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Readers’ Poll Winners: Food

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Readers’ Poll Winners: Food

The top places to eat in the Capital Region as voted on by our readers: 

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Best Restaurant

NEW WORLD BISTRO

Albany

Chef Ric Orlando keeps locals and the culinarily curious coming back for more with an exciting revolving menu and a punk-rock attitude that permeates the space and his bold flavors.

2ND UMANA

3RD PECK’S

Best Family Restaurant

ALBANY PUMP STATION

Albany

A welcoming, open space home to a creative pub menu for the grown ups and a half pint menu for the kiddos.

2ND RESTAURANT NAVONA

3RD AUGIE’S

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Best Vegan

BERBEN AND WOLFF’S

Albany

These dudes make some of the tastiest meals around – forget the fact that what they’re serving is meat-free and vegan. Their fanbase is massive – this win was a sweep of epic proportions.

 

Best Steakhouse

ANGELO’S 677 PRIME

Great apps. Amazing steak. And a stool for your purse. Who could want anything more?

2ND RARE STEAK AND & COCKTAIL HOUSE

3RD BARNSIDER

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Best Italian

CAFE CAPRICCIO

Albany

Chef Jim Rua explores his native Italy and brings fresh interpretations of classic Italian dishes, prepared with the thoughtfulness of someone who lives what they do.

2ND LO PORTO’S

3RD MORE PERRECA’S

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Best Ethiopian

UMANA

Albany

Umana means many things to many people. For locals, though, it represents the go-to place in the Capital Restaurant to get injera bread and fabulous Ethiopian fare.

 

Best Carribean

FIRST CHOICE

Troy

Jerk Chicken, oxtail, and curried chicken done right.

2ND HOT SPOT

3RD ROY’S CARIBBEAN RESTAURANT & GROCERY

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Best Chinese

RAIN

Albany

Rain’s comfortable Lark Street setting and modern take on Chinese makes it a staple.

2ND A LA SHANGHAI

3RD PLUM BLOSSOM

 

Best Japanese

SHOGUN

Albany

A beautifully sharp and modern atmosphere to delight in choice sushi and savory plates.

2ND UNAGI

3RD SUSHI TEI

Best Vietnamese

VANS

Albany

You can’t beat the enormous, delicious bowls of Pho and the outstanding service at Van’s. No matter how busy it gets, you’ll be seated quickly and your server will find time to teach you a couple choice phrases in Vietnamese.

2ND PHO YUM

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Best Korean

SUNHEE’S FARM AND KITCHEN

Troy

Jinah Kim made a huge splash in Troy with her homespun Korean restaurant, sourced primarily from her family’s farm. It’s hard to remember the city before Sunhee’s arrived.

2ND (TIE) K PLATE, SEOUL KITCHEN

 

Best Indian

SHALIMAR

Latham, Delmar, Clifton Park, Troy

Great Indian and Pakistani cuisine at affordable prices – and there’s probably one near you.

2ND KARAVALLI

3RD LAZEEZ

 

Best Halal

HALAL PALACE

Troy

No-frills meat and rice served in Troy Kitchen. It’s a staple of a Trojan diet.

 

Best Mediterranean

BEIRUT

Troy

The family-owned home base where your mouth watering shawarma dreams come true.

2ND ATHOS

3RD (TIE) MAMOUN’S, HIDDEN CAFE

 

Best Southern

HATTIE’S

Saratoga Springs

Classic Southern comfort food is hiding out in Saratoga, but y’all have good noses.

 

Best Farm to Table

SUNHEE’S FARM & KITCHEN

Troy

Hoisting traditional Korean cuisine with locally, ethically grown food sources, it’s no wonder Sunhee’s has championed the local food movement in the Capital Region.

2ND NEW WORLD BISTRO

3RD CAPITAL CITY GASTROPUB

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Best Polish

MUZA

Troy

Muza dominated in this category. While most readers voted for the original Muza, many voted for The Hill on Muza. Just know that either place has belly-warming Polish fare.

