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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

Cozy Valente’s offers traditional Italian fare

Cozy Valente’s offers traditional Italian fare

Valente’s in Watervliet is a good example of the many fine family-owned Italian restaurants we are so lucky to have in the Capital Region.

Slidin’ Dirty brings its casual fare to downtown Troy

Slidin’ Dirty brings its casual fare to downtown Troy

Slidin’ Dirty, a portable purveyor of small tasty sandwiches and flavorful salads and snacks, has expanded its food truck business to include a restaurant in downtown Troy.

Best of 2014/Restaurants: Korean, Persian food among our favorites

Karen Bjornland, Beverly Elander and Caroline Lee ate their way through the year, sampling fine fare from fine restaurants and cozy diners. Each chose their top four dining spots of the year.

Alaturco Grill tempts diners with Turkish cuisine

A bowl of marinated black olives and a basket of pita bread. At Alaturco Mediterranean Grill, your adventure in Turkish cuisine begins before you open a menu.

Persian Bite offers exotic flavors in comfy setting

Persian Bite offers exotic flavors in comfy setting

Six-month-old Persian Bite on Jay Street in Schenectady is tucked near the end of a strip of small restaurants and stores opposite City Hall.

Tugboat Tavern a comfy setting for great food

Tugboat Tavern a comfy setting for great food

When we walked into the Tugboat Tavern, a family-owned restaurant in a small brick building in a quiet neighborhood of Cohoes, the server said "Our soups are fantastic." Boy, was she right.

Simpson’s at The Desmond serves up great meal

COLONIE

Simpson’s at The Desmond serves up great meal

The landmark Desmond Hotel is celebrating 40 years in the business, and it still impresses.

Next Door Kitchen offers tempting, creative menu

Next Door Kitchen offers tempting, creative menu

On a bone-chilling Sunday night, we didn’t expect much action in downtown Ballston Spa. So hubby and I were pleasantly surprised as we trundled into Next Door Kitchen & Bar.

Mill on Round Lake offers hearty fare in rustic setting

Mill on Round Lake offers hearty fare in rustic setting

The Mill on Round Lake restaurant on the east side of Route 9 is casual, with a rustic feel, a wall of members’ beer mugs and a big pool table. The bar and poolroom front the building, with a small dining room in the rear.

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