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Hidden Café offers sampling of Mediterranean fare

DELMAR

Hidden Café offers sampling of Mediterranean fare

Tucked away in the quiet interior of the Delaware Plaza in a short tunnel, away from annoying traffic, reminiscent of off the beaten path shops and restaurants on a small Caribbean Island is the aptly named Hidden Café.

LATHAM

Bull & Barrel serves barbecue in casual setting

The Bull & Barrel Smokehouse Grill turns out everything you’d expect from a barbecue place, and not-to-be-missed mac and cheese.

Henry’s Tavern offers comfortable food, setting

Henry’s Tavern offers comfortable food, setting

Our recent visit to Henry’s Irish Tavern, a bar and restaurant that opened more than a month ago across the street from The Whistling Kettle in Ballston Spa, was the ultimate in weekend relaxation.

Impressive Morgan & Co serves up unusual flavors

GLENS FALLS

Impressive Morgan & Co serves up unusual flavors

Morgan & Co. feels more like a rollicking English pub than a stuffy, high-end restaurant.

Zinc Bistro offers classic cuisine in an elegant setting

Zinc Bistro offers classic cuisine in an elegant setting

On a quiet street in Lenox, Massachusetts, we visited a gray clapboard building with white trim and bright blue sign reading “bistro zinc.” The restaurant had received high praise from dinner guest Rob, who had dined there several times.

Rustic American fare in a stylish suburban setting

SLINGERLANDS

Rustic American fare in a stylish suburban setting

Roux is a stylish suburban restaurant that is working hard. There are many bright spots, including the bar, which was in demand during our visit, and the desserts, which are homemade and well chosen.

Muddaddy offers twist on American sandwich

TROY

Muddaddy offers twist on American sandwich

Muddaddy Flats on Third Street bills itself as a “quesadillary” selling American sandwiches with a twist. Good idea.

The Scotia Diner: Good food, with a dollop of Elvis

SCOTIA

The Scotia Diner: Good food, with a dollop of Elvis

The Scotia Diner combines nostalgia from the 1950s with good, wholesome food.

Olde English Pub & Pantry offers taste of  UK

ALBANY

Olde English Pub & Pantry offers taste of UK

If you’re yearning for a visit to England and you can’t get there anytime soon, you might drop by the Olde English Pub & Pantry to see what you’re missing.

Rocco’s smart atmosphere enhances lovely meal

CLIFTON PARK

Rocco’s smart atmosphere enhances lovely meal

Rocco’s positions itself as fine American modern dining with an updated menu, using locally procured provisions.

Brook Tavern is a winner for upscale casual dining

Brook Tavern is a winner for upscale casual dining

In the 1800s, when ladies and gentlemen took horse-and-buggy rides through the streets of Saratoga Springs, there was a carriage factory on the corner of Union and Nelson avenues.

Jade Bistro’s offers spectacular decor, menu

SCOTIA

Jade Bistro’s offers spectacular decor, menu

Too pretty to eat? No, but we took our time, deconstructing the appetizers as carefully as the sushi chef had designed them. They were as delicious as they looked.

Wine Bar serves excellent meal in intimate setting

ALBANY

Wine Bar serves excellent meal in intimate setting

No better place to be on a frigid winter night than in front of a fireplace at The Wine Bar and Bistro on Lark Street in Albany, with an excellent meal and a glass of wine.

Peaches Cafe offers good lunch, dynamic desserts

GUILDERLAND

Peaches Cafe offers good lunch, dynamic desserts

Peaches Cafe is a cozy, compact, charming, and has been full of customers every time I've stopped in

Boca Bistro offers tasty array of  Spanish goodies

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Boca Bistro offers tasty array of Spanish goodies

Boca Bistro, Saratoga Springs’ Spanish restaurant and tapas bar, is not only one of the best places in town for happy hour, it’s numero uno for those of us who love to explore the world of food.

Mohawk Taproom & Grill provides flavorful pub fare

Mohawk Taproom & Grill provides flavorful pub fare

I thought I was having an early dinner at O’Leary’s in Scotia when I clumped up the three stairs to the front door of the restaurant. Surprise! O’Leary’s had morphed into Mohawk Taproom & Grill while I wasn’t looking.

Spindles brings flavor, variety to Cohoes dining

COHOES

Spindles brings flavor, variety to Cohoes dining

Spindles is in a small storefront on a street struggling to attract and keep merchants. Judging by the crowd in the restaurant that night, I’d say they’re doing well. Perhaps it will encourage other businesses to move onto the block.

Elegant fare makes Malt Room shine

TROY

Elegant fare makes Malt Room shine

The Malt Room is a high-end cocktail bar with an abbreviated menu that changes weekly and features astonishingly good food.

Nové wins points for salad, pizza

Nové wins points for salad, pizza

If you’ve driven north up Route 9 from Saratoga Springs, you’ve seen this place. A larger-than-life-sized statue of a rearing black stallion looms outside the one-story white building. In the summer, you can play bocce behind the restaurant.

Peter Pause: Good food in a family setting

Peter Pause: Good food in a family setting

This is an establishment where the patrons tip the server — and give her a kiss on the cheek. Customers tend to be regulars

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