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CONTENTS | MAY 2019 BEST HAPPY HOUR Wheatfields Bistro & Wine Bar

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10 “Bestie” Food & Drink

08 Publisher’s letter


61 Arts & Entertainment

40 Backyard living

SPECIAL SECTIONS COLUMN 43 Last Page with John Gray Remembering all moms

47 Weddings 58 Senior living

On the cover: 677 Prime • Voted Best Appetizers Photo by Konrad Odhiambo • konradodhiambo.com

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ver the years, I have posted several questions in my publish‐ ers’ letter to ponder. Today I ask you, does saying goodbye always have to be sad? I say a firm “No.” This, my friends, will be my last publishers’ letter as I have sold Capital Region Living Magazine. I will remain in the magazine as “The Grateful Traveler,” and as you always have done in the past, travel with me to great locations and properties. So many of you over the years have become my travel friends and have been so kind in your feedback. I have been blown away by how many of you have leaped into travel‐ ing to the locations that I have written about. My time as owner and publisher of the wonderful Capital Region Living Magazine, however, will have come to an end by the time you read this letter. I knew from the day that my husband and I purchased the magazine that I was just the caretaker for a brief period. Capital Region Living will be bigger and better than ever under the direction of the team at Saratoga Living Magazine. I am so impressed with these folks and know in my heart that it will thrive. I have been beyond blessed to work with my CRL team and this, my friends, is where the sadness resides in my soul. I am fighting that sadness because, as I said at the beginning of my letter, I believe all goodbyes are not sad ones. Steve, Teresa, Carole, Tina, Tara, Dani, and Tracy will be in their roles and thriving, I am certain, for years to come bringing CRL into its new day. I am thrilled for their future and know that they will be my family and friends forever! As for me, I am finally retiring. Dan and I will be living happily and traveling. Our family is scattered throughout the south and our son, Greg; daughter‐in‐law, Alison; and grandchildren, Olivia and Jackson; live in Colorado. So as you can see, in addition to my Grateful Traveler work, we have many places to visit the family we love. Now, this issue is certainly not about me, but rather about the businesses who make the Capital Region grow and thrive. The big thinkers and doers, the job generators and the unsung heroes…the independent business owners. I know that I am a bit nostalgic right now, but I want to share how the term, Bestie and the Bestiefest began. I dreamt it! I know it sounds crazy, but I was knee deep in planning the old “Best of” issues and fell asleep. I woke up with a name on my tongue and the “Bestie” issues were born. Later in the day came the second idea of a “BestieFest” to celebrate the winners of the “Bestie” readers’ poll and I am happy to report that we will hosting our fourth annual “BestieFest” at The Century House in Latham later this month. This is a night to shower our “Bestie” winners and finalists with the love and gratitude in our hearts for the work they do. Enjoy this issue, my friends, and know that each issue was created and published in loving devotion to the Capital Region and its residents. I have always signed my letter, Gratefully yours and I have meant it each time I typed it, but now I say… Profoundly grateful and humbly yours, Vikki

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FOOD & DRINK APPETIZER 677 Prime 677 Broadway, Albany Start a meal at 677 Prime with scrumptious bites like shishito peppers with pepperoni and feta, tableside prepared steak tartare or a luxurious seafood tower, and you are in for a meal to remember. Remember their signature sevenhour cherry pepper pulled pork and you will be in heaven! The Cuckoo’s Nest 234 Western Avenue, Albany New World Bistro Bar 300 Delaware Avenue, Albany

APPLE PIE Smith’s Orchard Bake Shop 4561 Jockey Street, Ballston Spa Capital Region Living readers know apple pie, and they have been voting for Smith’s as their Bestie year after year. Their home baked pies, made with their own orchard-grown apples are just the perfect combination of sweet spiciness that makes us think of home. Lakeside Farms 336 Schauber Road, Ballston Lake Indian Ladder Farms 342 Altamont Road, Altamont

BAKERY Bella Napoli Bakery & Cafe 672 New Loudon Road, Latham 721 River Street, Troy Bread, rolls, cookies, cakes, pies and, of course, traditional Italian pastries. Each tray is overflowing with options, and your taste buds will start making all of the decisions when you are here. Be prepared to leave with at least four more things than you came in for with this perennial winner! Zachary’s Pastry Shoppe 390 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush 54 State Street, Albany Schuyler Bakery 637 Third Avenue, Watervliet

BBQ – OVERALL The Memphis King 1902 Van Vranken Avenue, Schenectady When it comes to barbeque, our readers have discriminating tastes. This year, they have selected Memphis King as their Bestie. Make sure to get there early, because their delectable slowcooked pork, beef, and chicken and sides like mac and cheese, cole slaw, and beans usually sell out. PJ’s Bar-B-QSA 1 Kaydeross Avenue West, Saratoga Springs Pig Pit BBQ 1 Niver Street, Cohoes

BAGELS Pyschedelicatessen 275 River Street, Troy Shmeared…lox…eggs and bacon… Whichever way you like your bagels, you will be delighted by every option at Psychedelicatessen! With over 75% of their supply purchases coming from local purveyors, our readers know that this Bestie is keeping it local, hot, fresh and especially delicious! Uncommon Grounds Multiple locations Bagel Tyme Multiple locations

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CH Evans Brewing Company at Albany Pump Station 19 Quackenbush Square, Albany

BEST KEPT SECRET – RESTAURANT Nighthawks 461 Broadway, Troy Shhh…this is top secret…our readers have voted Nighthawks as this year’s Bestie. Their great burgers, fun atmosphere and late night happy hour will delight you. People love their brunch, the bottomless mimosas, and the new and exciting weekly menu options! Okay, maybe don’t keep this secret...just try it! Scotti’s Restaurant & Pizzeria 1730 Union Street, Schenectady Akanomi Japanese Restaurant 2568 Western Avenue, Altamont

BLOODY MARY Savoy Taproom 301 Lark Street, Albany Spicy, savory, spirited and perfectly balanced…our readers have selected the Bloody Mary at Savoy Taproom as this year’s Bestie. Make sure to head over for one of their make your own Bloody Mary Sundays and pick your garnishes and level of spiciness. Max London’s 466 Broadway, Saratoga Springs Café Madison 1108 Madison Avenue, Albany

BREAD Bountiful Bread 1475 Western Avenue, Albany When “bread” is in the name, you know it has to be good, and our readers know that Bountiful Bread is GREAT! With a variety of breads and seasonal specialty recipes, there is so much to choose from. The cranberry walnut keeps me coming back…what has you hooked? Bella Napoli Bakery & Cafe 672 New Loudon Road, Latham 721 River Street, Troy tied with Perreca’s Bakery 31-33 North Jay Street, Schenectady Our Daily Bread 116 Hudson Avenue, Chatham

BREAKFAST Blue Ribbon Restaurant and Bakery 1815 State Street, Schenectady When we are craving a hearty, home cooked breakfast, we head to Blue Ribbon for their great selection of specialties like Belgian waffles, omelets, pancakes, and french toast. This family-run restaurant has been delighting our readers since 1977, and our readers have thanked them by bestowing this Bestie! Café Madison 1108 Madison Avenue, Albany 359 Northern Boulevard, Albany Duncan’s Dairy Bar 890 Hoosick Road, Troy

BREWERY Brown’s Brewing Company 417 River Street, Troy One of the first craft breweries in the area has once again claimed the top spot as our Bestie. Brown’s Brewery continues to delight our readers with their legacy brews like Cherry-Razz and Oatmeal Stout as well as their new IPA series and small batches like Cappuccino Milk Stout and Hop Hive. Crossroads Brewing Company 21 Second Street, Athens 201 Water Street, Catskill tied with Wolf Hollow Brewing Company 6882 Amsterdam Road, Glenville



New World Bistro Bar 300 Delaware Avenue, Albany With global flavors and locally sourced food, our readers are continually delighted by the offerings at New World Bistro Bar – again bestowing this Bestie. Every time we go, there is something new and exciting to try, and with a variety of diet-conscious preparations available, there is truly something for everyone!

The Cuckoo’s Nest 234 Western Avenue, Albany Biscuits, eggs, hash and of course, their signature fried chicken have our readers calling The Cuckoo’s Nest this year’s Bestie for brunch options. We love the modern southern takes on traditional dishes, like their Cuckoo Benedict with fried oysters, collard greens and hot sauce hollandaise. Yummy, y’all!!

Sage Bistro 2050 Western Avenue, Guilderland

Iron Gate Cafe 182 Washington Avenue, Albany

dp an American Brasserie 25 Chapel Street, Albany

Nighthawks 461 Broadway, Troy


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Jack’s Drive-In 24 Main Street, Wynantskill tied with Jumpin’ Jack’s Drive-In 5 Schonowee Avenue, Scotia

Coccadotts Cake Shop 1179 Central Avenue, Albany Why do we need a celebration to eat cake? As long as we are eating cake from Coccadotts, any day is a celebration and our readers agree…naming this perennial Bestie tops in this category! Try the almond cake with raspberry filling…It will take you over the moon.

One…Two…Three…how many do you eat? Jack’s Drive-In, a summer tradition since 1938, is this year’s Bestie for burgers. Anyway you take ‘em and however many you like, make sure you grab some chocolate milk to wash them down! With cheese, without…With fried onions, or as a Jack burger… Jumpin’ Jacks has been delighting our readers since 1952. Any way you like your burgers, a perfect day is to grab your order, sit at one the riverside tables on the shore of the Mohawk and watch the US Waterski Team. Subway!! Carson’s Woodside Tavern 57 NY-9P, Malta Crossroads Brewing Company 21 Second Street, Athens 201 Water Street, Catskill

Cake Street Sweets 190 Remsen Street, Cohoes Gina-Marie’s Cake Boutique 51 Bridge Street, Amsterdam

CALAMARI Yanni’s Too Restaurant 20 Marina Drive, Coeymans Crispy, light, flaky and golden delicious calamari. When you have a craving, head to this consummate Bestie. Choose from four regional preparations, or choose a combination of all. There are so many reasons why our readers name Yanni’s Too their favorite year after year.

Lanie’s Cafe 471 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville New World Bistro Bar 300 Delaware Avenue, Albany

CHEESECAKE Blue Ribbon Restaurant and Bakery 1801 State Street, Schenectady Creamy, rich, subtly sweet and, ohhh, so good. From their famous gluten-free vanilla, topped with fruit or as is, to their numerous creative flavors like Amaretto and White Chocolate Raspberry; Blue Ribbon has once again claimed the Bestie for Cheesecake. Reserve yours today…and tomorrow…and the next day! Nuns of New Skete 345 Ashgrove Road, Cambridge Cheesecake Machismo 293 Hamilton Street, Albany

CHOCOLATE SHOP/CANDY STORE Uncle Sam’s All American Chocolate Factory 2571 Albany Street, Schenectady 594 New Loudon Road, Latham From delectable truffles in myriad flavors to their famous cherry cordials and chocolate covered strawberries, to yummy barks, brittles, and gummys; Uncle Sam’s All American will satisfy any sweet tooth. Whatever the occasion, there is always a reason to stop at this perennial Bestie! Collar City Sweets Shoppe 45 Third Street, Troy Krause’s Homemade Candy 1609 Central Avenue, Albany

CUPCAKES Coccadotts Cake Shop 1179 Central Avenue, Albany With over 30 flavors to choose from, you can try something new every day. From summertime favorites like orange creamsicle and pink lemonade to treats that



will make you think of cozy autumn evenings like bourbon pecan pie. Whichever you choose, the scrumptious cupcakes from Coccadotts will be your Bestie too! Cake Street Sweets 190 Remsen Street, Cohoes Zachary’s Pastry Shoppe 390 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush 54 State Street, Albany

combination of special seasonings, white beans, and savory meat, and you will know why this chili has been a Bestie year after year. Our readers keep coming for this chili, and we bet you will too!

Uncommon Grounds Multiple locations

The Little Rice Ball 6 Franklin Street, Troy

Wired 2443 Route 9, Malta 652 Albany Shaker Road, Albany

Daley’s on Yates 10 Yates Street, Schenectady

O Kenny’s Express 3321 US Route 9, Valatie


Gershon’s Deli & Caterers 1600 Union Street, Schenectady When we think of a deli, we think of house-roasted meats, homemade half-sour pickles, an array of salads purchased by the quart and the best rye bread in town...we think of Gershon's Deli. This deli is a tradition in many Capital Region families, and if it isn't in yours, it soon will be...just don't forget the tuna and rings!

Druthers Multiple locations



Golden Harvest 3074 Route 9, Valatie Nothing screams autumn in the Capital Region like a warm cider donut from Golden Harvest. Made with their own orchard pressed cider, these delectable treats can be gobbled up year round…since we are heading into Summer, try one topped with ice cream…we love them straight out of the bag – one of our perennial Besties!

The Century House 997 New Loudon Road, Latham tied with Reel Seafood Company 195 Wolf Road, Albany

Cider Belly Doughnuts 25 North Pearl Street, Albany Fo’ Castle Farm Country Store 166 Kingsley Road, Burnt Hills tied with Indian Ladder Farms 342 Altamont Road, Altamont

CHICKEN WINGS Rusty Nail Grill & Tavern 1781 Route 9, Clifton Park With over 20 sauces to choose from, the Rusty Nail knows how to tantalize our taste buds! Their chicken wings bring the celebration…there is nothing better than a beer and wing birthday outing at the Rusty Nail. Bring friends and family and belly up for these yummy, spicy wings! The Towne Tavern 2850 NY 43, Averill Park My Place & Company 241 Delaware Avenue, Delmar 1640 Columbia Turnpike, Schodack

CHILI Otis & Oliver’s Restaurant & Pub 30 Mill Road, Latham Otis & Oliver’s has done it again with their FAMOUS white chili. One spoonful of the mouthwatering

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The Century House has been a constant Bestie in so many other categories; we are so excited they are being recognized for this one! Chunks of lobster in a rich, delicious creamy chowder make this decadent chowder a winner. Paired with one of their amazing entrees, or on its own, you will swear you can hear the waves in the background. With a name like Reel Seafood, you know that the chowder is going to be good, and our readers agree it is GREAT! The salinity of the sea, the smokiness of the bacon and the richness of the butter and cream all come together like a beautiful symphony on a spoon in this delectable chowder. Harbor House Fish Fry 1742 Route 9, Clifton Park Yanni’s Too Restaurant 20 Marina Drive, Coeymans

COFFEE Stewart’s Shops Multiple locations Richer Roast, Hazelnut, French Vanilla, or their House Blend. Whatever your flavor, a comforting brew is close at hand any time with Stewart’s. A frequent winner in this category, a coffee run to Stewart’s is a morning routine for many in the Capital Region!

