Category: Food and Drink

Dining Decisions: A Compilation of Campus Culinary Options

The following blog post was written by Erinma Ogbonna, 2017 MS in Marketing Analytics candidate

When I arrived in Rochester last July to begin my master’s, it was the farthest away from home I had ever been. One aspect that made the transition easier was the availability of good food on campus. These are a few of my favorite places to eat as a Simon student:

The Buzzerinma_buzz
Where to find it: Schlegel Hall, level one.
As the only dining area in Simon Business School, this place really does buzz as students pass through to grab a quick coffee or a snack between classes. When you have a bit more time, The Buzz serves some tasty meals too. You can get salads, sandwiches, soups (I hear the corn chowder is great, but I have yet to try it), and microwaveable Indian meals – my personal favorite. Once you’ve got your food, you can relax on the low, comfy couches or, if you want to get some work in during lunch, choose one of the office-style chairs grouped around several tables.

The Piterinma_pit
Where to find it: Wilson Commons, level one
Wilson Commons is the center of campus dining, and The Pit is the heart of Wilson Commons. Burgers, pizza, tacos…they have it all. Panda Express, which serves Chinese food, usually has the longest line, but it’s well worth a bit of await. Their orange chicken is addictive, and I’m willing to bet that being wished a “happy, silly day” by one of the servers will bring a smile to your face. You can round out your meal with a yummy dessert from the refrigerator on the way out or choose from a selection of fresh fruits.

Where to find it: Wilson Commons, level three.
Like other Starbucks cafés, the on-campus Starbucks is a great place to hang out with friends, get some work done, or just sit and read with a cup of coffee. The lines can be intimidatingly long, but with the efficient and welcoming staff, they move fast and you’re always greeted with a smile. I visited Starbucks often for their iced lemonade in the summer, and now that it’s colder (and I’m hungrier) their oatmeal cookies make a tasty snack.

erinma_douglassDouglass Dining Center
Where to find it: Frederick Douglass Building, level one
This is the newest student dining center on campus, which offers an all-you-can-eat buffet for $12.50. It’s a pretty big space, with five food stations serving a wide variety of fare. I highly recommend the baked chicken from the Kosher Comfort station. My first visit to Douglass was on a November evening; the warmth and light, mouth-watering aromas, and bubbly social atmosphere made it the perfect end to a long, cold day.

Pura Vida
Where to find it: Robert B. Goergen Hall for Biomedical Engineering and Optics, level one.
I noticed this little café during my first few weeks at Simon, as I cut through Goergen Hall to get to class every morning. It soon became the regular lunch spot for me and one of my friends, as we were looking for somewhere relatively quiet to eat. Offerings include salads, sandwiches, and homemade soups. The chicken salad sandwich is my favorite thing to eat here. If you want something a bit more filling, I would recommend their meatball sub.

Exploring Rochester One Meal at a Time

The following blog post was written by Adrian Finch, MBA 2015; MS Marketing 2012

Rochester is home to some of the best restaurants and bars in the area. As someone who has grown up in the area and has watched the city grow, I love to share my recommendations to those who aren’t afraid to get out and explore. For our newest Simon students – and all the foodies out there – I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite new and old restaurants. Check them out!

If you want to find the best burger in Rochester, look no further than Good Luck. Served on a massive wooden platter, you’ll receive a one-pound, grass-fed beef burger on brioche with fresh cheddar and vegetable slaw. Their burger receives only the best treatment, taking a dip in a butter bath before it hits the grill, locking in its amazing flavor. Accompanied with a massive pile of the most delicious, crisp, and well-seasoned fries you’ll ever taste, this duo is one for the books. Not only is their burger amazing, but their menu also boasts items like fried chicken, pizzas, and unique bites like duck toasts and braised oxtail.

Adrian Finch, MBA 2015; MS Marketing 2012

Adrian Finch, MBA 2015; MS Marketing 2012

Who wants a cocktail? You won’t have to travel far to find uniquely crafted drinks in a cool atmosphere. I couldn’t pick a favorite because they’re both great places to check out, so head to one on a Friday, and the other on a Saturday. Or, if you’re feeling crazy, try both in one night. The Revelry offers both amazing food and cocktails in a welcoming, trendy environment. Ask your server about the story of the pineapple in their logo while you sip on a Lion’s Tail or a Mr. Mule. Cure is tucked away in the Public Market, but is a place you don’t want to pass up. Take a seat at their bar and request a Beer and a Shot of Jack and Genny or a Booze Your Own Adventure where the bartender will make you a specialty cocktail. Pair your cocktail with one of their tapas-style small plates of charcuterie.

