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Market to Cafe

by B.A. Nilsson August 21, 2014

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The Local Flavor Café, 620 19th St., Watervliet, 270-1880, thelocalflavorcaafe.com. Open 7-8 Mon-Fri, 7-5 Sat. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: soup, salads, sandwiches Entrée price range: $5 (Ultimate PB&J) to $9 (Caesar salad with chicken) Ambiance: small and ...

Without a Roadmap

by Laura Leon August 14, 2014

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While on a layover in Baltimore, I picked up a copy of Michael and Jane Stern's Roadfood, a coast-to-coast guide to off-the-beaten path places to eat. I had been speaking with a colleague from California ...

Hall of Family

by B.A. Nilsson August 7, 2014


Nicoletta’s Italian Café, 96 Main St., Cooperstown, 607-547-7499, nicolettasitaliancafe.com. Serving dinner daily 4-10 (later if warranted). AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: traditional Italian Entrée Price Range: $13 (spaghetti with sausage) to $26 (filet mignon gorgonzola) Ambiance: classic café What ...

For the New American

by B.A. Nilsson July 31, 2014


Public Eat + Drink, 34 Holden St, North Adams, Mass., 413-664-4444, publiceatanddrink.com. Serving daily 11:30-10 (later when warranted). AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: new American Entrée price range: $7 (Caesar salad) to $24 (steak frites) Ambiance: industrially artistic MASS ...

Best of Food & Drink

by Metroland Staff July 24, 2014


Best Restaurant New World Bistro Bar 300 Delaware Ave., Albany Chef Ric Orlando has been dazzling and delighting Capital Region diners for years, and his menus at New World Bistro Bar have never been more creative—a rainbow of ...


The Skinny on Animal Fat

by B.A. Nilsson July 17, 2014

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Charcutería by Jeffrey Weiss (Surrey Books) Egg by Michael Ruhlman (Little, Brown) Back to Butter by Molly Chester & Sandy Schrecengost (Fair Winds) Sausage, eggs and butter: Add some toast and you’ve got breakfast taken care of, but, ...

Old School for Real

by B.A. Nilsson July 10, 2014


Saltsman’s Hotel, Route 10, Ephratah, 993-4412, saltsmans.com. Serving dinner 5-8 Thu-Fri, 5-9 Sat, 12:30-7 Sun. Hours change after Labor Day. The restaurant closes the last day of October and reopens in the following Easter weekend. ...

All This and Quinoa Too

by B.A. Nilsson July 3, 2014


Spoon, 26 Housatonic St, Lenox, Mass., 413-881-4040, spoonlenox.com. Serving 8-4 Tue-Sun (hours change in September). AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: Breakfast, salads, sandwiches Entrée price range: $8 (homemade oatmeal) to $13 (smoked salmon sandwich) Ambiance: bright and airy “We ...

Just Ask Mario

by B.A. Nilsson June 26, 2014


Although there’s great appeal in the artwork of Florence’s narrow, crowded streets, the true spirit of Tuscany requires a farm. A flock of sheep dotting the hillside helps. The twisty-road drive into Granville, east of Lake ...

Gastronomy of Scale

by B.A. Nilsson June 19, 2014

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  Mio Posto, 68 Putnam St., Saratoga Springs, 423-7022, miopostosaratoga.com. Serving daily from 5 PM. (Closing Mondays after Sept. 15.) AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: eclectic Italian Entrée price range: $23 (brick chicken) to $34 (grilled lamb chops) Ambiance: ...

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Courtyard Curry

by B.A. Nilsson June 12, 2014

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  Taste of India, 347 Warren Street, Hudson, 253-3465. Serving 11 (or 11:30)-9 Wed-Mon. Cash only. Cuisine: Indian Entrée price range: $5 (chicken shishkabab) to $9.50 (fish madras) Ambiance: food truck I forgot to ask why there’s a section of ...

Follow These Links

by B.A. Nilsson June 5, 2014


  Of all the popular grilling fodder, sausages are the most lively, both in terms of flavor and the fact that they spit at you as they cook. Hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken—they’ve long since surrendered. Coat ...

Summer Outdoor Dining

by The Staff June 5, 2014

  American Angelo’s 677 Prime 677 Broadway, Albany, 427-7463, 677prime.com. Barrington Brewery & Restaurant Jenifer House Commons, 420 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 528-8282, barrington brewery.net. BEFF’s Tavern 95 Everett Road, Albany, 482-2333, beffs.com. Blu Stone Bistro 661 Albany Shaker Road, Colonie, 869-9976, ...