The Cookie Factory 520 Congress Street, Troy Who can resist the delectable, moist butter cookie topped with a HUGE swirl of decadent chocolate frosting? Fudge Fantasies have become the signature of this Bestie, but don’t stop there…every flavor is amazing. From traditional favorites to new adventures – our readers continue to gobble these up. Bella Napoli Bakery & Cafe 672 New Loudon Road, Latham 721 River Street, Troy Villa Italia Bakery 226 Broadway, Schenectady

COMFORT FOOD The Cuckoo’s Nest 234 Western Avenue, Albany When it comes to comfort food, The Cuckoo’s Nest has the winning recipe. From their deviled eggs, and smothered grit tots to their signature fried chicken in a myriad of formats, your tummy will thank you, and you will make this one of your go-to spots. Any time of the day — for brunch, lunch or dinner! Hattie’s Restaurant 45 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs Blue Ribbon Restaurant and Bakery 1801 State Street, Schenectady

CUTTING EDGE RESTAURANT Bard & Baker Board Game Café 501 Broadway, Troy Sipping craft cocktails, sharing a bowl of munchies and playing a childhood favorite board game…Bard and Baker truly is the definition of a Cutting Edge Restaurant. Pork Belly sandwiches, Mac & Cheese, Salads and their sharable snacks make this a place to unplug and spend some time with friends.


Cardona’s Market 340 Delaware Avenue, Albany Pellegrino Importing Multiple locations

DINER Alexis Diner 294 North Greenbush Road, Troy tied with Latham ‘76 Diner 722 New Loudon Road, Latham One wants a burger, one wants chicken, one wants a sandwich, and you want a fun, fresh salad. A visit to Alexis Diner means everyone will leave deliciously satisfied. With the traditional fare to inventive specialties (Athenian Chicken, yum!) there is truly something for everyone at this repeat Bestie! This late night and Sunday morning tradition once again claims Bestie recognition. The Latham ‘76 Diner continues to serve everyone’s favorites from burgers and sandwiches to omelets, waffles, and pancakes. Whatever you do, make sure to try their Greek specialties and their baked goods – go all in at this diner! Diner Time 813 Loudon Road, Latham Blue Ribbon Restaurant and Bakery 1801 State Street, Schenectady

BEST NEW RESTAURANT Kiernan’s Craft Tavern

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DISTILLERY Albany Distilling Company 75 Livingston Avenue, Albany Our readers know that a great cocktail is all about the quality of the spirit. With Albany Distilling Company's stills turning out gin, vodka, and whiskey as well as specialties like Fort Orange Vodka and collaborations with other local producers like their 10th Pin and Deathwish Vodka this Bestie will bring the party. Harvest Spirits 3074 US Route 9, Valatie Schenectady Distilling Company 3304 Amsterdam Road, Schenectady

FAMILY-OWNED RESTAURANT Cafe Capriccio 49 Grand Street, Albany When you dine at Cafe Capriccio, you are welcomed to the Rua family table. You are tempted by authentic Italian dishes that will transport you to the Tuscan countryside. Don’t rush, take your time

and enjoy every delectable course…antipasti, insalata, pasta, and fish or meat…at this Bestie, you are part of la famiglia! Canali’s Restaurant 126 Mariaville Road, Rotterdam Jackson’s Old Chatham House 646 Albany Turnpike, Old Chatham

FINE DINING Lake Ridge Restaurant 35 Burlington Avenue, Round Lake This repeat Bestie continues to deliver fine dining at its best. With elegant selections like their Lobster Betty or their famous Diver Scallops, you and your dining companions will relish in the whole experience; from the service to the ambiance and of course the meal – Lake Ridge is top notch all the way! Peck’s Arcade 217 Broadway, Troy 677 Prime 677 Broadway, Albany

FISH FRY Ted’s Fish Fry Multiple locations When it comes to fish fry, only one name comes to mind – Ted’s! The name says it all…delicious fish golden fried in a flavorful batter on a warm, steamed bun. Whether you like it with cocktail, tartar or plain – any way you cut it, Ted’s is a repeat Bestie for all the right reasons! Harbor House Fish Fry 1742 Route 9, Clifton Park Off-Shore Pier Fish Market & Restaurant 637 Third Avenue Extension, Rensselaer

FISH ‘N CHIPS (NOT FISH FRY) The Olde English Pub & Pantry 683 Broadway, Quackenbush Square, Albany There is no other way to get a taste of traditional Fish ‘n Chips than with a visit to this Bestie! The Olde English Pub does it right; from the ale battered cod, to the golden

fries, to the “newsprint” that it is served on. Grab a pint and belly up, because this will transport you to the streets of London! O’Slattery’s Irish Restaurant & Pub 318 Delaware Avenue, Delmar Ted’s Fish Fry Multiple locations

FRENCH FRIES Garden Bistro 24 1207 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham 5 Vista Boulevard, Slingerlands At Garden Bistro 24, you will find pommes frites with lunch or dinner selections, or you can choose loaded pommes frites as a starter with cheddar cheese, Mornay sauce, diced tomatoes, applewood smoked bacon, roasted sweet corn, house pickled jalapenos, and herbs. Our readers say anyway is mmm…good here. Bombers Burrito Bar Multiple locations



Old English Pub & Pantry 683 Broadway, Quackenbush Square, Albany

Ferrari’s Ristorante 1254 Congress Street, Schenectady


Gus’s Hot Dogs 212 25th Street, Watervliet Gus’s hot dogs have achieved celebrated status for legions of kids and adults as a fun place to visit for its tasty hotdogs. Everyone has their favorite toppings for these mini dogs. That’s why Gus’s is a repeat winner. Bet you can’t eat just one!

The Cuckoo’s Nest 234 Western Avenue, Albany Cuckoo’s Nest says the “bird is the word”—raised on a cage-free farm, vegetarian-fed, with no hormones or antibiotics added. There are creative choices for you to try, such as the Southerner, Crave, Cuckoo, Curry, BBQ or Ranch fried chicken sandwich; Devin’s fried chicken; or a fried chicken biscuit. Hattie’s Restaurant 45 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs


Famous Lunch 111 Congress Street, Troy Mike’s Hot Dogs 1135 Erie Blvd, Schenectady

Chicken Joe’s 486 Yates Street, Albany

ICE CREAM STAND HAPPY HOUR Wheatfields Bistro & Wine Bar 54 Crossing Boulevard, Clifton Park 440 Broadway, Saratoga Springs Our readers agree Wheatfields is the place for a great happy hour. Folks not only enjoy the atmosphere and array of beverages including made-to-order Sangria, they appreciate the munchies, cheese and happy hour menu choices, such as personal pizzas, appetizers, and salads. City Beer Hall 42 Howard Street, Albany Bacchus Wood-Fired 33 Second Street, Troy

HOMEMADE PASTA Canali’s Restaurant 126 Mariaville Road, Rotterdam Manicotti, ravioli, cavatelli, fettuccine, spaghetti. All these pastas are homemade at Canali’s with special flour milled for this purpose and prepared from recipes passed down for over 70 years. This is just one reason why generations of locals have been going to Canali’s and sharing news of this “secret” place. Cafe Capriccio 49 Grand Street, Albany

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The Snowman 531 Fifth Avenue, Troy Spring is welcomed in the Capital Region with the opening of ice cream stands. A special sweet treat is a visit to The Snowman, a tradition since the 1950s. The Snowman offers homemade ice cream made on site daily, plus yogurts, sherbets, sundaes, banana splits, flurries, and shakes. Moxie’s Ice Cream 1344 Spring Avenue, Wynantskill Guptill’s Coney Express Ice Cream 1085 New Loudon Road, Cohoes

KID FRIENDLY DINING Jumpin’ Jack’s Drive-In 5 Schonowee Avenue, Scotia Capital Region residents have fond memories of visiting Jumpin’ Jack’s while growing up and they enjoy introducing their kids to the experience. It’s known for its family environment and kid-friendly dining with fun food from the Charcoal Pit. Customers will tell you to save room for ice cream and more.

LATE NIGHT DINING Nighthawks 461 Broadway, Troy Nighthawks gains applause for its creative fresh, locally sourced and from-scratch menu. But our readers are doubly pleased that the restaurant keeps late hours and has a tasty late night menu when you want a bite after meetings, events or because that’s a good time to go out. Bob’s Diner 929 19th Street, Watervliet The Ruck 102 Third Street, Troy

LOBSTER MAC & CHEESE CH Evans Brewing Company at Albany Pump Station 19 Quackenbush Square, Albany tied with 677 Prime 677 Broadway, Albany Our readers have once again bestowed the Bestie onto Albany Pump Station’s Seafood Mac & Cheese. The dish includes seafood Alfredo, Maine lobster meat, and sautéed shrimp topped with garlic panko and scallions. Customers say it’s great with a beer! 677 Prime’s lobster mac & cheese, offered as a super side at dinner and created with cavatappi or corkscrew-shaped pasta and three kinds of cheese, is a sumptuous addition to any entrée. Making this decision is one of the best you will ever make! The Century House 997 New Loudon Road, Latham Yanni’s Too Restaurant 20 Marina Drive, Coeymans

LUNCH SPOT Kay’s Pizza 10 Walsh Lane, Averill Park Swifty’s Restaurant & Pub 95 Everett Road, Albany 367 Delaware Avenue, Delmar

Illium Cafe Bistro 9 Broadway, Troy Illium gained #1 for its yummy and creative lunches. Customers appreciate the menu selections, including pulled duck confit panini, salmon BLT wrap, slow braised corned beef, and freshly made to

order salads. It’s a popular place after exploring the Troy Farmer’s Market, on a break from work or just because. Bountiful Bread 1475 Western Avenue, Albany Emma Cleary’s Cafe 1926 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands

MAC & CHEESE Crossroads Brewing Company 21 Second Street, Athens 201 Water Street, Catskill Crossroads has the top spot for mac & cheese this year. The dish includes aged cheddar, Harpersfield Tilsit cheese, and crispy bread crumbs. You can add bacon or mushrooms if you like. Our readers have made Crossroads Mac and Cheese their Bestie for two years now! Druthers Multiple locations Tipsy Moose Tap & Tavern 185 Old Loudon Road, Latham 62 Vandenburgh Avenue, Troy

MARGARITA El Loco Mexican Cafe 465 Madison Avenue, Albany Fantastic, out of this world and y-m-m-m. Those are a few of the ways customers respond to El Loco’s margaritas. El Loco concocts strong homemade mixtures of Sauza Gold, Cointreau and Florida key lime juice. Choose it straight up, on the rocks, frozen, with or without salt or sugar. Amigos Cantina 42 Ferry Street, Schuylerville Ama Cocina 4 Sheridan Avenue, Albany

MARTINI The Standard 1 Crossgates Mall Road, Albany When you have a yen to sip a martini, our readers suggest sampling the selections at The Standard. It may be hard to choose from the classic, cosmopolitan, dirty, espresso, perfectly peach, pomegranate, Buzz Aldrin, Audrey


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Hepburn, sour apple, the Stardust, strawberry lemon drop, or key lime, and more. 677 Prime 677 Broadway, Albany Daley’s on Yates 10 Yates Street, Schenectady

MEATBALLS Canali’s Restaurant 126 Mariaville Road, Rotterdam At Canali’s, diners often take pictures of their order of meatballs because they are so good. They describe them as big as baseballs or snowballs and add that the meatballs and sauce are tasty and remind them of those that mom or grandma made. Canali’s is a family tradition. DeMarco’s Restaurant 1965 Central Avenue, Colonie Testo’s 853 Fourth Avenue, Troy 769 Pawling Avenue, Troy

MUFFINS Bella Napoli Bakery & Cafe 672 New Loudon Road, Latham 721 River Street, Troy Like all baked goods at this bakery, the muffins at Bella Napoli are phenomenal! The size, the taste, and the selection will have you from the moment you walk in the door. From traditional to seasonal – this is a must visit Bestie on your road trip of the winners! Emma Cleary’s Cafe 1926 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands Duncan’s Dairy Bar 890 Hoosick Road, Troy

OMELETS Duncan’s Dairy Bar 890 Hoosick Road, Troy There are no happier words said to family, friends and CRL staff than, "Let's go to Duncan's Dairy Bar for breakfast.” Omelets are, of course, the main choice because they are huge, filling and absolutely

delicious. It is worth the ride into Brunswick for this treat. Blue Ribbon Restaurant & Bakery 1801 State Street, Schenectady Latham ‘76 Diner 722 New Loudon Road, Latham

OUTDOOR DINING Lakeview on Crystal Lake 4 Old Route 66, Averill Park Having lunch or dinner outside alongside water is a great reason to look forward to Capital Region summers. Lakeview on Crystal Lake is more than aptly named, according to our poll. Our readers enjoy the family dining and friendly atmosphere and add “awesome” to the outdoor scene. Prime at Saratoga National 458 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs Jumpin’ Jack’s Drive-In 5 Schonowee Avenue, Scotia

PASTA SAUCE Testo’s 853 Fourth Avenue, Troy 767 Pawling Avenue, Troy Mention Testo’s and expect to hear “best sauce” in response. Tasty, flavorful, authentic and smooth are other descriptions. Other diners liken it to the sauce prepared by scratch by mothers and grandmothers from family recipes. They note that it’s so good Testo’s bottles the sauce for purchase. Canali’s Restaurant 126 Mariaville Road, Rotterdam DeFazio’s Pizzeria 266 Fourth Street, Troy

PIZZA Kay’s Pizza 10 Walsh Lane, Averill Park Kay’s Pizza began serving fresh, hot pizza from a family recipe over 60 years ago. That remains a staple of Kay’s, enjoyed by generations at this family-friendly seasonal restaurant. Readers often have



their favorites but agree that the pizza here has flavorful toppings, with crispy but not too thick crusts. Ruggerio’s Pizza, Deli & Catering 123 Saratoga Road, Glenville 3905 Carmen Road, Guilderland DC’s Pizza & Catering 1182 Western Avenue, Albany

PUB O’Slattery’s Irish Restaurant & Pub 318 Delaware Avenue, Delmar O’Slattery’s Irish Restaurant and Pub gets top cheers in pubs. Patrons applaud the beer selection, the delightful, comfortable atmosphere where they feel at home, live music, DJ trivia, great Irish fare, pub food, salads and more, plus friendly service. As one visitor says, it all equals “tons o’ fun.” Ravenswood Pub & Restaurant 1021 Route 146, Clifton Park Olde English Pub & Pantry 683 Broadway, Quackenbush Square, Albany

RIBS PJ’s BAR-B-QSA 1 Kaydeross Avenue, Saratoga Springs Have a hankering for ribs? Readers point the way to PJ’s Bar-B-QSA where you can delight in the slow smoked, fall apart, savory, ribs. Top ‘em with PJ’s regional sauces, from a Kansas style sweet to a Carolina mustard base or enjoy them dry rubbed. Whichever way you top or don’t top ‘em…we all agree they are lip-smacking good! Otis & Olivers Restaurant & Pub 30 Mill Road, Latham The Towne Tavern 2850 NY 43, Averill Park

ROMANTIC DINING Lake Ridge Restaurant 35 Burlington Avenue, Round Lake tied with Daley’s on Yates 10 Yates Street, Schenectady Romantic dining calls for a lovely atmosphere and ambiance in an 16 | MAY 2019 | CRLMAG.COM

intimate setting, and exquisitely prepared and served meal and beverage. That describes Lake Ridge, in every detail, from seating to presentation to dessert. Customers say it is a piece of heaven that makes their experience special and memorable. Daley’s on Yates receives a Bestie nod for their romantic setting, with customers enjoying its creative cuisines and cocktails, welcoming service, the opportunity for cozy seating areas, and innovative indoor/outdoor surroundings— converted from a taxi garage to a restaurant and bar with exposed beams, mid-century modern furniture, and design. 15 Church 15 Church Street, Saratoga Springs Chez Mike 596 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush

SANDWICH/SUB Gershon’s Deli & Caterers 1600 Union Street, Schenectady tied with McCarroll’s The Village Butcher 406 Kenwood Avenue, Delmar Gershon’s, with more than 60 years of service, is praised as a true deli offering great food by great people. The overstuffed sandwiches are not only the choices of area residents. Visitors regularly schedule in a Gershon’s stop so that they, too, can get one of those massive yummy sandwiches. McCarroll’s representing four generations, is considered a staple in Delmar and the go-to place for deli sandwiches. Fresh, fast and delicious made by friendly staff are some customer descriptions. They also recommend the legendary breakfast sandwiches. Having a gathering? Check out the sandwich platters. Genoa Importing Company 435 Loudon Road, Loudonville Pellegrino Importing Company Multiple locations



Bountiful Bread 1475 Western Avenue, Albany Customers raise a fork to Bountiful Bread salads, which include such interesting choices as Mediterranean Grain Bowl, Mexican, Sweet Potato, Roasted Beet and Mushroom, and an AJW which includes spring mix, roasted chicken, avocado, artichoke, dried fruit, carrots, nuts, and goat cheese. Or you can make your own salad.

