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Aperitivo Bistro, 416 State Street, Schenectady
Aperitivo Bistro continues its climb in our yearly poll from winning best new restaurant two years ago to claiming the top spot in appetizers and Schenectady County restaurants, Finalist for Bistro category and tapas/small plate this year. With a large variety of smaller dishes that are made for sharing, restaurateur Angelo Mazzone opened the bistro two years ago last November, and since then, patrons have relished a fresh menu in a classy and cool atmosphere.  
Angelo's 677 Prime, 677 Broadway, Albany
The Standard Restaurant & Lounge, One Crossgates Mall Road, Albany

Uncommon Grounds Coffee & Bagels, 1235 Western Avenue, Albany;  402 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
A gourmet coffee and bagel shop established in 1992, the store has two locations, one in Saratoga Springs, and the other in Albany.
The store is appealing because it strives to serve the best coffee and best bagels in a very relaxing atmosphere. The bagels are baked daily in the stores ovens, roasting coffee in the stores constantly and serving some of the finest desserts in the Capital Region.
Manhattan  Bagel, 133 Saratoga Road, Scotia

Bella Napoli Italian American Bakery, 672 New Loudon Road, Latham;  721 River St., Troy
Winning the top spot for best bakery seven years and counting should convince you that Bella Napoli Italian American Bakery knows their stuff. How about the 40 years experience they have baking breads, cakes and pastries? Trust us, bring a platter of their traditional cannolis or outrageous radio bars to your next office party or family function, and you'll be the favorite guest.
Villa Italia Bakery, 226 Broadway, Schenectady
Mrs. London's, 464 Broadway, Saratoga Springs

Beer Selection
Albany Pump Station, 19 Quackenbush Square, Albany
Moving up from second to top beer surely should make Albany Pump Station your choice for not only mouthwatering beer but delicious burgers, dinners and desserts. The full name, C.H. Evans Brewing Company at the Albany Pump Station, seems a bit wordy. The family of Cornelius H. Evans, proprietor, owned the original C.H. Evans Brewing Company. "Albany Pump Station" denotes the historic building which the microbrewery and restaurant reside. The full name, while quite descriptive, is also quite a mouthful. Most people just refer to them as "The Pump Station." *See owner, Neil, on our cover.
Mahar's Public Bar, 1110 Madison Avenue, Albany
Wolf's 1-11, 1-11 Wolf Road, Albany

Birthday Cakes
Villa Italia Pasticceria, 226 Broadway, Schenectady
A true family affair, the Mallozzi family bought Villa Italia when it was a small pizzeria in the summer of 1965, and it has been in their family ever since. Quickly changing the menu to feature Italian baked goods instead of pizza and cold cuts, they have become known for offering the best in birthday cakes, wedding cakes and mouthwatering pastries. On average, they go through about 2,000 pounds of sugar a week! They make the thought of turning one year older a little sweeter with choices like Italian rum, black forest and mocha cream.
Coccadotts Cake Shop, 1179 Central Avenue, Albany
Bella Napoli Italian American Bakery, 672 New Loudon Road, Latham; 721 River St., Troy

New World Bistro Bar, 300 Delaware Avenue, Albany
Discover this restaurant's own style of global soul food. The bistro offers  healthy, lustily seasoned and assertive dishes of the American Melting Pot. If you want fresh, come here. Many of its ingredients are regional, organic and sustainable. They use fresh, local tomatoes in summer, dried in winter, fresh corn in summer, and polenta in winter.
Cella Bistro, 2015 Rosa Road, Schenectady
Aperitivo, 426 State Street, Schenectady

Bread (Tie for first)
Perreca's Bakery, 33 North Jay Street, Schenectady
Bountiful Bread, 1475 Western Ave., Albany

For several years in a row, Perreca's Bakery won best bread in our yearly poll. This year, they share the spot with Bountiful Bread. Both bakeries offer the freshest breads. Perreca's Bakery, opened in 1914, offers their traditional Italian bread baked to perfection in a brick oven, complete with crispy crust and a chewy inside. Bountiful Bread offers everything from fresh bread to a variety of freshly baked muffins.
 Bella Napoli Italian American Bakery,  672 New Loudon Road, Latham; 721 River Street, Troy
Mastroianni Brothers Bakery Inc., 51 Opus Boulevard, Schenectady

Café Madison, 1108 Madison Avenue, Albany
Choosing an unusual and delicious breakfast place is as easy as checking out Café Madison. You'll find unusual and creative breakfast fare featuring everything from Tuscan omelets to oatmeal-raspberry pancakes and all types of eggs Benedict variations. Try the many varieties of home-baked toast and home fries. The longtime Pine Hills staple now offers dinner too.
Peaches Café, Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany
Duncan's Dairy Bar, 890 Hoosick Road, Troy

Five Guys Burger and Fries, Various locations
Choosing a burger in the Capital Region is simple. Our voters said go to Five Guys Burger and Fries. Did you know there are more than 250,000 ways to order a burger at Five Guys? They use only fresh ground beef. There are no freezers in Five Guys locations, just coolers. Nothing is ever frozen. The menu is trans-fat free.
Jack's Drive-Inn, 24 Main Avenue, Wynantskill
Jumpin' Jack's Drive-In, 5 Schonowee Avenue, Scotia

Chicken Wings (Tie for first)
The Ale House, 680 River Street, Troy
Wings Over Albany, 1704 Western Avenue, Albany
Capital Region chicken wing lovers voted a tie for best chicken wings at both The Ale House and Wings Over Albany. Chicken wings and beer are a great combination at The Ale House. Your tummy will love you if you make The Ale House a regular stop. The atmosphere is pub-like, but it has a family restaurant feel to it. Wings Over Albany offers hand-battered plump wings served with or without sauce. Try Wings Over Albany's sauces including Kickin Bar-b-que or Garlic Parmesan, and you'll be in heaven!
Bombers Burrito Bar, 258 Lark Street, Albany; 447 State Street, Schenectady

Bombers Burrito Bar, 258 Lark Street, Albany; 447 State Street, Schenectady
While they may be best known for their burritos, the Capital Region knows that when you want a hot bowl of spicy chili, Bombers Burrito Bar is the place to go. Owner Matt Baumgartner and friend Lynn Beaumont opened the business in 1997 after a $15,000 win in a poker game at an area casino - really! So whether you like it meaty or vegetarian-style, Bombers serves it up right and for the right price - you can bet on that.
Brown's Brewing Co., 417 River Street, Troy
El Loco, 465 Madison Avenue, Albany

Coffee (Tie for first)
Mocha Blend, 720 Hoosick Road, Troy;
Uncommon Grounds, 402 Broadway, Saratoga Springs

Capital Region coffee lovers chose both Mocha Blend and Uncommon Grounds as best coffee place. With the goal of bringing a taste of Europe to the Capital Region, Mocha Blend Café owners Tom and Glenn used a trip to Italy as inspiration when opening the coffee shop. Uncommon Grounds offers their wonderful coffees along with freshly baked bagels. What a combination!
Professor Java's Coffee Sanctuary, 217 Wolf Road, Albany
Mocha Lisa's Caffe, 22 Clifton Country Road, Clifton Park

Gershon's Deli, 1600 Union Street, Schenectady
Voted the best deli in the Capital Region three years in a row proves to our readers just where to buy that hot corned beef, pastrami or roast beef sandwich with lots of pickles and cole slaw. Gershon's catering business is also popular with impressive meat and cheese trays and party platters.
Roma Importing Co., 9 Cobbee Road, Latham
Maurice's Sandwich Shop, 133 Wolf Road, Colonie and Sorrentino's Delicatessen, 241 Grooms Road, Clifton Park (tied for third)

