Phila and Putnam streets, Saratoga Springs, 583-6060. A fun
and friendly café located in a historic Saratoga landmark.
Early-morning fare includes gourmet coffee and espresso, fresh-baked
goods and breakfast sandwiches. Award-winning soups, creative
salads, sandwiches, sushi rolls and daily specials are offered.
Full bar, coffee cocktails, espresso, lattes and cappuccino
and tantalizing desserts. Fun foods including fondues and
s’mores—toast your own marshmallows tableside.
& Noble Café Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 20 Wolf
Road, Colonie, 459-8183; 3029 State Route 50, Saratoga Sprimgs,
583-7717. A sunny browsing café that features Starbucks coffee,
as well as espresso and cappuccino, chai and other teas. Also,
a variety of cold beverages including Italian sodas, and a
selection of sweet baked treats. Everyone’s welcome to bring
books into the café.
Café Borders Books & Music, 59 Wolf Road, Colonie,
482-5800; 395 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 583-1200. You’re
always welcome to bring books along for browsing while you
enjoy coffees, teas, cold beverages and a selection of pastries,
desserts and sandwiches.
Nora Peter Harris Plaza, Route 7, Latham, 783-6880. Scores
of different coffees, flavored and regular, as well as granitas
(frozen flavored drinks), and espresso and cappuccino. Besides
the regular lunchables, there are munchies such as bagels,
daily homemade soups, croissants, muffins and desserts.
Grounds Shaker Pine Plaza, Shaker Road, Colonie, 869-3277.
Fresh-roasted coffee. Espresso bar. Light fare including breakfast
sandwiches, fresh-baked pastries and muffins. Coffee available
by the pound. All coffee roasted on premises.
Coffee Beanery Ltd. Crossgates Mall, 869-3039; Colonie
Center, 438-1637; Albany International Airport, 242-4303;
Rensselear Amtrak station, 463-8770. The Coffee Beanery’s
emphasis is on creating the “right roast,” roasting each different
gourmet bean to ensure the perfect roast for optimum flavor.
New flavors are served along with traditional favorites, specialty
coffee drinks and gourmet pastries.
Planet 100 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa, 884-9913. This cozy
coffeehouse, which just opened in the rustic village of Ballston
Spa, features a full espresso bar, fresh-baked scones, muffins,
croissants, cookies, soups, sandwiches and occasional entertainment.
Daily Grind 204 Lark St., Albany, 427-0464; 258 Broadway,
Troy, 272-8658. At the Troy location, a true coffee bar with
several tables, offering coffee-of-the-day, espresso, cappuccino,
steamers, latte and such munchies as biscotti and muffins.
Select teas, too. At the Lark Street location, you’ll find
more than coffee: Upstairs there’s a retail store specializing
in fresh-roasted coffee beans, and downstairs there’s a European-style
café offering an eclectic variety of light fare.
Jazz Café and Bakery Main Square Shoppes, 318 Delaware
Ave., Delmar, 439-1727. (Shares space with Seattle Sub &
Pita Co.) Substantial line of gourmet coffees available, as
well as espresso drinks. Special coffee flavors served daily,
along with fresh muffins, scones and cookies.
Java’s Coffee Sanctuary 217 Wolf Road, Colonie, 435-0843.
A light menu features sandwiches, salads, quiches, stuffed
breads, croissants, bagels, pastries. Large selection of iced
teas, coffees, fruit frappes, etc. It’s all served in an eclectic,
comfy atmosphere, with a private study room available for
students and live music on the weekends.
Hill Bakehouse & Café Diamond Plaza Mall, Glens Falls,
743-1660. Rock Hill’s bread-based café menu makes for uniquely
satisfying breakfast and lunch fare. Try the paisano or jalapeno
cheddar bread. Organic coffee and delicious scones and biscotti
make it worth the trip.
Coffee 90 State St., Albany, 436-7233; 54 James St., Albany,
434-6255. An extensive beverage list, including latte, Italian
sodas, specialty drinks and 35 different types of whole-bean
coffees. Fresh baked goods, including scones, croissants and
danishes, plus soups, sandwiches and salads.
Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany, 489-1064; Broadway, Saratoga
Springs, 581-9498; St. James Square, Niskayuna, 381-9340;
Newton Plaza, Loudonville, 783-4544; Wolf Road, Colonie, 435-9280;
9 Clifton County Road, Clifton Park, 373-5794. Contemporary
Seattle-based coffee chain specializing in gourmet coffee
drinks including cappuccino, latte, “frappuccino” and espresso,
plus pastries, cookies and bagels.
Grounds 1225 Western Ave., Albany, 453-5649; 402 Broadway,
Saratoga Springs, 581-0656. Wide selection of aromatic, freshly
roasted and freshly brewed coffees, teas of all kinds and
obscenely wonderful desserts. Great bagels and muffins, too.
Metroland's Dining Guide 2001