2ND CHESTER’S SMOKEHOUSE

 

Best German

WOLFF’S BIERGARTEN

Albany, Schenectady, Troy

German food was not an easily attainable thing in these parts until Wolff’s took off. Now you can devour Schnitzel over a soccer game on any given weekday.

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Best Cuban

CARMEN’S CAFE

Troy

Carmen’s may only be open on weekends but that time restriction makes enjoying a meal there feel all the more like an exquisite treat.

2ND NEW WORLD BISTRO

 

Best French

CHEZ NOUS

Schenectady

Est-ce le meilleur? Oui!

2ND LA SERRE

3RD FRENCH PRESS

 

Best Takeout

LUCKY CORNER

Troy

Get your Taiwanese fix here.

2ND CURRY HOUSE

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Best Breakfast

IRON GATE CAFE

Albany

Scrambles, benedicts, french toast and pancakes just (figuratively) raining from the sky.

2ND PSYCHEDELICATESSEN

3RD CAFE MADISON

 

Best Brunch

IRON GATE CAFE

Albany

Iron Gate + a mimosa + an Elvis Memphis scramble = heaven.

2ND (TIE) CAFE MADISON, THE SHOP

3RD CRAVE

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Best Lunch

IRON GATE CAFE

Meals on meals on meals—no one can get enough of Iron Gate.

Albany

2ND Ilium Cafe

3RD Druthers

 

Best Dinner

PECK’S ARCADE

Troy

Dining the fine way in downtown Troy is a good way to spend any evening.

2ND NEW WORLD BISTRO

3RD THE SHOP

 

Best Mexican

EL MARIACHI

Albany

This was a fierce competition but El Mariachi pulled away in the end. Flautas paired with a margarita, enjoyed on El Mariachi’s deck, should be prescribed for anxiety.

2ND EL LOCO MEXICAN CAFE

3RD AMA CUCINA

 

Best Apps

THE SHOP

Troy

Maybe it’s the meal before your meal that is the most important of the day.

2ND RESTAURANT NAVONA

3RD SLIDIN’ DIRTY

 

Best Small Plates

PECK’S ARCADE

Troy

Little eats, big flavors.

2ND TAPASIA

3RD CELLA BISTRO

 

Best Seafood

REEL SEAFOOD

Albany

Fresh off the hook.

2ND FIN

3RD PLUMB OYSTER BAR

 

Best Deli

GERSHON’S DELI

Schenectady

This old standby still has the best meats, sloppiest sandwiches, most delicious deli salads and outdoor seating.

2ND ANDY’S & SONS

3RD BERBEN & WOLFF’S

 

Best BBQ

DINOSAUR BBQ

Troy

When Dino is smoking their briskets, every nose in Troy knows it. In addition to delicious BBQ, they’re home to fast service, riverfront dining, spicy mac n’ cheese and a whole lot of napkins.

2ND CAPITAL Q

3RD PIG PIT

 

Best Fried Chicken

HATTIE’S

Saratoga Springs

Thick-breaded skins, tender chicken and just the right amount of seasoning.

 

Best Pizza

DEFAZIO’S PIZZERIA

Troy

I’ll tell you what, you all are an indecisive, loyal bunch when it comes to pizza joints—but everyone wants a slice of DeFazio’s.

2ND I LOVE PIZZA OF TROY

3RD RESTAURANT NAVONA

 

Best Wings

THE RUCK

Troy

They’re plump, they’re flavorful and they’re winners.

2ND ALE HOUSE

3RD (TIE) MCGEARY’S, BERBEN & WOLFF’S

 

Best Burger

CRAVE

Albany

A massive menu of unique, juicy burgers whipped up at your beck and call.

2ND SLIDIN’ DIRTY

3RD (TIE) MCGEARY’S, CAPITAL CITY GASTROPUB

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Best Sushi

UNAGI SUSHI

Troy

The new joint in town is getting all the love—deservedly so. What a treat!

2ND (TIE) KUMA ANI, SUSHI TEI

3RD SHOGUN

 

Best Salad

CRISP

Latham

A wonderland that serves customizable and signature mixes of fresh veggies and proteins.

