Ithaca Cafe
April 1, 2022
22 Foods and Beverages
from our
Grand Opening Menu

  1. Michael Pastorami on Rye
    Our signature sandwich served with pickled peppers and peppered pickles under a tarty French vinegarlic dressing, this lighthearted menu mainstay is not to everyone’s taste.
  2. Carl’s Egg-an’-bread
    A high protein, gastronomically out of this world breakfast, served with a pale blue dot: one fresh blueberry. Provides enough calories to travel the entire journey of the (Carl) Sagan Planet Walk.
  3. Myrick SvanTea
    This progressive tea is no longer on the menu, yet after appreciating it for ten years, we miss it already.
  4. Tofu Vonnegut, ala kurte
    This is the original recipe as described in the novel Laughterhouse-Five. Often requested, but rarely available. So it goes.
  5. Anna Kellesterol-free Avocado Tahini
    Dished out on our tell-truth-to-power pita, this shakes things up (in a good way) wherever served.
  6. Nabokov Vladimir Vladimirovicheese
    Vel–vee–ta. Blight of my life, liar of my loins. Haiku seventeen ingredients to glide down desperate throats toward twisted intestines through the unforgiving bowels. Pasteurized prepared cheese product. Venal apocarotenal. Some call it Vel. Or vee. Or ta. But on the cheesy shelf of crafty convenience foods, I call it: Velveeta.
  7. Jordan Darjeeling
    A refreshing tea with a distinct dash of muscatel, perfect for au courant conversation about everything happening in the Fall Creek ‘hood.
  8. Alex Haley’s “A Leeks Kaley” Stew
    Leeks and kale are the foundation of this scrumptious stew, with superabundant, potatoes, radishes and other nutritious vegetable roots.
  9. Stephan Wagnori
    Not your grandmother’s edible seaweed, Ithaca Cafe wagnori is used to wrap vegan sushi and onigiri (Basmati rice balls). Our local wagnori never compromises: in the making of this environmentally-friendly dish, no animals are harmed.
  10. Soup MulligaTony Gaenslen
    Long on wit and tall on flavor
    This spicy soup is yours to savor.
    A curry, coconut, and lentils
    For Pragmatists and Transcendentals.
  11. Amaretto Yang
    A witty and generous after-dinner digestif, that will make you hear beautiful music all around.
  12. Dan Cokegan
    A sparkling COLA: things go better with Dan. … Caution: ten minutes after drinking, you will have an irresistible urge to borrow something from the magic FCNA discussion list.
  13. Bill Maherblecake
    Genuinely ingenious, funny, and accurate — but occasionally hard to swallow. Every slice comes with a 5×7 index card that says: “Don’t be too sweet or they will chew you up. Don’t be too bitter or they will spit you out.”
  14. Ruth Bader Ginsburger
    No matter how hot it gets in the kitchens or frying pans, here is a plant-based burger that never crumbles apart. Whenever you need strength to face GBD (gender-based discrimination), this Ginsburger will you give you courage to carry on.
  15. Tommie Blecher-ry and Rice
    Curry up and enjoy the 7 Indian spices (turmeric, fenugreek, cumin, coriander, clove, cinnamon, and cardamom) with this electrifying main course that first impresses you with its charismatic humor. Soon, after you get to know it, you realize it has a heart of gold that does so much good for so many.
  16. EnRichied Singed Broccoli and Orange Glaze
    Consistency and joyfulness is the secret of this fabulous vegan delight. In our previous eating establishment, this dish was served every month, without fail, for more than 25 years.
  17. Marty Reuben Sandwich
    Afoot and lighthearted, you will take to the Open Road, carrying our sans pareil Reuben. Thumb-thick slices of microfungus-based corned beef? Check. Homemade marble rye with fresh grandma’s sauerkraut? Check. Ukrainian dressing? Check. And compared with every other restaurant in town, our imported Swiss cheese has twice as many holes per chunk.
  18. Ian Greer of Corn Bucatini with Burrata
    Ear of corn, bucatini pasta, burrata cheese, and fresh chives all add up to paradise on a plate. Spend five minutes with this delicacy and you’ll agree it’s one of the smartest and most personable you’ve ever met.
  19. Tim Reapfried Beans and Greens
    Blue Zones are the five places in the world famous for longevity: the island of Ikaria (Greece); the city of Loma Linda, California; the islands of Okinawa (Japan); Nicoya Peninsula (Costa Rica); and the island of Sardinia (Italy). Centenarians there stay healthy in body and mind. Two essential factors in a healthy longevity are 1) eating real food (beans and greens) and 2) sharing time with real friends.
  20. Will Oberry Smoothie
    Taste buds will be leaping off your tongue when you try our ultimate smoothie, filled with fresh blueberries, raspberries, cherries, bananas, coconut meat, chia seeds, flax seeds, maple syrup, and dark chocolate powder. Dedicated to the man who once told us: “Every problem has a solution.”
  21. Trevor Punch
    A lemonade always in vogue like MOOG, creative and original, we celebrate the existence of this eclectic and delightful admixture, comprising floating slices of lemon, orange, apples, and cucumbers. The secret ingredient is borage — starflower — in memory of this brilliant shining star.
  22. Pearl S. Buckwheat Groats
    This protein-powerhouse is served with fresh fruit, and a 5×7 card (you can carry home), with Ms. Buck’s inspiring words about the truly creative mind:
    “The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To him . . . a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death. Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create—so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating.”


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