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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.

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:

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.


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.


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.

Crazy Cow (Ballston Spa)

I just confirmed on their Facebook page that they announced their closing as of April 6.

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.

15 Church (Saratoga) . . . ETA?

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

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."

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.


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)

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.

Salad bar with Carousel Horse - Colonie?

Yes, Diane, Chef Italia was another reincarnation of the building before it was eventually demolished.

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.

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/

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.

Post matinee at Proctor's in Schenectady

Nothing better than the beer at The Bier Abbey on Union Street.
You just may never make it back to the Berkshires. Food is a step up from pub food.

There is also a decent brew pub in the Van Dyck Lounge, also on Union St. (closed Sunday

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

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.