While you may want to go with the fast-food option for convenience, these 7 places will be sure to delight you during your lunch hour.

Finding the right lunch spot can be tough, but when you find it you'll keep going back, again, and again. Maybe you already have one of those spots and want to switch it up, this list is for you. This list also will help you if you can't seem to find a good spot for yourself.

When it comes to a lunch spot, there are a ton of variables. One of which of course is food quality. Some of these spots nail that regardless of what time of day you choose to visit. Some of them have a very casual vibe, in fact, most of them do. That is another factor to consider during your lunch hour, find a place with a good relaxing vibe. The last thing you want when you have an hour away from work is to be in a place that isn't relaxing.

Another thing to keep in mind, which is more than likely the part that is most important to you is distance. If you have an hour of free time, you don't want a 15 or 20-minute ride to a restaurant where inevitably you'll spend at least 45 minutes to have to make that ride right back. Your boss won't enjoy that. No matter where in the Utica area you are, even perhaps in New Hartford, there are options and these are 7 of the best.

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