Where to Eat in Watervliet: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Deane Carmody

Watervliet (/wɔːtərˈvliːt/ waw-tər-VLEET or /wɔːtərvəˈliːt/ waw-tər-və-LEET) is a city in Albany County in the U.S. state of New York. The population was 10,254 as of the 2010 census. Watervliet is north of Albany, the capital of the state, and is bordered on the north, west, and south by the town of Colonie. The city is also known as "the Arsenal City".
Things to do in Watervliet

1. Schuyler Bakery Incorporated

637 3rd Ave, Watervliet, NY 12189-3732 Takeout Breakfast +1 518-273-0142
Excellent
81%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 56 reviews

Schuyler Bakery Incorporated

Reviewed By Adam-Fulton F

Decent sweets, amazing canolis for a great price. Prefer this place over the big 'name brand' places like Bella Napoli. These sweets are about half the price and taste much better. How can you go wrong with that? I recommend trying it for yourself, not much to lose, allot to gain.

2. Gus's Hotdogs

212 25th St, Watervliet, NY 12189-1937 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner SGD 26 +1 518-273-8743
Excellent
55%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 72 reviews

Gus's Hotdogs

Reviewed By Ken O - Upstate NY

Hot dogs either with everything or your favorite condiments is a treat. Good quality. Saussge sandwich is great. Flavor and Quality.

3. Bella Napoli Italian Bakery

672 Loudon Rd, Latham, NY 12110 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Breakfast, Lunch SGD 7 - SGD 13 +1 888-800-0103
Excellent
69%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 211 reviews

Bella Napoli Italian Bakery

Reviewed By Dadmanly

Hands down the best Italian Pastries in the Capital District! Their yeast type donuts are to die for, biscotti are the best you can get locally, other cookies and Pastries are very good. But they also excel in Sandwiches - inheriting one of the local recipes for "Neba" style hot roast beef that recalls a bygone era - but other sandwiches are excellent as well, stuffed with best meats and fresh ingredients, served on the best rolls anywhere. Still family run!

4. Spill'n the Beans Coffeehouse & Bistro

13 3rd St, Troy, NY 12180-3205 Takeout, Seating American, Cafe Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch +1 518-268-1028
Excellent
57%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 53 reviews

Reviewed By Mike R - Shelburne, Vermont

I stopped here for a quick coffee and the locals vibe kept me hanging out and reading at an outside bistro table. Just had a coffee and muffin, but both were good, and young woman who served me was friendly and quick. Guy I took to be the owner or manager was having a good natured argument with a regular and it gave the place an inviting vibe.

520 Congress St, Troy, NY 12180-4332 Takeout +1 518-268-1060
Excellent
72%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 28 reviews

Reviewed By Chip17 - Connecticut

Stopped in on a suggestion from our nephew. Pleasant staff and the old time bakery odor greet you as walk in. So many delicious treats !! We bought a lot of old fashioned bakery goods you just can't seem to find anymore !! The cookies were awesome and buttery in every bite. They also have pies and canollis that looked awesome. We ate some stuff on the ride home, I knew it wouldn't last. Try this place if you need a sweet treat or a quick host gift for a party!!

6. Peck's Arcade

217 Broadway, Troy, NY 12180-3209 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 33 - SGD 66 +1 518-326-3450
Excellent
71%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 132 reviews

Peck's Arcade

High energy, casual fine dining in downtown Troy, featuring shareable plates of American food with global influences.

Reviewed By JudyTroy_NY - Troy, NY

Had a gift certificate from last Christmas to be used at any Clark Hospitality venue. Had used all but $51 of it at Donna's Itaiian Restaurant which was in my neighborhood and to which we could walk, but to our disappointment it closed in the summer. So it was with trepidation that we went to Peck's but so glad we finally did. No doubt it is expensive for Troy ($5 for half loaf of bread, $14 for half roasted cauliflower head), but the food is interesting with varied sauces and jams and the service is outstanding! The music was terrific dance music and we would have loved to have been able to get up and do some East Coast Swing and even West Coast, but it was definitely TOO LOUD for dining! (Vic Christopher, the owner, spent the entire time we were there at two turntables and his Apple Computer choosing the music and we wondered why he didn't notice how loud it was!) The service was top-notch!

