I've been to Albany numerous time. Although the Capital region has never been a place I call home, I still feel like I can get around pretty well like a local. However, Shelli guided me to a elegant and unique place in Ballston Spa, just north of Albany.
It's called the Whistling Kettle and I would definitely go again. The menu is vast, it takes easily 5 minutes to determine what tea alone you want. After selecting your desired tea, it takes a good 5 minutes to determine what type of meal you would like to order. I went with the bowl of soup, quiche, and scones special. You could alternate some of these options with salads or different types of quiche, or you can get tea bread. This is supposed to be modeled after Great Britain's high tea experience. I think that the Whistling Kettle is a hidden gem just south of the Adirondacks or just north of Albany. I highly encourage anyone in this area to seek it out!
In addition to his great restaurant, Shelli and her husband brought us to Napoli Italian Bakery in Albany. It was what a true bakery should be; delicious breads, sweets, desserts, you name it! We bought some to bring with us to our next stop...Long Island!