Chef Mark D. Graham crafts menus at taste that showcase culinary techniques honed over more than two decades in the kitchen, including several years working as the sous chef at the Palo Alto Spago under Wolfgang Puck and Michael French. It was time well-spent—his menu presents inventive New American cuisine that led the Times Union to declare the chef's vision as being "bright, creative and precisely tuned...Graham isn't shy about crafting a menu that tempts you to try favorites of his you may have forgotten about or never sampled to begin with." Carnivores can delight in the grilled lamb chops or feast on Heather Ridge Farm chicken wrapped in bacon and the envious stares of nearby diners. Vegetarians also have plenty to celebrate, whether its the polenta with braised fennel and olives praised by the Times Union for being "a truly Mediterranean melange" or roasted acorn squash enhanced by brussels sprouts and king oyster mushrooms.
Decades ago, large cruise ships called dayliners traveled the wide waters of the Hudson River, ushering passengers to ports from Albany to New York City. Although time has passed, Dutch Apple Cruises keeps this tradition alive with Dutch Apple II: a 65-foot, US Coast Guard-inspected cruise ship created in the classic dayliner style. Built from a blend of indigenous and traditional sea-worthy woods, including fragrant Douglas fir and Adirondack white cedar, the three-level ship carries passengers along Albany's major waterway on narrated sightseeing tours and charter cruises.
More than 100 passengers at a time roam the enclosed, temperature-controlled decks, which boast amenities such as a dance floor and cash bar. Travelers can also step out onto the open-air deck with a pair of binoculars to spot a passing eagle or watch a bass open the fruit basket they sent it. During charters, live entertainers such as DJs, dancers, singers, and comedians join passengers for a night of revelry.
Dutch Apple Cruises also offers land tours that include specialty tours such as hop and haunt which traverses the haunted history of historic buildings or brewery and distillery tours that divulge what goes into churning beer annually.
After a change of ownership in January 2011, David’s Fine Foods expanded its repertoire of delicacies to include a heartier new menu of sandwiches and breakfasts served until 1:00 p.m. Start the day with a fluffy three-egg omelette ($4), or indulge in brunch-time decadence with a tri-layered stack of strawberry, blueberry, or chocolate-chip pancakes ($4). Diners can crunch into a crusty, freshly baked french roll stuffed with maple-roasted turkey breast and crisp lettuce ($4.95), or quietly sink teeth into lean Angus pastrami cloaked in a soft wrap that cushions cacophonous munching and provides an ideal meal to prevent librarian shushing or to pack for covert Bigfoot stake-outs ($5.95).
Located in Albany, Holiday Inn Albany, New York - Wolf Road is convenient to Pruyn House and Colonie Center Mall. This hotel is within close proximity of Northway Mall and Albany County Hockey Facility.
Make yourself at home in one of the 312 air-conditioned guestrooms. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Conveniences include complimentary weekday newspapers and coffee/tea makers, as well as multi-line phones with voice mail.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Be sure to enjoy recreational amenities, including an indoor pool, a spa tub, and a sauna. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, an arcade/game room, and gift shops/newsstands.
Satisfy your appetite at the hotel's restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, a computer station, and business services. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided at no charge.
The familiar names of dishes on Lily Jack's Sandwich Shack's menu might trigger some smiles: Here Comes the Sun, Love Me Do, Twist and Shout. But the convenience delivered by the mobile operation might make for a wider grin than some Fab Four–inspired sandwiches. The caterers alleviate some of the stress involved in planning events like baby showers, office functions, and birthdays by providing a rich spread of soups, salads, and sandwiches, all of which are served with local, fresh-baked bread. The large menu allows for a truly customizable buffet-style experience. For example, the tuscan chicken-sausage soup with white bean and kale can be paired with caesar salad and a tray of Come Together sandwiches—grilled chicken breast, mozzarella, tomatoes, prosciutto, and pesto aioli. With healthful-minded preparations and vegetarian options, Lily Jack's Sandwich Shack offers something for everyone, just like the Beatles themselves (unless you're a big fan of crewcuts, that is).
For more than 18 years, Classé Catering's chefs have prepared impressive spreads of hors d'oeuvres and multi-course meals for all sorts of events. Norwegian smoked salmon with rye chips or platters of prosciutto and cheese are just a few of their specialty finger foods, while entrees like herb-encrusted pork loin or shrimp and crab-stuffed sole conquer more substantial appetites. In addition to catering, the company's event specialists can help event hosts to decorate or even find a venue.