Goodway Bakery uses natural, high quality ingredients to handcraft a menu of fresh baked goods from scratch every day. The coconut craving can order the coconut macaroons ($12.95), a thick, chewy blast of tropical sweetness, with a crisp, toasted exterior and a nearly molten, sticky-sweet interior. Those vying for a chocolaty treat can sink delighted dentures into a collection of old-fashioned gourmet brownies with nuts ($9.95). Made with real butter and Madagascar bourbon vanilla, these fudge-like bastions of joy are packed with walnuts and copious amounts of chocolate, treating mouths to a symphony of textures, flavors, and sugar-induced outbreaks of uncontrollable giggles.
Ambition Coffee House and Eatery tempts patrons to linger for hours at its bar or at the charming hodgepodge of tables and booths as they order from a menu packed with breakfast specialties, sandwiches, espressos, homemade gelato, and libations. Sink into a plush red chair beside the fireplace with an egg-and-cheese croissant ($3.50), or nosh on one of 16 specialty sandwiches, such as the Maryland-style crab cake on a grilled pita ($9). Green and yellow walls ensconce patrons as they sip martinis, wine, and specialty cappuccinos at the bar or around patterned tables. Ambition Coffee House and Eatery also hosts weekly live events and millennial tectonic-shift parties.
Baristas at Altamont Coffee Café froth fresh-ground coffee drinks made from locally roasted beans, and dish out quiches, crepes, and sandwiches stuffed with healthy local ingredients. The bistro's menu tells the savory story of a daily vegetarian quiche ($6.95) and a rotation of fresh fillers. Spicy curry powder balances sweet mango chutney in the chicken curry wrap ($6.95), and the caprese panini unites basil, tomato, and mozzarella on a crispy baguette ($5.95). Fresh off the griddle and confident, the blueberry crepe ($3.95) steps into the ring with a pastry chef who lands blow after blueberry blow as orange marmalade shouts encouragement from the corner and sour-cream maple syrup watches with an expression bordering on concern.
The treats at Control Tower Ice Cream are so tasty that they regularly cause pilots to land their planes near the shop. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Albany International Airport’s north runway is paved a few 100 yards from the creamery’s door. Regardless, from March to September, the staff serves nearly 20 specialty sundaes and more than 40 flavors of ice cream that woo adults and kids alike. More savory foods, such as hot dogs, burgers, and paninis, complement the desserts. After eating, guests can watch the planes land and take off or visit Control Tower’s go-kart track, miniature-golf course, or batting cages.
Garbing players for film and vaudeville since 1917, The Costumer's collection of timeless and updated ensembles bedecks torsos for theater and seasonal holidays. Racks of Halloween costumes ready denizens for dress-up with attire such as the toga outfit for women ($19.98) and men ($19.98). Freddy Krueger costumes ($19.98) dress teens for evenings of pumpkin-popping mischief, and the Li'l Scarecrow outfit ($19.98) helps toddlers ward off parakeets dangling from mobiles. Costume and theatrical makeup kits blot color onto complexions for self-made masks, and accessories and props help accentuate costumes and homes with decorative dash. For more intricate costumes, patrons can apply the Groupon to getups such as the Ghost of King Louis XVI costume ($55.98) or dress as the Internet by gluing strands of HTML onto limbs.
Set behind a striped pink awning and a parking lot painted with a proud pig, Saratoga Sweets has squashed sugar cravings with handcrafted truffles, butterscotch, and signature peppermint pigs for more than 20 years. During their first holiday season, a local historical society petitioned the confectioners to recreate the fabled Christmas peppermint pig: a large, pink hard candy that families divvy up with the jolly crack of a hammer or the terrifying stroke of a chainsaw. The peppermint pig is wildly popular with locals, sometimes selling more than 100,000 during a holiday season, and Saratoga Sweets advertises their pride in this palatable porky by festooning the shop with shelf-loads of pig paraphernalia. Other flavorful favorites include the buttercrunch, a blend of roasted almonds, butter, and chocolate hand-snapped to soften the toffee center. When not forging hard candies over an eternal flame, crafty confectioners also fashion more than 100 different flavors of chocolates, taffies, and truffles.