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The Daily Gazette's best of 2017: Restaurants

The Daily Gazette's best of 2017: Restaurants

Provence, Braeburn Tavern among standouts
The Daily Gazette's best of 2017: Restaurants
Sauteed duck breast at Provence in Guilderland.
Photographer: Caroline Lee/For The Daily Gazette

Gazette restaurant reviewers Caroline Lee and Beverly M. Elander introduced readers to dozens of restaurants in 2017. These are their favorites:

Caroline Lee

  • Provence in Guilderland — “Everything was perfect: well-paced timing of the meal that left a bit of time between courses to allow one to digest (in both senses) what one ate; the understated but superb service; and of course, the wonderful food.” (Review)
  • Fish at 30 Lake in Saratoga Springs — “We’re a tough crowd, but we liked everything. Mazzone restaurants set a high bar, and Fish at 30 Lake bounded over it. The experience was delightful and the food and service impeccable.” (Review)
  • Charlton General Store in Charlton — “It is homey and welcoming, with a pineapple sign on the wide, low porch that says just that.” (Review)
  • Mangino’s in Saratoga Lake — “There’s pizza and you can get a burger at the bar, but what you want is an entree, which comes with homemade fresh Italian bread and accoutrements.” (Review)
  • Salt and Char in Saratoga Springs — “You probably want to know about the steak, so let’s get to it. You can go low, as with the $29 husky hangar steak or small filet ($38), or all out with a tomahawk ribeye steak on a theatrically long frenched bone ($125).” (Review)

Beverly M. Elander

  • Braeburn Tavern, Saratoga Springs — “The thinner cut of swordfish made it difficult to grill without overcooking, but the fresh mango avocado salsa restored the moistness. Perched on a platform of black beans and rice, it was a most agreeable dish.” (Review)
  • Cornell’s, Schenectady — “Spaghetti with crab and chilies: One did not have to work to create a balanced mouthful of heaven complete with a touch of heat.” (Review)
  • Dave’s Gourmet Burgers, Schenectady — “Approximately 22 different burgers made of kangaroo, venison, alligator, wild boar, rabbit, lamb and ordinary and Kobe beef (and vegetarian).” (Review)
  • Cock ‘n Bull, Galway — “A gas fireplace and two wood-burning fireplaces warm the rooms. A brief walk up a ramp leads to what might have been an attached woodshed and then the warm, charming tavern area with a bar and a few high-topped tables.” (Review)
  • Sake Bon, Schenectady — “The airy mound of [soft-shell crab] pieces were crispy and delicate, garnished with cilantro leaves and served with a sweet citrus chili sauce. I was entranced by both appearance and flavor.” (Review)
  • Valentino’s, Amsterdam (runner up: for longevity, authentic Italian, charm) (Review)

Best of 2017: The full list

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