Recovery Sports Grill Multiple locations Recovery Sports Grill brings together food and beverage, fun and fans in a family-friendly environment, with TVs showing the latest competitions. Customers also cheer the sports bar for celebrating local teams and school athletics. With multiple locations, a Recovery Sports Grill is nearby.

Bellini’s Italian Eatery Multiple locations Lanie’s Cafe 471 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville

Peabody’s Sports Bar & Grill 39 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs Swifty’s Restaurant & Pub 95 Everett Road, Albany 367 Delaware Avenue, Delmar



Jack’s Drive-In 24 Main Avenue, Wynantskill Spring means Jack’s Drive-In in Wynantskill is open again (81st season this year), and their sliders are back! Customers often have a certain choice in mind – plain, with ketchup, with fried onions or a combo. The onions are especially popular for their caramelized taste. Just say “with everything!”

Sake Japanese Steakhouse 611 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham Would you like sushi a la carte, from black caviar to white tuna, or an entrée from the sushi bar? Whichever your choice, Sake offers an array of fresh and creative sushi. Customers enjoy the variety and have described the sushi as super yummy works of art.

Slidin’ Dirty 9 First Street, Troy 512 State Street, Schenectady

Koto Japanese Restaurant 260 Wolf Road, Latham

677 Prime 677 Broadway, Albany

Akanomi Japanese Restaurant 2568 Western Avenue, Altamont

TAKEOUT SOUP Lakeside Farms 336 Schauber Road, Ballston Lake A visit to Lakeside Farms is fun to explore and select from the fresh produce, homemade baked goods, and other goodies. Our readers like to combine the visit with lunch and especially enjoy their homemade soups de jour. The comforting, delicious soups have included chicken and dumplings, fisherman’s chowder and split pea. The Whistling Kettle 24 Front Street, Ballston Spa 254 Broadway, Troy Chris’ Cafe 1048 Route 9, Valatie

Gold Coin 1360 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands Our readers flip over Gold Coin for takeout, pointing out the extensive menu, delivered fresh and hot, with consistent and prompt service. The chef cooked in Hong Kong and brings his knowledge of Chinese, Hunan, Szechuan and Cantonese dishes, which, customers say, adds another level to the usual takeout. Kay’s Pizza 10 Walsh Lane, Averill Park Koto Japanese Restaurant 260 Wolf Road, Latham


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TAPAS/SMALL PLATES Peck’s Arcade 217 Broadway, Troy Tapas “yumminess” is synonymous with Peck’s Arcade, our readers tell us. Customers like the opportunity to choose and share small plates from the innovative changing menu for multiple tastebud surprises. Sometimes there’s the discovery of new ingredients, combinations and a new favorite dish. Pairing your selections with wines is fun. Twisted Vine Wine & Tap 384 Kenwood Avenue, Delmar Bocca Bistro 384 Broadway, Saratoga Springs

TEA The Whistling Kettle 24 Front Street, Ballston Spa 254 Broadway, Troy With locations in Ballston Spa and Troy, The Whistling Kettle is tops as more than the usual tea shop. Among reasons are the popular afternoon tea-time, tea-tasting

events, the huge tea selection on the menu or for purchase on-site or online, and the informed staff to help make choices. Short and Stout Tea Company 1736 Western Avenue, Albany 1 Crossgates Mall Road, Albany The Tailored Tea 1010 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham

WAIT STAFF 677 Prime 677 Broadway, Albany 677 Prime is known for educating its waitstaff on who the restaurant is and how and why they do it. So it’s not surprising that the restaurant staff members are tops in this category. Customers appreciate their professionalism, knowledge, and their part in making the customers’ dining experience special. 15 Church 15 Church Street, Saratoga Springs The Barnsider Restaurant 480 Sand Creek Road, Colonie

WINE LIST dp an American Brasserie 25 Chapel Street, Albany dp an American Brasserie says, “We pride ourselves on a unique and extensive wine program featuring the longest list of wines by the glass in the region.” Customers enjoy these many choices plus the availability of knowledgeable staff when they seek recommendations on pairing wines with the menu choices. Lucas Confectionery 12 Second Street, Troy Twisted Vine Wine & Tap 384 Kenwood Avenue, Delmar

WINE/WINERY Oliva Vineyards 250 Excelsior Avenue, Saratoga Springs Winemaker Tony Oliva has a passion for wine, horse racing, and family, plus good food and company. That’s the inspiration for the creation of Saratoga-based Oliva Vineyards. Readers clink glasses in

toast to Oliva in this category. Oliva wines include dry reds and whites, as well as special sweet wines. Hudson Chatham Winery 1900 Route 66, Ghent Saratoga Winery 462 NY 29, Saratoga Springs

NEW RESTAURANT PAST 12 MONTHS Kiernan’s Craft Tavern 579 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham Customers have welcomed Kiernan's Craft Tavern into the regions restaurant community. They appreciate the open industrial-style, attentive staff, array of beverages (including craft beer), and creative menu choices, from burgers to a starter like beef carpaccio, entrees like lobster carbonara, to tavern pu pu platter finger food. Nighthawks 461 Broadway, Troy The Little Rice Ball 6 Franklin Street, Troy CAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | MAY 2019 |


RESTAURANT BY CUISINE AMERICAN 677 Prime 677 Broadway, Albany Wonderfully crafted cocktails, excellent wines with over 500 selections which can be narrowed down for you with their in-house Sommelier’s help and of course prime aged beef. 677 Prime is one of those restaurants that you get excited about eating in, days before you go.

Ala Shanghai 468 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham

Grecian Gardens 1612 Route 9, Clifton Park

Bamboo Garden 187 Main Street, Altamont

The Greek House 27 Third Street, Troy


up home-cooked Lebanese food that rivals any restaurant ten times the size. Family owned and operated and fabulous! Mamoun’s Restaurant 206 Washington Avenue, Albany

Provence 1475 Western Avenue, Albany Conveniently located in Stuyvesant Plaza in Albany, Provence sets the tone locally for French food. If you wish for something light, you can have it. If you hunger for something rich, you are covered too…just as if you were in Paris.

Karavalli 9 Johnson Road, Latham Karavalli is a dream come true for those of us that always crave Indian food. The portions are so large that you have to pick a few and share with other Indian cuisine lovers. There will be plenty to bring home too, and it will still be “to die for.”

Crossroads Brewing Company 21 Second Street, Athens 201 Water Street, Catskill

Chez Pierre 979 Route 9, Gansevoort

Taj Fine Indian Cuisine 365 Feura Bush Road, Glenmont

Daley’s on Yates 10 Yates Street, Schenectady

Rive Gauche 7 Second Street, Athens

Nirvana Indian Restaurant 5180 Western Turnpike, Altamont

Tara Kitchen 431 Liberty Street, Schenectady 172 River Street, Troy Truly one of the best restaurants in the Capital Region. It is understated, yet creative and scrumptious. A favorite for many of us in the Capital Region for dining and learning from Aneesa just how she does it!




Barcelona Restaurant 1192 Western Avenue, Albany

The Cuckoo’s Nest 234 Western Avenue, Albany This Bestie is quickly becoming one of Albany's most loved restaurants. Meeting friends or escaping for a great meal, the Cuckoo’s Nest dazzles our readers with their selections. Creative for sure, but also very comforting food choices.

Bavarian Manor 866 Mountain Avenue, Purling German food is not always readily available when you desire it, but a short ride to Purling will satisfy you. Flavorful meats and homemade favorites of the house are just sublime.

D’Raymonds Restaurant 269 Osborne Road, Loudonville I think those of us who work the “Besties” each year have run out of words to describe D’Raymonds. Always great, always consistent and always winning (for all the right reasons).

Wolff’s Biergarten Multiple locations

Cafe Capriccio 49 Grand Street, Albany

The Flammerie 7 Hudson Street, Kinderhook

Canali’s Restaurant 126 Mariaville Road, Rotterdam

Nanola 2639 Route 9, Malta Parish Public House 388 Broadway, Albany

CARIBBEAN First Choice Caribbean 451 Fulton Street, Troy Ackee, jerk chicken, patties and so much more to love from the Caribean, but don't take our word for it...drop by First Choice in Troy to try. You will think you are eating under the moon on an island with one bite.

CHINESE Gold Coin 1360 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands A long time favorite in our “Bestie” readers poll. The food and service are wonderful whether eating in the restaurant to taking out. All you could want in fine Chinese cooking.

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New World Bistro Bar 300 Delaware Avenue, Albany What doesn't New World Bistro do well? Nothing. Now, your need for gluten-free cuisine is catered to as well. With flavorful options spanning global cuisine that this perennial Bestie is known for, we certainly will never be bored!

Koto Japanese Restaurant 260 Wolf Road, Latham When Koto opened years ago, many of us flocked there for great Japanese food, and we are still going today. The service is consistently good, and the food – whatever style you choose – is worth the trip.


Sake Japanese Steakhouse 611 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham

Athos 1814 Western Avenue, Albany This is one of those wonderful restaurants that can be great for weeknights or special celebrations. All you need is an appetite for fabulous Greek food and what day it is won’t matter.

Shogun of Delmar 318 Delaware Avenue, Delmar

LEBANESE Beirut Restaurant 184 River Street, Troy Tiny little Beirut Restaurant serves

The Phoenicians 71 Fuller Road, Colonie


Restaurant Navona 289 New Scotland Avenue, Albany

MEXICAN El Mariachi 289 Hamilton Street, Albany 271 Lark Street, Albany Whether you want an awesome Mexican cocktail with chips and homemade guacamole or one of El Mariachi’s full gourmet dinners, you will leave happy and full. This is authentic Mexican cuisine so be prepared to be delighted visit after visit. El Loco Mexican Cafe 465 Madison Avenue, Albany Casa Real 1400 Altamont Avenue, Schenectady 3770 Carman Road, Schenectady

POLISH Muza 1300 15th Street, Troy This family-owned restaurant in Troy is a favorite of Polish families, people young and old, and everyone who loves good Polish dishes. The prices are excellent, and the portions are mind-blowing. Come to Muza with a very empty tummy.

APPETIZER Grit Tots – Cuckoo’s Nest

ENTREE Polish Feast – Muza

DESSERT Carrot Cake – Verdile’s Restaurant

DRINK TO WASH IT DOWN Coffee Vodka – Albany Distilling Company

SEAFOOD Reel Seafood Company 195 Wolf Road, Albany For over 35 years, Reel Seafood has delighted Capital Region diners and visitors with the freshest seafood prepared in a number of recipes that are unique, creative or just as you choose. From fresh oysters to steaks, they have it all. Yanni’s Too Restaurant 20 Marina Drive, Coeymans Fish at 30 Lake 30 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs

SPANISH Barcelona Restaurant 1192 Western Avenue, Albany Impeccable service, the finest in Mediterranean cuisines, fine wines and a décor to please all. The Paella is to be savored as well as the other most interesting Mediterranean American dishes. The lounge is a well-known gathering place in the area too.

Mr. Pio Pio 160 Quail Street, Albany Salsa Latina Restaurant 315 Central Avenue, Albany

dining room for full dinners complemented by a selection of beers, wines, and cocktails. On your birthday, your dinner is 50% off as well. Clark’s Steakhouse 1 Ferry Street, Schuylerville

STEAKHOUSE 677 Prime 677 Broadway, Albany tied with The Barnsider Restaurant 480 Sand Creek Road, Colonie 677 Prime is guided by the philosophy that you combine a passion for food, with a generous dose of love and serve it in a beautiful space. This has made this trendy Albany restaurant a long-standing favorite with steaks to die for and wines, appetizers, and other items on the menu to round out a beautiful evening. Watch for their specials! The Barnsider has been around for many years in Colonie and is the home of great food, drinks, attentive service and value for your money. There is the Hawkeye Grill for a lighter appetite and the main

The Bears’ Steakhouse 8254 Duanesburg Road, Duanesburg

THAI Sri Siam Thai Restaurant 44 Sherwood Avenue, Rensselaer What makes this Thai restaurant different – they use locally-sourced fresh ingredients in all their preparations. You can enjoy a wide array of Thai and Asian selections in the comfort of their dining room, or take-out if you prefer. Whatever way you choose, you will be delighted and will learn so much more about this favorite cuisine. Sweet Basil Thai Restaurant 370 Delaware Avenue, Albany Sadudee Thai Food 1401 Broadway, Watervliet

READER’S CHOICE MENU This new fun category was pieced together in the categories of Appetizer, Entree, Dessert, and a drink to wash it down... illustrating a way to fashion our reader's favorite meal!

APPETIZER GRIT TOTS The Cuckoo’s Nest 234 Western Avenue, Albany

ENTREE POLISH FEAST Muza 1300 15th Street, Troy

DESSERT CARROT CAKE Verdile’s Restaurant 572 Second Avenue, Troy

DRINK TO WASH IT DOWN COFFEE VODKA Albany Distilling Company 75 Livingston Avenue, Albany







Berben & Wolff’s 227 Lark Street, Albany A veggie delicatessen where both vegetarians and non-vegetarians will enjoy their food. Fast and friendly for sure. Our area craves good vegetarian options, and this tops the list.

