In a very well timed soft opening on the year's first warm weekend, the Ice Cream Man on South Broadway opened today! It's open until 9pm seven nights a week. Look for a more official grand opening sometime around the beginning of May.
Times Union restaurant critic Bryan Fitzgerald reviewed Istanblue Mediterranean Restaurant in Congress Plaza. The review was a very good one, which may be the shot in the arm the restaurant needs because as Fitzgerald noted, the place does not seem to attract too many customers. The review can be found here, and the Times Union Table Hopping post about it, which includes reader comments, can be found here.
My wife and I dined at Istanblue last August, and we were disappointed. That may have been just my lack of appreciation of the cuisine, or perhaps it is because we went when the restaurant was relatively new, and maybe it has since found its sea legs by now and is delivering a good experience. I should also note that I have seen good comments about it on Tripadvisor. Let's hope it can get through the rest of the winter.
I noticed that Papa Johns and The Ice Cream Man have new signs on and out in front of the building. I reported just over a month ago that The Ice Cream Man may open in May, but I get the feeling that will come sooner.
Staying on South Broadway, a bit further towards downtown, it appears that the Carriage House Inn is closed. The sign is down and it is all of the windows are shaded. I don't know if this is just a seasonal thing (although its web site shows rates for the winter), but you may recall that I reported back in September that it was for sale. Well it's a beautiful property so let's hope it's just a seasonal thing and it opens back up this spring.
OK that's it for now. Blogging becomes harder and harder these days - but fatherhood is going great and Margarita and I are blessed with our beautiful daughter! Hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year, and that you're staying safe and warm in this blustery weather.
The Times Union's restaurant reviewer Bryan Fitzgerald reviewed the Crown Grill on Broadway in Saratoga Springs. To view the review, click here, to review the Table Hopping blog post, which has comments, click here. The long and short of it is he said it was good but not great. More or less matches with my experience there earlier this year.