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Besties 2014: All the Food & Drink Category Winners

CRL reveals all the top restaurants, bars and more voted on by you!

Appetizer

The Standard Restaurant & Lounge
1 Crossgates Mall Road, Albany
Think chic Hollywood glamour. That’s the feeling evoked by The Standard, where you can choose from a vast selection of appetizers like Shrimp Cocktail Martini, Lobster Bisque and Coconut Shrimp Lollipops. For the second year in a row, The Standard is your favorite place to grab an appetizer or small plate… or two or three to share.

Cella Bistro
2015 Rosa Road, Schenectady

Aperitivo Bistro,
426 State Street, Schenectady

Apple Pie

Lakeside Farms
336 Schauber Road, Ballston Lake
One bite will take you right back into your grandmother’s kitchen.  Apple is just one of dozens of pie varieties available here.  With the festive displays and smell of fresh baked goods, it’s no wonder it’s your “go to” place for apple pie.  Open for breakfast and lunch and dinner take-outs.

Grandma’s Country Restaurant
1273 Central Avenue, Albany

Goold Orchards
1297 Brookview Station Road, Castleton

Bagels

Uncommon Grounds
1235 Western Avenue, Albany & 402 Broadway, Saratoga
Whether you order them with just a smidge of cream cheese or as the bookends to a full fledged sandwich, enjoy them toasted and crispy or fresh and chewy… the bagels at Uncommon Grounds don’t disappoint. Choose from traditional flavors like sesame, everything, or cinnamon raisin or kick it up with jalapeño or pesto.  Two locations make it an easy place to stop whether you’re in Albany or Saratoga.

Bagel Tyme
various locations

Golden Krust Bagels
638 Columbia Street, Latham

Bakery

Bella Napoli Bakery & Cafe
672 New Loudon Road, Latham & 721 River Street, Troy
Who can resist the temptation of fresh baked goods?  The winner in this year’s bakery category should come as no surprise.  Bella Napoli takes first for the 11th year in a row!  The decadent display case features a mix of Italian and American bakery items like breads, pastries, cookies and biscotti. Their oh-so-pretty cakes make birthdays extra special, too!

Villa Italia Pasticceria
226 Broadway, Schenectady

The Cookie Factory
520 Congress Street, Troy

Beer Selection

The Bier Abbey
613 Union Street, Schenectady
Whether you’re in the mood for a taste of Belgium, France, Canada, England, Netherlands, Austria, Germany, Iceland, or what we have right here in the good ‘ole USA, the Bier Abbey is a must-stop for beer lovers. Monitored to ensure it’s served at just the right temperature, with a diverse selection just right for the season, the ambience doesn’t disappoint either… from church pews to high tops. Oh, and don’t be afraid to try the food, a solid selection ranging from cheese plates to cheese fries to sandwiches.

Brown’s Brewing Company
417 River Street, Troy

The Merry Monk
84 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs

Bistro

New World Bistro Bar
300 Delaware Avenue, Albany
An eclectic array of wines by the glass, a hearty selection of gluten-free foods, and a tasty Sunday Brunch offering are just a few of the reasons New World Bistro Bar is your favorite.  Add the fact that they source locally, everything from table linens to ice cream  to the freshest and best ingredients from area farms, cheese makers, and bakers…and we have ourselves a winner!

Garden Bistro 24
1839 Central Avenue, Colonie
5 Vista Boulevard, Slingerlands

The Wine Bar & Bistro on Lark
200 Lark Street, Albany

Bread

Perreca’s Bakery
33 North Jay Street, Schenectady
It’s no wonder this hard-crusted bread is so famous – the recipe was brought to Schenectady straight from Italy and has been passed down and perfected throughout the generations, boasting more than 100 years in the Perecca family!  This bread is delicious whether you break a piece off the loaf and dip it in oil or use it for a sandwich.  You could make a special trip to Perreca’s just for the bread, or pick up a loaf after a meal at their cafe’ – More Perreca’s Cafe’ – right next door!

Bella Napoli Bakery & Cafe

672 New Loudon Road, Latham &
721 River Street, Troy

Mastroianni Bros. Bakery,
51 Opus Boulevard, Schenectady

Breakfast

Latham ’76 Diner
722 New Loudon Road, Latham
With more than 200 menu items and service available 24/7, Latham ’76 Diner is once again your favorite place for the first meal of the day! Have breakfast for lunch and dinner, too, if your craving for eggs and pancakes stretches past noon!

More Perreca’s Cafe
31 N Jay Street, Schenectady

Halfmoon Diner
231 Grooms Road, Clifton Park

Burger (Tie)

Brooke’s Pizza
17 Longkill Road, Ballston Lake
A pizza parlor for a burger? Believe it because Brooke’s Pizza has been serving up tasty burgers  for seven years at a cost that won’t drain your wallet. Brooke’s is not only family-owned, but is named after their daughter!

Jack’s Drive In
24 Main Avenue, Wynantskill
Christmas trees were lining the front of Jack’s Drive In just a few months ago, so instead of smelling burgers you were smelling pine needles!  Never fear, Jack’s famous burgers are back this month.  Drive-In, sit down, or take it to go… just don’t forget the napkins at this Troy institution!

Jumpin’ Jack’s Drive-In
5 Schonowee Avenue, Scotia
Druthers Brewing Company,
381 Broadway, Saratoga Springs

Chain – Five Guys Burgers and Fries

Cake

Villa Italia Pasticceria
226 Broadway, Schenectady
Don’t be afraid to think out of the box when ordering your next cake from Villa Italia.  Whether it’s a birthday, retirement, wedding, or just for a dinner party, the pastry chefs here are full of ideas!  Custom order or pick out your cake on the run.  Super tasty and almost too pretty to eat, we suggest you cut small pieces when you serve one of these cakes because your guests are sure to ask for seconds!

Coccadotts Cake Shop
various locations

Bella Napoli Bakery and Cafe,
672 New Loudon Road, Latham &
721 River Street, Troy

Calamari

Yanni’s Too
20 Marina Drive, Coeymans
Marc Yanni is known as “the Calamari King,” cooking up about half a dozen varieties of this seafood delicacy at his waterfront restaurant.  Whether you like it traditionally fried with lemon, buffalo style, or with a hint of chipotle, you’re bound to make Yannis Too your first stop for calamari.  Just one more reason we can hardly wait for spring! (They re-open March 12th!)

