I recently took a client to eat lunch at Creo. The place was relatively empty (weekday at 12:30), and we were seated right away in a spot with a view of the kitchen, but rather felt like we were in an overflow area- not prime seating. I had a clear view of the Managers terrorizing the staff ,and micro managing details as if they were serving the Queen.
Oddly, a waitress spoke to us once, but after that a hostess came by to take our order and she also served. We never saw the waitress again. Our meal did not take long to arrive and was presented artfully.
I ordered the Chopped Salad for $11. I assumed at that price it would suffice for a light lunch. It included lettuce with avocado, tomatoes, red onion, cashews, and crumbled blue cheese (I skipped the last two). I was pretty surprised that this $11 salad would hardly have filled a small coffee mug, but I have to say it was fresh and tasty. It did come with a breadstick, which helped with the hunger pangs.
My companion had the Cape Cod Mussels for $14 with Andoullie sausage, grilled scallions in a sherry tomato broth. Hers was a substantial dish and she said it was quite tasty.
Companion ordered tea, and I had just a mug of hot water (my ususal). The mugs were both cracked and stained, which was disconcerting. Not to mention that my water tasted as if it had been run thru an old sock. They charged me $3 for that.
Overall, even though the meal was tasty, and service was fine, I do not plan to return. There are enough great places to eat in Albany where I dont get charged $3 for water, and where a salad that costs $11 is big enough for lunch.
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