East Rochester is a village in suburban Rochester, in the Finger Lakes region of New York. While it's often overshadowed by the more picturesque villages around Rochester, it's a tight-knit community with few big chains and a lot of little gems waiting to be discovered.
Despite the prominent presence of the train tracks through the village, no train stops here any more. You'll need a car if you're going to visit East Rochester.
The most convenient access from the southeast and northwest is Interstate 490. Eastbound, take exit 24 for Commercial Street. Westbound there is no exit 24; take exit 25 and cross 31F to get to Commercial Street. Either way, you'll find yourself on East Rochester's main commercial strip.
From the southwest, State Route 153 comes from Pittsford, going through the western portion of East Rochester toward western Penfield. From the east, State Route 31F is the best option; it forms the southern border of the village. From the northeast, Five Mile Line Road (perhaps via State Route 441) intersects with Linden Avenue, which runs through the northernmost part of the village.
East Rochester can be very difficult to get around by car. The CSX train tracks divide the village, resulting in a lot of dead ends as only two roads actually cross the tracks: Washington Street (State Route 153) and Lincoln Road. You'll need to make your way to one or the other if you need to get across. Just to make things more interesting, the main drag, Commercial Street, is discontinuous; West Commercial ends at Main Street, only to pick up again as East Commercial on the other side of a business complex.
In short, navigation is a pain if you don't have a route mapped out in advance. Make sure you have a good map.
Festa Italia, (Edmond Lyon Park, corner of Main & East Ivy), (email@example.com), . 8-9 Jun 2012: F Sa 4PM-11PM, Su noon-8PM. East Rochester is not known for its festivals, but this new one (started in 2012) aims to capitalize on the village's Italian heritage. Several area restaurants will sell Italian food, and there'll be a bocce tournament and live entertainment.$10. edit
Piano Works Mall, 349 W Commerical St (west of Washington St). This is a strip mall without much to recommend it above any other strip mall, except that its location is rather unique. It is actually a former piano factory that was converted into retail and office space.edit
Bell Racquet Sports, (Piano Works Mall), ☎ +1 585-385-9940, . M-F 9:30AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-3:30PM. One of the East Coast's largest racquet specialty shops. Racquets, shoes, apparel and racquet services (including stringing, customizations, etc.). Over 1000 racquets for tennis, squash, racquetball, paddle sports, badminton.edit
East Rochester is sometimes considered the Rochester area's "Little Italy", with over half the residents having some Italian ancestry. As such, there are a couple of very good Italian restaurants in town.
The Northside Inn, 311 N Washington St (corner of Linden Ave), ☎ +1 585 248-3470 (fax: +1 585 248-0416), . M-F 11:30AM-2PM; M-Th 4:30PM-9:30PM, F Sa 4:30PM-10PM, Su 4PM-9PM. Simple but very good Italian entrees in a classy but not too formal atmosphere. Don't expect innovative dishes here, but rather old favorites carefully and deliciously prepared. Seating is closely packed but well isolated for an intimate feeling.$10-$30. edit
Pasghetti's, 211 Main St (just north of Commerical St), ☎ +1 585 586-2340. Interesting twists on Italian classics are served in a whimsical setting (aptly foreshadowed by the restaurant's name). Kids will enjoy the decor but the food may not be quite what they're expecting.edit
Perlo's Italian Grill, 202 N Washington St (south of Linden Ave), ☎ +1 585 248-5060 (fax: +1 585 248-4999), . M-Sa 4PM-10PM, Su 4PM-8PM. $10-$20. edit
Bistro 135, 135 W Commercial St, ☎ +1 585 662 5555 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Tu-Th 5:00PM-10:00PM, F Sa 5:00PM-midnight. This swinging jazz club and lounge is also a very upscale restaurant (entrees $20-$30). Live music every night. Hard to believe this place exists in an otherwise sleepy town like East Rochester.edit
There are no hotels, as such, in East Rochester, although there is one just north of the village and several others in surrounding areas.
Courtyard by Marriott, 1000 Linden Pk (off N Washington St, just south of State Route 441), ☎ +1 585 385-1000 (fax: +1 585 385-1005), . checkin: 3PM; checkout: noon. Like all Courtyards, this hotel was designed to provide a scenic and comfortable stop for business travelers, but it has plenty of amenities for leisure travelers, too. Free wireless Internet, large work desks, extensive breakfast buffet, indoor pool.$140-$170. edit