Good Deli In Albany?
I remember Platts... but is there a place that makes their own pastrami, bakes a loaf of rye... something along those lines? Or even a really great Italian deli with house salami?
I too would like to know the answer to this question so I hope you don't mind if I've tacked myself onto this discussion.
The answer is no. There is a place that makes the pastrami and the corn beef that's sold at Katz's, which is a decent pedigree, Old World Provisions (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5199... ), but they no longer have a retail outlet; you can buy their products at Price Choppers and some other deli counters, including Genoa Imports in Loudonville. The Ben and Bill's Deli counters at the Price Choppers on New Scotland and in Saratoga Springs are actually the best places to sit down and eat a pastrami or corned beef sandwich, sad to say, although the sandwiches are excellent, on rye that they bring up from Rockland County. No place like Platt's, which was a genuine Jewish deli, cafeteria style, exists in Albany, although Gershon's Deli in Schenectady is a Jewish style sit-down deli worth visiting. There are plenty of places to buy homemade cured meats up here, but no real salumerias, so far as I know, although the two Romas and the aforementioned Genoa are two places to buy first-rate Italian sandwiches.
Second Avenue Deli, Katz', Russ & Daughters are only 2 1/2 hours away . . .
Deli, bagels & bialies, Greek food and fine dining are tough to find in the Capital District based on my experience.
A great deli that we have discoved is Saati in Newton Plaza in Loudonville, NY. Great sandwiches and delicious soups. Also, I second Gershons they are great too.