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A Good Niche

by B.A. Nilsson October 4, 2012

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More Perreca’s, 31 North Jay St., Schenectady, 377-9800, perrecasbakery.com. Serving 7 AM-8 PM daily. Cuisine: Italian Entrée price range: $10 (personal pizza) to $20 (Delmonico steak) Ambiance: old-world casual For a long time, it didn’t seem as if there ...

The Hipper Side of the Street

by B.A. Nilsson September 27, 2012

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  Santa Fe Restaurant, 52 Broadway, Tivoli, 845-757-4100, santafetivoli.com. Serving dinner 5-9:30 Sun, Tue-Thu, 5-10:30 Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: Southwestern Entrée price range: $14 (Enchiladas tipicos) to $21 (grilled ribeye) Ambiance: colorful, easygoing When I last wrote about ...

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iTalian

by B.A. Nilsson August 16, 2012

Marotta’s Bar-Risto, 611 Union St., Schenectady, 377-5100, marottasbar-risto.com. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: Italian with pizza Entrée price range: $11 (pasta with meatballs) to $26 (filet mignon) Ambiance: bistro Schenectady has a new restaurant ...

Just Try the Curried Goat Already

by B.A. Nilsson July 12, 2012

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Orchid’s Jamaican-American Restaurant, 1113 State St., Schenectady, 952-7182, checkoutorchids.com. Serving 11 AM-10 PM Sun-Thu, 11 AM-2 AM Fri-Sat. MC, V. Cuisine: Jamaican Entrée price range:$6 (chicken with roti) to $15 (snapper with callaloo) Ambiance: capacious For three years, Orchid’s ...

General Tso’s Bistro

by B.A. Nilsson July 5, 2012

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Panza’s 28 Tables Restaurant, 17 Maple Ave., Saratoga Springs, 226-0126, 28tables.com. Serving dinner 5-10 Sun-Thu, 6-midnight Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: continental fusion Entrée price range: $14 (short rib burger) to $29 (pan-seared scallops) Ambiance: clubhouse From the ...

Small-Town Demand

by B.A. Nilsson June 20, 2012

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Blue Plate Restaurant, 1 Kinderhook St., Chatham, 392-7711, chathamblueplate.net. Serving dinner 5:30-9 Tue-Thu, 5:30-10:30 Fri-Sat, 5-9 Sun (open Mon from July 2). D, MC, V. Cuisine: nouvelle American comfort Entrée price range: $10 (black bean burger) to ...

Beard-Trained, Berkshire-Grown

by B.A. Nilsson June 13, 2012

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Firefly, 71 Church St., Lenox, Mass., 413-637-2700, fireflylenox.com. Serving dinner daily 5-9, open later in summer. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: inventive American Entrée price range: $12 (pan-roasted veggie burger) to $28 (grilled tenderloin) Ambiance: handsome and friendly Back ...

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Wrap It Up

by B.A. Nilsson May 30, 2012

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Pepper Jack’s, 192 North Allen St., Albany, 426-5505, pepprjacksalbany.com. Serving 10-11 Mon-Sat, 10-10 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: sandwiches and more Entrée price range: $5.49 (three-cheese quesadilla) to $8 (several sandwiches) Ambiance: cozy cafeteria For some obscure-to-me reason, ...

Beating the Odds

by B.A. Nilsson May 16, 2012

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Katrinella's Bistro, 123 ½ Madison Ave., Albany, 512-5116, katrinellasbistro.com. Serving lunch 11-1:30 Mon-Fri, dinner 4:30-9:30 Mon-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: classic Italian Entrée price range: $9 (pasta marinara) to $19 (salmon piccata) Ambiance: intimate “Lombardo’s is just down ...

Essence of Flavor

by B.A. Nilsson May 10, 2012

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Garlic Lover’s Corner, 235 North Greenbush Road, North Greenbush, 283-1621, garlicloverscorner.com. Serving lunch 11-3 Mon-Fri, noon-3 Sat, dinner 4:30-9 Mon-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: Mediterranean Entrée price range: $16 (GLC chicken Alfredo) to $22 (grilled ribeye) Ambiance: ...

Back on the Avenue

by B.A. Nilsson April 26, 2012

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Mingle, 544 Delaware Ave., Albany, 915-1468, minglealbany.com. Serving lunch 11:30-4 Mon-Fri, dinner 4-9 Mon-Thu, 4-10 Fri, 5-10 Sat. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: Asian-Continental Entrée price range: $11 (small plate of meatloaf) to $27 (Tuna Un-Hui) Ambiance: informal ...

Spicy, Savory and Sweet

by B.A. Nilsson April 19, 2012

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Tara Kitchen, 431 Liberty St., Schenectady, 708-3485, tarakitchen.com. Serving lunch 11:30-2 Tue-Fri, dinner 5-8 Tue-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: Moroccan Entrée price range: $12 (black-eyed peas with tomatoes) to $21 (shrimp tagine) Ambiance: intimate and friendly The tagine ...

