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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 ...

Latham Underground

by B.A. Nilsson October 31, 2013


  The Grape and Growler, 155 wade Rd., Latham, 783-8000, grapeandgrowler.com. Serving 11-10 Mon-Wed, 11-2 Thu-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: pub fare Entreé price range: $6 (Caesar salad) to $18 (meat-lover’s pizza) Ambiance: excitable pub We entered to a ...

More Than Friendly

by B.A. Nilsson October 24, 2013


Istanblue Mediterranean Cuisine, 68 Congress St., Saratoga Springs, 581-0181, istanbluemediterranean.com. Serving lunch 1-3 Mon-Fri, dinner 11-11 daily. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: Turkish-Mediterranean Entrée price range: $14 (vegetable sauté) to $29 (mixed grill) Ambiance: improbably charming There’s ...

Delicious Contradiction

by B.A. Nilsson October 16, 2013


  Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia St., Hudson, 828-4800, helsinkihudson.com. Serving dinner 5-10 daily. D, MC, V. Cuisine: Southern-inspired farm-to-table Entrée price range: $12 (sake-steamed mussels) to $27 (Porterhouse steak frites) Ambiance: warehouse-glam Contradictions are the spice of daily experience, and ...

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Secret Fishing Hole

by B.A. Nilsson October 9, 2013


  The Angry Penguin Tavern, 41 Broad St, Waterford, 237-2829. Serving 1-Midnight Tue-Sat, 3-8 Sun. D, MC, V. Cuisine: pub fare Entrée price range: $4.25 (grilled cheese) to $14 (fish and chips) Ambiance: English pub After fighting bumper-to-bumper Waterford traffic—it ...

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Take It to the Graveyard

by B.A. Nilsson October 3, 2013


  Wagon Train BBQ, 671 Mariaville Road, Rotterdam, 356-0650. wagontrainbbq.net. Serving 11-8 Sun-Mon, Wed-Thu, 11-9 Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: barbecue and burgers Entrée price range: $7 (burger with fries) to $18.25 (huge pork-brisket-ribs combo) Ambiance: cheerfully overdecorated About ...

Peru for You

by B.A. Nilsson September 11, 2013


  La Empanda Llama, 26B Picotte Dr., Albany, 915-1887, laempanadallama.com. Serving Tue-Sat 11-8. AE, D, MC, V.  Cuisine: Peruvian Entrée price range: $7 (La Empanada Llama salad) to $13 (beef stir-fry) Ambiance: muy informal Consider the food that you ...

A Simple Surprise

by B.A. Nilsson August 28, 2013


  Viola’s Café, 947 New Loudon Road, Latham, 786-9800. Serving breakfast 8:30-11 Mon-Fri, lunch 11-3 Mon-Fri. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: sandwiches and salads Entrée price range: $6 (classic BLT) to $7.50 (Cuban pork sandwich) Ambiance: hotel lunchroom When you’ve ...

Farm-to-Table Forever

by B.A. Nilsson August 22, 2013


  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


  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


  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


  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 ...


Family By Any Name

by B.A. Nilsson July 10, 2013


  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


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


  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


  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


  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


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


  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


  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


  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


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


  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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