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COFFEE BARS

Barnes & Noble Café

Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 131 Colonie Center Suite 355, Albany, 438-1728. A sunny browsing café that features Starbucks coffee, as well as espresso and cappuccino, chai and other teas. 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. $

Bread and Jam Café

130 Remsen St., Cohoes, 326-2275, breadandjamcafe.com. Serving breakfast, treats and light fare, as well as coffee drinks and fresh smoothies. 7:30-7 Mon-Tue, 7:30 AM-9 PM Wed-Fri, 7:30 AM-10 PM Fri, 9 AM-10 PM Sat, 10-2 Sun. $

Café Perk Ups

415 Whitehall Road, Albany, 512-5204. Offering an array of specialty coffees and teas, as well as other beverages including smoothies. Serving a variety of sweet and savory crepes all day long. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all made to order. 7 AM-9 PM Mon-Fri, 9-8 Sat, 9-3 Sun. AE, MC. V, ATM. $

The 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 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. 4:30 AM-7:30 PM daily. 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, and fruit smoothies. Also bagels and cream cheese, sweet and savory scones, cookies, shortbread, biscotti, sandwiches, soups and dessert. Wines and microbrew beers 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. Breakfast served all day specializing in egg sandwiches. Select teas, too. Beer and wine also available. Serving 8-6 Mon-Wed, 8-11 Thu, 8-6 Fri, 8-5 Sat, 10-4 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 7 AM-9 PM Mon- Sat, 7 AM-8 PM Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

Emack & Bolio’s Ice Cream Parlor & Coffee House

366 Delaware Ave., Albany, 512-5100; Town Center Plaza, 1704 Western Ave., Guilderland, 250-4196. ebalbany.com. A cozy ice cream and coffeehouse chain, serving espresso, smoothies, pastries, gourmet ice cream and ice cream cakes. Great for parties. Fireplace and outdoor garden seating. Live music Fri, Sat, art shows, gifts and open mic. Free Wi-Fi. Serving 11 AM-10 PM Sun-Thu, 11 AM-11 PM Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $

Eugenio’s Cafe Gelato

419 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 691-6000, eugenioscafegelato.com. Featuring gelato made on-premises with imported Italian ingredients, and Italian pastries made from Eugene’s family recipes. Also Italian espresso, cappuccino and the house specialty, café gelato (espresso with gelato topped with whipped cream and caramel). Also soups, cakes, and more. Takeout available. Serving noon-9 Wed-Fri, 11-10 Sat, noon-8 Sun. MC, V. $

Everybody’s Café

674 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush, 479-2233, everybodyscafe.biz. Featuring a full espresso menu including latte, cappuccino, mocha, and a large assortment of loose teas. Homemade desserts, soups, and light fare. Serving breakfast and lunch all day. Off-premises catering and takeout available. Serving 7-4 PM Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, 7-8 PM Wed, 8-2 PM Sat. AE, MC, V. $

Flavour Café and Lounge

228 4th St., Troy, 266-9253, flavour cafe.com. More than 50 flavors of fresh-brewed coffee; also plenty of teas and Torani syrups. Menu features soups, salads, wraps and panini sandwiches. Now offering over 20 varieties of cakes and cupcakes made on the premises, and soft-serve ice cream. Lotto. Patio and free Wi-Fi. On- and off-premises catering, and takeout available. Open 7:30 AM-10 PM Mon-Fri, 8 AM-10 PM Sat, 9-8 Sun. AE, D, MC, V, RAD card. $

Francesca’s

See listing under “Light Fare.”

The Good Leaf Gourmet Tea Company

274 Lark St., Albany, 434-0132, goodleaftea.com. Albany’s only independent teahouse offers a globally inspired oasis in the heart of the city, and features more than 95 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, locally baked pastries, and a retail teashop. Takeout available. 10:30 AM-7 PM Mon-Fri, noon-6 PM Sat. Hours may vary seasonally. MC, V. $

Java Jazz Café

See listing under “Light Fare.”

Mezzaluna Café & Bistro

See listing under “Light Fare.”

Muddy Cup Coffee House

1038 Madison Ave., Albany, 458-6120; Proctors Theatre Arcade, 432 State St., Schenectady, 881-4515. Neighborhood coffeehouse with an artist-friendly vibe. Serving their own coffee blends, plus fresh pastries and more. Albany: 8 AM-midnight daily. Schenectady: 7 AM-10 PM daily. Cash only, ATM on premises. $

Perfect Blend

376 Delaware Ave., Delmar, 439-6537, perfectblendcafe.com. Under new ownership, this indie coffeehouse offers a selection of coffee, tea, espresso-based drinks, chai and smoothies. Wide variety of homemade pastries baked daily, as well as specialty cakes and pies. Private meeting room with fireplace, patio, free Wi-Fi, live entertainment and catering. Open 7 AM-7 PM Mon, 7 AM-8 PM Tue-Thu, 7 AM-7 PM Fri-Sat, 7 AM-4 PM Sun. AE, MC, V. $

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 6:30 AM-11 PM Mon-Thu; 6:30 AM-midnight Fri-Sat; 7:30 AM-10 PM 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 and biscotti. Free film showing on Fridays. Open 7 AM-9 PM Mon-Fri, 8 AM-9 PM Sat, 10-6 Sun. AE, MC, V, personal checks. $

Scratch Bakery Café

See listing under “Light Fare.”

Spill ’n the Beans Coffeehouse & Bistro

13 3rd St., Troy, 268-1028, spillnthe beans.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 7-5:30 Mon-Fri, 8-4 Sat, 8-3 Sun (breakfast only all day Sunday). AE, D, MC, V. $.

Stagecoach Coffee

90 State St., Albany, 436-7233. An extensive beverage list, including latte, cappuccino, chai, specialty drinks, fresh-fruit smoothies and 19 different types of whole-bean coffees roasted fresh daily. An extensive line of iced teas, and blueberry iced coffee. Fresh baked goods—including bagels, scones, croissants and Danishes. Soups, too. Serving 7-5 Mon-Fri. MC, V. $

Ultraviolet Café

290 Delaware Ave., Albany. 434-0333 Located right next to the Spectrum 8 Theatres. Laid-back, bohemian ambience is accented by changing art shows that feature the work of local artists. Offering certified fair-trade coffee and organic whole-leaf teas. A full range of espresso drinks, including cappuccinos, lattes and iced espresso drinks. Also Mayan chai, fruit smoothies, frappes, tea freezes, freshly brewed iced teas and hot apple cider. Plus panini sandwiches, soups, quiches, assorted pastries and baked goods. Free Wi-Fi. Open 8 AM-10 PM Mon-Thu; 8 AM-11 PM Fri; 10-11 PM Sat; 10-10 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

Uncommon Grounds

1225 Western Ave., Albany, 453-5649; 402 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 581-0656. uncommongrounds.com. Wide selection of aromatic, freshly roasted and freshly brewed coffees, teas of all kinds and a variety of desserts, muffins, bagels, bagel sandwiches, soups and salads. Newly expanded and beautifully remodeled Saratoga store also offers 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, and 25 flavors of homemade gelato. Open 7 AM-9 PM Mon-Thurs, 7 AM-11 PM Fri, 8:30 AM-11 PM Sat, 8:30-6 Sun. Open until 11 PM any night of a Proctors show. AE, MC, V. $

 

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