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Farm-to-Table Forever

by B.A. Nilsson August 22, 2013

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  John Andrews Farmhouse Restaurant, 224 Hillsdale Road, So. Egremont, MA, 413-528-3469, jarestaurant.com. Serving dinner 5-9 Sun-Tue, Thu, 5-10 Sat-Sun. AE, MC, V. Cuisine: American harvest Entreé price range: $22 (Ricotta gnocchi) to $35 (grass-fed ribeye) Ambiance: rustic elegance The ...

The Irish Way

by B.A. Nilsson August 15, 2013

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  Finnbar’s Pub, 452 Broadway, Troy, 326-3994. Serving 3-10 Mon-Thu, 3-11 Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: gourmet Irish pub Entrée price range: $6 (chicken goojons) to $14 (Irish stew) Ambiance: classic Irish Pub The degree of craziness depends on ...

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In the Pot

by B.A. Nilsson July 31, 2013

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  Shining Rainbow Restaurant, 209 Central Ave., Albany, 396-3881, shiningrainbow.com. Serving 11-10:30 Sun-Thu, 11-11 Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: Chinese and Japanese Entrée price range: $7.50 (broccoli with garlic sauce) to $17 (Beijing duck) Ambiance: small but comfortable Szechuan ...

Best of Food

by The Staff July 24, 2013

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  Best Restaurant Café Capriccio 49 Grand St., Albany A year-after-year choice that pleases us with its ineffable rightness. Along with its northern sibling, Capriccio Saratoga, we marvel at the culinary skill of chef Franco Rua as he continues ...

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Family By Any Name

by B.A. Nilsson July 10, 2013

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  155 Delaware Ave., Delmar, 475-7777, mercatosrestaurant.com. Serving lunch 11:30-2:30 daily, dinner 2:30-9. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: traditional Italian Entrée price range: $11 (pasta with marinara) to $19 (haddock gorgonzola) Ambiance: traditional Italian It’s an unlikely enough story to ...

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Molto Hip

by B.A. Nilsson July 3, 2013

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Mission Bar + Tapas, 438 North St., Pittsfield, Mass., no phone, missionbarandtapas.com. Open daily noon-midnight, Sunday brunch at unspecified hours. Accepts credit cards. Cuisine: American tapas Entrée price range: $7 (chicken croquettes) to $15 (cider-glazed pork ribs) Ambiance: ...

Fine Dining as Theater

by B.A. Nilsson June 26, 2013

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  The Bocuse Restaurant, Culinary Institute of America, 1946 Campus Dr., Hyde Park, 845-471-6608, ciarestaurants.com. Serving lunch 11:30–1 Tue-Sat (when classes are in session), dinner 6–8:30 Tue-Sat (ditto). AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: contemporary French-inspired Entrée price range: ...

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Mission Accomplished

by B.A. Nilsson June 13, 2013

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  Cella Bistro, 2015 Rosa Road, Schenectady, 381-2080, cellabistro.com. Serving dinner 5-9 Tue-Thu, 5-10 Fri-Sat. AE, MC, V. Cuisine: Italian-flavored continental Entrée price range: $20 (pasta Bolognese) to $28 (duck breast), plus lower-priced tapas Ambiance: casual and intimate The two ...

Korean Bridge

by B.A. Nilsson May 29, 2013

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  Kabuki Korean Restaurant, 952 Troy-Schenectady Road (Peter Harris Plaza), Latham, 782-9609. Serving 11-9:30 Mon-Sat, 3-9:30 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: Korean Entrée price range: $11 (grilled pork dumplings) to $17 (stir-fried squid with pork loin) Ambiance: strip-mall ...

Mansion Hill Makeover

by B.A. Nilsson May 22, 2013

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  Betty Boop’s Diner, 115 Philip St., Albany, 545-5396, bettyboopsalbany.com. Serving 8-9 Tue-Sat, 8-3 Sun. D, MC, V. Cuisine: diner fare Entrée price range: $6 (turkey burger) to $13 (pork chops dinner) Ambiance: casual and friendly “My wife was wearing ...

Champagne on the Park 2013

by Erin Pihlaja May 15, 2013

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Who doesn't love tulips and champagne? Maybe a select group of people, but many other people do like anything and everything that has to do with legally drinking in Washington Park, local food, and improving ...

Troy Vision

by B.A. Nilsson May 15, 2013

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  Charles F. Lucas Confectionery & Wine Bar, 12 2nd St, Troy, 326-3450, lucasconfectionery.wordpress.com. Serving 4-11 Mon-Thu, 4-midnight Fri-Sat, noon-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: wine and cheese and charcuterie Entrée price range: $5 (selected small bite ...

The Gospel of Table Service

by B.A. Nilsson May 8, 2013

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  The Water’s Edge Lighthouse, 2 Freeman’s Bridge Road, Glenville, 370-5300, thewatersedgelighthouse.com. Serving 11-10 Mon-Fri, 4-10 Sat, 4-9 Sun. AE, MC, V. Cuisine: Italian-flavored continental Entrée price range: $14 (haddock Francaise) to $27 (frutti di mare) Ambiance: handsome Today’s sermon, ...