Villa Italia Pasticceria, 226 Broadway, Schenectady.
When you think desserts, Capital Region readers voted "best dessert" to Villa Italia Pasticceria. They offer mouthwatering pastries. On average, they go through about 2,000 pounds of sugar a week! They make the thought of turning one year older a little sweeter with choices like Italian rum, black forest and mocha cream.
Bella Napoli Italian American Bakery, 672 New Loudon Road; 721 River St., Troy
Crisan Bakery, 197 Lark St., Albany, and Grandma's Country Restaurant, 1273 Central Ave., Albany

Latham 76 Diner, 722 New Loudon Road, Latham
Save that trip to New Jersey searching for the top diner. Go to where Capital Region "diners" have been going for years, Latham 76 Diner. Just want a snack? Check out the appetizers, fine desserts and beverages. Going for a full meal with soup, salad and entrée? Latham 76 Diner fits the bill. Are you on a diet? Choose from the wonderful selection of salads. Service, atmosphere and food can't be beat, with prices to match!  
Alexis Diner, 294 North Greenbush Road, Troy
Metro 20 Diner, 1709 Western Avenue, Albany

Dining on a Budget
Alexis Diner, 294 North Greenbush Road, Troy
With over 300 menu items that feature everything from your favorite breakfast items and burgers to steak and seafood specials, Alexis Diner combines tasty food, friendly service, and very affordable prices.
Metro 20 Diner, 1709 Western Avenue, Albany
Sukhothai, 62 Central Ave., Albany; 255 Lark Street, Albany

Early Bird Special
Alexis Diner, 294 North Greenbush Road, Troy
Want an early dinner that satisfies you through the evening? More than 300 menu items are featured.  You can choose seafood specials, burgers, and Greek specialties with a glass of wine or beer.  You can also make breakfast into a dinner with an all day breakfast menu.
The Raindancer Restaurant, 4582 State Highway 30, Amsterdam
Metro 20 Diner, 1709 Western Avenue, Albany

Fine Dining
Angelo's 677 Prime, 677 Broadway, Albany
The service at 677 Prime illustrates what being "the best" means. Angelo's 677 Prime is an obvious favorite among our readers, voted best fine dining. Steakhouse and best steak.
Jack's Oyster House, 42 State Street, Albany
McGuire's, Center Square, Albany

Fish Fry
Ted's Fish Fry, Various locations
Located in Troy, Latham and Watervliet, Ted's has won best fish fry in the Capital Region five years in a row. If you're tired of the same old fast food fish, then head into Ted's, but don't forget to get a side of their homemade chopped coleslaw.  
Bob & Ron's Fish Fry, 1007 Central Avenue, Albany
Harbor House, 1742 Route 9, Clifton Park

French Fries
Five Guys Burger and Fries, Various locations
When you think fries, think Five Guys Burger and Fries. You can order fries "Five Guys" style and Cajun, regular and large sized. The fries are cooked in pure, no cholesterol, tasty peanut oil and they use only fresh NOT frozen potatoes. Put your fries with a wonderful assortment of burgers. They go together so well. Check out their free peanuts too.
Ravenous, 21 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs
The Standard Restaurant & Lounge, One Crossgates Mall Road, Albany

Happy Hour
Creo', 1475 Western Avenue, Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany
Those in the know end their day at one of the newest ventures by the company behind Bountiful Bread, The Butcher Block, Mangia and the Log Jam, all owned by White Management. The restaurant offers a perfect environment to relax while drinking fine wine, a cocktail and a luscious meal. Executive Chef Andrew Plummer is at the helm. One of the first restaurants in New York to be LEED certified, it features a grass roof, floors made from recycled materials and energy efficient equipment. Cover shot taken at the beautiful Creo". *See Susan, bar manager on the cover too!
Lanie's, 471 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville
Recovery Room Sports Grill, 62 New Scotland Ave., Albany

Hot Dog
Gus's Hot Dogs, 212 25th Street, Watervliet
The food is amazing at this Watervliet landmark. Prices are reasonable. Check out the hot dogs. The meat sauce is out of this world, and shipped all over the world too. The menu includes everything from hot dogs and hamburgers to sausage patties and beverages. Toppings include their homemade meat sauce, finely-diced onion, grilled peppers and onions, ketchup, mustard and hot sauce.  
Hot Dog Charlie's, Various locations
Mike's Restaurant, 1135 Erie Boulevard, Schenectady

Ice Cream Stand
Kurver Kreme, 1349 Central Avenue, Albany
Think spring. Think Kurver Kreme. Capital Region ice cream lovers gather at the best soft ice cream place. Get a cone or a sundae in every size and every type of flavor at this Capital Region tradition. All sweet treats are very generous.
Snowman, 531 5th Avenue, Troy
Emack & Bolio's Ice Cream Parlor &Coffee House, 366 Delaware Avenue, Albany; 1704 Western Avenue, Albany

Kid Friendly Dining
Jumpin' Jack's Drive-In, 5 Schonowee Avenue, Scotia
Located on the Mohawk River next to Collins Park, Jumpin' Jack's Drive-In has been a family dining hotspot for years. A favorite among kids, Jumpin' Jack's has loads of fans who never miss an opening day. Whether it's delicious fish, chicken, cheeseburgers or hotdogs, everyday is a day to take your family out to Jumpin' Jack's Drive-In.
Fuddruckers, 72 Wolf Road, Albany
Five Guys Burgers and Fries, various locations

Late Night Dining
Latham 76 Diner, 722 New Loudon Road, Latham
Looking for a late night restaurant with a huge choice on the menu? Try Latham 76 Diner. Have a hankering for a stack of pancakes and a side of bacon but can't wait until morning? You won't be alone at the Latham 76 Diner, where you and other hungry patrons gather 24 hours a day, all year-round. Save room for dessert. You'll be glad you did
Bob's Diner, 929 19th Street, Watervliet
Justin's, 301 Lark Street, Albany

Lunch Spot
Whistling Tea Kettle Lounge and Café, 25 Front Street, Ballston Spa
 The cozy ambience and smell of freshly brewed tea is a great combination for the perfect lunch spot. This is a wonderful place to sup on a proper "high tea" featuring fresh, warm scones with clotted cream, along with tea sandwiches made with chicken curry salad with pecans, and cucumber and cream cheese paired with a huge selection of tea.
Four Corners Luncheonette, 2 Grove Street, Delmar
MochaBlend Café, 720 Hoosick Road, Troy

Appletini's Café, 1118 Central Avenue, Albany
End your day with a sumptuous appetizer along with a mouthwatering martini. This restaurant offers a complete menu of items, but if you're just in a mood for a drink, then check out the "Happy Hour Drink Specials" from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Angelo's 677 Prime, 677 Broadway, Albany
9 Maple Avenue, 9 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs
Bangkok Bistro Thai Restaurant, 268 State Street, Schenectady

New Restaurant (Tie for first)
Nichi's Restaurant, 175 Main Avenue, Wynantskill; and Wolf's 1-11, 1-11 Wolf Road, Albany
Both Nichi's Restaurant and Wolf's 1-11 tied for first for best new restaurant in our yearly poll. Nichi's Restaurant opened up in the former Dino's Restaurant. The name of the restaurant sounds Japanese, but they do not serve Japanese food. Nichi's has gained a reputation for wonderful Italian-American cuisine. Wolf's 1-11 serves everything from appetizers and complete dinner menu items to many late night offerings. A fun atmosphere with good food is always a terrific combo and Wolf 1-11 has it.

