Restaurants in Whitehall

Sushi and Japanese Cuisine for Two or Four on Monday-Friday or Saturday-Sunday at Hokkaido Asian Bistro (40% Off)

Hokkaido Asian Bistro

Upper Washington Avenue

$30 $18

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Hibachi dinners and seafood entrees include chilean sea bass, grilled filet mignon, and hand-rolled maki

$15 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Burgers and Diner Food at Munch Pit ($30 Total Value)

Munch Pit

Albany

$10 $5

Burgers, wings, hot dogs, and other classic diner food served until 5 a.m.

Five-Course Farm-to-Table Tasting Menu with Wine Flight for Two or Four at From the Garden (Up to 51% Off)

From the Garden

From the Garden

$80 $40

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Tasting menu of gourmet, farm-to-table comfort food includes entrees such as pork tenderloin or roasted spiced mushrooms, dessert, and wine

$21 for $40 Worth of Modern Italian-Asian Fusion Cuisine at LAX on Lark

LAX on Lark

Albany

$40 $21

Italian dishes alongside Asian-fusion cuisine, including parmesan-breaded chicken breast and vegetables in a sweet-and-sour tamarind sauce

$10 for $20 or $20 for $40 Worth of Pub and Italian Cuisine at Maggie's Sports Bar & Café

Maggie's Sports Bar & Café

Campus Area

$20 $10

Friendly sports-bar atmosphere quells hunger with hearty burgers and saucy Italian pastas served alongside beer, karaoke, and live bands

$22 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $20 Worth of Indian Food at LaZeez Restaurant ($40 Total Value)

LaZeez Restaurant

Central Avenue

$20 $11

Oven-baked tandoori chicken, salmon curry, and vegetarian samosa appetizers

Contemporary American Cuisine for Dinner at McGuire's (Up to 42% Off)

McGuire's

Center Square

$50 $29

(28)

Prosciutto-wrapped shrimp or a cheese plate with truffle honey precedes lobster risotto, a veal chop, or vodka pasta with free-range chicken

Indian Food at Gandhi Restaurant (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Gandhi Restaurant

Gandhi Indian Restaurant

$20 $11

Chefs whip up Indian specialties such as samosas and curries, tailoring each dish's spice level to customers' personal preferences

Indonesian and Modern American Cuisine for Two or Four at Yono's Restaurant (48% Off)

Yono's Restaurant

Downtown Albany

$50 $28

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Indonesian dishes with French-inspired presentation served alongside modern American dishes in and elegant 19th-century townhouse ambience

Hibachi Entrees for Two or Four at Samurai Japanese Restaurant (Up to 49% Off)

Samurai Japanese Restaurant

Colonie

$48 $25

Scallops, steak, chicken, and fish hibachi entrees come with soup or salad, two pieces of shrimp, vegetables, fried rice, and noodles

$15 for $30 Worth of Fresh Seafood at Sea Fish Market and Grill

Sea Fish Market and Grill

Latham

$30 $15

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Eatery offers fresh seafood such as fish and chips, steamed lobster, and clam strips, and sides like sweet potato fries and seaweed salad

$15 for Two Italian Entrees and Two Fountain Drinks at Bellini's Counter ($24 Value)

Bellini's Counter

Bellini's Counter

$24 $15

Build your own pasta dish, wrap, or salad, or choose one of the specialties, including pasta with meatballs and sausage in a vodka sauce

Indian and South Asian Cuisine for Two or Four or More at Sitar Indian Restaurant (50% Off)

Sitar Indian Restaurant

Colonie

$30 $15

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Dishes such as shrimp curry, chicken jalfrezi, and vegetarian biryani cooked in a tandoor oven

Pub Food and Drinks for Two or Four at The Lager House (Up to 47% Off)

The Lager House

Colonie

$30 $17

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Craft beers flow from taps, cans, and bottles—and are even infused into menu items such as sausage and cheesesteaks

