This summer I traveled to my old stomping grounds in Upstate, NY, and after living in Florida for the past three years, I have to say it was great to be back. More than great actually. I definitely cried when I had to say goodbye and return to the devil’s ass crack known as Tallahassee, FL.
So if you’re ever planning on visiting New York, consider visiting the lesser traveled Upstate area as opposed to the tourist trap that is known as NYC.
To compel you further, I’ve put together a list of my favorite things to do…. which primarily consists of food. Ok, who am I kidding. It only consists of food.
1. Ravenous Creperie – Saratoga Springs, NY
Hands down, whenever I visit NY, this place is the number one restaurant I have to eat at. They specialize in French crepes and I swear, I don’t know what they put in them, but it must be a combination of voodoo and witchcraft because it really tastes out of this world.
2. Cheesecake Machismo – Albany, NY
I began going to this place when I graduated college. How did I miss out on such a treat the entire first 23 years of my life, is beyond me. It’s a small husband and wife-run joint, that’s decorated with old comics and figurines. Pretty sick. The best part is that for $6 you get homemade cheesecake and your choice of coffee, bottled water, or tea! They were recently voted the NUMBER 1 CHEESECAKE in NYS. I mean, I always knew it was good, but zamnnnnnnnnn, #1?! A MUST, if you’re in the Albany area. They stay open until sold out, which is not very long. So get there early!
3. Uncommon Grounds – Albany, NY
If you are from NY and then moved to the south, you knowwwwww that the bagel game down here is wack! Uncommon grounds has some of the best bagels I’ve ever tasted. They also make amazing coffee that they grind in house. Try their banana nut bagels and their cafe mochas.
4. Coffee!: Stacks Espresso Bar & 3 Fish Coffee – Albany, NY
A. Maz. Ing Coffee. No need to say more.
5. Cider Belly Doughnuts – Albany, NY
After moving to the south, it’s like all the beautiful joys of fall have been stripped away and robbed from my soul. Apples taste like poop, people don’t know what apple cider donuts OR apple cider are. What even is LIFEEEE??? So if you’re looking to taste some amazing quality donuts, and send your taste buds on a trip to visit Jesus himself, then I highly recommend visiting this place.
6. Central Ave – Albany, NY
Ok this isn’t so much a specific restaurant as it is a strip of restaurants and culture. The strip from Robin St. to Qual St. is filled with amazing food from all over the globe. You have Afghany food, Vietnamese, Dominican, Pakistani and if I’m not mistaken, now there is Brazilian food. My favs are the Afghany and Dominican restaurants. That baklava is fireeeeeeeee. The best part is that the prices are more than reasonable. You can also get your international groceries from this strip. Buttttt don’t go wandering around any corners because you just might end up in the Hood LOL.
Unfortunately, I didn’t take any pics because I was too busy eating everything in sight. . .
7. Bountiful Bread – Albany, NY
Last, but definitely not least, there’s Bountiful Bread. They make the most amazing-est sandwiches. Period. And this is surely saying something because I don’t even like sandwiches. Each day they make their bread fresh, in house. They have a ton of vegan options, the prices are reasonable, and I’m not 100% positive but I believe that later in the day, their bread is half off!
So here you have it my friends. These are my top food places to visit in #Albany #NY I should’ve just titled this post “Best Food in Albany, NY” LOL. Oh well. Until next time!
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