BESTIES FOOD & DRINK

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Bold-Denotes Winner
Italics-Denotes Runner-up

FOOD & DRINK

APPETIZER
The Shop
135 Fourth Street, Troy
theshoptroy.com
If you haven’t tried The Shop yet, you need to. Creative is what I think of when I think of their food, their cocktails and the ambiance. Just going there is an experience!  Built inside a 100-year-old hardware store, you feel like you stepped back into time. The Shop features an awesome selection of appetizers along with signature cocktails and craft beer. The location is perfect for strolling in the hottest city for bar hopping, and The Shop is a place that you will not want to hop from!

New World Bistro Bar
300 Delaware Avenue, Albany
newworldbistrobar.com

Otis & Oliver’s
30 Mill Road, Latham
otisandolivers.com

APPLE PIE
Smith’s Orchard Bake Shop
4561 Jockey Street,Ballston Spa
smithspieshop.com
Truly outstanding pies in all flavors but if you love Apple pie (and who doesn’t?), you need to take a ride to Smith’s. Every pie is made with tender loving care. Keyword—love. If you have never tried their pies, you need to quickly.

Lakeside Farms
336 Schauber Road, Ballston Lake
lakesidefarmscidermill.com

Grandma’s Pies & Restaurant
1273 Central Avenue, Albany
grandmaspieshop.com

BAGELS
Uncommon Grounds
Various locations
uncommongrounds.com
I think bagels are a personal food. So many decisions with respect to types of bagels and what to put on them. How you eat them—either like a sandwich or separated and covered with cream cheese. YUM. Uncommon Grounds is uncommonly great. Great selection of fresh-roasted coffee and teas and, yes, great bagels with choices of spreads, sandwiches and more. A great place to hang out, too! Bagels are fresh-baked daily and are available in many choices. Sure to please!

Psychedelicatessen
275 River Street, Troy
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Bagel Tyme
1004 Kinderhook Street, Valatie
389 Fairview Avenue, Hudson
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Tied with:
Wired Coffee
1104 Ellsworth Boulevard, Malta
sipwired.com

BAKERY
Bella Napoli Italian Bakery
672 New Loudon Road, Latham
721 River Street, Troy
bellanapolibakery.com
It started with bread and quickly Bella Napoli was the region’s choice for delectable desserts of all types. You will find the classics and creations that you would only see in Italy. In Latham, a full café is featured as well. Try the cookies – you can’t eat one for sure. Bite in and imagine you are roaming the streets of Naples.

Villa Italia
226 Broadway, Schenectady
villaitaliabakery.com

Cookie Factory
520 Congress Street, Troy
cookiefactoryllc.com

BBQ (TIE)
PJ’s Bar-B-QSA
1 Kaydeross Avenue West, Saratoga Springs
pjsbarbqsa.com
PJ’s used to just be a summer place but they are open year round featuring all styles of American BBQ. The menu is so extensive that there will be a choice for everyone (including vegetarian). Don’t be afraid to ask for advice—the entire staff is knowledgeable on BBQ and will “steer” you in the right direction. Top your selection off with their own soda brand, cold beer or other beverage.

Pig Pit BBQ
1 Niver Street, Cohoes
pigpitbbq.com
The owner and BBQ wizard is Tex and where is he from? Fort Worth, Texas. So you know the BBQ has to be the best. A winner many times, The Pig Pit features all the BBQ classics you expect plus specials to entice you even more. Tex utilizes his own unique style of smoking meats to perfection and he has a full Tex-Mex menu, as well. You’ll smell the aroma as you get close.

Brooks’ House of BBQ}
5560 State Highway 7, Oneonta
brooksbbq.com

Otis & Oliver’s
30 Mill Road, Latham
otisandolivers.com

BEER SELECTION
Brown’s Brewing Company
417 River Street, Troy
brownsbrewing.com
Always fun and the beer is fantastic. It is a true Troy “Establishment” now as Brown’s has been sitting on River Street since 1993 brewing craft beers. The colleges, when in session, flood the trendy district while families know as well how worthwhile it is to flock to Brown’s, for sure.

Wolff’s Biergarten
Various locations
wolffsbiergarten.com

CH Evans Brewing Company at Albany Pump Station
19 Quackenbush Square, Albany
evansale.com

BEST KEPT SECRET RESTAURANT
Cornells in Little Italy
39 North Jay Street, Schenectady
cornellsrestaurant.com
I am not certain that Cornells is a secret. The food is consistent and many families throughout the region have been gathering there for many years.  Perhaps, there are some still who are not aware of how good it really is!

Restaurant Navona
289 New Scotland Avenue, Albany
restaurantnavona.com

Mio Vino
186 Main Street, Altamont
miovino186.com

BLOODY MARY
Hollow Bar + Kitchen
79 North Pearl Street, Albany
thehollowalbany.com
Winner for a few years now in the cocktail category and this year singled out for their signature Bloody Marys. Cocktail making is a skill, for sure, and a good recipe makes all the difference. Congrats Hollow Bar + Kitchen.

Café Madison
1108 Madison Avenue, Albany
cafemadisonalbany.com

New World Bistro Bar
300 Delaware Avenue, Albany
newworldbistrobar.com

BISTRO
New World Bistro Bar
300 Delaware Avenue, Albany
newworldbistrobar.com
The New World Bistro Bar is a marvel. Everything they make is so inspired and never disappoints. You certainly need reservations to enjoy this bistro but it is worthy of making plans and building a night around eating there.

Garden Bistro 24
1207 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham
5 Vista Boulevard, Slingerlands
gardenbistro24.com

Sage Bistro
2050 Western Avenue,Suite 108, Guilderland
sagebistro.weebly.com

BREAD
Perreca’s Bakery
33 North Jay Street, Schenectady
perrecasbakery.com
I live in Troy but love when someone says to me, “I will be in Schenectady. Do you want anything from Perreca’s?” Their bread can be the centerpiece of a dinner. To call bread beautiful is odd, I know, but honestly the golden brown, the rustic look—it is beautiful!

Bountiful Bread
1475 Western Avenue, Albany
bountifulbread.com

Bella Napoli Italian Bakery
672 New Loudon Road, Latham
721 River Street, Troy
bellanapolibakery.com

BREAKFAST
Café Madison
1108 Madison Avenue, Albany
cafemadisonalbany.com
The day of rest for some of us cannot be complete without a breakfast at Café Madison. Lively always, delicious consistently and relaxing to boot. After all, someone is cleaning it up, too!

Blue Ribbon Restaurant and Bakery
1801 State Street, Schenectady
blueribbonrestaurant.com

Latham 76 Diner
722 New Loudon Road, Latham
latham76diner.com

BURGER
Ale House
680 River Street, Troy
alehousetroy.com
I must confess that I root for the Ale House each year. They are a small Troy establishment that frankly isn’t all that much to look at but, WOW, are their burgers incredible. To sit with a cold beer, a cheese burger (or your favorite type of topping) is like a masterpiece of living simply.

Crave Burgers + Frozen Yogurt
217 Western Avenue, Albany
cravealbany.com

Dave’s Gourmet Burgers & More
2535 Broadway, Schenectady
davesgourmetburgersandmore.us

CAKES
Zachary’s Pastry Shoppe
390 Columbia Turnpike,East Greenbush
zacharyspastryshoppe.com
If you are lucky enough to have ever had a Zachary’s cake, good for your taste buds. If you haven’t, don’t deprive yourself any longer. They are fabulous. Heck, tell everyone it is your birthday and all you want is their cake. If you are fibbing, your friends will forgive you if you share with them.