Italian Cuisine for Two or for Four at Portofino's (Up to 47% Off)

Portofino's Italian Ristorante

Colonie

$25 $14

Linguine and sautéed meatballs made in-house according to recipes passed down over generations

Italian Dinner for Two or Four on Sunday–Thursday or Friday–Saturday at Valente’s Restaurant (50% Off) 

Valente's Restaurant

Watervliet

$40 $25

Generations-old recipes mix with new creations for dishes such as mac ’n’ cheese with pork or seafood, char-grilled steaks, and veal

Food and Drink for Two or Four or $200 Towards Catering at Papa's Corner (Up to 58% Off)

Papa's Corner

Watervliet

$50 $25

Classic Italian dishes such as pizzas, baked pastas, and entrees like chicken parmesan and veal marsala

Healthy All-Natural Cafe Food for Breakfast or Lunch at A Natural Way Cafe (42% Off). Two Options Available.

A Natural Way Cafe

Altamont

$6.50 $3.75

Healthy and natural foods crafted locally

Sushi and Asian Cuisine at Red & Blue (Up to Half Off). Four Options Available.

Red & Blue

Troy

$30 $15

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Wide variety of Asian dishes ranging from roast duck noodle soup to yellowtail-stuffed sushi rolls

$15 for $30 Worth of Japanese and Chinese Food at Okinawa

Okinawa

Wynantskill

$30 $15

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Diners enjoy a variety of Japanese and Chinese dishes, including bento boxes and general tso’s chicken

$11 for $20 Worth of Brick-Oven Pizza and Sicilian Fare at Home Style Pizza in Schenectady

Home Style Pizza

Schenectady

$20 $11

Chefs craft brick-oven pies with 20+ toppings, layer meat between fresh bread, and cook Sicilian-style fare in family eatery open since 1972

$22 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $20 Worth of Italian-American Food at Whiskey River Tavern ($40 Value)

Whiskey River Tavern

Waterford

$20 $11

Pub serves up fried ravioli, fish 'n' chips, meatball subs, and a slate of pizzas

$13 for $30 Worth of Italian Cuisine for Two or More at Petta's Italian Restaurant

Petta's Italian Restaurant

Schenectady

$30 $13

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Chefs make everything from the bread and soups to the lasagna and meatballs in-house and age their steaks and pound their own veal cutlets

Hibachi Entrees at Sakura Japanese Restaurant (44% Off). Three Options Available.

Sakura Japanese Restaurant

Clifton Park

$40 $25

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Hibachi chefs entertain guests with tableside dinner preparation, and sushi chefs wrap shrimp, crab, and avocado into tasty rolls

Pizzeria Food and Drinks at Brickhouse Pizza & Grille (Up to 48% Off). Four Options Available.

Brickhouse Pizza & Grille

Clifton Park

$25 $13

Wood-fired pizza and housemade pasta are served at an eatery with trivia and live music on select nights

Pizza Meal for Two or Four with Salads and Drinks at Ferretti's Restaurant (51% Off)

Ferretti's Restaurant

Clifton Park

$22.25 $11

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Pies emerge from the oven topped with bubbling mozzarella and toppings such as sausage and peppers

Barbecue at Brunswick BBQ and Brew (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Brunswick BBQ and Brew

Brunswick

$20 $11

In a rustic restaurant with stone walls and exposed beams, diners enjoy barbecue favorites such as ribs, brisket, and pulled-pork sandwiches

$12 for $20 Worth of American Breakfast and Lunch at Ugly Rooster Cafe

The Ugly Rooster Cafe

Mechanicville

$20 $12

Breakfast favorites such as pancakes and french toast with hints of vanilla and nutmeg; fresh burritos, burgers, and sandwiches such as BLTs

Golf with Cart Rental and Food for Two or Four at Pioneer Hills Golf Course and Duffers Pub (Up to 47% Off)

Pioneer Hills Golf Course and Duffers Pub

Ballston Spa

$74 $42

Pairs tackle par 70, 18-hole course that spans 5,371 yards of Saratoga County's lush landscape

