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May 26, 2011 02:46 AM

Capital District version of the Algonquin?

Just returned from a quick trip to the city and was reminded what I'd love to see in the Capital District. My wish list:

*A bar like the Algonquin with quiet elegance, cocktails, couches and delicious appetizers (perfect calamari, crab cakes, etc.).

*Fine dining and amazing desserts. Like the strawberry sorbet with pistachio crumble pre-dessert and passion fruit souffle at Falai.

Didn't get to Astoria for Greek food. Bought a few dozen Kossars bialys before heading to the train. The best bialys in our area (popular with Florida transplants as well) are Ray's New York Bagels What's a Bialy? found in Price Chopper's freezer section.

Any suggestions for a Capital Region version of the Algonquin? What's on your wish list?

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  1. Not having ever been to the Algonquin, unfortunately, I don't have any suggestions for a comparative Capital Region equivalent.

    But ironically, here is what I just received in an email from Marriott:

    Spend 3 consecutive nights at the Algonquin Hotel, Autograph Collection this summer and the 3rd night is FREE! Valid for stays between June 1 through August 31, 2011.

    Offer includes:

    Room Accommodations
    3rd Night Free for a 3 night consecutive stay
    Complimentary wireless Internet access
    Rates from $179/night!

    However, fdr, your discription makes me think of the lobby and bar of The Inn at Erlowest in Lake George. I see you've been there in the past. Am I on the right track?

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    1. re: Roger K

      Too funny! Yes, been to The Inn at Erlowest . . . You're heading in the right direction. I was also thinking about The Sagamore. Maybe Lake George, Saratoga Springs and other places where people summered in days past . . .something with the historic elegance of The Van Dyck (Schenectady) before it became a beer pub . . .

    2. These are quintessentially New York City institutions, so of course they don't exit in the tiny Capital District; no Chrysler Building, Radio City Music Hall, or Metropolitan Museum, either. The closest decent Bialy to the Albany Area is Kossar's; for a bar with couches, cocktails, and appetizers, you can go to a place you know well, the Wine Bar in Saratoga Springs. We have our charms, but the vast diversity of New York is not one of them.

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        1. re: financialdistrictresident

          How about the new Maestro's terrace and bar room?

          1. re: gerchak198

            Nothing will duplicate the Algonquin. Have you been to the bar at the Adelphi, in season? That has some of the same casual elegance, if you catch it right. Doesn't have the $25 cocktails, though, that the Algonquin has become famous for.

            1. re: PSZaas

              Have not been to the new Maestro's location yet . . .The Adelphi sounds interesting. BTW the cocktails and wine by the glass mark up at The Algonquin were notable. Maybe it's the price you pay for old fashioned service, that quiet elegance or to experience the Algonquin cat. Since the thought of spending $16+ for a glass of wine was not appealing I spent my $25 on a glass of the bubbly. Got my city fix for awhile . . .

              PS I wonder what The Seven Deadly Sins cocktails at the TriBeCa Grand are these days?