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30 South Pearl Street Main Entrance on Beaver Street Albany, NY 12207
30 South Pearl Street, Main Entrance on Beaver StreetUSNew YorkAlbany12207
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Monday ClosedTuesday 11:30 am – 4:00 pm, 5:00 – 10:00 pmWednesday 11:30 am – 4:00 pm, 5:00 – 10:00 pmThursday 11:30 am – 4:00 pm, 5:00 – 10:00 pmFriday 11:30 am – 4:00 pm, 5:00 – 10:00 pmSaturday 5:00 – 10:00 pmSunday Closed
Taste is a vibrant take on contemporary fine dining. Located in downtown Albany and are widely known for offering a menu meeting the highest standards for quality and creativity.
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Healthy American cooking & cocktails in a stylish, earth-toned setting & spacious patio with music.- Google
"Very nice place/decor, but absolutely horrible food!"
"It wasn't fine-dining service though acceptable at this price point."
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Danielle Relyea
7 months ago
(This was five pages typed on Microsoft Word. This is VERY abridged due to character restraints. Please feel free to contact me if you want the entire, TRUTHFUL story.) To make it short: I was notified by Maura Gannon, the owner of Taste, three months (May 2014) before my (September 2014) wedding that they had inadvertently double-booked my date (despite me leaving a deposit nine months earlier - August 2013), the other person had left a deposit six months before I had, and I would have to find a different venue. **** I need you to know that Maura was apologetic. I get it. “Mistakes happen.” But… My God… This is a business. We should have never been allowed to put a deposit down on September 6, 2014 in August of 2013 if another bride had put a deposit down for the same day SIX MONTHS BEFORE. We spent about $50,000 on our wedding! We had people from Florida, California, Texas, London, Munich at our wedding. This isn’t an “Oops, my bad” situation. This is a “What were you freaking THINKING? What am I going to DO?!” situation. Maura tried to call every place downtown imaginable. That was nice. Unfortunately, though, because I know a lot of the businesses downtown, I heard that she was literally blaming ME for the mishap. “Dual blame” she kept saying. I didn’t then, I don’t now, and I NEVER WILL take ANY blame for what happened. As it turns out, this whole fiasco was a blessing in disguise. I went to the New York State Museum, which, let’s face it, was definitely the better venue option. Albert at the Museum was fantastic. He was responsive. Accommodating. Sympathetic. Exceptional! The only thing that Taste could really offer (aside from a sterile, hotel conference center reception area which doubled as the rain day backup) was the amazing view. Well, it rained on my wedding day, so the patio - the only saving grace of Taste - would have been useless. Instead, I got married in front of the carousel at the NYS Museum and got to be IN the view. I need all prospective brides to know that for this to happen even once (to me), is, like, completely not even remotely acceptable. For a scheduling error of this magnitude to have taken place, by the person IN CHARGE OF THE BANQUET facility, is mind-boggling. The fact that the Penthouse will now be Taste’s sole application is horrifying. I hope Maura got a day planner or something. For me to be blamed, even for a moment, just goes to show the type of people you will be dealing with. I promise you, PROMISE YOU, there are true professionals out there in the wedding world. This is obviously not it. Every vendor I spoke with after this happened shrieked in horror at the concept of doing this to a bride. What happened to me is not normal. It is not okay. Maura has never taken responsibility. The last time I spoke with her was May 19, 2014. I plan, with all of my being, to never ever see her again. I read the review of the September 6 bride who I got the bump for, and I had to laugh at her frustration with the absence of valet parking that was promised. I was promised a venue… Which was absent… I just want you to know, you coulda had it worse.
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Aubrey Feldman
8 months ago
Was interested in possibly holding my wedding reception here. Coordinator and staff were very apathetic and disorganized. I had an appointment to view the space but there was absolutely no parking anywhere nearby. When I called in to inform them of this I thought they would offer me a solution since I was going to be giving them business... but no. They told me to park in a lot at the end of the street--which was permit parking only and we almost got towed. Called in AGAIN to inform them that I couldn't even park anywhere so that I could view the space and the reply-- "Oh, okay! Well I'll tell them you cancelled!" Not a good way to conduct business or treat potential clients/customers.
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Daniel Masny
3 years ago
Went there for lunch on Thursday. Nice Place, great decor. The server was terrible. White guy with black hair in his mid 30's. He took at least 10 minutes to take our order, and brough our food out luke-warm at best 35 minutes later. I have an hour for lunch if I am lucky, and told him this up front. The sweet potato fries would have been good if they were still hot, but the Pastrami Salmon was really fishy tasting and way too pungent. My girlfriend order the burger without the hot pepers, and of course burned her mouth on the peppers that were still there after the first bite. Maybe dinner is different, or I got the only bad server, but I am not going back.
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Amanda Ford
3 years ago
One of my favorite things about Taste is the atmosphere. While it's an upscale restaurant it doesn't feel stuffy. It's a calm, cool place to sit with the girls, have some fun cocktails and talk! It's such a great place all year around, but during the summer it's awesome to have a place to sit outside and relax after work with live music and of course one of Taste's many amazing cocktails. There's so many places to wine and dine in Albany but between the food and drink selections, the great service and personable employees Taste has something that many restaurants do not. it's a combination of the right location, the menu and the atmosphere that truly makes this a dining experience Taste is a unique upscale restaurant that draws a classy crowd but still maintains a casual feeling atmosphere. I can enjoy the perks of a nice place while still being able to "let loose," and unwind from a long day.
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Otis Maxwell
8 months ago
The current chef is Mark Graham who brings props from Max London and a number of other high-profile restaurants in the Capital District. He has put together an irresistible concept: a prix fix meal in a fine dining restaurant, prepared by a master chef, for $25 (3 courses) or $37 (5 courses). However, there were some disappointments in the execution. Two of the items on the short menu were not available (the waiter did not say sold out, which would have surprised me as the restaurant was about 1/3 full at 8 pm, just “not available”) and a good 1/3 of the very short wine list was also not available. A bigger issue is the way the menus are put together. I’m happy to choose between a soup or salad or between a meat or poultry or vegetarian entrée, but many of the choices by course on the prix fix menu were just confusing. How do I decide whether to have chicken piccata (subbing for the quail), parsnips or “brandade bites” (fried balls of bacalao/potato puree) for the third course on the five-course dinner? Do you want an apple, or to go for a bike ride? In the end I got the three-course and my dining partner the five-course, with mixed results. The warm gazpacho, on the five-course only, was superb. I liked the brandade bites. My thai-style short ribs (with a hint of kaffir leaves but no fish sauce as expected) were meltingly tender. My dessert of expresso chocolate crème brulee was a good idea, but too heavy. However, the pork loin was tough and a course of fingerling potato salad had us scratching our heads: it was basically potato salad, perfect for a side but rarely seen on its own. If you order as we did, you should be aware that no effort will be accommodate the three-course diner while the other diner gets their five courses: not even an offered spoon for sharing the soup. We would also have appreciated a sweep of crumbs from the table before dessert. It wasn’t fine-dining service though acceptable at this price point. I respect Mark Graham a lot and I would like to see him put together ONE five-course menu and ONE three-course menu per night with his best recommendations and then allow diners to order other items a la carte. The gazpacho, short rib and dessert would have been a five star 3-course meal. Add the brandade and a salad (there were some which we didn’t try) and a scaled-up entrée with the parsnips or potato salad on the side for the 5-course. Net net, we had a three star experience with the challenges described above, but I’m bumping it back to four stars because of the value. If you want to have an affordable fancy meal in a fancy restaurant, I don’t think you can do better in the Cap District.
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Chris Gindi
2 years ago
My wife and I had our wedding reception up stairs in there penthouse. The food for that event was incredible! By far the best meal I have ever had at a wedding! We also frequent the downstairs restaurant and we have never had anything there that was not amazing! The staff is very accommodating as is the owner. My wife and I would absolutely recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a delicious meal, great service and a good value for your money. If you're considering a function in the penthouse upstairs you will not be disappointed by the view, service or food.
