Looking for a place to escape the winter chill? Head to any one of these Capital Region Hot Spots (some new, some old favorites) to enjoy passing the time with family and friends. From good books to good food to a burst of adrenaline, there’s something for everyone.
Javier’s Nuevo Latino Cuisine
A seafood restaurant with a flare of Latino flavor in Saratoga Springs, Javier’s Nuevo Latino is owned by Javier Rodriguez, a native of Costa Rica who worked as a maître d’ of the Michelin Star-rated River Café in New York City for 12 years. Nuevo Latino refers to Latin American food that is “polished” and “re-invigorated” for a modern, non-Latino clientele. The fine dining establishment is located in what was once the renowned Metro night club, and serves dishes transformed from Rodriguez’s family recipes
TALA, An American Bistro
Located at the new Rumors Salon & Spa building in Latham, TALA, An American Bistro is co-owned by Leah Tyrrell and Mazzone Hospitality owner Angelo Mazzone, so you know to expect quality food and impeccable service. What you might not expect is the eclectic mix of stylized entrees, as well as a spa menu catering to Rumors patrons. The 50-seat restaurant is open Monday-Saturday for lunch and dinner and also offers a Sunday bistro brunch with items like vanilla and bourbon French toast, Cajun shrimp and chorizo hash, and of course, a selection of signature drinks.
Honest Weight Food Co-op
2013 brought the opening of a new, environmentally-sustainable grocery store in Albany thanks to the people behind the Honest Weight Food Co-op. The new store provides a larger selection, expanded services and increased parking. It also strengthens Honest Weight’s mission of providing a better community space for seminars, meetings, classes and cooking experiences, while offering the Capital Region healthy, responsible food choices and products.
With locations in Albany and Poughkeepsie, Fastrax provides a high-speed racing experience that is enjoyable for all skill levels. Their high-performance racing karts give you as close to a real-life racing sensation as possible, while also staying eco-friendly. Their electric race karts have more torque than traditional gas karts and can reach speeds of up to 50mph with pinpoint handling and precision. Perfect for your next group event or party, or just a night of adrenaline-filled fun!
A main attraction when visiting Manchester, VT, Northshire Bookstore recently opened a second location right in the heart of the Capital Region. The Saratoga Springs locale offers the same vast selection and noteworthy events as the original store, all while maintaining the family-owned, independent feel. With an experienced staff and every department you can think of, Northshire is sure to be your first and last stop for all of your literary needs.
Bombers Burrito Bar
The third Bombers Burrito Bar location, and the first Bombers franchise, this casual Mexican-American restaurant opened at 2 King Street in Troy last summer and has been a hot spot ever since. Along with its tell-tale Bombers style – neon sign, red and blue color scheme, and pinup girl art – the Troy location features something new; an outside patio for dining. Head there for trivia on Wednesdays, karaoke on Thursdays, sangria Saturdays, or any day of the week for delicious food in a fun atmosphere.
What was once known as Ballingers in Albany has been transformed to an exclusive, reservation-only club called The Speakeasy. For those on the list, there’s an entry via a doorbell and once inside, the use of phones and cameras in the bar is banned. Mixologists serve up unique and authentic Depression-era cocktails, while old-time jazz music fills the space adorned with custom booths and stone walls. With one step in the door you will easily be transported to the 1920s.
Open since last fall, Bonefish Grill on Wolf Road in Albany is a fresh seafood restaurant chain that offers an intimate dining room with chef-coat service that’s never stuffy and a “Big City Bar” perfect for meeting up with friends. Their goal is to take the mystery out of fish for people who don’t eat it very often, while providing further mystery for the truly adventurous. According to Bonefish Grill, happiness starts when you walk through the door.
Charles F. Lucas Confectionary
& Wine Bar outdoor patio
Now you can enjoy the popular outdoor patio at the Charles F. Lucas Confectionary & Wine Bar in downtown Troy year-round thanks to the addition of a glass enclosure. It features a retractable roof, enabling guests to stay warm during the winter and dry on rainy days. Being able to enjoy the outdoors on a winter’s day while indulging in charcuterie and wine? Priceless.
Located on Wolf Road, Texas Roadhouse is one of the nation’s fastest-growing steakhouse chains. Considering their slogan, “Legendary Food, Legendary Service,” they certainly live up to that claim with a menu specializing in ribs and pick-your-own steaks centered around a Western theme. With large portions and line dancers that entertain, you get a lot for your dollar. Reservations are recommended, with lines often reaching out the door!