Villa Italia Bakery
226 Broadway, Schenectady
villaitaliabakery.com

Bella Napoli Italian Bakery
672 New Loudon Road, Latham
721 River Street, Troy
bellanapolibakery.com

CALAMARI
Yanni’s Too Restaurant
20 Marina Drive, Coeymans
yannisrestaurants.com
Dubbed the Calamari King, Marc, the owner, rules over his seafood kingdom. Worth the trip from anywhere in the Capital Region, you must start every choice with an order of calamari. If you don’t, it would be like going to the Louvre without seeing the Mona Lisa or going to Harry’s Bar without ordering a Bellini, or like—oh, you get it. Enjoy!

New World Bistro Bar
300 Delaware Avenue, Albany
newworldbistrobar.com

Cornells in Little Italy
39 North Jay Street, Schenectady
cornellsrestaurant.com

CHEESECAKE
Blue Ribbon
Restaurant and Bakery
1801 State Street, Schenectady
blueribbonrestaurant.com
A perennial winner for cheese cakes and for many good reasons.  I once listed all their cheesecakes in a Bestie issue and was blown away by the list of flavors and choices. Each made fresh on the premises.

Bella Napoli Italian Bakery
672 New Loudon Road, Latham
721 River Street, Troy
bellanapolibakery.com

Cheesecake Machismo
293 Hamilton Street, Albany
cheesecakemachismo.com

Tied with:

Nuns of New Skete
345 Ashgrove Road, Cambridge
newskete.com

CHOCOLATE SHOP/CANDY STORE
Uncle Sam’s Candy
2571 Albany Street, Schenectady
594 New Loudon Road, Latham
unclesamscandy.com
Chocolate is like wine. Good chocolate is great and bad chocolate is bad. Uncle Sam’s never is anything but awesome. Uncle Sam’s also has wonderful candy besides chocolate and options for everyone with dietary restrictions. Sweet tooth readers, rejoice.

Krause’s Homemade Candy
1609 Central Avenue, Albany
krausescandy.com

Candy Kraft Candies
2575 Western Avenue, Altamont
candykraftcandies.com

CUPCAKES
Coccadotts Cake Shop
1179 Central Avenue, Albany
coccadotts.com
A winner in multiple years and for all good reasons. Creative, tasty and willing to work with you on all your festive needs, Coccadotts always delivers quality and who doesn’t want to grab a little bit of goodness with frosting?

Make Me a Cake Next Door
378 Delaware Avenue, Delmar
cakesnextdoor.com

Bella Napoli Italian Bakery
672 New Loudon Road, Latham
721 River Street, Troy
bellanapolibakery.com

Tied with:

Perreca’s Bakery
33 North Jay Street, Schenectady
perrecasbakery.com

CIDER DONUTS
Golden Harvest Farms
3074 US Route 9, Valatie
goldenharvestfarms.com
I honestly cannot remember when the lovely team at Golden Harvest did not win this category. A hot cup of coffee or their own cider and one of their donuts could just be the best thing you have treated yourself to in ages (or at least since last fall).

Indian Ladder Farms
342 Altamont Road, Altamont
indianladderfarms.com

Lakeside Farms
336 Schauber Road, Ballston Lake
lakesidefarmscidermill.com

CHICKEN WINGS
The Towne Tavern
2850 State Route 43, Averill Park
thetownetavern.com
It has been many years now that The Towne Tavern has captured the “Bestie” for Chicken wings in this and many others readers’ polls and contests locally. It is apparent that they are the tastiest for sure.  There are so many choices of wings at The Towne Tavern to try but I dare you to love just one type.  They are all excellent and worthy of mass consumption, just ask my husband.

Rusty Nail
1781 Route 9, Clifton Park
myfavoritetaverns.com

Ale House
680 River Street, Troy
alehousetroy.com

CHILI
Otis & Oliver’s
30 Mill Road, Latham
otisandolivers.com
A white chili with some real secret ingredients and spices makes this chili unbelievably good. You may never eat red chili again after eating Otis & Oliver’s chili. So good and so requested throughout the year that they may be breaking their tradition of only serving in cold weather.  Let’s all lobby to make this happen!

Tipsy Moose Tap & Tavern
185 Old Loudon Road, Latham
tipsymoosetavern.com

The Towne Tavern
2850 State Route 43, Averill Park
thetownetavern.com

CHOWDER
Fish at 30 Lake
30 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs
fishat30lake.com
Fish at 30 Lake is relatively new but already you hear about their outstanding and unique chowder as if it had been driven in from Maine each morning and not prepared by their chef.  We love when a new restaurant wins a category because it is something else we need to try out. Thank you, readers!

Salty’s Pub and Bistro
215 Guideboard Road #A, Clifton Park
saltyspub.com

Reel Seafood Co.
195 Wolf Road, Albany
reelseafoodco.com

COFFEE
Stewart’s Shops
Various locations
stewartsshops.com
Who out there does not love Stewart’s coffee?  Coffee maker sales have to be down in our area because we all run out for Stewart’s. Great coffee and at reasonable prices.  No barista—only quality.

Wired Coffee and Bagel
1104 Ellsworth Boulevard, Malta
sipwired.com

Professor Java Coffee Sanctuary
215 Wolf Road, Albany
professorjavas.us

COOKIES
Villa Italia Bakery
226 Broadway, Schenectady
villaitaliabakery.com
Villa Italia is a mecca for Italian sweet treats. All of their sweets are great but the cookies are something everyone loves, whatever their age. Grab some to bring to your next outing and you will be everyone’s new best friend.

Cookie Factory
520 Congress Street, Troy
cookiefactoryllc.com

Bella Napoli Italian Bakery
672 New Loudon Road, Latham
721 River Street, Troy
bellanapolibakery.com

COMFORT FOOD
Scarboroughs Restaurant
497 Old Niskayuna Road, Latham
scarboroughslatham.com
Does comfort food need to be served in a comfortable setting to be awesome? Well, at Scarboroughs it is but their food would truly be outstanding anywhere.  Everything is made like your favorite family cook made it. And you will be stuffed, too.

Olde Bryan Inn
123 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs
oldebryaninn.com

Hattie’s Restaurant
45 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs
hattiesrestaurant.com

CUTTING EDGE RESTAURANT
The Shop
135 Fourth Street, Troy
theshoptroy.com
I have to admit that when we came up with this category, The Shop came to mind. I am so happy our readers agreed. Fun and funky! The food is terrific and the atmosphere unique and sitting in trendy downtown Troy.

Peck’s Arcade
217 Broadway, Troy
pecksarcade.com

The Hill at Muza
379 Congress Street, Troy
thehillatmuza.com

DELI
Gershon’s Deli
1600 Union Street, Schenectady
gershonsdeli.com
Gershon’s Deli offers a wide-ranging menu presenting traditional, old-world favorites such as hot pastrami, corned beef and chopped liver. It’s a sandwich lover’s assortment of overstuffed combinations and, of course, like any great deli, salads and soups, prepared fresh each day.

Genoa Importing Co.
435 Loudon Road, Latham
genoaimporting.com

Deli & Brew
64 Vandenburgh Avenue, Troy
deliandbrew.com

DECADENT DESSERT
Restaurant Navona
289 New Scotland Road, Albany
restaurantnavona.com
Homemade coconut cream pie is my favorite but carrot cake, chocolate mousse and affogato are available each day. I will skip the descriptions as I would hate to cause a pile up on 787 getting to Navona. I will just take a cup of decaf—not!