Zinc Bistro Bar 56 Church Street, Lenox, MA A cool European bistro and wine bar with a casual Texas twist in the heart of downtown. Close to the riverwalk for a stroll after an excellent dinner for sure. Zinc is a perfect win for Berkshire County!

Brooks’ House of BBQ State Highway 7, Oneonta BBQ done well is a gift. Brooks BBQ can be purchased all over at local fundraising events, but a trip to Oneonta is special too. Always satisfying and always ‘finger licking”.

The Grist Mill Restaurant 100 River Street, Warrensburg The Grist Mill is yet another destination restaurant that never disappoints. Wonderful salad bar, perfectly grilled meats, and sides. This log building holds greatness within its walls.

Antipasto’s Bistro & Wine Bar 1026 Route 146, Clifton Park


New World Bistro Bar 300 Delaware Avenue, Albany

VIETNAMESE Saigon Spring 1683 Route 9, Clifton Park This perennial winner serves the best Pho and so much more. A favorite place for many to drop by to take home or dine-in with family and friends. Van’s Vietnamese Restaurant 307 Central Avenue, Albany

RESTAURANT BY COUNTY ALBANY COUNTY New World Bistro Bar 300 Delaware Avenue, Albany New World does everything right in the world of excellent restaurants, and their reservations prove this week after week and year after year. The readers of Capital Region Living Magazine recognize New World every year in many categories because of it. Awesomeness is alive and well on Delaware Avenue.

RENSSELAER COUNTY Ca’Mea Restaurant 333 Warren Street, Hudson tied with Jackson’s Old Chatham House 646 Albany Turnpike, Old Chatham Unique, fine Italian dining on Warren Street…this perennial Bestie (Ca’Mea) gets the nod yet again. The pasta dishes are works of art in the art district, but all their food is wonderous! Cozy and family run with a flair of country elegance, Jackson’s is a Columbia County favorite. Three generations of restaurant ownership certainly agree with them and…us.

Chez Mike 596 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush Chez Mike is another perennial winner, and that doesn’t happen without good cause, The daily specials, the tried and true favorites, and their dynamite wait staff makes Chez Mikes everyone's “Bestie.”

SARATOGA COUNTY 15 Church 15 Church Street, Saratoga Springs Special and elegant each visit – this is one of those places when you want to impress someone you love...the destination is clear. The finest of food and service for sure!

Blue Benn Diner 314 North Street, Bennington, VT It used to be that a drive from the Capital Region to Bennington Vermont was a perfect ride, but now Blue Benn is often the destination! From breakfast on, this little gem delivers. Look up when sitting in your booth or at the counter and see all the specials and rest assured that all are great.

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ALBANY New World Bistro Bar 300 Delaware Avenue, Albany Of course, New World is recognized as the “Bestie” in Albany. Their wins in our Bestie Poll each year adds up to being the best! Congrats New World on continued excellence. 677 Prime 677 Broadway, Albany The Cuckoo’s Nest 234 Western Avenue, Albany

BALLSTON SPA FULTON/ MONTGOMERY COUNTY Nicolino’s Restaurant 4515 State Highway 30, Amsterdam Excellent Italian food and you can’t beat the prices. Always busy because of its popularity among the locals but everyone needs to try Nicolino’s at least once – from anywhere in the Capital Region.

SCHENECTADY COUNTY Canali’s Restaurant 126 Mariaville Road, Rotterdam Meatballs as big as baseballs, cavatelli like Nonna made, sauce that is flavorful and comforting… with selections like these, it is no wonder why Canali’s is Schenectady County’s Bestie. One visit and I sure it will be yours too.



GREEN COUNTY Crossroads Brewing Company 21 Second Street, Athens 201 Water Street, Catskill This Bestie is certainly known for its brews as their name implies, but the food is amazing as well. Crossroads is fun and well run and worth a trip from anywhere. Wash down your food with their beer or soak up beer with good food...it all works here.

Apple Barrel Country Store & Cafe 115 State Route 30A, Schoharie Our readers consistently select the Apple Barrel Country Store & Café as their Schoharie County Bestie and for great reasons…fresh, unique salads and sandwiches, open-faced melts, and fabulous entrees. Whether for lunch or dinner, this perennial favorite will give you all the feels.

Next Door Kitchen & Bar 51 Front Street, Ballston Spa Locally sourced foods whenever possible are served at Next Door Kitchen & Bar. Their mission “seeks to connect community, friends and family through food” and our readers indicate that their mission has been accomplished! The Iron Roost 36 Front Street, Ballston Spa The Whistling Kettle 24 Front Street, Ballston Spa

CLIFTON PARK Wheatfields Bistro & Wine Bar 54 Crossing Boulevard, Clifton Park Wheatfields is consistently great and consistently a huge vote-getter for CRL’s Besties poll. Whether you get their lasagna (big enough to feed a few) or some homemade pasta entrees, you will leave happy and full. Great for families and great for date nights too.

Pasta Pane 18 Park Avenue, Clifton Park Ravenswood 1021 Route 146, Clifton Park

COLONIE The Barnsider Restaurant 480 Sand Creek Road, Colonie Steaks are a claim to local fame at The Barnsider, but once you are there, you see that seafood and sides and desserts too are excellent. This is a very well rounded restaurant to enjoy for everyday or special occasions. Don’t even get me started on the salad bar...it is awesome. D’Raymonds Restaurant 269 Osborne Road, Loudonville DeMarco’s Restaurant 1965 Central Avenue, Colonie

DELMAR/ SLINGERLANDS Twisted Vine Wine & Tap 384 Kenwood Avenue, Delmar Set in a comfortable Delmar neighborhood setting, there are always a great variety of wines, beers, and food to choose from. Offering nightly specials and live music to enjoy, there is no question why Twisted Vine & Tap is a favorite. Quite a gem. O’Slattery’s Irish Restaurant & Bar 318 Delaware Avenue, Delmar Bellini’s Italian Eatery 365 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands

EAST/NORTH GREENBUSH Chez Mike 596 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush Chez Mike has been a perennial favorite in our Bestie voters poll since they opened their doors. Being disappointed with their menu favorites or specials is impossible. You would pay five times their prices for this type of food in NYC. Paolo Lombardi’s Ristorante 104 West Sand Lake Road, Wynantskill

Alexis Diner 294 North Greenbush Road, Troy

GUILDERLAND Mezza Notte Ristorante 2026 Western Avenue, Albany Certainly not your place to take Italian food for granted. Mezza Notte is creative and true to the ingredients and dishes that you would find in a wonderful restaurant on any coast of Italy. Just read their reviews for yourself! Sage Bistro 2050 Western Avenue, Guilderland Cafe Calabria 1736 Western Avenue, Guilderland

LAKE GEORGE The Log Jam Restaurant 1484 State Route 9, Lake George Conveniently located in Glens Falls near the outlets, The Log Jam is a place to rest your feet and feed your tummy. Great steaks and an awesome salad bar are just two small reasons to go. It doesn't matter the season; the The Log Jam was made for comfort and good food. The Inn at Erlowest 3178 Lake Shore Drive, Lake George The Algonquin Restaurant 4770 Lake Shore Drive, Bolton Landing

LATHAM The Century House 997 New Loudon Road, Latham Consistently excellent is a phrase that cannot always be used in the restaurant industry but in the case of The Century House, it is appropriate. We in the Capital Region have been dining there for years and even generations. The Century House still delivers! Special occasion meals, quick dinners in the bar area, receptions and parties, it is truly a go-to restaurant.

ROTTERDAM Canali’s Restaurant 126 Mariaville Road, Rotterdam Canali’s has been a favorite of Capital Region Living Magazine for years. Their friendly staff always serves great Italian cuisine in large portions. A dinner at Canalis is still a wonderful treat for us all. Jasmine Thai Restaurant 2717 Broadway, Rotterdam Armondo’s Villa Tuscan Grill 273 Duanesburg Road, Rotterdam

SARATOGA SPRINGS 15 Church 15 Church Street, Saratoga Springs Every meal is a work of art, and the level of service is executed beautifully. The staff at 15 Church has perfected their craft after years of experience, and the result is excellence on display in Saratoga. With so many remarkable restaurants in this town, to stand out is a feat.

reign supreme. The relaxed atmosphere may be your first impression but rest assured that the food will keep you coming back. Jade Bistro 120 Mohawk Avenue, Scotia Mohawk Tap Room 153 Mohawk Avenue, Scotia

TROY/RENSSELAER Nighthawks 461 Broadway, Troy This restaurant is all about keeping it local…sourcing ingredients from around the region. Nighthawks website has many local farms and producers listed as the purveyors, growers, and producers that they use. A bit of trendy Brooklyn in Troy to entice our taste buds and senses. Peck’s Arcade 217 Broadway, Troy Plum Oyster Bar 15 Second Street, Troy

The Blue Hen 365 Broadway, Saratoga Springs


Max London’s 466 Broadway, Saratoga Springs

The Towne Tavern 2850 NY 43, Averill Park Warm and cozy with dynamite food. If you are not a BBQ fan, there are so many other things to choose and enjoy. I bet you cannot resist going again and again after you try Towne Tavern as many readers already do!

SCHENECTADY Cornells in Little Italy 39 North Jay Street, Schenectady Cornells could be in any “Little Italy” section in the country, but our readers are certainly happy that it is in Schenectady's. Wonderful old world Italian food alongside more modern menu items. Local families have counted on Cornells presence for many years and will for years to come. Johnny’s 433 State Street, Schenectady

Lakeview on Crystal Lake 4 Old Route 66, Averill Park Kay’s Pizza 10 Walsh Lane, Averill Park


Tara Kitchen 431 Liberty Street, Schenectady

Milano 594 New Loudon Road, Latham


Tala Bistro 626 New Loudon Road, Latham

The Glass Tavern 115 Saratoga Road, Glenville The Glass Tavern is a very welcoming place where quality ingredients



PEOPLE & PLACES RECAP CULTURE ART GALLERY Clark Art Institute 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA Opalka Gallery, The Sage Colleges 140 New Scotland Avenue, Albany Pause Gallery 501 Broadway, Troy

FUNDRAISING EVENT Dancing in the Woods (Albany Medical Center)

East Greenbush Animal Hospital 2 Springhurst Drive South, East Greenbush

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (American Cancer Society)


Light up the Night (Albany Medical Center)

Earl B. Feiden Appliance 785 Route 9, Latham 1775 Route 9, Clifton Park


Marcella’s Appliance Center 560 Broadway, Schenectady 15 Park Avenue, Clifton Park

Crandell Theatre 48 Main Street, Chatham

Columbia County Fair 182 Hudson Avenue, Chatham


Schaghticoke Fair 69 Stillwater Bridge Road, Schaghticoke

Saratoga Race Course 267 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs

Altamont Fair 129 Grand Street, Altamont

Music Haven at Central Park, Schenectady


SPAC Saratoga Springs


(Museum of Innovation & Science) 15 Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady The Children’s Museum at Saratoga 69 Caroline Street, Saratoga Springs

Capital Holiday Lights in the Park Washington Park, Albany

CMOST (Children’s Museum of Science & Technology) 250 Jordan Road, Troy

Alive at Five Jennings Landing, Albany



New York State Museum 222 Madison Avenue, Albany Albany Institute of History & Art 125 Washington Avenue, Albany The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum & Art Gallery at Skidmore College 815 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs

CONCERT HALL Troy Savings Bank Music Hall 30 Second Street, Troy The Palace 19 Clinton Avenue, Albany Proctors 432 State Street, Schenectady

AUTO SERVICE Gil’s Garage, Inc. 817 Saratoga Road, Burnt Hills 219 Guideboard Road, Clifton Park Mueller’s Automotive 88 Main Street, Ravena

Williams Center Plastic Surgery Specialists 1072 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham Dr. Lucie Capek, MD Plastic Surgery 713 Troy Schenectady Road, Suite 308, Latham The Artistry of Face 475 Albany Shaker Road, Albany


CapCom Federal Credit Union Multiple locations

Kinderhook Bank Multiple locations Pioneer Bank Multiple locations Glens Falls National Multiple locations


Mac-Haydn Theatre 1925 NY-203, Chatham Park Playhouse at Washington Park, Albany

Nicole’s Special Events & Catering 556 Delaware Avenue, Albany

Proctors 432 State Street, Schenectady

2Shea Catering 802 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville

SEFCU Multiple locations

Sunmark Federal Credit Union Multiple locations

CUSTOMER SERVICE CapCom Federal Credit Union Multiple locations SEFCU Multiple locations CDPHP 500 Patroon Creek Boulevard, Albany

CUTTING EDGE (ORIGINAL BUSINESS) Bard & Baker Board Game Café 501 Broadway, Troy




Ric Orlando — New World Bistro Bar 300 Delaware Avenue, Albany

Sand Creek Animal Hospital 130 Wolf Road, Albany

Dr. William Root 2079 Western Avenue, Guilderland


Old Daley Custom Catering 2 Northern Drive, Troy

The Animal Hospital 2 Rocking Horse Lane, Slingerlands

Dr. Lee Masterson Delmar Chiropractic Office 204 Delaware Avenue, Delmar

Gochee’s Garage, Inc. 329 Delaware Avenue, Delmar

SEASONAL EVENT Adirondack Balloon Festival 443 Queensbury Avenue, Queensbury

Dr. Tim Talmage Delmar Chiropractic Office 204 Delaware Avenue, Delmar

MEDICAL AESTHETICS Green’s Appliance 1207 Central Avenue, Albany




Yono Purnomo — Yono’s 25 Chapel Street, Albany

Complexions Spa for Beauty and Wellness 221 Wolf Road, Albany 268 Broadway, Saratoga Springs

Devin Ziemann — Cuckoo’s Nest 234 Western Avenue, Albany

Kimberley’s A Day Spa 982 New Loudon Road, Latham

The Ivy Spa 583 North Greenbush Road, Rensselaer

DRY CLEANERS Stena Dry Cleaning 451 Albany Shaker Road, Albany Silvestri Dry Cleaners 69 Fuller Road, Albany 145 Vly Road, Schenectady Hartz Family Cleaners 1714 Union Street, Schenectady

FACIAL Breathe Massage 48 Hudson Avenue, Delmar Skin Solutions 5000 Dunhill Court, Suite 5004, Slingerlands Complexions Spa for Beauty and Wellness 221 Wolf Road, Albany 268 Broadway, Saratoga Springs

Old Brick Furniture 33-37 Warehouse Row, Albany 2910 Campbell Road, Schenectady

Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP 1222 Troy Schenectady Road, Niskayuna

SDS Tree and Stump Removal sdstree.com


Meier Law Firm, PLLC 10 Utica Avenue, Latham


Choices Hair Studio 180 Delaware Avenue, Delmar Ambiance Salon & Day Spa 579 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham

Venetian Nail Spa 664 New Loudon Road, Latham

All Occasions Photography alloccasionsphoto.net

Panache Hair and Nail Studio 1661 Route 9, Clifton Park

Shelley Salon & Day Spa 2 Greenbush Avenue, East Greenbush

T.R. Laz trlaz.com


Serenity Day Spa 1523 Columbia Turnpike, Castleton

CDPHP 500 Patroon Creek Boulevard, Albany MVP Health Care 625 State Street, Schenectady Blue Shield of Northeastern New York 40 Century Hill Drive, Latham

Metabolic Meltdown Multiple locations Kettlebell Fitness Center 333 Delaware Avenue, Delmar ABC Sports & Fitness 3 Johnson Road, Latham

MARINA Donovan’s Shady Harbor Marina 70 Shady Harbor Drive, New Baltimore Harris Bay Yacht Club 2712 Route 9L, Cleverdale

HEATING & COOLING Family Danz Heating & Cooling 404 North Pearl Street, Albany



Main-Care Energy 1 Booth Lane, Albany Crisafulli Brothers Plumbing & Heating 520 Livingston Avenue, Albany



Pure Elements Organic Salon 1728 Western Avenue, Albany

Felthousen’s Florist & Greenhouse 1537 Van Antwerp Road, Schenectady 250 Columbia Street, Cohoes

Ellis Hospital 1101 Nott Street, Schenectady

Luizzi Brothers Sealcoating & Paving luizzisealcoating.com

White Cottage Gardens 194 Guy Park Avenue, Amsterdam



The Furniture House 1254 Route 9P, Saratoga Springs 1060 Route 9, Queensbury

Radiance Hot Yoga 394 Feura Bush Road, Glenmont 595 New Loudon Road, Latham

The Body Spot 7 Johnson Road, Latham

Gabriel Contractors, Inc. gabrielpaving.com

Mooradians Furniture 800 Central Avenue, Albany 1758A Route 9, Parkwood Plaza, Clifton Park

Orchid Tree Yoga 457 State Route 146, Guilderland Center


Albany Medical Center 43 New Scotland Avenue, Albany


Heartspace Yoga & Healing Arts 747 Madison Avenue, Albany 10 Second Street, Troy





Laberge Massage Therapy 204 Delaware Avenue, Delmar

St. Peter’s Hospital 315 South Manning Boulevard, Albany

Surroundings Floral Studio 145 Vly Road, Schenectady

Hitlin Photography hitlinphoto.com

L. Browe Asphalt Services broweasphalt.com

Angers & Litz Insurance 15 Angers Avenue, Schenectady tied with SEFCU Insurance Agency 469 State Street, Schenectady

Free Movement 500 Kenwood Avenue, Delmar

Marshall & Sterling Insurance Multiple locations

Absolute Pilates 4 Atrium Drive, Albany



Copps DiPaola & Silverman, PLLC 126 State Street, Albany

Mark’s Tree Service markstrees.com

Pilates Principle 578 New Loudon Road, Latham

Golden Harvest Farms 3074 US Highway 9, Valatie Bowman Orchards 141 Sugar Hill Road, Rexford Indian Ladder Farms 342 Altamont Road, Altamont

BIKE SHOP Bike Barn Cycling and Fitness 109 Remsen Street, Cohoes Freemans Bridge Sports 38 Freemans Bridge Road, Scotia Mad Dog Bicycles 561 Delaware Avenue, Delmar

BOOKSTORE Northshire Bookstore 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 4869 Main Street, Manchester Center, VT Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza 1475 Western Avenue, Albany

PEOPLE & PLACES RECAP The Open Door Bookstore & Gift Gallery 128 Jay Street, Schenectady tied with The Chatham Bookstore 27 Main Street, Chatham

BRIDAL SHOP Bridal Gallery by Yvonne 895 New Loudon Road, Latham tied with Lily Saratoga 6 Franklin Square, Saratoga Springs Azalea Dresses 3770 Carman Road, Schenectady Angela’s Bridal 126 State Street, Albany

CAR DEALER Keeler Motor Car 1111 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham Lia Auto Group Multiple locations Goldstein Auto Group Multiple locations

CLOTHING BOUTIQUE Truly Rhe 1 Broadway, Troy Fancy Schmancy 641 New Loudon Road, Latham Lifestyles 436 Broadway, Saratoga Springs

CONSIGNMENT Finders Keepers Consignments 1603 Route 9, Clifton Park Something Old Something New 1969 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands



Troy Waterfront Farmers Market Monument Square, Troy (April-October) 49 Fourth Street, The Troy Atrium, Troy (November-March)

Drue Sanders Custom Jewelers 1675 Western Avenue, Albany

Schenectady Green Market Around City Hall, Schenectady (May-October) Proctors Theatre, Schenectady (November-April) Saratoga Farmers Market 65 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs

GARDEN NURSERY Faddegon’s Nursery 1140 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham Hewitt’s Garden Centers Multiple locations Gade Farm 2479 Western Avenue, Guilderland

GIFT SHOPS The Cross Eyed Owl 3143 US Highway 9, Valatie tied with Wit’s End 1762 Route 9, Parkwood Plaza, Clifton Park Pearl Grant Richmans 1475 Western Avenue, Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany Maggie’s Gift Shop 521 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham

HARDWARE STORE Ace Hardware(Troy) 63 Third Street, Troy 831 Hoosick Road, Troy

Treasures Thrift Shop 60 West Avenue, Saratoga Springs

Robinson’s Hardware 1874 Western Avenue, Albany 1900 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands


Allerdice Ace Hardware Multiple locations

Honest Weight 100 Watervliet Avenue, Albany


Niskayuna Co-op 2227 Nott Street, Niskayuna Denison Farms 333 Buttermilk Falls Road, Schaghticoke

Honest Weight 100 Watervliet Avenue, Albany Green Grocer Natural Foods 1505 Route 9, Clifton Park Healthy Living Market & Cafe 3065 Route 50, Saratoga Springs

Frank Adams Jewelers 1475 Western Avenue, Albany

Stuyvesant Plaza 1475 Western Avenue, Albany Crossgates Mall 1 Crossgates Mall Road, Albany


Joyelles Jewelers 318 Delaware Avenue, Delmar

Hannaford Multiple locations


Price Chopper Multiple locations

Exit 9 Wine & Liquor 9 Halfmoon Crossing Boulevard, Halfmoon All Star Wine & Spirits 579 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham Empire Wine 1440 Central Avenue, Albany

MENSWEAR SHOP Mark Thomas Men’s Apparel 5 Metro Park Road, Wolf Road Park, Albany Choppa & Son Formal Wear 1020 Central Avenue, Albany

MUSIC STORE John Keal Music Company 819 Livingston Avenue, Albany 1758 Parkwood Plaza Route 9, Clifton Park Blue Sky Music Studio 118 Adams Street, Delmar Last Vestige Music Shop 173 Quail Street, Albany

OPTICAL CENTER Buenau’s Opticians, Inc. 228 Delaware Avenue, Delmar DiNapoli Opticians Multiple locations Hughes Opticians 411 Kenwood Avenue, Delmar

SPORTING GOODS STORE Steiner’s Sports Multiple locations

Honest Weight 100 Watervliet Avenue, Albany

TIRE STORE Grand Premier Tires & Custom Wheels 591 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush 3361 South Thompson Street, Schenectady Adirondack Tire & Service Multiple locations Warren Tire Service Centers Multiple locations

TRAVEL AGENCY AAA Hudson Valley Multiple locations Blue Skies Travel 15 Troy Road, East Greenbush Celtic Tours World Travel 1860 Western Avenue, Albany




MORNING TEAM Julie Chapman & Dan Bazile

Sievert’s Sporting Goods 4804 State Highway 30, Amsterdam


SHOPPING MALL/CENTER Colonie Center 131 Colonie Center, Albany





SPORTSCASTER Rodger Wyland tied with Marisa Jacques

PLACES ADIRONDACK INN Mirror Lake Inn 77 Mirror Lake Drive, Lake Placid Lake Placid Lodge 144 Lodge Way, Lake Placid The Inn at Erlowest 3178 Lake Shore Drive, Lake George

ASSISTED LIVING/NURSING HOME Teresian House 200 Washington Avenue Ext., Albany

Lake George RV Park 74 State Route 149, Lake George

The Desmond 660 Albany Shaker Road, Albany

Coburg Village 1 Coburg Village Way, Rexford


Gideon Putnam Resort and Spa 24 Gideon Putnam Road, Saratoga Springs


Woodstock, NY Berkshire Region, MA


The Inn at Erlowest 3178 Lake Shore Drive, Lake George

Buttermilk Falls Inn + Spa 220 North Road, Milton

Mirror Lake Inn 77 Mirror Lake Drive, Lake Placid

Healthy Pet Center Multiple locations

June Farms 275 Parker Road, West Sand Lake

The Sagamore Resort 110 Sagamore Road, Bolton Landing

Henry Loves Betty Pet Services + Boutique 472 Madison Avenue, Albany 16 First Street, Troy



The Pottery Place 1475 Western Avenue, Albany

Jiminy Peak 37 Corey Road, Hancock, MA

TreePaad Fun Center 2381 Route 9, Malta

Mount Snow 39 Mount Snow Road, West Dover, VT

Capital District YMCA Multiple locations

Gore Mountain 793 Peaceful Valley Road, North Creek



Camp Fowler 152 Pelcher Road, Lake Pleasant

The Adelphi 365 Broadway, Saratoga Springs

Cooperstown, NY


Saratoga State Park 19 Roosevelt Drive, Saratoga Springs

FISHING HOLE Saratoga Lake

GOLF COURSE PUBLIC Van Patten Golf Club 924 Main Street, Clifton Park Saratoga National Golf Club 458 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs

YMCA – Camp Chingachgook 1872 Pilot Knob Road, Kattskill Bay, NY

Orchard Creek Golf Club 6700 Dunnsville Road, Altamont

JMU4Kids Multiple locations



Gideon Putnam Resort and Spa 24 Gideon Putnam Road, Saratoga Springs Saratoga Arms 497 Broadway, Saratoga Springs

Wolferts Roost Country Club 120 Van Rensselaer Boulevard, Albany

Thacher State Park 1 Hailes Cave Road, Voorheesville

The Woodstock Inn 14 The Green, Woodstock, VT

The Sentinel of Amsterdam 10 Market Street, Amsterdam

Schuyler Meadows Club 17 Schuyler Meadows Club Road, Loudonville

Saratoga State Park 19 Roosevelt Drive, Saratoga Springs

Reluctant Panther Inn and Restaurant 39 West Road, Manchester Village, VT


Albany Country Club 300 Wormer Road, Voorheesville

The Crossings of Colonie 580 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville


Pine Haven Nursing & Rehabilitation Center 201 Main Street, Philmont

The Inn at Cooperstown 16 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown


The Fern Lodge 46 Fiddlehead Bay Road, Chestertown

Thacher State Park 1 Hailes Cave Road, Voorheesville

The Morgan State House 393 State Street, Albany

New Skete Monasteries 273 New Skete Lane, Cambridge


Five Rivers 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar

Thompson’s Lake State Park Campground 68 Thompsons Lake Road, East Berne Rogers Rock Campground 9894 Lake Shore Drive, Hague

HOTEL CAPITAL REGION Saratoga Casino Hotel 342 Jefferson Street, Saratoga Springs



The Old Daley Inn on Crooked Lake 2339 NY-43, Averill Park

Thacher State Park 1 Hailes Cave Road, Voorheesville

The Century House 997 New Loudon Road, Latham

Peebles Island 1 Delaware Avenue, Waterford

Pat’s Barn 110 Defreest Drive, Rensselaer

Henry Hudson Park Barent Winne Road, Selkirk


55+ RETIREMENT COMMUNITY Eddy Hawthorne Ridge 30 Community Way, East Greenbush The Spinney Group Multiple locations



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#1 SANDWICH/SUB We are approaching 100 years in business! We offer delicious meats cut by our master butchers, Boars Head products, award–winning breakfast sandwiches, lunch sandwiches, fresh homemade salads, ready-to-go meals and baked goods, and we cater all types of events and gatherings. We are truly the Village Butcher Shop and so much more. We look forward to serving our loyal customers for many years to come.

McCarroll's The Village Butcher Delmar Marketplace 406 Kenwood Avenue • Delmar 518.478.9651 • delmarmarketplace.com CAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | MAY 2019 |




For over 75 years, Verdile’s classic ItalianAmerican restaurant has offered an expansive menu ranging from casual, family–friendly traditional favorites to finer dining dishes, using only quality ingredients. Our cozy, nostalgic family–run eatery has a full-service cocktail lounge and servers in tuxedos reminiscent of a golden era gone by.

572 Second Avenue • Troy 518.235.8879 • www.verdile.com

Voted Best Seafood & Best Chowder Locally–owned and operated, the Reel Seafood Co. in Albany has been serving top-ofthe-catch seafood for over 35 years. Known for their extensive variety of oysters and fresh-cut fish, Reel Seafood Co. also offers premium steak, pasta, and vegetarian dishes. Reel Seafood Co. features an upscale dining experience in a casual atmosphere.

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West Sand Lake/Averill Park Restaurant Finalist for Chicken Wings, Ribs

We invite you to come enjoy our awardwinning food in the comfort of our renovated 1800s blacksmith shop creek-side in Averill Park. If you are stopping in for drinks with friends or a family dinner, we have it all. Try our many barbeque entrees, slow cooked on premises, our award-winning pizza or one of our many home-style entrees. Our upstairs dining room features a private room for that perfect party! Good Food ~ Good Times ~ Good Friends

MAY ENTERTAINMENT Friday 3 ~ DJ Sal Saturday 4 ~ Just Nate Thursday 9 ~ Trivial Trivia Friday 10 ~ Geo Saturday 11 ~ Albertson & Co. Friday 17 ~ Katie Louise Thursday 23 ~ Trivial Trivia CLOSED 5/27 MEMORIAL DAY Friday 31 ~ The Frets

2850 NY 43 • Averill Park 518.674.3040 • thetownetavern.com

Voted Best Japanese Cuisine Finalist for Best Sushi & Best Takeout Our beautifully decorated and generously sized meeting rooms can accommodate most parties or gatherings. Not only will your celebration benefit from a truly unique and memorable setting, but also your guests will dine on the finest, authentic Japanese cuisine in the Capital District. Koto offers a delectable and sizable selection of authentic Japanese food ranging from sushi and sashimi to delicious cooked dishes, you will always find the mouth-watering food of your choice.

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Lakeside Farms is now open for the season. Stop in and see why we were voted a Bestie for Best Soup and top it off with a piece of our award-winning apple pie. After lunch step next door to The Ye Olde Farmhouse Gift Shop, the Pearce family farmhouse that was transformed into this extraordinary shopping experience. Don’t forget your fresh vegetables and flowers and your apples and cider donuts in the Fall.