Albany Pump Station
19 Quackenbush Square, Albany

Chain – Delmonico’s Italian Steakhouse

Cider Donuts

Golden Harvest Farms
3074 US 9, Valatie
Crusty on the outside and light and cakey on the inside, Golden Harvest Farms’ apple cider donuts are our favorite way to “an apple a day!”  Infused with real apple cider that’s made on the farm, these treats are bursting with just the right amount of apple cider flavor. Be sure to order a baker’s dozen when they’re hot and fresh.


Altamont Orchards

6654 Dunnsville Road, Altamont

Lakeside Farms
336 Schauber Road, Ballston Lake

Chicken Wings

Ale House
680 River Street, Troy
The Ale House are perennial winners because they are winners! Place an order for yourself or share with friends in traditional barbeque, mild, medium, or hot… or try something different with the unique choices of tequila chipotle or garlic parmesan.

The Towne Tavern
2850 New York 43, Averill Park
20 North Broadway Tavern,
20 Broadway, Schenectady

Chili

Brown’s Brewing Company
417 River Street, Troy
Home of the Firehouse Chili Cook-Off fundraiser three years running now, Brown’s Brewing Company serves up a mean batch of their own chili, adding turkey instead of the more traditional beef.  With the typical array of seasonings, you can’t go wrong with this hearty choice.  The only question now is, with or without cheese?

Ravenswood
1021 New York 146, Clifton Park

Graney’s Bar & Grill
275 New Scotland Avenue, Albany

Coffee

Stewart’s Shops
various locations
A consistent favorite, Stewart’s coffee is quick, reasonably priced, and you can fix it any way you like.  It’s the perfect way to rev up your morning or recharge mid-day. Maybe one of the best parts: you can pick up the daily papers, grab breakfast and lunch to go, fill your gas tank, and fuel your own energy tank, all in one stop!

MochaLisa’s Caffe
22 Clifton Country Road, Clifton Park

Uncommon Grounds
1235 Western Avenue, Albany
402 Broadway, Saratoga Springs

Comfort Food

Hattie’s Restaurant
45 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs
3057 Route 50, Wilton
Offering a warm, lazy-feeling and known for its Southern fried chicken, Hattie’s Chicken Shack warms your belly and your heart with Southern and Louisiana cuisine.  Collard greens, corn on the cob, and smashed potatoes are just a few of the sides you choose from to accompany such favorites as “Farm Raised Catfish,” “Creole Jambalaya,” and “Hattie’s Famous Fried C­hicken.”  When the weather heats up, cool down with one of their legendary mojitos – a favorite after the track or any time of year.

Blue Ribbon Restaurant and Bakery
1801 State Street, Schenectady

More Perecca’s Café
31 N Jay Street, Schenectady

Chain – The Cheesecake Factory

Cupcakes

Bette’s Cakes
A Cupcakery Cafe’,
371 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
Whipping up a new batch of flavors every week, Bette’s Cakes Cupcakery Cafe’ adds a new twist to ordering cupcakes.  Bite-size “A” cupcakes are the perfect size for mixing and matching, “B” if you know this is exactly what you’re looking for, and “C” for those who just can’t get enough of their favorite flavor.  Stroll on into Bette’s as you wander down the best street in America, or hop on board “DeeDee,” the can’t-miss-it confectionary pink classic London Double Decker bus. It hits the road in the spring.

Bake For You
540 Delaware Avenue, Albany

Make Me a Cake Next Door
378 Delaware Avenue, Delmar

Deli

Gershon’s Deli
1600 Union Street, Schenectady
Whether you take it back to the office or stay and enjoy in-house, Gershon’s has been a staple in Schenectady for more than 60 years. They serve up subs on fresh baked bread, packing in the highest quality lunch meats.  How many other lunch spots offer a chopped liver selection?  Be sure to ask for their daily soup special!

Deli & Brew
64 Vandenburgh Avenue, Troy

Ben & Bill’s Deli
located in Price Chopper, various locations

Dessert (Tie)

Villa Italia Pasticceria
226 Broadway, Schenectady
We never do leave room for dessert when dining out, do we? If you’re feeling like having something sweet on your way home from dinner or after a show, just stop into Villa Italia and take dessert to go.

Bella Napoli Bakery and Cafe’
672 New Loudon Road, Latham & 721 River Street, Troy
Bella Napoli prides itself on baking the old-fashioned way, still using a recipe for Quaresamali (or as we know it, almond biscotti) straight out of Italy, passed down for more than 50 years.  Owner Dominic Mainella says it’s a great dunking cookie and recommends one of their many other biscotti flavors, like pistachio and butter pecan. With Easter just around the corner, Mainella expects to churn out dozens of orders of bunny cookies and cakes, Italian pies and breads. There’s a reason customers make this one of their first choices for donuts on Sunday mornings, and all week long.

Blue Ribbon Restaurant and Bakery
1801 State Street, Schenectady

Grandma’s Pies & Restaurant
1273 Central Avenue, Albany

Diner (Tie)

Blue Ribbon Restaurant and Bakery
1801 State Street, Schenectady
With just about any reasonably priced item you can imagine, breakfast all-day long, notoriously friendly waitresses, and 24-hour service, it’s easy to see why diners are the heart of America.  When you stop by Blue Ribbon, you’ll have plenty of tempting choices to fill your stomach, with entrees ranging from fish & chips to macaroni & cheese to chicken parmesan.  For dessert, don’t forget a slice of their award-winning cheesecake!

Latham ‘76 Diner

722 New Loudon Road, Latham
If you’re looking for something other than the traditional pancakes or eggs, you’ve come to the right place.  Latham ’76 has more than 200 menu options.  The Capital Region is lucky enough to have plenty of diners to choose from, starring favorites like this one!

Alexis Diner
294 N Greenbush Road, Troy

Circle Diner
813 New Loudon Road, Latham

Bob’s Diner
929 19th Street, Watervliet

Fine Dining

Angelo’s 677 Prime
677 Broadway, Albany
Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, enjoying a romantic dinner, dining with clients, or just in the mood for a fine dining experience, you’ll be delighted with selections from the raw bar, lobster bisque all year round, choice cuts of steak, and sides like asparagus with truffle pecorino.  You’re sure to find the perfect wine to compliment your dinner, with a 400 bottle wine list. You’ll want to call for a reservation; located in the heart of downtown Albany’s theatre district, tables here fill up fast!

