For Fresh, Delicious Food with Options for Everyone, Check Out Galleria 7 Market - Not Your Mama's Food Court

Sunday, August 21, 2016

In life, everyone has an opinion......about everything.  That's what makes life interesting.  One thing we can all agree on, I think, is that we all love to eat.  We may not all love the same foods......and let's face it, that can sometimes make dining out a little tricky. But I have something that might help make your next family or group outing peaceful and fun.  Today's post features the Capital District's newest eatery..........Galleria 7 Market, Latham's version of places like Chelsea Market in NYC, Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia and Faneuil Hall in Boston.  I'm not a regular traveler on Troy Schenectady Road, so when I got a glimpse of a mouthwatering pizza on @bitemeshowny Instagram, I knew I had to check it out!

Napoli Bakery
Galleria 7 describes themselves as 'a curated open air food market experience cultivated over great food.'    That great food can be found at any of the nine vendors found at Galleria 7, some familiar to me, some not.  Anyone who enters hungry, with a passion for food, might have a hard time choosing from even a modest nine eateries within, but once you're able to choose there's no way you'll be leaving hungry.
Latham NY

It doesn't take much to overwhelm me when it comes to food choices, so after checking out all the options, I must admit we went with an old favorite - Gershon's Deli.  In case you hadn't heard, Gershon's recently opened this, their second location just down the road from their Union Street location.  There isn't a bad menu option at Gershon's, but I have a hard time choosing anything but their corned beef sandwich, each and every darn time we visit.  I don't know how they make it, but their corned beef is the best on the planet, tender, not fatty and piled warm on rye with can't beat it.  We shared a sandwich and a cup of my favorite of their soups - the white bean and escarole.  And I'm sorry to say, I did not take a photo of either.
Galleria 7 Market

Galleria 7 Market in Latham

For fish lovers, there's Hooked, a fresh fish market where you can buy fresh fish and bring it home to cook yourself or you can order one of their cooked meals. Galleria 7 Market opened back in January, with Hooked Seafood Market being their first food vendor to open. 

Galleria 7 Market

Hooked Seafood Market, Galleria 7 Market

Hooked Seafood Market
 Owners were apologetic about the lack of variety yesterday, thanks to a very busy Friday.  Their fresh seafood arrives from Boston twice a week.
Hooked Seafood Market
For  those looking for healthy options, The White Apron offers clean, natural, affordable food including juices, smoothies, wraps and salads. 
Galleria 7 Market

Galleria 7 Market

Galleria 7
Pizza lovers will go crazy for Anna's Woodfired Pizza.....looking around at yesterday's patrons, we saw several pizza's and as delicious as my corned beef sandwich was, I couldn't help but be a little disappointed that we didn't order pizza.  Oh time.  
Galleria 7 Market

Galleria 7 Market

Galleria 7
 Carnivores will find their happy place at Chops & Hops!  Chops & Hops sells USDA Prime, dry and wet aged small farm all natural beef, ABF pork and chicken and fresh made rope sausage. And....if you're there for some lunch, check out these creative options:
Chops & Hops Menu

Galleria 7

Also available but not photographed this visit is Kobe Hibachi, LaPasta Di La Posta  (operated by Innovo Kitchen) featuring fresh made sauces and pasta, and Bad Piggy Barbeque.  

Galleria 7
And what's a meal without dessert?  Sad, just plain sad.  But don't despair because Napoli Bakery of Schenectady rounds out the selection offering paninis and a wide array of delicious baked goods. Napoli Bakery is the vendor responsible for those beautiful peaches at the top of this post.  Since we split our sandwich, we had just a little room for dessert.  I asked for recommendations (to save us the temptation of ordering one of each) and ultimately came away with their popular Pistachio cookie (O.M.G. why did we only buy one???), a chocolate dipped macaroon, a little square layered with chocolate, coconut and raspberry, and a mini cannoli.  These fit into a small sandwich-sized to-go container which we brought home for later....except for the Pistachio cookie which we split and devoured in the car.  It took all the discipline I could muster not to go in for 4 more.  Those babies are amazing!
Once the word is out that all the vendors are now open), I'm sure Galleria 7 will be packed.  Get there before that happens!  Check the hours before going though......we dropped in today for a pizza and more cookies and found both vendors closed.  Galleria 7 is located on Troy Schenectady Road in the Plaza 7 Commons where the bowling lanes used to be, just near the corner of Vly Road.
The open air market holds seating for 90 inside and 36 outdoors during good weather.  
Galleria 7 Market

For more information on individual vendors, I've included links below for their Facebook pages and websites.

To read more about Galleria 7, you can read this article in the Albany Business Review:

This is definitely one of those places you need to check out over and over again - at least 9 times, I'd say.   This might look like your average food court, but trust me, it's not your Mama's food court. This is delicious, fresh food.........maybe even better than Mama makes.  Check it out soon!

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