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Jan 26, 2008 08:26 PM

Valentine's Day Recommendations-Capital District

Hello all! I am new to chowhound and have been reading the blogs with interest. I have lived in the Clifton Park area for 26 years and have learned so much about places to try I had never heard of before! Now I would like some help with a recommendation for a special Valentine's Day Dinner. Any favorites come to mind? Would appreciate any help.

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  1. McGuires....Bloomers...
    These would be my choices foe V.D.

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    1. re: jaylhorner

      jaylhorner, I didn't find much on Bloomers (in Malta) when I Googled it and did a search of this board. What would you suggest?

      1. re: financialdistrictresident

        Located in the old Chez Sophie location (diner) on Rt 9 south of exit 13. Chef was the sous chef at Sophie. You wouldn't be disappointed.

          1. re: financialdistrictresident

            Take your pick..... I have not been disappointed.

            1. re: jaylhorner

              jaylhorner, we went to Bloomers. Calamari with pepperoncini and scallions, foie gras app (special), BBQ quail with espresso and chipotle sauce, cioppino stew in saffron broth. Delicious. Thanks for the suggestion.

    2. You've been a little non-specific about what kind of food you like, but romantic restaurants in Saratoga Springs include Chianti, Beekman Street Bistro, maybe One Caroline.

      Beekman Street Bistro
      62 Beekman St, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

      Chianti Il Ristorante
      208 S Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

      One Caroline Street Bistro
      1 Caroline Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

      1. Last year I took my wife to Saratoga. Our first stop was Speck Boutique so she could pick out some Ed Levin jewelry. Then just down the block to Chez Sophie. The food, service, drinks were all great. This year she wants to do the exact same thing.

        1. There is a long thread: TOP Capital Region - Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga, Troy you might want to check out if you haven't already done so. You are close to Saratoga Springs which has the most choices (some already mentioned by other hounds). You don't mention cuisine or price. Yono's (American or Indonesian cuisine) in downtown Albany has delicious cuisine and is very romantic (reminded me of Danube in NYC except Yono's didn't have banquets with pillows, candleabras). Excellent service, live piano music. The Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia is an option and they have a small inn if you want to stay overnight. Jack's (Albany) former chef started at The Inn at Erlowest (Bolton Landing) this month. An upscale option, if you're willing to take a chance on a new chef and don't mind the drive.

          1. My initial thought is “Don’t!” I refuse to go out on Valentine’s Day. It’s so difficult for the restaurants to give you the kind of experience you want. But I will say that my favorite Valentine’s Day memory was at River Street Café in Troy. Of course, that was when the inimitable Peter Calabrese was running the front of the house. Anyone tried it in the past couple of years?

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            1. re: meg944

              was there recently and had a great,slow dining experience. I'd recommend it for VDay. How about the Tosca Grille or the Golden Fox in Troy. McGuires is a great idea as well. I like some of the smaller places in Saratoga but my best recomendation would be the Springwater Bistro on Union ave for a varied, fresh menu.

              1. re: jspear

                jspear, with all due respect I do not find Tosca romantic (too music hall-ish, high ceilings). Food was very good when we went last.