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Jon Van Geest
3 years ago
I have now visited Taste twice and that's plenty. I first went awhile back during Restaurant week. The food was very good but not great compared to other long established restaurants in the area. The service that night was extremely poor. I associated it with the prefix restaurant week menu which is substantially lower then the average $50 per person the wait staff would expect from any given table. That reason however is not a good reason to be completely inattentive from a quality experienced wait staff. I did want to return to try there actual menu with hopes of better service. I recently came across a good deal on a groupon so the return visit a year later was in store. The service was a little better. There was a lengthy 5 minute wait for the seater to attend to her station. The beginning food was good not excellent. The tempura avocado tacos were in serious need of seasoning. The beet salad was very good. The wait staff was much better than last time but the fact that at 630pm the place had only 10 tables filled at most. When the main order arrived my wifes duck was actually excellent however my ribeye (ordered medium rare) was perfectly well done. I sent it back to the kitchen since it was obviously not in the vicinity of what I orders. The same steak was then returned 10 minutes later cold with the waiter (looking awkward and dejected) was trying to explain to me that under the chefs light its a perfect medium rare and if i would still eat it. I said I tried it and it was most certainly no medium rare or even remotely close to it. I could tell by touching it before I even originally cut into it i was going to be overcooked. (For the record we were outside dining in natural lighting what better lighting could you ask for) The waiter then argued with me saying they had no more ribeyes (a regular menu item in an empty restaurant at 630pm on a saturday night is BS) I then asked for a strip then as the original steak was overdone and now cold. After he went to take and order across the patio which order a ribeye from the menu with no issue. In the return, 15 minutes later, was a completely unseasoned sliced sirloin, which let all the juices out leaving it dry, with the now mushy/cold vegetables from my original plate. underneath it (heck it might have been the same plate. How does this happen? Well since the original ribeye was 2/3 for the cost of the groupon they didn't wish to waste the money cooking another one nor the other cut I requesting instead on their own deciding to find the smallest cheapest cut they had around. From my observation they are offering the groupon to get people in the door. When I left at 745pm the restaurant was seemed less full then when I arrived. Being that novice chef Paul Ozimek must have a huge ego problem and can't manage to carry the blame for an improperly cooked cut of meat by his kitchen staff is pathetic. I have never once seen a waiter have to return to a table with a dish sent back trying to say no. It's completely unprofessional. With the great options in the Captial Region this place will never make its way to the top again. I'd be surprised if they are even here a year or two from now if this is how they operate on a regular basis.
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Tracey M
2 years ago
Very nice place/decor, but absolutely horrible food!! Decided to try Taste via a Groupon I came acrossed, as we are always looking for new places for our 'date night' out instead of our 'same olds'. Not sure if it was the 'Groupon' treatment we received or what. Sadly we can say we will never be returning to Taste nor will recommend it to any friends or colleagues. When I called to make the reservations, the girl on the phone took my information and then also inquired if I would be using a Groupon or Living Social deal. Why did she need to know this? That should have been my first alarm. Upon being seated, the hostess again asks if we are using a Groupon?! Again I indicate we are, and she says okay and walks away. While waiting for our waitress, notice my husband's water glass has a small amount of water already in it & lipstick on the rim. Okay..slight oversight (somehow i guess, but things happen), so we request a fresh glass from the gentleman filling the water glasses and show him the one from our table. When our waitress arrives, I immediately inform her that I have a Groupon and if there are any restrictions on the wines or dinners included (as I would with any coupon..always check prior to ordering & let your waiter/waitress know you have one). Is this not the one person I need to notify of the Groupon...why everyone else prior?! Odd Cheeses on the cheeseboard app was good but the crostinis were very definitely very stale. Salmon dinner was not fully cooked (had to request it to be cooked further), and when waitress returned with it she failed to tell me the plate was also placed into the oven with it therefore I slightly burned my fingers. The taste = okay, nothing great. The Monkfish was very bland, no flavor at all. Overall, we were very unimpressed and would not recommend this restaurant. Maybe if you don't use a Groupon, the experience might be different (*I did notice other table had bread baskets, were we supposed to recieve one with our meals?)
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