Thank you for your votes

Celebrating 36 Years at our Saratoga Location! Proudly serving America's time honored BBQ Favorites: • NY “State Fair” Chicken • Memphis & Kansas City Ribs • North Carolina Pulled Pork • Virginia Smoked Sausage • Texas Beef Brisket • Pacific NW Smoked Salmon Thank you for your votes! BAR-B-QSA… Barbeque’s United “Tastes” of America! ®

Good Food = Good Mood Voted Best Diner


Finalist for Best Omelet We take pride in making sure you have the best dining experience. Family–owned and operated for over 40 years, we know what our patrons have come to expect: great food, at a reasonable price, served fast with a friendly smile.

1 Kaydeross Ave West • Saratoga Springs 518-583-RIBS (7427) • 518-583-CHIK (2445) www.pjsbarbqsa.com

722 New Loudon Road, Route 9 518.785.3793 • latham76diner.com

Voted finalist for Best Apple Pie

336 Schauber Road • Ballston Lake 518.399.8359 • lakesidefarmscidermill.com


Celebrating over 45 years

THANK YOU FOR YOUR VOTES The Ferrari family has been serving the finest Italian dishes since 1974. Our family restaurant provides authentic Italian dishes with a first-class wine selection. The ambiance is casual and family–oriented with the feel of going to grandma’s house. Follow us on Facebook.



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Voted #1 Chinese Cuisine and #1 Takeout The Gold Coin restaurant was first opened in 1987 in it's present location at 1360 New Scotland Avenue Slingerlands, NY. Owned and operated by the Kung and Cheung families, the restaurant was torn down in 2004 and completely rebuilt. It now accommodates 70 people and includes a full bar with flat-screen TV. The restaurant is open six days a week and closed on Tuesdays.

1360 New Scotland Road • Slingerlands 518.439.6428 • goldcoinrestaurant.com

Voted Best Rensselaer County Restaurant 8 years in a row! Also Best East/North Greenbush Restaurant and finalist for Fine Dining. At Chez Mike, our goal is to provide a superior dining experience through exceptional service and fresh, from-scratch food, in a relaxed neighborhood atmosphere. We are a casual restaurant serving eclectic American cuisine which changes seasonally.

596 Columbia Tpke Hannaford Plaza East Greenbush • 518.479.4730 chezmikerestaurant.com


Best Consignment Shop

Thank you for your votes

Voted Best Romatic and Fine Dining

Thank you to our customers!

A “Bestie” 6 years in a row

Independently-owned store offering high-quality fashion and home goods at reasonable prices. We specialize in providing women in our community excellent consignment shopping with a boutique feel. Each section of the store is full of carefully selected products from well-known brands, and our inventory is always changing to follow the latest trends. Whether you need a new dress or are looking for a unique bag, we’re here for you! Tuesday – Saturday, 10-5.

Quality food, great service and a "Cheers–like" atmosphere is what you'll get at Otis & Olivers. Located at Mill Road Acres Golf Course you'll enjoy a beautiful view and our patio is open in the warmer months. We also have a banquet room available for up to 60 people.

1603 Rte. 9, Town Center Plaza • Clifton Park 518.371.5599 • fkccliftonpark.com

30 Mill Road Latham • 518.785.9291 www.otisandolivers.com

Stop by and see why we were voted the Best Chili and finalist for Ribs by the readers of Capital Region Living Magazine.

Tucked away in the village of Round Lake, just a half mile from the Northway and less than 15 minutes from Albany and Saratoga, is Lake Ridge Restaurant. Award-winning chef Scott Ringwood has designed a menu of your favorites with a creative twist. A fine dining experience featuring great food and excellent service. Also offered is an extensive wine and beverage menu to accompany any meal. CHECK OUT OUR DAILY SPECIALS!

35 Burlington Avenue Round Lake • Exit 11 off Northway www.Lake-Ridge.com • 518.899.6000


We’re honored to be voted #1 Apple Pie in the Capital Region! Smith's Orchard Bake Shop is famous for its pies. Each year since we began in 1999, demand for them has grown tremendously. In 2006, we opened a store adjacent to the bakeshop to better display and retail our pies. We have since expanded our bakeshop line and added many other products that are raised on the farm. Please like our Facebook page.

4561 Jockey Street • Ballston Spa 518.882.6598 • smithorchardbakeshop.com

Yanni’s by Car…Yanni’s by Bike… Yannis by Boat Two large outdoor patios overlooking the majestic Hudson River. You book it, we’ll cook it! Your place or ours! Holiday parties, weddings, elegant banquets, graduations, family reunions, BBQs, brunches or corporate lunches. It’s never to early to plan your event. To book your parties, call Yanni’s Too at 756.7033. Voted Finalist for Chowder, Seafood and Lobster Mac & Cheese

Yanni's Too Restaurant

20 Marina Drive • Coeymans 518.756.7033 • YannisRestaurants.com

THANK YOU! To all of our loyal customers who voted for us for Best Thai Cuisine in the Capital Region.

370 Delaware Avenue • Albany 518.729.4111 • sweetbasilthaialbany.com CAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | MAY 2019 |



Best Artistic Expression

Earth Artistry

Best Water Feature

Eddie's Aquarium

Best Outdoor Kitchen

Upstate Backyard Kitchens

Best Natural Stone

Lamphere Hartland

Best Outdoor Living


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People’s Choice

Toadflax Nursery

Floral Design Competition Winning Exhibits Best of Show On Thai, Surroundings Floral

Most Inspirational Best Plant Material

WM DesignScapes

Most Original

Weathered Wood

People's Choice Melissa Orth, Poppy Tree Floral

Most Creative Tina McDonald, Florals by Design



Backyard living By Vikki Moran


he Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804 and has estab‐ lished itself as the leading garden‐ ing charity, with the aim of inspiring passion and excellence in the science, art, and practice of horticulture. The world‐famous RHS Lindley Library holds unique collections of

early printed books on gardening, botanical art, and photographs. We at Capital Region Living Magazine cannot think of a better source for your gardening needs. Home gar‐ dening is never as mundane as bedding plants, hanging lovely baskets from the porch or even tomatoes waiting to ripen on the vine; but

rather a passion for many. It is a chance to enjoy nature in the great Northeast where warmer months are precious to us not unlike those where the Royal Horticultural Society hails from in the U.K. It is pride in accomplish‐ ments, it is seeing seed to produce or flower, and certainly, it is a brightening of the world!

Royal Horticultural Society: A Nation in Bloom With the use of evocative archive images and contempo‐ rary photos by award‐winning Jason Ingram, A Nation in Bloom explores the past, pres‐ ent, and future of this most influential organization by lis‐ tening to the voices of those working today. The Royal Horticultural Society is the best in gardening, and this book presents the best of the RHS. Behind the scenes, access all areas, A Nation in Bloom will give lasting pleasure to anyone who enjoys their garden.

Photo by Jason Ingram

Royal Horticultural Society 2020 Desk Diary The RHS Diary 2020 brings together a beautiful collection of botanical illustrations from the album 'Plantae Icones Japonicae,' part of the collection held at the Lindley Library. This week‐to‐view diary is illustrated in color throughout and has a ribbon marker and storage pocket.

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Royal Horticultural Society 2020 Pocket Diary



Trend watch 2019 outdoor living and design trends for every homeowner


utdoor living continues to grow in 2019 as homeowners dream of adding spaces that provide tranquility, connection and touches of nature. More than just a home enhancement, these spaces are meant to inspire people to set digital devices aside and find moments of calm while making memories with friends and family. Now is the perfect time to plan updates to outdoor living areas so as the seasons turn, you're ready to enjoy your outdoor space to the fullest. Joe Raboine, director of residential hard� scapes at Belgard, offers his expert insight into top outdoor design trends of the year that you should consider for your home.

Blurring of indoor and outdoor areas Beyond windows and patio doors, home designs are truly blending indoor and outdoor areas thanks to features like folding walls and col� lapsible screens. For example, imagine a family room that opens up completely to an outdoor Continued on page 44

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patio for easy entertaining, made possible by retractable walls plus smart lighting and strategic heating and cooling sources for sea‐ sonal comfort. These types of integrated spaces make the backyard a one‐of‐a‐kind extension of the home.

Clean lines and contemporary style Modern lines are a top interior design trend and it is expanding into outdoor living spaces, offering a seamless visual transition. Contemporary style with clean lines, textures and shapes have taken over more traditional styles, particularly among younger homeown‐ ers. Modular, large‐format pavers embrace this trend and are expected to continue to increase in popularity, with smoother textures gaining traction.

Monochromatic and "greige" tones The contemporary trend also leans toward monochromatic color schemes. Gray continues to be popular, with the growing trend of "greige" ‐ blends of gray and beige tones ‐ poised to take off in 2019. These muted hues blend seamlessly with the land‐ scape, plus they allow homeowners to use strategic pops of color with furniture and flow‐ ers to create customized spaces that reflect their personalities perfectly.

Outdoor kitchens and fire features In an effort to make outdoor spaces an authentic extension of the home, livability is a priority. That means outdoor kitchens and fire features continue to be a top trend. Kitchen additions like pizza ovens are reflective of the foodie movement, while fire features using gas fuel rather than wood are reflective of the desire for convenience, plus they are a good fit for many municipal regulations. Continued on page 46

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Sustainability is king

Visualization of designs

Small footprint designs

As more homeowners are prioritizing green living, outdoor designs that become a part of the local ecosystem are in high demand. This could include planting to sup‐ port pollinators and integrating edible land‐ scape into the design. Water features are growing in popularity, used to add a tranquil element to outdoor spaces while masking unwanted sounds, such as traffic or other noise pollution.

Partnering with the right designer is key to achieving the outdoor space of your dreams. More homeowners are asking for 3D designs in order to properly conceptualize a space before it is brought to life through con‐ struction. Belgard Design Studio can take a simple sketch with dimensions and a few pho‐ tos and turn it into a 3D rendering or virtual reality experience so homeowners can see the true potential of their outdoor space.

Outdoor living isn't just for homeowners with large properties. Houses with small foot‐ prints are adding impressive outdoor spaces in surprising places. This could be maximizing alleyway access, adding a courtyard to a small backyard, or shifting the focus by utilizing the front yard to create a patio and fireplace area. If you long for an outdoor living space, don't let space constraints limit your dreams. These 2019 outdoor living trends, in effect, will prove to create a year full of inno‐ vative outdoor projects that fit the needs of CRL every homeowner.

Product spotlight

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The Burro Buddy is the goto organizer to keep all of your gardening tools handy. Fitting across most wheelbarrows, the Burro Buddy features convenient tool holders for both longhandled tools like shovels and rakes; and short-handled tools like clippers and trowels. There is a cup holder and a covered accessory storage compartment for phones, keys and other items you need to keep you on the move. littleburros.com for more information.


AMAZINGLY AGELESS MEDI-SPA 1202 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham 518.608.1252; amazinglyageless.com Dr. Giugliano completed medical school with the desire to preserve health. After 20 years of practicing OBGYN, her focus is on looking and feeling AGELESS. Who doesn’t want to look and feel their best? Amazingly Ageless Medi-Spa is a fullservice med spa specializing in non-invasive treatments including Vaginal Rejuvenation for urinary incontinence and sexual dysfunction, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Microneedling, PRP, Body Contouring, Botox/Fillers, and Age-Defying Facials. Dr. Giugliano and her professional staff are excited to offer you cutting edge services to enhance your health and preserve your “ageless” look. Please call to schedule your private consultation.

SEASONS HOSPITALITY 17 Walker Way, Albany 518.456.8000; albanyseasonscatering.com Seasons Hospitality takes great pride in our quality of food and exceptional services, providing an unforgettable event for every season! Our Wedding/Corporate/Custom packages offer a glimpse of services offered by Seasons Hospitality. Selections include, butler passed hors d’oeuvres, stationary montages, complete dinner packages, premier bar packages, a wide variety of authentic dessert selections, complete linen services, full-service wedding planning, and much, much more. We would be delighted to personalize a package that suits your tastes and budget. Our mission statement and goal is to deliver the best quality in service, food, and experience. Whether we’re working out of our newly renovated premiere venue, The Colonie Golf & Country Club or at a preferred outside venue, we promise to provide an unforgettable experience; to create cherished memories for years to come.

JACKSON'S OLD CHATHAM HOUSE 646 Albany Turnpike, Old Chatham 518.794.7373; jacksonsoldchathamhouse.com Jackson’s, in the quaint hamlet of Old Chatham, is a charming, pub-style restaurant with a five-star rating. Owned and operated by Barry Jackson, the restaurant has been in the family for three generations. Although best known for superb “prime rib” dinners and veal parmesan, there are many other American dishes, from appetizers to “melt in your mouth” desserts, freshly prepared with local produce when available. Jackson’s can accommodate your wedding party, large or small, from 20 to 200 CAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | MAY 2019 |



people. Our private dining room is available for a rehearsal dinner, wedding shower or any other small gathering. Catering is available for any occasion at your place or ours.

2SHEA CATERING 802 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville 518.389.2889; 2sheacatering.com The 2Shea Catering business was created to delight, inspire and to be inspired. 2Shea Catering strives each day for a standard of excellence in hospitality and cuisine. We provide all the catering services for Shaker Ridge Country Club, as well as catering to other venues stretching from Lake Placid to Poughkeepsie. Our menus range from traditional to the most current innovative cuisine. Whether it’s incorporating your favorite recipes into the menu or honoring a dietary or culturally-specific menu, we are happy to work with you to guarantee a memorable guest experience. Our talented professional staff will satisfy your personal requests, make suggestions and provide the best possible service.

ZACHARY'S PASTRY SHOPPE 390 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush 518.477.2140; zacharyspastryshoppe.com We want your wedding day to be perfect, and it would be our pleasure to help you make your vision come true. Your options are only limited to your imagination! Imagine your guests admiring your wedding cake – the beauty as well as how delicious it is! We’re taking bookings months in advance, and we do close out some weekends, so we recommend that you secure your date as soon as possible. We deliver our wedding cakes throughout the Capital Region. Combine our Viennese pastries, tortes, and tarts for a spectacular finale to your memorable day. We consider it a privilege to be your Personal Pastry Chef.

MUSIC MAN ENTERTAINMENT 518.842.4065 or 518.210.5940 musicmanentertainment.com High energy, fun, and classy are the terms used when describing the DJ style of Music Man Entertainment! We have received over 1100 five star reviews on WeddingWire, The Knot, Google & Facebook! We offer DJ services, Magic Mirror Me Photo Booths, uplighting, custom monograms, light up letters and video presentations! From event coordination to playing the hottest hits. We will get your guests on their feet and onto the dance floor by playing the “right” music at the “right” time and by using the “right” amount of motivation! The “Goal” at Music Man Entertainment is very simple; “Always Exceed” the couple’s expectations!