Outdoor Dining
The Waters Edge Lighthouse, 4 Freemans Bridge Road, Glenville
 Opening the patio for waterfront dining beginning every May, the Waters Edge Lighthouse allows patrons to eat a sumptuous meal while enjoying a view that makes them feel like they're on vacation. Diners can choose their appetizer right down to dessert from their terrace menu, while enjoying the breeze from the Mohawk River. Open for weddings, their "Terrace at Water's Edge" banquet facility is just one more way the Waters Edge Lighthouse is bringing class and elegance to outdoor dining.
Lanie's Café, 471 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville
Jumpin' Jack's Drive-In, 5 Schonowee Avenue, Scotia

Paesan's Pizza, Various locations
Whether it's game time, watching a movie or a late-night snack, pizza can be enjoyed anytime day or night. With numerous locations, Paesan's serves up pies with all of your favorite toppings, not to mention specialty pizzas including chicken marsala and stuffed meat pie. With so many pizza places to choose from in the area, Paesan's stands the clear winner among college students and adults alike. *One of the owners on the front cover.
Fountain Restaurant, 283 New Scotland Avenue, Albany
Romo's Pizza Place, 397 Feura Bush Road, Glenmont
I Love NY Pizza, various locations(Tied for third)

Brown's Brewing Co., 417 River Street, Troy
When you think about elements making a great pub, excellent beer selection, hearty food and a community atmosphere all come to mind. Brown's was the first brewery restaurant in the Capital Region. It has grown from offering just a handful of products to more than a dozen brews on tap. Brown's is also environmentally friendly, giving spent grains from the brewery to local cattle farmers for feed and composting their used hops.
Across The Street Pub, 1238 Western Avenue, Albany
Katie O'Brynes, 121 Wall Street, Schenectady

Romantic Dining
Angelo's 677 Prime, 677 Broadway, Albany
Whether you're planning an anniversary celebration or just a romantic meal, go to Angelo's 677 Prime. For all the reasons and all the the seasons, Prime is truly romantic!
Café Capriccio, 49 Grand St., Albany
The Hollywood Brown Derby, 22 Clinton Avenue, Albany

Brunswick Barbecue & Brew, intersection of Routes 2 and 351, Brunswick
Owned and operated by Master Brewer Gary "Goose" Gosselin, Brunswick Barbecue and Brew is the culmination of his dream creating the perfect blend of great beers, barbecue food, and live music, all under one big, red roof. Sampling some of the finest ribs you will ever taste is just the beginning, as there are many things to enjoy at BBB.
Otis & Oliver's, 979 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham
Giffy's Bar-B-Q, 1739 Route 9, Clifton Park

Debbie's Kitchen, 465 Madison Avenue, Albany
If you don't think a sandwich can be a work of genius, then you obviously haven't been to Debbie's Kitchen. Dill havarti, smoked turkey, snow peas, pears, black-bean hummus and roasted-garlic mayo are some of the more common things you'll find them piling onto the legendary creations. And, don't even think about driving while eating one of these monsters - you will need both hands for your lunch.
Iron Gate Café, 182 Washington Avenue, Albany
Gershon's Deli, 1600 Union Street, Schenectady

Bountiful Bread,1475 Western Avenue, Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany
This is the second year in a row that our readers voted Bountiful Bread best soup. Savor their luscious soups, and add one of their baked goods or breads to compliment the meal. The daily selection of hearty soups, chili and chowders are made from scratch each day and served with a fresh slice of their rustic bread.
Mc Geary's Restaurant, 4 Clinton Street, Albany
Western Diner, 2019 Western Avnue, Guilderland

Sports Bar
Recovery Room Sports Grill, Troy, Albany, Amsterdam
Looking for a place to go with the guys to watch the game and have a drink? The Recovery Room has it all - atmosphere, luscious food, and, of course, sports! The Recovery Room offers over 50 HD flat screens and enough sports memorabilia to fill a Hall of Fame. So kick back and cheer on your favorite team while drinking a beer or one of their sports-themed cocktails.
Jillian's, 59 North Pearl Street, Albany
O'Toole's Restaurant Pub, Kohl's Plaza, 1841 Central Avenue, Colonie; Quaker Plaza, 118 Quaker Road, Queensbury

Angelo's 677 Prime, 677 Broadway, Albany
Looking for a perfect spot to dine with an exceptional steak dishes? Plan on dining at the finest restaurant around, Angelo's 677 Prime. Order a succulent steak, cooked to order with the best side dishes.
Barnsider, 480 Sand Creek Road, Albany
Delmonico's Italian Steakhouse, 1553 Central Avenue, Albany

Angelo's 677 Prime, 677 Broadway, Albany
Searching for the best steakhouse around? Look no further. Angelo's 677 Prime will fit your appetite and the bill. This restaurant offers a large variety of steaks, cooked to order, served elegantly.
Barnsider, 480 Sand Creek Road, Albany
Delmonico's Italian Steakhouse, 1553 Central Avenue, Albany

Koto Japanese Steak House, 260 Wolf Road, Latham
A winner in our poll every year, Koto Japanese Steak House has been voted the best place to find traditional sushi dishes. Since 2003, Koto has boasted a sizeable selection and the finest in presentation, priding themselves on artfully preparing the freshest spicy tuna rolls and delicious sashimi. Tell them you want a Capital Region Living Roll and you can make it happen!
Sake Café, 273 New Scotland Avenue, Albany; Price Copper Plaza, Slingerlands
Sushi Tai Garden Restaurant, 44-46 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs; Williamstown, MA.

Lucia's Two Go, 404 Princetown Road, Schenectady
Lucia's Two Go is a very casual pizza place serving up New York style (18" round) and Sicilian style pizza, calzones, hot and cold subs, wings, salads, pasta dinners and Pepsi products. It's order at the counter with a long, open kitchen and table seating along the windows.
Plum Blossom, 685 Hoosick Road, Troy
Double Dragon Chinese Restaurant, Columbia Plaza, Rensselaer

Tapas/Small Plates
Vin Santo Tapas Wine Bar, 579 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham Farms, Latham
Answering the call for innovative and adventurous dining, Vin Santo's offers up the Tapas style and an impressive menu ranging from fresh oysters and seared Ahi tuna to burger sliders and local and international cheese plates. Complemented by their eclectic wines, it's the perfect place to go with a group of friends looking for savory food and warm company.
Midtown Tap & Tea Room, 289 New Scotland Avenue, Albany
Aperitivo Bistro, 416 State Street, Schenectady
Cella Bistro, 2015 Rosa Road, Schenectady  

Antipasto's Bistro & Wine Bar
In addition to their fabulous Italian, vegetarian friendly food. Antipasto's can boast an outstanding wine selection.  Eating at Antipasto's is a healthy and delicious adventure.
Moon and River Café, 115 South Ferry Street, Schenectady
New World Bistro Bar, 300 Delaware Avenue, Albany

Wine List
The Wine Bar & Bistro, 200 Lark Street, Albany
 Nothing is better than the scent and taste of a perfectly-aged wine. At this hidden-away spot located on the increasingly hip Lark Street, the Wine Bar and Bistro is under new ownership and better than ever. With a large selection of reasonably priced wine that even the most novice wine lover could navigate through, you'll be smelling, swirling and sipping your way through all they have to offer. The foods is will prepared and inventive too!
The Gingerman, 234 Western Avenue, Albany
Angelo's 677 Prime, 677 Broadway, Albany

