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Clifton Park, NY Restaurants- Any Special Ones to Recommend?

EIF1lady Oct 20, 2009 06:52 PM

Will be in the Clifton Park area Saturday evening and am looking for an Italian/Continental restaurant that is nearby. We are willing to spend about $30-40pp.

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  1. PSZaas RE: EIF1lady Oct 20, 2009 09:27 PM

    Clifton Park has some serviceable restaurants, but nothing Special. Saratoga Springs is fifteen minutes north, with a number of choices in your price range (my favorite is Chianti), Latham is fifteen minutes south, and you might enjoy Milano or D'Raymond's, a few minutes farther, in Loudonville.

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

    D'Raymonds Restaurant & Lounge
    269 Osborne Rd Ste 4, Albany, NY 12211

    Milano - Latham NY
    594 New Loudon Road, Latham, NY 12110

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      financialdistrictresident RE: PSZaas Oct 21, 2009 04:05 AM

      The best thing about Clifton Park is you're only 15-30 minutes away from good food.

      Agree with PSZaas recs. I have only been to Chianti's. I also like Cafe Capriccio and Nicole's in Albany but that might add about 15 minutes more to your trip. By the way Chianti's doesn't take reservations.

      I'll also mention Augie's in Ballston Spa, which is popular with locals. Portions are family style and value priced. NOT a destination place.

      Just for fun, a thread on Schenectady's Little Italy (about 30 minutes from Clifton Park):


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        financialdistrictresident RE: financialdistrictresident Oct 27, 2009 06:21 PM

        Nicole's (Italian) is closed. Le Canard Enchaine (French) is in the former Nicole's location. Le Canard also has a restaurant in Kingston.

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          financialdistrictresident RE: financialdistrictresident Oct 28, 2009 06:13 AM

          Edit: My above post is incorrect. I believe there are two Nicole's in Albany. Nicole's (Italian) on Delaware Avenue and Nicole's Bistro (French) in the Quackenbush House which has closed. Apologies for any confusion.

          Nicole's (Italian) on Delaware:


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      gerchak198 RE: EIF1lady Oct 21, 2009 06:02 AM

      Clifton Park is a Chowhound Wasteland.

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        PSZaas RE: gerchak198 Oct 21, 2009 12:10 PM

        Clifton Park has some decent pub grub (Ravenswood is a good place for a burger and beer) and it does have the area's only vegetarian Italian restaurant, or "vegetarian-friendly" or whatever they call it, Antipasto. There's sushi and coffee, at least one decent Indian joint, adequate Chinese/Thai at Tai-Pan. But nothing worth driving out of one's way.

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          financialdistrictresident RE: PSZaas Oct 22, 2009 05:03 AM

          PSZaas, I had some very good spanakopita last week at Grecian ? on route 9. Portion was huge - enough for two. Also hear their moussaka is good. Second the Indian place. It has a very good luncheon buffet and when the weather is nice you can sit outside beside the zen-like pond. That's at least two places I can have a decent lunch when I don't go to The Jonesville Store or Saratoga Springs.

          What's the sushi place?

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            PSZaas RE: financialdistrictresident Oct 22, 2009 08:31 PM

            The sushi place is Sushi Na, in the St. John's strip mall on Rt. 9 near 146. Not quite Yoshi's, and a little more expensive, but not bad. Grecian Gardens is a reliable Greek diner run by real Greek people. The Indian place is in a cursed location; I wish them well. But none of these places is a destination restaurant, which is what the poster seems to want, a destination Italian or Continental restaurant. None of them is even Italian!

            Sushi Na
            1683 Route 9 Ste 1, Clifton Park, NY 12065

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              EIF1lady RE: PSZaas Oct 22, 2009 10:48 PM

              Right you are! I was looking for Italian/continental, but it could be casual, as long as the food is good. It seems like we will have to go to Saratoga, Schenectady or Albany. Does anyone know how the new Brandon's is?

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                financialdistrictresident RE: EIF1lady Oct 23, 2009 06:12 AM

                EIF1lady, the best food IMHO is in Saratoga Springs and Albany. I tried Luisa's (Italian) recently and it was good. Not a destination place and a bit too far for you from Clifton Park.

                I was in Schenectady's Little Italy yesterday and Perreca's and More is not open yet (when I asked their ETA is around Thanksgiving). Bought some Tarelle and had a slice of Perreca's pizza :)

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                financialdistrictresident RE: PSZaas Oct 23, 2009 06:17 AM

                Agreed. We digressed and now OP has some lunch places in CP if they ever need them . . .

                Thanks PSZaas, I'll have to check it out. I also need to get back to Yoshi's.

                EIF1lady, please report back.

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                  gerchak198 RE: financialdistrictresident Oct 23, 2009 09:31 AM

                  The only thing I would add to this post is that David Zecchini of Chianti and Forno Toscano, both in SS, is opening a place in CP called Pasta e Pane or something like that. I don't know the opening date, but that will really add to the dining scene in CP.

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                    PSZaas RE: gerchak198 Oct 23, 2009 07:21 PM

                    We're looking forward to it. Pasta Pane, supposed to open "around the turn of the year."

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                      financialdistrictresident RE: PSZaas Nov 20, 2009 01:47 PM

                      Just saw this re: Pasta Pane . . . ETA early winter 2010:


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                  financialdistrictresident RE: PSZaas Dec 11, 2009 03:49 AM

                  PSZaas, ended up at Sushi Thai @ The Park last night . . . thought I might be heading to your rec in this thread (unfortunately didn't remember the name last night, just the thread). Now I have to ask SO about Sushi Na. He used to like a CP sushi place that is now closed.

          2. TonyO RE: EIF1lady Oct 25, 2009 08:04 PM

            Salty's Pub has some pretty good food as well. Tehy wings at teh Ravenswood are good as well.

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              financialdistrictresident RE: TonyO Dec 11, 2009 03:49 AM

              TonyO, someone mentioned Salty's to me yesterday. Now I'm curious. I may need to check it out.

            2. financialdistrictresident RE: EIF1lady Oct 28, 2009 06:25 AM

              Where did you end up? Please report back.

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                EIF1lady RE: financialdistrictresident Oct 28, 2009 04:02 PM

                We ended up at Cornell's in Schenectady, since we had been there once before and enjoyed it. I had a veal/ lobster tail francese entree that was delicious. My husband, who is a very picky/plain eater, had veal milanese. It was a bit disappointing; it was pounded down very thin, which is fine, but was greasy and bland. The service was excellent, but I would try somewhere else next time.

                Somewhere Else
                128 Remsen Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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                  financialdistrictresident RE: EIF1lady Oct 28, 2009 06:22 PM

                  Thanks for the report, EIF1lady. I still have some leftover Cornell's chicken livers in my freezer.

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                    markabauman RE: financialdistrictresident Nov 15, 2009 12:41 PM

                    Was in CP today. Saw that a branch of Saratoga's Wheatfields will be opening in the Crossings. Over near Clifton Country Center, I saw a Chipotle under construction-never been to one-usually avoid chains. Can't comment.

                    440 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

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                      financialdistrictresident RE: markabauman Nov 20, 2009 01:33 PM

                      Wheatfields is now open . . .


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