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Bustling Schenectady deli serves authenic fare

SCHENECTADY

Bustling Schenectady deli serves authenic fare

Gershon’s iconic delicatessen on Upper Union Street has all your authentic delicatessen needs.

Mr Wasabi offers tantalizing array of flavors and textures

SCHENECTADY

Mr Wasabi offers tantalizing array of flavors and textures

The atmosphere in Mr Wasabi was serene, the menu extensive.

Innovo Kitchen’s dinners are well beyond ordinary

Innovo Kitchen’s dinners are well beyond ordinary

At Innovo Kitchen on Troy-Schenectady Road, Chef John LaPosta and partner Tina Kruger have created something first-rate and out of the ordinary. Their long history of hospitality is evident in the creation of this unassuming, stylish new restaurant.

Reopened Bel Cibo Bistro off to great start

SCHENECTADY

Reopened Bel Cibo Bistro off to great start

A recent lunch at Bel Cibo Bistro on Jay Street in downtown Schenectady evolved into a cross between a grand opening, a college reunion and a birthday party with choruses of congratulations and rounds of hugs. The Bistro had recently reopened after a nine-month hiatus caused by smoke and water damage.

Jimmy John’s offers quick, friendly service, good sandwiches

Jimmy John’s offers quick, friendly service, good sandwiches

I had a very good sandwich at Jimmy John’s sandwich shop, on upper Union Street at Keyes Avenue. The service was quick and the staff well-informed and friendly, making my lunch with Lisa a most pleasant experience.

Smashburger uses fresh beef to make juicy namesake

NISKAYUNA

Smashburger uses fresh beef to make juicy namesake

The name “Smashburger” intrigued me, so my colleague Gail and I decided to stop for a light meal at the Smashburger in Niskayuna.

Best of 2015: Restaurants

Best of 2015: Restaurants

Karen Bjornland, Beverly Elander and Caroline Lee ate their way through the year, sampling fare from fine restaurants and cozy diners. Each chose their top dining spots.

Panda Express, new to the region, can’t top local Chinese eateries

Panda Express, new to the region, can’t top local Chinese eateries

The chain restaurant Panda Express, which offers online ordering and a drive-through window, has moved into the region. Should small, family-owned Chinese restaurants be worried? I don’t think so.

Firestone 151 offers concise menu of pub fare

Firestone 151 offers concise menu of pub fare

Tim Trier is no stranger to repurposing. Several years ago he converted an old firehouse on South College Street in Schenectady to what is now Clinton’s Ditch. This year he converted the Firestone Tire Sales warehouse in downtown Schenectady to Firestone 151 Bar and Restaurant.

Marcella's: Nothing fancy, everything good

GLENVILLE

Marcella's: Nothing fancy, everything good

There aren’t many places around like Marcella’s on Saratoga Road in Glenville anymore: Italian-style, family-owned and genuine. The engaging small restaurant that’s open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner offers nothing fancy but everything good.

Elegant Cobleskill restaurant offers Taste of Europe

COBLESKILL

Elegant Cobleskill restaurant offers Taste of Europe

Sometimes a dining experience exceeds expectations, as ours did on a visit to A Taste of Europe on Route 145 in Cobleskill one recent fall evening.

Morrette’s King Steak House lives up to legacy

Morrette’s King Steak House lives up to legacy

The new incarnation of Morrette’s doesn’t disappoint.

Top Notch Tavern in Galway offers hearty comfort food

Top Notch Tavern in Galway offers hearty comfort food

A lovingly restored 19th-century hotel and stagecoach stop is home to Doreen and James Palmateer’s Top Notch Tavern, a 2.0 version of the original, which was opened there in 1968 by his grandparents.

Puzzles Cafe has solution for casual, cozy dining

SCHENECTADY

Puzzles Cafe has solution for casual, cozy dining

Besides baked goods, Puzzles offers breakfast, beverages, half and half meal deals, sides, hot and cold sandwiches, soups and signature salads.

Bravo! earns its name with steak, seafood and Italian cuisine

Bravo! earns its name with steak, seafood and Italian cuisine

We pay a visit to Bravo!, a place that can’t help attracting attention because its owners are Lauren and Guiseppe Grisio, the same folks who run Mama Mia’s, one of the most popular Italian restaurants in Saratoga Springs.

Campagna serves outstanding food, elegantly styled

MALTA

Campagna serves outstanding food, elegantly styled

Campagna’s simply prepared, glorious rustic-style food is worth the trip from anywhere.

Charming Burger Bar varies the standard fare

BALLSTON SPA

Charming Burger Bar varies the standard fare

Local 388 goes the better burger route in a tidy, charming camplike wood-frame building just off Route 50 in Ballston Spa.

Homey Steininger's has standout soups, sandwiches

Salem

Homey Steininger's has standout soups, sandwiches

Steininger's features mainly luncheon items, a few offerings like two eggs, bacon and cheddar on a croissant would be suitable for breakfast, and several entrées like chicken curry over rice and the wurst sampler would satisfy early supper appetites.

Gennaro’s generously topped pizza a real treat

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Gennaro’s generously topped pizza a real treat

I first heard about Gennaro's in Saratoga Springs a few months ago when a Gazette reader fired off an email praising their pies.

At Lombardo's, winning Italian fare served in a family setting

At Lombardo's, winning Italian fare served in a family setting

Lombardo’s has been serving old-school Italian food in its historic charming restaurant on Madison Avenue since 1919. In 1991, it was sold to the Mancinos, who have kept the tradition of serving fine Italian-American food with a family atmosphere.

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