Beyond Kebabs

by B.A. Nilsson April 17, 2013

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  Manama Grille, 180 Delaware Ave., Delmar, 478-0800, manamagrille.com. Serving dinner 4:30-10 Tue-Sun. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: Persian-edged Middle Eastern Entrée price range: $10 (Manama salad) to $17 (seafood mixed grill) Ambience: well-disguised strip-mall Don’t visit this Persian restaurant ...

Sushi and Social Networking

by B.A. Nilsson April 11, 2013

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  Hibachi X, 1893 Central Ave., Albany, 869-9888, hibachixny.com. Serving lunch 11:30-3 Mon-Fri, dinner 4:30-10:30 Mon-Thu, 4:30-11 Fri, 11:30-11 Sat, noon-10 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: sushi and Japanese steakhouse fare Entrée price range: $17 (five-course hibachi ...

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Lighter Side of Lenox

by B.A. Nilsson April 4, 2013

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Haven Café and Bakery, 8 Franklin St., Lenox, Mass., 413-637-8948, havencafebakery.com. Serving breakfast 7:30-11:30 Mon-Fri, lunch 11:30-3 Mon-Fri, brunch 8-3 Sat-Sun. D, MC, V. Cuisine: soup-salad-sandwich Entrée price range: $8 (grilled cheese) to $15 (blue cheese burger) Ambiance: ...

Just Ask Bradley Cooper

by B.A. Nilsson March 20, 2013

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  Ambition Coffee House and Eatery 154 Jay St., Schenectady, 382-9277, ambitionbistro.com. Serving 8-5 Mon-Fri, 10-5 Sat, 9-2 Sun, and until 8 when there are Proctors shows, but call first. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: sandwich-based Entrée price range: ...

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The Old School Works

by B.A. Nilsson March 6, 2013

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Ralph’s Tavern, 1328 Central Ave., Colonie, 489-8290, ralphstaverninc.com. Serving 11-midnight Mon-Thu, 11 AM-2 AM Fri-Sat, noon-midnight Sun. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: Italian-American Entrée price range: $6 (burger) to $19 (full rack of ribs) Ambiance: neighborhood tavern Did we ...

A Nice Rack

by B.A. Nilsson February 28, 2013

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Tex’s Pig Pit, 1 Niver St., Cohoes, 235-2424, pigpitbbq.com. Serving 11-8 Mon-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: barbecue and Mexican Entrée price range: $5 (BBQ blankets) to $23 (full rack of ribs dinner) Ambiance: rustic Transplanted Texan David Frazier ...

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A Sort of Homecoming

by Laura Leon February 21, 2013

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The Brick House, 425 Park St., Housatonic, Mass., (413) 274-0020, brickhousema.com. Serving dinner 4-9 Sun-Thu, 4-10 Fri-Sat; lunch from 11:30 Sat-Sun. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: hearty pub fare Entrée price range: $10 (grilled cheese and fries ...

The Exceptional Ordinary

by Laura Leon February 14, 2013

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The Skyline Diner, 314 Columbia St., Rensselaer, 434-0233. Serving breakfast, lunch and early dinner 7-3 daily. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: American diner fare Entrée price range: $4.49 (All American Hamburger) to $9.69 (Fried Haddock Dinner) Ambiance: unassuming ...

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On Flavor’s Wings

by B.A. Nilsson January 31, 2013

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Kinnaree, 193 Lark St., Albany, 813-4944, kinnareeonlark.com. Serving lunch 11:30-3:30 Mon-Fri, dinner 3:30-10 Mon-Fri, 11:30-10 Sat-Sun. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: Korean-Thai-Japanese Entrée price range: $10 (beef dumpling soup) to $18 (deep-fried half duck with red curry ...

Dr. Reuben Will See You

by B.A. Nilsson January 24, 2013

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The Rustic Gourmet, 785 Delaware Ave., Delmar, 439-0900, the-rustic-gourmet.com. Serving lunch 11-4 Mon-Fri, dinner 4-8 Mon-Fri. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: sandwiches, soups, special entrées Entrée price range: $5 (soup or small sandwich) to $12.50 (meatloaf) Ambiance: elegant ...

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A Fine Flagon

by B.A. Nilsson January 17, 2013

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The Bier Abbey, 613 Union St., Schenectady, 388-8597, thebierabbey.com. Serving noon-midnight Mon-Thu, noon-2 AM Fri-Sat, 11:30 AM-9 PM Sun. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: homemade pub fare Entrée price range: $7.50 (burger) to $17.50 (steak frites) Ambiance: pubnacious Nothing ...

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Eating Around

by B.A. Nilsson January 3, 2013

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What with the orgy of eating that typically comprises my days and weeks, it’s something of a shock to be reminded that I wrote about fewer than 50 of those meals over the past 12 ...