Not-So-Little Italy

by B.A. Nilsson April 12, 2012

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Eataly, 200 Fifth Ave., Manhattan, 212-229-2560, eatalyny.com. Serving times vary by restaurant, but generally are 11–10 Mon-Sat, 11-9:30 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: molto Italiano Ambiance: bustling Entrée price range: $11 (insalate tricolore at la Piazza) to ...

The Unsinkable Burger Stand

by B.A. Nilsson April 4, 2012

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Jumpin’ Jack’s Drive-In, Collins Park, 393-6101, jumpinjacksdriveininc.com. Serving daily 11-9:30. AE, MC, V. Cuisine: burgers and fries Entrée price range: Do you care? All right: $2 (hot dog) to $9.50 (shrimp dinner) Ambiance: al fresco   Among the horrifying images ...

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A Tale of Two Capriccios

by B.A. Nilsson March 29, 2012

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From the start, Capriccio Saratoga was envisioned as the Southern Italian counterpart to its sister establishment, Albany’s Café Capriccio. The Saratoga Springs eatery opened last summer just as that city’s racetrack madness roared to life, ...

Sushi Rendezvous

by B.A. Nilsson March 22, 2012

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Mr. Fuji, Stuyvesant Plaza, 1475 Western Ave., Albany, 269-3999, mrfujisushi.com. Serving lunch 11-3 Mon-Fri, dinner 3-10:30 Mon-Thu, 3-11 Fri, 11-11 Sat, noon-10 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: Japanese Entrée price range: $9.50 (zaru soba) to $30.50 ...

Brisket Heaven

by B.A. Nilsson March 15, 2012

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The line on the sidewalk outside of Schwartz’s Delicatessen stretched for half a block, peopled two or three abreast. It was five o’clock on a Saturday afternoon. “They line up like this even when it ...

Sunday Special

by B.A. Nilsson March 8, 2012

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Schenectady Greenmarket, Proctors, 432 State St., Schenectady, schenectadygreenmarket.org. Open 10-2 Sunday. Cash is most reliable. Through April 29. I went looking for root vegetables and a loaf of bread. I found the greatest Sunday brunch venue ...

Serving the Neighborhood

by B.A. Nilsson March 1, 2012

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The Ugly Rooster Café, 159 North Main St., Mechanicville, 664-2769, uglyroostercafe.com. Serving breakfast and lunch 6-3 Mon-Fri, 7-3 Sat-Sun. MC, V. Cuisine: from-scratch diner Entrée price range: $3.25 (two eggs with home fries and toast) to $7.25 ...

Homegrown and Self-Taught

by B.A. Nilsson February 23, 2012

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The Hungry Fish, 461 Main Ave., Wynantskill, 874-4573, thehungryfishcafe.com. Serving breakfast and lunch 8-8 Mon-Sat, 8-3 Sun; dinner 4-8 Thu-Sat. MC, V. Cuisine: lunchroom eclectic Entrée price range: $5 (egg and cheese on a hard roll) to ...

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No Membership Necessary

by B.A. Nilsson February 9, 2012

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Grille One Six Five at the Normanside Country Club, 150 Salisbury Road, Delmar, 439-4505 ext. 19, normanside.com. Serving lunch 11-3 Tue-Sun, dinner 3-8 Tue-Thu, 3-9 Fri-Sat, 3-6 Sun. AE, MC, V. Cuisine: thoughtful continental Entrée price range: ...

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A Secret Worth Sharing

by B.A. Nilsson February 2, 2012

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Peter Pause Restaurant, 535 Nott St., Schenectady, 382-9278. Serving breakfast and lunch 6-2 Mon-Fri. Cash only. Cuisine: Italian diner Entrée price range: $2 (single pancake) to $9 (antipasto) Ambiance: homey “You live in Schenectady and you don’t know Peter ...

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The American Mexican

by B.A. Nilsson January 25, 2012

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La Fiesta, 1610 Central Ave., Albany, 482-3940, lafiestamexican.com. Serving lunch 11-3 Mon-Sat, noon-3 Sun, dinner 11-9 Mon-Wed, 11-10 Thu-Sat, noon-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: Mexican-American Entrée price range: $7.75 (grilled chicken salad) to $17 (fajitas ...

Patties on Parade

by B.A. Nilsson January 19, 2012

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Who first served the sandwich of cooked ground beef on a bun? Plenty of claimants vie for the title. Although the idea of serving chopped, seasoned meat products has a basis in Germany’s Hamburg, here ...

It’s in the Broth

by B.A. Nilsson January 12, 2012

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Phơ Yum, 1558 Central Ave., Albany, 869-9866, pho-yum.com. Serving 11-9:30 Tue-Thu, 11-10 Fri-Sat, 11-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: Vietnamese Entrée price range: $6.25 (bánh mì, a sandwich) to $10 (phơ with three meats) Ambiance: spartan Some form ...