2ND RESTAURANT NAVONA

3RD ILLIUM CAFE & BISTRO

 

Best Soup

RESTAURANT NAVONA

Albany

Hearty and comforting selections that change by the day.

2ND HONEST WEIGHT CO-OP

3RD TANPOPO RAMEN & SAKE BAR

 

Best Falafel

BEIRUT

Troy

Savory, fist-sized globes of wonder that will make your heart sing.

2ND MAMOUN’S RESTAURANT

 

Best Gyro

BEIRUT

Troy

Get it while it’s hot: Beirut is running the gyro game with some close-following contenders.

2ND HALAL PALACE

3RD ANTON’S

 

Best Sandwich

BERBEN & WOLFF’S

Albany

You don’t need meat to make a good sandwich—you need delicious. And Berben & Wolff’s has it in spades.

2ND GERSHON’S DELI

3RD ANDY’S & SONS

 

Best in Outdoor Dining

OLDE ENGLISH PUB

Albany

Sure, there are plenty of places to eat and drink on the Hudson—but there’s something about enjoying a pint in Quackenbush Square.

2ND BROWN’S BREWING CO.

3RD (TIE) FINNBAR’S, MCGEARY’S

 

Best Diner

LATHAM ‘76

Latham

Quality classic bites served 24 hours every day for almost 50 years. Here’s to many more.

2ND ALEXIS

3RD (TIE) GATEWAY, BLUE RIBBON

 

Best Old School Drive-in

JUMPIN’ JACKS

Scotia

Window-served survival staples of thick shakes, burgers and fries.

2ND JACK’S

3RD GUS’ HOT DOGS

 

Best Dessert

CHEESECAKE MACHISMO

Albany

The sweetest slices of cheesecake that you ever will eat.

2ND VILLA ITALIA

3RD GRANDMA’S PIES AND RESTAURANT

 

Ice Cream (Hard)

STEWART’S

Multiple Locations

Capital Region residents grew up on this stuff—it’s in our veins.

2ND SNOWMAN

3RD DUTCH UDDER

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Ice Cream (Soft)

SNOWMAN

Troy

Snowman handily defeated the soft-serve competition. Also, have you tried their Cider Belly donut sundae? Oooof.

2ND GUPTILL’S CONEY EXPRESS

3RD KURVER KREME

 

Best Bakery

PLACID BAKER

Troy

Baked loaves, stellar sandwiches and pastries to boot.

2ND VILLA ITALIA

3RD BELLA NAPOLI

 

Best Cake

COCCADOTS

Albany, Clifton Park

Have you seen these beauts? Would you believe they taste even better than they’re presented?

2ND CHEESECAKE MACHISMO

 

Best Bagel

PSYCHEDELICATESSEN

Troy

This Troy cafe has plenty to offer but above all the bagels are the topper. Looking for a good city-style bagel? This is where to get ‘em.

2ND UNCOMMON GROUNDS

3RD WEST END BAGELS

 

Best Bread

PERRECA’S BAKERY

Schenectady

Some of you masochists don’t eat bread. Go to Perreca’s and try to pull that off. Won’t work. Nuh, uh.

2ND PLACID BAKER

3RD OLD HEIDELBERG

 

Best Croissant

PLACID BAKER

Troy

Flakey, buttery and delicious.

2ND MRS. LONDON’S BAKERY

3RD BAKE FOR YOU

 

Best Cookie

BELLA NAPOLI

Troy

Bella Nap is always there to serve your sweet tooth needs. Adding to their doughnut reputation, they rank number one in the cookie game.

2ND (TIE) PLACID BAKER, BAKE FOR YOU

3RD FREIHOFER’S CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

 

Best Italian Pastry

VILLA ITALIA

Schenectady

Chocolate mice, cupcakes, biscotti and cannoli like your grandma wishes she could make ‘em.

2ND BELLA NAPOLI

3RD CIVITELLO’S ITALIAN PASTRY SHOPPE

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