I really enjoy the Midtown Tap & Tea Room (MTTR). I can't describe much of the menu, because I had the same thing during both of my visits -- but that was just because it was so tasty! MTTR is on New Scotland Ave., near Albany Law School, Albany Pharmacy School, and Sage College. I wondered if it would be swamped by students, but it was a mixed crowd and not too busy on both visits. MTTR has a nice atmosphere and is a surprisingly large space -- there are plenty of seats at the bars (both in the the front and back of the restaurant) as well as throughout the restaurant. I really enjoyed the fireplace in the back and thought the patio seating was a really nice option for the summer. Even though the restaurant was not really quiet during the time I was there, it still managed to feel cozy and intimate. I came here first with a friend for some drinks and appetizers and second with my boyfriend. I thought MTTR lent itself to both, as I could have nice conversation, good drinks, and decently priced food. The menu itself seemed limited, but I did notice that there were specials offered for entrees, appetizers, and dessert. One drawback is that the dessert options seemed a little limited to me, as I was hoping to see a few more options -- such as a chocolate cake or ice cream (what was offered on my latest visit was a creme brulee, a cheesecake, bread pudding and a chocolate mouse).
The item I ate on both visits were the steak tacos. They are on the appetizer menu ($10) and are served with a slightly spicy and absolutely delicious pico de gallo. I tend to be picky and do not like chunky salsas, so I liked how nicely minced the pico was. It added such fresh and delicious flavor to the tacos. There was also a white sauce, which I believe was sour cream based, but it was also very tasty. The steak itself was tender, and not at all chewy. My boyfriend had a bbq bacon burger, which was a special. He really enjoyed it and said it was very flavorful.
MTTR has a nice beer menu (more bottled, less on tap) and I tried a few of the selections and found the descriptions on the menu to be helpful and accurate. There is also a variety of wine and liquor, but I did not try wine or cocktails.
Ultimately, it is a cute place with a diverse clientele. I think it is a good spot for a date or a one-one-one meal/drink with a friend and look forward to visiting again.
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