Down by the water: Eat, drink, relax on lake or river

Yes, the ocean is only four hours away. But this summer, why not get your water therapy close to home, on a lake or a river?

Mohawk River

The Water’s Edge Lighthouse Restaurant
2 Freeman’s Bridge Road, Glenville
370-5300,, Facebook

Less than two miles from downtown Schenectady, Water’s Edge is a popular urban oasis overlooking the Mohawk River. For the past 12 years, until Rivers Casino came to town, it was the area’s only place for waterfront fine-dining.

From its spacious, two-level patio, diners can watch boats of all sizes travel the Mohawk. There’s also a courtesy dock for boaters who want to stop for dinner or cocktails.

“People absolutely love our patio. Our patio won a national contest when we opened it. We have a tiki bar right on the water, we have a 9/11 memorial,” says Pat Popolizio, who co-owns the restaurant with his wife Karen.

The entire indoor restaurant menu is available outdoors and the tiki bar has its own menu of selected items.

Duke’s Chophouse
Rivers Casino & Resort, Schenectady
579-8850,, Facebook

Schenectady’s three-month-old Rivers Casino & Resort is making its waterfront dining debut this spring.

Duke’s Chophouse, a high-end steak restaurant, is already serving dinner al fresco on a patio that’s only a few feet from the Mohawk River, and a summer menu will be rolling out soon. Right now, there are 24 seats where you can watch the sunset and more tables will be added as the summer heats up. On chilly nights, overhead heat lamps will warm up customers.

“Rivers Casino & Resort’s position on the Mohawk River makes for an unmatched outdoor dining experience, and with the arrival of warm weather, we know our guests will enjoy Duke’s Chophouse in an entirely new way. We’re looking forward to announcing new outdoor programming, promotions and summer menu items in the coming days,” says General Manager Mary Cheeks.

On Thursday, (June 1) the casino will open another waterfront patio area, with live music, parties and drink specials. On June 2, Druthers Brewing will launch ‘Friday Night Flights,” which will runs on Fridays through Aug. 18.

Read the full story: here

Bjornland, Karen. “Down by the Water: Eat, Drink, Relax on Lake or River.” Daily Gazette, 28 May 2017. Web.

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