Varden Brothers Roofing takes care of our whole block of 4-story brownstones. They recently built up our roof hatch, replaced the larger of our two skylights, and filled in a low spot on our roof for about $1,500. It took a couple of visits, but so far, no leaking!
Sofas, settees, Eastlake chairs ... We've had them all reupholstered (and some rebuilt!) at The National Upholstering. Choose fabric and trim from catalogues including Kravet Couture. The shop also serves as a gallery and gift shop, with original art, handmade cards, and uniqe gifts.
It's worth a trip out to Wolf Road, but BOY were we spoiled when they were on the corner of Lark Street and Madison Avenue in Albany. On a recent visit, had takeout -- beef with string beans and General Tso's chicken, and a couple of egg rolls. Dumplings are good and gingery. Onsite dining is a nice break after the Mall.
We've purchased a small fridge, Wolf Range, Amana French Door refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher, Vent-A-Hood, InSinkErator and a Fisher-Paykel washer & dryer from Earl B. Feiden Appliance in Latham. Their prices are comparable to big box retailers, but their installation and service is professional and fool-proof. Ask for Guy Jordan!
For $6.99 -- eat in or take out. Start with naan, onion pakora, chutney and other condiments. Follow the line of chafing dishes to enjoy white rice, vegetable biryani, curried cabbage, vegetable korma, palak aloo, koftas, and a variety of chicken dishes, including chicken do'piazza (made with legs and thighs) or chicken tikka or tikka masala (made with white meat). Kheer for dessert!
Flanked by strip malls and big box drugstores, on the side of a 4-lane highway, it woud be easy to drive right past MezzaNotte. But that would be a shame.
We stopped in just after opening (about 5:20 p.m.) on a weekday evening in March. We knew we were in good hands when we recognized the bartender from his days at McGuire's our favorite downtown Albany restaurant.
The wine list featured Italian labels, but provide ample options from around the world.
After the delicious house-baked bread dipped into a plate of balsamic vinegar and olive oil drizzled at tableside, accompanied with homemade tapenade, we enjoyed our salads.
The Mezza Notte house salad was a bed of field greens with sliced apple, fried goat cheese rounds, figs, toasted hazelnuts and house vinaigrette. Their Classic Caesar was made with organic romaine lettuce, with anchovies flavoring the light, lemony dressing. The menu refers to a "contemporary twist" -- perhaps the sweet, sundried tomatoes that studded the salad?
The Veal Saltimbocca was fork-tender, presented with smashed potatoes and perfectly-prepared broccoli rabe. The beef special was excellent, with purple mashed potatoes with a touch of horseradish, and sauteed spinach.
Desserts sounded intriguing, but another time ...
Dinner for two, with tax and tip, and a nice bottle of wine was $125.