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Mediterranean Made Simple

by Caroline Barrett October 29, 2015


  Mamoun's Falafel 206 Washington Ave Ave, Albany, 434-3901, mamounsalbany.com. Serving 11:30 AM-10 PM Mon-Fri, noon-10 PM Sat-Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V Cuisine: Mediterranean, Syrian and Lebanese specialties Entrée price range: $4.95 (falafel sandwich) to $17.95 (shish combo) Ambience: ...

Mamoun's Falafel

Moveable Feasts

by Stephen Leon October 22, 2015


    You see celebrity chefs everywhere: on TV, on covers of their cookbooks, doing cooking demos at high-profile events. And if you read about them or travel to enough cities and casinos and major theme parks, ...

New World Home Cooking

Dining Guide

by The Staff October 15, 2015

  photo by Ann Morrow   Afghan Afghan Kabab Express 305 Central Ave., Albany, 487-4159. Kababs and gyros (chicken, lamb or beef), falafel and even burgers and wings are on a menu where sandwiches average $6 and many kababs are ...


The Curd Is the Word

by Caroline Barrett October 8, 2015

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  The Cheese Traveler 540 Delaware Ave, Albany, 443-0440, thecheesetraveler.com. Serving 11 AM-7 PM Tue-Fri, 10 AM-5 PM Sat, noon-5 PM Sun. Closed Monday. AE, MC, V Cuisine: creative grilled cheese sandwiches and homemade soup Entreé price range: $5 ...

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Keeping the Light On

by Ali Hibbs October 1, 2015

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  Silvia Lilly, the soon-to-be new owner of the Wine Bar and Bistro on Lark Street in Albany, thinks a lot of things are like waiting tables. “It’s all service. It’s all about people,” says Lilly as ...

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Local Farm and Food Directory

by The Staff September 24, 2015


  Bakeries Bella Napoli Italian Bakery, 672 New Loudon Road, Latham, 783-0196; 721 River St., Troy, 274-8277. Assorted breads, cookies, pastries. Berkshire Mountain Bakery, Inc., 367 Park St., Housatonic, Mass., (413) 274-3412. Breads, pizza crusts, cookies, toast crackers. Bountiful ...


Warms You Up

by Caroline Barrett September 10, 2015


  Taiwan Noodle 218 Central Ave., Albany, 436-1328. Serving 11:30 AM-10 PM Mon, Wed-Sat; 11:30 AM-9:30 PM Sun; closed Tuesday. AE, MC, V.   Cuisine: Taiwanese noodles, lo main and other Chinese specialties Entreé price range: $5.95 (won ton soup) ...

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You’re Up, You’re Dressed, You’re Hungry

by The Staff September 3, 2015


  By Caroline Barrett, Ali Hibbs, Stephen Leon, Ann Morrow, and B.A. Nilsson Breakfast or brunch out is a tradition for college students and non-students alike; it’s one of the more affordable meals out, and it’s a ...

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Thank You for Sharing

by Caroline Barrett August 27, 2015


  The Shop, 135 4th St., Troy, 874-1899. Serving 4 PM-midnight Mon-Wed, 4 PM-1 AM Thurs-Sat, 11 AM-9 PM Sun. AE, MC, V. Cuisine: worldly comfort food, great sharing dishes Entreé price range: $9 (pork posole verde) ...

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No Shortcuts Here

by B.A. Nilsson August 20, 2015


  Elizabeth’s 1264 East St, Pittsfield, MA, 413-448-8244. Cuisine: Italian farm-to-table Entreé price range: $22.50 (menu items) to $24.50 (specials) Ambience: your grandmother’s house Seek the soul of an onion and you’re easily led astray. Its pungency is distracting and ...

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You Can Always Go Downtown

by Caroline Barrett August 13, 2015


  Cuisine: salads, burgers and creative vegetarian Entreé price range: $9 (the standard burger) to $21 (house pesto grilled steak) Ambience: exposed brick and artsy lighting set among a restaurant, concert hall and bar scene When I moved to ...

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I Heart Broccoli Stems

by Ari LeVaux August 6, 2015


I used to grumble at grocery stores that sell broccoli heads shaped like lollipops, in which tiny crowns sit atop lanky, woody stems. I have even gone so far as to break those stems off, ...