Restaurant by county
Angelo's 677 Prime, 677 Broadway, Albany
Barnsider, 480 Sand Creek Road, Albany
Jack's Oyster House, 42 State Street, Albany

Mexican Radio Restaurant, 537 Warren Street, Hudson
Blue Plate Restaurant, One Kinderhook Street, Chatham
Jackson's Old Chatham House, Village Square, Old Chatham

Raindancer Restaurant, 4582 State Highway 30, Amsterdam and Lanzi's on the Lake, 1751 State Highway 20, Mayfield
Travers Diner, 237 County Highway 128, Gloversville
Romana's Italian Kitchen, 219 North Comrie Avenue, Johnstown

 Basement Bistro, 776 Route 45, Earlton
 Mountain View Brasserie Restaurant and Catering, Route 32, Greenville
 Water's Edge Restaurant, 70 Shady Harbor Drive, New Baltimore

 Crystal Bar, 72 Lyon Street, Amsterdam
  Parillo's Armory Grill, 67 Bridge Street, Amsterdam

The Otesaga Resort Hotel, 60 Lake Street, Cooperstown
Brooks BBQ, 5560 State Highway 7, Oneonta

Casey's Restaurant, 77 Washington Avenue, Rensselaer
Lo Porto Ristorante Caffe, 85 4th Street, Troy
Villa Valenti, Route 150, West Sand Lake

Prime at Saratoga National, 458 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs
Chianti II Ristorante, 18 Division Street, Saratoga Springs
The Olde Bryan Inn, 123 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs

Aperitivo Bistro, 416 State Street, Schenectady
Canali's, 126 Mariaville Road, Schenectady
Cornell's Restaurant, 39-45 North Jay Street, Schenectady

The American Hotel, 192 Main Street, Sharon Springs
The Bears' Steakhouse, Route 7, Duanesburg
The George Mann Tory Tavern, 104 Vrooman Cross Road, Schoharie 

Log Jam Restaurant, Routes 9 and 149, Lake George and Davidson Brothers Brewing LLC, 184 Glen Street, Glens Falls (tied for first)Friends Lake Inn, 963 Friends Lake Road, Chestertown
Adirondack Pub & Brewery, 33 Canada Street, Lake George

Restaurant by cuisine
American (Tie for first)
The Standard Restaurant & Lounge, One Crossgates Mall Road, Albany
Angelo's 677 Prime, 677 Broadway, Albany
Dale Miller Restaurant, 30 South Pearl Street, Albany

Bayou Café, 79 North Pearl Street, Albany
Hatties Restaurant, 45 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs
Cajun Café, 131 Wolf Road, Albany

Roy's Caribbean Restaurant, 185 Henry Johnson Boulevard, Albany
Hidden Café, 180 Delaware Avenue, Delmar
Justin's, 301 Lark Street, Albany

Plum Blossom Chinese Restaurant, 685 Hoosick Road, Troy
Ichiban Japanese & Chinese Restaurant, 1652 Western Avenue, Albany and 338 Central Avenue, Albany
Gold Coin Restaurant, 1360 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands

Provence, Stuyvesant Plaza, 1475 Western Avenue, Albany
La Serre Restaurant, 14 Green Street, Albany
Chez Pierre Restaurant, 979 Route 9 Gansevoort

Athos Restaurant, 1814 Western Avenue, Albany
Taste of Greece, 193 Lark Street, Albany
Garlic Lovers Corner, 235 North Greenbush Road, Troy

Karavalli, 9B Johnson Road, Latham
Shalimar, Various locations
Sitar, Route 5, Colonie

Yono's, 25 Chapel Street, Albany

Café Italia, 662 Central Avenue, Albany
Canali's Restaurant & Catering, 126 Mariaville Road, Schenectady
Café Capriccio, 49 Grand Street, Albany

Koto, 260 Wolf Road Extension, Latham
Ichiban Japanese & Chinese Restaurant, 1652 Western Avenue, Albany and 338 Central Avenue, Albany
Hanna Japanese Steak House, 1620 Western Avenue, Albany

Phoenicians Restaurant, 1686 Central Avenue, Albany
Beirut, 184 River Street, Troy
Albaraki Lebanese Food, 184 River Street, Troy

Hidden Café, 180 Delaware Avenue, Delaware Plaza, Delmar
BFS Restaurant, 1736 Western Avenue, Albany
Garlic Lovers Corner, 235 North Greenbush Road, North Greenbush/Troy

El Mariachi, 2955 Route 9, Ballston Spa; 289 Hamilton Street, Albany; 144 Washington Avenue, Albany
El Loco Mexican Café, 465 Madison Avenue, Albany
Mexican Connection, 41 Nelson Avenue, Saratoga Springs

Reel Seafood Co., 195 Wolf Road, Albany
Jack's Oyster House Inc., 42 State Street, Albany
Salty's Pub, 215 Guideboard Road, Clifton Park

Angelo's 677 Prime, 677 Broadway, Albany
Barnsider, 480 Sand Creek Road, Albany
Delmonico's Italian Steakhouse, 1553 Central Avenue, Albany

Blue Spice Restaurant, 1619 Central Avenue, Albany; 155 Delaware Avenue, Delmar
Sukhothai, 62 Central Avenue, Albany and 254 Lark Street, Albany
Sushi Thai Garden, 44-46 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs and 1707 Route 9, Clifton Park
Bangkok Bistro Thai Restaurant, 268 State Street, Schenectady

My Linh, 272 Delaware Avenue, Albany
Van's Vietnamese Restaurant, 307 Central Avenue, Albany

Children's Museum
The Children's Museum at Saratoga, 69 Caroline Street, Saratoga Springs
 Children are welcome to touch and see exhibits at The Children's Museum at Saratoga. They're allowed to discover and learn through hands-on experiences. By encouraging them to touch and test different things, they have fun and even learn something along the way. Children can climb a tree house, shop in a child-sized grocery store or take a ride on a trolley to a foreign place - this museum will change your impression of the "typical museum!"
Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium, 15 Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady
Children's Museum of Science & Technology (CMOST), 250 Jordan Road, Rensselaer Technology Park, Troy

Concert Hall
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 30 2nd Street, Troy
 Since 1823, the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall has been bringing the Capital Region some of the world's best music and shows. It doesn't matter if you're a jazz buff or if you love jamming out to country music, Troy Music Hall has it all. Many have xperienced the national historic landmark and enjoy world-renowned acoustics.
Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC), 108 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs
Proctors Theatre, 432 State Street, Schenectady

Tulip Festival, Washington Park, Albany
  Every year, religiously, on Mother's Day Weekend, Washington Park is home to the highly anticipated Tulip Festival. Capital Region tulip lovers discover and view 20,000 tulips blossoming in the park. The street scrubbing on State Street, the Tulip Queen Coronation and the Royal Tulip Ball are some of the historic events available. The weekend is full of food, music and craft vendors that young and old are sure to enjoy!
Lark Fest, Lark Street, Albany
Irish 2000, Saratoga County Fairgrounds, Ballston Spa

Dunzy's Place, 2612 Guilderland Avenue, Rotterdam
 Those looking for wonderful entertainment and Karaoke should stop by Dunzy's Place. Established in 2008, Dunzy's Place is an American Grill and Pub offering the freshest quality ingredients at reasonable prices. The spacious family oriented dining area is available for parties and small functions.
JT Maxie's Bar and Grill, 240 Wolf Road, Albany
Northern Lights, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park

Local Band
Hair of the Dog
Together since 1993, Hair of the Dog has entertained thousands of fans of all ages with their unique blend of Celtic folk/rock. Their high energy sound, smooth four-part harmonies and tight instrumental attack has made them one of the top Irish acts in the world. *Rich/bandmember on the cover.
The Refrigerators