Yono’s
25 Chapel Street, Albany

Jack’s Oyster House
42 State Street, Albany

Fish Fry

Ted’s Fish Fry,
Various locations
There’s something to be said about a business that has been open for 65 years. It’s no wonder our readers have voted Ted’s number one for the ninth year in a row! Ted’s Fish Fry corners the market on fried fish, but they also offer other all-American classics such as hotdogs, hamburgers and onion rings. With Easter fast approaching, we know where you’ll be eating on Friday nights!

Bob & Ron’s Fish Fry
1007 Central Avenue, Albany

Matt’s Fish Fry & Seafood Mart, 5
74 Saratoga Street, Cohoes

Fish ’N Chips

The Angry Penguin
41 Broad Street, Waterford
Here in the Capital Region, we take our Fish ’n Chips seriously, (don’t confuse it with our favorite fish fry). The Angry Penguin tops the charts as Best Fish ’N Chips.  With huge portions and a reasonable price, Waterford could be the NEW New England… well, in our humble opinion anyway.

Lil’ Britain Fish & Chip Shop
116 North Street, Bennington, VT

The Merry Monk
84 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs

French Fries

Garden Bistro 24
1839 Central Avenue, Albany &
5 Vista Boulevard, Slingerlands
What can we say?  Without our fries, our sandwiches and burgers would be bare. A winner yet again for French Fries, Garden Bistro 24 certainly has the right recipe. Their hand-cut fresh potatoes are thin, crisp, lightly seasoned and served with honey mustard aioli. Voila! Fantastic pomme frites!

Tala Bistro
626 New Loudon Road, Latham

Albany Pump Station
19 Quackenbush Square, Albany

Chain – Five Guys Burgers and Fries

Frozen Yogurt

Guptill’s Coney Express
1085 New Loudon Road, Cohoes
One more reason we can’t wait for spring!  This healthy alternative to ice cream is offered at Guptill’s Coney Express in tempting soft serve flavors such as Butter Pecan, Mint Patty and Maine Black Bear. Enjoy it on a regular cone, stuffed inside a waffle, in a dish or topped with your favorite flavors. It’s our favorite way to keep cool!

Plum Dandy
419 Broadway, Saratoga and Coming soon: 1106 Ellsworth Commons, Malta

Lemon Drop
65 Wolf Road, Albany
180 Delaware Avenue, Albany

Happy Hour

Wolf’s 111 Restaurant & Games
111 Wolf Road, Colonie
and Wolf’s 111 Arena,
Pearl Street, Albany
Drinks & Appetizers are inexpensive, it’s a quick (or not so quick, if that’s your pleasure) stop after a long day at work, and a great way to unwind while catching up with friends or co-workers.  Whatever your reason for enjoying Happy Hour, Wolf’s 1-11 seems to have it covered. With 40 HDTVs, leather couches, 30 beers on tap, and drink specials every night from 4pm-8pm, it’s your favorite spot after work.

Creo’ Restaurant
1475 Western Avenue,
Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany

The Standard Restaurant & Lounge
Crossgates Mall Road, Albany

Hot Dog

Gus’s Hotdogs
212 25th Street, Watervliet
From the outside it may look unassuming, but this is the place hot dog lovers go.  But this is the shack where the magic happens.  Magic for hot dog lovers, that is. Proving these tasty treats aren’t just enjoyed at the ball park, Gus’s serves up these dogs in an easy-to-eat mini size, letting you decide just how many will fill your belly.  Get them with meat sauce or the works, or order both on the side. Luck is with you if you score a seat inside, but taking an order to-go is just as popular. Just don’t show up on a Sunday – even Gus needs one day of rest.

Mike’s Hot Dogs
1135 Erie Boulevard, Schenectady

Hot Dog Charlie’s
various locations

Ice Cream Stand

The Snowman Ice Cream
531 5th Avenue, Troy
Frosty deliciousness on a cone or in a dish…there’s clearly a reason for the constant line in front of The Snowman Ice Cream stand.  You may want to stock your freezer next year before the season ends so you can enjoy The Snowman’s ice cream even when the snow is covering the ground, long after this popular stand bids farewell for the season.

Kurver Kreme
1349 Central Avenue, Albany

Guptill’s Coney Express
1085 New Loudon Road, Cohoes

Kid-Friendly Dining

Jumpin Jack’s Drive-In
5 Schonowee Avenue, Scotia
What’s the recipe for the best kid-friendly dining?  Better ask Jumpin’ Jack’s because they are, once again, this year’s winner.  No wonder, with fun foods like curly fries and flavored popcorn, outdoor dining, waterfront entertainment, and plenty of room to run! You know spring is here when they re-open for the season.

Blue Ribbon Restaurant and Bakery
1801 State Street, Schenectady

The Towne Tavern
2850 New York 43, Averill Park

Chain – Dave & Buster’s

Lunch Spot (Tie)

Bountiful Bread
1475 Western Avenue, Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany
When Bountiful Bread first opened back in 1998, it churned out bread, bread, and only bread!  Ten years ago, it expanded into the diverse lunch cafe that exists today. Roasted Beet & Mushroom Salad (with some cranberries, seeds and goat cheese thrown in) is one of our personal favorites. “Make-your-own” salads and sandwiches are other popular offerings.

Halfmoon Sandwich & Salad Shoppe
1615 Rte 9, Clifton Park
Health experts say this mid-day meal should be the most substantial. Soups, sandwiches and salads seem to be favorites. No matter what you choose to keep your stomach from growling, you have plenty of options at Halfmoon Sandwich Shoppe.

Garden Bistro
1834 Central Avenue, Colonie
5 Vista Boulevard, Slingerlands

Bob & Linda’s Window Box Cafe’
1969 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands

Mac & Cheese

Druthers Brewing Company
381 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
One of Americans’ first choices for comfort food, “The Best” Mac&Cheese should be treated seriously. Druthers does just that, coating small shells with seven cheeses and topping the dish with house chips and panko breadcrumbs.  The cast iron skillet it’s served in adds a nice touch, as do various add-ins. 

Albany Pump Station
19 Quackenbush Square, Albany

Man of Kent Tavern
4452 New York 7, Hoosick Falls, NY

Martini

Bangkok Bistro,
1619 Central Avenue, Colonie
I think martini should be dry. When mixing flavors into a martini, they should never overpower the gin or vodka, depending on which you use. Bangkok meets both qualifications…making it the very best Martini in the Capital Region. The only questions that remain are: shaken or stirred? Which flavor will you choose?

