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Best Of 2018: Food

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Best Of 2018: Food

Best Restaurant

New World Bistro

300 Delaware Ave., Albany

Want to understand why chef Ric Orlando is so esteemed, so popular, so respected? Pick up a menu at New World Bistro, close your eyes and point. Orlando, known for being a bit of a punk rocker, is appropriately joined on this list by vegan innovators Berben and Wolff’s.

2nd place Berben and Wolff’s

3rd place Peck’s Arcade

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Best Family Restaurant

Ala Shanghai Chinese Cuisine

468 Troy Schenectady Rd, Latham

Amazingly hearty and authentic Chinese cuisine served in a setting appropriate for a date or a large family get together. 

2nd place Testo’s

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Best Vegan

Berben and Wolff’s

227 Lark Street, Albany

Vegan food served in creative ways–ways that leave you disbelieving you’ve eaten something vegan and something so absolutely delicious.

2nd place The Shop

3rd place Umana

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Best Steak House

677 Prime

677 Broadway, Albany

The steak joint in Albany. The place to eat if you like rubbing shoulders with the state’s politicos.

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Best Italian

Cafe Capriccio

49 Grand St., Albany
This Albany institution may be tucked away on a side street, but its presence in the area is gargantuan. One multi-course meal here will make you a believer.

2nd place D’Raymonds

3rd place Lo Porto 

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Best Ethiopian

Umana

236 Washington Ave, Albany

Their hearty and flavorful menu is incomparable. If you want big taste and an overwhelming selection, your best bet is Umana.

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Best Caribbean

Roy’s Caribbean Restaurant

185 Henry Johnson Blvd., Albany

Our voters go to Roy’s for the best oxtail, plantains and jerk chicken in heavy helpings.

2nd place TIE: First Choice Caribbean, Hot Spot

3rd place The Dutch Pot

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Best Chinese

Plum Blossom

685 Hoosick St, Troy

A great spot to sit down and enjoy a traditional and not-so traditional Chinese meal. Try the Singapore Street Noodles!

2nd place Ala Shanghai

3rd place Shining Rainbow

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Best Japanese

Shogun

457 Madison Ave, Albany

Great sushi, Hibachi and Udon, with a bar and right near Washington Park. What more can you ask for?

2nd place Ichiban

3rd place Kuma Ani

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Best Indian/ Pakistani

Shalimar

1608, 952 Troy Schenectady Rd, Latham, 180 Delaware Ave, Delmar, 405 Fulton St, Troy

Tasty, affordable, accessible, Shalimar is great for takeout or a quick fuss-free meal.

2nd place Karavalli The Regional Cuisine of India

3rd place Lazeez

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Best Halal

Halal Palace at Troy Kitchen

77 Congress St, Troy

Lamb, chicken or falafel in a platter over rice with red and white sauce, please. Grab that gyro when you’re on the run.

2nd place TIE: Afghan Kabab Express, Zaitoon Kitchen

3rd place Mamoun’s

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Best Mediterranean

TIE: Beirut, Mamoun’s

The family-owned Lebanese joint comes out on top for the second year in a row, but this time they’re neck and neck with Mamoun’s, who dish out some mouthwatering specialties.

2nd place Tara Kitchen 

3rd place Ali Baba

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Best Southern

Hattie’s

45 Phila St., Saratoga Springs

Fried chicken for folks with money.

2nd place The Cuckoo’s Nest

3rd place Ya Ya’s House

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Best Vietnamese

Van’s

508, 307 Central Ave, Albany

Delectable curries, sumptuous pho. Van’s has long been the standard for Vietnamese dining in the Capital Region.

2nd place Saigon Spring

3rd place Pho Yum

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Best Farm to Table

Sunhee’s Farm & Kitchen

95-97 Ferry St,Troy

A modern take on Korean classics. Sunhee’s has quickly become part of the fabric of Troy itself.

2nd place Nighthawks

3rd place New World Bistro

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Best Mexican

El Loco Mexican Cafe

465 Madison Ave, Albany

One of Albany’s standards, El Loco offers handcrafted Mexican fare with a surprisingly rich set of vegetarian options.

2nd place El Mariachi

3rd place El Charro

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Best Korean

Sunhee’s

Bibimbap, kimchi, bulgogi, and other favorites are made here with love.

2nd place K-Plate

3rd place Namu Korean BBQ

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Best Polish

The Hill at Muza

379 Congress St, Troy

Enjoy your favorite Eastern European dishes while sitting in a gorgeous garden bar. Visiting The Hill is like taking a micro-vacation.  

2nd place Chester’s Smokehouse

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Best German

Wolff’s Biergarten

Whether you’re hanging out in Troy, Schenectady, or Albany, you’ll want to stop here for some pretzel and wurst. Pair them with you favorite beer and a handful (or two) of peanuts.

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Best Cuban

Carmen’s Cafe

198 1st Street, Troy

A great bet for breakfast or a long relaxing lunch, Carmen’s will dazzle you with its chorizo but capture you with its atmosphere.