Movie Theatre
Spectrum 8 Theatre, 290 Delaware Avenue, Albany
 Need a refreshing change from the corporate movie theaters showing Hollywood blockbusters? How about a theatre with homemade baked goods and buttery popcorn along with a waiting area that's comfortable, artsy and relaxing. Opened in 1983, this locally-owned theatre offers a more intimate setting with a dash of culture thrown in.
Bowtie Cinemas LLC, 400 State Street, Schenectady
Regal Cinemas Colonie Center 13, 1417 Central Avenue, Albany

NYS Museum, Cultural Education Center of the Empire State Plaza, Madison Avenue, Albany
 More than 750,000 visit the NYS Museum annually, making it one of the largest cultural attractions in the state. Each year, this research museum presents about 12 new exhibitions. The museum is also home to ongoing exhibits including The World Trade Center: Rescue Recovery Response, The Adirondack Wilderness, and Native Peoples of New York. The diverse exhibitions this museum offers makes it a must-see for every age.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany
Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium, 15 Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady

Theatre for Plays/Musicals
Proctor's Theatre, 432 State Street, Schenectady
Originally built as a vaudeville house in 1926, Proctor's has transformed into a beautiful theatre, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The theatre was expanded in 2003 allowing space for blockbuster touring Broadway shows. Buy your tickets today for world-class singers, comedians, Broadway musicals, and internationally acclaimed orchestras.
Capital Repertory Theatre, 111 North Pearl Street, Albany
Cohoes Music Hall, 58 Remsen Street, Cohoes

County Fair
Altamont Fair, 129 Grand Street, Altamont
This three-county fair represents Albany, Schenectady and Greene counties. Keeping up with old traditions and focusing on community agriculture is what makes their fair an annual tradition for those living in and around the Capital Region. Bring the whole family, and make it your tradition this year. Go to the Altamont Fair August 17-22.
Saratoga County Fair, 162 Prospect Street, Ballston Spa
Columbia County Fair, 32 Church Street, Chatham

Albany Symphony Orchestra, 19 Clinton Avenue, Albany
Old and young alike adore the musical sounds of the Albany Symphony Orchestra. For more than 70 years, the ASO has been known for presenting a unique combination of new classical music while honoring the traditional music that has been impacting the music world for years. The ASO is the only professional symphony orchestra in the Capital Region, so whether you are a devoted fan or a newbie, the ASO is sure to be a moving experience.

Apple Orchard
Indian Ladder Farms, 342 Altamont Road, Altamont
Thousands in the Capital Region know fall begins by going to Indian Ladder Farms. They pick apples and pumpkins, and end their day with a cup of hot apple cider and cider donut. But that's not all. Indian Ladder Farms offers a wonderful store loaded with fresh produce, a shop chocked full of gifts and toys, and a café offering a delightful array of breakfast and lunch treats.  
Goold Orchards Inc., 1297 Brookview Station Road, Castleton On Hudson
Bowman's Orchards, 141 Sugar Hill Road, Rexford

Appliance Store
John D. Marcella & Son Appliances, 735 Crane Street, Schenectady; 560-564 Broadway, Schenectady; 73 Karner Road, Albany
For more than 50 years, John D. Marcella Appliances has been family owned and operated, serving Capital Region's appliance needs.
As one of the top 50 appliance dealers in the U.S., Marcella offers one of the best values in appliances and electronics because of its large volume buying power. Their new showrooms are opening April 3 on Broadway in Schenectady and it is a "must see".
Earl B. Feiden Appliance, 785 Route 9, Latham (at the Circle)
Cocca's Appliances, 158 Railroad Avenue, Colonie

Car Wash
Hoffman's Car Wash, Various locations
When you think clean car, inside and out, most Capital Region drivers think and vote Hoffman's Car Wash. For more than 36 years, Hoffman's has been keeping cars clean, and they're proud to be a "green company." With locations all over Albany and surrounding towns, you will always be able to find one when your car cries out "Wash me!"
Colonial Car Wash, 1587 State Street, Schenectady
Wet Willy's Car Wash, 701 New Loudon Road, Latham

Classe Catering, 2 Petra Lane, Albany
At 19, Brian Palazzolo, president, began his entrepreneurial venture with Classe Catering. With an unparalleled dedication to growing the company and a vision of greatness, Palazzolo began to eat, sleep and breathe the industry. He has sustained a relentless commitment to excellence and exuded undying passion-driven leadership inspiring his team to successfully produce thousands of weddings and special events earning Classe Catering numerous awards.
Riverstone Manor, 1437 Amsterdam Road, Glenville
Old Daley Inn, 2 Northern Drive, Troy

Day Spa
Complexions Spa For Beauty & Wellness, 221 Wolf Road, Albany
You can treat yourself to a day of beauty and relaxation in upstate New York's most luxurious, eco-friendly environment. Pamper yourself from head to toe, and don't feel guilty. Just relax.....Refresh and rejuvenate yourself like no where else in the world. Complexions opened in May 2008 at a new facility, 221 Wolf Road. Complexions is registered with the US Green Building Council and received Gold Level LEED certification for new construction.
 Jean Paul Salon & Spa, Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany
Kimberley's...A Day Spa, 982 New Loudon Road, Latham

Furniture Store
Mooradian's, 800 Central Avenue, Albany and 1758A Route 9, Parkwood Plaza, Clifton Park
In 1931, with the birth of his fourth child, Mihran Mooradian realized that his successful meat market needed to expand if he was going to realize his dream of building a business that his sons could carry on and improve. That same year, he opened an appliance store next to his meat market in Watervliet. Always stressing to his three sons that if you work hard to provide the best value and treat people fairly, customers will reward you with their patronage. Through the years, Mooradian's has enjoyed success as a meat market, an appliance store, and now as Mooradian's Furniture. The family thanks the Capital Region for making it the leading furniture store.
The Old Brick Furniture Co., 33-37 Warehouse Row on Railroad Avenue, Albany; 2910 Campbell Road, Schenectady and 2 River Street, Troy
Di Siena Furniture, 115 Round Lake Avenue, Mechanicville

Kimberley's...A Day Spa, 982 New Loudon Road, Latham
A cosmetologist by trade, owner Kimberley Comiskey built Kimberley's A Day Spa into a full service salon and spa with 100 employees and 20 years of service. She cites the education of her staff as the number one reason she's successful. Before they work with a client, the staff spends weeks and months of in-house training, going above and beyond their trade-school education.
Jean Paul Salon & Spa, Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany
Complexions Spa For Beauty & Wellness, 221 Wolf Road, Albany

Men's Barber
Gregory's Barbershop, 318 Delaware Avenue, Delmar and 5 South Side Drive, Clifton Park
With highly trained Master Barbers, you won't get your average haircut at Gregory's. Here, you are pampered with warm towels, hot-lather shaves and razor cuts. Sick of the gray and want a younger look? They also do color. Other services include facials, eyebrow waxing, highlighting and scalp massages. No one ever said women were the only ones who should enjoy some pampering.
Rumor's IV Men, 595 New Loudon Road, Latham
Complexions Spa For Beauty & Wellness, 221 Wolf Road, Albany

Complexions Spa For Beauty & Wellness, 221 Wolf Road, Albany
Complexions combines all of your beauty and relaxation needs into upstate New York's most luxurious, eco-friendly environment. The green powered facility is a sanctuary of tranquility and luxury designed to rejuvenate the body, strengthen your spirit and gently eliminate the stresses of the day, inviting wellness and healing into your life.
 Jean Paul Salon & Spa, Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany
Albany Massage Professionals, 1500 Central Avenue, Albany

