Voted Best Cakes in 2009 by CityVoter Albany, The Cakery bakes a kaleidoscope of aromatic cakes, cupcakes, and cookies from scratch. Sink sweet teeth into a dozen of The Cakery's highly-sought-after red-velvet cupcakes cloaked in a palate-friendly frosting ($14.99), or curb cacao cravings with decadent chocolate cupcakes ($8.99/doz.). Celebrate April Drool's Day with a cake ($30.99+) made with your choice of cookie, ice-cream, Frisbee, or classic cake. The Cakery bakes a water tower's worth of cookies ($5.75+/doz.) each day that range from melt-in-your-mouth butter cookies to delicious thumbprint cookies that are as bold as the passive-aggressive note left on the company refrigerator.
A newly opened eatery, Nana’s tricks taste buds into thinking it’s summer year-round with a selection of scoopable frozen treats, predessert sandwich snacks, and an afternoon pizza buffet. Ergonomically designed to fit hands, Nana’s sandwiches ($5.25–$6.75) range from a scrumptious roast beef to a tasty pimiento cheese. At 11 a.m. each day, a hidden wall switch is activated, and floor panels flip to reveal an all-you-can-eat pizza buffet ($6.99), which disappears again at 2 p.m. as if it was a hunger-induced mirage. Ice cream cones ($2–$2.75) leave extra hands free for high-fives and brain-freeze massages. Triple scoops board a sunny kayak in the banana split ($4.50), and hand-dipped milkshakes round out the meltables ($3.25). Outdoor seating provides a sugar-crash pad, where the hyper-connected can take advantage of complimentary WiFi to update their online status with a string of satisfied ZzzZzzs.
Unlike jerk-chicken pudding or fried-tuna Twinkies, ice cream makes for a delectable dessert that properly caps off any meal. At MaggieMoo’s, patrons can sample a huge menu of ice cream and other treats that are sure to slap a smile on any face and massage taste buds with sugary strokes. Try ice cream in flavor combinations such as Strawberry Skateboard with sprinkles, gummy bears, and marshmallows, or Cotton Candy Ski Jump with M&Ms and mini-marshmallows. Prices range from $2.79 to $4.89 for a cup or cone, $5.99 for a pint, and $7.99 for a quart. Ice-cream cupcakes ($8.95 per 4-pack) can be enjoyed with a spoon or spoon-fingers. Dream cakes (prices vary based on customization) on the other hand, come in appropriately oneiric flavors such as Maggie's Mud and Chocolate Heaven, and are available in 6-inch, 8-inch, and sheet-cake sizes. Health-conscious hedonists can indulge in strawberry-banana, creamy mango, and mocha coffee smoothies, whereas ice-cream pizzas topped with white-chocolate curls will perplex pizza-party attendees before blasting away reservations with deliciousness.
Dairy Queen offers a cool respite for shoppers tired of fitting-room lines and surly sales clerks. The signature Blizzard's chunky charms are as inescapable as ever, with classic candies and other flavor options blended to unmatched thickness with creamy soft serve ($3.59 for a medium). The waffle-bowl sundae slathers vanilla ice cream in fudge for an appealingly layered delight ($3.95), and the milkshake puts spoons to shame with its refreshing strawability ($2.59 for a medium). Hungry bellies can cry out for a crispy onion BBQ grillburger ($3.49) or a footlong hot dog slathered with chili and cheese ($2.69). Vegetarian-minded customers can nibble on a tossed salad ($1.39) or sneak onion rings ($1.39) while everyone else looks for the tofu cookie on the ceiling. With a variety of meal options, grilled delectables offer appetites savory samplings worthy of being referred to as the dessert that comes before dessert.
Elements Coffee Co. provides customers with caffeinated body fuel within a cozy, couch-laden atmosphere. Its bean brewers and sandwich slingers have crafted a multifarious menu, decorated with such creations as the Big New Yorker—corned beef and pastrami huddled beneath a canopy of sauerkraut, swiss, and mustard ($6.85)—and liquid options including the english-toffee white mocha, a concoction of espresso, toffee syrup, white chocolate, and a choice of milk ($3.35+). While charging up your brain battery amid knight armor and orange walls, take advantage of the free WiFi to surf the Internet, update your profiles, or start rebroadcasting UVB-76.
Nothing feels too crazy about the menu at Three Crazy Bakers. The word comfort is more likely to come to mind than crazy, considering all the homestyle breakfast, lunch, and dinner options available here. Diners start mornings off with quiches and fresh fruit, or maybe a cinnamon roll and coffee; at lunch, burgers, wraps, and salads take over. For dinner, along with their popular take-home dinner casseroles?which include lasagna, shepherd's pie, and a kid-friendly hamburger casserole?Three Crazy Bakers also features dinner specials. These take the classic meat and potatoes dinners to a new level with honey-bacon chicken breasts, bourbon-street steak, and prime rib served with a baked potato and side salad.