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COFFEE BARS

Barnes & 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 Café

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. $

Capital Grounds

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. $

Coffee Planet

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. $

Everybody’s Café

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. $

Francesca’s

See listing under “Light Fare.”

Ilium Café

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. $

Perfect Blend

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, V. $

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. $.

Stagecoach Coffee

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. $

Starbucks

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. $

Ultraviolet Café

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, $

Uncommon Grounds

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. $

 

 

 

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