We celebrate the diversity and revival of our area through annual cultural festivals, professional sporting events, art exhibitions, and the wide variety of ethnic eateries and local mom-and-pop style restaurants.

Celebrate Differences!

Upstate New York is a region rich in diversity and culture, making it an ideal destination for those seeking to experience a vibrant and inclusive community. With its diverse population, this region offers a unique blend of traditions, languages, cuisines, and celebrations that make it stand out from other parts of the state.

Our community is enriched by the exchange of cultural traditions and ideas. We foster a community of understanding, tolerance, and respect among its residents.

Embracing diversity in Upstate New York brings numerous benefits both socially and economically. It promotes understanding among individuals from different backgrounds while fostering economic growth through increased entrepreneurship opportunities. By celebrating our differences rather than fearing them, we can create a more inclusive society that thrives on mutual respect and appreciation for all cultures present in this vibrant region



Ethnic eateries, restaurants, and food trucks are plentiful throughout the neighborhoods of Upstate NY.  What was once an Italian-American dominated scene in the early 20th century (attributed to Italian immigrants who settled in Utica to work in the factories and mills) has notably transitioned to an all-encompassing representation of worldly cultures thanks to a recent immigration of refugees from Bosnia and Southeast Asian regions.

The modern wave of newcomers has served as an economic engine for the Upstate area, most remarkably in the form of cuisine, and some of our most iconic food attractions are the unassuming cafes serving dishes that are guaranteed to make your mouth water.

African Americas Soul Food

Big Al’s BBQ of New York, 33 Dietz Street, Oneonta

Soul One12 – 171 Genesee Street, Utica

Asian Fusion

KARMA – 34 Oriskany Boulevard, Whitesboro

The Lotus Garden Noodle and Sushi House – 1011 King Street, Utica

Nanabi Cafe – 106 Bleecker Street, Utica

Sunny Restaurant – 527 Albany Street, Utica

Sushi House – 621 James Street, Utica

Taichi Bubble Tea, Ramen, and Poke Bowl- 90 N Genesee Street, Utica


Ruznic Market and Restaurant – 801 Albany Street, Utica

Yummilicious Cafe & Bakery – 1600 Rutger Street, Utica


Capresso Coffee Bar and Cuisine – 215 Main Street, Oneonta

Island Breeze Bar and Grill – 517 Mandeville Street, Utica

Simmer Jamaican Restaurant – 606 South Street, Utica

The Sugar Beat – 281 Main Street, Oneonta


Beijing House – 1506 Genesee Street, Utica

China Wok – 2001 Genesee Street, Utica

Grand Harmony  – 1809 Genesee Street, Utica

No. 1 Chinese Restaurant – 1122 Mohawk Street, Utica

WuKong Asian Restaurant – 435 Main Street, New York Mills


El Barajo Restaurant – 672 Bleecker Street, Utica

Joel’s Spanish Food – 1225 Park Avenue, Utica

Mi Casa – 1315 Genesee Street, Utica

Sabor Latinos Bar and Restaurant – 339 Bleecker Street, Utica

Sazón Frank – 655 Bleecker Street, Utica


Tierras Tropicales Bar & Restaurant – 1300 Whitesboro Street, Utica


Bagg’s Square Brewing Company- 330 Main Street, Utica


Greek Gyros – 260 Oriskany Blvd, Yorkville

Symeon’s – 4941 Commercial Drive, Yorkville

Stathis – 1901 Genesee Street, Utica

Mister Mike’s Gyros– 50 Kellogg Road, New Hartford


Al Madina Halal—1155 Mohawk St, Utica


May’s Kitchen — 328 South St., Utica


Minar Fine Indian Cuisine – 609 French Road, New Hartford

Norbu – 149 Main Street, Cooperstown (Indian, Tibetan, Nepali)

