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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Cuse Cheap Spotlight Special: Maxwells

Welcome to the second edition of Cuse Cheap Spotlight Special. This week we put the spotlight on Maxwells, which is located at 122 East Genesee Street downtown in Hanover Square and their phone number is (315) 299-6633 if you're looking to call for reservations. You can find their website here, their Facebook page here, their Twitter page here and their Instagram page here.

So why Maxwells? As we mentioned in our debut spotlight, we are looking for places with great deals and great upcoming events worth posting and as it seems, Maxwells has a few events and specials worth sharing at this time. It is also a great local spot for a nice indoor dinner or patio seating on those nice days when you want to sit downtown and watch the world go by.

Let's start with tonight (this blog post was posted on February 28th) as Syracuse favorite Jess Novak will perform live from 7-9 PM before going on tour until the end of March. And starting at 9, it is Mardi Gras Open Mic Night and admission is free for both events.

On Thursday nights, you can stop in at 7-9 PM for Trivia Night. Not only will you find $7 select beer pitchers and $2 off wings but prizes for all including last place.

As you can see above, Dining Week has been extended until Saturday March 4th. This means you can call now (or stop in) and reserve a seat for a 3 course meal for only $25. And if you are curious, take a look at this delicious menu below to plan out your meal ahead of time.

Do you search for Happy Hour specials after a long day at work? Maxwells has Happy Hour specials 4-7 PM every Monday-Saturday with $2 off craft beer pints, $3 well drinks and $4 house wine plus $5 bite specials.

On March 8th, you can enjoy these specials as well as complimentary chef inspired appetizers from 4-7 PM for their Chef's Happy Hour.

Looking for a night of music and painting? On March 22nd, join Painting In The Air artist Kara Cook and musician Billy Harrison for a fun night painting your choice of a beer stein or wine glass with a March Madness theme for only $25 (or get 2 glasses for $35). Tickets are available either by texting 315-415-0659 or stop in to Music In The Air Studios Mondays, Tuesdays. and Thursdays 3-8 PM (710 S. Main Street in North Syracuse).

How about their St. Patty's live music night with Buddish on March 18th starting at 10 PM with no cover charge? Brick oven pizzas starting at $9? Or if you are a college student with a valid ID, did you know you can save 15% off your food purchase so long as it is not in conjunction with any other deal?

Downtown Syracuse contains so many great food and drink establishments that deserve all the attention they get and this list should include Maxwells. I will admit that we here at Cuse Cheap may be slightly biased (though we will gladly spotlight any local business with great deals and events without prejudice) as when we first started this venture, Maxwells was one of the first and friendliest places to interact with us but shouldn't that be something that also deserves recognition? They saw we were trying to make a positive difference in Syracuse and CNY and were supportive not only of us but ensuring that people see the positives in our city and our people including other local businesses. We have visited Maxwell's and the food (don't get me started on how good the chicken parm was), the hospitality and the experience in general made us fans even more than before we walked in the door.

We hope you will check it out for yourself and see why you can find great deals, great events and why you should Eat, Drink and Chill at Maxwell's in Hanover Square.

Friday, February 24, 2017

The Out Of Towners Guide To Exploring Cuse Cheap

Recently I was approached to put together a list of places for out of town visitors by a co-owner of ER Lacrosse for their upcoming Upstate LAX Jam tournament and after thinking about it, I liked this idea as I know CNY does host sports tournaments, school events, college visits and other festivities locally. In fact I liked it so much I thought I should put together a blog post to help them and others.

Obviously we here at Cuse Cheap know Central New York is a big place and a lot likely depends on what area you are located within the area. That said, we wanted to make a list of a few affordable options for the families to eat and local attractions for the family (and a couple night life/bar destinations for the adult crowd) during down time.

Tully's Good Times-

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Why Tully's?

Tully's is a sports bar but has fun for the whole family including video games and air hockey tables at some locations. They also have locations in North Syracuse, Dewitt, Liverpool and Fairmount, as well as other cities in Upstate NY. Tully's also offers an affordable kid's menu and lunch, happy hour and late night specials including their famous Tully's Tenders.

