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Jan 19, 2011 01:54 PM

I-87 from NYC to Lake George

This is my first Chowhound posting since 1999!

My g'friend and I drive to Southern Vermont every February for a family reunion/broomball tournament. We take the 87 from NYC to the Lake George exit, and I was wondering if there are any spectacular eats/foods/meals along that 200 miles.

To date, we've been stopping at Absolute Bagels on Broadway for their lox and cream cheese sandwich, which steels us for the 5 hour drive, but I'd hate to think we were missing a great diner, excellent pizza, or an exemplary chili dog along the way. Please advise.

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  1. We sometimes stop at Armadillo's in Kingston on our way upstate. It's not necessarily quick, but it is tasty.

    Armadillo Bar & Grill
    97 Abeel St, Kingston, NY 12401

    1. I like to stop at exit 19, Kingston. when you get off the exit it is on the south bound side of the thruway you will see a sign that says "steak" it is a part of the hotel there. I do not know the name of the place but I stop there for a good steak house burger and fries. I have had several meals there and cant say that any were ever bad. Its a good place to break up the trip and have a decent meal.

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      1. re: HDT

        maybe you're thinking of skytop steakhouse. never been but hard to miss the (massive) sign.

      2. based on your examples, it sounds like you are looking for casual dining. here are some options we frequent and love, all not too far out of the way from exit 20 saugerties/woodstock...

        cafe mezzaluna, latin bistro

        love bites- relatively new cafe, vegan/vegetarian friendly, cozy with just a handful of tables

        fez- middle eastern

        of these three, i favor cafe mezzaluna, where we will be going today. in need of their freshly squeezed oj mimosas.

        if you're looking to grab a quick bite to go, dallas hotdogs i hear is good.

        1. jakeklis, what's "spectacular" mean to you? IMHO best food exits are:

          *GW (Korean)
          *Albany (Miss Albany Diner aka MAD, ethnic choices, etc.)
          *Schenectady (Italian, pizza, Little Italy, dogs)
          *Troy (Italian, pizza, dogs, pubs)
          *Saratoga Springs (Compton's - not sure I'd call it "a great diner", etc.)
          *Lake George (except for Oscar's Smokehouse, Top of the World and a lunch place near the outlets not a food destination)

          Miss Albany Diner (MAD) is just outside of downtown Albany, not far from Huck Finn's Warehouse. I read MAD is for sale so hopefully they're still open for business. Please note CASH ONLY. Closed Mondays. Hours: Tues. - Fri. 7:00 - 2:15, Sat. & Sun. 9:00 - 2:15.

          You might want to do a search of this Board, there are a lot of threads (search is your friend). To get you started:



          Happy eating :)

          1. Found this thread (I-87 NYC to Montreal) when I was searching re: Montreal: