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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


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. ...


Corned Beef and Beyond

by B.A. Nilsson March 13, 2013


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


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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Why Aren’t You Planning Your Next Dinner Party?

by Laura Leon February 7, 2013


When I was a teenager, my sister Pamela lived in a studio apartment in New York City. When her fiancé was out of town, I’d often visit for extended periods of time. I remember days ...

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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 ...

Wedding Guide: Marriage, Remembered

by Darryl McGrath January 31, 2013

  My family history is populated by plenty of strong-willed women, but my grandmothers really stand out in this notable array of pioneers, artisans and survivors. My maternal grandmother was a Midwestern Methodist born on a Missouri ...

Wedding Guide: Outside the Church

by Shawn Stone January 31, 2013

  Growing up, I attended a lot of weddings because I have a lot of cousins. And all of these ceremonies were in churches. Each Spring from age 5 to 18, I endured one ceremony after ...

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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My Kitchen, Our Living Room

by Sarah Sherman January 10, 2013


More than 30 years ago, before Rosanna Bongiorno became one of Albany’s best-kept dining secrets, she was a mother of two focused on her job at a local newspaper and raising her family. She never ...

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 ...


The Earth Will Shake

by Erin Pihlaja December 20, 2012


If you’re in Australia today (Thursday) and you have access to Facebook, you could, if you were so inclined, join the 215 people who already said that they were going to an event called the ...

The Last Supper

by B.A. Nilsson December 20, 2012

“Just coffee and a slice of toast, thank you. Oh, and perhaps a few grapes. I hate to disappoint the newspaper-reading public, but it'll be too early for the conventional hearty breakfast. The appointment is ...

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 ...


Gift Guide: Cookbooks

by B.A. Nilsson December 6, 2012


Staff meal tells all you need to know about a restaurant. When the employees are fed with care and respect, when a family spirit is celebrated, a sense of well-being embraces everything about the place, ...

Holiday Gift Guide: To the Cook’s Heart

by Laura Leon November 29, 2012


  Food porn. Sounds kind of dirty, right? But if you're somebody who loves to cook, to serve food to others and, yes, to eat—because you can't be addicted to food porn if you don't do ...

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 ...

Feast My Way

by Laura Leon November 21, 2012


People generally are very firm on how they celebrate certain holidays, like, whether they open gifts on Christmas Eve or wait till Christmas morning, or whether they serve ham or lamb or both (guilty) on ...

Of Restaurants and Restaurateurs

by B.A. Nilsson November 21, 2012


The Art of the Restaurateur By Nicholas Lander The Lebanese Kitchen By Salma Hague Fäviken By Magnus Nilsson The sound and fury of the Food Network can’t guarantee a good cookbook. What appeals to the goggle-eyed masses is ...