The Distillery-

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Why The Distillery?

The Distillery has one location in Syracuse at 3112 Erie Blvd East and was recently voted Judge's Choice for Best Sports Bar in Upstate NY by With outdoor seating as well for those nice days in Syracuse, they also have multiple TV's throughout the place including some at the booths. They also offer dinner specials all week, game and happy hour specials, wing specials on Sundays and on weekends, you can get a kid's scramble free with the price of an adult brunch menu entree purchase.

Zebbs Deluxe Grill & Bar-


Why Zebb's?

Zebb's is another New York based chain with one location in the Syracuse area at 2803 Brewerton Road in Mattydale. Zebb's is well known for their burgers and the burger bar where you order the burger and then go put the toppings on it that you want. Zebb's mostly makes this list because on Sunday's they also offer free kid's meals for children under 10 with each purchase of an adult meal. Also if you like quality milkshakes, you should try that as well.

Papa Gallo's Mexican Restaurant-

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Why Papa Gallo?

Papa Gallo's is a local based Mexican Restaurant that you can find at 205 W. Genesee Street in Fayetteville. They're affordable and offer free kid's meals Sundays and Mondays for lunch and dinner (though some restrictions may apply). They have daily specials as well as happy hour specials every day 4-6:30 PM. They also advertise happy hour specials during SU games at the bar area and 10% discounts on your entire bill before and after games for those with tickets to the game.

Uncle Chubby's Pizza-

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Why Uncle Chubby's?

Uncle Chubby's is not just a pizza place but also has reasonably priced burgers, spiedies, wings, subs and dinners as well. You can find them at 615 Wolf Street in Syracuse. Mondays and Tuesdays they offer a large cheese pizza takeout special for only $7.95. You can also find a list of some of their other specials on their website here.

Cooper's Landing-


Why Cooper's Landing?

Like affordable food or looking for a local place to watch the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup races? Check out Cooper's Landing at 7459 W. Murray Street (off Lakeshore Road) in Cicero. You can enjoy burgers, wings or haddock dinners on Friday and found out why they call themselves The Home of the 100 Ounce Draft Tower. In town on Wednesday's, you can also partake in their Cans and Clams deal or as I mentioned before, enjoy some beer specials for the NASCAR race (pictured below).

Original Grain-

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Why Original Grain?

Are you maybe in search for healthier food options for you and/or the family? Located at 302 South Salina Street in downtown Syracuse. you can visit them in person or check your GrubHub app to order if you prefer. You can check out their bowls, Nori wraps, sandwiches and their smoothies. Scan the menu and you with find menu items that cater to those looking for gluten-free, vegan or vegetarian options or just healthier in general. You can get smoothies as cheap as $6 and Nori wraps starting at $7.

The Market Diner-

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Why The Market Diner?

Located at 2100 Park St. Suite 10 near the Regional Market, The Market Diner is a good local for an affordable breakfast. Their best value? The Early Bird Special for only $1.99, which includes 2 eggs, toast and home fries (only available Monday-Friday 5-8 AM & 3-5 PM & dine in only). Their best seller? Their Rueben Sandwich for $8.49. You can also find their daily specials by clicking here.

All Things Oz Museum-

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Why All Things Oz Museum?

If you have a Wizard of Oz fan in your family and near 219 Genesee Street in Chittenango, be sure to check out All Things Oz Museum and Gift Shop. The museum itself is only open Saturdays 10 AM- 3 PM but will open other time by appointment only. The admission is only a $5 donation per person and children 10 and under are free (half price admission and 10% off in the gift shop for AAA members) and active duty military families also get free admission.

Also, if you are in town June 2-4, be sure to check out the annual Oz-Stravaganza! This is a fun festival with rides and entertainment for the entire family.

Erie Canal Museum-

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Why Erie Canal Museum?

