& Tea Bars
Café Corner of Phila
St. and Putnam St., Saratoga Springs, 583-6060. www.baileyscafe.com.
A fun and friendly café located in a historic Saratoga landmark.
Award- winning soups, creative salads, sandwiches and daily
specials are offered. Full bar, coffee cocktails, espresso,
lattes and cappuccino and tantalizing desserts. Fun foods
including fondues and s’mores—toast your own marshmallows
& Noble Café Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Wolf
Road, Colonie, 459-8183; 3029 State Route 50, Saratoga Springs,
583-7717; 402 Balltown Road, Mohawk Commons, Schenectady,
377-0349. 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 including California cheesecake.
Everyone’s welcome to bring books into the café.
Café Borders Books & Music, 59 Wolf Road, Colonie,
482-5800; 395 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 583-1200; 3 Southside
Drive, Village Plaza, Clifton Park, 383-2121. You’re always
welcome to bring books along for browsing while you enjoy
coffees, teas, cold beverages and a selection of pastries,
desserts and sandwiches.
Grounds 145 Vly 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.
Coffee Beanery Ltd. Colonie Center, 438-1637; Albany International
Airport, 242-4303; Rensselear Amtrak station, 463-8770; 1900
Central Ave., 452-1231. 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. Central Avenue location also
features gourmet sandwiches and paninis.
Planet 100 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa, 884-9913. This cozy
coffeehouse in the rustic village of Ballston Spa features
a full espresso bar, fresh-baked scones, muffins, croissants,
cookies, soups and sandwiches. Acoustic music every weekend.
Daily Grind 204 Lark St., Albany, 427-0464; 46 Third St.,
Troy, 272-8658. At the Troy location, a true coffee bar with
several tables, offering coffee-of-the-day, espresso, cappuccino,
steamers, latte and such munchies as biscotti and muffins.
Select teas, sandwiches, beer and wine too. At the Lark Street
location, you’ll find more than coffee: Upstairs there’s a
retail store specializing in fresh-roasted coffee beans, and
downstairs there’s a European-style café offering an eclectic
variety of light fare.
Jazz Café and Bakery Main Square Shoppes, 318 Delaware
Ave., Delmar, 439-1727. Home of the Seattle Sub & Pita
Co. Substantial line of gourmet coffees available, as well
as espresso drinks. Special coffee flavors served daily, along
with fresh muffins, scones and cookies.
Coffee, 54 James St., Albany, 434-6255. Beverage list
includes lattes, specialty drinks and a wide variety of fresh
coffees. Baked goods include scones, croissants and danishes.
Java’s Coffee Sanctuary 217 Wolf Road, Colonie, 435-0843.
A light menu features sandwiches, salads, quesadillas, wraps,
stuffed breads, croissants, bagels, pastries. Large selection
of iced teas, coffees, fruit frappes, etc. It’s all served
in an eclectic, comfy atmosphere, with a private study room
available for students and live music on the weekends.
Coffee 90 State St., Albany, 436-7233. An extensive beverage
list, including latte, Italian sodas, specialty drinks and
35 different types of whole-bean coffees. Fresh baked goods,
including scones, croissants and danishes, plus soups, sandwiches
Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany, 489-1064; Broadway, Saratoga Springs,
581-9498; St. James Square, Niskayuna, 381-9340; Newton Plaza,
Loudonville, 783-4544; Wolf Road, Colonie, 435-9280; 9 Clifton
County Road, Clifton Park, 373-5794. Contemporary Seattle-based
coffee chain specializing in gourmet coffee drinks including
cappuccino, latte, “frappuccino” and espresso, plus pastries,
cookies and bagels.
Cafe 290 Delaware Ave., Albany, 434-0333. Serving fair-trade
gourmet coffee and espresso drinks, whole-leaf teas, desserts,
panini sandwiches and more.
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
obscenely wonderful desserts. Great bagels and muffins, too.
The Saratoga location is newly expanded and now has gelato!
Whistling Kettle 24 Front St., Ballston Spa, 884-2664,
www.thewhistlingkettle.com. Full-service tea lounge with more
than 85 types of premium loose-leaf tea. Classy, comfortable
atmosphere with outdoor seating and fireplace. Lunch and traditional
afternoon tea menu. Free wi-fi Internet access. Bulk tea and
accessories. Beer and wine also available.
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