As the weekend approaches, you’ll want to plan to meet your friends for breakfast at a local secret. Check out Atlas Eats for an intimate, Mom-and-Pop dining experience. Nestled in a tree-lined neighborhood, Atlas Eats offers only 24 seats, which allows them to keep their restaurant so clean you could practically eat off of the floor. Their menu might be small, but it changes often to provide guests with an incredibly unique experience inspired from countries around the globe (hence, Atlas Eats). After eating a pile of their hot, buttery, whole-wheat pancakes, be sure to check out their case of baked goods and take something to go. Their blueberry scones are something to marvel at.

Now, get out there and eat!

Rochester Lilac Festival

The following blog post was written by Vicki Turakhia, 2015 MBA Candidate

My favorite time of year in Rochester is not when the weather starts to get warmer or the first snow, but the ten days set aside in the month of May. These ten days are for the Rochester Lilac Festival. This festival features live music, wine slushies, deep fried candy bars, games, zip lining, gorgeous lilacs and more.

Highland Park during Lilac Festival

Highland Park during Lilac Festival

This year was the first year that I had the nerve to try zip lining. And it was great! For a small price and a large amount of bravery, I was able to try zip lining. And while the distance wasn’t that far, it felt like a big step for me. The Lilac Festival proved to be better than previous years with great entertainment, weather and food. I also had the wonderful opportunity to try a deep friend Snickers® bar. I now wonder why all Snickers® are not deep fried?

This year was the 117th anniversary of the Lilac Festival! The festival is held at Highland Park, a beautiful park situated very closely to the University of Rochester. This year was especially great because the lilacs were in full bloom. The air smelled of lilacs and the park looked incredibly colorful. Going to the Lilac Festival is one of my favorite things to do in Rochester. The festival just ended, but I never miss it and I hope to go in the years following as well.

If you ever have the time, I highly recommend the Lilac Festival. It gets better with each year and showcases the Rochester community perfectly.

Broaden Your Horizon

By: Bonnie Liu

Hi all? How is everyone recently? Is the weather in your area getting hot now too? I hope that you can enjoy the coming summer. Weather in Rochester is mostly unpredictable, but is recently getting hotter and hotter!

Today, the hottest place is nowhere outdoors, but inside Simon, because our Broaden Your Horizon is moving to Latin America! Broaden Your Horizon is Simon’s traditional Seminar Series which has been going on for more than 20 years. Back to 1991, Simon Students initiated a series of lunchtime presentations sponsored by students from different countries around the world and hosted by SimonUnited. The presentations will introduce cultures, politics, economics and business of students’ home countries. Of course traditional cuisine is a “must-have” part in the seminar too! Since then, Broaden Your Horizon has become a traditional Simon Seminar Series and is held in every quarter throughout the academic year. Broaden Your Horizon is also one of the most popular seminars amongst all the Simon students!

I had a great lunchtime today with many Simon students at Broaden Your Horizon. What comes to your mind when talking about Latin America? Sunshine, beautiful beaches, delicious food and drink, music, dance, etc.? Anything that you can or cannot image is presented during each seminar. Students representing Chile, Cuba, Venezuela, Haiti and Brazil gave us an all-around introduction to their countries. Besides presenting slides and videos, our talented Simonites also danced and sang songs for us. I was greatly attracted by not only the cultures and awesome views of these countries, but also by our Simonites’ talent and passions. I just can’t wait to start my discovery trip in Latin American countries!

Being in such a diverse community as Simon, you can broaden your horizon every day. I feel lucky that I joined this great community and learned from all my Simon classmates. What is our next stop at Broaden Your Horizon? It can be anywhere and we are looking forward to you joining our Simon Family and introducing your home country to us.

Finally, as June is approaching, I would like to congratulate the Simon Classes of 2012. Congratulations on your graduation! Wishing you guys all the best, and keep broadening your horizon in the future! And to all my future Simon classmates, see you in the fall!