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Discover the most unbelievable casual dining experience that Albany, NY has to offer at Taste. With our unique pairing of quality fine dining, excellent service, and gluten free choices, we aim to become your new favorite restaurant for casual dining, and for special occasions. Check out our Menu.
Our restaurant is available to be used as a wedding venue and birthdays or other special events. Call us today! , is a vibrant take on fine contemporary casual dining.
Our new Chef, Mark D. Graham was born in Boston, Massachusetts. At age 17 he began cooking professionally in Newton, Massachusetts. He worked in restaurants while earning a degree in film, and it didn’t take long before he realized his passion lay in the kitchen. After graduating from The University of Massachusetts in Amherst, he worked his way up the line at The Sherborn Inn near Boston. In 1993 he moved to the town Lenox in the Berkshires of Massachusetts for the executive chef post at The Seven Hills Inn. He then did a stint at The Egremont Inn, located in the southern Berkshire area, before deciding to fine tune his craft in Northern California. Graham was working for a catering firm in St. Helena, Napa when a fortuitous meeting with Bradley Ogden led to a position at Ogden’s Lark Creek Cafe. He moved on to The Village Pub as Kirk Beyers’s sous-chef, and then worked for four-star Chef Gary Danko at Viognier. This experience prepared him for a sous chef position under Wolfgang Puck and Michael French at Spago in Palo Alto.
Ready to break out on his own, Graham headed back to the Northeast. His sojourn in California crafting wine-friendly cuisine made him a perfect pick for The Wine Bar’s executive chef position in Saratoga Springs, New York. “The wine list is still as fabulous as ever, but you’d be crazy not to pursue the food,” wrote Metroland’s B. A. Nilsson, thanks to “the wickedly talented Mark Graham,” who joined The Wine Bar in 2001. Thanks in part to Graham’s “impressive” cuisine; Steve Barnes of the Times Union wrote “The Wine Bar is yet another example of why the Spa City has the best dining in the Capital Region.”
This 27-year culinary veteran has established a following with his inventive, bold style that marries flirty sensual flavors with a multicultural blend of ingredients, technique and finesse.
In 2005, Graham and his Wine Bar team hosted The King Estate Winery, Wine Lovers Dinner at the famed James Beard Foundation in Manhattan, New York. The six-course wine-matched menu was a sold-out success, and has garnered three more dinners at the historic brown-stone since. In 2009 Mark left The Spa city to become executive chef of Mezzanotte Ristorante in Guilderland, where owners Mitch & Connie Ware created an upscale-intimate dining spot that has become a Capital Region buzz due in part for the graceful service, excellent wine list and the culinary attention to detail.
In 30 years Mark’s cooking has become a well branded culinary artisan forging alliances with passionate local farmers and progressive upstate chefs in and beyond the Capital Region of New York. His gastronomic evolution has led him from Boston, Massachusetts, to San Francisco/Napa, California to upstate New York. Mark was the executive sous chef at Max London’s Restaurant +Bar in Saratoga Springs before coming to taste.
Private Dining - is proud to feature award-winning culinary works of art. From the extraordinary talent and imagination of this chef, we have built a reputation of excellence.
Clean, fresh adaptations of traditional American cuisine plus the exploration of new culinary techniques incorporating foams, sous vide and food / beverage pairings helps to create a unique approach to dining.
Offering a more casual, relaxed atmosphere to unwind after a busy day is what Taste strives to do for our customers.
Penthouse Catering - At ’s Penthouse Catering facility, breathtaking panoramic views of the Albany, NY skyline and Hudson River become a magnificent backdrop as a wedding venue or for another special occasion.
Created by the management team at Taste, Penthouse Catering offers a uniquely beautiful setting where you and your guests can enjoy a truly memorable experience.
’s Penthouse Catering is an ideal setting for:
Our Penthouse Suites can accommodate a fine dining experience for up to 350 guests and can also be partitioned for smaller gatherings. We offer a seasonal sky-top garden terrace for more private affairs or to help accommodate your larger party.
We can help you plan for your event with our list of vendors for decor and entertainment, or your own. Our banquet team will work directly with you to make a mouth-watering menu in a setting that reflects your personality. You can choose from our select wines, spirits, and beverages for your event as well.
At Taste, we pride ourselves on serving to each individual's unique tastes and preferences. We have built a reputation for some of our distinct functions while maintaining an environment that is welcoming to all! Take a Virtual Tour of Taste!
GARDEN TERRACE*– Our Garden Terrance allows you and your guests to experience the seasonal sights, sounds and scents of the outdoors.
We feature a Summer Concert Series and live music on our Garden Terrace, and we’ll work with you to create a private event in this sophisticated city setting.
TERRACE* - The Sky-top Terrace, overlooks
Albany's beautiful cityscape and river vistas. This is an
amazing extra feature when you book an event with Penthouse
For , he enjoys presenting unique dishes of superior quality while demonstrating both his characteristic palette and the wealth of his training and experience.
|Check out our casual dining Kiosk Menu|
Fine Dining, Casual Dining, Appetizers, Full Bar, Penthouse Dining, Private Dining, Terrace Dining, Wedding Receptions, Wedding Ceremonies, Take Out Lunch Menu, Special Events, Concert Series, Garden Terrace, Rooftop Terrace, Inspired cuisine, wines, beverages, restaurant, bar, kiosk, fresh new culinary cuisines, wine list featuring over 380 wines, Sommelier assistance with wine and food pairing,
Mar 03, 2011
|Can't Go Wrong|
|Tue Oct 02 16:00:00 EDT 2012|
The best thing about American cuisine is that there's something for everyone. You just can't go wrong!
|Tue Sep 18 16:00:00 EDT 2012|
Thanks to the broad cultural diversity found in the United States, our cuisine features flavors and influences from all around the world.
|Burger Personality Quiz|
|Tue Sep 04 15:00:00 EDT 2012|
You can often tell a lot about a person by the way he/she dresses a burger. Are you a toppings minimalist or do you prefer a bit of everything?
|Tipping Around The World|
|Tue Aug 21 10:00:00 EDT 2012|
Tipping is just part of the restaurant experience here in the United States, but it's seen much differently in other countries. For example, in Japan, tipping is often confusing or offensive.
|Tue Aug 07 10:00:00 EDT 2012|
You can often skip the tip when dining abroad, but many restaurants make up for it with a service charge added to the bill.
|Tue Jul 24 10:00:00 EDT 2012|
We'd love to be your regular stop for food and relaxation after a long day.
|The Long Drive|
|Tue Jul 10 16:00:00 EDT 2012|
Do you ever have trouble deciding where to eat and wind up just driving and driving? Let us solve your dilemma.
|Fourth Of July|
|Tue Jun 26 16:00:00 EDT 2012|
There's nothing better than burgers, fries, and fireworks on the Fourth of July. Take some time to enjoy these distinctly American delicacies this weekend.
|Dine outside today with taste Albany!|
|Tue Mar 20 10:38:48 EDT 2012|
Our patio on Beaver Street, right off of S. Pearl is open. We are serving our full lunch and dinner menus, as well as extensive wine list.
|Mon Oct 10 08:33:00 EDT 2011|
At , we believe that our new Executive Chef Paul J. Ozimek offers a menu that is delicious, up-to-the-minute, healthful, and attractively priced. Stop in and taste for yourself!...