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by rwydro on May 21, 2012 · 0 comments


432 State St., Schenectady, 881-4515. Neighborhood coffeehouse with an artist-friendly vibe. Serving their own coffee blends, plus fresh pastries and more. 8 AM-8 PM Mon-Sat, 8 AM -7 PM Sun, open until 10 PM on show nights. AE, MC, V, D. $

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-10 PM Mon-Thurs, 9-11 PM Fri-Sat,  9-9 Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $

Caffe Vero

260 Lark St., Albany, caffeverocoffee.com. Plenty of specialty coffee drinks and teas, along with pastries (all locally made), fruit smoothies, and fruit-yogurt-granola parfaits. Open 7 AM-8 PM Mon-Thu, 7 AM-9 PM Fri, 8 AM-9 PM Sat, 8:30-7 Sun. D, MC, V. $

The Coffee Beanery Ltd. 

Rensselaer Amtrak Station, 463-8770; Colonie Center, 454-9670. 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. Rensselaer: 4:30 AM-7:30 PM daily. Colonie: 9:30-9:30 Mon-Sat, 10-6 Sun. 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. Bagels and cream cheese, sweet and savory scones, cookies, shortbread, biscotti, sandwiches, soups and desserts. 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, open until 11 on Troy Night Out. 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-8 PM daily. AE, D, MC, V. $

Emack & Bolio’s Ice Cream Parlor & Coffee House

366 Delaware Ave., Albany, 512-5100, 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, gifts and open mic on Tues. Free wi-fi. Serving 11 AM-10 PM Sun-Thu, 11 AM-11 PM Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $

Eugenio’s Cafe Gelato

458 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 691-6000, saratogagelato.com. Eugenio’s Cafe Gelato offers a true European-style espresso bar. Fresh flavors of family recipes mingle with the traditions of Italy, to create a product that is all natural, organic if possible, local, and delicious. Menu features gelato made on the premises from family recipes using imported Italian flavors and fresh and natural ingredients. Takeout available. Serving 11-11 Sun-Thurs, 11-12 AM Fri-Sat. MC, V, D. $

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 7-3 PM Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, 7-8 PM Wed, 8-2 PM Sat, Sun 9AM-noon. AE, MC, V, D. $


See listing under “Light Fare.”

Lil’ Buddha Tea

274 Lark St., Albany, 443-0029. Albany’s only independent teahouse offers a globally inspired oasis in the heart of the city, and features more than 50 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. A selection of vegan and vegetarian foods, including vegan waffles, locally baked pastries, desserts and raw juices.  Also offering coffee, and a retail teashop. Takeout available. Sunday beverages only.7 AM- 8 PM Mon-Sat, 12-8 PM Sun. MC, V. $

Perfect Blend

376 Delaware Ave., Delmar, 439-6537, perfectblendcafe.com. 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, and a full lunch menu. Private meeting room with fireplace, patio, free wi-fi, and catering. Open 7 AM-6 PM Mon-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, panini and pastries. Large selection of coffees, teas, fruit frappes, etc. Gift baskets. Coffee is roasted on the premises. It’s all served in an eclectic, comfy atmosphere. Serving 6:30 AM-11 PM Mon-Thu; 6:30 AM-midnight Fri-Sat; 8 AM-10 PM Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

Rock Hill Bakehouse Café

19 Exchange St., Glens Falls, 615-0777, rockhillbakehouse.com. Rock Hill’s bread-based café menu makes for uniquely satisfying breakfast and lunch fare focused on locally sourced breads, meats and cheeses. Try the naturally leavened, hearth-baked breads. Also featuring organic fair-trade coffee, scones and biscotti. Open 7 AM-9 PM Mon-Fri, 8 AM-9 PM Sat, 10-6 Sun. 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 7-5:30 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, iced tea and coffee, specialty drinks, fresh-fruit smoothies and up to 18 different types of whole-bean coffees roasted fresh daily. Fresh baked goods including bagels, scones, croissants and Danishes, with a light lunch menu featuring soups, chowders and stuffed croissants. Serving 7-5 Mon-Fri. AE, D, MC, V. $

Tierra Coffee Roasters

1038 Madison Ave., Albany, 621-7299, tierracoffeeroasters.com. Cozy coffee shop featuring organic fair-trade coffee, artisanal organic teas, espresso, cappuccino and Italian sodas, as well as a menu of fresh baked goods, panini, soups, desserts, and organic nuts and granola. All coffee, nuts and granola roasted at the company’s 100-percent-solar-powered facility in Chatham. Serving 7 AM-10 PM daily. AE, D, 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. Offering certified fair-trade coffee and organic whole-leaf teas. A full range of espresso drinks, chai, fruit smoothies, frappes and freshly brewed iced teas. Plus panini sandwiches, soups, quiches, assorted pastries and baked goods. Free wi-fi. Open 8 AM-10 PM Mon-Fri; 10-10 Sat-Sun. 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. 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 podium cards accepted at Albany location. $

Villa Italia Pasticceria 

226 Broadway, Schenectady, 355-1144, villaitaliabakery.com. Located in downtown Schenectady’s entertainment district, Villa Italia is known for its fine wedding and special-occasion cakes and pastries, as well as breads, panini sandwiches, Italian coffees and 25 flavors of homemade gelato. Open 7 AM-9 PM Mon-Fri, 8:30 AM-9 PM Sat, 8:30-6 Sun. Sometimes open later on Proctors show nights. AE, MC, V. $

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