I’ve passed this café often in my travels through Schenectady and this afternoon, after a stultifying day of “staff development,” a colleague and I stopped in to recharge our batteries. My friend has raved about this place for months and when we entered, we were the only patrons. I noticed that the café closes at three and it was 2:15. (I worked as a waitress all through college and grad school and I always hate to be the last people in a restaurant.) We were welcomed with open arms and assurances that even if we had opened the door at 3:00, they would be honored to have us. The staff seems to really like each other and that kind of camaraderie creates a really nice atmosphere.
I wasn’t starving, so I just had a bowl of lobster bisque, one of the daily soup specials. It was delicious, although a splash more sherry wouldn’t have gone amiss! My friend ordered a cup of chicken and vegetable soup (“the ultimate comfort food,” according to her) and a Greek salad, which she graciously agreed to share with me when my brain revived my appetite.
The salad was a work of art—a symphony of fresh greens, cucumbers, tomatoes, pepperoncini, olives, red onions and dolmades, topped with two slabs of the finest feta cheese I have ever sunk my choppers into. The dressing came in a little cup on the side and I could taste the oregano for several hours after—lovely! Just what the doctor ordered for a dreary day in late January.
The café was sparkling clean, the service friendly and efficient, the food was delicious and again—that “family atmosphere.” There was nothing NOT to love.
I can’t wait to go back with my husband when I’m really, really hungry.
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