“Bestie” Awards | Food & Drink

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• Bold: Denotes WinnerItalics: Denotes Runner-up

FOOD & DRINK

Appetizer
677 Prime
677 Broadway, Albany
Start a meal at 677 Prime with scrumptious bites like shishito peppers with pepperoni and feta, tableside prepared steak tartare or a luxurious seafood tower, and you are in for a meal to remember. Remember their signature seven-hour cherry pepper pulled pork and you will be in heaven!
The Cuckoo’s Nest 234 Western Avenue, Albany
New World Bistro Bar 300 Delaware Avenue, Albany

Apple Pie
Smith’s Orchard Bake Shop
4561 Jockey Street, Ballston Spa
Capital Region Living readers know apple pie, and they have been voting for Smith’s as their Bestie year after year. Their home baked pies, made with their own orchard-grown apples are just the perfect combination of sweet spiciness that makes us think of home.
Lakeside Farms 336 Schauber Road, Ballston Lake
Indian Ladder Farms 342 Altamont Road, Altamont

Bagels
Pyschedelicatessen
275 River Street, Troy
Shmeared…lox…eggs and bacon… Whichever way you like your bagels, you will be delighted by every option at Psychedelicatessen! With over 75% of their supply purchases coming from local purveyors, our readers know that this Bestie is keeping it local, hot, fresh and especially delicious!
Uncommon Grounds Multiple locations
Bagel Tyme Multiple locations

Bakery
Bella Napoli Bakery & Cafe
672 New Loudon Road, Latham
721 River Street, Troy
Bread, rolls, cookies, cakes, pies and, of course, traditional Italian pastries. Each tray is overflowing with options, and your taste buds will start making all of the decisions when you are here. Be prepared to leave with at least four more things than you came in for with this perennial winner!
Zachary’s Pastry Shoppe 390 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush • 54 State Street, Albany
Schuyler Bakery 637 Third Avenue, Watervliet

Best BBQ – overall • The Memphis King • Photo by Konrad Odhiambo

BBQ – overall
The Memphis King
1902 Van Vranken Avenue, Schenectady
When it comes to barbeque, our readers have discriminating tastes. This year, they have selected Memphis King as their Bestie. Make sure to get there early, because their delectable slow-cooked pork, beef, and chicken and sides like mac and cheese, cole slaw, and beans usually sell out.
PJ’s Bar-B-QSA 1 Kaydeross Avenue West, Saratoga Springs
Pig Pit BBQ 1 Niver Street, Cohoes

Brewery
Brown’s Brewing Company
417 River Street, Troy
One of the first craft breweries in the area has once again claimed the top spot as our Bestie. Brown’s Brewery continues to delight our readers with their legacy brews like Cherry-Razz and Oatmeal Stout as well as their new IPA series and small batches like Cappuccino Milk Stout and Hop Hive.
Crossroads Brewing Company 21 Second Street, Athens • 201 Water Street, Catskill
tied with
Wolf Hollow Brewing Company 6882 Amsterdam Road, Glenville

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

Best Kept Secret – Restaurant
Nighthawks
461 Broadway, Troy
Shhh…this is top secret…our readers have voted Nighthawks as this year’s Bestie. Their great burgers, fun atmosphere and late night happy hour will delight you. People love their brunch, the bottomless mimosas, and the new and exciting weekly menu options! Okay, maybe don’t keep this secret…just try it!
Scotti’s Restaurant & Pizzeria 1730 Union Street, Schenectady
Akanomi Japanese Restaurant 2568 Western Avenue, Altamont

Bloody Mary
Savoy Taproom
301 Lark Street, Albany
Spicy, savory, spirited and perfectly balanced…our readers have selected the Bloody Mary at Savoy Taproom as this year’s Bestie. Make sure to head over for one of their make your own Bloody Mary Sundays and pick your garnishes and level of spiciness.
Max London’s 466 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
Café Madison 1108 Madison Avenue, Albany

Bistro
New World Bistro Bar
300 Delaware Avenue, Albany
With global flavors and locally sourced food, our readers are continually delighted by the offerings at New World Bistro Bar – again bestowing this Bestie. Every time we go, there is something new and exciting to try, and with a variety of diet-conscious preparations available, there is truly something for everyone!
Sage Bistro 2050 Western Avenue, Guilderland
dp an American Brasserie 25 Chapel Street, Albany

Bread
Bountiful Bread
1475 Western Avenue, Albany

When “bread” is in the name, you know it has to be good, and our readers know that Bountiful Bread is GREAT! With a variety of breads and seasonal specialty recipes, there is so much to choose from. The cranberry walnut keeps me coming back…what has you hooked?
Bella Napoli Bakery & Cafe 672 New Loudon Road, Latham • 721 River Street, Troy
tied with
Perreca’s Bakery 31-33 North Jay Street, Schenectady

Our Daily Bread 116 Hudson Avenue, Chatham

Breakfast
Blue Ribbon Restaurant and Bakery
1815 State Street, Schenectady
When we are craving a hearty, home cooked breakfast, we head to Blue Ribbon for their great selection of specialties like Belgian waffles, omelets, pancakes, and french toast. This family-run restaurant has been delighting our readers since 1977, and our readers have thanked them by bestowing this Bestie!
Café Madison 1108 Madison Avenue, Albany • 359 Northern Boulevard, Albany
Duncan’s Dairy Bar 890 Hoosick Road, Troy

Brunch
The Cuckoo’s Nest
234 Western Avenue, Albany
Biscuits, eggs, hash and of course, their signature fried chicken have our readers calling The Cuckoo’s Nest this year’s Bestie for brunch options. We love the modern southern takes on traditional dishes, like their Cuckoo Benedict with fried oysters, collard greens and hot sauce hollandaise. Yummy, y’all!!
Iron Gate Cafe 182 Washington Avenue, Albany
Nighthawks 461 Broadway, Troy

Burger
Jack’s Drive-In 24 Main Street, Wynantskill
tied with
Jumpin’ Jack’s Drive-In 5 Schonowee Avenue, Scotia
One…Two…Three…how many do you eat? Jack’s Drive-In, a summer tradition since 1938, is this year’s Bestie for burgers. Anyway you take ‘em and however many you like, make sure you grab some chocolate milk to wash them down! With cheese, without…With fried onions, or as a Jack burger… Jumpin’ Jacks has been delighting our readers since 1952. Any way you like your burgers, a perfect day is to grab your order, sit at one the riverside tables on the shore of the Mohawk and watch the US Waterski Team. Subway!!
Carson’s Woodside Tavern 57 NY-9P, Malta
Crossroads Brewing Company 21 Second Street, Athens • 201 Water Street, Catskill