Gastropub Cuisine for Dinner at Wunderbar & Bistro (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Wunderbar & Bistro

Hudson

$40 $20

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Four kinds of schnitzel, pot roast, steak, and grilled chicken carbonara pair with local brews and apple pie

$17 for $30 Worth of Cuisine for Dinner at Duo Modern Japanese Cuisine & Lounge

Duo Modern Japanese Cuisine & Lounge

Saratoga Springs

$30 $17

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Eatery offers a fusion of Japanese, Italian, and French cuisine such as roasted duck, mushroom black risotto, sesame salmon, sushi & sashimi

Five-Punch Card for Sandwiches or Smoothies, or $15 for $30 Worth of Baked Goods at Sweetie Pies Bakery

Sweetie Pies Bakery

Fort Edward

$39.95 $21

Fruit smoothies, sandwiches, and treats such as huge cookies and Boston cream-filled cupcakes

American Cuisine for Dinner for Two or Four at East Cove Restaurant (Up to 56% Off)

East Cove Restaurant

Lake George

$60.97 $29

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New york strip steaks, caramelized salmon with a smoky maple glaze, and wiener schnitzel in a log-cabin restaurant in the Adirondacks

American Meal with Wine for Two or Four at The Powderhorn Restaurant at Roaring Brook Ranch (Up to 48% Off)

Roaring Brook Ranch

Lake George

$67.40 $35

Charbroiled strip steak, deep-fried scallops, shrimp scampi, vegetarian ravioli, fried chicken, and BBQ ribs served with house wine

American Dinner for Two or Four at Four Main Street Bar and Grill (Up to 53% Off). Four Options Available.

Four Main St. Bar and Grill

Huntington

$138 $65

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Chef John Slattery crafts blackened steaks, fried calamari, and other upscale American favorites in a casual eatery nestled in Hidden Hills

Upscale American Cuisine for Lunch or Dinner at Sweet Peas (Up to 48% Off)

Sweet Peas

Winsted

$25 $13

Chefs prepare ginger-soy-glazed salmon and oven-roasted lamb in Victorian homestead amid antiques

Seafood and Steak Dinner for Two or Four at The Tributary Restaurant in Winsted (Up to 45% Off)

The Tributary

Winsted

$68.80 $39

Amid wood-paneled walls & old-time photographs, waiters ferry fresh clam & mussel starters to tables along with veal, pasta & filet mignon

Pizza, Pasta, and Salads at Ninoss Pizzeria Restaurant (Up to 47% Off). Two Options Available.

Ninoss Pizzeria Restaurant

Westfield

$20 $11

Pizza by the pie or slice served alongside salad, pasta, and gargantuan sandwiches not for the faint of appetite

One-Dozen Bagels and Two Medium Tubs of Cream Cheese or $70 Toward Catering (Up to 44% Off)

The Bagel Shoppe

Fishkill

$18 $10

Start the morning right with bagels and cream cheese, or cater an event with everything from Party Hero's to Artistically Prepared Platters

Steak and Seafood for Dinner for Two or Four at Opa Opa Steakhouse and Brewery (50% Off)

Opa Opa Steakhouse and Brewery

Southampton

$40 $20

Voted best steak house for five years by the "Valley Advocate," eatery focuses on Black Angus steaks, ribs, and seafood dinners

$16 for $30 Worth of American Food and Ice Cream at The Summer House

The Summer House

Southwick

$30 $16

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Year-round shop with up to 24 ice-cream flavors and classic food such as grilled-cheese sandwiches, BLTs, burgers, hot dogs, soup, and fries

Farm-to-Table Dinner for Two or Four at MRKT Restaurant (Up to 42% Off)

MRKT Restaurant

Deerfield

$50 $29

Organic ingredients comprise dishes such as ricotta gnocchi with cob-smoked bacon and english peas, or the Boyden Farm burger

