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Javier's (nuevo Latin in Saratoga Springs)

I agree with your comments, davmar77. I can't help but believe that the total size of the venue, both inside and outside, the lack of nearby parking, and the distance from the main drag, were all contributing factors.

Finally! Korean BBQ in Colonie/Albany!

I concur with AmyH about the level of spiciness that they provided. The hot sauce that came with my Bibim Bop, when tasted by itself, seemed like it might be OK if I added all of it to the dish. But it was like I didn't add any spice after mixing everything together.

We're likely to visit again in the future, but I think the novelty of having staff BBQ for you at your table will wear off faster than the teppanyaki chefs at the Japanese restaurants.

My more detailed comments are available on the Yelp perspective.
http://www.yelp.com/biz/namu-albany

Javier's (nuevo Latin in Saratoga Springs)

This was somewhat surprising news today from the Table Hopping blog that Javier's would be closing on Saturday.

http://blog.timesunion.com/tablehoppi...

Finally! Korean BBQ in Colonie/Albany!

I was there yesterday, and didn't ask if we could BYO because I learned a few years ago that an establishment that has a license request pending with the SLA is not allowed to offer BYO. The specific instance that I'm aware of resulted in an establishment's pending request being pulled without their knowledge when the SLA found out that the restaurant was offering BYO.

Staff at Namu did tell me that they do plan on getting a license.

I haven't had a chance yet to write my comments on our experience.

La Cosina mexican - Lake George/Glens Falls

As noted on El Mexicano's web page, http://www.elmexicanorestaurant.com/, they do have a second location but it is the one located in Saratoga Springs at 208 South Broadway.

La Cosina mexican - Lake George/Glens Falls

Thanks, Fisher, they have been on our to-do list for over a year. Now we're really looking forward to getting there. Looks and sounds delicious.

Lake George and Surrounding area(s) - Thanksgiving 2014

Rare Earth Wine Bar will be open for Thanksgiving.
https://www.facebook.com/rareearthwin...

Next Door Kitchen and Bar, Ballston Spa

The new TU Food Critic is cutting her teeth on the Next Door Kitchen & Bar.
http://blog.timesunion.com/tablehoppi...

And seems very pleased.

Saratoga Springs

Took my wife to Sweet Mimi's for her birthday breakfast. They offer both a mild and dark roast coffee. Both were good. We chose two pancake dishes from the daily specials. My wife's two buttermilk pancakes were "studded with all natural ham, diced scallions, grilled then topped with 2 farm fresh eggs." I opted for the Cinnamon Roll Pancakes that had a layer of cinnamon/sugar filling in between the two pancakes, a drizzle of glaze, and whipped cream on the side. My side order of sausage came from Garofalo's in Schenectady.

Both dishes were excellent, I'd go back in a heartbeat. I'd like to try some of their egg dishes and baked goods.

My only downside was the din of 13 women talking at roughly five other tables. I was the only male in the dining room. I received a nice response from the owner on my Yelp review informing me that Monday's and Wednesdays are the more quiet days. ;-)

Saratoga Springs

Thanks, coldbeer, for the update. The stools were not being reserved the last time I was there, but as is very obvious, the space is truly "snug." I believe I may have read that the construction of their outdoor patio may also be yielding a larger kitchen, which in turn may free up some additional space in the dining area. Even if all this is true, the impact may be negligible during the non-alfresco seasons.

Now you have given me a reason to visit Sweet Mimi's! ;-)

Saratoga Springs

The thread that davmar77 provided is a good start, but it does not include comments for the last two years. Newer restaurants that you may not want to miss are:
Javier's Nuevo Latino http://www.javiersny.com/
15 Church http://www.15churchrestaurant.com/
Mingle on the Avenue http://www.minglerestaurants.com/sara...

Yes, there may be others too, but I'll leave them for others to mention. Be sure to let us know where you decide to go and what your opinion is.

Mexican in Kingston NY

Thank you, spector49.

