& Noble Café
Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 131 Colonie Center Suite
355, Albany, 438-1728. A sunny browsing café that features
Starbucks coffee, as well as espresso and cappuccino, chai
and other teas. Featuring four cheesecakes from the Cheesecake
Factory. Everyone’s welcome to bring books into the café.
Serving 9 AM-11 PM Mon-Sat, 9-9 Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $
145 Rye 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. Takeout available. 6:30 AM-3:15
PM Mon-Fri. AE, D, MC, V. $
The Coffee Beanery Ltd.
Rensselaer Amtrak Station, 463-8770; Albany International
Airport, 242-4303 and 242-4302. The Coffee Beanery’s emphasis
is on creating the “right roast,” roasting each different
gourmet bean to ensure optimum flavor. New flavors are served
along with traditional favorites, specialty coffee drinks
and gourmet pastries. Try the Italian-style cappuccino,
made with the “espresso perfecto” roast. At the Rensselaer
Amtrak Station, there are also hot and cold sandwiches,
soups, and chili available. Amtrak: 4:30 AM-7:30 PM daily;
airport: 4 AM-8 PM daily; airport kiosk: 4 AM-8 PM. AE,
D, MC, V. $
100 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa, 884-9913, thecoffeeplanet.net.
Classic and colorful coffeehouse offering traditional drip
selection with brews changing daily as well as flavors,
decafs, fair trade and organics. Full espresso menu including
lattes, cappuccinos and mochas. Chillers, coffee coolers,
and fruit smoothies. Also bagels and cream cheese, sweet
and savory scones, cookies, shortbread, biscotti, sandwiches,
soups and dessert. Wines and microbrew beers available.
Takeout available. Serving 7-7 Mon-Sat, 8-3 Sun. AE, D,
MC, V, personal checks. $
The Daily Grind
204 Lark St., Albany, 427-0464; 43 3rd St., Troy, 272-8658,
dailygrind.com. The Troy location features a true coffee
bar with plenty of tables and couches, offering coffee of
the day, espresso, cappuccino, and latte, as well as gourmet
soups, sandwiches and desserts. Select teas, too. Beer and
wine also available. Serving 8-6 Mon-Wed, 8-11 Thu, 8-6
Fri-Sat, 10-4 Sun. At the Lark Street location, you’ll find
more than coffee: Upstairs there’s a retail store where
all the beans are roasted, and downstairs there’s a European-style
café offering an eclectic variety of light fare. Free WiFi.
Serving 7 AM-9 PM Mon- Sat, 7 AM-8 PM Sun. AE, D, MC, V.
Eugenio’s Cafe Gelato
419 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 691-6000. Featuring gelato
made on premises with imported Italian ingredients, and
Italian pastries made from Eugene’s family recipes. Also
Italian espresso, cappuccino and the house specialty, café
gelato (espresso with gelato topped with whipped cream and
caramel). Also soups, cakes, and more. Takeout available.
Serving 11-11 Mon-Sun. MC, V. $
674 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush, 479-2233, everybodyscafe.biz.
Featuring a full espresso menu including latte, cappuccino,
mocha, and a large assortment of loose teas. Homemade desserts,
soups, and light fare served all day. Now serving breakfast,
along with Saturday brunch. Off-premises catering and takeout
available. Serving 7-4 Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, 7 AM-8 PM Wed,
8-2 Sat. AE, MC, V. $
Flavour Café and Lounge
228 4th St., Troy, 266-9253, flavourcafe.com. More than
50 flavors of fresh-brewed coffee; also plenty of teas and
Torani syrups. Menu features soups, salads, wraps and panini
sandwiches. New patio; Wi-Fi and in-house computer available.
On- and off-premises catering, takeout and delivery available.
Open 7:30 AM-10 PM Mon-Fri, 9 AM-10 PM Sat, 9-8 Sun. MC,
See listing under “Light Fare.”
The Good Leaf Gourmet Tea Company
274 Lark St., Albany, 434-0132, goodleaftea.com. Albany’s
only independent teahouse offers a globally inspired oasis
in the heart of the city, and features more than 70 varieties
of house brand loose-leaf tea, chai, yerba mate, bubble
tea, and other “specialteas.” All tea drinks are fresh and
homemade using in-house recipes; no prepackaged mixes. Also
offering coffee, egg creams, home-baked cupcakes, artisan
chocolates by the Chocolate Gecko, locally made cheeses,
and a retail teashop. Takeout available. Noon-2 and 3-9
Mon-Fri, noon-6 Sat. MC, V. $
9 Broadway on Monument Square, Troy, 629-0004. Soups, salads,
sandwiches and paninis in an old-world, European-style coffeehouse
in historic downtown Troy. Featuring organic coffees. Serving
7 -7 Mon-Sat, 9-5 Sun; call to see if open for Troy Music
Hall events. AE, D, MC, V. $
Java Jazz Café
See listing under “Light Fare.”