New World Bistro Bar
300 Delaware Avenue, Albany
newworldbistrobar.com

Cornells in Little Italy
39 North Jay Street, Schenectady
cornellsrestaurant.com

Tied with:

Latham 76 Diner
722 New Loudon Road, Latham
latham76diner.com

DINER
Alexis Diner
294 North Greenbush Road, Troy
alexisdiner.us
Alexis Diner on North Greenbush Road in Troy goes through more Capital Region Living magazines that we sometimes can’t keep up with the demand. Our readers flock there and they vote! Congrats, Alex and team on true excellence.

Latham 76 Diner
722 New Loudon Road, Latham
latham76diner.com

Blue Ribbon Restaurant and Bakery
1801 State Street, Schenectady
blueribbonrestaurant.com

FAMILY-OWNED RESTAURANT
Canali’s Restaurant
126 Mariaville Road, Schenectady
canalisrestaurant.com
Canali’s wins so much each year but, knowing the family, I will bet that this “Bestie” means the most to them. The food is unbelievably good and this family really has it down pat. A well working machine, for sure.

Verdile’s Restaurant
572 Second Avenue, Troy
verdile.com

D’Raymonds Restaurant
269 Osborne Road, Loudonville
draymonds.com

FINE DINING
Angelo’s 677 Prime
677 Broadway, Albany
677prime.com
This truly is fine dining. Wonderful staff from the moment your car is whisked away to be parked, to the greeting at the door, to the actual meal superbly served. The wines are amazing and I truly can’t think of a reason not to think of them as the “finest.”

15 Church
15 Church Street, Saratoga Springs
15churchrestaurant.com

Lake Ridge Restaurant
35 Burlington Avenue, Round Lake
lake-ridge.com

FISH FRY
Ted’s Fish Fry
Various locations
tedsfishfry.net
Traveling out of Upstate New York, fish fry is not known as we know it here. How do we identify it? By the name Ted’s Fish Fry. Iconic is not a word we throw around lightly but Ted’s is iconic.

Harbor House Fish Fry
1742 Route 9, Clifton Park
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Off Shore Pier Restaurant
637 Third Avenue Ext., Rensselaer
offshorepier.com

FISH ‘n CHIPS
The Local Pub & Teahouse
142 Grand Avenue, Saratoga Springs
thelocalpubandteahouse.com
Quaint and fun, this local Irish-style pub and teahouse offers Irish and English-inspired food choices. You can’t offer these types of food choices without having fish ‘n chips and these are the “Bestie” favorites.  Capital Region Living magazine covers 11 counties so they must be awesome.

The Olde English Pub
683 Broadway, Albany
theoldeenglish.com

Yanni’s Too Restaurant
20 Marina Drive, Coeymans
yannisrestaurants.com

FRENCH FRIES
Garden Bistro 24
5 Vista Boulevard, Slingerlands
1207 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham
gardenbistro24.com
Pommes frites are what is on the menu at Garden Bistro 24 in Latham and Slingerlands. These Pommes Frites are great on their own but served with some of their other dishes is heavenly. Poutine, which is pomme frites, caramelized onions, cheddar cheese, roasted chicken gravy and fresh herbs, is yet another option. Whatever or however you eat them at Garden Bistro 24, it is an amazing treat for the taste buds.

Ravenous Crêperie
21 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs
ravenouscrepes.com

The Merry Monk
84 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs
90 North Pearl Street, Albany
merrymonksaratoga.com

HAPPY HOUR
Wheatfields
54 Crossing Boulevard, Clifton Park
440 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
wheatfields.com
BOGO available on all bar beverages. They have their own famous bar cheese, awesome wine list, homemade and always fresh Sangria, and discounted prices for many items on the bar menu for their Happy Hour. Hard to compete with that!

City Line Bar & Grill
1200 Western Avenue, Albany
citylinebar.com

Johnny’s Restaurant
433 State Street, Schenectady
johnnysdowntown.com

HOMEMADE PASTA
Wheatfields
54 Crossing Boulevard, Clifton Park
440 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
wheatfields.com
Another win for our friends at Wheatfields. It is hard to beat their homemade pasta and our readers do agree. Fresh hand-crafted pastas have been made at Wheatfields since 1988. You really haven’t eaten great pasta until you have eaten homemade pasta and Wheatfields is the “Bestie.”

Canali’s Restaurant
126 Mariaville Road, Schenectady
canalisrestaurant.com

Cornells in Little Italy
39 North Jay Street, Schenectady
cornellsrestaurant.com

HOT DOG
Gus’s Hot Dogs
212 25th Street, Watervliet
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Tiny and powerful little bites of delight. Eating inside the compact little restaurant or eating outside on the picnic tables, you will find the comradery of other hot dog connoisseurs. Worth the trip and the smell of onions for sure! Multi-year winner for good reason.

Mike’s Hot Dogs
1135 Erie Boulevard, Schenectady
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Famous Lunch
111 Congress Street, Troy
famouslunch.net

ICE CREAM STAND
The Snowman Ice Cream
531 Fifth Avenue, Troy
thesnowmanicecream.com
The big snowman stands regally over the streets in North Troy and that snowman beckons you in. I know because I have tried to drive by many times but I can’t. The ice cream is tremendous and the combination soft serves are awesome. The hard ice cream is amazing, too!

Guptill’s Coney Express
1085 New Loudon Road, Cohoes
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Kurver Kreme
1349 Central Avenue, Albany
Kurvericecream.com

KID-FRIENDLY DINING
Jumpin’ Jack’s Drive In
5 Schonowee Avenue, Scotia
jumpinjacksdriveininc.com
Jumpin Jack’s was built in 1952 by Jack Brennan and it has been humming along ever since to the delight of families all over the Capital Region. A summer evening with burgers and fries at Jumpin’ Jack’s will delight your children forever with memories of their childhood.

Kay’s Pizza
10 Walsh Lane, Averill Park
kayspizza.com

Swifty’s Restaurant & Pub
367 Delaware Avenue, Delmar
95 Everett Road, Albany
swiftyspub.com

LATE-NIGHT DINING
Latham 76 Diner
722 New Loudon Road, Latham
latham76diner.com
There is just nothing like stopping by Latham 76 after a great night on the town to chow down anything and everything you want to eat. It’s like coming home to mom’s kitchen if mom is a great cook.

My Place & Co.
241 Delaware Avenue, Delmar
1640 Columbia Turnpike, Schodack
myplaceandcompany.com

Gateway Diner
899 Central Avenue, Albany
thegatewaydiner.com

LOCALLY BREWED BEER
Brown’s Brewing Company
417 River Street, Troy
brownsbrewing.com 
Brown’s was awesome before beer crafting was as popular as it is now. They have been at it a long time and have perfected the art of beer making. Known countrywide now for their brews, Browns is special in many ways.

Mad Jack Brewing – The Van Dyck
237 Union Street, Schenectady
vandycklounge.com

Druthers Brewing Company
1053 Broadway, Albany
381 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
druthersbrewing.com

LOBSTER MAC & CHEESE
The Ginger Man
234 Western Avenue, Albany
albanygingerman.com
The Mac & Cheese in general is simply sublime but the Lobster Mac & Cheese may just kill you with euphoria. All kidding aside, I have no words here. Chunks of lobster and creamy and so well-seasoned—oops, I guess I did have words.

Provence Restaurant
1475 Western Avenue, Albany
provence-restaurant.net

Druthers Brewing Company
1053 Broadway, Albany
381 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
druthersbrewing.com

LUNCH SPOT
Swifty’s Restaurant & Pub
367 Delaware Avenue, Delmar
95 Everett Road, Albany
swiftyspub.com
Swifty’s lunches are well made and they serve fast and efficiently for lunch breaks. Order in or take out and back to the office. They really do a great job and deserve this win.

Illium Café
9 Broadway, Troy
illiumcafe.com

Muddaddy Flats
49 Third Street, Troy
muddaddyflats.com

Tied with:

Wired Coffee and Bagel
1104 Ellsworth Boulevard, Malta
sipwired.com

MAC & CHEESE
Tipsy Moose Tap & Tavern
185 Old Loudon Road, Latham
tipsymoosetavern.com
Amazing little tavern in Latham that churns out fantastic food day in and day out. It is hard to pick a favorite from their menu but the Mac n’ Cheese is flawless. Served in a crock that I dare you to finish but have no worries, it reheats well, too. Not that I know anything about that.

Druthers Brewing Company
1053 Broadway, Albany
381 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
druthersbrewing.com

Hattie’s Restaurant
45 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs
hattiesrestaurant.com

MARGARITA El
Loco Mexican Café
465 Madison Avenue, Albany
ellocomexicancafe.com
Drinking margaritas is a very personal adult beverage. Do you want salt, do you want a fruity based one, what level of tequila do you want in it? Whatever you choose, El Loco nails it. Oops, I may have just shared too much knowledge here.

Mexican Connection
41 Nelson Avenue, Saratoga Springs
www.mexconx.com

Bomber’s Burrito Bar
258 Lark Street, Albany
447 State Street, Schenectady
bombersburritobar.com

MARTINI
The Standard
1 Crossgates Mall Road, Albany
standardalbany.com
The martini is a cocktail made with gin and vermouth, and garnished with an olive or a lemon twist. Now there are so many varieties of martinis that, if possible, they are even more elegant. The Standard knocks the traditional martini and the modern versions out of the park. Sooooo good.

Hallow Bar + Kitchen
79 North Pearl Street, Albany
thehollowalbany.com

New World Bistro Bar
300 Delaware Avenue, Albany
newworldbistrobar.com

MEATBALLS
Canali’s Restaurant
126 Mariaville Road, Schenectady
canalisrestaurant.com
After tasting Canali’s meatballs (if you haven’t already), I dare you to disagree with this readers’ poll choice. Tender, flavorful and something that could easily be confused with your great Italian grandmothers. They are that good.

Genoa Importing Co.
435 Loudon Road, Latham
genoaimporting.com

Cornells Restaurant in Little Italy
39 North Jay Street, Schenectady
cornellsrestaurant.com

MUFFINS
Emma Cleary’s Café
1926 New Scotland Avenue, Slingerlands
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The freshly baked muffin as worthy of eating for breakfast, lunch and even a dessert. The charming country setting is home to a whole lot of baked goodness but the muffins are worth the trip. A blueberry muffin and a cup of their coffee can make the worst day an awesome one with a bite or two or three….

Lindsey’s Country Store
1537 US Route 9, Halfmoon
lindseyscountrystore.com

Blueberry Hill Market Café
515 State Route 20, New Lebanon
blueberryhillmarketcafe.com

OMELETTES
Latham 76 Diner
722 New Loudon Road, Latham
latham76diner.com
Egg white omelettes with spinach and feta is my personal favorite at the Latham 76 but honestly whatever you want in the omelette, you can rest assured it will be well made and served hot and more than you can eat.

Café Madison
1108 Madison Avenue, Albany
cafemadisonalbany.com

Peaches Café
1475 Western Avenue, Albany
peachescafe.net

OUTDOOR DINING
The Water’s Edge Lighthouse
2 Freeman’s Bridge Road, Glenville
thewatersedgelighthouse.com
Sitting by the Mohawk River on a warm spring, summer or fall night at the Water’s Edge Restaurant can make you relish in the fact that we live in the Capital Region. Now throw in some good food to go along with the views and you have magic.

Prime at Saratoga National
453 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs
primeatsaratoganational.com

Yanni’s Too Restaurant
20 Marina Drive, Coeymans
yannisrestaurants.com

PASTA SAUCE
Testo’s Restaurant & Pizza
853 Fourth Avenue, Troy
testositalianrestaurant.com
It is hard for this writer to be objective with regard to Testo’s sauce. This is a family who I have known and loved for many years. Their sauce is an old family recipe and one that truly comes from the hearts and hands of the Testo family and it is wonderful.

Cornells Restaurant in Little Italy
39 North Jay Street, Schenectady
cornellsrestaurant.com

Canali’s Restaurant
126 Mariaville Road, Schenectady
canalisrestaurant.com

PIZZA
Kay’s Pizza
10 Walsh Lane, Averill Park
kayspizza.com
Kay’s has been winning the pizza category for many years now and there is stiff competition in this category. The pizza is awesome and the trip to Kay’s is a planned and intentional journey to Burden Lake to have it. Bravo for the pizza and the restaurant’s consistency to excellence.

Ferretti’s Restaurant
262 Ushers Road, Clifton Park
ferrettispizza.com

Deli & Brew
64 Vandenburgh Avenue, Troy
deliandbrew.com

PUB
Purple Pub
2 Cohoes Road, Watervliet
purple-pub.com
A neighborhood place, for sure, and that is probably what a pub should be. Excellent food and excellent prices are their hallmark.

The Towne Tavern
2850 State Route 43, Averill Park
thetownetavern.com

Tied with:

Henry Street Taproom
86 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs
henrystreettaproom.com

Swifty’s Restaurant & Pub
367 Delaware Avenue, Delmar
95 Everett Road, Albany
swiftyspub.com

RIBS
Pig Pit BBQ

1 Niver Street, Cohoes
pigpitbbq.com
The Pig Pit specializes in hickory smoked meats: pork, beef brisket, mesquite chicken, ribs and more but the Texas-style ribs are tops in the minds of our readers. Fall off the bone goodness!

Otis & Oliver’s
30 Mill Road, Latham
otisandolivers.com

The Towne Tavern
2850 State Route 43, Averill Park
thetownetavern.com

ROMANTIC DINING
Cornells Restaurant in Little Italy
39 North Jay Street, Schenectady
cornellsrestaurant.com
Anytime you go out to eat with the person you love, it is romantic for sure. Coupling (pardon the pun) with good Italian food and excellent service is the real key and Cornells has that key this year.

Angelo’s 677 Prime
677 Broadway, Albany
677prime.com

15 Church
15 Church Street, Saratoga Springs
15churchrestaurant.com

SANDWICH/SUB
McCarroll’s The Village Butcher at Delmar Marketplace
406 Kenwood Avenue, Delmar
delmarmarketplace.com
When the CRL offices were in Delmar, we too loved their sandwich and subs each and every day. We miss being there and grabbing some of this excellent food. It is convenient, the family and workers are awesome and we are so happy that our readers know it, too. Congrats, old friends.

