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Fall Sampling Dinner





Empire’s Executive Chef, Matt Riddett, released a new autumn menu last week and we invited members of the media to test out our brand new dishes and craft beer cocktails! Guests included representatives from Syracuse Yelp, the New Times, Syracuse Women of Craft Beer, Syracuse First, NoExcuses Tours Inc., and the Jefferson Clinton. The company was great and the reviews were awesome!

Featuring nearly 30 local agricultural businesses, including 15 Central New York State farms, the brewpub continues to maintain its reputation for creative American cuisine while utilizing the freshest local ingredients possible. We will continue to offer our signature dishes like the Big Easy Gumbo, Tumbleweed Burger and Jambalaya, with complimentary offerings more resembling classic comfort foods of the fall harvest. Chef Riddett has crafted several exciting new dishes, including:

Cowboy Beef Stew
with braised beef tips, baby potato, and root vegetables in a rich demi-glacé, served with roasted corn salsa and blue corn bread

Southern Style Chicken and Biscuits
slow roasted and pulled rosemary chicken with carrots, celery, and peas in a rich gravy, served over buttermilk-pumpkin biscuits

Thai Pork Tenderloin
marinated and grilled, served with vegetable fried rice and topped with our Indonesian sauce

Owner and former Executive Chef, David Katleski, is excited about Empire’s 53rd new menu saying, “Chef Matt has really created a seasonal comfort menu to capture the flavors of our region while designing dishes that compliment our award winning beers”. Ask Empire’s knowledgeable staff for beer pairing recommendations. With an extensive variety of ales and lagers, the right e-beer pairing will truly accentuate your dining experience.


Syracuse’s elite Yelpers got a little taste of everything. No picky eaters here!



Executive Chef Matt Riddett dishes up our Tater Tot Poutine and Cowboy Beef Stew.



The bacon mac and cheese didn’t last too long.



Nothing like chicken and biscuits to warm you up on a brisk fall day.



Lisette Brod from Spinnaker Custom Products enjoyed the BBQ chicken quesadilla.



Syracuse Women of Craft Beer can truly appreciate fine brew. And Tater Tot Poutine.



Chris Fowler from Syracuse First and Mike Heagerty from NoExcuses Tours. Proud members of the Clean Plate Club.