Cakes
Coccadotts Cake Shop
1179 Central Avenue, Albany
Why do we need a celebration to eat cake? As long as we are eating cake from Coccadotts, any day is a celebration and our readers agree…naming this perennial Bestie tops in this category! Try the almond cake with raspberry filling…It will take you over the moon.
Cake Street Sweets 190 Remsen Street, Cohoes
Gina-Marie’s Cake Boutique 51 Bridge Street, Amsterdam

Calamari
Yanni’s Too Restaurant
20 Marina Drive, Coeymans
Crispy, light, flaky and golden delicious calamari. When you have a craving, head to this consummate Bestie. Choose from four regional preparations, or choose a combination of all. There are so many reasons why our readers name Yanni’s Too their favorite year after year.
Lanie’s Cafe 471 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville
New World Bistro Bar 300 Delaware Avenue, Albany

Cheesecake
Blue Ribbon Restaurant and Bakery
1801 State Street, Schenectady
Creamy, rich, subtly sweet and, ohhh, so good. From their famous gluten-free vanilla, topped with fruit or as is, to their numerous creative flavors like Amaretto and White Chocolate Raspberry; Blue Ribbon has once again claimed the Bestie for Cheesecake. Reserve yours today…and tomorrow…and the next day!
Nuns of New Skete 345 Ashgrove Road, Cambridge
Cheesecake Machismo 293 Hamilton Street, Albany

Chocolate Shop/Candy Store
Uncle Sam’s All American Chocolate Factory
2571 Albany Street, Schenectady
594 New Loudon Road, Latham

From delectable truffles in myriad flavors to their famous cherry cordials and chocolate covered strawberries, to yummy barks, brittles, and gummys; Uncle Sam’s All American will satisfy any sweet tooth. Whatever the occasion, there is always a reason to stop at this perennial Bestie!
Collar City Sweets Shoppe 45 Third Street, Troy
Krause’s Homemade Candy 1609 Central Avenue, Albany

Cupcakes
Coccadotts Cake Shop
1179 Central Avenue, Albany
With over 30 flavors to choose from, you can try something new every day. From summertime favorites like orange creamsicle and pink lemonade to treats that will make you think of cozy autumn evenings like bourbon pecan pie. Whichever you choose, the scrumptious cupcakes from Coccadotts will be your Bestie too!
Cake Street Sweets 190 Remsen Street, Cohoes
Zachary’s Pastry Shoppe 390 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush • 54 State Street, Albany

Cider Donuts
Golden Harvest
3074 Route 9, Valatie
Nothing screams autumn in the Capital Region like a warm cider donut from Golden Harvest. Made with their own orchard pressed cider, these delectable treats can be gobbled up year round…since we are heading into Summer, try one topped with ice cream…we love them straight out of the bag – one of our perennial Besties! Cider Belly Doughnuts 25 North Pearl Street, Albany

Fo’ Castle Farm Country Store 166 Kingsley Road, Burnt Hills
tied with
Indian Ladder Farms 342 Altamont Road, Altamont

Chicken Wings
Rusty Nail Grill & Tavern
1781 Route 9, Clifton Park
With over 20 sauces to choose from, the Rusty Nail knows how to tantalize our taste buds! Their chicken wings bring the celebration…there is nothing better than a beer and wing birthday outing at the Rusty Nail. Bring friends and family and belly up for these yummy, spicy wings!
The Towne Tavern 2850 NY 43, Averill Park
My Place & Company 241 Delaware Avenue, Delmar • 1640 Columbia Turnpike, Schodack

Chili
Otis & Oliver’s Restaurant & Pub
30 Mill Road, Latham
Otis & Oliver’s has done it again with their FAMOUS white chili. One spoonful of the mouthwatering combination of special seasonings, white beans, and savory meat, and you will know why this chili has been a Bestie year after year. Our readers keep coming for this chili, and we bet you will too!
O Kenny’s Express 3321 US Route 9, Valatie
Druthers Multiple locations

Chowder
The Century House
997 New Loudon Road, Latham
tied with Reel Seafood Company 195 Wolf Road, Albany
The Century House has been a constant Bestie in so many other categories; we are so excited they are being recognized for this one! Chunks of lobster in a rich, delicious creamy chowder make this decadent chowder a winner. Paired with one of their amazing entrees, or on its own, you will swear you can hear the waves in the background. With a name like Reel Seafood, you know that the chowder is going to be good, and our readers agree it is GREAT! The salinity of the sea, the smokiness of the bacon and the richness of the butter and cream all come together like a beautiful symphony on a spoon in this delectable chowder.
Harbor House Fish Fry 1742 Route 9, Clifton Park
Yanni’s Too Restaurant 20 Marina Drive, Coeymans

Coffee
Stewart’s Shops
Multiple locations
Richer Roast, Hazelnut, French Vanilla, or their House Blend. Whatever your flavor, a comforting brew is close at hand any time with Stewart’s. A frequent winner in this category, a coffee run to Stewart’s is a morning routine for many in the Capital Region!
Uncommon Grounds Multiple locations
Wired 2443 Route 9, Malta • 652 Albany Shaker Road, Albany

Cookies
The Cookie Factory
520 Congress Street, Troy
Who can resist the delectable, moist butter cookie topped with a HUGE swirl of decadent chocolate frosting? Fudge Fantasies have become the signature of this Bestie, but don’t stop there…every flavor is amazing. From traditional favorites to new adventures – our readers continue to gobble these up.
Bella Napoli Bakery & Cafe 672 New Loudon Road, Latham • 721 River Street, Troy
Villa Italia Bakery 226 Broadway, Schenectady

Comfort Food
The Cuckoo’s Nest
234 Western Avenue, Albany
When it comes to comfort food, The Cuckoo’s Nest has the winning recipe. From their deviled eggs, and smothered grit tots to their signature fried chicken in a myriad of formats, your tummy will thank you, and you will make this one of your go-to spots. Any time of the day — for brunch, lunch or dinner!
Hattie’s Restaurant 45 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs
Blue Ribbon Restaurant and Bakery 1801 State Street, Schenectady

Cutting Edge Restaurant
Bard & Baker Board Game Café
501 Broadway, Troy
Sipping craft cocktails, sharing a bowl of munchies and playing a childhood favorite board game…Bard and Baker truly is the definition of a Cutting Edge Restaurant. Pork Belly sandwiches, Mac & Cheese, Salads and their sharable snacks make this a place to unplug and spend some time with friends.
The Little Rice Ball 6 Franklin Street, Troy
Daley’s on Yates 10 Yates Street, Schenectady

