With a population of approximately 210,000 residents, Rochester is a city on the southern shore of Lake Ontario, western portion of New York. This Forbes-rated metro may be five hours away from New York Upstate, but is definitely a worth-it ride for a full-round NY experience. Rochester is where you’d get close to delicious culinary scene, active festival culture, and many world-class museums, and attractions. In terms of shopping convenience, the city has a lot of options for you, including the Ocean Garden Oriental and Nick’s Super store just along Rowley St. For Foodventure, Rochester is rich with international cuisines featured at Zemeta Ethiopian, Cedar Mediterranean, and Han Noodle Bar among many others. Don’t forget the scenic views offered along the Genesee River and in the many state parks sprawled in the city.