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Dinner in Albany

i'm sure you'll get a bunch of responses but right off i'd suggest yonos for dinner and cafe madison for breakfast.



Sushi or Indian in the Albany area

agreed on karavelli and Yoshi sushi. great places. we actually prefer the latham location for karavelli. parivar market on central ave has a very good café too and for more great sushi, sakura in Clifton park.

Saratoga Springs, June 26-28

merry monk is great for breakfast too by the way. and if you feel like exploring the area a bit, next door kitchen in ballston spa is our new favorite place. cantina is very good for modern Mexican.

Next Door Kitchen and Bar, Ballston Spa

ended up there again last night. kind of a last minute thing but they had an opening. this was our third time there and everything, once again, was amazing. the place is so consistently good.

Barcelona (Albany)

we had a show at the egg this past Friday and I was looking to try some place we hadn't been. my boss suggested Barcelona and also said we should make reservations early as it was graduation weekend. I'm glad we did and I'm very glad we went. everything was quite good. lots of good choices and lots of bold flavors. we would go back for sure. interesting that the place doesn't get a lot of attention locally and on the review sites.

here's what we had as taken from the menu.

Caracoles- Escargot, garlic, olive oil, roasted red peppers in a white wine pesto sauce, served over grilled Italian bread.

Red Snapper Veracruz-Seared & sautéed in garlic, olive oil, fresh tomatoes, capers, black & green olives, garnished with mussels & clams & finished in an olive oil, white wine sauce, served with rice and vegetables.

Swordfish Putanesca-Pan seared swordfish over escarole finished in a tangy marinara sauce with fresh tomatoes, olives, capers and artichoke hearts with roasted red potatoes. Served with or without anchovies.

Burlington, VT suggestions for father's day weekend

since we're not familiar with the area we are doing some exploring. on Saturday night we decided to try ten acres lodge bistro in stowe. not sure about sunday dinner yet but that will be in Burlington for sure within walking distance of the venue. still checking our breakfast options.

May 14, 2015
davmar77 in Northern New England

Next Door Kitchen and Bar, Ballston Spa

he did that article after I let him know about the expansion. looking forward to going back.

Next Door Kitchen and Bar, Ballston Spa

for those who don't know, next door just expanded to the corner. hopefully this will work for everyone.

Burlington, VT suggestions for father's day weekend

some good choices. keep 'em coming folks.

May 09, 2015
davmar77 in Northern New England

Burlington, VT suggestions for father's day weekend

i'll be up in burlington with my wife for father's day weekend. we're planning to see a concert at the flynn center sunday night at 7pm. we plan on going to the ben & jerry's factory tour on the way up and will be in burlington from mid afternoon saturday through monday morning. what i'm looking for are recommendations for dinner on saturday and sunday and breakfast sunday and monday. we don't eat meat but are big on seafood. we also love a good breakfast. we try to eat a little healthier but if a place is interesting enough and well liked, that's not as important. we're staying in south burlington which is pretty close to the main part of town i understand. we plan on checking out the church st. market place and some of the water front areas. neither of us are beer drinkers but we do like wine although i'll be driving so i'd be going light. i can't do a lot of walking due to back issues so any long paths won't work.
any help is appreciated!

May 03, 2015
davmar77 in Northern New England

Next Door Kitchen and Bar, Ballston Spa

today is my wife's birthday and we'll be doing some cooking later. we went out for her on friday to next door. since it's possible they run out of specials i thought it would be good not to wait until today to go. a fabulous meal including the following.

when we sat we were presented with sour dough bread with a white bean puree. also we had a tasting of blueberry with poppy, lemon and pea shoots if my memory serves. really nice little starter.
we both started with curry cauliflower soup with a spicy tomato chutney and chives.
next we split a small order of gnocchi with english peas, shaved radish, mint, ricotta cheese and chamomile butter. best i ever had.
for our main dishes my wife had the seared sea scallops with black rice, edamame, smoked fish cream and togarashi. i had pan roasted halibut with fava beans, shallot confit, oyster mushrooms and a creamy leek puree. mine is usually served with speck but as i don't eat meat they said it was no problem leaving it off.
for dessert we split an amazing treat they called a sticky toffee pudding which was a date cake in a kind of bread pudding consistency topped with a pecan and caramel sauce with vanilla ice cream.

all in all an amazing dinner. it was our second time there and i can't wait to go again.