Pho Sho’

by B.A. Nilsson May 30, 2014


  Kim’s Vietnamese Restaurant, 791 Madison Ave., Albany, 451-9251. Serving 11-9 Sun-Mon, Wed-Thu, 11-10 Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: Vietnamese Entrée price range: $9 (several pho selections) to $15 (grilled sugarcane shrimp) Ambiance: nonexistent   Sometimes I approach a restaurant ...

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Starts With Sauce

by B.A. Nilsson May 22, 2014


  Papa’s Corner Restaurant, 1297 Broadway, Watervliet, 273-3270, papascornerrestaurant.com. Serving lunch 11-4 Wed-Fri, dinner 11-9 Wed-Thu, 11-10 Fri, 4-10 Sat, 2-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: pizza and Italian fare Entrée price range: $10 (spaghetti with tomato ...

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Crepe Escape

by B.A. Nilsson May 15, 2014

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  Garden Bistro 24, 1839 Central Ave., Colonie, 456-4566; 5 Vista Blvd., Slingerlands, 439-3832, gardenbistro24.com. Serving 10:30-10:30 Mon-Sat, 10-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: Fresh bistro fare Entrée price range: $13.50 (bistro burger) to $23.50 (crabcakes) Ambiance: comfortably ...

Sweet Buggery

by B.A. Nilsson May 8, 2014

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  Until last summer, I hadn’t been bee-stung in 25 years. Last time, it was a wasp in the attic that puffed my thumb to the size of a novelty toy. So I figured I’d better ...

Sushi Exclusive

by B.A. Nilsson May 1, 2014


  Yoshi Sushi, 640 New Loudon Road, No. 5, Latham, 783-6100, yoshisushialbany.com. Serving Mon-Thu 11-9, Fri 11-10, Sat noon-10. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: sushi Entrée price range: $10 (Yoshi’s Veggie Box) to $64 (64-piece Kamikaze Box); $2-$11 ...


Taste of Innocence

by B.A. Nilsson April 23, 2014


  Lo Porto Ristorante Caffe, 85 4th St., Troy, 273-8546, loportos.com. Serving lunch 11-3 Mon-Fri, dinner 5-10 Mon-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: Sicilian-Italian Entrée price range: $12 (pasta with tomato sauce) to $38 (tournedos Rossini) Ambiance: Mulberry Street I ...

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It’s the Paprika

by B.A. Nilsson April 17, 2014


  It was on his second trip back from the Americas that Columbus carried peppers (not to mention corn and tomatoes) to his royal patrons, opening Spanish cuisine to ingredients from which it soon would become ...

Of Pints, Ploughmen and Personality

by B.A. Nilsson April 10, 2014

  Peint O Gwrw Welsh Pub 37 Main St, Chatham, 392-2337. Serving 4-9 Sun, Tue-Thu, 4-10 Fri-Sat. Bar open later. Cash only (ATM on premises). Cuisine: U.K.-slanted pub fare Entrée price range: $4 (mac and cheese) to $14 (fried ...

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Readers Poll: Food & Drink

by The Staff April 10, 2014

  Best American 1. New World Bistro Bar 2. Bootleggers on Broadway 3. The Standard Innovative cuisine and comfortable atmosphere is enough for Ric Orlando’s place to again take top honors this year. Best Italian 1. D’Raymonds 2. Café Capriccio 3. Café Italia In a ...


Readers Poll: People & Places

by The Staff April 10, 2014


  Best Park 1. Washington Park 2. The Crossings 3. Thacher Park Beautiful Washington Park, with its scenic events and playhouse, swept the ballots, with suburban, recreational The Crossings coming in at a respectable second. Best Playground 1. The Crossings 2. Central Park 3. ...


Readers Poll: Etcetera

by The Staff April 10, 2014

  Best Use of Public Funds Troy Waterfront Park, education/schools, Alive at Five, fixing roads, CDTA, New York State Museum, snow removal, infrastructure/fixing roads, Central Park, environment, Livingston Avenie Pedestrian Bridge, state employees, Park Playhouse, revitalization of ...


Chorizo Real

by B.A. Nilsson April 2, 2014


  La Mexicana Grocery and Restaurant, 1759 State St., Schenectady, 346-1700. Serving 10 AM-8 PM daily. D, MC, V. Cuisine: Mexican Entrée price range: $2 (taco) to $15 (fajitas) Ambiance: muy informal It couldn’t be less prepossessing. In my zeal ...