Creo’ Restaurant
1475 Western Avenue,
Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany

The Point
1100 Madison Avenue, Albany

Meatballs

Canali’s Restaurant
126 Mariaville Road, Schenectady
Canali’s meatballs are heavenly.  Light, flavorful and they stand up to their wonderful sauce.  Order whatever you like here, but make sure you add a side of meatballs.  They also have a separate building for take-out so you can call ahead, run in and take home some round mounds of joy!  Everything is homemade and reminds us of Sunday suppers; only you will be served by a great team and won’t have to clean up!

Testo’s Restaurant
853 4th Avenue, Troy

Cornell’s Fine Italian Cuisine
39 North Jay Street, Schenectady

Outdoor Dining

Prime at Saratoga National
458 Union Avenue, Saratoga
What can top dining al fresco on a warm summer night? Chances are there’s no better view than the one you’ll experience sitting on the elegant patio at Saratoga National’s Prime Restaurant.  Picture rolling golf greens just on the other side of your table, as you listen to live entertainment. Prime provides first class service, food and drinks.  You provide the conversation!

Peddlers Bar and Bistro
16 Old Route 9, Clifton Park

Brown’s Brewing Co
417 River Street, Troy

Pasta Sauce

Testo’s Italian Restaurant
853 4th Avenue, Troy
If making your own tomato sauce is intimidating or you just don’t have the time, Testo’s has the answer. Family owned and operated since 1976, Testo’s offers a variety of dishes on which to enjoy their sauce.  Eat in, take it to-go, or grab a few jars at your local grocery store and create your own special dish at home and tell people it’s your own.

Villa Valenti Restaurant
369 W Sand Lake Road, Wynantskill

Augie’s Family Style Italian Restaurant
17 Low Street, Ballston Spa

Pizza

Kay’s Burden Lake Restaurant
11 Walsh Lane, Averill Park
With real mozzarella cheese, hand-rolled dough and Kay’s famous sauce, our mouths are watering at the mention of Kay’s pizza.  Order it white or traditional.  Kay’s offers traditional meat or vegetarian pizzas, as well as such creations as Baja chicken and Hawaiian.  Kay’s closes during the winter, but will soon be open again. Plan now your spring and summer nights for a drive to Burden Lake, the perfect setting for enjoying Kay’s pizza.

Ferretti’s Restaurant
262 Ushers Road, Clifton Park

Romo’s Pizza
365 Fuera Bush Road, Glenmont

Pub

The Towne Tavern
2850 NY 43, Averill Park
Whether you are meeting friends or throwing one back while you watch the game on one of nearly a dozen screens, The Towne Tavern has you covered with $2.50 daily drink specials, 12 beers on tap and 24 bottled varieties. The Towne Tavern has amazing food to enjoy while relaxing with your friends or family.  You’ll always find a reason to stop here.

The Old English Pub & Pantry
683 Broadway, Albany

The Mill
2121 Route 9, Round Lake

Ribs

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
377 River Street, Troy
It was a traveling Harley hotspot for years before Dinosaur Bar-B-Que finally grew roots in Syracuse. Today, the Dinosaur is serving up racks of ribs in all sizes right here on the Hudson.  On the menu, they’re touted as “dry rubbed and slow pit-smoked.”  Sink your teeth into a quarter–rack snack size, or order on up to the full size 12-rib rack.  All plates are served with Dinosaur’s famous “honey hush cornbread” and two homemade sides.


Carolina House

59 Broad Street, Kinderhook

Otis & Oliver’
30 Mill Road, Latham

Romantic Dining

Cafe’ Capriccio
49 Grand Street, Albany
There’s no better recipe for romance than the smell of garlic cooking in the kitchen, deep red Italian wines, flavorful red sauces, rich chocolate desserts, and a candle-lit dining room. Welcome to Cafe’ Capriccio, serving up old-world Italian for a quarter century.  Take a seat in the soft lit dining room and feel as though you’ve been transported directly to Italy.

The Wine Bar & Bistro
200 Lark Street, Albany

Angelo’s 677 Prime
677 Broadway, Albany

Sandwich/Sub (Tie)

Gershon’s Deli
1600 Union Street, Schenectady
Gershon’s is no ordinary deli; from the worthwhile wait for a table to the assortment of freshly baked breads they use on their sandwiches, this is one classy New York-Style deli.  Owner Tony Lauria says one noticeable difference is in the meat.  “We cook most of our meats… the turkey, roast beef, and corned beef are all made fresh.”  He credits their success to their quality and consistency, saying, “I buy the same thing week in and week out no matter the price, without raising the price for my customers.”

Halfmoon Sandwich & Salad Shoppe
1615 Route 9
Fresh baked bread, piles of quality cold cuts, and your choice of toppings…now, THAT is how you build a great sandwich! Halfmoon Sandwich Shoppe is, once again, a winner. Don’t forget the macaroni salad! (Or potato if you prefer.)

Pellegrino Importing
1197 Central Avenue, Albany

Deli & Brew
64 Vandenburgh Avenue, Troy
Chain – Panera Bread

Soup

Chris’ Cafe’
1048 Route 9, Valatie
Nothing beats a hot bowl of soup on a cold winter day… especially when it tastes just like it’s been simmering on your grandmother’s stove all day.  Step into Chris’ Cafe’ where there’s a different soup to dip your spoon into just about every day of the week.  Be sure to catch the chicken parm soup; it’s out-of-this-world amazing!

Bountiful Bread
1475 Western Avenue, Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany

Garden Bistro 24
1839 Central Avenue, Colonie &
5 Vista Boulevard, Slingerlands

Chain – Panera Bread

Sports Bar

Recovery Room
Various locations
If you don’t like watching the game on a ginormous big screen with lots of fans, hot food and cold beer…then you better just find another sports bar. Recovery room has a knack for attracting all ages, with daily specials for kids and adults.  Don’t forget to wear your team jersey!