Pilates/Yoga Center
CNY Healing Arts, 38A Old Sparrowbush Road, Latham
CNY Healing Arts offers a relaxing and elegant atmosphere where the experienced practitioners take excellent care of you throughout your visit. You will leave feeling pampered and rejuvenated. 
Dr. Robert Kiltz, founder and director, embraces holistic eastern therapies for treatment in conjunction with western medicine. He feels that holistic therapies help center and balance individuals prior to, or while receiving additional treatments.
The Pilates Principle, 578 New Loudon Road, Latham
The Movement Lab, 225 River Street, Troy

Women's Hair Salon
Jean Paul Salon & Spa, Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany
Enter Jean Paul Salon & Spa and let the professionals coif, cut and style your hair. Owner Jean Claude Simille started with a hair salon in the 1970's and expanded to his current day spa, pioneering the day spa movement in the Capital Region. Whether you want a cut and dry, color or extensions, Jean Paul Spa's team of professionals will make you look like a star.  *Owner Ann Marie on the cover.
Rumor's Salon and Spa, 594 New Loudon Road, Latham
Cachet, 1766 Western Avenue, Albany

River Street, Troy
Instead of voting for just one antiques store in the Capital Region, you voted for the whole street! River Street in Troy scored its fourth win for best antiques. Stroll down River Street for a bit of European flavor and check out all the wonderful assortment of antiques.
Warren Street, Hudson
Ballston Spa Antique Shops, Ballston Spa

Bargain Shopping
Prime Outlets at Lee, 50 Water Street, Lee
If you want to take a drive, explore the Berkshires and find super buys on clothing, books, and shoe, then drive over to Prime Outlets in Lee, Mass. You'll discover bargains on lots of brands including Brooks Brothers, Polo Ralph Lauren, Coach, and much more. When you need a snack or meal, stop in the food court for your choice of lots of goodies.
The Factory Outlets of Lake George
Great Finds, 260 Washington Avenue, Albany

Bike Shop
Downtube Cycle Works, 466 Madison Avenue, Albany
A winner again in our yearly survey, Downtube Cycle Works specializes in doing one thing well ---- bikes and related equipment. Riding not only saves on gas money, but you'll also be doing your part to clean our environment.
Klarsfeld's Cyclery & Fitness, 1370 Central Avenue, Albany
Mad Dog Bicycle, 561 Delaware Avenue, Delmar

New Bookstore
The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, 1475 Western Avenue, Albany
Independent bookstores are very much alive in the Capital Region. Just stop in The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza and you'll find thousands of titles in a cozy atmosphere, staffed by a friendly and knowledgeable staff. The book store offers more than 30 book clubs, holds various readings and signing, and support Literacy Volunteers and the AIDS Council. They also own the finalist bookstore, Market Block Books.
Open Door Bookstore, 128 Jay Street, Schenectady
Market Block Books, 290 River Street, Troy

Used Bookstore
Bookbarn, 200 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham
Looking for a wonderful choice of used books in the Capital Region? Choose what our readers did, second year in a row, the Bookbarn. Since 1991, Dan and Cheryl Driggs have helped avid readers save money on their hobby by selling used books at discounted prices. Pay around $5 for a hardcover favorite which might run $25. The store stocks 100,000 books in 127 genres, spaced equally between fiction and non-fiction, hardcover and paperback.
Good Buy Books, 330 Columbia Turnpike, Rensselaer
Dove & Hudson, Dove & Hudson, Albany

Bridal Shop
Angela's Bridal, 1811 Western Avenue, Albany
When you're thinking about that special dress for your wedding, think Angela's Bridal Shop. This full service bridal boutique specializes in couture gowns for the entire bridal party.
Annette's Bridal, 1526 Central Avenue, Albany
DeAnna's Country Shoppe, Route 43, West Sand Lake

Chocolate Shop
Uncle Sam's, All American Chocolate Factory, 2571 Albany Street, Schenectady
Sink your teeth into Uncle Sam's chocolate, and you'll be glad you did. For more than 70 years, this Schenectady-based candy shop has been supplying the Capital Region with a variety of sweetness - chocolate bark, chocolate butter crunch, truffles and more than 60 varieties of hand dipped chocolates.  Chocolates are dipped in real milk chocolate, not confectionary coating or imitation "chocolate flavored" candy. One bite and you'll taste the difference!
Krauses's Homemade Candy, 1609 Central Avenue, Albany
Saratoga Sweets & Chocolate, 1618 Route 9, Clifton Park

Clothing Boutique
Circle's, 1475 Western Avenue, Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany
Save the expense from going to Manhattan. If you're looking for designer clothes or a special occasion dress, then drive to Stuyvesant Plaza and visit Circles. Their motto is "A touch of Manhattan in Albany" - and how true that is!
DeAnna's Country Shoppe, Route 43, West Sand Lake
Some Girl's Boutique, 13 2nd Street, Troy

Consignment Shop
Plato's Closet, 818 Central Avenue, Albany
If you're looking for high fashion clothes for ages 15 to 25, and you don't want to pay high prices, then head over to Plato's Closet. Don't pay full price. Check out all the brands including Hollister, Abercrombie, Forever 21 and others. Plato's Closet features everything from summer dresses to jeans, camisoles and tee-shirts.
Something Olde Something New, 1969 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands
Fifi's Frocks & Frills, 1811 Western Avenue, Westmere Plaza, Albany

Farmer's Market
Troy Waterfront Farmer's Market
Spend your Saturday morning browsing through fresh produce and baked goods at Troy Waterfront Farmer's Market. From baked goods, meats and produce, to flowers, household items and pottery, you'll find the best in locally made and cultivated goods. More than just a market, this repeat winner is a gathering place for the community to hear live music, enjoy savory food and contribute to the area economy.
Saratoga Springs, High Rock Park, Saratoga
Schenectady Greenmarket, Proctor's Arcade, 440 State Street, Schenectady

Garden Nursery
Faddegon's Nursery Inc., 1140 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham
Owned and operated by the Faddegon family, this nursery has been in business since 1920. They boast a 40-acre garden center and landscape facility. Their plant specialists and certified nurserymen can help you find the supplies and tools you'll need to cultivate your green thumb.
George's Market Nursery, 240 Wade Road Extension, Latham
Hewitt's Garden Centers Inc. (various locations)

Gift Shop
Wit's End Giftique, 1762 Route 9, Clifton Park
Looking for that right "something" for your living room? How about a perfect housewarming gift? Do you know someone who collects Pandora charms? Wit's End in Clifton Park has all these and more. Wit's End features "cobblestone streets and charming turn-of-the-century shops adorned with beautiful antiques and whimsical, artful treasures" which makes your shopping trip one-of-a-kind.
Pearl Grant Richman's, 1475 Western Avenue, Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany
Kraft By Kim, 390 Columbia Turnpike, Rensselaer

Hardware Store
Robinson Ace Hardware, 1874 Western Avenue, Albany
If you remember the good old days, with old fashioned service and a professional staff, then head to Robinson Ace Hardware. Gary Robinson and his friendly, experienced staff will help you find everything from that specific nail or hammer to an assortment of snow blowers, lawnmowers, keys, and much, more. People in the Guilderland area and Capital Region have relied on Robinson Ace Hardware for their hardware needs for over 50 years.
Phillips A. Hardware Inc., various locations
Allerdice Hardware, Saratoga Springs, Ballston Spa

