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Just Ask Mario

by B.A. Nilsson June 26, 2014


Although there’s great appeal in the artwork of Florence’s narrow, crowded streets, the true spirit of Tuscany requires a farm. A flock of sheep dotting the hillside helps. The twisty-road drive into Granville, east of Lake ...

Gastronomy of Scale

by B.A. Nilsson June 19, 2014

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  Mio Posto, 68 Putnam St., Saratoga Springs, 423-7022, miopostosaratoga.com. Serving daily from 5 PM. (Closing Mondays after Sept. 15.) AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: eclectic Italian Entrée price range: $23 (brick chicken) to $34 (grilled lamb chops) Ambiance: ...

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Courtyard Curry

by B.A. Nilsson June 12, 2014

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  Taste of India, 347 Warren Street, Hudson, 253-3465. Serving 11 (or 11:30)-9 Wed-Mon. Cash only. Cuisine: Indian Entrée price range: $5 (chicken shishkabab) to $9.50 (fish madras) Ambiance: food truck I forgot to ask why there’s a section of ...

Pho Sho’

by B.A. Nilsson May 30, 2014


  Kim’s Vietnamese Restaurant, 791 Madison Ave., Albany, 451-9251. Serving 11-9 Sun-Mon, Wed-Thu, 11-10 Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: Vietnamese Entrée price range: $9 (several pho selections) to $15 (grilled sugarcane shrimp) Ambiance: nonexistent   Sometimes I approach a restaurant ...

Kim's Vietnamese Restaurant

Starts With Sauce

by B.A. Nilsson May 22, 2014


  Papa’s Corner Restaurant, 1297 Broadway, Watervliet, 273-3270, papascornerrestaurant.com. Serving lunch 11-4 Wed-Fri, dinner 11-9 Wed-Thu, 11-10 Fri, 4-10 Sat, 2-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: pizza and Italian fare Entrée price range: $10 (spaghetti with tomato ...

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Crepe Escape

by B.A. Nilsson May 15, 2014

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  Garden Bistro 24, 1839 Central Ave., Colonie, 456-4566; 5 Vista Blvd., Slingerlands, 439-3832, gardenbistro24.com. Serving 10:30-10:30 Mon-Sat, 10-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: Fresh bistro fare Entrée price range: $13.50 (bistro burger) to $23.50 (crabcakes) Ambiance: comfortably ...

Sushi Exclusive

by B.A. Nilsson May 1, 2014


  Yoshi Sushi, 640 New Loudon Road, No. 5, Latham, 783-6100, yoshisushialbany.com. Serving Mon-Thu 11-9, Fri 11-10, Sat noon-10. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: sushi Entrée price range: $10 (Yoshi’s Veggie Box) to $64 (64-piece Kamikaze Box); $2-$11 ...


Taste of Innocence

by B.A. Nilsson April 23, 2014


  Lo Porto Ristorante Caffe, 85 4th St., Troy, 273-8546, loportos.com. Serving lunch 11-3 Mon-Fri, dinner 5-10 Mon-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: Sicilian-Italian Entrée price range: $12 (pasta with tomato sauce) to $38 (tournedos Rossini) Ambiance: Mulberry Street I ...

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It’s the Paprika

by B.A. Nilsson April 17, 2014


  It was on his second trip back from the Americas that Columbus carried peppers (not to mention corn and tomatoes) to his royal patrons, opening Spanish cuisine to ingredients from which it soon would become ...

Of Pints, Ploughmen and Personality

by B.A. Nilsson April 10, 2014

  Peint O Gwrw Welsh Pub 37 Main St, Chatham, 392-2337. Serving 4-9 Sun, Tue-Thu, 4-10 Fri-Sat. Bar open later. Cash only (ATM on premises). Cuisine: U.K.-slanted pub fare Entrée price range: $4 (mac and cheese) to $14 (fried ...

Peint O Gwrw Welsh Pub

Chorizo Real

by B.A. Nilsson April 2, 2014


  La Mexicana Grocery and Restaurant, 1759 State St., Schenectady, 346-1700. Serving 10 AM-8 PM daily. D, MC, V. Cuisine: Mexican Entrée price range: $2 (taco) to $15 (fajitas) Ambiance: muy informal It couldn’t be less prepossessing. In my zeal ...

Pub, Unchained

by B.A. Nilsson March 26, 2014


  O’Toole’s Restaurant & Pub, 1814 Central Ave. (Kohl’s Plaza), Albany, 464-1200, otoolesalbany.com. Serving Mon-Thu 11:30-11, Fri-Sat 11:30-midnight, Sun noon-11. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: pub fare Entrée price range: $8 (fish and chips) to $22 (surf ...