If you enjoy history, you should check out the Erie Canal Museum. Located at 318 Erie Boulevard East, this museum is open Mon-Sat 10 AM-5 PM and Sunday 10 AM- 3 PM. Admission to the museum is donation only and a $5 donation is greatly appreciated. The museum not only explores the history of the Erie Canal but often times hosts interesting events as well.

MOST Syracuse-

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Why MOST Syracuse?

The MOST Syracuse is a fun, interactive museum for the entire family located in downtown Syracuse at 500 S. Franklin Street (in the Armory Square district). Single ticket admission prices are $12 for adults and $10 for kids 2-11 and seniors 65 and older for exhibits, another $2 for the planetarium features and $10-$8 for IMAX movies. With a proper ID, NY state teachers and active duty military and veterans can see exhibits for free. Also, every first Saturday and Sunday of each month, those with a Bank of America card will get free admission.

Downtown Nightlife-

For those who are looking for a very nice dinner or an adult night life or just take in the view of downtown Syracuse, the city is broken down into several districts. Two of the most popular for bars or restaurants are Armory Square and Hanover Square which have plenty of options from sports bars to beer pubs to casual and fine dining as well as tasty sweets and local coffee shops. The list is far too many to name here and just depends on your tastes. My advice: do as I do and put on some comfortable shoes and walk around to view them all or check out our page and social media sites (listed at the end of the post) for more specific deals and events as they occur.

Another area worth looking into is Clinton Square. Most weekends during the summer/fall season, you will find there are festivals held there frequently. And in winter you're visiting during the winter months, you can enjoy a fun time with the kids or romantic evening with a loved one ice skating when the water fountain is transformed into a skating rink (at a very affordable price).

Local 315 Brewing-

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Why Local 315 Brewing?

Locally brewed beer is becoming more and more frequent in many areas and Syracuse/Central New York is one such area. We are lucky to have several local options and one of them is Local 315 Brewing. You can find them in Warners, NY at 3160 Warners Road. They have happy hour specials Wednesday and Thursday (4-6 PM) and Fridays (3-5 PM) and get beer pints for only $4! You can also find some local music on hand from time to time so check out their website and social media for more details on that as well as the beers currently on tap.

Wegman's Playground & Good Dog Park-

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Why these parks?

How about a local park to just hang out in for some fun for you, the kids or even your dog family member? Well here are two options to pass the time. The dog park is great for those with dogs who love playing with other dogs but maybe not the best option for young kids since most activities are centered on the pets. If you have the kids and need to let them unleash all that energy, the playground is a great option and includes options for kids who may have certain disabilities and do not want to be left out. Please check out the website for hours, guidelines and more details before planning a visit.

AMF Strike 'N Spare Lanes-

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Why AMF Strike 'N Spare Lanes?

I am sure most areas contain multiple bowling alleys and Central New York is no exception. One such bowling alley you may enjoy is the AMF Strike 'N Spare Lanes at 1777 Brewerton Road in Mattydale and open 7 days a week. They feature 72 lanes, free wifi and an arcade as well as some great specials throughout the week. You can also join leagues, visit their sports bar or pro shop or arrange a party here.

If you are interested, the specials include:
-The After Party Fridays (after 10 pm, you can bowl unlimited games for only $10.89 though shoes not included).
-Monday Mayhem which is similar to the After Party Fridays but starts at 8 PM and also features pizza deals and drinks specials for adults 21 and over.
-$2 Tuesdays where games, shoes, pizza slices and PBR beer are only $2 a piece after 8 PM.
-College Night Thursdays which, with a valid college ID card will get you $7 unlimited bowling (shoes included this time), $2 PBR and $10 pizzas from 9 PM to close.
-Saturday Late Night Session: Saturdays starting at 10 PM you can get 2 hours of unlimited bowling and shoes for only $14.99.
-Sundays 6-Close you can also get games for only $2.50 per game.