20 North Broadway Tavern
20 Broadway, Schenectady

Wolf’s 111 Restaurant & Games
111 Wolf Road, Colonie
Wolf’s 111 Arena, Pearl Street, Albany

Chain – Dave & Buster’s

Steak House

Angelo’s 677 Prime
677 Broadway, Albany
Looks like fine dining and mouth-watering steaks go hand in hand.  Angelo’s 677 Prime wins top honors for both.  Nine different cuts of flavorful steaks with custom toppings like gorgonzola bacon butter, creamy horseradish sauce, and shaved black truffles are just a hint of what you’ll find inside the dining room and the menu of Angelo’s 677 Prime Steakhouse.

Barnsider
480 Sand Creek Road, Albany

Prime at Saratoga National
458 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs

Sushi

Koto
260 Wolf Road Extension, Albany
The chefs at Koto turn sushi into fresh, edible art.  From the succulent yellowtail and spicy tuna to the hand rolls and delectable salmon roe, your platter will be so pretty, it’s almost too pretty to eat…almost.

Sake Cafe’
273 New Scotland Avenue, Albany

Hana Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar
1620 Western Avenue, Albany

Tapas/Small Plate

Aperitivo Bistro
426 State Street, Schenectady
If you’re in the mood for some wonderful fusion-style tapas, run to Aperitivo Bistro.  You can always find some more traditional items on the menu, as well as specialty pizzas and pasta dishes. Aperitivo is all about flavor, and whether you opt for the winning tapas or a larger plate, this chic environment will serve it up deliciously.

Cella Bistro
2015 Rosa Road, Schenectady

Lucas Confectionery
12 2nd Street, Troy

Chain – Buca Di Beppo

Take Out

Canali’s Restaurant
126 Mariaville Road, Schenectady
For those nights when you don’t feel like dressing up and hitting the town, and are just too tired to cook, take-out is like a lifesaver for your taste buds. Canali’s has been serving fresh, hot take-out from its Rotterdam property for more than 65 years.

Mr. Pio Pio
160 Quail Street, Albany

Augie’s Family Style Italian Restaurant
17 Low Street, Ballston Spa

Jewel of India
187 Lark Street, Albany

Wait Staff

Canali’s Restaurant
126 Mariaville Road, Schenectady
Although the food is among your favorite, the wait staff plays a huge part in why you come back.  It’s no wonder Canali’s is a winner in both categories.  Their attentive, knowledgeable wait staff will make you feel like royalty every time.

Barnsider
480 Sand Creek Road, Albany

Verdile’s Restaurant
572 2nd Avenue, Troy

Wine List (Tie)

dp, An American Brasserie
25 Chapel Street, Albany
Yono’s
25 Chapel Street, Albany
Whether you choose white or red, the right glass of wine can easily make even the best meal even better.  The sister restaurants tied for first sit side by side, giving diners the option of casual or fine dining.  Whatever your mood, the wine lists doesn’t disappoint (or rather, at around 67 pages, wine BOOK may be more appropriate). If you just can’t decide, ask a sommelier for advice.

Lucas Confectionery
12 2nd Street, Troy

677 Prime
677 Broadway, Albany

Best New Restaurants

The selections for favorite new restaurants this year span the globe.  American, French, Italian, and Latino foods are all represented… offering Capital Region diners tasty choices.

Tala American Bistro
626 New Loudon Road, Latham
Angelo Mazzone has done it again with Tala, An American Bistro, located at the new Rumors Salon & Spa building in Latham. This hip, 50-seat restaurant is sleek and modern with a menu to match. With starters like the Thai Asparagus Bisque, such as Fig & Prosciutto and Angry Shrimp flatbread pizzas and entrees like the Butternut Squash Ravioli, Cedar Baked Salmon and Brick Pressed Airline Chicken Breast, the menu is a work of art. This is a great place to enjoy cocktails with friends or relax for dinner. They also have a spectacular Sunday brunch. It’s no wonder why you chose it as one of the best new restaurants.

Garden Bistro 24
5 Vista Boulevard, Slingerlands
Garden Bistro 24 tallies five “Best of” wins, so it’s no wonder you voted their new Slingerlands location for one of the Best New Restaurants.  With savory French dishes including some of the best fries around and a cool, lively bistro vibe, we concur!

Johnnys
433 State Street, Schenectady
Johnny’s is one of the Mallozzi family’s newest creations, making this another no-brainer for new restaurants.  With fresh homemade pasta, some of the best burgers around, and affordable price points, we may just see you there!

Javier’s Nuevo Latino Cuisine

17 Maple Avenue
Saratoga Springs
While the name Javier Rodriguez may be new to the area, he is well known to foodies in Brooklyn, where he worked for The River Cafe.  His partnership with Chef Eric Sell seems to be a recipe for success, as Javier’s appears to be THE hot spot this year in Saratoga.

Food by Cuisine

American (Tie)

The Standard  Restaurant & Lounge
1 Crossgates Mall Road, Albany
When you walk into The Standard, you’re taken right back into 1940s and 50s Hollywood.  From the color scheme, to the retro furniture, to the menu heavy on meat and potatoes, you can’t get much more American than this. Check out their “Meatloaf Stack,” layered with cheese and caramelized onions and covered in mushroom gravy.  Dare we say it’s even better than the meatloaf mom used to make?

Barnsider
480 Sand Creek Road, Albany
Steaks of all kind drive the menu at the Barnsider and they do it well!  Whatever cut, temp or size you love they will cook it perfectly for you and what is more American than that?  If steak isn’t your choice, don’t worry. They also offer seafood and other choices,, including a salad bar to beat all others.  Save room for some great wine choices and excellent desserts as well.

Tala American Bistro
626 New Loudon Road, Latham

Sage Bistro
2050 Western Avenue, Guilderland

Druthers
381 Broadway, Saratoga

Cajun

Cafe’ Nola
617 Union Street, Schenectady
Crab cakes, jambalaya, Southern honey stung fried chicken, shrimp & grits, and ribs are all represented on the menu here at Cafe’ Nola.  Walk in, sit down, and let your taste buds transport you straight down to New Orleans.  Whether you like it spicy or mild, Cafe’ Nola mixes just the right blend of Cajun spices.  Hey, if you’re daring enough, you may even stab your fork into the pan blackened alligator!

Bayou Cafe’
507 Saratoga Road, Glenville

Caribbean (Tie)

Kenneth’s Taste Bud
177 Henry Johnson Boulevard, Albany
A lively atmosphere and a menu plucked straight from the Caribbean! When you’re looking for this combination, you head on over to Kenneth’s Taste Buds.  The price is right, and you’re in luck when your craving strikes late night!

