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2021 Capital Region's Best

The voters have spoken, and the results are in! Below are the Capital Region's Best things to do, places to eat and drink, places to shop, and places to stay for 2021, according to your votes.


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Things To Do

Best Outdoor Attraction

WINNER: Dutch Apple Cruises
2nd: Thacher Park
3rd: Indian Ladder Farms

Best Indoor Attraction (Excluding Museums & Performing Arts Venues)

WINNER: Rivers Casino
2nd: The Madison Theatre
3rd: Landmark's Spectrum 8 Theatres

Best Kid Friendly Attraction

WINNER: Indian Ladder Farms
2nd: Huck Finn's Playland
3rd: New York State Museum

Best Museum

WINNER: New York State Museum
2nd: Albany Institute of History & Art
3rd: The Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center

Best Performing Arts Venue

2nd: Proctors
3rd: The Palace Theater


Food & Drink

Best American Cuisine

WINNER: The Barnsider
2nd: Tipsy Moose Tap & Tavern
3rd: Ralph's Tavern

Best Burger

WINNER: The Moose Kaboose
2nd: The Horses Lounge
3rd: Tipsy Moose Tap & Tavern

Best Pizza

WINNER: DC's Pizza & Catering
2nd: Kay's Pizza
3rd: Marino's Pizza & Restaurant

Best Wings

WINNER: Across the Street Pub & Restaurant
2nd: Ralph's Tavern
3rd: The Ruck

Best Barbecue

WINNER: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
2nd: Pig Pit BBQ
3rd: 3-way tie

Best Pub Fare

WINNER (TIE): Druthers / Swifty's Restaurant & Pub
3rd (TIE): Brown's Brewing Co. / Tipsy Moose Tap & Tavern

Best Fine Dining

WINNER: black & blue steak & crab
2nd: Yono's
3rd: The Barnsider

Best Steakhouse

WINNER: Delmonico's Italian Steakhouse
2nd: The Bears' Steakhouse
3rd: 677 Prime

Best Asian Cuisine

WINNER: Ala Shanghai
2nd: Ichiban
3rd: Koto

Best Mexican Cuisine

WINNER (TIE): El Loco Mexican Cafe / TORO Cantina
3rd (TIE): El Mariachi Mexican Restaurant / La Fiesta

Best Indian Cuisine

WINNER (TIE): Karavalli / Shalimar Delmar
3rd: Taj Fine Indian Cuisine

Best Italian Cuisine

WINNER: D'Raymonds
2nd: Ferrari's Ristorante
3rd: Sam's Italian American Restaurant

Best Sandwiches, Subs & Delicatessens

WINNER: Gershon's Deli
2nd: Cardona's Market
3rd: Ragonese Italian Imports

Best Diner

WINNER: Latham '76 Diner
2nd: Alexis Diner
3rd: The Skyline Diner

Best Brunch

WINNER: The Iron Gate Cafe
2nd: Cafe Madison
3rd: 3-way tie

Best Coffee Shop or Cafe

WINNER (TIE): The Perfect Blend Cafe / The Whistling Kettle
3rd: Uncommon Grounds

Best Bakeries, Desserts & Candy

WINNER: Bella Napoli
2nd:Villa Italia Bakery
3rd: Bake For You

Best Ice Cream

WINNER: Stewart's Shops
2nd: Guptill's Ice Cream
3rd: The Snowman

Best Wineries, Breweries & Distilleries

WINNER: Brown's Brewing Co.
2nd: Druthers
3rd: 4-way tie

Best Bar

WINNER: The Horses Lounge
2nd: McGeary's Pub
3rd (TIE): The Hollow Bar + Kitchen / Ryans Wake

Shopping & Salons

Best Shopping

WINNER: Crossgates Mall
2nd: Colonie Center
3rd: Stuyvesant Plaza

Best Salon

WINNER: Bombshell Hair Studio
2nd: Choices Hair Studio
3rd (TIE): Complexions Spa for Beauty & Wellness / Rumors Salon & Spa


Best Place To Stay

WINNER (TIE): The Century House / Crowne Plaza Albany - The Desmond Hotel
3rd: 5-way tie



Previous Winners: 2020 | 2019 | 2018