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Saratoga Help! Can't remember...

I was in Saratoga 2 years ago and went to an amazing, off the beaten path restaurant but can't remember what it was. It may have been Italian, it was a small place, maybe 20 tables and during racing season it seamed to be almost all people associated with the racing world, owners, etc. If I had to guess I'd say it was east of the Broadway strip, perhaps off Caroline St, but I could be totally wrong. I do remember that I had duck, it was amazing! Any guesses where this is?? Sorry to be so vague, but my memory is terrible!! Would like to go back this summer...

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    1. re: adobocaster

      Nope, definitely not one of the more "common" places, although I do like both of those. Thanks!!

    2. Do you recall if you were on an upper floor instead of at ground level? Was there a Grand Piano in the room? If so, possibly it was Twenty-8 Tables at 17 Maple Avenue. That restaurant is now under new management.
      http://www.28tables.com/

      Also, downstairs at the same address "was" Mare, but that was more of an Italian seafood restaurant with an outdoor nightclub next door. I'm not sure what business occupies that space right now.

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      1. re: Roger K

        No, not upstairs. Mare I've been to, but it wasn't that. Thank you!!

      2. Possibly Lanci's? Which has changed names since then

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        1. re: trakman

          I had wondered if that was it. It may be. Sad to hear it closed if it was that. Thank you.

          1. re: stephsu

            Mio Posto--even better--currently occupies that space.

            1. re: gerchak198

              Just went to Mio Posto again. SO said it's one of the best meals he's had . . .tasting menu.

            2. re: stephsu

              I didn't suggest Lanci's only because it did not meet your description of "maybe 20 tables." They didn't have room for more than 8. In fact, Lanci's closed in April, 2009, a year before you said you were in Saratoga. However, it was quickly replaced in July, 2009 by a restaurant called 8 Tables, which continued to be an excellent Italian restaurant. But as gerchak198 has pointed out, Mio Posto is the latest incarnation and seems to be receiving excellent reviews.

              1. re: Roger K

                Ok, then obviously it wasn't that. It was more than 8 tables where I went. I guess my search continues....

                1. re: stephsu

                  My wife came up with the suggestion of Dine. It has/had about 20 tables at 26 Henry St. - two streets East of Broadway, between Phila and Spring Sts. As you've probably guessed by my wording, it too closed about March of 2011. It has been replaced by Capriccio Saratoga, another fine Italian restaurant that is the sister of a well regarded and long established restaurant in Albany - Cafe Capriccio. Hopefully you'll be returning to Saratoga soon and have a chance to check out these new replacements.

                  1. re: Roger K

                    I thought about Dine as well. Sounded like it could be, but again, the original poster said not one of the more common places. An uncommon place that served duck? LOL. Good discovery.

                    1. re: Roger K

                      Sounds like it might be Dine. To me off the beaten path means a few blocks off Broadway and Dine fits the bill. We always enjoyed Dine. And now we enjoy the more casual Capriccio Saratoga . . .

                      Unless it's Scallions, more of a lunch place, a little off the beaten path. They have a delicious duck salad.

                      1. re: financialdistrictresident

                        I liked the duck at Dine :)

                        This has a picture of Capriccio Saratoga (formerly Dine):

                        http://capricciosaratoga.com/

                        They haven't changed much of the interior (added that expensive pizza oven from Italy to the kitchen!). Exterior only change is new signage and patio seating.

            3. The duck is what's throwing me off, LOL. You are not referring to Hattie's as you said it was not one of the more common places. Not Sperry's or Tiznow, same same.

              Could you possibly be talking about Springwater Bistro? I don't remember if they closed in 2009 or 2010. The food there was excellent, and I do remember them serving duck. Unfortunately, they closed.

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              1. re: ELA

                Perhaps it was Dine, I just don't know anymore. I am going back at the end of this summer, so I will try to figure out where it was and see what is there now! Thank you all for the help! If anyone has any suggestions for top 2 restaurants to go to, I'd appreciate it. No specific criteria, just favorites, not to miss! Thanks.

                1. re: stephsu

                  My don't miss -- so, if I had to pick just two, I'd go with One Caroline and Hattie's.

                  BTW, Dine was a small building, small place, less than 20 tables perhaps, small bar, tables close together. Nice ambiance. It was on Henry St. which was a short street that ran parallel to Broadway. It is, say, 2 to 3 blocks west of Broadway.

                  1. re: ELA

                    It must be Dine then!! The location sounds right on! I didn't realize this was as popular a restaurant. I always heard of One Caroline, Mouzon House, Chianti, etc, but hadn't heard that one mentioned as much. What a shame it closed, we really enjoyed it. Thanks for the help!!!

                    One Caroline we've been to a few times and always liked. Hattie's I have heard of and have never been to. Perhaps we'll give that a shot. Thank you!

                    1. re: ELA

                      ELA, I'm not trying to correct you, but I don't want stephsu to get lost. Henry St is 2 blocks EAST of Broadway. Across from the carousel in the park.

                      As for "top 2," PSZaas provided stephsu with an excellent reply based upon type of food interest.
                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/857469

                      As for Dine being "off the beaten path" it could fit that description since you have to walk at least a block to find another restaurant. That certainly is not the case with most other popular restaurants in Saratoga.

                      1. re: Roger K

                        I meant east, thanks. I read when the original poster said east, and knew it was east. Have no idea why I said west, LOL.

                        I would consider Dine off the beaten path to some extent, but not one of the more uncommon places.

                        Good luck.