RE: NYC to Finger Lakes
Binghamton: Anyplace you can find speidies (there's a place on 17 near the Chenago Forks exit off 81...can't remember the name). Cortese's on Robinson Street for dinner (steak ala milanese, steak pizzaola, veal and peppers).
Cortland: Lunch; Pita Gourmet on Main Street (informal Lebanese), The Community Restaurant, Main Street, (good home style cooking with a greek flair...good for dinner too)
Dinner; The Lido on Port Watson Street,(spaghetti joint), The Green Arch on Elm Street,(spaghetti joint, great steaks, need reservations), Bob's BBQ on 281 North of Homer (Cornell Style Chicken with picnic sides, its outdoors, picnic tables, open evenings Wednesday through Friday, all day Saturday and Sunday).
Syracuse:Where else? the Dinosaur BBQ on Willow Street (Awsome BBQ with biker flair, see their website dinobbq.com)
Skaneateles: The Sherwood Inn on Genesee Street, Dougs Fish Fry (follow your nose), Rosalie's Genesee Street.
Auburn: Curly's on 20.
There's plenty more, what are you looking for?