For more specials or events posted daily, be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram as well here:
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Cuse Cheap Spotlight Special: Cooper's Landing

Welcome to a new concept we are launching, possibly weekly, called the Cuse Cheap Spotlight Special. The goal will be to spotlight a local business offering really good specials and/or special events worth noting that are worth more than just a Facebook or Twitter share but may not get mainstream media attention. And while doing so, I can hopefully provide more information about the businesses that maybe some are not aware of but help make up our great community.

This week's Spotlight Special is Cooper's Landing. For those who have never been, Cooper's Landing is bar and grill located at 7459 W. Murray Drive (off Lakeshore Road) in Cicero. And as you can see in the photo above, there is dock access as its located on Oneida Lake and a nice deck overlooking the lake. So if you happen to be out on the lake or near Cicero and looking for some wings, a burger and a drink (or a nice haddock dinner on Friday's) and curious to find out why they call themselves the home of the 100 oz. Draft, this may become a local spot you want to check out. You can also find them on Facebook here.

There are several reasons I chose to start this feature off with the spotlight on Cooper's Landing. Not only because of the specials that I will list below but they were the first business to reach out to offer an exclusive one day deal for Cuse Cheap followers this past Friday. They messaged me and offered customers $1 off their meals just for mentioning our site. In exchange for this favor and because of their deals and good things I have heard about this business, I felt they deserved the spotlight.

And now the deals and upcoming calendar of events!!!

- Are you a CNY NASCAR fan looking for a place to watch the races? As you may know, Daytona qualifying has begun and on the 26th is the Daytona 500 and Cooper's Landing has got you covered for any NASCAR Cup with the specials pictured below:

- Or how about if you are looking for some fun and green beer on March 17th? You can join them for their St. Pat's Bash 2017 starting at noon until 11 PM. Put on some green and enjoy their green beer, food and giveaways, along with the Irish Captain Ladies, Miller Lite and others being a part of the party.

- On March 21st from 6-9 PM, Cooper's Landing will hold a Helping Four Leg Friends event to collect items and raise money to benefit the Humane Society on Taft Road. Syracuse Crunch players will be guest bartenders to help raise money that night. You can also donate items like cat litter, food, blankets, toys, etc daily leading up to the event as there will be a box inside the door for all the items. Those of us with pets know these furry family members can be great additions to any family and facilities like the Humane Society can use our help until their pets can find a loving home.

- Also back by popular demand, Wednesdays you can enjoy their Cans & Clams special. Clams are $5 a dozen (2 dozen limit per order) with specials on little necks and 16 oz Tallboys.

So stop in today and support this local business who has been kind enough to support this site and be sure to like their Facebook page, which you can find here. Cooper's Landing in Cicero is just another reason to love supporting our community and local businesses making the Syracuse area and Central New York such a great place to live.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Eats, Retreats, Sweets & Other Treats For Your CNY Valentine's Day 2017


I know I haven't posted much lately but my hope is to change that soon. I have been busy on Twitter and Facebook posting or sharing deals when I see them but just neglected to do any posts here on the blog.

To kick off 2017 on the blog, I have compiled a list of over 20 deals that caught my attention for those looking for some way to celebrate Valentine's Day. I have read the great work by Katrina Tulloch on (link is here) as well as Margaret McCormick's on Syracuse New Times ( her column is here) and enjoyed it but since I had already planned to do this, I am adding deals I did not see there or places I think sound fun. Not every deal will be cheap but sharing them because sometimes a good evening isn't always cheap but worth sharing regardless.

Here is my list broken down into four categories (Eats, Retreats, Sweets and Other Treats):



Location: 122 East Genesee Street Syracuse, NY 13202

Located in Hanover Square in Downtown Syracuse, Maxwell's is offering something a little different this year. They are doing a Device Free Day Of Love and a chance for you to unplug and enjoy your Valentine's Day with your loved ones without distractions. Also, a portion of the sales made that day will be donated to American Heart Association.

Below you will find a sneak peak at their menu planned for Valentine's Day as well.