Deli
Gershon’s Deli & Caterers
1600 Union Street, Schenectady
When we think of a deli, we think of house-roasted meats, homemade half-sour pickles, an array of salads purchased by the quart and the best rye bread in town…we think of Gershon’s Deli. This deli is a tradition in many Capital Region families, and if it isn’t in yours, it soon will be…just don’t forget the tuna and rings!
Cardona’s Market 340 Delaware Avenue, Albany
Pellegrino Importing Multiple locations

Diner
Alexis Diner
294 North Greenbush Road, Troy
tied with
Latham ‘76 Diner 722 New Loudon Road, Latham
One wants a burger, one wants chicken, one wants a sandwich, and you want a fun, fresh salad. A visit to Alexis Diner means everyone will leave deliciously satisfied. With the traditional fare to inventive specialties (Athenian Chicken, yum!) there is truly something for everyone at this repeat Bestie! This late night and Sunday morning tradition once again claims Bestie recognition. The Latham ‘76 Diner continues to serve everyone’s favorites from burgers and sandwiches to omelets, waffles, and pancakes. Whatever you do, make sure to try their Greek specialties and their baked goods – go all in at this diner!
Diner Time 813 Loudon Road, Latham
Blue Ribbon Restaurant and Bakery 1801 State Street, Schenectady

Distillery
Albany Distilling Company
75 Livingston Avenue, Albany
Our readers know that a great cocktail is all about the quality of the spirit. With Albany Distilling Company’s stills turning out gin, vodka, and whiskey as well as specialties like Fort Orange Vodka and collaborations with other local producers like their 10th Pin and Deathwish Vodka this Bestie will bring the party.
Harvest Spirits 3074 US Route 9, Valatie
Schenectady Distilling Company 3304 Amsterdam Road, Schenectady

Family-Owned Restaurant
Cafe Capriccio
49 Grand Street, Albany
When you dine at Cafe Capriccio, you are welcomed to the Rua family table. You are tempted by authentic Italian dishes that will transport you to the Tuscan countryside. Don’t rush, take your time and enjoy every delectable course…antipasti, insalata, pasta, and fish or meat…at this Bestie, you are part of la famiglia!
Canali’s Restaurant 126 Mariaville Road, Rotterdam
Jackson’s Old Chatham House 646 Albany Turnpike, Old Chatham

Fine Dining
Lake Ridge Restaurant
35 Burlington Avenue, Round Lake
This repeat Bestie continues to deliver fine dining at its best. With elegant selections like their Lobster Betty or their famous Diver Scallops, you and your dining companions will relish in the whole experience; from the service to the ambiance and of course the meal – Lake Ridge is top notch all the way!
Peck’s Arcade 217 Broadway, Troy
677 Prime 677 Broadway, Albany

Fish Fry
Ted’s Fish Fry
Multiple locations
When it comes to fish fry, only one name comes to mind – Ted’s! The name says it all…delicious fish golden fried in a flavorful batter on a warm, steamed bun. Whether you like it with cocktail, tartar or plain – any way you cut it, Ted’s is a repeat Bestie for all the right reasons!
Harbor House Fish Fry 1742 Route 9, Clifton Park
Off-Shore Pier Fish Market & Restaurant 637 Third Avenue Extension, Rensselaer

Fish ‘n Chips (not fish fry)
The Olde English Pub & Pantry 683 Broadway, Quackenbush Square, Albany
There is no other way to get a taste of traditional Fish ‘n Chips than with a visit to this Bestie! The Olde English Pub does it right; from the ale battered cod, to the golden fries, to the “newsprint” that it is served on. Grab a pint and belly up, because this will transport you to the streets of London!
O’Slattery’s Irish Restaurant & Pub 318 Delaware Avenue, Delmar
Ted’s Fish Fry Multiple locations

French Fries
Garden Bistro 24
1207 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham
5 Vista Boulevard, Slingerlands
At Garden Bistro 24, you will find pommes frites with lunch or dinner selections, or you can choose loaded pommes frites as a starter with cheddar cheese, Mornay sauce, diced tomatoes, applewood smoked bacon, roasted sweet corn, house pickled jalapenos, and herbs. Our readers say anyway is mmm…good here.
Bombers Burrito Bar Multiple locations
Old English Pub & Pantry 683 Broadway, Quackenbush Square, Albany

Fried Chicken
The Cuckoo’s Nest
234 Western Avenue, Albany
Cuckoo’s Nest says the “bird is the word”—raised on a cage-free farm, vegetarian-fed, with no hormones or antibiotics added. There are creative choices for you to try, such as the Southerner, Crave, Cuckoo, Curry, BBQ or Ranch fried chicken sandwich; Devin’s fried chicken; or a fried chicken biscuit.
Hattie’s Restaurant 45 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs
Chicken Joe’s 486 Yates Street, Albany

Best Happy Hour • Wheatfields Bistro & Wine Bar • Photo by Fred Neudoerffer. NueStudios, LLC

Happy Hour
Wheatfields Bistro & Wine Bar
54 Crossing Boulevard, Clifton Park
440 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
Our readers agree Wheatfields is the place for a great happy hour. Folks not only enjoy the atmosphere and array of beverages including made-to-order Sangria, they appreciate the munchies, cheese and happy hour menu choices, such as personal pizzas, appetizers, and salads.
City Beer Hall 42 Howard Street, Albany
Bacchus Wood-Fired 33 Second Street, Troy

Homemade Pasta
Canali’s Restaurant
126 Mariaville Road, Rotterdam
Manicotti, ravioli, cavatelli, fettuccine, spaghetti. All these pastas are homemade at Canali’s with special flour milled for this purpose and prepared from recipes passed down for over 70 years. This is just one reason why generations of locals have been going to Canali’s and sharing news of this “secret” place.
Cafe Capriccio 49 Grand Street, Albany
Ferrari’s Ristorante 1254 Congress Street, Schenectady

Hot Dog
Gus’s Hot Dogs
212 25th Street, Watervliet
Gus’s hot dogs have achieved celebrated status for legions of kids and adults as a fun place to visit for its tasty hotdogs. Everyone has their favorite toppings for these mini dogs. That’s why Gus’s is a repeat winner. Bet you can’t eat just one!
Famous Lunch 111 Congress Street, Troy
Mike’s Hot Dogs 1135 Erie Blvd, Schenectady

Ice Cream Stand
The Snowman
531 Fifth Avenue, Troy
Spring is welcomed in the Capital Region with the opening of ice cream stands. A special sweet treat is a visit to The Snowman, a tradition since the 1950s. The Snowman offers homemade ice cream made on site daily, plus yogurts, sherbets, sundaes, banana splits, flurries, and shakes.
Moxie’s Ice Cream 1344 Spring Avenue, Wynantskill
Guptill’s Coney Express Ice Cream 1085 New Loudon Road, Cohoes