2nd place Mr. Pio Pio

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Best French

Chez Nous

707 Union St, Schenectady

Our readers travel to Schenectady when they want a taste of France.

2nd place Provence

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Best Takeout

Sukhothai

1105, 254 Lark St, Albany

There are a lot of fan favorites around here when it comes to takeout, but Sukhothai’s selection of noodles and savory curry dishes comes out on top. Don’t forget to tack on an order of their samosas next time you pick up.

2nd place TIE: Troy Kitchen, Berben and Wolff’s

3rd place TIE: Bombers Burrito Bar, Dinosaur BBQ

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Best Delivery

TIE: Chicken Joe’s, Shogun

You couldn’t choose between fried chicken smothered with cheese, and fresh sushi. Why would you?

2nd place Crave, Lazeez TIE

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Best Breakfast

Cafe Madison

1108 MADISON AVE. & 359 NORTHERN BLVD, ALBANY

Cafe Madison is synonymous with breakfast. Not only do they do great omelettes and eggs benny, but they’ve got you covered on your need for a morning cocktail and deep vegan options.

2nd place Iron Gate Cafe

3rd place Duncan’s Dairy Bar

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Best Brunch

Cafe Madison

Didn’t get the message? Cafe Madison is the area’s favorite spot for breakfast and brunch. A tip: download their reservation app to skip the long line.

2nd place Iron Gate Cafe

3rd place The Shop

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Best Tapas

TIE: Aperitivo Bistro, El Mariachi

The competition for best small plates was fierce!

2nd place Tapasia

3rd place TIE: Savoy Taproom, Lucas Confectionery

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Best Seafood

Reel Seafood

195 Wolf Rd, Albany

The area’s most reliable seafood-centric restaurant.

2nd place Fin

3rd place Plumb Oyster Bar

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Best Deli

Gershon’s

1600 Union St, Schenectady

Renowned for serving sandwiches piled high with the best deli meats, Gershon’s is an anchor of Schenectady’s upper Union St. neighborhood and the Capital Region.

2nd place Berben and Wolff’s

3rd place Cardona’s Market

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Best BBQ

Dinosaur BBQ

377 River St, Troy

Technically Dinosaur BBQ is a chain as they have eight locations across the state. But the Troy location is so well-loved that we couldn’t deny their victory. Go enjoy some brisket to celebrate.

2nd place Capital Q

3rd place Pig Pit

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Best Pizza

DeFazio’s

266 4th St, Troy

Wood-fired pizza done like nowhere else. DeFazio’s won this vote by a huge margin.

2nd place Red Front

3rd place Spinners

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Best Wings

The Ruck

104 3rd St, Troy

There are so many reasons to visit this Troy institution. Its wings certainly rank top among them.

2nd place Berben and Wolff’s

20 North, Ale House (TIE)

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Best Burger

Crave

217 Western Ave, Albany

We’re partial to their “Breakfast Burger.” The patty is rubbed in coffee, served on an English muffin and topped with a hash brown and an egg. Yum!

2nd place Nighthawks

3rd place Berben and Wolff’s, The Savoy (Tie)

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Best Sushi

Sake Cafe

273 New Scotland Ave, Albany

A reliable joint for sushi and Chinese/Japanese fare.

2nd place Shogun  

3rd place Kuma Ani

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Best Sandwich

Berben and Wolff’s

227 Lark St, Albany

The little vegan deli that could is taking over our Readers’ Poll and not without warrant. Have you had their chickpea salad sandwich?

2nd place Gershon’s

3rd place Harrison’s Corner Market

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Best Outdoor Dining

The Hill at Muza

379 Congress St, Troy

In this Troy-centric top three, the actual king of the hill brings home the victory. The Hill offers a meticulously designed garden with beautiful wooden countertops and metal accents that make enjoying the simplest pint feel special.

2nd place Ryan’s Wake

3rd place Brown’s

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Best Gluten-Free Options

Fifth Tier Baking Studio

53 Columbia St, Albany

Scones, cookies, and cupcakes–sans all that nasty gluten.

2nd place Berben and Wolff’s

3rd place New World Bistro

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Best DINER

Latham 76

722 New Loudon Rd, Latham

The 76 is open late, serves breakfast at all hours and its wait staff is always ready to refill your coffee. What more can you ask?

2nd place Alexi’s

3rd place TIE: Bob’s, Manory’s

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Best Ice Cream

The Dutch Udder

282 River St, Troy

The Dutch Udder crafts the craziest and tastiest flavors of ice cream imaginable. That’s why you love them!

2nd place Snowman  

3rd place Kurver Kreme

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Best Bakery

Bella Napoli

672 New Loudon Rd, Latham and 721 River St, Troy

Delectable sweets in so many forms. Bella Napoli is where our readers go to get their sugar high.

2nd place The Placid Baker 

3rd place Villa Italia 

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