CopperTop Tavern

Three Locations: Cicero, Camillus, and Vestal

With three locations, this covers a few areas and while it may not be the cheapest alternative (dinner options range from $11.99 to $21.99) but I know many love CopperTop so I added it for those who do. I also like the variety they offer including drinks, vegetarian and gluten free options as well as the fact that you can get the menu from the 11th-14th.

You can find the link to the menu here.

Dani's Dessert & Wine Bar

Location: 56 Oswego Street. Baldwinsville, NY 13027

If you are looking for a Valentine's dinner in the Baldwinsville area, you may want to try Dani's. Dani's features homemade tapas and desserts as well as house wines. The meal specials will be:

Prime Rib Special 
Homemade Tagliatelle with Mushroom and Garlic Sauce 
Chocolate Covered Strawberries 🍓

You can make your reservations now by calling 315-303-0321.

Dominick's Restaurant

Location: 1370 Burnet Avenue Syracuse, NY 13206

Tug Hill Vineyards

Location: 4051 Yancey Road. Lowville, NY 13367

Some of these deals are Facebook events and it will be simpler to just link you directly to their Facebook event page. This food and win dinner will cost you $65 per person and covers four courses with a wine pairings as well as the tax and gratuity. You can find more information on the menu and making reservations by visiting their event page here.

Camden VFW Dinner and Dance

Location: 77 Main Street Camden, NY 13316
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On Saturday February 11th, there will be a spaghetti dinner and dance held at the Camden VFW. The dinner ticket is only $10 with a cash bar and proceeds will go to the Camden Relay for Life chapter. Not many details posted but sounds like a great deal for a great cause and you can use the Facebook event link listed above for more information.

Uncle Chubby's Pizza

Location: 615 Wolf Street Syracuse, NY


I spoke with the good folks at Uncle Chubby's and I am told that on Valentine's Day, they intend to offer any 2 dinners for only $15.95. They offer an already affordable menu and even offer a $7.95 large cheese pizza takeout special on Mondays and Tuesdays.


Just Breathe Yoga

Location: 1918 N. James Street Rome, NY 13440

February 12-18th, Just Breathe in Rome is offering a deal called Share The Love of Yoga. You can attend a drop in yoga class and bring a guest and the guest (up to 2 guests) will get in free and only $5 for additional guests. You can also get 15% off all month if you purchase their unlimited drop in class package.

For more details on the Share The Love Of Yoga event, you can check out their Facebook event page here.
For their February class schedule, you can click here.


Location: 1208 Main Street Sylvan Beach, NY 13157

Cinderella's has two dinner specials February 10th-12th & 14th. You can get their Chicken Valentino for $17.95 and their New York Strip Steak dinner for $24.95.

Now you may be asking yourself why this is not listed under the Eats section? Well, that is not the only offer they have going. Below you will see a picture of a great offer if you and your loved one would like to get away for an overnight stay as well.

The Spa At 500

Location: 500 W. Onondaga St. Syracuse, NY 13204

If you like a Jacuzzi, a massage and more, The Spa at 500 has the Valentine's Special 100 and Valentine's Special 200 (the number indicated the price level). With each offer, you get to soak in their jacuzzi, a massage, aromatherapy, sauna and a special gift as well (the 200 level offers more that and more).

You can see more specifics about those details and more offers on their spa menu here.

Bodyworks Massage

Location: 115 N. Main Street (Route 11) North Syracuse, NY 13212


The Halfmoon Bakery & Bistro LLC

Location: 6500 E. Seneca Turnpike Jamesville, NY 13078

The Halfmoon Bakery is offering heart shaped cookies. Large cookies $3 each, smaller hearts are 6/$12 and a bag of 12 mini heart for $12 according to their Facebook post. You may want to order in advance and they recommend you call the shop (315-492-0110) instead of trying to reach them via social media to ensure you get your order more promptly.

Chocolate Pizza Company

Several Locations

If you have never tried Chocolate Pizza, now is your chance to try it or share it with someone in your life who loves chocolate. They have several items targeting Valentine's Day and prices range from $5.00 to $99.95. Or search their website for items or baskets and they do ship.