Mexican in Kingston NY

Thanks, spector49, this is great news. Do they have a beer license? The Yelp perspective also seems to support your feelings.

15 Church (Saratoga) . . . ETA?

It was also Johnstolk's first and only review on Yelp, UrbanSpoon, and TripAdvisor.

15 Church (Saratoga) . . . ETA?

The wife and I were there in early July, shortly after Chef Jason Baker left. We were more than pleased with the food and service. We did sit at the bar, and it was only 10 minutes after they opened for the day. I could see that the quarters were tight, but I wouldn't hold that against the staff doing their job. I had read Johnstolk's review on at least three different web sites and was surprised since it did not reflect either my personal experience or that of any other's I've read (excluding his possible companion who posted a similar review the same day on Yelp).

Anyone been to Mexican Radio (Schenectady) yet?

We were there for lunch this past Wednesday. I was very skeptical about what to expect after reading numerous poor reviews on Yelp. It's difficult to recall our experience at the Hudson location many years ago, other than the tables were crowded together and it was very busy. Neither was the case here.

Our service was very good and the food was about average, nothing to wow you like the home cooking that a Mexican friend served us years ago. Yes, the prices may be a bit high for the Capital District, but we didn't leave hungry and the renovations to the old OTB are excellent. I felt like I had entered a large Mexican/western saloon. We'll probably return for dinner some day, but we're not in a rush. I'd rather support family run Mexican efforts like Mexican Market on Central in Albany, or La Mexicana on State Street in Schenectady.

If I'm going to support a high-end Mexican restaurant chain, I've always enjoyed Rosa Mexicano at its various locations. http://www.rosamexicano.com/index.php... My Mexican Radio experience is available on Yelp.

Best Restaurants in Saratoga Springs . . .your favorites now?

We stopped by last Saturday, disappointed that we knew we had missed Chef Jason Baker. Our plan was to just have a drink and appetizers at the bar. We shared the Burratini Salad, my wife had the Scallion Pancake, and I had the re-branded Brady’s Burger. Very happy with all three items.

My full comments can be found on Yelp or Urbanspoon, but i will say here that we were very pleased with the food that was served to us and are looking forward to returning, probably on a Tuesday or after the racing season, to try some of the entrees.

We really like the atmosphere and enjoy seeing some of the friendly faces from other locations.

Mingle on the Avenue coming to Saratoga

My wife and I were there during their first night, soft opening. While the service was friendly and well intentioned, it was apparent that staff were still familiarizing themselves with the new operation. The printed menu was abridged with four salads, four light fare, and six entrees. The dessert menu was verbalized with three or four items. The food was beautifully presented and delicious. I have a more detailed review on Yelp. We are looking forward to returning now that they have their liquor license, possibly even for lunch.

Saratoga Dining

I suggest you consider Javier's and Mingle on the Avenue.
http://www.javiersny.com/
http://www.minglerestaurants.com/sara...

In the spirit of full disclosure, Beekman St Bistro closed before I could get there. But my wife and friends have all enjoyed both of the restaurants listed above.

New to Albany-want recommendations

My wife has always raved about D'Raymond's. Recently, she said her experience at Johnny's in Schenectady was comparable and other's have agreed. Yes, I know Schenectady is not Albany.

Mingle on the Avenue coming to Saratoga

I was told tonight that their Soft Opening has been moved to June 2, 2014.

Mingle on the Avenue coming to Saratoga

Official opening is scheduled for June 1, 2014. Menu is here:
http://www.minglerestaurants.com/sara...

Good Asian/Thai restaurant in Syracuse

I second the Lemongrass recommendation.

Villago (Ballston Lake) . . .ETA?

Villago (Ballston Lake) . . .ETA?

Just saw that it will be reviewed by the TU this Sunday.

Villago (Ballston Lake) . . .ETA?

I just posted the following last night...

