Putnam's buffet at Gideon is satisfying feast – New York News

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Gorgeous summer weather, the beautiful park-like setting of Saratoga Spa State Park and an abundance of enticing food make Sunday brunch at Putnam’s Restaurant at the Gideon Putnam Hotel a very agreeable affair.

Enter through the elegant main lobby and head left to Putnam’s Restaurant and Bar, a swank but casual venue suitable for such a graceful, historic resort hotel. It’s light-filled and roomy, with original 1930s-era hand-painted murals and windows overlooking the brick patio and well-tended grounds. In good weather, you can continue outdoors and dine surrounded by colorful containers and beds of flowers.

Some folks were in expensive-looking, sleek exercise clothing. Most were well-dressed, and my Coach handbag was having a serious inferiority complex. We dressed up a bit; you may want to as well.

Cold salads and meats at Putnam’s Sunday buffet. (Caroline Lee/For The Daily Gazette)

The metal chairs are capacious and comfortable, and scoot easily up to the round tables shaded by striped market umbrellas. The patio was about half full that Sunday, with steady business. A server took coffee and tea orders and gave directions to the buffet. It’s $27.95 per person, for all you can eat. Help yourself — and prepare to be overwhelmed.

Brunch is staged in an intermediate porch between indoors and out. Polished chafing dishes and stainless vessels gleam on spotless white linen tablecloths wherever you look. Grab a white plate. Put simply, breakfast is to the right, lunch to the left, with salads and cold foods in between and a smiling, toque-wearing chef standing at attention,…

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