Kid Friendly Dining
Jumpin’ Jack’s Drive-In
5 Schonowee Avenue, Scotia
Capital Region residents have fond memories of visiting Jumpin’ Jack’s while growing up and they enjoy introducing their kids to the experience. It’s known for its family environment and kid-friendly dining with fun food from the Charcoal Pit. Customers will tell you to save room for ice cream and more.
Kay’s Pizza 10 Walsh Lane, Averill Park
Swifty’s Restaurant & Pub 95 Everett Road, Albany • 367 Delaware Avenue, Delmar

Late Night Dining
Nighthawks
461 Broadway, Troy
Nighthawks gains applause for its creative fresh, locally sourced and from-scratch menu. But our readers are doubly pleased that the restaurant keeps late hours and has a tasty late night menu when you want a bite after meetings, events or because that’s a good time to go out.
Bob’s Diner 929 19th Street, Watervliet
The Ruck 102 Third Street, Troy

Lobster Mac & Cheese
CH Evans Brewing Company at Albany Pump Station
19 Quackenbush Square, Albany
tied with
677 Prime 677 Broadway, Albany
Our readers have once again bestowed the Bestie onto Albany Pump Station’s Seafood Mac & Cheese. The dish includes seafood Alfredo, Maine lobster meat, and sautéed shrimp topped with garlic panko and scallions. Customers say it’s great with a beer! 677 Prime’s lobster mac & cheese, offered as a super side at dinner and created with cavatappi or corkscrew-shaped pasta and three kinds of cheese, is a sumptuous addition to any entrée. Making this decision is one of the best you will ever make!
The Century House 997 New Loudon Road, Latham
Yanni’s Too Restaurant 20 Marina Drive, Coeymans

Lunch Spot
Illium Cafe Bistro
9 Broadway, Troy
Illium gained #1 for its yummy and creative lunches. Customers appreciate the menu selections, including pulled duck confit panini, salmon BLT wrap, slow braised corned beef, and freshly made to order salads. It’s a popular place after exploring the Troy Farmer’s Market, on a break from work or just because.
Bountiful Bread 1475 Western Avenue, Albany
Emma Cleary’s Cafe 1926 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands

Mac & Cheese
Crossroads Brewing Company
21 Second Street, Athens
201 Water Street, Catskill
Crossroads has the top spot for mac & cheese this year. The dish includes aged cheddar, Harpersfield Tilsit cheese, and crispy bread crumbs. You can add bacon or mushrooms if you like. Our readers have made Crossroads Mac and Cheese their Bestie for two years now!
Druthers Multiple locations
Tipsy Moose Tap & Tavern 185 Old Loudon Road, Latham • 62 Vandenburgh Avenue, Troy

Margarita
El Loco Mexican Cafe
465 Madison Avenue, Albany
Fantastic, out of this world and y-m-m-m. Those are a few of the ways customers respond to El Loco’s margaritas. El Loco concocts strong homemade mixtures of Sauza Gold, Cointreau and Florida key lime juice. Choose it straight up, on the rocks, frozen, with or without salt or sugar.
Amigos Cantina 42 Ferry Street, Schuylerville
Ama Cocina 4 Sheridan Avenue, Albany

Martini
The Standard
1 Crossgates Mall Road, Albany
When you have a yen to sip a martini, our readers suggest sampling the selections at The Standard. It may be hard to choose from the classic, cosmopolitan, dirty, espresso, perfectly peach, pomegranate, Buzz Aldrin, Audrey Hepburn, sour apple, the Stardust, strawberry lemon drop, or key lime, and more.
677 Prime 677 Broadway, Albany
Daley’s on Yates 10 Yates Street, Schenectady

Best Meatballs • Canalis • Photo by Fred Neudoerffer. NueStudios, LLC

Meatballs
Canali’s Restaurant
126 Mariaville Road, Rotterdam
At Canali’s, diners often take pictures of their order of meatballs because they are so good. They describe them as big as baseballs or snowballs and add that the meatballs and sauce are tasty and remind them of those that mom or grandma made. Canali’s is a family tradition.
DeMarco’s Restaurant 1965 Central Avenue, Colonie
Testo’s 853 Fourth Avenue, Troy 769 Pawling Avenue, Troy

Muffins
Bella Napoli Bakery & Cafe 672 New Loudon Road, Latham
721 River Street, Troy
Like all baked goods at this bakery, the muffins at Bella Napoli are phenomenal! The size, the taste, and the selection will have you from the moment you walk in the door. From traditional to seasonal – this is a must visit Bestie on your road trip of the winners!
Emma Cleary’s Cafe 1926 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands
Duncan’s Dairy Bar 890 Hoosick Road, Troy

Omelets
Duncan’s Dairy Bar
890 Hoosick Road, Troy
There are no happier words said to family, friends and CRL staff than, “Let’s go to Duncan’s Dairy Bar for breakfast.” Omelets are, of course, the main choice because they are huge, filling and absolutely delicious. It is worth the ride into Brunswick for this treat.
Blue Ribbon Restaurant & Bakery 1801 State Street, Schenectady Latham
‘76 Diner 722 New Loudon Road, Latham

Outdoor Dining
Lakeview on Crystal Lake
4 Old Route 66, Averill Park
Having lunch or dinner outside alongside water is a great reason to look forward to Capital Region summers. Lakeview on Crystal Lake is more than aptly named, according to our poll. Our readers enjoy the family dining and friendly atmosphere and add “awesome” to the outdoor scene.
Prime at Saratoga National 458 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs
Jumpin’ Jack’s Drive-In 5 Schonowee Avenue, Scotia

Pasta Sauce
Testo’s
853 Fourth Avenue, Troy

767 Pawling Avenue, Troy
Mention Testo’s and expect to hear “best sauce” in response. Tasty, flavorful, authentic and smooth are other descriptions. Other diners liken it to the sauce prepared by scratch by mothers and grandmothers from family recipes. They note that it’s so good Testo’s bottles the sauce for purchase.
Canali’s Restaurant 126 Mariaville Road, Rotterdam
DeFazio’s Pizzeria 266 Fourth Street, Troy

Pizza
Kay’s Pizza
10 Walsh Lane, Averill Park

Kay’s Pizza began serving fresh, hot pizza from a family recipe over 60 years ago. That remains a staple of Kay’s, enjoyed by generations at this family-friendly seasonal restaurant. Readers often have their favorites but agree that the pizza here has flavorful toppings, with crispy but not too thick crusts.
Ruggerio’s Pizza, Deli & Catering 123 Saratoga Road, Glenville • 3905 Carmen Road, Guilderland
DC’s Pizza & Catering 1182 Western Avenue, Albany