Roy’s Caribbean Restaurant
185 Henry Johnson Boulevard, Albany
160 Quali Street, Albany
The good news is, you won’t empty your wallet when you stop for a bite at Roy’s Caribbean Restaurant. The better news is, if you’re a fan of goat meat, they offer it on their menus.  And the best news… our readers love the food!

Chinese

Pearl of the Orient
471 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville
Whether you hit the lunch buffet or sit down to a full dinner, you’ll find a wide selection of all your favorite Chinese foods here.  From Sweet & Sour pork, to dumplings, to Peking Duck for two, this menu won’t disappoint.

Ala Shanghai Chinese Cuisine
468 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham

Buffalo Wagon Restaurant
6 Metro Park Road, Albany

French (3 Way Tie)

The Epicurean Bistro & Wine Bar
579 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham
Looks like there is only first place when it comes to French cuisine.  Our readers just couldn’t decide between these three, with good reason.  The Epicurean offers a fine dining experience, preparing such distinctly French entrees as Coq au Vin, Escargot, and yes, even Frog’s Legs.

Garden Bistro 24
5 Vista Boulevard, Slingerlands
1839 Central Avenue, Albany
Garden Bistro 24 is a bit more casual, touting produce that is “Seasonally motivated and mostly locally grown.” All desserts such as Creme Brûlée, Crepes, and Chocolate Mousee are made in-house.

Provence

1475 Western Avenue, Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany
Provence takes the middle of the road, heavy on tastes of France, without neglecting the diner who prefers a unique and decadent burger.  Simple may not describe this dish, created with Kobe beef and garlic aioli.  We also find the Foie Gras Hamburger interesting, with Kobe beef, seared Foie Gras and caramelized onions.  ‘Bon Appetit!

German

Wolff’s Biergarten
895 Broadway, Albany
From the minute you walk in, you’ll think you just landed in Germany itself.  The building is a converted firehouse and features oversize garage doors still in tact.  Just like in Germany, you’ll pay for beer on one side and food on the other.  And oh, the “bier!”  A selection of drafts and bottles from Lagers to Pilseners to wheats to Darks and Dopplebocks.  Last, but certainly not least, the menu features such authentic selections as Schnitzels and Wursts.  Some stop by just for the Spicy Deep Fried Pickles.

Spa Brauhaus Restaurant
200 E High Street, Ballston Spa

Bavarian Manor Country Inn & Restaurant
866 Mountain Avenue, Purling

Greek

Athos Restaurant
1814 Western Avenue, Albany
You don’t have to pronounce a dish to order it.  Good thing, because Athos features Dolmathakia, Avgolemono, Patzaria and Melitsanosalata.  Go ahead, repeat that list five times fast!  Point is, Athos is authentic, offering cuisine from all over Greece.   You’ll find the foods simply spiced, using oregano, basil, mint, dill, and cumin, enhancing the food instead of altering its’ flavor.

Blue Ribbon
1801 State Street, Schenectady

Garlic Lovers Corner
235 N Greenbush Road, Troy

Indian

Karavelli
47 Caroline Street, Saratoga
9B Johnson Road, Latham
With foods from as many as six different regions, Karavelli is a gourmet trail of India. Vegetarian options are abundant, from steamed rice with coconut chutney to vegetable fritters to okra with lime and chat massala.  If you’re a meat lover, you’ll find everything from spiced chicken wings cooked in tandoor to fried squid, to skewered rolls of lamb. Entrees are served in such an attractive display they’re almost too pretty to eat.

Curry House Inc.
1112 Madison Avenue, Albany

Gandhi Indian Restaurant
1 Central Avenue, Albany

Indonesian

Yono’s
25 Chapel Street, Albany
Looks like there’s only one choice when you’re hungry for Indonesian.  Owned and operated by the Purnomo family, Yono’s first opened in 1986.  With only 15 tables, it is an intimate fine dining experience.  Chef Yono Purnomo blends contemporary American cuisine with Indonesian influence and utilizes seasonal, farm fresh ingredients from Upstate New York and beyond.

Italian

D’Raymonds
Restaurant & Lounge
269 Osborne Road, Loudonville
What pairs better with a glass of red wine than Italian food?  There is no shortage of Italian restaurants in the Capital Region.  That’s what makes this category such a difficult choice for readers every year.  Whether you’re stopping by for lunch or dinner, readers agree you can’t go wrong at D’Raymonds.  Mangia!

Canali’s Italian & American Restaurant 126
Mariaville Road, Schenectady

Cornell’s Fine Italian Cuisine
39 North Jay Street, Schenectady

Lombardo’s Restaurant
121 Madison Avenue, Albany

Japanese

Koto
260 Wolf Road Extension, Albany
If you serve the best sushi, chances are you’re going to be the best Japanese restaurant around.  Since 2003, this award-winning restaurant has been renowned for its stunning presentations and fresh sushi. Koto offers a delectable and sizable selection of authentic Japanese food ranging from raw sushi and sashimi to delicious cooked dishes such as their sizzling beef teriyaki and artfully presented Hibachi grill. Koto also boasts an extensive Sake list that will satisfy the most demanding connoisseur’s palette.

2Sake Cafe’
273 New Scotland Avenue, Albany

Hana Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar
1620 Western Avenue, Albany

Okinawa
61 Main Avenue, Wynantskill

Lebanese

Beirut Restaurant
184 River Street, Troy
This isn’t the first time Beirut has taken the title of “Best.”  The owner strives to bring Mediterranean, Lebanese and family culture into the Capital Region with tasty dishes and Fairuz tunes.  Falafels, Tabbouli, Hummus and Baba Ghannouj are all traditional offerings.  Beirut also features an assortment of creative pies including a Spinach pie and a Goat cheese pie.

The Phonecians Restaurant
1686 Central Avenue, Colonie

Mediterranean

Hidden Cafe’
180 Delaware Avenue, Delmar
There seems to be an art to creating the perfect hummus; creamy and light, with just the right blend of seasonings so as not to overpower.  Hidden Cafe’ isn’t afraid to place its’ hummus up against the rest.  Of course, you’ll find stuffed grape leaves and falafel here, too.