Spanish and Latin American Food for Two or Four or More at Mina's Spanish Kitchen (50% Off)

Mina's Spanish Kitchen

Multiple Locations

$20 $10

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Seafood platters, hearty sandwiches, and other dishes that fuse culinary inspirations from Spain and Latin America

One or Two Groupons, Each Good for $30 Worth of Spanish Tapas for Dinner at Ibiza Tapas Wine Bar (50% Off)

Ibiza Tapas Wine Bar

Northampton

$30 $15

Award-winning traditional and modern Spanish tapas such as braised short ribs and lamb shank with chickpea puree in lounge-like restaurant

One or Two Groupons, Each Good for $30 Worth of Italian Cuisine at Mulino’s Restaurant (Up to 52% Off)

Mulino's Restaurant

Northampton

$30 $15

Hearty portions of pasta, meat, and seafood served on the second story of the Bay State Hotel

Sushi and Teriyaki Dishes for Dinner for Two or Four at Mikado Asian Bistro in Canton (Up to 50% Off)

Mikado Asian Bistro

Canton

$30 $16

Color Dragon rolls stuffed with shrimp tempura and sprouts; sea eel sashimi; sizzling shrimp teriyaki

Italian Cuisine at Sinapi's Pizzeria (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Sinapi's Pizzeria

Brewster

$22 $11

Antipasto platters, specialty pizzas, and family-style portions of rigatoni or gnocchi sautéed with broccoli rabe and white clam sauce

Mexican Meal for Two or Four with Appetizers and Entrees at Arturos Cantina (Up to 51% Off)

Arturo's Cantina

Danbury

$48.85 $24

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Traditional Mexican tunes, decor, and dishes slathered in house-made mole, adobo, and ranchero sauces transport diners to Mexico

Nuevo Latino Cuisine with Optional Expiration Protection at Ramiro's 954 (Up to 40% Off). Two Options Available.

Ramiro's 954

Mahopac

$50 $30

Spanish and Latin-American influences unite in lobster-crowned risotto, tuna ceviche, and barbecue pork tacos

Specialty Pizza and Salad or $20 for $30 Worth of American Food for Carryout at Attilios Family Restaurant

Attilios Family Restaurant

Simsbury

$32.90 $20

Chefs hand-toss pizzas and top them with everything from prosciutto to ghost-pepper sauce; other dishes include burgers, salmon, and steak

European-Inspired Cuisine for Two or Four at Cavalier Restaurant (47% Off)

Cavalier Restaurant

Chicopee

$30 $16

Fine steaks, seafood, and Portuguese and Italian specialties served on linen tablecloths in airy dining room

Italian Comfort Food at Marco's Restaurant (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Marco's Restaurant

Tariffville

$24 $12

Diners enjoy Italian specialties, such as lasagna, fettuccine primavera, and a variety of gourmet pizzas, in a cozy, minimalist dining room

Japanese Cuisine at Koo (Up to 50% Off). Seven Options Available.

KOO

Danbury

$27.90 $14

Chefs chop, flip, and grill veggies and meats for hibachi meals and craft noodle, sushi, and teriyaki dishes

$17 for One Appetizer and Two Drinks for Two or More at Matthew's Restaurant ($30 Value)

Matthew's Restaurant

Farmington

$30 $17

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Appetizers such as grilled tenderloin tips or clam casino served in an idyllic setting beside the Farmington River

Hibachi Fare at Yume Hibachi Steak & Sushi in Unionville (Up to 45% Off)

Yume Hibachi Steak & Sushi

Farmington

$40 $22

Plumes of fire erupt as showboating hibachi chefs put on a sizzling spectacle, cooking filet mignon, shrimp, lobster & Teppanyaki veggies

$11 for $20 Worth of Pub Food at Maximum Capacity

Maximum Capacity

Chicopee

$20 $11

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Eight specialty sandwiches, eight signature pizzas, and five types of burgers

American Lunch and Dinner at The Collegian Court (45% Off). Three Options Available.

