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New to Albany-want recommendations

Larry1700 May 4, 2014 12:46 PM

Just moved to Albany. Can I please get some recommendations for great pizza and Chinese food? Thanks!

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  1. PSZaas RE: Larry1700 May 4, 2014 09:25 PM

    Hard to say what the best pizza in Albany is, but the best pizza anywhere near Albany is either at DeFazio's in Troy or at Village Pizzaria in East Galway, rather farther from Albany proper. There's a long thread somewhere on this board about pizza, and a super-long thread about all kinds of dining in Albany.

    The best Chinese in Albany is almost certainly Shining Rainbow on Central Ave. I've been impressed recently by Hong Kong Bakery on Wolf Rd., great selection of dim sum, and very good dishes cooked to order. Friendly place.

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      financialdistrictresident RE: PSZaas May 5, 2014 04:07 PM

      Long thread re: pizza:


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      Roger K RE: Larry1700 May 4, 2014 10:37 PM

      Not to be overlooked for Chinese is Ala Shanghai in Latham. Rain on Lark Street gets mostly good reviews and has a really nice atmosphere.

      As for pizza, I won't disagree with PSZaas, but it also really depends on the style of pizza you prefer. A thicker crust is popular at The Fountain on New Scotland Ave, and the wood fired pizza at Bacchus on 2nd St in Troy is also quite good.

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        PSZaas RE: Roger K May 5, 2014 03:12 AM

        Completely agree about Ala Shanghai, and I'm sorry I forgot to include it. Always excellent, and in a setting that's a little more upscale than the other recommendations.

      2. Fred19 RE: Larry1700 May 5, 2014 05:31 AM

        Try Pepper Jack's on North Allen Street in Albany. Great food, soups and wraps.



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          AmyH RE: Fred19 May 5, 2014 06:01 AM

          The OP was asking for Chinese and Pizza. Pepper Jack's has neither.

        2. AmyH RE: Larry1700 May 5, 2014 06:01 AM

          I absolutely agree about Ala Shanghai, Hong Kong Bistro, and DeFazio's pizza. I would also add Taiwan Noodle on Central. If you want Vietnamese I'd suggest Van's, also on Central. For pizza when we don't feel like driving to Troy, we like Little Anthony's.

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            fisher RE: Larry1700 May 6, 2014 10:23 AM

            For Chinese, I agree with the recommendations for Ala Shanghai and Taiwan Noodle. I also second the recommendation for Van's for Vietnamese.

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              Larry1700 RE: Larry1700 Jun 2, 2014 03:31 PM

              Thank you for all of the great replies. What about all-around Italian restaurants - i.e, not only pizza?

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                trakman RE: Larry1700 Jun 2, 2014 07:37 PM

                There are enough posters who will respond to this query so I'll remain silent on the general issue, but if you use the search option in the upper right you will get a ton of past responses to the question.

                However, if your query includes veal, I would, and have in the past, recommend D'Raymonds in Loudonville. They have a web site, and the veal combinations and permutations are not to be missed, particularly the veal chop

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                  PSZaas RE: trakman Jun 3, 2014 03:17 AM

                  D'Raymonds is so far ahead of any other southern Italian restaurant around here that I can't think of another restaurant to recommend alongside of it. The Capital District has hundreds of mediocre-but-decent Italian joints--it's the default category of restaurant here--but nothing that approaches D'Raymonds for quality. Maybe Villa Italia on Central? Maybe one of the Schenectady favorites, like Via Appia? Incidentally, D'Raymonds is almost always booked up, even on a weeknight, even late. You have to reserve.

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                  AmyH RE: Larry1700 Jun 3, 2014 05:34 AM

                  We have always enjoyed Moscatello's in East Greenbush.

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                    Roger K RE: Larry1700 Jun 3, 2014 06:57 AM

                    My wife has always raved about D'Raymond's. Recently, she said her experience at Johnny's in Schenectady was comparable and other's have agreed. Yes, I know Schenectady is not Albany.

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                      financialdistrictresident RE: Roger K Jun 16, 2014 05:43 AM

                      Can't wait to try Johnny's. . .

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                      financialdistrictresident RE: Larry1700 Jun 16, 2014 05:49 AM

                      As trakman suggested, search is your friend.

                      Larry1700, a long thread on Schenectady's Little Italy (so close to Albany) to get you started:


                      In Albany, I'd add Cafe Capriccio and Grappa '72. I have not been in awhile, so hopefully other hounds will chime in with recent experiences. I also hear good things about Nicole's but have not been. Defer to other hounds.


                      Lombardo's is an old school red sauce place in downtown Albany. I haven't been in ages and hear it's past it's prime. The Yelp perspective:


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