& Noble Café
Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 20 Wolf Road, Colonie, 459-8183.
Moving to Colonie Center November 13th. A sunny browsing
café that features Starbucks coffee, as well as espresso
and cappuccino, chai and other teas. Also, a variety of
cold beverages including Italian sodas, and a selection
of sweet baked treats, as well as soup and panini. Featuring
four cheesecakes from the Cheesecake Factory. Everyone’s
welcome to bring books into the café. Serving 9 AM-11 PM
Mon-Sat, 9-9 Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $
Borders Books & Music, 59 Wolf Road, Colonie, 482-5800.
There are plenty of tables in this upstairs café, which
features pastries, desserts and a selection of coffees,
teas, cold beverages, sandwiches and soups. Bring books
along; browsing is welcome. Serving 9 AM-10:30 PM daily.
AE, D, MC, V, personal checks. $
145 Rye Road, Colonie, 869-3277. Fresh-roasted coffee. Espresso
bar. Light fare including breakfast sandwiches, fresh-baked
pastries and muffins. Coffee available by the pound. All
coffee roasted on premises. Takeout available. 6:30 AM-3:15
PM Mon-Fri. AE, D, MC, V. $
The Coffee Beanery Ltd.
Rensselaer Amtrak Station, 463-8770; Albany International
Airport, 242-4303 and 242-4302. The Coffee Beanery’s emphasis
is on creating the “right roast,” roasting each different
gourmet bean to ensure the perfect roast for optimum flavor.
New flavors are served along with traditional favorites,
specialty coffee drinks and gourmet pastries. Try the Italian-style
cappuccino, made with the “espresso perfecto” roast. At
the Rensselaer Amtrak Station, there are also hot and cold
sandwiches, soups, and chili available. Amtrak: 5 AM-8:30
PM daily; airport: 4:30 AM-9 PM daily; airport kiosk: 5
AM-8:30 PM Sun-Fri, 5-8 Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $
100 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa, 884-9913, thecoffeeplanet.net.
Classic and colorful coffeehouse offering traditional drip
selection with brews changing daily as well as flavors,
decafs, fair trade and organics. Full espresso menu including
lattes, cappuccinos and mochas. Chillers, coffee coolers,
fruit smoothies and don’t forget mulled cider. Also bagels
and cream cheese, sweet and savory scones, cookies, shortbread,
biscotti, sandwiches, soups and dessert. Wines and microbrew
beers now available. Takeout available. Serving 7-7 Mon-Sat,
8-3 Sun. AE, D, MC, V, personal checks. $
The Daily Grind
204 Lark St., Albany, 427-0464; 43 3rd St., Troy, 272-8658,
dailygrind.com. The Troy location features a true coffee
bar with plenty of tables and couches, offering coffee of
the day, espresso, cappuccino, and latte, as well as gourmet
soups, sandwiches and desserts. Select teas, too. Beer and
wine also available. Serving 8-6 Mon-Wed, 8-11 Thu, 8-10
Fri, 8-6 Sat, 9-6 Sun. At the Lark Street location, you’ll
find more than coffee: Upstairs there’s a retail store where
all the beans are roasted, and downstairs there’s a European-style
café offering an eclectic variety of light fare. Free Wi-Fi.
Serving 6:30 AM-9 PM Mon-Fri, 7 AM-9 PM Sat, 7 AM-8 PM Sun.
AE, D, MC, V. $
Eugenio’s Cafe Gelato
419 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 691-6000. Featuring gelato
made on premises with imported Italian ingredients, and
Italian pastries made from Eugene’s family recipes. Italian
espresso, cappuccino and the house specialty, café gelato
(espresso with gelato topped with whipped cream and caramel).
Also, homemade lasagne, soups, sandwiches and more. Takeout
available. Serving Mon-Sun, noon-11 PM. MC, V. $
674 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush, 479-2233, everybodyscafe
.com. Featuring a full espresso menu including latte and
cappuccino, mocha, and a large assortment of loose teas.
Homemade desserts and soups, and light fare served all day.