Hip to Be Skewer

by B.A. Nilsson March 20, 2014


  Afghan Kabab Express, 305 Central Ave., Albany, 487-4159. Serving daily 11-10. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: Afghan Entrée price range: $5.49 (cheeseburger) to $14 (lamb chop) Ambiance: very casual Afghan fare has eased in and out of our region ...

A Hot Bargain

by B.A. Nilsson March 6, 2014


  Jasmine Thai Restaurant, 2717 Broadway, Schenectady, 346-9990, jasminethais.webs.com. Serving lunch Mon-Fri 11-3, Sat 11:30-3, dinner Mon-Sat 4-10. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: Thai Entrée price range: $13 (many dishes) to $22 (red snapper) Ambiance: glass-topped casual One of the ...

It’s About Food

by B.A. Nilsson February 27, 2014


  The Grocery, 211 Broadway, Troy, 326-3450. Open noon-8 Mon-Sat, noon-4 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. “Farm to table,” that catchiest of current culinary catchphrases, typically refers to a restaurant’s table, although the proliferation of farmer’s markets ...

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North by Southwest

by B.A. Nilsson February 20, 2014

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  Sunset Café, 42 Front St., Ballston Spa, 885-8550, sunsetcafe.org. Serving 11:30-9 Mon-Thu, 11:30-10 Fri-Sat, AE, MC, V. Cuisine: Southwestern-inspired Entrée price range: $8 (chicken quesadilla) to $24 (full rack of ribs) Ambiance: neighborhood hangout Has it been that long? ...


by B.A. Nilsson February 14, 2014


  You walk into a restaurant on what’s supposed to be a slow night and spot two eight-tops who have yet to order as well as some scattered deuces and you’re tempted to turn on your ...

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Gone to (Hot) Pot

by B.A. Nilsson February 6, 2014

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  Northeast Chinese II, 900 Central Ave., Albany, 459-0688, northeastchineseii.com. Serving 11 AM-10 PM daily. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: Chinese and other Asian Entrée price range: $8 (BBQ chicken bone) to $16 (seaweed with nuts) Ambiance: Chinese buffet It ...


North of Ordinary

by B.A. Nilsson January 30, 2014


  Main Street Grille, 857 Main St., Clifton Park, 877-8202, mainstreetgrillecliftonpark.com. Serving dinner 5-9:30 Tue-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: continental entrées and pub fare Entrée price range: $10 (roasted turkey sandwich) to $29 (surf and turf tower) Ambiance: ...

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Family Dinner

by B.A. Nilsson January 15, 2014


  The Table at Fort Plain, 70 Canal Street, Fort Plain, 993-8065, thetableatfortplain.com. Serving lunch 11:30-3 Wed-Fri, dinner 5-9 Tue-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: inventive Continental Entrée price range: $16 (baked sole) to $19 (grilled strip steak) Ambiance: ...

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Tropical Vacation

by B.A. Nilsson January 9, 2014


  Casa Domenicana, 260 Central Ave., Albany, 427-1290, CasaDomenicanaRestaurant.com. Serving noon-10 Mon-Fri, 1-10 Sat. MC, V. Cuisine: Domenican Entreé price range: $8.25 (grilled chicken sandwich) to $16 (fried shrimp) Ambiance: small and casual Hector Marmol spent many years running restaurants ...

Smokin’ Good Food

by B.A. Nilsson January 2, 2014


  Aladdin’s Restaurant and Hookah Lounge, 4740 State Highway 30, Amsterdam, 212-5615, aladdinshookahlounge.com. Serving 3-11 Mon-Thu, 3-midnight Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: Middle Eastern Entrée price range: $6.50 (soujuk sandwich) to $12 (falafel, moutabal and hummus platter) Ambiance: ...


Best Restaurants 2013: B.A. Nilsson

by B.A. Nilsson December 24, 2013


  Every restaurant visit I make is built upon a level of expectation I try to fashion from clues that lurk in menu and decor. Which is why a humble diner can receive a rave akin ...

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Miss Utica

by B.A. Nilsson November 13, 2013

  Sciortino’s, 893 Broadway, Albany, 465-9148, sciortinospizzeria.com. Serving 11-10 Tue-Wed, 11-11 Thu, 11-1 Fri-Sat. D, MC, V. Cuisine: pizza and wings and riggies Entrée price range: $11 (spaghetti and meatballs) to $17 (sausage and peppers pizza) Ambiance: classic diner There ...


Holy Mole

by B.A. Nilsson November 6, 2013


  The Point Café, 964 Helderberg Ave., Schenectady, 395-9717. Serving 7 AM-9 PM Mon-Sat, 7-3 Sun. D, MC, V. Cuisine: Mexican, Italian, American Entrée price range: $1.45 (hot dog) to $15 (Point Café steak) Ambiance: dineresque One of the great ...