Marriott Syracuse Downtown Restaurants
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Shaughnessy's Pub named for the owner and developer, Ed Riley's beloved Irish Setter (a beer lover himself) is just one dining option at the refurbished AAA Four-Diamond-rated Marriott Syracuse... Read More
Shaughnessy's Pub named for the owner and developer, Ed Riley's beloved Irish Setter (a beer lover himself) is just one dining option at the refurbished AAA Four-Diamond-rated Marriott Syracuse Downtown. A fourth generation Syracuse native - Ed Riley - restored the grand historic Hotel Syracuse dating from 1924. In his words, it was The Hotel Syracuse's last chance, and it won him a Best City Center Historic Hotel Award by Historic Hotels of America.
The sense of history so well preserved throughout the hotel continues into Shaughnessy's Pub where the floor, surrounded by 21 screens, is the original Syracuse Nationals basketball court providing the ultimate game night experience in an historic locale. Even the dishware used at the pub - the famous Syracuse china - has been a favorite of US presidents throughout history.
Also revived for Shaughnessy's was the production of a favorite local brew, Congress Ale with its heavy floral nose and smooth finish which had disappeared by 1965 but brought back by a local brewery at the request of the pub and is one of their 13 craft brews on tap. Crafted cocktails, comfort foods designed for sharing and a killer Reuben sandwich round out the specialties here.
Wine drinkers head to the front of the hotel to the signature eatery, Eleven Waters Restaurant, inspired by its wine country setting in New York's Finger Lakes district. Local wines flow from a tap to accompany each of Eleven Waters' entrees.
Must try items here include a clam chowder starter with a creamy smooth broth studded with large chunks of sweet clams. Crab cakes served with a poblano chili hummus make a good side dish to accompany the Faroe Island salmon served atop a rich pea risotto.
Before or after dinner stop into the adjacent cocktail lounge - fashioned from the hotel's historic barbershop for a High and Tight or a Pompadour - cocktails suggesting a bygone era of the ubiquitous shops with their neighboring speakeasy. Drinks are created from local spirits including Beanball Bourbon from Cooperstown and 1911 Vodka from Lafayette.