I, along with many others, greatly anticipated the opening of this restaurant because I had read and heard so many good things about the pizza that they served at their other location in Galway, where I had never been. So after giving them almost two weeks to get use to their new surroundings, we decided to try them out on a Thursday evening. I agree with whomever said they needed better signage to tell you which door was the main entrance.

Our timing was quite good since we were able to be promptly seated and had a front window view of the Lake and the soon to be setting sun. Shortly after our arrival we saw the bar fill up with folks waiting for tables, and those who continued to arrive were being escorted to a second floor for additional seating.

Our server, Kristin, was young, perky, and flitting between her stations attempting to keep up with the onslaught of customers. She actually impressed us with how well she handled everyone.

Since their pizzas come in three sizes (4/8/12 cut) we decided to initiate our introduction with a small 4-cut as an appetizer, leaving room to try other items. We ordered the Calabrese ($10/$17/$23) – with fig, prosciutto, Gorgonzola , arugula, and balsamic reduction. Not only was this a very attractive looking pizza, it tasted delicious and went well with the Goose Island Red drafts ($5/pint) that we ordered. Kristin said we were smart to have ordered the pizza as an app because the kitchen was backed up with dinner orders and the pizza making staff were not as busy at that moment.

Always in search of a good burger, I requested their Signature Burger ($9.99) – a blend of short-rib & chuck on a brioche roll, with French fries and pickle. I also added horseradish cheddar cheese for an additional $.50. This was one of the few times that my requested medium-rare came out more rare. Luckily, I don’t have a problem with this, and it might simply be a demonstration of a rushed kitchen attempting to keep up with a backlog of orders. Overall, I’d have to say the burger was only average. The beef seemed to be lacking in flavor and much drier than expected for this blend of beef, and the horseradish also did not come across with its flavor. The coated fries were quite good however.

My wife ordered the Baked Rigatoni Melanzano ($15.99) – grilled eggplant with roasted peppers, tomato, and basil, baked with Italian cheeses. We both agreed that it was full of flavor and an excellent dish. We finished our first visit with coffee ($2.25) and every intention of returning again.

Loca Luna (Ballston Spa) anyone been recently?

Wow, that has to be a pretty small stage and dance area. I haven't been in the restaurant area in awhile, but I continue to go into the grocery section to pick up my tortillas. I'll have to look into the other side the next time I'm there. Thanks, fisher.

My Lake Placid fine dining experiences

We were in Placid three weeks ago and Chair 6 was not open. I believe they were on vacation, otherwise we would have made an effort to try them.

While we were staying at the Whiteface Lodge, we didn't eat at Kanu other than the breakfast buffet, which was good. Service at the Lodge was well above average no matter where you were in their complex.

For us, a stop at the birthplace of Ubu Ale is a mandatory requirement. The Lake Placid Pub and Brewery is undergoing some rehab on the second floor, but the first and third floors were available to enjoy. My comments and pictures are available on Yelp.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/lake-placid-p...

We also planned a pre-dinner stop at the Great Adirondack Steak & Seafood to sample some of their excellent home brews. But then we were off to Liquids & Solids (at the Handlebar) for dinner. If I'm looking for a place to call "Quirky," IMO this is the place. I can see it being a regular stop for us in the future. My Yelp comments are here.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/liquids-and-s...

Saratoga Springs Brunch choice-Sperry or Fifty south ?

In my opinion, I think Sperry's better meets your request. While both satisfy the "fresh" requirement, IMO Sperry's is more creative and has a better atmosphere. While the food is good at Fifty South, it is also a good 15 minute drive outside the city of Saratoga Springs. Sperry's is in the heart of the city.

New to Albany-want recommendations

Not to be overlooked for Chinese is Ala Shanghai in Latham. Rain on Lark Street gets mostly good reviews and has a really nice atmosphere.

As for pizza, I won't disagree with PSZaas, but it also really depends on the style of pizza you prefer. A thicker crust is popular at The Fountain on New Scotland Ave, and the wood fired pizza at Bacchus on 2nd St in Troy is also quite good.