Jessi Cakes

Location: Baldwinsville and surrounding areas

Want to help out an independent baker? She has commented that she has tray offers that vary from $15 for a dozen chocolate covered strawberries, cupcakes for $15 a dozen, cheesecake stuffed chocolate covered strawberries $20 for a dozen. Or for $45 plus tax (and extra if you want delivery), you can get a platter (a dozen cookies, a dozen chocolate covered strawberries, and a dozen frosted cake bites) wrapped up with a pretty bow and a balloon. 

Click the link to her Facebook page above for more information or to contact her.

Hercules Candy Company

Location: 209 West Heman St. East Syracuse, NY 13057 

In business since 1910, Hercules Candy Co, offers some great & tasty local deals. You can get individual Valentine's Day items as low as 75 cents, assorted candy baskets from $12.99-$15.99 and gift baskets all the way up to $89.99. 

You can find the Valentine's day specific items by clicking the link here

Yum-Yum's Gluten Free Bakery And Cafe

Location: 601 1/2 W. Manlius St, East Syracuse, NY 13057

Have someone in your life with Celiac Disease or just prefer a gluten free lifestyle? Yum Yum's will cater to your needs. They offer cakes, cupcakes, cookies and other baked goods and have even set up a Facebook event page as a reminder, which you can find by clicking here


Witty Wicks

69 Main Street Camillus, NY 
7070 Cedar Bay Road Fayetteville, NY 13066 (opening Saturday)
CNY Regional Market Shed E on Saturdays

This year for Valentine's Day, Witty Wicks is offering a very cool and unique large gift basket. For only $50, you will get a large candle in one of three scents (Berry & Chocolate, Coffee & Cinn Chai, and Love Spell), a Mason Jar candle, Soft Soap and Sugar Scrub from The Soapery, a Valentine Wooden Heart and an assorted 5 piece chocolate from Lune Chocolat in scent packs. 

To order this gift basket, click here

Museum Of Science and Technology (MOST) Syracuse

Location: 500 S, Franklin St. Syracuse NY 13202

The M.O.S.T. is running a promotion called "Sweet Gift For Your Sweetheart" and it's very cool. On April 8th, the MOST will host an event called "Tap Into The MOST", a beer and wine tasting event with food and entertainment provided that is included with your tickets, which range in price from $55 in advance to $85 for VIP Tickets at the door. However, as a special gift, if you order them before Valentine's Day, they will give them to you in a TAP glass wrapped with chocolates from Sweet on Chocolate for the same price.

For more details or to order them, click here

Painting With A Twist

Location: 8647 Clinton Street New Hartford, NY 13413

FASTRAC Syracuse Orange 4 Pack Basketball Ticket Offer

Multiple Locations (excluding Vail Mills, Amersterdam, Buffalo, & Corning locations)
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FASTRAC Convenience Stores has an Orange 4 Pack offer for the SU basketball fan in your life. Their deal only has two games left and one of them is the February 13th game at home against Louisville. The Orange 4 Pack is $69 and includes 4 game ticket vouchers (that you can redeem at the Carrier Dome ticket office), 2 large 16" pizzas from Fastrac (up to 3 toppings per pizza) and one 2 liter of Pepsi, Diet Pepsi or Mountain Dew. This deal also applies to the Georgia Tech home game on March 4th if you would prefer to attend that game instead.

Click the Website Offer Link above for more details or stop by your local Fastrac excluding the 4 locations listed above.

Cazenovia Public Library Presents Winter With The Animals

Location: 100 Albany St. Cazenovia, NY 13035
Facebook Event Link

Now you may look at this and wonder why it is listed in a Valentine's Day post, Truth is, I may have stretched it a bit but true story, I wanted a family fun event for the kids...and they are offering hot chocolate and cookies at the event and it is called their annual Chocolate Party. The event starts at 2pm on Sunday February 12th in the Community Room and is free and open to the public. They will have stories, songs and activities centered around learning about animals one may experience during the winter months.