Now serving breakfast, along with Saturday brunch. Off-premises
catering and takeout available. Serving 7 AM-4 PM Mon-Fri,
8 AM-2 PM Saturday. AE, MC, V. $
Flavour Café and Lounge
228 4th St., Troy, 266-9253, flavourcafe.com. Over 50 flavors
of fresh-brewed coffee; also plenty of teas and Torani syrups.
Menu features soups, salads, wraps and panini sandwiches.
Wi-fi and in-house computer available, and a new patio.
On- and off-premises catering, takeout and delivery available.
Open 7 AM-11 PM Mon-Fri, 8 AM-11 PM Sat, 8 AM-9 PM Sun.
D, MC, V. ATM on premises. $
See listing under “Light Fare.”
9 Broadway on Monument Square, Troy, 629-0004. Soups, salads,
sandwiches and paninis in an old-world, European-style coffeehouse
in historic downtown Troy. Featuring fair-trade coffees.
Serving 7:30 AM-7 PM Mon-Fri, 8 AM-7 PM Sat, 8-3 Sun; call
to see if open for Troy Music Hall events. AE, D, MC, V.
Java Jazz Café
See listing under “Light Fare.”
Muddy Cup Coffee House
1038 Madison Ave., Albany, 458-6120; 742 Warren St., Hudson,
828-2210; Proctor’s Theater, 432 State Street, Schenectady.
Neighborhood coffeehouse with an artist-friendly vibe. Serving
their own coffee blends, plus fresh pastries, and more.
Albany: 7 AM-midnight Sun-Thu, 7 AM-2 AM Fri-Sat. Hudson:
7 AM-10 PM Mon-Thu, 7 AM-11 PM Fri-Sat, 8 AM-9 PM Sun. Schenectady:
6 AM-10 PM Mon-Thu, 7 AM-11 PM Fri-Sat, 7 AM-10 PM Sun.
AE (Hudson store only), D, MC, V. $
376 Delaware Ave., Delmar, 439-6537, perfectblendcafe.com.
Southwestern-themed independent coffeehouse offering a selection
of coffees, teas, espresso drinks, chai, all-natural fruit
smoothies and the original Brooklyn egg cream. Featuring
signature quiche, salads, sandwiches, and soups. Offering
breakfast sandwiches as well as fresh-baked pastries including
scones, muffins, bagels, cookies, biscotti, cannoli and
chocolate cake. Daily specials. Private room for meetings
and events, open patio. Free Wi-Fi available. Catering now
available. Open 7 AM-9 PM Mon-Fri, 8 AM-10 PM Sat, 8 AM-6
PM Sun. AE, MC, V, personal checks. $
Professor Java’s Coffee Sanctuary
217 Wolf Road, Colonie, 435-0843. A light menu features
sandwiches, salads, wraps, quesadillas, stuffed breads,
croissants, bagels, paninis and pastries. Large selection
of coffees, teas, fruit frappes, etc. Coffee is roasted
on the premises. It’s all served in an eclectic, comfy atmosphere.
Part of the Gift Basket Company program. Serving 6 AM-midnight
daily. AE, MC, V. $
Rendezvous Bistro/ Coffee Beanery
1900 Central Ave., Albany, 452-1231. A cozy, relaxed atmosphere
in which to enjoy a gourmet coffee, cappuccino or espresso.
Unwind in front of the three-sided fireplace and sample
some of their desserts or tap into the free wi-fi access.
Serving breakfast sandwiches all day, as well as gourmet
salads, wraps and panini sandwiches. Open mic and karaoke.
Free delivery. Drive-thru available. Open 7 AM-7 PM Mon-Wed,
Thu-Fri 7 AM-8 PM, Sat 8 AM-7 PM Fri, 8:30-5 Sun. AE, MC,
Rock Hill Bakehouse Café
19 Exchange St., Glens Falls, 615-0777. Rock Hill’s bread-based
café menu makes for uniquely satisfying breakfast and lunch
fare. Try the naturally leavened, hearth-baked breads. Also
featuring organic coffee, scones, biscotti and freshly baked
bread. Open mic every Thursday; free film showing on Fridays.
Saturdays starting in November, open till 10 PM showcasing
local talent. Open Mon-Fri 7 AM-10 PM, Sat 8-8, Sun 9-6.
