Monday, September 28, 2015

New Menus and Special Offers for Fall

Whether its a menu for the whole season or just a few weeks, change is good when it comes to Capital Region Cuisine. Here's a peak into the newest menu choices at Albany's favorite restaurants:

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New World’s menu is inspired by the available produce of the region and so their menus change by the season. Some of their fall features include the return of the much anticipated and loved Brussels Sprouts Trio - balsamic roasted, garlic walnut sauteed and shaved with Serrano ham and sage. The seafood bowl for the fall is Korean Seafood and Kim Chee Stew, featuring house made kim chee. They also have some delicious new desserts as well as an updated fall cocktail list! Click here to view the full Fall 2015 Menu.

The Ginger Man
Has new lunch and dinner menus for the season. Butternut squash, apples, and warm flavors of fall make their appearance in new items like the butternut squash infused risotto croquettes served with a maple cream sauce, an appetizer for only $12. While you're there, try their Apple Cider Sangria, one of our 2015 Spirit of Albany Cocktails! Click here to view the new menus.

Is offering an Oktoberfest Menu from September 25 to October 18th! Menu items include a Wurst plate, Sauerbraten, Bavarian pretzels, and potato pancakes. Enjoy these classic German foods at the Golf Club's restaurant. Click here to see the full menu

Brunch! Need I say more? Creo's new brunch menu will start on October 3 and will offer everyone's favorite items! Eggs, pancakes, and biscuits for those wanting breakfast foods and salads, fish tacos, lobster rolls, and shared plates for the lunch preferred brunchers. See the full menu here

Anyone looking for a menu that's just for Football? Well, you've found it! Drink specials and $5 appetizers every Sunday and Monday throughout Football Season. See the special offer here

Friday, September 25, 2015

Summer is to Margaritas as Fall is to Spirit of Albany Cocktails

Each year, the Albany Visitors Bureau puts together the Spirit of Albany Recipe Guide which contains creative cocktail concoctions from Albany’s favorite restaurants, bars, and craft beverage producers. This year, the amount of apple inspired drinks was impressive, and although the recipes were “collected” in May and June, their masterpieces just seem like they want to be tasted in the fall.

Here they are, in all of their autumnal glory: 

The Albany Apple Knocker

The Empire State Apple Manhattan

Roff Old Fashion

The Warehouse District


Apple Cider Sangria

Ironweed Old Fashion

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Did Someone Say Brunch?!

In case you haven't heard, Reel Seafood Co. on Wolf Road in Albany is now serving brunch on Sunday from 11:30am-2pm.

Now, at what has been rated the #1 Seafood Restaurant in the Capital Region, you can choose from a mouth watering selection of old time favorites and new options too!

Like the Triple "S" Waffles - sweet, salty, and savory with apple-wood bacon crumble, chocolate chips, and cinnamon whipped cream. Not in the mood for waffles? Okay! How about the Oscar Omelet made with asparagus, crab, and Gouda cheese served with home fries?

As if the food selection wasn't enough, Reel Seafood kick most certainly kicked it up a notch... or seven, by offering Bloody Mary Bar AND a Mimosa Bar menus! On these two menus you'll find your classic Bloody Mary and Mimosa, but you'll also find selections like a Bacon & Egg Mary which is made with Bakon Vodka, Bloody Mary Mix, with a bacon salt rim, PLUS a hard boiled egg and a slice of bacon with your typical celery garnish.

And for mimosas, you can choose from their menu items or choose to make your own Mimosas with a Bottle of Prosecco and your choice of: two liquors, two juices, and three fresh garnishes to craft your own brunch cocktails.

I don't think I have to say more about this, but just in case: head over to Reel Seafood on Sunday morning for a brunch like you've never had before!

Click here to see their full brunch menu!

photo credit: Alex Fagan

Albany Barn's "Anti-Gala" Will Feature Incredible Food & More

The 4th Annual FUSION "anti-gala" at The Barn will take place on October 16th this year, and once again, the menu will be tantalizing. 

The event, hosted by The Barn and Albany Chef's Wine & Food Festival is a fundraiser to further The Albany Barn's mission which is "to provide a sustainable creative arts incubator and community arts center in Arbor Hill; a place for artists to live, work and inspire." The event will feature local artists' works, live music, and a Dee-jay later in the evening, but the food is what everyone is talking about. 

Photo by: T. R. Laz
Custom cocktails and cuisine from Chef Mark Graham, formerly of Max London's in Saratoga Springs and Taste in Albany, will be the headliner of the evening. Graham's cuisine and expertise has earned him the title of one of the Best Chefs America for the past two years, and led him to launch his own fine dining catering company earlier this year called Chef Mark Graham Cuisine. 

His incredible creations will be complimented by wine pairings from Empire Wine, craft brews from Druthers Brewing Co., ad, of course, DESSERT by The Cookie Factory with a coffee bar from Stacks Espresso Bar. 

To learn more about FUSION and to purchase tickets, please visit

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Four Albany Favorites Create Albany Craft Beverage Trail

If you suggested 10 years ago that small, “craft” beverages would be all beer and spirit lovers would be talking about today, you may have gotten some funny looks. However, last year alone craft beer sales were up 17.6% and accounted for 22% of the market (source). Of course, beer is just one small portion of the craft beverage scene today, especially in Albany. 

Recently, the craft beverage players in Albany, NY grouped together to form the Albany Craft Beverage Trail. All located along Broadway and only about 1 mile from each other, C.H. Evans Brewing Company, Albany Distilling Co., Nine Pin Cider Works, and Druthers Brewing Co. have teamed up to promote the facilities of craft and farm-based beverage producers in the County of Albany, New York.

These four Albany favorites are celebrating the collaboration with their inaugural event on October 3 from 12-5 PM – Drink Albany! Join the festivities at Quackenbush Square in downtown Albany to learn more about Albany’s craft beverage producers and to try samples from each. There will also be live music and over 30 vendors and food trucks to ensure that everyone has a fun-filled afternoon.

To stay up to date with what’s going on with the Albany Craft Beverage Trail, follow them on Facebook and Twitter