Looking for a memorable meal in Westbury or thereabouts

rs jones in merrick. always good.


Capital Region Mexican

my favorites are in Saratoga springs. for traditional, leon's and for modern, cantina.

Road trip from New York to Montreal tonight...where to stop along the way?

15 church is fine dining and not cheap. getting a reservation at this late date wouldn't probably work anyway.

new world in Saugerties is great. they have an Albany location too but the other location would probably be an easier walk in.

Saratoga Springs; Off-Season Visit; 4.2015 Need Recommendations

haven't been to mio posto since the chef went to maestro's. I heard the new guy was supposed to keep it basically the same.

Saratoga Springs; Off-Season Visit; 4.2015 Need Recommendations

if you're going to be around over a weekend, the merry monk does a nice brunch Friday to Sunday. not a buffet but a very good menu.

What's new/newsworthy in Ulster County?

not new by any means but we always enjoy new world in Saugerties. great variety and a fun place.


Joshua's in Woodstock is quite good too and a visit to the town is quite interesting.



just I case you can't access the whole article from newsday, here it is.


Italian - Nassau

I see blue moon as a just another decent place but dodici is easily a level above. more interesting for sure. they also have a nice wine list.

Italian - Nassau

we always liked dodici in Rockville centre. pretty wide variety on the menu.

Parivar - Albany

they make good dosas. nicely seasoned and not skimpy.

Family Restaurant - Nassau County

rs jones in merrick is family friendly and the menu is great for pretty much everyone. they are always very accommodating. i'd call for a reservation for a good size party.

Sri Siam – Albany area

jasmine thai in Schenectady has become our favorite thai in the area. they too will do the spice as you like. the thai iced coffee is amazing too.

Any Good Freeport Nautical Mile Options?

I've been out of the area for a few years but I always considered the nautical mile as a missed opportunity for someone. I can't recall one place down there I'd tell someone to go. it's all location and no substance food wise. shame.

Javier's (nuevo Latin in Saratoga Springs)

it's interesting that mio posto and 15 church seem to be doing ok but Javier's couldn't make a go of it. I'm sure he gave the style of the place lots of thought before opening. I think the place he worked in Brooklyn was pretty up there too but you also have lots more people in the city area to go there and year round.

Lake George and Surrounding area(s) - Thanksgiving 2014

I totally agree. it's worth the trip to Saratoga for all of the choices you will have. and it's a nicer area to walk around too with the family.

Grille 138 Albany NY

not too pricey in our opinion. they are posted on the menu on their site if you'd like to take a look.

Grille 138 Albany NY

we were going to a show at the egg this past Saturday with a group of eight so we wanted something good within walking distance. one of our party came across the site for grille 138 on Washington ave. the location was great for us. they have only been open a couple of months. it's run by the folks who used to be the rustic gourmet in Delmar. we were quite pleased. nothing super exotic but all done well.


between us for apps we had the French onion soup, lobster bisque, sesame tuna. all entrees come with a side salad or cup of soup so everyone had some kind of app.

for mains we had the salmon wellington, roasted beet salad with goat cheese and candied pecans with seared tuna as an ad on, meatloaf, osso buco, the chianti burger with gorgonzola and prime rib that I can recall.

we would go back for sure.

Indian lake ny recommendations?

we ended up going to the indian lake restaurant. based on the reviews it sounded quite good especially considering the slim choices up there. it lived up to the reviews. the menu was pretty varied and everything was done well. they have no website as of yet. as I saw mentioned the atmosphere was nothing special but that's ok as long as the food and service were good which they were.

Saratoga Springs

here's an ongoing thread that should help.