Our son and his wife live in Brooklyn and this reminds us of the many venues he has taken us to there with the brick walls and exposed beams. It has a very youthful vibe and that was evident from the mostly thirty something folks dining on this particular Friday night.

No doubt we used up the rest of the gift certificate and then some, but next time the "kids" are in town, Peck's will be visited!

7. The Purple Pub

2 Cohoes Rd, Watervliet, NY 12189-1828 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Delivery Bar, Pub, Italian, Pizza Lunch, Dinner +1 518-273-9646
Excellent
46%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 59 reviews

The Purple Pub

Reviewed By Bob C - Albany, New York

I've been here before and keep on returning. My friends and co-workers come here for lunch to socialize together. The food is excellent as well as the quantity. The wait staff is superb. The waitress has been a long term employee and is very professional. You can see how popular this place is as it is usually very busy.

8. The Placid Baker

250 Broadway, Troy, NY 12180-3235 Takeout American, Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 518-326-2657
Excellent
75%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 23 reviews

The Placid Baker

Reviewed By Taylor R - Saratoga Springs, New York

I love the atmosphere inside the Placid Baker, it's the perfect lunch spot in downtown Troy if you want to sit by yourself for a quick bite or take something back to the office. I can't go there without picking up a few macaroons --they're the best!! A good cup of coffee, healthy menu items (selective/changes daily) and everything is fresh!

9. Dinosaur Bar-B-que

377 River St, Troy, NY 12180-3220 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Bar, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 39 - SGD 39 +1 518-308-0400
Excellent
42%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 620 reviews

Dinosaur Bar-B-que

phone number is: 518-308-0400

Reviewed By Mitzi J - New York City, New York

The food here is awesome. Sometimes you'll order a slider somewhere and get this anemic pile of stuff on dry bread. Their sliders are yummy as hell and not tiny at all. Their sauce is great - as are their ribs. And I had the best deviled egg I ever had in my life. Our server Sharona was awesome and we had an excellent meal there. Loved it.

10. Ted's Fish Fry Incorporated

447 3rd Ave, Watervliet, NY 12189-3808 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Seafood, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner +1 518-273-0232
Excellent
62%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 53 reviews

Ted's Fish Fry Incorporated

Reviewed By Roger K - Clifton Park, NY

In the 50s, my parents would bring the family to the only Ted’s, at that time in Watervliet (probably known as Port Schuyler to the locals). Yes, there were other places that also sold fish fries, and we frequented all of them, but today Ted’s is the only one of the “originals” that still is standing.

During those early days there was nowhere to sit inside a building. These were drive-up stands that took your order and delivered your food at the same window. You then either ate your food in your car or sat at one of the few picnic tables nearby. That probably also explains why Ted’s and the other fish fry businesses were only open during the Summer months. Not unlike the ice cream stands of today.

Today’s visit was unplanned. Being somewhat in the neighborhood, with two other alternatives having fallen through, I took the opportunity to follow through on a desire to re-experience Ted’s onion rings with the plan to compare them with other businesses that are high on my preference list. As usual, there was a line of customers at the window placing their orders. True to fashion, the line moved very quickly as the most senior worker, who I’ve probably seen for more than 50 years, took the orders and barked them out to the line cooks.

Mine was rather simple: one chili, small ring. The “one chili” was understood to mean a Fish Fry with chili on top ($4.85) and the “small ring” ensured that I got a small portion of Onion Rings ($2.90) instead of the larger portion if the boss had simply said “rings!” As you can see, these people are experienced professionals!

Typical to our area, the long piece of breaded fried fish was served on a hot dog roll. The fish was nice and hot, flaky with a crispy coating and on a fresh roll. The coating might have actually been a bit too crispy. The chili is only on the portion of the fish that fits in the roll. If you want chili, or some other sauce, for the ends of the fish that extend well beyond the roll, you can ask for extra sauce since there are no self-service stations that have sauce.

The onion rings were not overly greasy with just a light breaded coating partially flaking off portions of the medium-wide, thin rings. I’ve decided that they are OK, but I believe I prefer the ones sold at either Country Drive-In or Harbor House. Those are thicker and wider.

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