Barcelona Restaurant
1192 Western Avenue, Albany

Garlic Lover’s Corner
235 N Greenbush Road, Ste 1, Troy

Mexican (Tie)

El Mariachi Mexican Restaurant
144 Washington Avenue
289 Hamilton Street, Albany
There’s something about dining in a Mexican restaurant that makes us think of warm weather and tropical breezes.  Maybe it’s the margaritas.  Maybe it’s the jalapenos.  Either way, there’s no shortage of mouth-watering choices here in the Capital Region.  El Mariachi is a blend of traditional Mexican and Spanish, featuring authentic dishes like Pollo San Marco, Pozole Y Tostada and Cochinta Pibil.  The Tamales are described as pockets of corn dough filled with your choice of chicken, pork or rajas (jalapeno peppers) and topped with a sauce to match.

Destino Cocina Mexicana and Margarita Bar
1 Church Street, Chatham
Located in cozy Chatham, Destino Cocina Mexicana has a cool Texy-Mexy vibe, with a Burrito Bar and generous portions of chips and salsa.  The tortilla soup is a must.  One more reason to wish for warmer weather – we can’t wait for their deck to open again!

El Loco Mexican Cafe’
465 Madison Avenue, Albany
Mexican Radio, 537 Warren Street, Hudson; Mulberry Street, NYC; Coming soon: 325 State Street, Schenectady

Polish

Muza
1300 15th Street, Troy
There is something incredibly comforting about Polish cuisine, with hearty dishes like pierogis, potato pancakes, kielbasa and beef stroganoff. What’s even more comforting is that we have a great Polish restaurant located in Troy. Muza has received many awards and accolades for their extensive menu that includes fresh-from-scratch prepared homestyle foods. Take a tour with European soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Try their beers and wines enjoyed by many cultures across the continent.

A Taste of Europe
3630 State Route 145, Cobleskill

Golden Krust Bagels
638 Columbia Street, Latham

Seafood

Reel Seafood Company
195 Wolf Road, Albany
Here at Reel, seafood is shipped in fresh daily from New England.  There’s more than a half dozen preparations of oysters, with favorites like Oysters Rockefeller and Oysters on the Half Shell and more creative choices like Grilled Mojito or Bacon Blue Cheese Oysters.  For those with gluten sensitivities, there’s even a gluten-free menu!

Jack’s Oyster House
42 State Street, Albany

Matt’s Fish Fry & Seafood Market
574 Saratoga Street, Cohoes

Chain – Bonefish Grill

Spanish

Boca Bistro
384 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
Order a full serving or tapas.  Decide based on your appetite, and whether you are in the mood for a larger portion of one tasty entree or a variety to sample and share!  Spanish dishes have rather humble origins, first created with “a ‘lil bit of this and a ‘lil bit of that,” thrown together.  What makes them popular is the variety of ingredients used.

Mr. Pio Pio
160 Quail Street, Albany

Barcelona Restaurant
1192 Western Avenue, Albany

Thai

SriSiam Thai Restaurant
44 Sherwood Avenue, Rensselaer
When you’re craving Thai food, nothing else will suffice. SriSiam’s menu offers about a half-dozen different ways to serve curry, from green, red, or yellow to Panang. There are plenty of vegetarian offerings, too. All of their dishes are prepared from scratch, and where possible, all ingredients are sourced locally.

Sukhothai
62 Central Avenue, Albany and 254 Lark Street, Albany

Bangkok Bistro
1619 Central Avenue, Albany

Kinnaree Asian Restaurant
193 Lark Street, Albany

Vegetarian

Lil’ Buddha Tea
274 Lark Street, Albany
Committed to organic, healthy vegan foods and teas, Lil’ Buddha is no place for carnivores. Alternative forms of protein abound in the form of hummus, beans, Edamame, cheese, and even hemp seeds in the Tabouli salad.  Nutrient-packed smoothies are made with a variety of fruits, coconut, almond and soy milks and avocados.  There’s even one with pistachios!  An assortment of teas can make a nice warm cup on a chilly day.

Four Seasons Natural Foods
33 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs

Loving Cafe
318 Delaware Avenue, Delmar

Vietnamese

Saigon Spring
1683 Route 9, Clifton Park
Traditional Vietnamese cuisine is typically created with these ingredients: fish sauce, shrimp paste, soy sauce, rice, fresh herbs, and fruits and vegetables.  Common herbs include lemongrass, mint, ginger, lime, and basil.  Those are the flavorful ingredients you’ll find in dishes offered at Saigon Spring.  With crispy spring rolls, a variety of soups, and hearty entrees…you won’t leave hungry!

Van’s Vietnamese Restaurant
307 Central Avenue, Albany

Food by County

Albany County

Angelo’s 677 Prime
677 Broadway, Albany
If you take first place for Best Fine Dining AND Best Steaks, chances are you’re the best in your county, too.  Angelo’s 677 Prime hits the trifecta!  With an extensive wine list, fabulous food and waitstaff in black tie, the night will be memorable.

Jack’s Oyster House
42 State Street, Albany
Barnsider, 480 Sand Creek Road, Albany

Bennington County

Pangea Restaurant
1 Prospect Street
North Bennington, VT
In the middle of this slow and sleepy town, readers have uncovered a gem!  Pangea boasts that they will do anything but put your tastebuds to sleep. The menu is interesting and the service something to write home about.  Whether you live nearby or are embarking on a short, scenic drive, this is a stop you will want to add to your GPS!

Bennington Station, 1
50 Depot Street, Bennington, VT

The Blue Benn
314 North Street, Bennington, VT

Berkshire County

Trattoria Rustica
27 McKay Street, Pittsfield, MA
From the interior built with owner Davide Manzo’s own hands, to the wood burning stove constructed with materials imported straight from Italy, to the delicious Italian food, Trattoria Rustica is an authentic Italian experience.  One taste of the bread and mozzarella Manzo makes fresh daily and you might just make a special trip to the Berkshires for this one.

The Red Lion Inn
30 Main Street, Stockbridge, MA

Sullivan Station Restaurant
109 Railroad Street, Lee, MA

Columbia County

Ca’ Mea
333 Warren Street, Hudson
After spending a day antiquing in downtown Hudson, you’ll want to sit down and enjoy a delectable meal at Ca’ Mea, where Northern Italian cuisine dominates the menu.  We think the homemade green pea Gnocchi tossed with sundried tomato, smoked bacon, and asparagus in a sage truffle butter sauce sounds just divine!