Health Food Store
Honest Weight Food Co-op, 484 Central Avenue, Albany
Honest Weight Food Co-op comes up the winner four years in a row as best health food store. They are "A member-owned and operated consumer cooperative that is committed to providing the community with affordable, high quality natural foods and products for healthy living." In addition to the natural grocery section, Honest Weight offers classes, recipes, samples and tastings promoting and teaching alternative ways of living to make the community, as well as the planet, a healthier place to live.
Green Grocer Organic Grocery Store, 1505 Route 9, Clifton Park
Four Seasons Natural Foods Store & Café, 33 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs

Jeweler (Tie for first)
Frank Adams Jewelers Inc., 1475 Western Avenue, Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany
The Lofts, 18 Division Street, Saratoga
Jewelry lovers have voted Frank Adams Jewelers Inc. a winner again as best jewelry store. Nearly a century in the jewelry market, the business continues building a legacy of world-class service to the community. Starting in 1922 as a small watch repair business by Frank Adams, it has become the Capital Region's premier retailer of internationally-recognized and award-winning designer jewelry and timepiece brands.
Northeastern Fine Jewelry, 1575 Western Avenue, Albany and 1607 Union Street, Schenectady
Hannoush Jewelers, various locations

Liquor/Wine Store
Empire Wine, 1440 Central Avenue
Before your next dinner party, you may want to go to Empire Wine and stock up on your favorite wines. Stop by and be part of their in-store wine tastings. Discover new flavors from around the world. Empire Wine boasts a friendly staff who will answer your questions and make sure you get the best choice.
Exit 9 Wine and Liquor, 54 Crossing Boulevard, Clifton Park
All Star Wine & Spirits, 579 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham Farms, Latham

Menswear Shop
Mark Thomas Men's Apparel, 5 Metro Park Road, Albany
In its fourth year in Albany, Mark Thomas Men's Apparel keeps professional men look their best in all the latest designs and trends.
Founded by Mark Goldfarb and Tom Fagan, combining 40 years of experience in the business, Mark Thomas offers custom suits and shirts in thousands of fabrics, plus an on-site tailor shop. This upscale men's store prides itself on their affordable prices and convenience.
Spector's, Colonie Center, Colonie

Music Store
Last Vestige Music Shop, 173 Quail Street, Albany
Searching for your favorite old record or tape? Maybe you were searching for that favorite CD? Voters tell us to head to downtown Albany and check out the Last Vestige Music Shop, in business for more than 20 years.
Hermies Music Store, 1758 Route 9, Clifton Park and 727 State Street, Schenectady
Vancurler Music Store, Proctors Theatre Arcade, Schenectady

Sporting Goods
Goldstock's Sporting Goods, 98 Freemans Bridge Road, Scotia
Whether you are into basketball and football or enjoy golf and tennis, Goldstock's Sporting Goods has all the equipment and apparel you need to look like a pro. Winter, spring, summer and fall, this sporting goods haven has everything you could ever want, all for reasonable prices and that makes them #1.
Eastern Mountain Sports Inc., 3066 Route 50, Saratoga Springs; 412C Balltown Road, Niskayuna; and 1475 Western Avenue, Albany
Steiner's Sports, 329 Glenmont Road, Glenmont; 3455 Rt. 9 Valatie; 301 Warren Street, Hudson

Price Chopper, various locations
The Golub family founded an empire of grocery stores starting in the Capital Region and they have spread statewide and out of state. When you think fresh meats, fruits, vegetables, or baked goods, the voters choose Price Chopper.
Hannaford Supermarkets (various locations)
Honest Weight Food Co-op, 484 Central Avenue, Albany

B&B/Inn (Tie for first)
Mirror Lake Inn, 77 Mirror Lake Drive, Lake Placid
Union Gables B&B, 55 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs
Whether you want to stay local or head a little farther up north, Union Gables and Mirror Lake Inn each offer you superior accommodations in two different environments. Conveniently located just a short walk from the hustle and bustle of downtown Saratoga Springs, Union Gables is a century-old Queen Anne style residence with a gorgeous wrap-around porch beckoning you to sit in one of their rockers and relax, taking in the charm of the quaint city. If you want to relax in a comfortable, award winning inn, then head to the Mirror Lake Inn in Lake Placid, where elegance and service are unparalleled.
Friends Lake Inn, 963 Friends Lake Road, Chestertown
Morgan State House, 393 State House, Albany

Romantic Getaway
Lake Placid
It doesn't have to be Valentine's Day for a romantic getaway. You can go anytime. Our readers chose Lake Placid as a romantic spot. Set in the beautiful Adirondacks, the natural wonders are a destination all their own. Lake Placid offers wonderful shopping, dining, and sports. You won't know what to do first. Before you know it, the romantic getaway will turn into an extended stay.
New York City
Mirror Lake Inn, 77 Mirror Lake Drive, Lake Placid

Private Golf Course
The Country Club of Troy, 160 Brunswick Road, Troy
Discover an 18-hole golf course, designed by a world-renown golf course architect, surrounded by gorgeous scenery and a clubhouse overlooking the beautiful Poestenkill Creek. The Country Club of Troy has it all. Established in 1925, this club is the only private club in Rensselaer County.
Albany Country Club, 300 Wormer Road, Voorheesville
The Edison Club, 891 Riverview Road, Rexford

Public Golf Course
Saratoga National Golf Club, 458 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs
When you think golf, think Saratoga National Golf Club. Remember, there are no annual or initiation fees. After playing golf on one of their award-winning courses, grab a bite to eat at Prime, or bring the children for golf lessons at the Peak Performance Academy at Saratoga National.
Town of Colonie Golf Course, 418 Consaul Road, Schenectady
Schenectady Municipal Golf Course, 404 Oregon Avenue, Schenectady

The Desmond, 660 Albany Shaker Road, Albany
 A one-of-a-kind hotel invites visitors to the Capital Region. The Desmond has been offering the most luxurious accommodations, elegant receptions, superb dining offerings and winning conferences since 1974. From receptions to corporate outings, The Desmond offers guests a wonderful hotel experience with an award winning restaurant, Scrimshaw.
74 State, 74 State Street, Albany
Marriott Hotels Resorts Suites, 189 Wolf Road, Albany

Ice Skating
Hudson Valley Community College - Conway Ice Rink, 80 Vandenburgh Avenue, Troy
 What a perfect way to spend the day with the family. The Conway Ice Rink covers 18,000 square feet of space on the ice surface, so there's plenty of room for all levels. Brushing up or starting as a novice ice skater? Well, if you want to learn the tricks of the trade, Hudson Valley Community College's Physical Education department offers an eight-week program for college students and community members.
Knickerbacker Ice Arena, 103 8th Street, Troy
Swinburne Park Skating Rink, Clinton Avenue and Manning Boulevard, Albany

Kids Camp
Hudson Valley Community College, 80 Vandenburgh Avenue, Troy
For 20 years, HVCC has been sponsoring children's programs. From enrichment to athletics, from technology to theater, the college has something that will appeal to your child's interest.
Camp Chingachgook, Lake George
Camp Nassau, One Camp Nassau Lane, Guilderland

The Crossings of Colonie, 580 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville
Whether you're a town resident looking for an extraordinary setting to walk, bike, fly a kite, see the wild geese or enjoy a relaxing picnic with friends or family, or an area company seeking a tranquil and convenient location to hold an important business meeting, The Crossings of Colonie has it all. Colonie folks and everyone in the Capital Region has made The Crossings of Colonie a new tradition for their family.
John Boyd Thacher State Park, One Hales Cave Road, Voorheesville
Saratoga Spa State Park, 19 Roosevelt Drive, Saratoga Springs

