“And the idea of just wandering off to a cafe with a notebook and writing and seeing where that takes me for awhile is just bliss. “

J.K. Rowling

Don’t get me wrong, I love the bigger restaurants in the Capital District. They’re bigger and more well-known for a reason but something about finding a new little hidden gem has a completely different feel to it. I found this place in Schenectady called Sandye’s Cafe (1316 Nott Street, Schenectady). Though a little out of the way from Downtown and the main hub for food in this area, don’t write it off. They’re open M-Thurs 6:30a-4:00p, Fri 6:30am-6:00p and Sat 9:00am-12:30pm.

The location is set up like a French cafe. For having only been open since early Spring, it’ pretty well established. The decor is pretty bare but when I talked to the person who took my order, they said that it was something they wanted to do ad signed a lease for a year to see how it would go. They offer not only various pastries, homemade cookies and pies but a great idea for lunch; gourmet bagged lunches including Half Sandwich, Chips, Homemade Cookie & Drink for $10. It’s in the perfect location for Ellis Hospital employees and on Tuesday, they get a discount. 10% discount days: MON: MVP Employees, TUES: Ellis Hospital Employees, WEDS: Nursing Home Employees, THURS: School Employees, FRI: Students and SAT: Senior Citizens & Veterans. Can’t get out of work? There’s a FREE delivery for orders over $10.

For lunch, I ordered a special of the day with lettuce, turkey, bacon and avocado on a whole wheat wrap. It was really delicious! I added some chips and a Boyle’s Ginger Ale and it made for the perfect lunch. I ended up taking half of it home to eat later and was a great surprise in my fridge the next day. It was delicious but the only suggestion I would have for this cafe would be the prices. The food is delicious and for those working in Ellis Hospital I think the prices are pretty reasonable but being that close to Schenectady High School, they need to have more of a reasonable option for students. They’re directly across the street from a pizza place and if current SHS students are anything like me in High School, I’m going to pick the cheap pizza 9/10 over the more expensive gourmet sandwiches. That’s a demographic that they could reach out to with a students special, if I want a cheap after- school snack, I’m probably not going to spend $8-$10 on it.

If you’re looking for a quick lunch around the Nott Street area, check this place out. Don’t forget them for your next party, either, they have catering options including Panini Platters $25-65, Salad Trays $35-50, Wrap Platters $20-60, Breakfast Platters $50, Homemade Baked Goods $10-25,    Homemade Soups $12-20 and Wing Platters $45-65. They don’t just serve lunch, they have breakfast sandwiches too. If you forgot to eat before work, swing by here and pick up a great affordable sandwich to start your day! Check it out, let me know what you think!

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