Now That’s Summer!

by Caroline Barrett July 30, 2015

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Pirates Lakeside Grill, 266 County Rd. 7, Nassau, 265-7087. Serving noon-8 PM Wed-Sun; closed Mon-Tues. Cash only. Open May 6-Sept. 6. Cuisine: burgers, hot dogs and ice cream Entreé price range: $2.99 (Nathan's hot dog) to ...

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Best of 2015: Food & Drink

by The Staff July 23, 2015

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  Best Restaurant Café Capriccio 49 Grand St., Albany The link between this restaurant and its spiritual home of Florence, Italy, is reinforced by the trips Café owner Jim Rua takes to that city each year, bringing back more ...


The Altruistic Negotiator

by Ari LeVaux July 16, 2015


  It’s good to be able to drive a hard bargain. When buying a used snowboard on eBay, for example, or attempting to stay out of a corrupt policeman’s car in some foreign city, with only ...

Mexican Sunshine

by Caroline Barrett July 9, 2015


  El Mariachi 289 Hamilton St., Albany, 432-7580. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Thurs, 11:30-11 Fri, 1-11 Sat, 1-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: Mexican, Tex-Mex and Spanish Entreé price range: $10.95 (bean and cheese burrito) to $29.95 (Langosta Mariach— a ...

El Mariachi

The Redundant Salad

by Ari LeVaux July 2, 2015


A salad can be many things, from a leafy vegan fiber-fest, to almost anything that contains raw vegetables. The romaine and dandelion-based salad I'm about to show you, in all its greasy, leafy, protein-rich glory, ...

Small Wonders

by Caroline Barrett June 25, 2015


  Slidin’ Dirty 9 1st St., Troy, 326-8492. Serving 11-11 Mon-Tue, 11 AM-midnight Wed-Thu, 11 AM-2 AM Fri-Sat, 11-10 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: creative sliders, crispy appetizers, salads Entrée price range: $5 (single slider) to $15 (dirty ...

Slidin' Dirty

What’s Brewing?

by B.A. Nilsson June 18, 2015


  We’re never far from a cup of coffee, be it an overpriced Starbucks concoction or a cup of diner joe. We do unspeakable things to our coffee, lacing it with flavorings and sweeteners and even ...

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Vietnam Spring

by Caroline Barrett June 11, 2015


Saigon Pearl 791 Madison Ave., Albany, 451-9251. Serving 11-9 Sun-Tues, Thu; 10-10 Fri-Sat; closed Wednesday. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: fresh Vietnamese Entrée price range: $8 (beef eye round pho) to $14 (grilled salmon with ginger) Ambiance: upscale fast ...

Saigon Pearl

Summer Outdoor Dining Directory

by The Staff June 6, 2015

  American Angelo’s 677 Prime 677 Broadway, Albany, 427-7463, 677prime.com. Barrington Brewery & Restaurant Jenifer House Commons, 420 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 528-8282, barringtonbrewery.net. Blu Stone Bistro 661 Albany Shaker Road, Colonie, 869-9976, blustonebistro.com. Boathouse Grille 80 Shady Harbor Drive, New Baltimore, ...

Slow Boat Cooking

by Ari LeVaux May 28, 2015


  The question of how far food should travel between where it is produced and where it is consumed has become a frequent matter of passionate debate. The popular rule of thumb is that the more ...

Dining Guide

by The Staff May 22, 2015

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Afghan Afghan Kabab Express 305 Central Ave., Albany, 487-4159. Kababs and gyros (chicken, lamb or beef), falafel and even burgers and wings are on a menu where sandwiches average $6 and many kababs are $9. Takeout available. ...

Just Like Homemade

by B.A. Nilsson May 14, 2015


  Eight at a time. That’s how the sauce jars are filled at Casa Visco. An eerily intelligent electronic eye counts off eight glass jars, typically in 16- or 32-ounce sizes, and regulates the conveyor on ...

Two For Lunch

by Caroline Barrett May 7, 2015

  My mother is one of the most beautiful women I've ever seen. Her hair is snow white, her eyes are gray and she has cheekbones that sit high and round on smooth, clear skin. When ...

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