My Wife and I come out to Turning Stone every month or so. The dining selections at Turning Stone tend to be extreme: Stuff yourself Buffet, or unappetizing mall-like food court fast-food, or high end fancy restaurants. When we learned about the new Upstate Tavern, we thought we would try it out.
We were greeted at the door and seated promptly. The waitress was polite, and attentive. The menu listed just what we were looking for: a nice mix of appetizers, sandwiches, and larger meals. My Wife was not too hungry, so she ordered the Spedies as a meal, and I ordered the Beef on Shaved Weck. The Spedies come, oddly enough with Pita bread and tzatziki on the side. ( I know, not traditional, but it tasted good.) The Beef on Weck was excellent, with a salty/fennel seed bun and some au jus for dipping, plus a dollop of wonderfully hot horseradish on the side, it totally met my expectations. The fries were good, warm and obviously cut and made there.
The only thing missing from the menu were Saratoga chips, and those little 3" long chili dogs you get in the Albany area.
The place was nicely decorated, pub style, so there was a casual atmosphere. It was not the best place I have ever been to eat in my life, but it is not supposed to be. The Upstate Tavern definitely fits a hole in between the cheapo food and high end restaurants.
We will surely be back when we visit Turning Stone again.
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