Gershon’s Deli
1600 Union Street, Schenectady
gershonsdeli.com

Deli & Brew
64 Vandenburgh Avenue, Troy
deliandbrew.com

SALADS
Illium Café
9 Broadway, Troy
illiumcafe.com
Hand tossed and made to order. Whether eating the Ahi Tuna and avocado or the protein-rich buttery giant bean salad or the crazy cobb (and there are more), you can always be assured of the quality and creativity.

Restaurant Navona
289 New Scotland Avenue, Albany
restaurantnavona.com

Bountiful Bread
1475 Western Avenue, Albany
bountifulbread.com

SLIDERS
Slidin’ Dirty
9 First Street, Troy
slidindirty.com
Did you ever want a slider but could not decide on what kind you wanted? Well, be prepared to be wowed at the menu at Slidin Dirty. They feature imaginative sliders and cocktails in a rustic-chic location.

Jack’s Drive In
24 Main Avenue, Wynantskill
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The Towne Tavern
2850 State Route 43, Averill Park
thetownetavern.com

SOUP
The Whistling Kettle Ballston Spa Tearoom and Cafe
24 Front Street, Ballston Spa
thewhistlingkettle.com
Relaxing and comfortable is what we would call the environment where the Whistling Tea Kettle offers their soups. A cup of fresh brewed tea and a bowl of their delicious soup offered daily in varying styles is just plain good for the soul.

Bountiful Bread
1475 Western Avenue, Albany
bountifulbread.com

Chris’ Café
1048 Route 9, Valatie
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SPECIALTY COCKTAIL
The Standard
1 Crossgates Mall Road, Albany
standardalbany.com
The cocktails are really amazing and endless in possibilities. Sitting back in the Sinatra-era setting and sipping your favorite martini or cocktail of your choice is just plain fun. I just need a long slender cigarette holder (empty of course) to hold and my evening will be complete at The Standard. Bravo on multiple wins over many years.

Hamlet & Ghost
24 Caroline Street, Saratoga Springs
hamletandghost.com

DP an American Brasserie
25 Chapel Street, Albany
dpbrasserie.com

SPORTS BAR
Recovery Sports Grill
Various locations
recoverysportsgrill.com
Watching the multiple large screen TVs and drinking your beer is only enhanced by wings and finger food in general. That should be the Webster Dictionary definition of a sports bar. Now add good food and many different sports on even more large screens and you have Recovery Rooms.

Junior’s Bar & Grill
48 North Greenbush Road, Troy
1094 Madison Avenue, Albany
juniorsbarandgrill.com

Wolff’s Biergarten
Various locations
wolffsbiergarten.com

SUSHI
Sushi Tei
1800 Western Avenue, Albany
sushiteialbany.info
Sushi Tei is a traditional Japanese restaurant located in Albany. They feature fresh, healthy Japanese food with excellent fresh fish creatively made into splendid sushi.

Hana Japanese Steak House
1620 Western Avenue, Albany
hanaalbany.com

Tied with:

Tomo Asian Bistro
1365 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands
tomoalbany.com

Koto Japanese Restaurant
260 Wolf Road, Albany
kotoalbany.com

TAKE OUT (TIE)
Canali’s Restaurant
126 Mariaville Road, Schenectady
canalisrestaurant.com
You just need to call in your order, drive to grab and reheat to create the meal that Canali’s has lovingly prepared. Meatballs, pasta and every Italian dish you can possibly think of. Sometimes it’s just fun to bring their food and enjoy it in the privacy of your own home.

Sukhothai
254 Lark Street, Albany
sukhothaialbanyny.com
Thai food is so wonderfully popular and picking up Thai from Sukhothai is a super way to quench that desire as many of our readers know. Call it in, bring it home and taste buds are satisfied.

Scotti’s Restaurant & Pizzeria
1730 Union Street, Schenectady
scottisrestaurant.com

Tomo Asian Bistro
1365 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands
tomoalbany.com

TAPAS/SMALL PLATE
New World Bistro Bar
300 Delaware Avnue, Albany
newworldbistrobar.com
Glorious and creative foods come out of the kitchen at New World Bistro so why not do small plates and try more of it. New World truly works with all tastes and all appetite sizes to create splendid plates of happiness.

Twisted Vine Wine & Tap
384 Kenwood Avenue, Delmar
twistedvinedelmar.com

Tied with:

Aperitivo Bistro
426 State Street, Schenectady
aperitivobistro.com

Boca Bistro
384 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
bocabistro.com

WAIT STAFF
Cornells in Little Italy
39 North Jay Street, Schenectady
cornellsrestaurant.com
A multiple winner in many important categories but we bet this one means the most to the folks at Cornells. Without the tender loving care of a wait staff, a restaurant will only moderately succeed but with a great wait staff like Cornells, it is like a well conducted symphony.

Chez Mike
596 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush
chezmikerestaurant.com

Canali’s Restaurant
126 Mariaville Road, Schenectady
canalisrestaurant.com

WINE LIST
Lucas Confectionery
12 2nd Street, Troy
lucasconfectionery.com
A wine bar that always keeps up with the trends and changes the choices offered in wines is a great wine bar. Lucas Confectionery does just that. The finest wines poured by knowledgeable staff who can ask and answer the right questions. All you need to do is sit back and enjoy your glass.

Angelo’s 677 Prime
677 Broadway, Albany
677prime.com

DP an American Brasserie
25 Chapel Street, Albany
dpbrasserie.com

NEW Restaurant within past 12 months
Restaurant Navona
289 New Scotland Avenue, Albany
restaurantnavona.com
We love this category because it proves that you do not have to be in business for years to garner some great recognition. Good food is good food no matter how long the brick and mortar has been around. Chef Mike Niccoli’s menu walks the line between Mediterranean and Modern Italian, with an emphasis on freshness and wood-fired fare. Niccoli, an Albany native, is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America with honors, Voted Chef of the Year by his local chapter of the American Culinary Federation in 2015, recipient of the Albany Business Review 40 Under 40 Award in 2010, he has been a Culinary Instructor at Schenectady County Community College for more than six years.

Fish at 30 Lake
30 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs
fishat30lake.com

Tipsy Moose Tap & Tavern
185 Old Loudon Road, Latham
tipsymoosetavern.com

Restaurant by Cuisine

AMERICAN
The Century House
997 New Loudon Road, Latham
thecenturyhouse.com
We are such a diverse area and the American style of cuisine we serve throughout the area is quite varied as well. The Century House in Latham serves so many entrees well but the secret in well-rounded restaurant served food with excellence in sides, salads, cocktails, deserts and more. The Century House has all that covered for you.

The Towne Tavern
2850 State Route 43, Averill Park
thetownetavern.com

Tied with:

Druthers Brewing Company
1053 Broadway, Albany
381 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
druthersbrewing.com

The Barnsider Restaurant
480 Sand Creek Road, Albany
barnsiderrestaurant.com

CAJUN
Hattie’s Restaurant
45 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs
hattiesrestaurant.com
Hattie’s is nationally known and acclaimed for their food and they have their own cookbook now by owner/chef Jasper Alexander. Always wonderful and usually crowded with adoring diners. Hattie would be so proud of how her restaurant and reputation has lived on.

Bayou Café
507 Saratoga Road, Glenville
bayoucafe.com

Mouzon House
1 York Street, Saratoga Springs
mouzonhouse.net

CARIBBEAN (TIE)
The Dutch Pot
418 Madison Avenue, Albany
thedutchpot.net
Since 2012, The Dutch Pot has been serving Caribbean food that cannot be purchased in the authentic style and taste everywhere. We are blessed in the Capital Region to have a few but our readers feel The Dutch Pot stands ahead of everyone else. The Dutch Pot specializes in jerk chicken and does make the genuine product as is done in Jamaica.

