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Crazy Cow (Ballston Spa)

I just confirmed on their Facebook page that they announced their closing as of April 6.
https://www.facebook.com/crazycowny

Apr 13, 2014
Roger K in New York State (exc. NYC)

Fifty South (Ballston Spa)

FDR, I just saw a reference to the Crazy Cow on Yelp indicating they were closed. I called the phone number on their web page and it said the number was not in service!! But someone gave it a decent review as of Friday, 4/11.

Apr 12, 2014
Roger K in New York State (exc. NYC)

15 Church (Saratoga) . . . ETA?

Thank you, FDR, for the extensive review. I hope we get there soon. The sweetbreads sound fantastic.

Mar 24, 2014
Roger K in New York State (exc. NYC)

15 Church (Saratoga) . . . ETA?

15 Church has announced more specific hours on their Facebook page:

"This evening, 15 Church celebrates our opening night! Thank you for all your support and patience along this journey. Our regular dining hours will be Tuesday-Thursday 5-9:30 pm; Friday and Saturday 5-11 pm; and, Sundays 4-9 pm. The bar opens daily at 4:30 pm and Sundays at 4:00 pm so stop in any time for a cocktail, light snack, or a great dinner. To make a reservation, call us at 587-1515."

Mar 19, 2014
Roger K in New York State (exc. NYC)

Villago (Ballston Lake) . . .ETA?

Very interesting experience posted by this reviewer on Yelp. Seems like they should have already figured out how to deal with this type of situation at their other location.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/villago-pizze...

Mar 16, 2014
Roger K in New York State (exc. NYC)

Rain (Albany) - Anyone been?

I had them so many years ago in Chinatown that I can't compare. Some of my group who have them more frequently, in NYC or SF Chinatowns thought they were very good. Not a favorite of mine. FWIW, one of the Asians in our group said he would not eat them here, or even in Chinatown, because he knows where the feet where before. (whatever that means)

Mar 12, 2014
Roger K in New York State (exc. NYC)

15 Church (Saratoga) . . . ETA?

I saw on Facebook that they had "a very casual open house" on 3/12 from 6-9 pm. A comment was also made that the last "open house" is 3/13. They will then have "opening night" on Wed. 3/19.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/15-Chu...

Mar 12, 2014
Roger K in New York State (exc. NYC)

Salad bar with Carousel Horse - Colonie?

Yes, Diane, Chef Italia was another reincarnation of the building before it was eventually demolished.
http://www.bizjournals.com/albany/sto...

Feb 17, 2014
Roger K in New York State (exc. NYC)

Salad bar with Carousel Horse - Colonie?

My friends remind me that the building was originally Aunt Jemima's Pancake House and then became Coco's when it had the carousel. It was one of the first buffet restaurants in the Albany area as I recall. It's location was as I stated in my earler posting. I hope this helps you.

Feb 16, 2014
Roger K in New York State (exc. NYC)

Salad bar with Carousel Horse - Colonie?

That might have been a restaurant located at the intersection of Western Av (rt 20) and Fuller Rd. I don't recall the name right now, but if that was it, it is no longer in business. The building was demolished and replaced with a Burger King and a Ninety Nine restaurant. I'll check with some other friends to see if they recall anything more exact.

If CH notifies you that they do not allow nostalgia discussions here, I suggest you post your question to the Times Union Table Hopping blog. http://blog.timesunion.com/tablehopping/

Feb 15, 2014
Roger K in New York State (exc. NYC)

Post matinee at Proctor's in Schenectady

Thank you, FDR, after I posted, I thought I remembered a wine list on the back of the menu. Most likely I'm recalling a different place I was at later that day or shortly thereafter that was byo.

Feb 01, 2014
Roger K in New York State (exc. NYC)

Post matinee at Proctor's in Schenectady

Nothing better than the beer at The Bier Abbey on Union Street.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Bier-Abbey/136963939674123
You just may never make it back to the Berkshires. Food is a step up from pub food.
http://thebierabbey.com/menu/

There is also a decent brew pub in the Van Dyck Lounge, also on Union St. (closed Sunday
)http://vandycklounge.com/mad-jack

I think Tara Kitchen may have been byob. Not positive.

Jan 30, 2014
Roger K in New York State (exc. NYC)

Javier's (nuevo Latin in Saratoga Springs)

Had the opportunity to be invited to a tasting under the new chef, Eric Sell, at Javier's last night. Looks like it will continue at a similar quality to when Brian Bowden was cooking. The items we had were not anything that was on the current (and maybe changing?) menu, but it did show the new chef's abilities and innovation.

- Chorizo and Lobster w/ pickled fennel, and hollandaise.
- Tuna Crudo w/ capers, olive puree, and shiso pickled jalapeno.
- Poached Pear Salad w/ frisee, goat cheese fondue, lardon, and mint vinaigrette.
- Roasted Monkfish w/ sauce Caruso.
- Argentinian (sic.) Churrasco - wagyu skirt steak w/ avocado mousse, and horseradish crema.
- A trio of desserts.

Same impeccable service and sincere warmth for Javier himself.

Jan 23, 2014
Roger K in New York State (exc. NYC)

Is there ANY good ethnic restaurant food in Albany?

I believe what you are recalling, FDR, is when Peter Chan left CCK to take over Manhattan Fish Fry and subsequently renamed it to Ocean Palace, the name of the restaurant he operated before CCK. Simple to understand the confusion. ;-)

Jan 23, 2014
Roger K in New York State (exc. NYC)

Is there ANY good ethnic restaurant food in Albany?

