Suggestions needed for lunch Albany/Troy
Visiting our son at R.P.I. on Sunday, Sept. 5. Can you suggest a nice place to take him to lunch? Someplace he wouldn't go to...he's graduate student broke, but he really likes to eat.
Also, if you have any interesting suggestions I could pass onto him for where to grocery shop (he's pretty unhappy with the local Price Chopper I think it is), farmer's markets, etc.) He's a foodie!
I second the recommendation for the Honest Weight CoOp, as well as the preference for Hannaford over Price Chopper. There's a large Hannaford in Latham (near the circle, in the Latham Farms plaza) which carries some items that the lesser ones don't stock.
As for lunch recommendations, these are too late for Sunday but might come in handy for future lunches, or for others who are seeking:
Daisy Baker's, near the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall used to serve a quality lunch; am not sure what their hours are these days but worth a call.
River Street Café in Troy. Very good food, nicely presented in an old brick bell forge. A good place for a leisurely and memorable meal. Not cheap, but no more expensive than Café Cappricio (in Albany, also highly recommended). Again, not sure of hours, but both are worth a call. Note: River Street Café is right next door to where they hold the Troy Farmer's Market.
Also in Albany. recently ate dinner at Grappa '72 and was pleasantly impressed. It's in a strip mall on Central Ave, occupying a site which used to be Carmine's- but far, far, superior. They definitely serve lunch. I consider this place a real find.
River Street Cafe
429 River St, Troy, NY 12180
33 2nd St Ste 2, Troy, NY 12180
My favorite in the Albany area for a large meal is Bupa di Beppo for Italian food. They serve family size portions, large glasses of wine and interesting decor.
For lighter fare, try Pepper Jacks. They have excellent wraps, great cheese steaks and delicious soups.
192 North Allen Street, Albany, NY 12206