First Choice Caribbean American
451 Fulton Street, Troy
firstchoicecaribbean.net
Jerk chicken, curry chicken, goat and oxtail are all wonderful examples of Caribbean dishes that many who have traveled to the Caribbean just love. First Choice Caribbean in Troy cooks up these specialties like you were there sitting by the blue sea and enjoying them. Great job and congratulations.

CHINESE
Gold Coin Restaurant
1360 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands
goldcoinrestaurant.com
Congratulations to multi-year award winner Gold Coin and co-owners Conrad Kung and David Cheung. David, head chef has cooked for 10 years in Hong Kong and brings a combination of authentic Chinese, Hunan, Szechuan and Cantonese style cooking to this area. The portions are large, their food is first-rate and that makes Gold Coin “Bestie.”

Rain Modern Chinese
259 Lark Street, Albany
rainalbany.com

A La Shanghai
468 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham
alashanghai.net

Tied with:

Yangs Asian Bistro
594 New Loudon Road, Latham
yangsasianbistro.com

FRENCH
Chez Nous
707 Union Street, Schenectady
cheznousschenectady.com
The website for Chez Nous says that “francophiles Andy and Heather Chestnut lovingly reproduce the enchanting ambiance of the French countryside in downtown Schenectady” and that is so true. They also create amazing French food. Ambiance is good, great food is necessary. Outstanding job, Chez Nous.

Provence
1475 Western Avenue, Albany
provence-restaurant.net

La Serre Restaurant
14 Green Street, Albany
laserrealbany.com

Tied with:

Rive Gauche Bistro
7 Second Street, Athens
rivegauchebistro.com

GERMAN
Wolff’s Biergarten
Various locations
wolffsbiergarten.com
Just about everyone knows how wonderful the beer is at Wolff’s Biergarten but our readers feel a reason to flock to Wolffs is the German food. Don’t wait for Oktoberfest or a great soccer game, grab a sausage platter and enjoy.

The Flammerie
7 Hudson Street, Kinderhook
theflammerie.com

Muza
1300 Fifteenth Street, Troy
muzaeuropeanfood.com

GREEK
Athos Restaurant
1814 Western Avenue, Albany
athosrestaurant.com
Athos is the real deal when it comes to Greek food. The seafood and authentic Greek dishes are amazing. Close you eyes and take a bite, you will be dreaming in Azure of the Greek Isles. Family loved and owned.

The Greek House
27 Third Street, Troy
thegreekhouse.net

Grecian Gardens
1612 Route 9, Clifton Park
greciangardensny.com

INDIAN
Karavalli 9 Johnson Road, Latham
karavalli.com
I honestly cant remember a time when Karavalli did not win the “Bestie” for best Indian food. The take out is always buzzing, the dining room nicely full and the aroma of the Indian dishes is remarkable. I am not sure how year after year the quality can remain so good but our readers are glad it does.

Nirvana Indian Restaurant
5180 Western Avenue, Altamont
albanynirvana.com

Shalimar Restaurant
Various locations
Various websites

ITALIAN
D’Raymonds Restaurant
269 Osborne Road, Loudonville
draymonds.com
The food is perfect in everyway. Just ask my husband who would consider D’Raymonds a reason to never vacation or leave the area for any length of time because of it. Fish, pasta, meat—they are all prepared perfectly and I dare you to go home without leftovers.

Canali’s Restaurant
126 Mariaville Road, Schenectady
canalisrestaurant.com

Cornells in Little Italy
39 North Jay Street, Schenectady
cornellsrestaurant.com

JAPANESE
Koto Japanese Restaurant
260 Wolf Road, Albany
kotoalbany.com
Consistently outstanding and perfect for a date night or a seat at the bar watching the talented sushi makers as well as a table with a great big bowl of noodle or tempura. I have to stop typing and run for some now–love this place.

Sake Japanese Steakhouse
611 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham
sakealbany.com

Sushi Tei
1800 Western Avenue, Albany
sushiteialbany.info

LEBANESE
Beirut Restaurant
184 River Street, Troy
beirutrestauranttroyny.com
Our readers find “a taste of Lebanon in downtown Troy” at the Beirut Restaurant and again name it a “Bestie” for the delicious homemade dishes, from appetizers, to salads, to the zaatar and other pies, to meat wraps, and more.

Pheonicians Lebanese Restaurant
71 Fuller Avenue, Colonie
phoeniciansofalbany.com

Ali Baba
2243 Fifteenth Street, Troy
alibabacusine.com

MEDITERRANEAN
Tara Kitchen
431 Liberty Street, Schenectady
tarakitchen.com
Capital Region Living magazine profiled co-owner Aneesa Waheed and we are so pleased to see the continued growth and popularity of Tara Kitchen. Check out the various tagine dishes or create your own. Don’t forget the appetizers. Tara kitchen offers cooking classes and shares recipes, too.

Athos Restaurant
1814 Western Avenue, Albany
athosrestaurant.com

Barcelona Restaurant
1192 Western Avenue, Albany
barcelona-albany.com

MEXICAN
El Mariachi
289 Hamilton Street, Albany
271 Lark Street, Albany
elmariachisrestaurant.com
Again the “Bestie,” El Mariachi has family experience in preparation of Mexican dishes. The menu includes their great-grandmothers‘ recipes and foods from their hometown and other Mexican states. You can almost taste the different selections just by glancing down the menu descriptions.

El Loco Mexican Café
465 Madison Avenue, Albany
ellocomexicancafe.com

Mexican Radio
325 State Street, Schenectady
537 Warren Street, Hudson
mexrad.com

POLISH
Muza
1300 Fifteenth Street, Troy
muzaeuropeanfood.com
Muza is a repeat “Bestie.” Specialties at this home of handmade European food include pierogi, kielbasa, potato pancakes and stuffed cabbage. Can’t decide? Try a Polish Plate, Polish Sampler or Polish Feast. And plan a return visit.

The New York Restaurant
353 Main Street, Catskill
nyrestaurantcatskill.com

Golden Krust Bagels
238 Columbia Street Ext., Latham
goldenkrustbagels.com

SEAFOOD
Reel Seafood Co.
195 Wolf Road, Albany
reelseafoodco.com
Reel Seafood has again reeled in the “Bestie.” This is the place where “seafood devotion” has been present for more than a quarter of a century, with dishes prepared from daily shipments. From appetizers to entrees, our readers observe that Reel Seafood really knows their seafood.

Fish at 30 Lake
30 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs
fishat30lake.com

Yanni’s Too Restaurant
20 Marina Drive, Coeymans
yannisrestaurants.com

SPANISH
Barcelona Restaurant
1192 Western Avenue, Albany
barcelona-albany.com
Delicious and delightful are descriptions of the dishes here. Diners especially note the seafood paella and sangria as so tasty that they think they are in Barcelona—Spain, that is.

Boco Bistro
384 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
bocabistro.com

Mr. Pio Pio
160 Quail Street, Albany
mrpiopio.com

STEAKHOUSE
Barnsider Restaurant
480 Sand Creek Road, Albany
barnsiderrestaurant.com
The Barnsider is once again a “Bestie” and our readers tell us that it is their “go-to” restaurant. Diners appreciate the carefully selected meats and carefully prepared cuts, cooked to the diner’s specifications.

