Need lunch rec near Colonie or Crossgates/Albany
I know a lot of little, interesting places in Albany, but am not aware of anything but the chains around Colonie Center (and/or Crossgates.) We'll be limited in time, so need to eat in or around the mall. Can anyone recommend a decent lunch place (any type of food) or a chain that's tolerable?
Was going to try P.F. Chang until I read the posts on the board, now that's a no. Have eaten at Cheesecake Factory once; that was enough (though I do like the cheesecake.)
Cheesecake Factory usually has a wait if you have limited time.
Across the street is a decent Chinese restaurant...Emperor's Palace.
BFS is a cozy Lebanese place, with terrific lunches (and dinners) just down from Crossgates Mall. Beats the crap out of any of the chains.
BFS Delicatessen & Cafe
1736 Western Ave, Albany, NY 12203
If you like Italian how about D'Raymonds in Loudonville on the Albany Shaker Rd. which has delicious lunches and reasonable (call ahead for a reservation and they are open on Mondays); Inferno Pizza also Albany Shaker Road has a nice dining room; TJ's Cafe or Ralph's Tavern on Central Avenue near Colonie Center; Real Seafood Co, on Wolf Road down from the Colonie Center for fresh seafood. Hope this has helped you out.