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Sharkey's

56 Glenwood Ave., Binghamton, NY - (607) 729-9201
Sharkey’s is home of the spiedie: marinated lamb chunks grilled over charcoal and served in a white-bread mitt. Other upstate New York restaurants sell them; and you can even buy spiedie meat in supermarkets in and around Binghamton, but if you want to eat the best, in a proper neighborhood setting, this family-run tavern is the place to go.
90% Approval Rating (21 votes)

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
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Michael Stern - Photos (6)
Roadfood.com Editor
"Sharkey’s is home of the spiedie. Other upstate New York restaurants sell them; and you can even buy spiedie meat in supermarkets in and around Binghamton, but if you want to eat the best, in a proper neighborhood setting, this family-run tavern is the place to ..."   [Read More]
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Anne Levy-Ward
March 10, 2008
"We hunted down Sharkey's on our way down to Ocean City, MD from Toronto, and it was worth getting off the Interstate for. The neighbourhood is a bit iffy to these Canadian suburbanites, but we found street parking in a residential area. Inside was cool and dim. We ..."   [Read More]
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Marvin Nakashima
July 08, 2013
"Pork spiedies well worth a visit. Meat was tender and marinaded sufficiently to not need any condiments. This dish reminded me of chislic of South Dakota, differing only with the meat being pork instead of sirloin tips and grilled instead of deep-fried. Potato ..."   [Read More]

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56 Glenwood Ave., Binghamton, NY
(607) 729-9201

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Lunch
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:Yes
Alcohol Served:Yes
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
A trio of spiedies: de-skewer them by grabbing a slice of Italian bread and wrapping it around the meat like a mitt.  Then slide 'em off the skewer.  No vegetables, no condiments.
"A trio of spiedies: de-skewer them by grabbing a slice of Italian bread and wrapping it around the meat like a mitt. Then slide 'em off the skewer. No vegetables, no condiments."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle





A stuffed cabbage appetizer.
"A stuffed cabbage appetizer."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


We always think of spiedies in sets of three (similar to Sheboygan brat tradition - you can order a single, but a double just seems right).  The Felix Roma
"We always think of spiedies in sets of three (similar to Sheboygan brat tradition - you can order a single, but a double just seems right). The Felix Roma "Italian" bread is just the right shape for removing the meat from the skewer."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


In this close up view it's easy to see the flecks of spice on the meat.
"In this close up view it's easy to see the flecks of spice on the meat."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


To eat a spiedie, you grab a slice of soft, pre-sliced Italian bread, wrap it around the skewered meat, and then yank the skewer away.  Voila!  You have a spiedie sandwich ready to eat.  Condiments?  Nope, eat it as it comes off the skewer, bread and meat only.
"To eat a spiedie, you grab a slice of soft, pre-sliced Italian bread, wrap it around the skewered meat, and then yank the skewer away. Voila! You have a spiedie sandwich ready to eat. Condiments? Nope, eat it as it comes off the skewer, bread and meat only."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


A bowl of twelve pierogies sits in puddles of butter and melting soft diced onion.
"A bowl of twelve pierogies sits in puddles of butter and melting soft diced onion."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


There's a wooden skewer in the middle of city chicken, but the meat adheres to it.  Best strategy is to eat around it until enough is exposed to pull it out.
"There's a wooden skewer in the middle of city chicken, but the meat adheres to it. Best strategy is to eat around it until enough is exposed to pull it out."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Although it is best known for its spiedies, Sharkey's serves an abundance of great old-world dishes, such as this buttery pierogi, with a mantle of soft, sweet chopped onion.
"Although it is best known for its spiedies, Sharkey's serves an abundance of great old-world dishes, such as this buttery pierogi, with a mantle of soft, sweet chopped onion."
Michael Stern


Use the bread to pull the charcoal-cooked meat off the skewer and you have an instant sandwich.
"Use the bread to pull the charcoal-cooked meat off the skewer and you have an instant sandwich."
Michael Stern


Children of Sharkey's patrons play a game of
"Children of Sharkey's patrons play a game of "Tic Tac Strike" in the dining room."
Michael Stern


Anyplace that has an old time bowling game is all right by us.
"Anyplace that has an old time bowling game is all right by us."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


The boss shows a picture of Sharkey's Tavern way back when.
"The boss shows a picture of Sharkey's Tavern way back when."
Michael Stern


You can enter through the front door, off the street, and no one will look askance.  But most people enter through this back door, off the parking lot.
"You can enter through the front door, off the street, and no one will look askance. But most people enter through this back door, off the parking lot."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Customers who come for take-out clams know to park in back and enter through this small door that leads right into the dining room.
"Customers who come for take-out clams know to park in back and enter through this small door that leads right into the dining room."
Michael Stern


Where locals have eaten for half a century
"Where locals have eaten for half a century"
Michael Stern



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