Angelo’s 677 Prime
677 Broadway, Albany
677prime.com

Black & Blue Steak & Crab
1470 Western Avenue, Albany
blackandbluesteakandcrab.com

THAI
SriSiam Thai Restaurant
728 New Loudon Road, Latham
44 Sherwood Avenue, Rensselear
srisiamthaifood.com
This repeat “Bestie” is known for its fresh, flavorsome dishes, created from scratch. Readers enjoy friendly atmosphere and the option of eating in or getting take out. “What a great little place,” diners comment. Upon visiting, another wondered, “How have I missed this gem of a place?”

Sukhothai
254 Lark Street, Albany
sukhothaimenu.com

Sushi Thai at the Park
1707 Route 9, Suite 100 Clifton Park
sushithaiatthepark.com

VEGETARIAN
New World Bistro Bar
300 Delaware Avenue, Albany
newworldbistrobar.com
The award-winning New World Bistro Bar offers global flavor and local pride. The list of local sourcing regional and sustainable ingredients continues to grow. Our readers appreciate this vegetarian-friendly restaurant for its creative plates, from appetizers to sandwiches, to flatbreads, to entrees, and, of course, salads.

Antipasto’s Bistro and Wine Bar
1028 Route 146, Clifton Park
antipastos.com

Berben and Wolff’s
227 Lark Street, Albany
berbenandwolffs.com

VIETNAMESE
Saigon Pearl
791 Madison Avenue, Albany
saigonpearlalbanyny.com
Our readers say that Saigon Pearl is, well, a pearl. Family-run, this restaurant creates tasty and healthy food—and they deliver in Albany.

Kinnaree
193 Lark Street, Albany
kinnareeonlark.com

Van’s Vietnamese Restaurant
307 Central Avenue, Albany
vansrestaurantny.com

Restaurant by County

ALBANY
New World Bistro Bar
300 Delaware Avenue, Albany
newworldbistrobar.com
We’re certainly not surprised that New World is the “Bestie” in Albany County. Innovative, inviting, with a focus on global cuisine and local pride, this multi-award-winner is a destination restaurant whether you live down the street or miles away.

The Barnsider Restaurant
480 Sand Creek Road, Albany
barnsiderrestaurant.com

D’Raymonds Restaurant
269 Osborne Road, Loudonville
draymonds.com

BERKSHIRE
Mazzeo’s Ristorante
1015 South Street, Pittsfield, MA
mazzeosristorante.com
Mazzeo’s is near Berkshire theater and concert venues and often, performance goers combine their entertainment with a visit to this family-owned restaurant, recognized for its authentic Italian food. But just as often, it is a destination just because of its excellent reputation.

Red Lion Inn
30 Main Street, Stockbridge, MA
redlioninn.com

Morgan House
33 Main Street, Lee, MA
morganhouseinn.com

COLUMBIA
Jackson’s Old Chatham House
646 Albany Turnpike, Old Chatham
jacksonsoldchathamhouse.com
Family-owned and operated for three generations, Jackson’s is known for its service, warm atmosphere, and tasty food prepared to specification. Great place to meet up with friends, conclude a busy week with your loved one, or any occasion.

Ca’Mea Restaurant
333 Warren Street, Hudson
cameahudson.com

La Bella’s Restaurant
350 Faiview Avenue, Hudson
labellahudson.com

FULTON/ MONTGOMERY
Raindancer Restaurant
4582 State Highway 30, Amsterdam
raindancerrestaurant.com
Raindancer opened its doors in 1980 and has continued to renovate and recreate to keep current and fresh and that has earned the appreciation of residents in Fulton and Montgomery counties and beyond. Great food and great service, our readers say.

Lanzi’s on the Lake
1751 State Highway 30, Mayfield
lanzisonthelake.net

GREENE
Crossroads Brewing Company
21 Second Street, Athens
crossroadsbrewingco.com
The awards and applause keep coming for Crossroads Brewing Company. Housed in a 19th century opera house, Crossroads offers delicious dishes created from meats, produce and cheeses from farms throughout the Hudson Valley area, as well as tasty brews from rotating taps.

Mountain View Brasserie
10697 State Route 32, Greenville
mountainviewbrasserie.com

Red’s Restaurant
12005 State Route 9W, West Coxsackie
redsrestaurant.com

OTSEGO
Hawkeye Bar & Grill (Otesaga)
60 Lake Street, Cooperstown
otesaga.com
Located at The Otesaga, Hawkeye Grill and Bar is a year-round opportunity in Cooperstown to enjoy its signature comfort foods. Stopping by in colder weather? Be cozy and comfortable while enjoying the sizzle from the grill or another choice. In summertime, take your meal out on the patio and take in the fine view of the lake.

Brooks House of Bar-B-Q
5560 State Highway 7, Oneonta
brooksbbq.com

RENSSELAER
Chez Mike
596 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush
chezmikerestaurant.com
Tasty food made from scratch. A relaxed atmosphere. These are wonderful ingredients for a great restaurant experience and they are in ample supply at Chez Mike. That’s why this is a multi-category “Bestie” winner.

Peck’s Arcade
217 Broadway, Troy
pecksarcade.com

Lo Porto Ristorante Caffe
85 Fourth Street, Troy
loportos.com

SARATOGA
Lake Ridge Restaurant
35 Burlington Avenue, Round Lake
lake-ridge.com
Lake Ridge is where diners talk of amazing dishes, impeccable service, and wonderful atmosphere. And they add that they’ll definitely go back. No wonder Lake Ridge is the “Bestie” for Saratoga County, where fine dining opportunities are plentiful.

The Cock ‘n Bull Restaurant
5342 Parkis Mills Road, Galway
thecocknbull.com

15 Church
15 Church Street, Saratoga Springs
15churchrestaurant.com

SCHENECTADY
Johnny’s Restaurant
433 State Street, Schenectady
johnnysdowntown.com
Food, family, fun is Johnny’s motto and our readers enjoy this combo at this Italian-American restaurant in downtown Schenectady, whether they are heading to the theater, or joining family, or on a date night. And then there is the homemade pasta. Yum!

Canali’s Restaurant
126 Mariaville Road, Schenectady
canalisrestaurant.com

Cornells in Little Italy
39 North Jay Street, Schenectady
cornellsrestaurant.com

SCHOHARIE
American Hotel
192 Main Street, Sharon Springs
americanhotelny.com
The American Hotel, built in 1847 and reopened by innovative owners in 2001, has become known far and wide as a real jewel. How lucky we are to have this venue in our region. Have a drink in the garden patio and then enjoy the attentive service and delicious meals, with local farm sourcing, in the dining area. Our readers tell us that they feel both special and right at home there.

Apple Barrel
115 State Route 30A, Schoharie
applebarrelcountrystore.com

Grapevine Farms
2373 State Route 7, Cobleskill
grapevinefarms.com

BENNINGTON
Madison Brewing Co.
428 Main Street, Bennington
madisonbrewingco.com
This local family is passionate about brewing and beer-lovers know it. Word has spread about their creative lunch and dinner menus. Check out Chicken Vermont, Mezze Platter with hummus made on site, or the Citrus Herb-Roasted Turkey with house-made apple sausage stuffing. That’s just a sampling of what awaits your taste buds.

