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The Old School Works

by B.A. Nilsson March 6, 2013


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 ...

A Simple Proposition

by B.A. Nilsson December 27, 2012


Local Burger, 16 Main St., Northampton, Mass., 413-586-5857, localnorthampton.com. Serving 11:30-10 Sun-Thu, 11:30 AM-3 AM Fri-Sat. AE, MC, V. Cuisine: local burgers Entrée price range: $5 (portobello burger) to $10 (burger with pretty much everything) Ambiance: trendy hole ...


Kitchen Ninja

by B.A. Nilsson December 13, 2012

Of course you can cook. All it takes is desire (which, in the world of food, wears the more appealing name “hunger”), practice and a hungry (which, in the world of socializing, is called “desirable”) ...

Tradition on Rye

by B.A. Nilsson December 6, 2012


Nosh, 1645 Western Ave., Albany, 464-6674, noshdeli.com. Serving 10:30-9 Mon-Sat, 11-6 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: NYC deli Entrée price range: $4 (jumbo hot dog plate) to $14 (smoked salmon platter) Ambiance: deli noir A Jew, a Greek ...


El Salvador + Peru

by B.A. Nilsson November 29, 2012


Flores Family Restaurant, 1427 State St., Schenectady, 723-2281, floresfamilyrestaurant.com. Serving dinner 3-10 Mon-Fri, 11-10 Sat-Sun. D, MC, V. Cuisine: Latin American Entrée price range: $3 (chicken tamali) to $14 (steak and shrimp scampi) Ambiance: muy casual As Schenectady’s population ...

Why the Hell Not?

by B.A. Nilsson November 8, 2012


Capital City Gastropub, 261 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 459-5077, capcitygastropub.com. Serving dinner 5-10 Sun-Thu, 5-11 Fri-Sat, brunch 11-3 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: adventurous pub fare Entrée price range: $9 (small pizza) to $20 (poutine with ...

Vacation From Touristland

by B.A. Nilsson October 25, 2012


Ranchero, 23 Main St., South Glens Falls, 636-5090, rancherosteakhouse.com. Serving dinner 4-9 Sun, Tue-Thu, 4-10 Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: Tex-Mex inspired Entrée price range: 7 (burger) to $23 (ribeye steak) Ambiance: Southwestern saloon Just my luck. The ...

Beyond Lingonberries

by B.A. Nilsson October 18, 2012


DA | BA, 225 Warren St., Hudson, 249-4631, dabahudson.com. Serving dinner 6-10 Mon-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: Swedish-inspired fusion Entrée price range: $5 (BLT) to $28 (arctic char Södermalm) Ambiance: elegant casual When it comes to restaurants, the ...

On the Wing

by B.A. Nilsson October 11, 2012

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The Flying Chicken, 122 4th St., Troy, 326-3546. Serving 11:30-9:30 Sun-Wed, 11:30-midnight Thu, 11:30 AM-4 AM Fri-Sat. D, MC, V. Cuisine: Southern fried Entrée price range: $5 (biscuits and gravy) to $7.50 (fried chicken dinner) Ambiance: fast food ...

A Good Niche

by B.A. Nilsson October 4, 2012


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


  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 ...

Santa Fe Restaurant


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


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


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


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


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 ...