The Collegian Court

Chicopee

$20 $11

American mainstays such as burgers, club sandwiches, steak, and seafood, served alongside Polish dishes such as kielbasa and pierogi

Three Italian Meals or Two Meatball and Pasta Specials at Mima’s Meatballs and More (Up to 50% Off)

Mima's Meatballs and More

Danbury

$10 $5

Dine on classic or veggie meatballs atop pasta with a choice of six sauces or fried pizza fritte in a casual Italian cafe

New York-Style Bagels and Coffee Packages at Bruegger's Bagel (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Bruegger's Bagel

Danbury

$20 $10

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One dozen flavored and plain New York-style bagels with cream cheese with coffee for up to 12, or punch card for 10 medium cups of coffee

$12 for $20 Worth of Italian Carry-Out at The Original Antonio's

The Original Antonio's

Multiple Locations

$20 $12

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Thin-crust pies take center-stage dressed in pesto and chicken or clams; other options include house-made ravioli and Tuscan pork chop

Wings or Burgers with Draft Beers for Two, Four, or Six at Coyote Maverick (Up to 63% Off)

Coyote Maverick

Danbury

$35.98 $17

(18)

Dig into jumbo wings or burgers topped with fried onions, chili, or mushrooms; draft beers from breweries including Shocktop and Lost Sailor

Eastern European Food, Crepes, and Tea at Crepes Tea House (Up to 52% Off). Two Options Available.

Crepes Tea House

West Springfield Town

$25 $12

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Crepes filled with fresh fruits and chocolates, or meats and cheeses served alongside European dumplings, potato pancakes, and seafood

New American Cuisine at Juniper's Restaurant (Up to 48% Off). Three Options Available.

Juniper's Restaurant

Middlebury

$45 $25

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Restaurant with live music dishes out penne ala vodka, barbecue pork ribs, fried seafood platters, Angus burgers, and fresh crab salads

HIbachi or Bento Lunch for Two or Four, Dinner for Two or Four, or Take-Out at Kusulyn Restaurant (Up to 50% Off)

Kusulyn Restaurant

Kusulyn Restaurant

$27.90 $14

Pan-Asian cuisine such as hibachi shrimp, spicy pad thai, and teriyaki salmon, plus a large sushi menu

Seafood Meal for Two or Four with Appetizers and Entrees at Masse's Bar & Grille (Up to 46% Off)

Masse's Bar & Grille

Chicopee

$64 $38.50

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Classic and inventive seafood and raw-bar dishes made from fresh-off-the-boat catches

$16 for $30 Worth of Italian Cuisine and Drinks at Bacco's Restaurant

Bacco's Restaurant

Waterbury

$30 $16

(14)

Pizzas, char-grilled steaks, and specialties such as veal saltimbocca rolled with prosciutto; cold drinks at a roomy bar

Two Appetizers and Bar Credit or Italian Dinner for Two or Four at Frankie & Augie'Z (Up to 57% Off)

Frankie & Augie'Z

Jefferson Valley-Yorktown

$46.90 $20

Birra Moretti and house wines wash down risotto in saffron cream sauce, chicken in madeira brown sauce, and stuffed shells

Italian and Mediterranean Cuisine for Lunch or Dinner at Mona Lisa Restaurant (Up to 50% Off)

Mona Lisa Restaurant

Wolcott

$40 $20

Eatery open since 1989 offers cuisine such as veal marsala, filet mignon, crab cake sandwiches, penne ala vodka, and fettuccine carbonara

Sushi and Japanese Food at Hana Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar (Up to 52% Off). Two Options Available.

