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Barnes & 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. $

Capital Grounds

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. $

Coffee Planet

100 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa, 884-9913, 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, 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. $

Everybody’s Café

674 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush, 479-2233, 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, 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, V. $


See listing under “Light Fare.”

The Good Leaf Gourmet Tea Company

274 Lark St., Albany, 434-0132, 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. $

Illium Café

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. $

Perfect Blend

376 Delaware Ave., Delmar, 439-6537, 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 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. $.

Stagecoach Coffee

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. $

Ultraviolet Café

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. $

Uncommon 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 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, 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. $


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