Blue Plate Restaurant
1 Kinderhook Street, Chatham

Mexican Radio
537 Warren Street, Hudson; Mulberry Street, NYC; Coming soon: 325 State Street, Schenectady

Fulton/Montgomery Counties

Union Hall Inn
2 Union Place, Johnstown
There’s a lot of history behind this building, a famous post-Revolutionary tavern built in 1798 by a former officer in the French Army. Story goes that it was in this house a soldier killed an Indian to avenge his father’s death. But you’ll forget all about that when you step inside this charming restaurant, take one look around, and sit down to a delectable dinner.

Wine and Roses Restaurant

101 W Main Street, Broadalbin
The appetizers, or as they call them at Wine and Roses, “short plates”, are so tasty you may want to stop by and make a meal of them.  They are homemade as is just about everything on the menu, which includes selections such as the Smoked Chicken Nachos to Risotto cakes to Mac and Cheese with new toppings daily. The salads are seasonal and served with homemade pesto rolls. And whether you’re in the mood for a sandwich, burger or full-sized entree, you’ll keep coming back for more when you’re in the area!

Nicolino’s
4515 New York 30, Amsterdam

Raindancer Restaurant
4582 New York 30, Amsterdam

Lanzi’s on the Lake Restaurant & Marina
1751 New York 30, Mayfield

Greene County

Damon Baehrel (Basement Bistro)
776 Route 45, Earlton
You won’t find anyplace else like this in the area… and maybe not even in the world!  Damon Baehrel works completely alone in this quaint 20-seat restaurant located in the basement of his home.  He serves Native Harvest cuisine using everything he grows himself on his 12-acre property. In addition to preparing dozens of varieties of his own homemade aged cheeses, cured meats, flours, vinegars, pressed oils, butters and breads on premise, Baehrel hand prepares and serves every course of his daily changing multi-course Tasting Menu, which takes about 4-5 hours to experience. Better call now, we’re told people have waited years for a reservation.

Mountain View Brasserie
10697 State Route 32, Greenville

Yanni’s Too
20 Marina Drive, Coeymans

Otsego County

Cafe’ Ommegang
656 County Highway 33, Cooperstown
It’s more of an experience than just a place to stop for a meal.  After a tour of The Ommegang Brewery, you’ll want to visit the cafe and experiment with beer and food pairings.  Mussels, frites, cheeses, crepes, salads, sandwiches and waffles all pair nicely with Ommegang beers.    If you like the beer, ask about the tasting, where a variety sampler won’t put a dent in your budget.

Alex & Ika Restaurant
149 Main Street, Cooperstown

The Otesaga
60 Lake Street, Cooperstown

Rensselaer County

Chez Mike
596 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush
Year after year, readers agree: Chez’ Mike is a winner. Tucked away in the middle of a strip mall, Chez Mike offers ambience, great food and excellent service. The American cuisine is made fresh, from-scratch and changes seasonally.

Paolo Lombardi’s Ristorante
104 West Sand Lake Road, Wynantskill

La Perla Restaurant
3016 New York 43, Averill Park

Saratoga County (Tie)

Prime at Saratoga National
458 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs
Whether you’re headed out after a day at the Saratoga Race Track, or looking for a place to go when winter doldrums beckon for a night of “dress up,” Saratoga has more than its’ share of choices.  It’s all but impossible to be disappointed with dinner at Prime.  The service is five-star, the food melts in your mouth, and the wine selection is divine.  Your only dilemma will be finding time in your schedule for a repeat!!

Max London’s
466 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
Max London’s is New York City chic on Saratoga’s own Broadway.  Stop by for a cocktail at the trendy bar, add a few tapas, sneak in for Sunday brunch or sit down to a full dinner.  With everything from a cheese selection, to gourmet pizzas, to Grilled Swordfish with Saffron Risotto, you may need a few minutes to browse this menu.

Javier’s Nuevo Latino Cuisine
17 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs

Hattie’s
45 Phila Street, Saratoga Street

Schenectady County (Tie)

Canali’s Italian & American Restaurant
126 Mariaville Road, Schenectady
Italian wins again!  When you have tickets to a show, dinner rounds out your evening quite nicely. Canali’s has been serving up delicious dishes for 65 years.  Our favorite is the Brasciola, Grandma’s original recipe pork stuffed with mozzarella cheese, capicola and hard boiled eggs.  The whole dish is simmered in tomato sauce.  One word: delicious!

Cornell’s
39 North Jay Street, Schenectady
Cornell’s is old-world Italian, serving favorites like Chicken piccata, Veal Francaise, New York Strip Steak and clams casino.  Cornell’s is always full of people who love great food. Situated in the Little Italy section of Schenectady, this family-owned restaurant will become one of your new traditions (if it hasn’t already)!

Angelo’s Tavolo
1 Glen Avenue, Scotia

Aperitivo Bistro
426 State Street, Schenectady

Johnny’s
433 State Street, Schenectady

Schoharie County (Tie)

A Taste of Europe
New York 145, Cobleskill
Nestled into this beautiful countryside are a surprising number of tasty places to dine.  A Taste of Europe will do just as its name suggests: make you feel like you are on a European tour, complete with taste bud-tempting French Coq au Vin, German Sauerbraten, Russian Beef Stoganov and Belgian Abbey Chicken.  Yes, please!

American Hotel
192 Main Street, Sharon Springs
Over in Sharon Springs, the American Hotel offers a rambling 3 1/2 stories for guests to wander.  Savory dishes such as Beef Tenderloin Tips, New Zealand Rack of Lamb, and Pan Seared Shrimp, Scallops & Baked Maine Lobster fill the menu. This is one dining experience you’re sure to remember!

The Apple Barrel Cafe
115 New York 30A, Schoharie

Warren County (Tie)

Log Jam
1484 US 9, Lake George
The Log Jam’s wood plank floors and pot belly stove provide a cozy, casual Adirondack ambience.  The dinner menu features expertly prepared seafood, prime rib, lamb chops, char-broiled steaks, fresh lobster, plus original chicken and veal entrees, and of course, the area’s most satisfying salad bar.

Friends Lake Inn
963 Friends Lake Road, Chestertown
Whether you are bundled up after a day on the slopes or heading back from a spring hike, you won’t be sorry you took the time for a dinner break at the Friends Lake Inn in Chestertown.  Offering 19th century ambiance and 21st century sophisticated cuisine, the imaginative New-American cuisine includes entrée specials created daily, international desserts and a Grand Spectator award</p

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