

Sakana-Ya (215 Walton St.; 475-0117, Craving sushi? Satisfy your yearning and save money on half-price Mondays and all-you-can-eat sushi Wednesdays at this conveyor belt sushi restaurant in Armory Square.

Laci’s Tapas Bar (304 Hawley Ave.; 219-5903, Trim your tab at Laci’s with half-price bottles of wine on Tuesday nights and two-for-one glasses of sangria on Thursday nights. The menu offers something for all tastes, including soups, salads and small plates designed for sharing.

Papa Gallo Mexican Restaurant (205 W. Genesee St., Fayetteville; 632-4789, Mix $5 house margaritas plus 25 percent off appetizers and you get a wallet-pleasing happy hour every day from 4 to 6:30 p.m. On Mondays, house margaritas are $5 all day. Not that we’re encouraging you to drink.

Scotch N Sirloin (3687 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt; 446-1771, A good steak and a good bottle of wine go hand in hand, but a bottle of wine can add a chunk of change to your dinner tab. On Mondays and Tuesdays, the Scotch offers 45 wines at a 45 percent discount with dinner service. Take the savings to the bank, or splurge on dessert or an after-dinner drink.

Owera Vineyards (5276 E. Lake Road, Cazenovia; 815-4311, “Pair and Share Thursdays” features three small plates paired with three 2.5-ounce pours of wine for $25 per person (plus tax and tip). One plate is paired with the featured wine of the month. For March, the featured wine is Owahgena White, a semi-dry blended white. Small plates will include Owera greens (Chef Robert Potter’s take on Utica greens) paired with Owahgena white; a steak and veggie stacker, paired with semi-dry Riesling; and a chocolate “bomb” paired with Teddy’s Red.

Modern Malt's Classic Number 1. Michael Davis photo | Syracuse New Times

Modern Malt’s Classic Number 1.
Michael Davis photo | Syracuse New Times

Sherwood Inn (28 W. Genesee St., Skaneateles; 685-3405, The Sherwood has two great dining deals going through March. On “Two-for-One Tuesdays,” purchase one lunch or dinner entree and receive the second (of equal or less value) for free. The “$10 Beer and Burger Wednesdays” are an opportunity to enjoy your favorite draft beer with your favorite burger. Choose from among five, from a classic burger with American cheese to a bacon and cheddar burger to a veggie burger.

Ironwood Pizza (145 E. Seneca St., Manlius; 744-8740). On Monday nights, create your own three-topping wood-fired pizza for $10. At that price, you might want to splurge on a salad or a dish of house-made gelato for dessert.

Nestico’s (412 N. Main St., North Syracuse; 458-5188, Monday is the slowest night of the week and Peter Nestico wants to fill the seats at his restaurant. So most menu items are half price. Visit the website, get the details, print out the coupon and enjoy the savings. Can’t get there Monday? Tuesday features “Two for $20 Chicken Parm” night.

Mizu Japanese Steakhouse (2841 Erie Blvd. E.; 445-5686, In the mood for light bites instead of a full dinner? At Mizu, you can enjoy half-price wine and sushi during happy hour Sundays through Thursdays, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., in the bar only. Should you miss out on happy hour, sushi discounts also are in effect during snack hour from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, also in the bar.

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