Taj Mahal Indian Halal Restaurant – 60 Genesee Street, New Hartford


5 Points Public House – 623 Columbia Street, Utica

The Celtic Harp – 805 Varick Street, Utica


Ambassador Restaurant- 537 Albany St., Utica

Ancora! – 261 Genesee Street, Utica

Aqua Vino Restaurant and Banquets – 8655 Clinton Street, New Hartford

Bella Regina – 15 Auert Ave, Utica

Café CaNole- 1 Campion Rd., New Hartford

Caruso’s Pastry Shoppe – 707 Bleecker Street, Utica

Cafe Daniele – 1556 Mohawk Street, Utica

Chesterfield’s Tavolo – 131 North Genesee Street, Utica

Delmonico’s Italian Steakhouse – 147 North Genesee Street, Utica

Desserts Beyond the Ordinary – 50 Auert Ave, Utica

Florentine Pastry Shop – 667 Bleecker Street, Utica

It’s a Utica Thing Kitchen and Bar – 350 Leland Ave., Utica

Pellettieri Joe’s – 927 Jay Street, Utica

Joey’s 307 – 307 Mohawk Street, Utica

Nostro’s Restobar & Lounge – 268 Genessee St., Utica

Rosa’s Trattoria: Italian Bakery and Deli – 2644 Genesee Street, Utica

Sammy and Annie Foods – 717 Bleecker Street, Utica

Trattoria Calabria – 706 Culver Ave., Utica

Ventura’s Restaurant – 787 Lansing Street, Utica


Mitsuba – 17 Ellinwood Dr, New Hartford

Peking Tokyo – 3 Henderson St #3, New York Mills

Sumo Japanese Steakhouse – 4671 Commercial Drive, New Hartford

Red Samurai Steakhouse – 8562 Seneca Turnpike, New Hartford


Grapevine – 120 Genesee Street, New Hartford

Karam’s Middle East Bakery and Restaurant – 137 Campbell Avenue, Yorkville

Lafa  Mediterranean by Zeina’s– 4666 Commercial Drive, New Hartford

Mariam – 372 Oriskany Blvd, Whitesboro

Phoenician Restaurant – 623 French Road, New Hartford

Zeina’s Cafe – 607 Varick Street, Utica


Cantina Catrin – 700 Oriskany Blvd, Yorkville

El Buen Gusto – 1101 Mohawk St, Utica

El Jarocho Mexican Restaurant & Bar – 1305 Floyd Ave, Rome

Las Delicias Taqueria – 322 James St, Utica

Pedro’s Kitchen – 4648 Commercial Drive, New Hartford

Rio Grande Tex Mex Grill – 3913 Oneida St, New Hartford

Tren De Villa Mexican Restaurant – 95 E Main St, Mohawk


Polish Community Club – 810 Columbia Street, Utica


Sun Taste’s Restaurant   852 Bleecker Street, Utica


Pho Vietnam – 8469 Seneca Turnpike, New Hartford

Pho Mekong House of Noodles – 601 John Street, Utica


Marib Restaurant – 706 Varick St, Utica

Cultural Clubs/Organizations

American Indian Oneida Indian Nation 2037 Dream Catcher Plaza, Oneida, NY
African American Mohawk Valley Frontiers Club P.O. Box 712, Utica, NY 13503
African American National Association for the Advancement of Colored People P.O. Box 325, Rome, NY 13440
Bhutanese-Nepali Association of Hindu Society of Utica, NY N/A
Bosnian Bosnian Islamic Association of Utica 306 Court Street, Utica
German Utica Maennerchor 5535 Flanagan Road, P.O. Box 441, Marcy, NY 13403
Hispanic Mohawk Valley Latino Association 28 Scott St, Utica, NY 13501
Irish Craobh Dugan N/A
Irish Irish Cultural Center of the Mohawk Valley 623 Columbia Street, Utica
Italian Italian Heritage Club of the Mohawk Valley P.O. Box 31, Utica, NY 13502
Multicultural Midtown Utica Community Center 43 Scott Street, Utica, NY 13501
Multicultural The Center 201 Bleecker St, Utica, NY 13501
Multicultural Muslim Community Association of the Mohawk Valley 1631 Kemble Street, Utica
Multicultural Refugees Starting Over in Utica, NY N/A
Multicultural Oneida County History Center 1608 Genesee Street, Utica, NY
Multicultural Snapshots of Resettlement N/A
Jewish Jewish Community Federation of the Mohawk Valley 2310 Oneida Street, Utica
Polish Little Poland-Polish Community Home 810 Columbia Street, Utica
Somali-Bantu Mohawk Valley Somali-Bantu Community Association 315 Nichols Street, Utica, NY 13501

Pictured above is The Midtown Utica Community Center (MUCC) is an inclusive and multicultural community center in Utica, New York. They are anti-racist, multilingual, and refugee-friendly. Their programming is designed to enhance the safety, health, and educational opportunities of our diverse community.

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Muju International Market pictured above sells and delivers groceries from different cultures. Their store is located at 1026 Champlin Avenue in Utica. They stock products from around the world and even have a kitchen so that you can order delicious food for lunch, dinner, or special events!

Pro Tip: Download their Chula app and order food delivery!

Carli Rightmier, Utica, NY

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favorite place in our community

Are you a Craft Beer fan?

Enjoy live music every week at Saranac Thursdays while you sample Saranac’s seasonal, summer beer from the 4th oldest, family-owned brewery in the United States, or pay a visit to a handful of locally owned breweries in the area!
One of the most historic and notable events of the Summer season, is Utica’s famous Boilermaker Road Race!

Lace up your running shoes and run alongside somealongside of some of the greatest athletes in the world in the 15K, or volunteer to pass out popsicles, water and orange slices in one of the most inclusive, supportive, and diverse community events of the year!

Have we mentioned the Post-Race Party?

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Dylan and his mother, Sarah, enjoying a beautiful festive day at Little Falls Pride!


Pride Eve Drag Story Hour – Friday, May 31 – Treehouse Reading and Arts Center, New York Mills

Utica Pride Event – Saturday, June 1- MVCC, Utica

Pride Drag Show (21+) – Saturday, June 1 – Uptown Theatre for Creative Arts, Utica

Otsego Pridefest – Saturday, June 1- Main Street Oneonta

Rome NY Pride Flag Raising – Monday, June 3 – Rome Historical Society

First Friday: Summer Celebration Pride Month – Friday, June 7 – Munson, Utica

Old Forge Pride Celebration – Friday, June 7 – Old Forge Library

Little Falls Pride – Saturday, June 8 – Burke Park, Little Falls

Baseball Pride Night with the Oneonta Outlaws – Thursday, June 13 – Oneonta

Pride Brunch with the High Tea Honeys – Sunday, June 30 – BBG’s, Yorkville

Stonewall Anniversary – Friday, June 28 – Jervis Public Library, Rome

Cooperstown Pride Block Party – Sunday, June 30 – Pioneer Park


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