AE, MC, V, personal checks. $
Spill ’n the Beans Coffeehouse/Bistro
13 3rd St., Troy, 268-1028, spillnthebeans.com. Located
in downtown Troy’s historic Kennedy Hall building. Offering
fresh coffees, roasted on premises, from around the globe.
Complete homemade breakfasts, sandwiches, homemade soups
and baked goods, unique panini and European sandwiches.
Enjoy the fireplace and lounge area, Wi-Fi access and Internet
PCs. Takeout available. Open 7 AM-5:30 PM Mon-Thu, 7 AM-8
PM Fri, 8-8 Sat, 8 AM-4 PM Sun. AE, MC, V. $.
90 State St., Albany, 436-7233. An extensive beverage list,
including latte, cappuccino, chai, specialty drinks, fresh-fruit
smoothies and 35 different types of whole-bean coffees roasted
fresh daily. Fresh baked goods—including bagels, scones,
croissants and danishes. Soups, too. Serving 7-5 Mon-Fri,
8-2 Sat. MC, V. $
Stuyvesant Plaza, 489-1064; Citizens Bank Building, 10 N.
Pearl St., Albany, 463-6990; 329 Glenmont Road, Glenmont,
433-4700; 1244 Western Ave., Albany, 591-0372; 399 Troy
Road, Greenbush, 286-3153; 2441 Watt St., Schenectady, 347-1716;
Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 581-9498; St. James Square,
Niskayuna, 381-9340; Newton Plaza, Loudonville, 783-4544;
Wolf Road, Colonie, 435-9280; 9 Clifton Country Road, Clifton
Park, 373-5794; 555 Hubbard Ave., Pittsfield, Mass., (413)
442-5862; 607 Aviation Road, Queensbury, 761-1284. Contemporary
Seattle-based coffee chain specializing in gourmet coffee
drinks including cappuccino, latte, frappuccino and espresso,
plus pastries and cookies. Call individual stores for hours.
AE, D, MC, V. $
290 Delaware Ave., Albany. 434-0333 Located right next to
the Spectrum 8 Theatres. This rightly appointed café has
a laid-back, bohemian ambience, accented by changing art
shows featuring the work of local artists. Offering certified
fair trade coffee and organic whole-leaf teas. Hot beverages
include a full range of espresso drinks, including cappuccinos,
lattes, and iced espresso drinks. Also Mayan chai, European
extreme dark drinking chocolate, and whole-leaf teas. Cold
drinks include fruit smoothies, frappes, tea freezes and
freshly brewed iced teas. Plus panini sandwiches, soup and
quiche. Assorted pastries and baked goods round out the
selection. Free Wi-Fi. Open Mon-Thurs 8 AM-10 PM; Fri 8
AM-midnight; Sat 10 AM-midnight; Sun 10-10. AE, D, MC, V,
1225 Western Ave., Albany, 453-5649; 402 Broadway, Saratoga
Springs, 581-0656. Wide selection of aromatic, freshly roasted
and freshly brewed coffees, teas of all kinds and a variety
of desserts. Great bagels and muffins, too (scones in Saratoga).
Albany location also offers a salad bar. Newly expanded
and beautifully remodeled Saratoga store now offering gelato.
Albany: serving 6 AM-10 PM Sun-Thu, 6 AM-11 PM Fri-Sat.
Saratoga: serving 6:30 AM-11 PM Mon-Thu, 6:30 AM-midnight
Fri, 7 AM-midnight Sat, 7 AM-11 PM Sun. AE, D, MC, V. UAlbany
off-podium cards accepted at Albany location; Skidmore cards
accepted at Saratoga location. $
Villa Italia Pasticceria
226 Broadway, Schenectady, 355-1144, villaitaliabakery.com.
Now located in downtown Schenectady’s entertainment district,
Villa Italia is known for fine wedding and special-occasion
cakes and pastries; also breads, panini sandwiches, Italian
coffees, imported liquors and 25 flavors of homemade gelato.
Open 7 AM-9 PM Mon-Fri, 8:30 AM-9 PM Sat, 8:30 AM-6 PM Sun.
AE, MC, V. $