Pub
O’Slattery’s Irish Restaurant & Pub
318 Delaware Avenue, Delmar
O’Slattery’s Irish Restaurant and Pub gets top cheers in pubs. Patrons applaud the beer selection, the delightful, comfortable atmosphere where they feel at home, live music, DJ trivia, great Irish fare, pub food, salads and more, plus friendly service. As one visitor says, it all equals “tons o’ fun.”
Ravenswood Pub & Restaurant 1021 Route 146, Clifton Park
Olde English Pub & Pantry 683 Broadway, Quackenbush Square, Albany

Ribs
PJ’s BAR-B-QSA
1 Kaydeross Avenue, Saratoga Springs
Have a hankering for ribs? Readers point the way to PJ’s Bar-B-QSA where you can delight in the slow smoked, fall apart, savory, ribs. Top ‘em with PJ’s regional sauces, from a Kansas style sweet to a Carolina mustard base or enjoy them dry rubbed. Whichever way you top or don’t top ‘em…we all agree they are lip-smacking good!
Otis & Olivers Restaurant & Pub 30 Mill Road, Latham
The Towne Tavern 2850 NY 43, Averill Park

Romantic Dining
Lake Ridge Restaurant
35 Burlington Avenue, Round Lake
tied with
Daley’s on Yates 10 Yates Street, Schenectady
Romantic dining calls for a lovely atmosphere and ambiance in an intimate setting, and exquisitely prepared and served meal and beverage. That describes Lake Ridge, in every detail, from seating to presentation to dessert. Customers say it is a piece of heaven that makes their experience special and memorable. Daley’s on Yates receives a Bestie nod for their romantic setting, with customers enjoying its creative cuisines and cocktails, welcoming service, the opportunity for cozy seating areas, and innovative indoor/outdoor surroundings—converted from a taxi garage to a restaurant and bar with exposed beams, mid-century modern furniture, and design.
15 Church 15 Church Street, Saratoga Springs
Chez Mike 596 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush

Sandwich/Sub
Gershon’s Deli & Caterers
1600 Union Street, Schenectady
tied with
McCarroll’s The Village Butcher 406 Kenwood Avenue, Delmar
Gershon’s, with more than 60 years of service, is praised as a true deli offering great food by great people. The overstuffed sandwiches are not only the choices of area residents. Visitors regularly schedule in a Gershon’s stop so that they, too, can get one of those massive yummy sandwiches. McCarroll’s representing four generations, is considered a staple in Delmar and the go-to place for deli sandwiches. Fresh, fast and delicious made by friendly staff are some customer descriptions. They also recommend the legendary breakfast sandwiches. Having a gathering? Check out the sandwich platters.
Genoa Importing Company 435 Loudon Road, Loudonville
Pellegrino Importing Company Multiple locations

Salads
Bountiful Bread
1475 Western Avenue, Albany
Customers raise a fork to Bountiful Bread salads, which include such interesting choices as Mediterranean Grain Bowl, Mexican, Sweet Potato, Roasted Beet and Mushroom, and an AJW which includes spring mix, roasted chicken, avocado, artichoke, dried fruit, carrots, nuts, and goat cheese. Or you can make your own salad.
Bellini’s Italian Eatery Multiple locations
Lanie’s Cafe 471 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville

Sliders
Jack’s Drive-In
24 Main Avenue, Wynantskill
Spring means Jack’s Drive-In in Wynantskill is open again (81st season this year), and their sliders are back! Customers often have a certain choice in mind – plain, with ketchup, with fried onions or a combo. The onions are especially popular for their caramelized taste. Just say “with everything!”
Slidin’ Dirty 9 First Street, Troy • 512 State Street, Schenectady
677 Prime 677 Broadway, Albany

Soup
Lakeside Farms
336 Schauber Road, Ballston Lake
A visit to Lakeside Farms is fun to explore and select from the fresh produce, homemade baked goods, and other goodies. Our readers like to combine the visit with lunch and especially enjoy their homemade soups de jour. The comforting, delicious soups have included chicken and dumplings, fisherman’s chowder and split pea.
The Whistling Kettle 24 Front Street, Ballston Spa • 254 Broadway, Troy
Chris’ Cafe 1048 Route 9, Valatie

Sports Bar
Recovery Sports Grill
Multiple locations
Recovery Sports Grill brings together food and beverage, fun and fans in a family-friendly environment, with TVs showing the latest competitions. Customers also cheer the sports bar for celebrating local teams and school athletics. With multiple locations, a Recovery Sports Grill is nearby.
Peabody’s Sports Bar & Grill 39 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs
Swifty’s Restaurant & Pub 95 Everett Road, Albany • 367 Delaware Avenue, Delmar

Sushi
Sake Japanese Steakhouse
611 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham
Would you like sushi a la carte, from black caviar to white tuna, or an entrée from the sushi bar? Whichever your choice, Sake offers an array of fresh and creative sushi. Customers enjoy the variety and have described the sushi as super yummy works of art.
Koto Japanese Restaurant 260 Wolf Road, Latham
Akanomi Japanese Restaurant 2568 Western Avenue, Altamont

Takeout
Gold Coin
1360 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands
Our readers flip over Gold Coin for takeout, pointing out the extensive menu, delivered fresh and hot, with consistent and prompt service. The chef cooked in Hong Kong and brings his knowledge of Chinese, Hunan, Szechuan and Cantonese dishes, which, customers say, adds another level to the usual takeout.
Kay’s Pizza 10 Walsh Lane, Averill Park
Koto Japanese Restaurant 260 Wolf Road, Latham

Tapas/Small Plates
Peck’s Arcade
217 Broadway, Troy

Tapas “yumminess” is synonymous with Peck’s Arcade, our readers tell us. Customers like the opportunity to choose and share small plates from the innovative changing menu for multiple taste-bud surprises. Sometimes there’s the discovery of new ingredients, combinations and a new favorite dish. Pairing your selections with wines is fun.
Twisted Vine Wine & Tap 384 Kenwood Avenue, Delmar
Bocca Bistro 384 Broadway, Saratoga Springs

Tea
The Whistling Kettle
24 Front Street, Ballston Spa
254 Broadway, Troy
With locations in Ballston Spa and Troy, The Whistling Kettle is tops as more than the usual tea shop. Among reasons are the popular afternoon tea-time, tea-tasting events, the huge tea selection on the menu or for purchase on-site or online, and the informed staff to help make choices.
Short and Stout Tea Company 1736 Western Avenue, Albany • 1 Crossgates Mall Road, Albany
The Tailored Tea 1010 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham

Wait Staff
677 Prime
677 Broadway, Albany
677 Prime is known for educating its waitstaff on who the restaurant is and how and why they do it. So it’s not surprising that the restaurant staff members are tops in this category. Customers appreciate their professionalism, knowledge, and their part in making the customers’ dining experience special.
15 Church 15 Church Street, Saratoga Springs
The Barnsider Restaurant 480 Sand Creek Road, Colonie

Wine List
dp an American Brasserie
25 Chapel Street, Albany
dp an American Brasserie says, “We pride ourselves on a unique and extensive wine program featuring the longest list of wines by the glass in the region.” Customers enjoy these many choices plus the availability of knowledgeable staff when they seek recommendations on pairing wines with the menu choices.
Lucas Confectionery 12 Second Street, Troy
Twisted Vine Wine & Tap 384 Kenwood Avenue, Delmar

Wine/Winery
Oliva Vineyards
250 Excelsior Avenue, Saratoga Springs
Winemaker Tony Oliva has a passion for wine, horse racing, and family, plus good food and company. That’s the inspiration for the creation of Saratoga-based Oliva Vineyards. Readers clink glasses in toast to Oliva in this category. Oliva wines include dry reds and whites, as well as special sweet wines.
Hudson Chatham Winery 1900 Route 66, Ghent
Saratoga Winery 462 NY 29, Saratoga Springs

Best New Restaurant • Kiernan’s Craft Tavern • Photo by Fred Neudoerffer. NueStudios, LLC

New Restaurant past 12 months
Kiernan’s Craft Tavern
579 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham
Customers have welcomed Kiernan’s Craft Tavern into the regions restaurant community. They appreciate the open industrial-style, attentive staff, array of beverages (including craft beer), and creative menu choices, from burgers to a starter like beef carpaccio, entrees like lobster carbonara, to tavern pu pu platter finger food. Nighthawks 461 Broadway, Troy
The Little Rice Ball 6 Franklin Street, Troy

Reader’s Choice Menu
This new fun category was pieced together in the categories of Appetizer, Entree, Dessert, and a drink to wash it down… illustrating a way to fashion our reader’s favorite meal!
Appetizer Grit Tots The Cuckoo’s Nest 234 Western Avenue, Albany
Entree Polish Feast Muza 1300 15th Street, Troy
Dessert Carrot Cake Verdile’s Restaurant 572 Second Avenue, Troy
Drink to wash it down – Coffee Vodka Albany Distilling Company 75 Livingston Avenue, Albany

Restaurant by Cuisine

American
677 Prime
677 Broadway, Albany
Wonderfully crafted cocktails, excellent wines with over 500 selections which can be narrowed down for you with their in-house Sommelier’s help and of course prime aged beef. 677 Prime is one of those restaurants that you get excited about eating in, days before you go.
Crossroads Brewing Company 21 Second Street, Athens • 201 Water Street, Catskill
Daley’s on Yates 10 Yates Street, Schenectady

Cajun
The Cuckoo’s Nest
234 Western Avenue, Albany

This Bestie is quickly becoming one of Albany’s most loved restaurants. Meeting friends or escaping for a great meal, the Cuckoo’s Nest dazzles our readers with their selections. Creative for sure, but also very comforting food choices.
Nanola 2639 Route 9, Malta
Parish Public House 388 Broadway, Albany

Caribbean
First Choice
Caribbean 451 Fulton Street, Troy

Ackee, jerk chicken, patties and so much more to love from the Caribean, but don’t take our word for it…drop by First Choice in Troy to try. You will think you are eating under the moon on an island with one bite.

Chinese
Gold Coin
1360 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands

A long time favorite in our “Bestie” readers poll. The food and service are wonderful whether eating in the restaurant to taking out. All you could want in fine Chinese cooking.
Ala Shanghai 468 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham
Bamboo Garden 187 Main Street, Altamont

French
Provence
1475 Western Avenue, Albany

Conveniently located in Stuyvesant Plaza in Albany, Provence sets the tone locally for French food. If you wish for something light, you can have it. If you hunger for something rich, you are covered too…just as if you were in Paris.
Chez Pierre 979 Route 9, Gansevoort
Rive Gauche 7 Second Street, Athens

German
Bavarian Manor
866 Mountain Avenue, Purling
German food is not always readily available when you desire it, but a short ride to Purling will satisfy you. Flavorful meats and homemade favorites of the house are just sublime.
Wolff’s Biergarten Multiple locations
The Flammerie 7 Hudson Street, Kinderhook

Gluten Free
New World Bistro Bar
300 Delaware Avenue, Albany
What doesn’t New World Bistro do well? Nothing. Now, your need for gluten-free cuisine is catered to as well. With flavorful options spanning global cuisine that this perennial Bestie is known for, we certainly will never be bored!

Greek
Athos

1814 Western Avenue, Albany
This is one of those wonderful restaurants that can be great for weeknights or special celebrations. All you need is an appetite for fabulous Greek food and what day it is won’t matter.
Grecian Gardens 1612 Route 9, Clifton Park
The Greek House 27 Third Street, Troy

Indian
Karavalli
9 Johnson Road, Latham

Karavalli is a dream come true for those of us that always crave Indian food. The portions are so large that you have to pick a few and share with other Indian cuisine lovers. There will be plenty to bring home too, and it will still be “to die for.”
Taj Fine Indian Cuisine 365 Feura Bush Road, Glenmont
Nirvana Indian Restaurant 5180 Western Turnpike, Altamont

Italian
D’Raymonds Restaurant
269 Osborne Road, Loudonville

I think those of us who work the “Besties” each year have run out of words to describe D’Raymonds. Always great, always consistent and always winning (for all the right reasons).
Cafe Capriccio 49 Grand Street, Albany
Canali’s Restaurant 126 Mariaville Road, Rotterdam

Japanese
Koto Japanese
Restaurant
260 Wolf Road, Latham

When Koto opened years ago, many of us flocked there for great Japanese food, and we are still going today. The service is consistently good, and the food – whatever style you choose – is worth the trip.
Sake Japanese Steakhouse 611 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham
Shogun of Delmar 318 Delaware Avenue, Delmar

Lebanese
Beirut Restaurant
184 River Street, Troy

Tiny little Beirut Restaurant serves up home-cooked Lebanese food that rivals any restaurant ten times the size. Family owned and operated and fabulous!
Mamoun’s Restaurant 206 Washington Avenue, Albany
The Phoenicians 71 Fuller Road, Colonie

Mediterranean
Tara Kitchen
431 Liberty Street, Schenectady

172 River Street, Troy
Truly one of the best restaurants in the Capital Region. It is understated, yet creative and scrumptious. A favorite for many of us in the Capital Region for dining and learning from Aneesa just how she does it!
Barcelona Restaurant 1192 Western Avenue, Albany
Restaurant Navona 289 New Scotland Avenue, Albany

Mexican
El Mariachi
289 Hamilton Street, Albany

271 Lark Street, Albany
Whether you want an awesome Mexican cocktail with chips and homemade guacamole or one of El Mariachi’s full gourmet dinners, you will leave happy and full. This is authentic Mexican cuisine so be prepared to be delighted visit after visit.
El Loco Mexican Cafe 465 Madison Avenue, Albany
Casa Real 1400 Altamont Avenue, Schenectady • 3770 Carman Road, Schenectady

Polish
Muza
1300 15th Street, Troy

This family-owned restaurant in Troy is a favorite of Polish families, people young and old, and everyone who loves good Polish dishes. The prices are excellent, and the portions are mind-blowing. Come to Muza with a very empty tummy.