Muddy Cup Coffee House
1038 Madison Ave., Albany, 458-6120; 742 Warren St., Hudson,
828-2210; Proctors Theatre Arcade, 432 State St., Schenectady.
Neighborhood coffeehouse with an artist-friendly vibe. Serving
their own coffee blends, plus fresh pastries and more. Albany:
7 AM-midnight Sun-Thu, 7 AM-2 AM Fri-Sat. Hudson: 7 AM-10
PM Mon-Thu, 7 AM-11 PM Fri-Sat, 8 AM-9 PM Sun. Schenectady:
7 AM-11 PM daily. AE (Hudson store only), D, MC, V. $
376 Delaware Ave., Delmar, 439-6537, perfectblendcafe.com.
Under new ownership, this indie coffeehouse offers a selection
of coffee, tea, espresso-based drinks, chai and smoothies.
Wide variety of homemade pastries baked daily, as well as
specialty cakes and pies. Private meeting room with fireplace,
patio, free Wi-Fi, live entertainment and catering. Open
7 AM-8 PM Mon-Thu, 7 AM-10 PM Fri-Sat, 7 AM-3 PM Sun. AE,
MC, V. $
Professor Java’s Coffee Sanctuary
217 Wolf Road, Colonie, 435-0843. A light menu features
sandwiches, salads, wraps, quesadillas, stuffed breads,
croissants, bagels, paninis and pastries. Large selection
of coffees, teas, fruit frappes, etc. Coffee is roasted
on the premises. It’s all served in an eclectic, comfy atmosphere.
Part of the Gift Basket Company program. Serving 6 AM-midnight
daily. AE, MC, V. $
Rock Hill Bakehouse Café
19 Exchange St., Glens Falls, 615-0777. Rock Hill’s bread-based
café menu makes for uniquely satisfying breakfast and lunch
fare. Try the naturally leavened, hearth-baked breads. Also
featuring organic coffee, scones, biscotti and freshly baked
bread. Open mic every Thursday; free film showing on Saturdays.
Open 7 -6 Mon-Wed, 7 AM-9 PM Thu-Fri, 9-9 Sat, 11-3 Sun.
AE, MC, V, personal checks. $
Scratch Bakery Café
See listing under “Light Fare.”
Spill ’n the Beans Coffeehouse/Bistro
13 3rd St., Troy, 268-1028, spillnthe beans.com. Located
in downtown Troy’s historic Kennedy Hall building. Offering
fresh coffees, roasted on premises, from around the globe.
Complete homemade breakfasts, sandwiches, homemade soups
and baked goods, unique panini and European sandwiches.
Enjoy the fireplace and lounge area, Wi-Fi access and Internet
PCs. Takeout available. Open 7-5:30 Mon-Thu, 7-7 Fri, 8-7
Sat, 8-4 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $.
90 State St., Albany, 436-7233. An extensive beverage list,
including latte, cappuccino, chai, specialty drinks, fresh-fruit
smoothies and 35 different types of whole-bean coffees roasted
fresh daily. Fresh baked goods—including bagels, scones,
croissants and Danish. Soups, too. Serving 7-5 Mon-Fri.
MC, V. $
290 Delaware Ave., Albany. 434-0333 Located right next to
the Spectrum 8 Theatres. This café has a laid-back, bohemian
ambience, accented by changing art shows that feature the
work of local artists. Offering certified fair trade coffee
and organic whole-leaf teas. Hot beverages include a full
range of espresso drinks, including cappuccinos, lattes,
and iced espresso drinks. Also Mayan chai, European extreme
dark drinking chocolate, and whole-leaf teas. Cold drinks
include fruit smoothies, frappes, tea freezes and freshly
brewed iced teas. Plus panini sandwiches, soup and quiche.
Assorted pastries and baked goods round out the selection.
Free Wi-Fi. Open 8 AM-10 PM Mon-Thurs; 8 AM-11 PM Fri; 10-11
PM Sat; 10-10 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $
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 a variety
of desserts. Great bagels and muffins, too (scones in Saratoga).
Albany location also offers a salad bar. Newly expanded
and beautifully remodeled Saratoga store now offering gelato.
Albany: serving 6 AM-10 PM Sun-Fri, 6 AM-11 PM Fri-Sat.
Saratoga: serving 6:30 AM-11 PM Mon-Thu, 7-midnight Fri-Sun.
AE, D, MC, V. UAlbany off-podium cards accepted at Albany
location; Skidmore cards accepted at Saratoga location.
Villa Italia Pasticceria
226 Broadway, Schenectady, 355-1144, villaitaliabakery.com.
Now located in downtown Schenectady’s entertainment district,
Villa Italia is known for fine wedding and special-occasion
cakes and pastries; also breads, panini sandwiches, Italian
coffees, imported liquors and 25 flavors of homemade gelato.
Open 7 AM-9 PM Mon-Fri, 8:30 AM-9 PM Sat, 8:30-6 Sun. AE,
MC, V. $