Hana Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar

Waterbury

$35 $19

(15)

Hibachi meats cooked tableside, imported drinks, and sushi rolls with ingredients such as spicy mayo and cream cheese

Sandwich Meal for Two or Italian-American Fusion and Pastries at Avventura Deli (Up to 58% Off)

Avventura Deli

Waterbury

$23.66 $10

New York Times-lauded shop serves thick lasagna in homemade sauce, paninis, and gelato made fresh daily

$15 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of American Fare at Big Steve's Grill ($30 Total Value)

Big Steve's Grill

Plainville

$10 $5

(14)

Family-owned establishment with patio serves up American favorites such as Angus burgers, house-made chili, and deep-fried Twinkies

Mexican Food for Two or Four at Mexico Lindo Cafe (45% Off)

Mexico Lindo Cafe

Middletown

$20 $11

Green and red moles top pork ribs and chicken, corn tortillas are stuffed with cheese and deep fried, and housemade chorizo caps nachos

Chinese Take-Out, or Dinner for Two or More at Bamboo Garden (Up to 43% Off)

Bamboo Garden

Windsor

$20 $12

Mongolian chicken, smoked duck, and a wide range of traditional Chinese noodle dishes

Italian Cuisine for Two or Four at Felix's Family Ristorante (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

Felix's Family Ristorante

Forest Park

$30 $15

Chefs channel Abruzzan recipes to craft house-made pastas, chicken parmigiana, and lemon-pepper shrimp

$10 for Five Groupons, Each Good for $5 Worth of Diner Food at Skooter's Restaurant ($25 Total Value)

Skooter's Restaurant

Pine Point

$5 $2

Dig into pancakes, tuna melts, and hamburgers topped with fried onions

Italian American Food for Lunch or Dinner at East Street Eatery (50% Off)

East Street Eatery

Wolcott

$30 $15

Italian American staples including New York strip steak, Angus burgers topped with cheese, and pasta tossed with chicken or seafood

American Food at Club 19 Restaurant (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Club 19 Restaurant

Hawk's Landing Country Club

$30 $15

Diners can enjoy burgers, wraps, and pasta entrees indoors while watching the large flat-screen TVs, or outdoors on the spacious deck

Office Lunch Sushi Party, Sushi House Party, or $24 for $40 Worth of Sushi from Ichiro Hibachi & Sushi Bar

Ichiro Hibachi & Sushi Bar

West Hartford

$150 $99

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Japanese restaurant serves sushi, teriyaki and tempura entrees, bento boxes, soups, and salads or goes to homes and offices for sushi party

French Lunch or Crepe-Cart or Café Rental from La Petite France (Up to 55% Off). Four Options Available.

La Petite France

West Hartford

$20 $10

Pastries, breads, and croque monsieurs prepared by French husband-wife team; portable crêpe cart for parties of 20; rent café for party

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Since opening in May, Crestwood Catering & Deli has been packing custom and specialty deli sandwiches with fresh fixings, cheeses, and meats. Custom Woodys sandwiches headline the extensive menu, starting with a foundation of a roll, wrap, or white, whole-wheat, rye, or pumpernickel bread. The Tribute BLT ($7.75) deviates from its traditional fillings, adding an avocado and a fried egg to its culinary trio and doing for the sandwich world what the addition of Simon and Garfunkel did for Hanson. Sub captains update a lunchbox classic by searing thick bologna before painting it with roasted peppers and speckling it with provolone cheese (a $6.99 value); with tomato, cucumber, and dill havarti, the egg-salad-and-smoked-salmon sandwich (an $8.99 value) spawns currents of sophisticated flavor. Fountain-style Pepsi products round out the meal with carbonated pizzazz (a $1 value each).

26 Picotte Dr
Albany,
NY
US

At Pizzalo, patrons pick up pizza, subs, and calzones for Italian-inspired dining. Wings dressed in barbecue sauce or glazed with honey-mustard ($6.99 for 12) compete with fried, breaded ravioli ($4.99) to perform an opening act for taste buds. Classic pizza toppings scatter over eight-cut and ten-cut pies ($11.99+), and the specialty Mexican pie ($14.99+) jazzes things up with salsa, ground beef, and olives. The culinary engineers adorn the Meat Works pie ($17.99+) with pepperoni, sausage, and meatballs to catch the eyes of carnivores who only see in the ultraviolet and protein spectrums. Pizzalo also designs non-circular edibles in the form of cold and hot subs ($4.99) and entrees such as baked ziti ($7.99).

