Quantcast
Log In Register

Food & Drink

Fine Dining as Theater

by B.A. Nilsson June 26, 2013

thumb_CIA_ban

  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: ...

1 comment

Mission Accomplished

by B.A. Nilsson June 13, 2013

thumb_24foodpic_Cella Bistro-2_ban

  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 ...

Grunt Work

by B.A. Nilsson June 5, 2013

thumb_smoker

  There’s a primal satisfaction in a meal of smoked meats. Your ribs, your brisket, your pulled pork—such Deep South staples have at last fully infiltrated the North, if the local efflorescence of barbecue joints is ...

1 comment

More Than a Buzzword

by Amy Halloran June 5, 2013

thumb_healthy living logo

  There’s a commercial that makes a supermarket seem as enticing as a day at the beach. The produce is glamorously lit and the shopper is invited to dream of dinner as if each meal is ...

3 comments

Choice Cuts

by Amy Halloran May 29, 2013

thumb_22foodpic_ah1

  In the walk-in cooler, eight sides of lamb hang on a sturdy metal cart. The split carcasses almost look like heavy dresses, ready for a seamstress to hem. Or maybe this comparison is just the ...

Korean Bridge

by B.A. Nilsson May 29, 2013

thumb_22foodpic_Korean_ban

  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

thumb_21foodpic_ban

  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

thumbchampagne

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

thumb_20foodpic_Lucas_ban

  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

thumb_19foodpic_Lighthouse-2_ban

  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, ...

Into the Fire

by B.A. Nilsson May 2, 2013

thumb_BYRON_MICHAEL NOVELLA

  My first sense that this would be no easy course of training came not when I donned my set of chef’s whites, nor as the chef who would be training me displayed a menu and ...

Public-Access Gourmet

by Amy Halloran May 2, 2013

  “When you’re tying up the carrot, be careful that the cheese doesn’t slip out,” my son Felix said from his highchair. He was about 4 or 5, and we were just done with a Saturday ...

Keeping Your Edge

by B.A. Nilsson April 24, 2013

thumb_17Knife Sharpening

  The blade descends to the edge of the tomato and, with little applied pressure, eases through the skin with no resistance, leaving a rich red slice to fall to the cutting board below. It’s one ...

1 comment

Beyond Kebabs

by B.A. Nilsson April 17, 2013

thumb_16foodpic2_Manama_ban

  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

thumb_15foodpic_Hibachi X_ban

  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 ...

1 comment

Lighter Side of Lenox

by B.A. Nilsson April 4, 2013

thumb_14foodpic_Haven_ban

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: ...

Witness to an Albany Century

by B.A. Nilsson March 28, 2013

thumb_Jack's_ban

The half-dozen, half-shelled oysters perch on the periphery of an ice-filled serving dish, itself shaped like a scallop shell. Horseradish and cocktail sauce, shallot vinegar and lemon wedges wait in the middle, but the first ...

Just Ask Bradley Cooper

by B.A. Nilsson March 20, 2013

thumb_13foodpic

  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: ...

Ambition Coffee & Eatery

Table Scraps

by B.A. Nilsson March 20, 2013

  Jasper Alexander of Hattie’s Restaurant, a Saratoga Springs mainstay, has been honored as one of the country’s top chefs in the inaugural edition of the book Best Chefs America. Those included were recommended by fellow ...

Hattie's Restaurant

Readers’ Poll: Food & Drink

by Metroland Staff March 13, 2013

CafeMadisonTHUMB

Best American 1. New World Bistro Bar 2. Five Guys Burgers and Fries 3. The Standard We obviously have a very diverse group of diners in the region. Even so, New World took this easily. Best Italian 1. D’Raymond’s 2. Café Capriccio 3. ...

23 comments

Corned Beef and Beyond

by B.A. Nilsson March 13, 2013

thumb_11foodpic_Helmbold_ban

Helmbold’s Market, 12 Industrial Park Road, Troy, 273-0810, ext. 109, pastramiandcornedbeef.com. Open 11-6 Tue-Fri, 9-2 Sat. AE, D, MC, V. They’re at the peak of corned-beef craziness right now, so busy churning out our favorite St. ...

The Old School Works

by B.A. Nilsson March 6, 2013

thumb_10foodpic_Ralphs_ban

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

thumb_08FOODPIC_PIG PIT_BAN

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 ...

1 comment

A Sort of Homecoming

by Laura Leon February 21, 2013

thumb_08foodpic_brickhouse_jackson_leon

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

thumb_07FoodPicEP

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 ...

1 comment