Monday, March 23, 2015

Pump Station Revamps Menus

Have you seen the new items on the Albany Pump Station's Menus? 

Maybe I'm a little more excited about this than the "Average Joe" because I work about a step away from this iconic Albany restaurant, but the new menus that Executive Chef Todd Cutler and his team have put together are simply mouthwatering!
Don't worry! If you have a favorite dish that you can only get at 19 Quackenbush Square, it's probably still available, like their one-of-a-kind Calamari, tossed with cherry peppers over marinara drizzled with balsamic reduction. 

But you should be excited to see they've added an artisan cheese sampler with local farm cheeses, a pear and goat cheese salad, and something I'm very excited about, fried pickles! 

See for yourself what they've added by clicking here or head over for lunch or dinner. Enjoy! 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Colonie wants you to think of their food!

The Colonie Chamber of Commerce is hosting their Taste of Colonie Restaurant Week next week to celebrate the delicious and unique eateries in their neighborhood. The week begins on Monday, March 23rd and runs in participating restaurants until Sunday, March 29th. Each participating restaurant prepares a special 3-course meal for only $20.15.

Participating restaurants include:
Bangkok Bistro
1619 Central Avenue, Colonie, NY 12205
(518) 713-4407
Bellini's Italian Eatery
624 New Loudon Road, Loudonville, NY 12211
(518) 608-1145
Blu Stone Bistro
661 Albany Shaker Road
(518) 869-9976
Bull and Barrel Smokehouse Grill
155 Wade Road, Latham, NY 12110
(518) 785-7111
Century House Restaurant
997 New Loudon Road Latham, NY 12110
(518) 785 0834
El Charro Mexican Grill
952 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham, NY 12110
(518) 608-5842
Epicurean Bistro & Wine Bar
579 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham NY, 12110
(518) 786-8272
Garden Bistro 24
1839 Central Avenue, Colonie, NY 12205
(518) 456-4566
Grandma's Pies & Restaurant
1273 Central Avenue, Albany, NY 12205
(518) 459-4585
Market Restaurant at the Albany Marriott
189 Wolf Road, Albany, NY 12205
(518) 458-8444
Reel Seafood Co.
195 Wolf Road
(518) 458-2068
The Grille Restaurant at Holiday Inn on Wolf Road
205 Wolf Road
(518) 458-7264 ext. 432
Wolf's 1-11
111 Wolf Road
(518) 275-0561

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

677 Special for Chicago Ticket-holders

Prix-fixe menu available with tickets to the show
Premier Capital Region steakhouse Angelo’s 677 Prime will offer a special pre-theatre menu in conjunction with two evening performances of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Chicago at the historic Palace Theatre in downtown Albany on Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21. The show begins at 8 p.m.

Theatre attendees who present a ticket to that evening’s performance will have the opportunity to enjoy a three-course pre-theatre meal for the prix-fixe cost of $45 per person (tax and gratuity not included).

The three-performance run of Chicago at the Palace Theatre marks the first time the production’s national tour has been to the Capital Region since 2008. In addition to the two evening shows, the Palace will also host a matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 21.

The special menu will not be available for the matinee performance on Saturday.

Tickets for Chicago at the Palace Theatre are available by phone at (518) 465-4663, Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 at all Ticketmaster locations or in-person at the Palace Theatre Box Office at 19 Clinton Avenue in Albany.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Real Easy Deals for Early Birds at Reel Seafood Co.

Reel Seafood Co. recently developed a new Early Seating Menu which offers 3 delicious courses all for just $22 per person. The Early Seating Menu is available Mondays through Saturdays 4-5:30 PM and all day on Sundays. 
Seared Salmon

1st Course





2nd Course
Linguini with Clams

with savory rice pilaf, vegetable du jour and hollandaise.

with creamed spinach and chive créme fraîche.

your choice of marinara or olive oil and garlic sauce.

Sliced Sirloin
with roasted garlic tomato "mash" and lemon beurre blanc.

with mashed potatoes and béarnaise.  

3rd Course

with caramel drizzle.


Click here to see the menu on their website.

Friday, January 30, 2015

February 14th: A Day of Good Food

After being denied by my crush in 7th grade, which I remember being very disappointing and
embarrassing, I was never the type of person to celebrate, acknowledge, or otherwise participate in the typical Valentine's Day traditions. Thankfully, I got over my embarrassment and have found that celebrating with loved ones, whether they are a significant other or just a very good friend, is quite nice.