Yes, it's called Yono's at 25 Chapel St. in the Hampton Inn & Suites. Expensive and usually not open for lunch.

Jan 22, 2014
Roger K in New York State (exc. NYC)

Is there ANY good ethnic restaurant food in Albany?

My Linh's is not open for lunch. But the same folks own Pho Yum on Central Av just west of I 87 and it is open for lunch.

Ocean Palace is correct as the current name for the Chinese restaurant at 68 Central Av.

If you can judge the quality of an ethnic restaurant by the number of ethnics eating there, then you might want to try Kinnaree Asian on Lark St. Primarily Thai and Korean dishes.

Mingle on Delaware Av serves Korean fusion.

If you have the opportunity to travel out of Albany for lunch, I second Ala Shanghai in Latham as a good choice.

Jan 22, 2014
Roger K in New York State (exc. NYC)

Mingle on the Avenue coming to Saratoga

Jan 14, 2014
Roger K in New York State (exc. NYC)

Javier's (nuevo Latin in Saratoga Springs)

Well, here's the answer for all of us...
http://www.bizjournals.com/albany/new...

Jan 14, 2014
Roger K in New York State (exc. NYC)

Jacob & Anthony's (S. Springs)

Yes, I saw that in Steve's Blog! I never was overly excited by the food there. I'm looking forward to checking out their replacement however, World of Beer!

Btw, stopped at The Thirsty Owl tonight and was pleasantly pleased. Looks like we'll be returning. We had 4 Tapas dishes and 3 were very good.

Jan 04, 2014
Roger K in New York State (exc. NYC)

Shirley's Restaurant, Saratoga Springs

The opinion I posted yesterday seems to have disappeared. You may want to check their facebook page for their current hours to see if they match your experience of when you've driven by.

Jan 03, 2014
Roger K in New York State (exc. NYC)

Javier's (nuevo Latin in Saratoga Springs)

I'm really interested to find out where Chef Bowden goes next. I really enjoy his cooking. I'm not sure I can see him as 2nd fiddle after being Executive Chef at his last few locations.

Dec 19, 2013
Roger K in New York State (exc. NYC)

Quiet(er) restaurant in Albany with not-too-adventurous food?

Cafe Madison would have to be for breakfast, lunch or weekend brunch. Don't know if that works for the gift recipient. Maybe?

Dec 18, 2013
Roger K in New York State (exc. NYC)

Umana Wine Bar (Albany)

Friends of mine have been there, but not for brunch, and are looking forward to returning.

Dec 18, 2013
Roger K in New York State (exc. NYC)

Quiet(er) restaurant in Albany with not-too-adventurous food?

I honestly think she would be pleased with any of those three. Food choices and service might be a bit better at either the Ginger Man or Jack's. There is more likely to be some less experienced servers at Garden Bistro 24.

Dec 17, 2013
Roger K in New York State (exc. NYC)

Quiet(er) restaurant in Albany with not-too-adventurous food?

Trakman, of course Gift Certificates can be used in warm weather too! ;-)

Dec 16, 2013
Roger K in New York State (exc. NYC)

Quiet(er) restaurant in Albany with not-too-adventurous food?

I'd suggest The Ginger Man. There is a very broad age range of people who dine here. The food is very good and they offer familiar, standard dishes along with some that have a bit of a twist to their preparation. Excellent atmosphere too. Private parking lot behind the restaurant.
http://www.albanygingerman.com/

Dec 16, 2013
Roger K in New York State (exc. NYC)

Driving with kids from NJ to VT via I87

Wolf's 1-11 is between exits 2 and 4 of the Adirondack Northway (I-87) (there is no exit 3). Located at 111 Wolf Rd, Colonie, it is a restaurant with a children's game room. Check out the web site or Face Book page.
https://www.facebook.com/wolfs111
http://www.wolfs111.com/index-111wolf...

I recently took a couple and their two young daughters, 8 & 10, there and after a bite to eat the children had a wonderful time with Mom in the game room while Dad and I caught up on old times over a couple of beers.

Nov 26, 2013
Roger K in New York State (exc. NYC)

Umana Wine Bar (Albany)

Nice pictures from the soft opening.
http://blog.timesunion.com/tablehoppi...

Oct 30, 2013
Roger K in New York State (exc. NYC)

Lunch off of Rt 90 Albany area

If you want a good price on gas, when you get off I-90 onto I-88, take the very first exit on I-88 after you've passed through the toll booths. Turn left at the top of the ramp and drive to the traffic light (rt. 7). On your right will be a Pilot truck stop with the best gas prices in the Capital District. Have a safe trip.

Oct 27, 2013
Roger K in New York State (exc. NYC)

Lunch off of Rt 90 Albany area

If you're familiar with the EG Diner then you are not far from Chez Mike. Lunch is available Tue - Sat. It is not necessarily French. Check out their menu. http://www.chezmikerestaurant.com/menu.html#lunch

Another consideration would be Risotto. Lunch available Mon-Sat. It's more Mediterranean http://518risotto.com/?page_id=52

Also close to I-90, you might like Creo. Lunch every day. A bit more on the expensive side, but pretty solid. http://creorestaurant.com/menus/lunch/

If you are interested in "chain" restaurants, just about all of them can be found on Wolf Road, parallel to I-87. If you have a special interest in a particular type of food, maybe we can recommend something that is still not far off I-90. Will you be continuing West on I-90 or heading elsewhere?

Oct 26, 2013
Roger K in New York State (exc. NYC)