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BENNETT RAGLIN PHOTOGRAPHY 917.428.6592; www.bestdayofyourlife.love Bennett Raglin Photography is a full-service studio based in Schenectady NY. The owner, Bennett Raglin is a professional wedding and lifestyle photographer specializing in traditional and photo-journalistic storytelling. As a visual artist, Bennett captures portraits of beautiful and spontaneous moments – every photo reflects the true essence of each couple. Bennett travels the world. His photography also includes celebrities, galas, and sports. For your special day, Bennett will create romantic and timeless images of your celebration you can cherish for a lifetime. Call today, sit down with Bennett, discuss your big day and build your storyboard.

DRUE SANDERS CUSTOM JEWELERS 1675 Western Avenue, Albany 518.464.9636; druesanders.com Giving the gift of diamonds is a tradition that dates back thousands of years. Today, even as technology evolves, each one of us still loves the thrill we get when we first put on a gift of diamond jewelry. Diamonds have come to symbolize the eternal nature of our love. When the science of man-made, labgrown diamonds was first discovered, the team at New Dawn Diamonds saw an opportunity to combine the love represented by the brilliance and fire of diamonds with a desire to reduce our ecological footprint and help save Mother Earth. Drue Sanders Custom Jewelers is proud to be an Authorized Retailer of New Dawn Diamonds. Visit us today to see the collection.

EXCELSIOR SPRINGS EVENT CENTER 47 Excelsior Avenue, Saratoga Springs 518.886.0020; excelsiorspringssaratoga.com Celebrate a memorable Saratoga wedding in style and comfort at the beautiful Excelsior Springs Event Center. Located just moments from downtown Saratoga, our classically-inspired wedding venue is beautifully appointed to create the fine ambiance your special day demands. Excelsior Springs is located adjacent to the Courtyard by Marriott. You and your guests can take advantage of the hotel’s outstanding amenities for lodging and bridal parties while enjoying a memorable wedding and reception in the Excelsior Springs Event Center.

DANIELLE'S BRIDAL BOUTIQUE 4249 Route 50, Saratoga Springs 518.584.7067; Find us on Facebook

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Danielle’s Bridal, located in the heart of beautiful Saratoga Springs, has been helping brides to find that perfect dress for over 30 years. Our consultants work with each bride to see exactly how she wants to appear on her wedding day. From deciding on a wed-




ding dress, to picking out the bridesmaid dresses, to alterations from our outstanding seamstress, we are here for you every step of the way. For the grooms, we rent from two different tuxedo companies; this offers several options and any style to fit into that dream wedding. We have been known for our laid-back approach, with no appointments needed and walk-ins welcomed.

BUTTERMILK FALLS INN AND SPA 220 North Road Milton 845.795.1310; buttermilkfallsinn.com Buttermilk Falls’ 75-acre Hudson River estate is private, exclusive and perfect for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Enjoy the entire Inn and property, while our staff caters to your needs. Catering services are provided through Henry’s at the Farm, our premier on-site restaurant, where “local” is more than a trend; it’s our mantra. The Inn’s ten guest rooms in the historic Anning Smith House offer gas burning fireplaces, shower or whirlpool tub and views of our gardens or the Hudson River. Throughout the property are eight charming carriage and guest houses, including the Grand Laurel Wedding Suite. Buttermilk’s ecofriendly spa is where a wedding party can relax and indulge; offering onsite makeup and hair stylists, as well.

THE TERRACE AT WATERS EDGE 2 Freemans Bridge Road, Glenville 518.370.5300; thewatersedgelighthouse.com The Terrace at Waters Edge banquet facility is an elegant waterfront venue located adjacent to the award-winning Waters Edge Lighthouse Restaurant on the banks of the Mohawk River. Allow us to assist in creating an unforgettable day with personalized attention to detail, fine food, and impeccable service — all in a beautifully-appointed setting. The Terrace, overlooking the scenic Mohawk River, offers seating for 200 guests, a dance floor, a custom-designed mahogany bar, and extensive menu. A new 105-room Hilton Homewood Suites is adja-

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cent to this property for your lodging needs. We would be honored to help you make your wedding day dreams come true. Call today for an appointment to tour this facility and meet with our consultants.

OLD DALEY CATERING 2 Northern Drive, Troy; 518.235.2656

OLD DALEY ON CROOKED LAKE 2339 NY 43, Averill Park; 518.674.3132 olddaley.com Old Daley on Crooked Lake invites you to celebrate your special day with us. Couples enjoy exclusive use of our 15,000+ square feet of wedding space, located in

Averill Park, NY, just 15 minutes from Downtown Albany. Our couple’s dream of exchanging vows lakeside AND a ballroom with a candle-lit fireplace. All wedding packages include the guidance of our friendly and experienced event planners who will walk you through planning the 5-star wedding today’s couple’s dream of. More importantly, your event planner will be with you on your wedding day, seeing that you and your guests experience “the best wedding ever.”

THE VISTA AT VAN PATTEN GOLF CLUB 924 Main Street, Clifton Park 518.877.4979; vanpattengolf.com

The Vista at Van Patten Golf Club, located in beautiful southern Saratoga County in the hamlet of Jonesville, has breathtaking views from the highest point in Clifton Park. Our Grand Clubhouse is the perfect venue for an intimate gathering of 25 guests or a fabulous wedding for 200 guests. Let our professional catering team guide you through the planning process for this memorable day. Our caring staff will help you relax and enjoy your day with the highest level of service that will certainly meet the expectations of the most discerning guest. Our incredible view and culinary delights are sure to make this a day to remember.

THE GREENS AT COPAKE COUNTRY CLUB 44 Golf Course Road, Copake Lake 518.352.0019; thegreensatcopake.com The Greens Restaurant at Copake Country Club and The Barn at Copake Lake are must-see venues for those seeking a laid-back wedding weekend surrounded by nature. With rustic, yet chic, indoor decor and amazing views, the feel of both properties will instantly set the tone for a unique, memorable experience. Personalized service with an on-site coordinator, catering by a CIA trained chef, beautiful spaces and options to customize your entire event make this a popular choice for couples wishing to create a one-of-a-kind celebration.

NICOLE’S SPECIAL EVENTS & CATERING 556 Delaware Avenue, Albany 518.436.4952; nicolescatering.com Your wedding is too important to present you with just a choice between Package A, or Package B. Nicole’s Catering is a little different – just like you. Come in and meet with us to create a menu and event plan custom tailored to your preferences. From the menu to the décor and rentals, we will bring all the little details together to ensure your day is flawless. We have a few dates still available for 2019 and are now booking for 2020! Contact us today to get started on planning your custom wedding menu. Talk to you soon! Love, Nicole’s

THE INN AT ERLOWEST 3178 Lake Shore Drive, Lake George 518.668.5928; theinnaterlowest.com Experience the wedding of your dreams on the shores of Lake George in a turn-of-the-century castle. The Inn at Erlowest is the premier event venue in the area with breathtaking views of Lake George. We offer our clients a boutiquestyle wedding experience that sets us apart from the rest. The day is your day with only one wedding on the property. Our entire staff is on hand to ensure that your wedding 54 | MAY 2019 | CRLMAG.COM


day is perfect and we are committed to providing the utmost in quality and service. The Inn at Erlowest’s signature wedding experience is as unique as the couple, customized to the client’s taste, style and distinct vision.

677 PRIME 677 Broadway, Albany 518.477.7463; 677prime.com 677 Prime is Albany's premier upscale wedding and corporate events venue. Along with offering fine dining in the restaurant, 677 Prime is also the perfect venue for your next special event. Experience world-class service and cuisine in a chic and luxurious setting. With five different event space options ranging from 10 to 300 people, you can be confident that your event will exceed all of your expectations. From business luncheons to weddings, you know your event will have the same five-star cuisine and impeccable service you would expect from 677 Prime.

PREMIERE TRANSPORTATION 456 North Pearl Street, Albany 518.459.6123; premierelimo.com One of the key factors that makes Premiere different is our diverse fleet of vehicles. From luxury sedans and limousines to our vans, mini-buses and executive coach-

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es, we are uniquely qualified to meet any transportation need. We invite you to visit our facility, preview our vehicles, and discuss your special needs and requests with one of our reservation consultants. Choose the vehicle that fits your wedding; a party bus, stretch limousine or mini coach to shuttle guests. We’ll arrive on-time, immaculately clean, and driven by a professional chauffeur in a tuxedo. When the details really count, you can count on Premiere.

NINA SHER, LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON Hunt Real Estate ERA 1365 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands 518.368.5578 You’ve said your “I do’s,” now it’s time to take the next step. I’d like to guide you through the process of finding the perfect home for you and your spouse. We’ll talk about what’s important to you, such as nearby schools, rail trails, coffee shops or brewpubs. Do you need a fenced yard for your dog or extensive closet space for your wardrobe? Is space for entertaining friends and family important to you? From choosing the neighborhood that best suits you to negotiating the best price, I’ll work with you every step of the way.




THE SENTINEL OF AMSTERDAM 10 Market Street, Amsterdam 518.896.0010; sentinelalf.com The Sentinel was created with a vision centered on providing individualized care in a home-like setting for seniors. Family owned and operated; The Sentinel brings decades of experience in the provision of quality care to its residents. Our philosophy focuses on taking a positive approach to senior living, and our goals are to building an active and full life in a person's retirement years. We take great pride in our dedicated, caring and professional staff. Each staff member is carefully chosen for their courtesy and commitment to our residents.

THE SPINNEY AT VAN DYKE 6 Parker Mathusa Place, Delmar 518.689.0162; thespinneyatvandyke.com A New Approach to Community Living – Leaving your house does not mean you have to leave your privacy behind. The Spinney at Van Dyke is a new approach to living for the “55 and better” community, allowing residents to move away from the burdens of owning their home while allowing a sense of privacy in a community setting. Each cottage at The Spinney features PRIVATE entryways, back, and front porches, as well as direct-access attached garages. The Spinney lifestyle is the smoothest transition from owning a home to downsizing and renting – come see why today!

GOMEZ NEUROLOGY 110 Wolf Road, Albany 518.650.2090; gomezneurology.com Gomez Neurology opened three years ago to provide integrated and compassionate neurological care to patients. Dr. Gomez specializes in MS and headaches but treats all neurological conditions. Gomez Neurology believes that every patient in pain should have access to the most current and effective treatments for their pain, especially if it provides alternatives to opioid or invasive therapies. We offer safe, non-invasive Scrambler Pain Therapy to assist patients in alleviating their chronic pain without drugs, we also certify eligible patients for Medical Marijuana with qualifying neuropathic pain.

GREENE MEADOWS NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER 161 Jefferson Heights, Catskill 518.943.9380; greenemeadows.com Greene Meadows is a nursing and rehabilitation center that has served our community since 1975. Located in scenic Catskill, Greene Meadows is close proximity to all local hospitals. Not only has Greene Meadows long been acknowledged as a leading senior care provider, but our beautifully renovated facility also offers the comforts of home in a healthcare setting. Through the years, Greene Meadows has continued to grow and evolve to meet community needs, and today offers a full continuum of care from short-term rehabilitation to long-term skilled nursing care, specialty programs such as on-campus dialysis, in house diagnostics, Wound Care Center of Excellence, farm to table healthy eating, and more!

PINE HAVEN NURSING & REHABILITATION CENTER 201 Main Street, Philmont 518.672.7408; pinehavencarecenter.com You have a problem…You find yourself in a hospital; you are being discharged, but you can’t go home. You need more help, more time to get back on your feet. What do you do? If you prefer to receive your post-hospital care close to home, friends, family the answer is simple. Ask the hospital 58 | MAY 2019 | CRLMAG.COM


Social Worker for a referral to Pine Haven Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. Our friendly admissions staff will meet you and answer all of your questions. We will communicate effectively with your insurance provider to get the care you need covered under your plan. Our team of caring professionals will work with you to meet your personal goals. We make it easy from start to finish.

THE HOME OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD Various locations homeofthegoodshepherd.com The Home of the Good Shepherd assisted living facility offers residents superior, professional care in a warm home-like environment. Our size allows us to treat each resident as an individual, meeting his or her own needs and activity level. With our licensure, we can provide a continuum of care while residents age in place with either our Enhanced or Memory Care services. Every resident has a personal care plan and individualized service plan. Delicious meals are served three times a day in our dining room. Therapeutic diets as ordered by the physician are also available. We offer a full calendar of in-house and outside activities.

ATTENTIVE CARE OF ALBANY 5 Computer Drive West, Albany 518.438.6271; attentivecareservices.com Attentive Care is a highly trusted, locally owned and operated, licensed home care agency, with over 30 years of experience. Services are provided at home, hospitals, health facilities, and senior housing facilities on an hourly, daily, visit, or live-in basis. Our caregivers meet our high-quality standards. We employ nurses and certified home health and personal care aides. Our service gives relief to those family members responsible for important caregiving duties. Call us now to find out how we can help.

MEIER LAW FIRM 10 Utica Ave. Latham 518.313.0249; themeierlawfirm.com Putting together an estate plan is something many people postpone. But failing to plan often leads to disastrous results. The best time to do estate planning is while you’re competent and long before you need it! The attorneys at Meier Law Firm ably assist clients with planning for incapacity and death. We prepare Wills, Powers of Attorney, Health Care Proxies, and Living Wills. We also incorporate Trusts that are appropriate for the client’s situation. We assist clients with Medicaid planning, including applications, and administration of estates and trusts. Contact the Meier Law Firm today to discuss your estate planning needs. 60 | MAY 2019 | CRLMAG.COM



5/10 2 PM – 4 PM


Seniors Prom: Sock Hop – Bethlehem Town Hall; Adults 60 years and up are invited to don their poodle skirts and rolled up jeans as we take a trip down memory lane. Enjoy live music, refreshments, green screen portraits and an Elvis impersonator! To register, call 518. 439.4955, ext. 1176. Visit bethlehempubliclibrary.org or call 518.439.9314 for more information.

The Friends of Colonie library used book sale – Colonie Library; Most books, CDs and DVDs are $1. Some special items priced slightly higher. On May 5, a bagful of books will cost $2 (small grocery bag) or $5 (large grocery bag). Visit colonielibrary.org or call 518.810.0314 for more information.

5/3 1PM – 2 PM Coffee and Conversation: The Art of Blacksmithing – Bethlehem Public Library; A modern-day blacksmith will talk about the trade and its traditions. Cosponsored by Bethlehem Senior Projects, Inc. and Bethlehem Public Library. Visit bethlehempubliclibrary.org or call 518.439.9314 for more information.

5/3 7 PM – 9 PM A Place for Nature in Victorian Waterford – Waterford Historical Museum & Cultural Center; This exhibit explores the lawns, parks and indoor gardens and the Victorian values associated with them. Light refreshments will be available. Visit waterfordmuseum.com for more information.

5/4 6 PM St. Mary’s Healthcare 43rd Annual Gala Ball – The Desmond Hotel; Join local patrons in the support of the hospital’s foundation with an evening of celebration and dancing including great food and a silent auction. Visit smha.org for more information.