Picnic Spot
Saratoga Spa State Park, 19 Roosevelt Drive, Saratoga Springs
Distinguished by its classical architecture and listed as a National Historic Landmark, Saratoga Spa State Park is noted for its diverse cultural, aesthetic and recreational resources. In addition to nationally known Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC), the Spa Little Theater, the National Museum of Dance, the Gideon Putnam Hotel and the Lincoln mineral baths, the park offers a multitude of traditional recreation opportunities.
John Boyd Thacher State Park, One Hales Cave Road, Voorheesville
The Crossings of Colonie

Nature Walk
John Boyd Thacher State Park, One Hales Cave Road, Voorheesville
A popular winner year after year, Thacher Park is the perfect place to leave the hustle and bustle of your life and adventure onto the nature trails. Located along the Helderberg Escarpment, the park is a panorama of the Hudson-Mohawk Valley, the Adirondacks and Green Mountains. One of the attractions drawing people is the guided tours of the Indian Ladder Trail. An additional 12 miles of trails, perfect for hiking and biking, are at your disposal.
Five Rivers, 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar
Saratoga Spa State Park, 19 Roosevelt Drive, Saratoga Springs

Place to Spend a Rainy Day
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany
Visitors from all over the region and all over the state make a journey to the Albany Institute of History & Art, a museum dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting and promoting interest in the history, art, and culture of Albany and the Upper Hudson Valley region. You'll never get bored checking out more than 20,000 objects in its permanent collections, including 1,600 paintings, 110 drawings, 4,000 prints, 600 sculptures, 500 pieces of furniture, plus lots more.
Colonie Center, Wolf Road and Central Avenue, Albany
New York State Museum, Cultural Education Center of the Empire State Plaza Madison Avenue, Albany

Place to Meet Singles
The Bar at 74 State, 74 State Street, Albany
If you're looking for that intimate place to meet that special someone, do what others do, go to The Bar at 74 State. Our readers agree. They voted second year in a row to meet singles here. The intimate piano bar offers a wonderful atmosphere to meet that special someone.
Albany Public Library, 161 Washington Avenue, Albany
Gaffney's Restaurant, 16 Caroline Street, Saratoga Springs

Place for Sledding and Tubing
Frear Park, Frear Park Road, Troy
It's a natural fit. Frear Park is the best place for sledding and tubing. Year after year, Frear Park wins best place for sledding and tubing. In the winter months, they turn their 247-acre golf course into every little kid's (and big kid's!) dream. Grab your sled or tube and try out the make-shift slopes for what's sure to be the ride of your life. If you need a break, head over to the park's restaurant or golfer's bar to rest up and grab a cup of hot chocolate.
West Mountain, 59 West Mountain Road, Glens Falls
Willard Mountain, 77 Intervale Road, Greenwich 

Reception Hall
Franklin Plaza, 4 4th Street, Troy
Built in 1923, Franklin Plaza offers a charming and unique ambience for any special occasion. The hall offers multiple ballroom choices, including elegant architecture, superb cuisine and a professional staff. Their goal is making your day unforgettable with flexibility, convenience and world-class accommodations. They obviously succeed.
River Stone Manor, 1437 Amsterdam Road, Glenville
Hall of Springs, 108 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs

Ski Area
Gore Mountain, Peaceful Valley Road, North Creek
Again and again, our readers choose Gore Mountain for the best ski area. Why not? The ski area offers at least 84 trails, more than 374 skiable acres and about 200 well-trained instructors. You don't ski?  Why not try snowboarding and snow shoeing at Gore Mountain. Whether you're a novice skier or expert, you have chosen Gore Mountain.
Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, 37 Corey Road, Hancock, Mass.
West Mountain, 59 West Mountain Road, Glens Falls

Local People & Media
Local TV Newscast
Morning broadcast with Phil Bayly and Paul Caiano
Our readers who know news and want the best news in the morning chose WNYT's morning show with Phil Bayly and Paul Caiano.
Their lovable personalities, lively chit-chat and comical banter (as well as their news and weather) make a great way to start your day.  Whether you are a morning person or a waking grump, you can not help but enjoy this team. Even the toughest news goes down easy!.

Local Anchor
Liz Bishop, CBS 6
Capital Region television viewers and news junkies know where to turn for their favorite anchor, to Liz Bishop on CBS 6. Bishop has covered a variety of assignments over the past two decades at CBS 6. One of the pioneers of the all-woman newscast, she was even the first woman reporter allowed in the New York Yankees locker room in the mid-70's after the Supreme Court ruled it should be open to female journalists. Bishop has helped change the face of women in the newsroom and continues being a driving force in journalism today.

Local Meteorologist
Bob Kovachick, News Channel 13
Since 1988, Bob Kovachick has been News Channel 13's chief meteorologist. We have relied on him for his accurate, informative forecast. In addition to receiving the American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval in Television Weathercasting, he is a professional member of the American Meterological Society and the National Weather Association. Kovachick educates our children about the weather by visiting schools in the area weekly.

Local Sportscaster
Rodger Wyland, News Channel 13
The votes are in. Capital Region viewers prefer getting their sports updates from Rodger Wyland. As the sports director and sports anchor at News Channel 13, host of Big Board Radio Sports Talk on Fox Sports and the play-by-play announcer at UAlbany football and basketball games, Wyland proves his knowledge of sports. His hard work has paid off as recipient of the Iris Award for his half-hour special on tri-athlete John Gracey and the winner of three NYS Broadcasters Awards for his local sports coverage.

Local News Radio
News Talk 810 WGY
News junkies and the occasional news listeners alike enjoy News Talk WGY, according to our voters. The station covers local and national news, sports news, weird news, entertainment news, fashion news and more. Veteran morning radio host Don Weeks has been entertaining the Capital Region for years. Catch up on the latest, go to News Talk 810 WGY.

Local Music Radio
Fly 92.3 & the Morning Rush
The Fly Morning Rush featuring Brian, Chrissy and Jim have been providing alternative morning radio to the Capital Region, and, our readers love them. Each morning, they try outdoing what they did the day before. Whether it's posing a question - "What's the worst thing you ever did when you've had too much to drink?" or "Do you know the secret texting codes your kids are using?" you can't help but love them! They mix top 40 music and pop with an urban edge.

Local Radio Personality
Ric & Laura, B95.5
Waking up in the morning to Ric & Laura is a pleasure. In addition to being entertained by the continuous soft rock music, Ric & Laura always have wonderful trivia, contests, guests, and jokes making your morning upbeat and fun! Ric, a veteran talk-host in the Capital Region, keeps you going.

Local Print Journalist (Tie for first)
John Gray, The Record and Capital Region Living Magazine
Carl Strock, The Daily Gazette

Carl Strock, author of the column "The View From Here," offers his perspective on news and politics in the Capital Region and beyond. You don't want to miss his opinion on everything. Our readers couldn't decide between Carl Strock and John Gray, so there's a tie. John Gray, a Fox23 News anchor, stays busy and informed by also writing a column for The Record in Troy and our own Capital Region Living Magazine. His "Last Page" in the monthly CRL Magazine entertains and engages our readers. His witty and conversational style of writing keeps the Capital Region entertained and well informed.

Local Blog
Kristi Gustafson,
Gustafson's blog, "On The Edge," trends, friends, fashion, and everything in between, has become a popular go-to blog to read. Her conversational writing style keeps us entertained and on top of the latest trends and fashions locally and internationally. When it comes to relationships, turn to Kristi, and she'll share some ideas, personal experience and some witty happenings.

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