A Few Recommended Restaurants in Capital District (for ICRES 2018)

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First, Music

When summer arrives, the Capital District (interpreted to include the Berskshires too) becomes home to the best, widest array of classical music in the U.S. — and so lots of eating is combined with a day in which this music is enjoyed. The main venues include Tanglewood (with great stuff happening on the Wed after ICRES 2018), SPAC (with the horses running nearby for the summer season; see below), and (esp for opera fans) Glimmerglass in the remarkable town of Cooperstown, NY. Troy itself is home to two acoustically peerless venues, the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, and RPI’s own stunning EMPAC. (Yes, there are other genres, but the person typing this sentenced is confessedly biased.)

In and Around Troy

In and Around Albany (including Latham)

  • Yono’s. Extremely interesting Indonesian-infused cuisine, a world-class wine list. Not to be missed, but wine pairings, while solid, don’t compete with what you can pick from the broader list. If you’re only in the Capital District for a short while, don’t miss it. http://www.yonos.com
  • Cafe Capricio. Intimate basement restaurant in Downtown Albany long serving some of the very best Italian around. You want to try some of Jim Rua’s food. https://www.cafecapriccio.com
  • Milano. Northern Italian, where the chefs are capable of turning out, from the open-air kitchen, seafood specials that are truly amazing. In Latham, a short drive west from RPI. Can be crowded. Tremendous wine list as well. https://www.milano-restaurant.com
  • If you’re looking for the best Indian the Capital District has to offer, with some genuine southern-Indian (try the fish in banana leaves), head to Karavlli. http://www.karavalli.com

In and Around Saratoga Springs

Saratoga becomes a the place to be in August (actually, it’s July 20–Sept 3 for 2018), when the horses run. A great place to watch Polo, too (which if you haven’t done, you should). At the upscaleSaratoga has many restaurants; we could be listing them here for a long, long time. Selmer gives you only two:

  • An institution for over half a century, classic French is available at Chez Pierre. http://www.chezpierrerestaurant.com
  • Especially if one is a golfer, or even just enjoys the serenity of perfectly manicured landscapes that are part and parcel of first-rate golf facilities, Prime won’t disappoint. https://primeatsaratoganational.com
  • In operation since 1938, Hattie’s is a must. Southern and Louisiana cuisine. The fried chicken is provided to many who swear it’s better here than anywhere below the M-D line. http://hattiesrestaurant.com

In and Around the Berkshires (TBD; for now, see Selmer)

Author: Naveen Sundar

Created: 2018-08-20 Mon 08:29

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