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Empire Brewing Company: Family-Friendly Pub Fare in Downtown Syracuse

By Rohan:

On a Sunday afternoon, the streets of Syracuse’s Armory Square are pretty quiet. The intersection between Clinton and Franklin street appears to be a ghost town. But enter the Empire Brewing Company, a quaint brewery themed to the sights and sounds of New York City, and even on a late afternoon, the pub atmosphere is packed with locals and visitors alike.

Despite resembling a typical New York City pub, the Empire Brewing Company has a menu that spans several continents. Enjoy a spicy but flavorful Moroccan Chili for an appetizer before savoring delicious pastas, mouth-watering burgers, and fantastic Mediterranean flat breads as a main course. The portions here are enormous (and can be a little pricey, especially for college students like myself), so we recommend bringing a friend along to share.

Moroccan Chilli
Moroccan Chilli

At first, we were afraid that Empire would not offer vegetarian options, as most pub menus feature burgers, sausages, and other carnivore-friendly dishes. Empire not only has an extensive collection of vegetarian entrees and appetizers, but the dishes are so flavorful that friends on campus say they prefer to go meatless at this hopping Syracuse pub.

Roasted Pasta Siena
Roasted Pasta Siena

Lastly, Empire’s dessert options are typical American sweets, mixed with Creme Brulee and other international favorites. Although I have never had dessert at Empire, I am told it tastes just as good as the rest of their offerings.

Perhaps the best part of the Empire Brewing Company is its atmosphere. There is almost always live music ranging from country to traditional rock and roll, and the artifacts hanging around the pub are eye candy to say the least. The pub celebrates New York City, but also has decorations that show the overall culture of the state of New York. Paintings of Syracuse’s Landmark Theater as well as old maps of the Syracuse University campus can be found hanging on the pub’s wooden walls. With colorful decorations and plenty of flat screen TVs for sports games, the brewery can easily be considered a family-friendly restaurant.

We recommend checking out the Empire Brewing Company in Armory Square. For more information, check out their website at http://www.empirebrew.com/

Syracuse – The Welcoming Charm Of an American College Town

By Rohan:

This August, I moved into my dorm at Syracuse University, hoping to study Advertising and Information Studies. Since my first day on campus, I have made it a point to explore all that Syracuse has to offer. While it is far from any major metropolitan city, this small urban area nestled on a hill in beautiful Onondaga County still has plenty to see, eat, and do.

Syracuse is a city in the midst of expansion. Two new hotels, a Courtyard by Marriott and Residence Inn, just opened in the quaint neighborhood of Armory Square. Stay at one of these properties and you are in the heart of downtown Syracuse. Armory Square is home to the Museum of Science and Technology as well as a myriad of shops and dining options to satisfy any set of taste buds. Grab delicious Italian food at Pastabilities or try New York favorites at the Empire Brewing Company.

If you need to do some shopping, the square has you covered, with quaint boutiques as far as the eye can see. If you miss your larger department stores, or are traveling with the kids, make sure to check out Destiny USA. Destiny is one of the largest malls in America, complete with over ten restaurants, a comedy club, a Dave and Busters, an IMAX theater, go karts, rock climbing, and tons more.

Of course, as a Syracuse University student, I have to recommend taking a stroll around campus at night. Start at the regal Hall of Languages and make your way towards Crouse College, the gorgeous Carnegie Library, and perhaps grab coffee on the quad. Bird Library serves up some of the best coffee on campus at Freedom of Espresso, so make sure to get your caffeine fix while you’re there.

Overall, I could not recommend Syracuse more. It is a beautiful, charming, and energetic city that always offers something new to try. For more about Syracuse, keep checking us out. Make sure to share your Syracuse experience in the comments below.