Seafood
Reel Seafood Company
195 Wolf Road, Albany

For over 35 years, Reel Seafood has delighted Capital Region diners and visitors with the freshest seafood prepared in a number of recipes that are unique, creative or just as you choose. From fresh oysters to steaks, they have it all.
Yanni’s Too Restaurant 20 Marina Drive, Coeymans
Fish at 30 Lake 30 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs

Spanish
Barcelona Restaurant
1192 Western Avenue, Albany

Impeccable service, the finest in Mediterranean cuisines, fine wines and a décor to please all. The Paella is to be savored as well as the other most interesting Mediterranean American dishes. The lounge is a well-known gathering place in the area too.
Mr. Pio Pio 160 Quail Street, Albany
Salsa Latina Restaurant 315 Central Avenue, Albany

Steakhouse
677 Prime 677 Broadway, Albany
tied with
The Barnsider Restaurant 480 Sand Creek Road, Colonie
677 Prime is guided by the philosophy that you combine a passion for food, with a generous dose of love and serve it in a beautiful space. This has made this trendy Albany restaurant a long-standing favorite with steaks to die for and wines, appetizers, and other items on the menu to round out a beautiful evening. Watch for their specials! The Barnsider has been around for many years in Colonie and is the home of great food, drinks, attentive service and value for your money. There is the Hawkeye Grill for a lighter appetite and the main dining room for full dinners complemented by a selection of beers, wines, and cocktails. On your birthday, your dinner is 50% off as well.
Clark’s Steakhouse 1 Ferry Street, Schuylerville
The Bears’ Steakhouse 8254 Duanesburg Road, Duanesburg

Thai
Sri Siam Thai Restaurant
44 Sherwood Avenue, Rensselaer

What makes this Thai restaurant different – they use locally-sourced fresh ingredients in all their preparations. You can enjoy a wide array of Thai and Asian selections in the comfort of their dining room, or take-out if you prefer. Whatever way you choose, you will be delighted and will learn so much more about this favorite cuisine. Sweet Basil Thai Restaurant 370 Delaware Avenue, Albany
Sadudee Thai Food 1401 Broadway, Watervliet

Vegetarian
Berben & Wolff’s
227 Lark Street, Albany

A veggie delicatessen where both vegetarians and non-vegetarians will enjoy their food. Fast and friendly for sure. Our area craves good vegetarian options, and this tops the list.
Antipasto’s Bistro & Wine Bar 1026 Route 146, Clifton Park
New World Bistro Bar 300 Delaware Avenue, Albany

Vietnamese
Saigon Spring
1683 Route 9, Clifton Park

This perennial winner serves the best Pho and so much more. A favorite place for many to drop by to take home or dine-in with family and friends. Van’s Vietnamese Restaurant 307 Central Avenue, Albany

Restaurant by County

Albany County
New World Bistro Bar
300 Delaware Avenue, Albany

New World does everything right in the world of excellent restaurants, and their reservations prove this week after week and year after year. The readers of Capital Region Living Magazine recognize New World every year in many categories because of it. Awesomeness is alive and well on Delaware Avenue.

Bennington County
Blue Benn Diner
314 North Street, Bennington, VT

It used to be that a drive from the Capital Region to Bennington Vermont was a perfect ride, but now Blue Benn is often the destination! From breakfast on, this little gem delivers. Look up when sitting in your booth or at the counter and see all the specials and rest assured that all are great.

Berkshire County
Zinc Bistro Bar
56 Church Street, Lenox, MA

A cool European bistro and wine bar with a casual Texas twist in the heart of downtown. Close to the riverwalk for a stroll after an excellent dinner for sure. Zinc is a perfect win for Berkshire County!

Columbia County
Ca’Mea Restaurant
333 Warren Street, Hudson

tied with
Jackson’s Old Chatham House
646 Albany Turnpike, Old Chatham

Unique, fine Italian dining on Warren Street…this perennial Bestie (Ca’Mea) gets the nod yet again. The pasta dishes are works of art in the art district, but all their food is wonderous! Cozy and family run with a flair of country elegance, Jackson’s is a Columbia County favorite. Three generations of restaurant ownership certainly agree with them and…us.

Fulton/ Montgomery County
Nicolino’s Restaurant
4515 State Highway 30, Amsterdam

Excellent Italian food and you can’t beat the prices. Always busy because of its popularity among the locals but everyone needs to try Nicolino’s at least once – from anywhere in the Capital Region.

Green County
Crossroads Brewing Company
21 Second Street, Athens

201 Water Street, Catskill
This Bestie is certainly known for its brews as their name implies, but the food is amazing as well. Crossroads is fun and well run and worth a trip from anywhere. Wash down your food with their beer or soak up beer with good food…it all works here.

Otsego County
Brooks’ House of BBQ
State Highway 7, Oneonta

BBQ done well is a gift. Brooks BBQ can be purchased all over at local fundraising events, but a trip to Oneonta is special too. Always satisfying and always ‘finger licking”.

Rensselaer County
Chez Mike
596 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush

Chez Mike is another perennial winner, and that doesn’t happen without good cause, The daily specials, the tried and true favorites, and their dynamite wait staff makes Chez Mikes everyone’s “Bestie.”

Saratoga County
15 Church
15 Church Street, Saratoga Springs

Special and elegant each visit – this is one of those places when you want to impress someone you love…the destination is clear. The finest of food and service for sure!

Schenectady County
Canali’s Restaurant
126 Mariaville Road, Rotterdam

Meatballs as big as baseballs, cavatelli like Nonna made, sauce that is flavorful and comforting… with selections like these, it is no wonder why Canali’s is Schenectady County’s Bestie. One visit and I sure it will be yours too.

Schoharie County
Apple Barrel Country Store & Cafe
115 State Route 30A, Schoharie

Our readers consistently select the Apple Barrel Country Store & Café as their Schoharie County Bestie and for great reasons…fresh, unique salads and sandwiches, open-faced melts, and fabulous entrees. Whether for lunch or dinner, this perennial favorite will give you all the feels.

