Food at Cornell: The Ivy Room

This week, Ambassador Nick writes about one of his favorite places to eat on campus.

By Nick Smith ’20, Economics major

If you’re on campus and looking for a bite to eat, Cornell’s hottest dining hall is the Ivy
Room. Located conveniently in Willard Straight (the student union building), this place has
everything: Chinese food, quesadillas, a salad bar, breakfast all day and the best pizza on
campus! My Stefan impression aside, I think the Ivy Room is a bit of a hidden treasure on
Central Campus, whereas most people might point you towards Terrace, Trillium or Okenshields (which are all great but can sometimes get a little crowded).

The Ivy Room’s also a great spot for more casual meetings and lunches with friends, as
there are almost always a couple tables open in its large seating area. Of the food options I
mentioned above, you’ll definitely want to go for either the breakfast station or the pizza. At the
former you can get egg burritos, toast, hash browns or eggs cooked any way you like and at the
later you can customize a pizza and they’ll cook it to order.

Tait Stevenson (another Arts & Sciences Ambassador, on the right) and I enjoying some food and coffee at the Ivy Room.

The main dining area has a number of floor-to-ceiling windows, so it’s always a pleasant
place to be and there are a couple TV’s plus a ping-pong table if you’re just trying to unwind
between classes. Beyond all that, the Ivy Room is a great deal for how much food
they give you and it stays open later than any other dining hall that accepts Big Red Bucks (as
opposed to meal swipes) in case you need to get dinner.

If you’re here for a visit or tour, I’d definitely recommend checking it out. And if you’re
not sure what you want to eat, just ask on of the staff – they’re notoriously nice!