The Dilly Bean, Schenectady


The Dilly Bean, Schenectady


Looking for a delicious place for a meal in Downtown Schenectady? Don’t miss out on Jay St’s newest Jewish-style eatery, The Dilly Bean.

So, you might be saying “Jess, The Dilly Bean has been a staple of Downtown Schenectady since 2018.” True, but Abby Rochmacher took advantage of a weird situation (COVID) and changed The Dilly Bean into even more than what it was before.

Rochmacher has decided to take The Dilly Bean in a different direction of sorts with becoming a Jewish-style eatery. The food will be planted in recipes she learned from her mother and even a brisket recipe from her Grandmother she debuted at Wolf Hollow Thursday night (it sold out, sounds like a hit).

I decided to experience the food myself but things didn’t go to plan. I had decided before I went that I was going to order a Beer Braised Beef meal with 2 sides. Somehow, I ended up leaving there with no main dish and a small container of every side she had.

The mains she offers are (each main has the option to add two or three sides):

  • Herb Roasted Chicken (brined for 24 hours and marinated with fresh herbs and garlic with both 1/4 and 1/2 a chicken available) $9.99-12.99
  • Beer-Braised Beef (made with Wolf Hollow’s Lock 9 Porter, served with its own pan sauce) $11.99-12.99
  • Portobella Steak (marinated in a balsamic-soy glaze and topped with Chimichurri) $9.99-10.99

Or, you can just go the route I did and order every side instead and make a meal out of it.

  • Grandma’s Noodle Kugel
  • Honey Sriracha Brussels Sprouts
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Coriander Maple Glazed Carrots
  • Corn Pudding
  • Roasted Broccoli (she didn’t have these the day I went)
  • Cinnamon Maple Roasted Butternut Squash
  • Robuchon Mashed Potatoes

Overall, everything was delicious you really can’t go wrong. My personal favorites had to be Grandma’s Noodle Kugel, Corn Pudding, and the Honey Sriracha Brussels Sprouts. If you’re unfamiliar with Kugel, it’s honestly not easy to explain. It’s like sweet noodle pudding (don’t knock it until you try it, and Dilly Bean knows what they’re doing).

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