We are foodies and can say with assurance that this is one of the best food experiences in Upstate New York!
Our first time dining here and we were pleasantly surprised. Will definitely go back. Everyone in our party enjoyed what they ordered. Service was great. It was freezing temps outside, but the bistro is upstairs away from open doors so it was nice and cozy.
It's a really classy venue with decent, if not exceptional food. There was a minor problem with a delay in bringing out an appetizer, but when asked the server explained the issue and brought out a complimentary cheese platter which was appreciated. My main problem was that lousy pop music was pumped in - loudly - which seemed out of place in an elegant setting. Classical music would have been more appropriate and if that would be considered too stuffy at least dial down the volume a bit. Also, I would like to see a slightly more varied menu or at least more frequent variation in what's offered. One thing thing that I particularly liked was the opportunity to taste a reasonably priced "flight" of wines - three healthy pours for $10. Unfortunately, the options for the flight were limited. Again - a lovely venue which could be improved with a little tweaking.
Superb. Excellent experience. Can't wait to get back to this exceptional restaurant and culinary experience.
We enjoyed a delicious brunch, made fresh and delivered by delightful people.
It took longer to prepare than we expected, given we were there during a quiet time.
Coffee was on the weak side, but I prefer bold/robust so maybe I'm being picky.
My Boston bibb salad was a few tender leaves with sparse dressing. Tender and crunchy both.
Save room for dessert. We had THE cookie. Not going to spill the beans here, just to say it's worth it even if you don't save room!
Nice destination location . We'll be trying dinner there soon.
Not sure it's accessible since the Bistro and bar is on the second floor.
Overall the food was quite tasty, but we were surprised and disappointed (that at the Culinary Institute) that the pork chops were all way over-cooked.
This is one of our “go to” restaurants. The Menu changes seasonally and features locally sourced items. Good NYS wine and beer, I essentially love the cheese plate for dessert.
Went to Upstairs Bistro for Veteran’s Day. I ordered the beef special, which was completely bland all around. I’ve worked in fine dining years ago, and would be embarrassed to see someone furiously shaking salt and pepper on a meal I had prepared. My wife ordered the sweet potato gnocchi, which she could not eat as it was deep fried and way too sweet. Gnocchi should be light and pillowy, but this was like eating sugary deep fried dough balls with syrup. The 5 onion soup was OK, though I wasn’t sure if this was meant to be similar to French onion soup because it looked as though there was a piece of cheese burnt into the croutons on top. I did not ask what this was supposed to be. I was also surprised to see that we did not get any bread, especially for an $80 meal before tip. The price was incredibly high for the quality of the food we got. My wife and I have really wanted to like Upstairs Bistro, but after this and a couple other bad experiences during New Years and Valentine’s Day, we definitely won’t waste anymore nights out here. I am not a picky eater by any means, and have only sent three plates back in my entire life, two being at this restaurant on Valentine’s day for being completely inedible. I don’t usually write reviews, but had to share this last experience.
My wife and I met after a week apart. The Bistro is a part of the Culinary Institute, which is often very active. We spotted a friend and had a quick chat. Fare is on the lighter side (flatbreads) but well made and friendly service.
My taste buds had an adventure with the white bean appetizer. Very creative with the flavors in the hummus itself as well as the grilled veggies.