Saratoga- Great Food with Atmosphere
I am traveling to Saratoga with a group of 20-30 year olds. There will be 7 people dining. We are looking for good food served in a trendy/attractive atmosphere. We will eat just about any type of cuisine but would most likely opt for nouvelle american, italian, or french. Simple steak/seafood would be great too. Can anyone advise where to find for both delicious food in an upscale setting? Thank you in advance!
Here are some places that roughly meet your description. You'll need a reservation, and it'll be hard to come by, so get on the phone and take whatever you can get. These are in order of how easy I think it will be to get a table for 7:
Grey Gelding Bistro
84 Henry St, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
26 Henry St, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
534 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Try Bloomers. It's south of Saratoga in the old Chez Sophie location. Food and atmosphere very good.
I'll second Chez Sophie and also mention Beekman Street Bistro. It's a bit small but at an off-hour you should be OK. Great food, nice contemporary atmosphere and creative use of fresh, local ingrediants.
Here's Beekman Street's website:
and a review (I think it has improved even more since this early review):
and the Chez Sophie website (the menu changes daily, so the website only shows the basics. Click on "news" for their latest newsletter, which will mention at least some of the currect specials. Anyway, we usually go w/ a tasting menu
and a review:
Concur with the other posters. But, if you are going to be in Saratoga between now and Labor Day, reservations are a must. It's track season. I would also add Hatties to the list. Not trendy, but down home southern/somewhat New Orleans cuisine. Certainly try the fried chicken (which won over Bobby Flay in a Throwdown episode on Food Network, but also the jambalaya, and smothered pork chops. As far as steak, none of the other posters have mentioned Cliffs Country Inn, on Route 9P. (Left turn off of Route 9 South of Saratoga at the Ripe Tomato. Wont meet your definition of trendy/attractive, but those of us who live in Saratoga year round know it's a carnivore's delight. Really cant go wrong there.
I just ate in a great place that might fit the bill. The full name is escaping me- Forno something- across the street from the Saratogian hotel. I was there on this past Thurs. night w/out a res. The food was delicious and reasonably priced for a nice evening on the town. I had the insalate misto, which has a lot more in it than your regular mixed salad. Roasted peppers, thinly sliced cheese, and white balsamic dressing really made it special. I also ate the piadina di pollo con funghi. Also delicious. In a light, creamy sauce with roasted potatoes and vegetables. I would have prefered less rosemary in it, b/c I hate it, but that's just my personal preference. We had a great bottle of wine and the serivce was top notch. I have no idea what they serve at Gaffney's but the people in the outdoor area looked like they were having a ball! I would have liked to check it out after dinner, but my friend was exhausted.
For casual dining on the water, try the Tropic Hut (follow the signs off of exit 14). The Miss O Pork sandwich is great !