5/10 5:30 PM Spring Fling charity event to benefit the Early Childhood Education Center — Glennpeter Jewelers Diamond Center, Colonie; Help raise money and awareness for the ECEC with a silent auction, cash bar, and raffles. Send an email to admin@ececny.org for more information.

5/5 12 PM – 4 PM 20th Annual Albany History Fair: “Albany: The Great American Story”, – Historic Cherry Hill; The historic home’s annual history fair will feature a literary theme with an unrivaled slate of activities free of charge. Visit albany.org for more information.

5/9 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM 100 Women Who Care – Delmar Reformed Church; Come see how 100 women can make a powerful difference in the community in just one hour. Visit 100wwcalbany.com or find us on Facebook.

5/4 3 PM Star Wars & More: A Salute to John Williams – Palace Theatre; The music of John Williams has transported us beyond our imaginations to new worlds and through heart-pounding adventures. Albany Symphony plays your John Williams favorites: Superman, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Harry Potter, E.T., and Star Wars. Visit albanysymphony.com for more information.

5/4 1 PM Pete Seeger Centennial: Wasn’t That a Time – Bethlehem Public Library; Music writer Jesse Jarnow will explore the life and times of this celebrated folk musician in a multi-media presentation that will feature photos, recorded music and live performances by banjoist Richie Stearns and folk fiddler Rosie Newton. Visit bethlehempubliclibrary.org or call 518.439.9314 for more information.

5/5 10 AM – 2 AM Capital Roots' 32nd Annual Spring Brunch – Empire State Plaza Convention Center; Join Capital Roots for their annual family event featuring dishes from over 125 local restaurants, silent auction, children's activities, and more! Visit capitalroots.org for more information.



A&E 5/11 – 5/12 71st Annual Tulip Festival – Washington Park; Over 150,000 tulips help celebrate Albany’s Dutch heritage with live music, craft vendors, great food, the scrubbing of streets, crowning of the Tulip Queen, and the annual Mother of the Year award. Visit albany.org for more information.

5/14 7 PM Understanding Your Ancestry DNA Test – Bethlehem Public Library; Genealogist Lisa Dougherty will discuss what you can expect from a DNA test, along with DNA myths and interpreting ethnicity estimates. Visit bethlehempubliclibrary.org or call 518.439.9314 for more information.

5/17 1 PM – 3 PM Coffee and Conversation: Historic Woodstock Art Colony – Bethlehem Public Library; Art historian Karen Quinn will talk about America’s first intentionally created, year-round arts colony. Visit bethlehempubliclibrary.org or call 518.439.9314 for more information.

5/17 7:30 PM “Great American Songs” – Chancellor’s Hall, NYS Education Building; This spring concert features great American and collegiate songs. Performed by the renowned Colgate University’s Colgate Thirteen. Visit mendelssohn.org for more information.

5/18 11 AM Forever Home Pet Adoption Day – Bethlehem Public Library; A number of local animal rescues will be at the library, and there will be fun activities throughout the day, including a craft for children, therapy dogs to read to, dog and cat toys to make for donation to local rescues, and more. This event is supported by the Friends of the Library, who will be on hand to collect donations of pet food and supplies for local animal rescues. Visit bethlehempubliclibrary.org or call 518.439.9314 for more information.

5/18 12 PM – 6 PM Cohoes Spring Fest – Remsen Street; Live music and activities all day long! 62 | MAY 2019 | CRLMAG.COM

A&E 5/19 2:30 PM

5/4 9 AM

Gardening 101 – Bethlehem Public Library; A Seed Library supporting program! Master Gardener Judith Fetterley will provide an overview of gardening, including site assessment, plant selection, tools and tips. Visit bethlehempubliclibrary.org or call 518.439.9314 for more information.

Germantown: Hudson River Shoreline Cleanup – Ernest R. Lasher Memorial Park; Volunteer for a day of service for the Hudson River. Volunteers should wear sturdy shoes, clothes that can get dirty, and bring a hat, sunscreen, a reusable water bottle and snacks. Contact sweep@riverkeeper.org for more information.

5/21 5:30 – 6:30 PM OR 6:30 – 7:30 PM Chess Club – Bethlehem Public Library; Sign up for one session per night and try your hand at chess with our teen volunteers. All experience levels welcome. For grades K-5. Visit bethlehempubliclibrary.org or call 518.439.9314 for more information.

5/11 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Kinderhook; Enjoy a wide array of farm and craft vendors throughout the season. Will be open every Saturday until October. Visit villageofkinderhook.org for more information.

5/18 8 PM Almost Unplugged – The Valatie Community Theatre; Visit valatiecommunitytheatre.org for more information. Visit brownpapertickets.com for tickets or purchase at the door.

Farmers Market Opening – Village of

5/23 6:30 PM Dementia Basics and Support – Bethlehem Public Library; Presenters from Eddy Alzheimer’s Services will talk about what you need to know about memory loss. Visit  bethlehempubliclibrary.org or call 518.439.9314 for more information.

5/24 2:30 PM Friday Cinema – Bethlehem Public Library; Film series with titles suitable for adult audiences. Shown with Subtitling for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing when possible. Visit bethlehempubliclibrary.org or call 518.439.9314 for more information.

5/31 1 PM – 3 PM Coffee and Conversation: To Life! Part VI – Bethlehem Public Library; Richard Feldman returns with songs from popular American musicals about optimism and following your dreams. Visit  bethlehempubliclibrary.org or call 518.439.9314 for more information.

COLUMBIA COUNTY 5/4 8 PM Marilyn Miller and Friends Band – The Valatie Community Theatre; Visit valatiecommunitytheatre.org for more information. Visit brownpapertickets.com for tickets or purchase at the door.

5/4 9 AM Village Wide Yard Sale – Kinderhook Village; Visit villageofkinderhook.org for more information. CAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | MAY 2019 |


A&E 5/25 8 PM

SATURDAYS IN MAY 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

5/27 11 AM

Amy Ryan Band – The Valatie Community Theatre; Visit valatiecommunitytheatre.org for more information. Visit brownpapertickets.com for tickets or purchase at the door.

Saturday Walking Tours – Downtown Troy; Join the Rensselaer County Historical Society as they embark on a walking tour of Troy. Visit rchsonline.org for more information.

Memorial Day Parade – Berlin @ North Main Street; Visit rensco.com for more information.


5/11 2 PM

Memorial Day Parade – Castleton; Visit rensco.com for more information.

5/27 11 AM


Hart-Cluett House Tours – Hart-Cluett Historic House Museum, Troy; Rich in architecture and culture, you will enjoy this tour that runs every 2nd Saturday of the month, and its significance to American life. Visit rchsonline.org for more information.

5/2 – 5/3 12 PM – 7 PM

5/11 10 AM – 2 PM

Dogs of Desire – EMPAC Concert Hall; The Albany Symphony’s inspired one-of-a-kind music ensemble explores popular and world cultures through new multi-media compositions by America’s most adventurous composers. Visit albanysymphony.com for more information.

Coffee House Open Mic Night – The Valatie Community Theatre; Visit valatiecommunitytheatre.org for more information.

Book, Bake & Plant Sale – Frothingham Free Library; Gently used books and DVDs will be for sale, along with plants for your garden. Don’t forget the delicious homemade baked goods! Call 518.853.3016 for more information.

5/4 – 5/5 9 AM – 5 PM Sammonsville Spring Festival – 1362 State Hwy 67, Johnstown; Sammonsville Ladies Auxiliary is hosting a Spring Craft fair just in time for Mother’s Day. There will be vendors, food, music and more! Email ladiesauxsvfd@gmail.com for more information.

5/19 9 AM – 12 PM Reid Hill Fish & Game Club Youth Fishing Derby – The Bridge Walk at Perthshire; The 31st Annual Youth Fishing Derby is open to boys and girls ages 4 – 15, all must be accompanied by an adult. Bring your fishing pole and worms no lures allowed. Free food and refreshments provided. Contact Clem DaBiere at 518.207.5208 for more information.

Lansingburgh Historical Society Open House – Melville House; Come meet author and Lansingburgh native, Dennis Mahoney and hear about the inspiration and technique behind his success in writing. Visit lansingburghhistoricalsociety.org for more information.

5/18 6 PM – 10 PM New Dance / New Dancers Gala for the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company – The Country Club of Troy; Join the company in celebrating the work of EVeteran’llen Sinopoli with a fun evening of silent auctions, dinner, and, of course, dancing! Visit sinopolidances.org for tickets and information. 

5/23 10 AM Memorial Day Parade & Observance – Valley Falls Free Library; Visit rensco.com for more information.

5/26 2 PM Veteran’s Memorial Day Parade – Rensselaer @ Doane Stuart School; Visit rensco.com for more information.


5/27 1:30 PM


Memorial Day Parade – North Greenbush @ Town Hall; Visit rensco.com for more information.

Troy Waterfront Farmers’ Market – Monument Square, River Street; Where the Farm meets the City!! Nearly 100 local farmers and fresh food vendors! Visit troymarket.org for more information.

5/27 10 AM

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Memorial Day Parade – Averill Park @ West Fall Station; Visit rensco.com for more information.

5/27 10 AM

Memorial Day Parade – Lansingburgh; Visit rensco.com for more information.

5/31 7:30 PM

SARATOGA COUNTY 5/4 ALL DAY Free Comic Book Day – Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library; Stop by the library to pick up your free comic book. For teens in grades 6-12. Visit cphlibrary.org for more information.

5/7 1 PM Senior Housing Options – So Many Choices! Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library; Presented by Diane Darbyshire, Senior Policy Analysis, LeadingAge New York and Ken Harris, Executive Director, Albany Guardian Society. Registration required. Visit cphlibrary.org for more information.

5/9 6:30 PM Game Night for Teens – Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library; Teens in grades 6-12 can play board and card games in the Teen Place. Visit cphlibrary.org for more information.

5/10 10:30 AM River Cruise Travelogue – Clifton ParkHalfmoon Public Library; hear about the latest Friends’ trip – a river cruise through the


Netherlands and Belgium. Visit cphlibrary.org for more information.

5/23 10:30 AM

5/11 2 PM

Clues for Sleuthing: An Introduction to researching Your Family Tree – Clifton ParkHalfmoon Public Library; Registration required. Visit cphlibrary.org for more information.

Saturday Cinema: Bohemian Rhapsody – Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library; Rated PG13, Runtime:135 minutes. Visit cphlibrary.org for more information.

5/15 7 PM Author Lisa Wingate – Gowana Middle School Auditorium; The author of Before We Were Yours will help wrap up the Two Towns One Book activities for this year. She will be speaking, answering questions, and signing books. Registration required. Visit cphlibrary.org for more information.

5/31 10:30 AM Flower Arrangement – Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library; Visit cphlibrary.org for more information.

5/31 6 PM – 10 PM

all in support of the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society. Contact mpearson@mohawkhumane.org for more information.

SCHENECTADY COUNTY 5/11 2 PM Young Musicians Forum – Schenectady Public Library; Young Musicians Forum presents A Chamber Music Concert by Louis Arques, clarinet and Vladimir Rumyantsev, piano. Free admission. Call 518.210.0975 for more information.

Benson’s Pet Centers Gala for Animals – National Museum of Dance; Enjoy an evening of cocktails, fabulous auctions, dining and dancing,

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Remembering all moms


once heard a story about a poker game featuring the world’s best writers gathered around a single table. As the cards got cold and their interest waned, one of them suggested they have a writing contest to see which of them was the world’s greatest literary talent. The rules were simple; each man had to come up with the shortest and sad‐ dest story ever written. The shorter and sadder the better. They each sat in silence trying to conjure up a short tale that would tug at the heartstrings and elicit grief, when one of the men grabbed up a napkin from the table, scribbled six simple words and tossed it into the center and said, “Done.” One by one the others read the napkin, and their expressions could‐ n’t hide the sadness in their eyes. They weren’t sad because they lost the bet; they were genuinely heartbroken over the six words they read. The story went as follows, “For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.” The story implied that someone either had a baby and lost it before the child was even old enough to wear shoes or perhaps the person pur‐ chased the shoes in anticipation of the miracle that was to come but was never able to have a child. Either way, it was indeed heart wrenching. As the legend goes that short six‐word story was written by Ernest Hemingway, which makes sense given some of the other tales he shared with the world. The truth, however, is that sad story was around before Hemingway ever put pen to paper, dating back to a newspaper article around the year 1900. Someone saw an advertisement in the paper offering to sell infant clothes that were never worn. Usually, on this last page of the magazine, I write something fun or uplifting, and I hope by the time you reach the end of this you’ll feel the same way about this one. I open my monthly message with that sad tale about a mother’s loss because we are now in the month of May, where each year, on the second Sunday, we celebrate “moms” in a most special way. We call it “Mother’s Day.” If you’re mom, be you 18 or 108, it is right and good that we set aside one day a year to applaud what you've accomplished; from creat‐ ing a life in the womb, to birth, to 2 a.m. feedings, to walking them to the big yellow bus and letting go of their tiny hand that very first time. I’m not a mom, but I had one, and I've lived with them, and it’s not a job for cowards. And it is true if men had to go through childbirth very few peo‐ ple would ever say, “Let me introduce you to my brother or sister.” One and done would be the reality when it came to having kids if men had to do it. So, acknowledging the deep respect I have for moms, I wanted to take a moment to remind you not everyone gets to be a mom, at least not the way they wanted. There are so many women who can’t conceive or who have suffered through multiple miscarriages and this month is very hard on them. Seeing all those TV commercials celebrating mom and watching women tossing their toddlers in the air can be like a rusty knife to the heart. It’s not that these women aren’t happy for other women who have kids but we can emotionally O.D. on the saccharine sweetness that Hallmark crams down our throats this time of year. I would ask you to look to your own life and your circle of friends and co‐workers and be aware that Mother’s Day can be hard on some women. Not just those who wanted children and never had them but those who did have a child and lost it. It’s not fair for a parent to bury a child and this month is especially hard on those moms.

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It can also be a tough time if someone recently lost their mother. Perhaps for years they and their mom had a tradition of shopping for flowers or going out to brunch, and this is the first year “mom” is not with them. Reach out to those people, all of them I’ve mentioned here, and let them know you are thinking of them. You don’t have to be morose, a sim‐ ple, cheerful call to see if they want to go to the movies or walk around the mall just might change a dark day. Especially “Mother’s Day.” One last thought. There are so many ways to be a mom that does‐ n’t involve childbirth. Of course, there is adoption and foster parents, but I've also seen women “mother” a child down the hall or block who is lost and needs guidance. I’ve seen aunts be better mothers to a child than the biological mother is capable of being. And I've seen miracles happen in a child’s life because someone volunteered with Big Brothers and Sisters and took time to care. Have a wonderful May and say thanks to all the moms because lord knows they’ve earned it. John Gray is weekly columnist for the Troy Record and the Saratogian newspapers and news anchor at ABC 10 and FOX 23. He can be reached at johngray@fox23news.com.

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