448 Delaware Ave
Albany,
NY
US

Part of the Blue Spice Restaurant's network of Thai eateries, Delmar Blue Spice surrounds visitors with the scents of curry, fresh mango and pineapple, and thai basil. Inside, right next to the windows and a few big pots of broad-leafed tropical plants, there's a dining area filled with the clatter of silverware tearing into noodles, curries, and seafood. The menu brims with green-papaya salad, salmon in panang curry, jasmine rice, and pork and shrimp dumplings, all of it shredded, grilled, fried, steamed, or karate-chopped to perfection.

155 Delaware Ave
Delmar,
NY
US

Locally owned Lou-Bea Pizza punches taste buds' passports for a flavorful Italian trip bolstered by an itinerary of eats populated with pizzas and toasty sandwiches. Begin the savory sojourn with a thin crust pie ($8+) prepared with homemade dough and buried like delicious archaeological debris under a hodgepodge of selected toppings ($1.30+ each), including meatballs, broccoli, and bacon. Diners can unpack sandwich cravings with a crusty calzone ($7+) and a steak or pepperoni sub with red sauce and gooey mozzarella ($6.50 each). More than 15 gourmet pies, such as the shrimp scampi ($11.25+) and barbecue chicken ($11.25+), trip epicurean lights fantastic, and a couple dozen wings covered in butter garlic, Cajun, or one of five other glazes place a "no vacancy" sign on belly motels ($13), keeping out rough trade that just wants to pillage the spleen's mini-fridge.

376 Delaware Ave
Albany,
NY
US

When Nord Brue and Mike Dressell began perfecting their bagel recipe with the help of a professional NYC bagel maker in 1983, the bagel was still an anomaly in the food world—it was geographically and culturally still isolated in New York City. Fueled by a desire to change that, the duo opened up the first Bruegger's deli with the hope of eventually introducing the rest of the country to the bagel. Brue and Dressell have since realized their dream, sharing their distinctive recipes and culinary traditions at 300 locations spread across 26 states. To this day, they oven-bake their centerless bread rolls every morning and afternoon, populating counter displays that also brim with daily made breads, Vermont cream cheese, and custom-roasted coffee.

Executive Chef Phillip Smith and his network of chefs still use the original five-ingredient recipe for their dough, which they shape into more than 20 bagel varieties. Because they draw from each region's local recipes and from dialogue and Pictionary games with local consumers, certain menu items may vary from store to store across the country. The bagels are often served with Bruegger's eclectic cream cheeses such as bacon scallion or pumpkin, or as sandwiches with meats, cheeses, and veggies often sourced from local or organic produce. Coffe gets just as much attention, with house blends of 100% arabica coffee.

1116 Madison Ave
Albany,
NY
US

The white-meat wunderkinds at Chicken Joe’s Albany quell poultry cravings with a menu of meaty subs, wraps, and salads that pair with eight satisfying sides. Mounded to the bun-rafters with bacon, cheddar, onion rings, and barbecue sauce, the heisman burger fills beef-shaped voids in stomachs and transforms anyone who eats it into smaller, metallic versions of themselves. Snack scholars can pursue degrees in deliciousness with the JR wrap’s chicken cutlet, bacon, and mayo, or inch closer to graduation with the senior sub’s chicken nuggets, honey mustard, and hot sauce. Like an opera soprano on Thanksgiving, the USA special sings with notes of grilled turkey, which is chaperoned on its mealtime rendezvous by bacon and provolone; the tuna salad loads forks with brain-boosting minerals. Dining duos bulk up their meals with a tasty twosome of sides that include mac ‘n’ cheese bites, corn fritters, or onion rings.

486 Yates St
Albany,
NY
US