& Tea Bars
Bailey’s Café Corner of Phila St. and Putnam St., Saratoga
Springs, 583-6060, 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 tableside.
& Jam 130 Remsen St., Cohoes. 326-2275, breadandjamcafe.com.
Unique, lively coffee house and music venue serving breakfast
and lunch daily. Jazz brunch with homemade crepes on Sundays
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. Rensselaer Amtrak station, 463-8770.
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
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 3rd St.,
Troy, 272-8658, dailygrind.com. 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. Open mic on Thursdays. At the Lark Street location, you’ll
find more than coffee: Upstairs, there’s a retail store specializing
in fresh-roasted coffee beans; downstairs there’s a European-style
café offering an eclectic variety of light fare.
& Bolio’s 366 Delaware Ave., Albany, 512-5100; Town
Center Plaza, 1704 Western Ave., Guilderland, ebalbany.com.
A cozy ice cream and coffeehouse chain, serving gourmet ice
cream, espresso, smoothies, pastries and ice cream cakes.
Great for parties. Fireplace and outdoor garden seating.
Good Leaf Gourmet Tea Company 274 Lark St., Albany, 434-0132,
goodleaftea.com. Albany’s only independent teahouse featuring
more than 70 varieties of house brand loose-leaf tea, chai,
yerba mate, bubble tea, and other “specialteas.” All tea drinks
are fresh and homemade using in-house recipes; no prepackaged
mixes. Also offering coffee, egg creams, home-baked pastries,
and a retail teashop.
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.
Java’s Coffee Sanctuary 217 Wolf Road, Colonie, 435-0843.
A light menu features sandwiches, salads, quesadillas, wraps,
stuffed breads, grilled paninis, croissants, bagels and 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.
’n the Beans 13 3rd St., Troy, 268-1028. Voted Metroland’s
Best Coffee Shop 2009. In-house fresh roasted specialty coffee
from around the globe. Full homemade breakfast menu, unique
panini and European sandwiches, homemade soups and baked goods.
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
and salads. Fresh fruit cups, fruit and yogurt parfaits are
Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany, 489-1064; Broadway, Saratoga Springs,
581-9498; St. James Square, Niskayuna, 381-9340; Newton Plaza,
Loudonville, 783-4544; 9 Clifton County Road, Clifton Park,
Cafe 290 Delaware Ave., Albany, 434-0333. Located right
next to the Spectrum 8 Theatres. This brightly 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 serving organic chai and European
drinking chocolate. Cold drinks include fruit smoothies, frappes,
tea freezes, fresh-squeezed lemonade and freshly brewed iced
teas. Panini sandwiches, soup and quiche. Homemade cupcakes,
banana bread, cakes, biscotti and cookies. Free wi-fi.
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.
Whistling Kettle 24 Front St., Ballston Spa, 884-2664,
thewhistling kettle.com. Full-service tea lounge with more
than 110 types of premium loose-leaf tea. Classy, comfortable
atmosphere with outdoor seating and fireplace. Lunch and traditional
afternoon tea menu. Bulk tea and accessories. Beer and wine
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