So, whether you are the romantic type that is looking for the perfect plans to surprise your love, or you're just looking for a fun place to hang out with your girls, here's a list that we've created with deals, specials, and more for the quickly approaching day of love. Or celebrate February 14th instead, as a day of good food.

Angelo's Tavolo
Full dinner menu plus a few features
Enjoy dinner at Tavolo, where they will be serving their entire delicious menu and a few extras just for the occasion!

Buca di Beppo
Valentine's Day Package
A promotional package that includes: small garlic bread, choice of small mixed green salad or small caesar salad, heart shaped lasagna, and two mini cannoli’s for dessert. $48 for two and available from Feb 13 - Feb 15!

Valentine's Specials available Friday and Saturday
V-Day specials include: Sautéed Prince Edward Island Mussels, Spring Salad, A sautee special and a grill special that both include a complimentary glass of draft beer or house wine, and two special desserts. Find the full list of specials at the bottom of this entry. 

The Ginger Man
Special V-Day Menu in addition to the regular favorites
Avoid the crowds of Saturday evening and head to the Ginger Man on the 13th or the 14th! Enjoy a special menu crafted just for the holiday or stick with the regular menu. Either way, you're guaranteed great food and ambiance! Reservations are highly recommended for both nights and dinner service will begin at 4:30 pm. Find the full special menu at the bottom of this entry. 

La Serre
Will offer a special prix fixe menu for the evening which includes Lobster Ravioli with blush vodka sauce, Caesar Salad, Passion Fruit Sorbet, Chateaubrian ~ Roast Filet for two, selection from Dessert Cart, and Fansz Sparkling Rose Toast all for only $129 per couple. In addition, they will offer a special menu for the evening. Find the full special menu at the bottom of this entry.

The Melting Pot
Featured Valentine’s Day menu available Feb 13-16
An incredible menu created just for the day is available from the 13th to the 16th of February. This menu will be the only thing available on the 14th. Click the link to see the full menu. 

New World Bistro
The Big Easy Valentine's Day Menu
This large prix fixe menu looks to be borrowed from NOLA with frawfish, grits, and more traditional favorites. Click here to see the full menu. 

Cider is for Lovers - 4 Course Prix Fixe Menu for $85 per person
For one night only, Nine Pin’s industrial setting will be staged for lovers. Award Winning Chef Jeff Loshinsky will showcase a romantic four course dinner paired with four glasses of Nine Pin’s finest ciders. A one of a kind experience for your one and only? I think so!
Menu: First Course: Dungeness Crab Bisque or (V) Red Pepper Miso with Upland Cress, Carrots, and Jicama; Salad Course: Winter Salad of Lacinato Black Kale, Carrot and Blood Orange; Main Course: Duck Leg Confit, Smashed Root Vegetable, Ginger Roasted Pear or (V) Risotto with Asian Chives and Chanterelle Mushrooms; Dessert Course: Pot au Cholat, Pistachio Tuille. 

Reel Seafood CO. 
Valentine's Day Specials available throughout the weekend
Delectable specials available throughout the weekend include oyster stew for two, a spicy tuna roll, a seafood trio pasta, and surf & turf for two all at reasonable prices! Click the link for the full list of specials. 

Scrimshaw at The Desmond Hotel & Conference Center
3 Course Prix Fixe Menu for $52.95
Try this incredible restaurant! Their three course Prixe Fixe Menu created especially for the occasion is complete with some of my favorites like lobster bisque. And as an entree--HEART SHAPED RAVIOLI! Plus so much more and three desserts that will make choosing just one pretty tough. Click the link to see the full menu! Complete the night with this package to stay overnight at the hotel. Click here for hotel package info.

Texas de Brazil
Special Hours for Valentine's Day!
Normally open at 4 pm on Saturdays, Texas de Brazil acknowledges valentine's Day by opening it's doors at 12 PM! Only dinner pricing will be available.

The Victory Cafe
Special dinner menu for February 14
Casual dining with a gourmet twist; enjoy an all new special menu just for the evening at Victory Cafe! Find the entire special menu at the bottom of this entry. 

Interested in one of these specials? Call and reserve your spot now!

Looking for other restaurants in Albany County? Click here for a list!

Menus, click to enlarge:

C.H. Evans Brewing Company at the Albany Pump Station

The Ginger Man

La Serre
The Victory Cafe