Warren County
The Grist Mill Restaurant
100 River Street, Warrensburg

The Grist Mill is yet another destination restaurant that never disappoints. Wonderful salad bar, perfectly grilled meats, and sides. This log building holds greatness within its walls.

Restaurant by City/ Town/Village

Albany
New World Bistro Bar
300 Delaware Avenue, Albany
Of course, New World is recognized as the “Bestie” in Albany. Their wins in our Bestie Poll each year adds up to being the best! Congrats New World on continued excellence.
677 Prime 677 Broadway, Albany
The Cuckoo’s Nest 234 Western Avenue, Albany

Best Ballston Spa Restaurant • Next Door Kitchen • Photo by Eric Seplowitz

Ballston Spa
Next Door Kitchen & Bar
51 Front Street, Ballston Spa
Locally sourced foods whenever possible are served at Next Door Kitchen & Bar. Their mission “seeks to connect community, friends and family through food” and our readers indicate that their mission has been accomplished! The Iron Roost 36 Front Street, Ballston Spa
The Whistling Kettle 24 Front Street, Ballston Spa 

Clifton Park
Wheatfields Bistro & Wine Bar

54 Crossing Boulevard, Clifton Park
Wheatfields is consistently great and consistently a huge vote-getter for CRL’s Besties poll. Whether you get their lasagna (big enough to feed a few) or some homemade pasta entrees, you will leave happy and full. Great for families and great for date nights too.
Pasta Pane 18 Park Avenue, Clifton Park
Ravenswood 1021 Route 146, Clifton Park

Colonie
The Barnsider Restaurant
480 Sand Creek Road, Colonie
Steaks are a claim to local fame at The Barnsider, but once you are there, you see that seafood and sides and desserts too are excellent. This is a very well rounded restaurant to enjoy for everyday or special occasions. Don’t even get me started on the salad bar…it is awesome.
D’Raymonds Restaurant 269 Osborne Road, Loudonville
DeMarco’s Restaurant 1965 Central Avenue, Colonie

Delmar/ Slingerlands
Twisted Vine Wine & Tap
384 Kenwood Avenue, Delmar
Set in a comfortable Delmar neighborhood setting, there are always a great variety of wines, beers, and food to choose from. Offering nightly specials and live music to enjoy, there is no question why Twisted Vine & Tap is a favorite. Quite a gem.
O’Slattery’s Irish Restaurant & Bar 318 Delaware Avenue, Delmar
Bellini’s Italian Eatery 365 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands

East/North Greenbush
Chez Mike
596 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush
Chez Mike has been a perennial favorite in our Bestie voters poll since they opened their doors. Being disappointed with their menu favorites or specials is impossible. You would pay five times their prices for this type of food in NYC.
Paolo Lombardi’s Ristorante 104 West Sand Lake Road, Wynantskill
Alexis Diner 294 North Greenbush Road, Troy

Guilderland
Mezza Notte Ristorante
2026 Western Avenue, Albany
Certainly not your place to take Italian food for granted. Mezza Notte is creative and true to the ingredients and dishes that you would find in a wonderful restaurant on any coast of Italy. Just read their reviews for yourself! Sage Bistro 2050 Western Avenue, Guilderland
Cafe Calabria 1736 Western Avenue, Guilderland

Lake George
The Log Jam Restaurant
1484 State Route 9, Lake George
Conveniently located in Glens Falls near the outlets, The Log Jam is a place to rest your feet and feed your tummy. Great steaks and an awesome salad bar are just two small reasons to go. It doesn’t matter the season; the The Log Jam was made for comfort and good food.
The Inn at Erlowest 3178 Lake Shore Drive, Lake George
The Algonquin Restaurant 4770 Lake Shore Drive, Bolton Landing

Latham
The Century House
997 New Loudon Road, Latham
Consistently excellent is a phrase that cannot always be used in the restaurant industry but in the case of The Century House, it is appropriate. We in the Capital Region have been dining there for years and even generations. The Century House still delivers! Special occasion meals, quick dinners in the bar area, receptions and parties, it is truly a go-to restaurant.
Milano 594 New Loudon Road, Latham
Tala Bistro 626 New Loudon Road, Latham

Rotterdam
Canali’s Restaurant
126 Mariaville Road, Rotterdam
Canali’s has been a favorite of Capital Region Living Magazine for years. Their friendly staff always serves great Italian cuisine in large portions. A dinner at Canalis is still a wonderful treat for us all.
Jasmine Thai Restaurant 2717 Broadway, Rotterdam
Armondo’s Villa Tuscan Grill 273 Duanesburg Road, Rotterdam

Saratoga Springs
15 Church
15 Church Street, Saratoga Springs
Every meal is a work of art, and the level of service is executed beautifully. The staff at 15 Church has perfected their craft after years of experience, and the result is excellence on display in Saratoga. With so many remarkable restaurants in this town, to stand out is a feat.
The Blue Hen 365 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
Max London’s 466 Broadway, Saratoga Springs

Schenectady
Cornells in Little Italy
39 North Jay Street, Schenectady
Cornells could be in any “Little Italy” section in the country, but our readers are certainly happy that it is in Schenectady’s. Wonderful old world Italian food alongside more modern menu items. Local families have counted on Cornells presence for many years and will for years to come.
Johnny’s 433 State Street, Schenectady
Tara Kitchen 431 Liberty Street, Schenectady

Scotia/Glenville
The Glass Tavern 115 Saratoga Road, Glenville
The Glass Tavern is a very welcoming place where quality ingredients reign supreme. The relaxed atmosphere may be your first impression but rest assured that the food will keep you coming back.
Jade Bistro 120 Mohawk Avenue, Scotia
Mohawk Tap Room 153 Mohawk Avenue, Scotia

Troy/Rensselaer
Nighthawks 461 Broadway, Troy
This restaurant is all about keeping it local…sourcing ingredients from around the region. Nighthawks website has many local farms and producers listed as the purveyors, growers, and producers that they use. A bit of trendy Brooklyn in Troy to entice our taste buds and senses.
Peck’s Arcade 217 Broadway, Troy
Plum Oyster Bar 15 Second Street, Troy

West Sand Lake/Averill Park
The Towne Tavern
2850 NY 43, Averill Park
Warm and cozy with dynamite food. If you are not a BBQ fan, there are so many other things to choose and enjoy. I bet you cannot resist going again and again after you try Towne Tavern as many readers already do! Lakeview on Crystal Lake 4 Old Route 66, Averill Park
Kay’s Pizza 10 Walsh Lane, Averill Park

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