1 year ago
Monday, May 7, 2012
Il Bastardo Bistro
Il Bastardo Bistro, Jay Street, Little Italy, Schenectady NY
For lunch last Thursday, I foolishly tried to go to "Cornel's" on Jay street in Schenectady. I'd heard it was good - but sadly they are not open for lunch. Across the street, I saw "Il Bastardo's Bistro" - and I thought... 'wonder if they are open?' ... they were just opening at 12. I surprised the bar tender, who was unlocking the front door. It was a quaint little place. They have live music on Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights. I asked if they serve lunch, and the bartender assured me they did. I ordered hot wings and a chicken salad - which EITHER would have been a full meal, so I left stuffed. Sadly, they don't take Corporate American Express, so I had to cash it out with Andrew Jackson and Alexander Hamilton. They had an Australian Lindeman Shiraz, so I started with that. It was good, a little fruity, but typical Lindeman. 1/2 way through the enormous grilled chicken salad, I asked for a taste of the Il Bastardo. The bottle has a caricature of a portly Italian man, who the bartender said "coincidentally looks like the owner" . It was a Sangiovese, and it was not bad, so I ordered a glass. 2 glasses of wne with a BIG lunch is the max safe alcohol intake for me if I am driving. It was a $26 dollar bill ($33 with generous tip) and kept me full all the way to Detroit.