The Blue Benn
314 North Street, Bennington
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Allegro Ristorante
520 Main Street, Bennington
allegroristorante.com

WARREN
Log Jam Restaurant
Routes 9 and 149, Lake George
logjamrestaurant.com
Log Jam is a long-time favorite for area residents, shoppers and visitors. Readers appreciate its super salad bar, great steaks, soups and lots of options. And they enjoy the charm of the restaurant’s log cabin atmosphere with pot bellied stoves and fireplace.

Brunetto’s Restaurant & Lodging
3579 Route 9, Lake George
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Bistro Tallulah
26 Ridge Street, Glens Falls
bistrotallulah.com

Restaurant by City/town/Village

ALBANY
Angelo’s 677 Prime
677 Broadway, Albany
677prime.com
With a fabulous wine list and an upscale feel, it is no wonder that Angelo’s Prime reigns supreme in Albany. Special occasions, date nights, and on and on. 677 delivers for all your dining needs with an attentive staff and wonderful dining choices.

New World Bistro Bar
300 Delaware Avenue, Albany
newworldbistrobar.com

Restaurant Navona
289 New Scotland Avenue, Albany
restaurantnavona.com

BALLSTON SPA
Auggie’s Family Style Italian Restaurant
17 Low Street, Ballston Spa
augiesrestaurant.com
A local favorite, for sure, for Italian food. Huge portions, enough to feed your family and even the neighbors and those are just the leftovers.

Iron Roost
36 Front Street, Ballston Spa
ironroost.com

The Whistling Kettle Ballston Spa Tearoom and Café
24 Front Street, Ballston Spa
thewhistlingkettle.com
COLONIE
The Barnsider Restaurant
480 Sand Creek Road, Albany
barnsiderrestaurant.com
To eat at the Barnsider is never a once in a lifetime thing or even an annual excursion. The Barnsider imparts loyalty. The service is exceptional and you can get a great meal at a very reasonable price. They have a birthday club, they cater to parties large and small and the environment is just wonderful to eat there regularly.

D’Raymonds Restaurant
269 Osborne Road, Loudonville
draymonds.com

DeMarco’s Restaurant
1965 Central Avenue, Albany
demarcoscolonie.com

CLIFTON PARK
Pasta Pane
18 Park Avenue, Clifton Park
pastapane.com
Opened in 2005, Pasta Pane is a warm neighborhood restaurant with a focus on fresh, simple cuisine with a passion for taking care of all guests who walk through the door. Clifton Park residents just love it.

Wheatfield’s Bistro and Wine Bar
54 Crossing Boulevard, Clifton Park
wheatfields.com

Nonna Maria’s Italian Kitchen
1505 Route 9, Clifton Park
nonnamariasitaliankitchen.com

DELMAR/ SLINGERLANDS
Hidden Café
180 Delaware Avenue #14, Delmar
hiddencafe.net
The Hidden Café is certainly a hidden gem, sitting in the Delaware Plaza and offering Mediterranean fare for a many years now. A local favorite, for sure.

Twisted Vine Wine & Tap
384 Kenwood Avenue, Delmar
twistedvinedelmar.com

Tea House Asian Bistro
270 Delaware Avenue, Delmar
teahouseasianmenu.com

EAST/NORTH GREENBUSH
Chez Mike
596 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush
chezmikerestaurant.com
Chez Mike is such a great “go-to” place for awesome and creative foods. It is in a shopping plaza and is conveniently located. It is not only the “Bestie” winner in East/North Greenbush, it is truly one of the Capital Region’s finest.

SriSiam Thai Restaurant
44 Sherwood Avenue, Rensselaer
srisiamthaifood.com

Moscatiello’s Italian Family Restaurant
99 North Greenbush Road, Troy
moscatiellos.com

GUILDERLAND
Mezza Notte
2026 Western Avenue, Albany
mezzanottealbany.com
Friendly, warm and very distinctive Italian cuisine. Guilderland offers much to our area but Mezza Notte truly stands out with our readers and the community.

Café Calabria
1736 Western Avenue, Albany
cafecalabriarestaurant.com

Black & Blue Steak & Crab
1470 Western Avenue, Albany
blackandbluesteakandcrab.com

LATHAM
Milano Restaurant
594 New Loudon Road, Latham
milano-restaurant.com
The food is always great and the spin on traditional choices is fun and delicious. The pizzas, the pastas, meats and, my favorite, the salads are amazing. Lucky Latham to have this fine restaurant.

The Century House
997 New Loudon Road, Latham
thecenturyhouse.com

Tala Bistro
626 New Loudon Road, Latham
talabistro.com

ROTTERDAM
Canali’s Restaurant
126 Mariaville Road, Schenectady
canalisrestaurant.com
Canali’s Restaurant has been providing their customers with wonderful cuisine at their Rotterdam location for over 64 years. It is worth the trip from all parts of the Capital Region but the readers in Rotterdam stand proud as Canali’s is one of their own.

Armondo’s Villa Tuscan Grill
273 Duanesburg Road, Schenectady
armondosvtg.com

Tops American Grill Bakery & Bar
351 Duanesburg Road, Schenectady
tops5corners.com

SARATOGA SPRINGS
15 Church
15 Church Street, Saratoga Springs
15churchrestaurant.com
15 Church is a beautifully restored historic building located in the heart of Saratoga Springs where the inhabitants of Saratoga never have to search for great food. Winning the “Bestie” for Saratoga restaurant may be the highest honor of all our community Besties! Congrats to one of my favorite teams in the business.

Olde Bryan Inn
123 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs
oldebryaninn.com

Prime at Saratoga National
458 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs
primeatsaratoganational.com

SCHENECTADY
Cornells in Little Italy
39 North Jay Street, Schenectady
cornellsrestaurant.com
A multi-year winner in several categories over several years, Cornells is certainly a Schenectady standard and one that is worth going to from anywhere.

Johnny’s Restaurant
433 State Street, Schenectady
johnnysdowntown.com

Scotti’s Restaurant & Pizzeria
1730 Union Street, Schenectady
scottisrestaurant.com

SCOTIA/GLENVILLE
Turf Tavern
40 Mohawk Avenue, Scotia
turftavern.com
The Turf Tavern mission is to exceed the expectations of all their guests through the consistent presentation of quality food with pleasant service in a comfortable environment. I would say they are“mission accomplished.”

Glen Sanders
1 Glen Avenue, Scotia
glensandersmansion.com

Mohawk Taproom & Grill
153 Mohawk Avenue, Scotia
mohawktaproom.com

TROY/RENSSELAER
Peck’s Arcade
217 Broadway, Troy
pecksarcade.com
I just do not have enough space or paper to write about all the accolades about Peck’s. Bravo on all they serve and create. Troy is another place where the distinction of Top in Troy in our reader’s poll is quite a statement of excellence.

Casey’s Restaurant
77 Washington Avenue, Rensselaer
jimmycaseys.com

Verdile’s
572 Second Avenue, Troy
verdile.com

WEST SAND LAKE/AVERILL PARK
The Towne Tavern
2850 State Route 43, Averill Park
thetownetavern.com
Their ribs and wings are always highly acclaimed but, honestly, I challenge you to find something that The Towne Tavern does not do well. Awesome environment for fun and good food in Averill Park.

Lakeview on Crystal Lake
4 Old Route 66, Averill Park
crystallakeview.com

La Perla Restaurante at the Gregory House
3016 Route 43, Averill Park
gregoryhouse.com/laperla

Tied with:

Paolo Lombardi’s Ristorante
104 West Sand Lake Road, Route 150, Wynantskill
paololombardis.com

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