This may be hard for some of you long-time area residents to believe, but I just took my first ever visit to the Barnsider restaurant in Albany. From what I had heard about it, I expected a formal setting with an exclusive type of feel to it.
But after arriving there, I don’t know whether it was the warm cottage-like atmosphere with its vintage wooden floors or the extremely friendly service, but the Barnsider made me feel like I was enjoying a cozy family meal right at home.
Don’t get me wrong though; the dishes at the Barnsider are nothing but ordinary. There is an on-premise butcher shop where the beef is carefully aged for a minimum of 28 days in a special temperature and humidity controlled environment. You can tell that people come here for the meat
– each table I surveyed in my immediate area had at least one of the Barnsider’s lean and tender steak dishes.
The fresh fish was delicious. I had the Baked Scallops that were so flavorful and tender that they just melted in my mouth. The Barnsider receives fresh fish daily from a special supplier.
If you can’t decide between the steak and fish, no need to worry; there are plenty of combination dishes to try. All entrees are served with your choice of fresh sides and a salad bar as well.
For more information on the Barnsider, visit their website at: