I've been to Novak's twice now, and I really wanted to love it, seeing as it's a beloved institution here in Albany. But... I didn't. The first time we went, they were short staffed and it showed. Our server couldn't deal with the stress and we did not have the relaxing dinner we were hoping for. The second time was much better, we had the same server and it was much more relaxing. I had the same dish both times -- pork medallions with a blue cheese sauce. The first time, the blue cheese sauce was divine and had me dreaming of how I could replicate it at home. Unfortunately, the dish was nearly too salty to eat the second time.
The soup that comes with the meal doesn't have much flavor. The cold-bread basket is boring. The mashed potatoes are pretty good.
So, that's two very uneven experiences and I doubt we will go again. It's much too costly for the quality.