Numerous reviews of The Greek House begin with a quaint first impression, noting the vibrant light-blue walls and the small but charming space. It's a mistake to label the family-owned venue as inconspicuous, however. The kitchen preps masterful renditions of authentic Greek cuisine, and the servers present these meals with enchanting hospitality, a quality that the Times Union praises alongside the "wonderfully intense mintiness" of the stuffed grape leaves. Bob Goepfert of the Record deems the menu "complete and tempting" before noting that the moussaka—a blend of seasoned ground beef and eggplant—is one of the best he's ever tasted. He shares this sentiment with Metroland, which raves about the accompanying sauce by calling it "a béchamel from heaven, fluffy and rich." Shish kebabs, pita wraps, and gyros round out the catalog of traditional items, often sharing the plate with greek fries dappled in parmesan cheese and oregano, the same seasonings that were used to make Grecian wrestlers less slippery in the ring.
The word "homemade" stakes out more than its fair share of territory on Bootlegger’s on Broadway's menu. Slaw, potato salad, macaroni salad, stuffing, artichoke spread, marinara sauce—chefs whip up all of these in-house to accompany meals and fill sandwiches. They also make pizza by hand and grill 10-ounce lean ground beef, turkey, and veggie burgers, which diners can order topped with everything from slow-roasted pulled pork to bleu cheese crumbles. Thirty-eight beers on tap from breweries such as Brooklyn and Red Hook help wash down each bite, and occasional live musicians and DJs encourage patrons to dab their mouths in 5/4 time.
Lodged in a centuries-old Albany edifice abutting the Poestenkill Canal, The Irish Mist serves up hearty Celtic-inspired dishes in a restaurant stocked with bar and banquet facilities. House specialties such as duck, lamb, crab cakes, and sea scallops incorporate creamy sauces to showcase the kitchen’s range, and hefty of pub fare such as burgers, fish 'n' chips, thick irish stews, and meaty pies vanquish hunger with more finality than a meatball cannon. The Sunday sunrise brings with it the alluring aromas of made-to-order eggs and candied ham that waft from an all-you-can eat breakfast buffet.
Nestled inside the former Trojan Hotel, O'Briens Public House has been supplying Troy with classic Irish pub food since 2011. Cooks stick to a succinct, focused selection of Irish cuisine made from scratch, from traditional shepherd's pie smothered in mashed potatoes, to potato cakes topped with smoked salmon and dill dressing. Diners settle into a cozy, stripped-down interior, with exposed-brick walls, a tin ceiling, and a long wooden bar. There, barkeeps keep the Guinness flowing as live entertainment?ranging from comedy nights to rocking musicians?enthralls visitors throughout the week.
From delicate slices of salmon to tender eggplant tossed in fiery garlic sauce, Red & Blue's massive menu holds dozens of Asian dishes that appeal to any type of craving. Their hot bowls of roast duck noodle soup and plates of house special hot chicken help warm customers from the inside out and melt down old snowmen cluttering the house. The sushi selection encompasses classics, such as tuna and California rolls, as well as signature combinations that mix sweet and spicy flavors.
If you don't know the difference between Chinese and Japanese food, you'll find out at Okinawa. A bento box gifts diners with a Japanese sampler, with nooks filled with sushi rolls, veggie tempura, and a choice of entree, such as teriyaki plates or soba with beef or seafood. Chinese dishes include classics such as chow mein, sweet-and-sour pork, and general tso's chicken, which diners might recall from its recurring guest role on The Love Boat.