1165 Central Avenue, Colonie, 459-8440. Albany’s long-running
strip club offers very good, economical lunches including
burgers, wraps, traditional sandwiches and salads, and even
a few thoughtful entrées. Serving 11:30-8 Mon-Fri. AE, MC,
Adirondack Seafood Co., 115 River St., Hudson Falls, 745-5845.
Fresh, delivered-daily seafood forms the basis of the simple,
delicious menu offered at this Main-style restaurant. They’ll
dust the catch of the day with cornflour and fry it for you,
and you’ll sail to seafood heaven. Serving 11-2 Mon, 11-8
Tue-Thu, 11-9 Fri-Sat. D, MC, V.
Divino, 1702 Chrisler Ave., Schenectady, 374-7711. Chef
Chip Morrison makes it all from scratch, from fresh bread
to a menu of classic Italian fare, with $10 specials Tue-Thu.
Serving dinner 5-10 Tue-Sat. AE, D, MC, V.
Java Jazz Café, 318 Delaware Ave. (Main Square Plaza),
Delmar, 439-1727. An extensive menu of wraps, subs and salads
complements fresh-baked pastries, bagels, and, of course,
a variety of coffee and a suitable menu of tea. Serving 7-9
Mon-Fri, 7-3 Sat. AE, D, MC, V.
54 Clifton Country Road, Clifton Park, 688-1548. Sonny Brar’s
new venture is an elegant Indian restaurant featuring northern
and southern cuisine as well as an excellent lunch buffet.
Serving lunch 11:45-2:30 Mon-Fri, noon-3 Sat-Sun; dinner 5-10
Mon-Sat, 5-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V.
Latina, 315 Central Ave., Albany, 426-7050, misalsalatina.com.
Typical Mexican fare (burritos, fajitas, tacos) enhanced with
Latin American dishes like Colombia’s bandeja tipíca and
an on-site bakery offering Mexican bread and pastries. Serving
lunch 11-3 daily, dinner 11-10 Mon-Wed, 11-11 Thu-Sat, 11-9
Sun. AE, D, MC, V.
Riccitello Restaurant, 1687 Foster Ave., Schenectady,
374-1574. A decades-old Schenectady mainstay, serving classic
Italian fare. Friendly service, a welcoming bar and a good
wine list, along with daily specials. Serving lunch 11-2 Wed-Fri;
dinner 4:30-10 Wed-Fri, 4-10 Sat, 4-9 Sun. D, MC, V.
Way Café, Routes 9 and 67E, Malta, 899-4196, mywaycafe.com.
Chef-owner John Bove celebrates a quarter century at this
Saratoga-area gem, where the Italian specialties range from
a perfect pasta carbonara to excellent Tuscan-style grilled
sirloin. Serving daily 4-close during racing season; Tue-Sun
4-close otherwise. AE, D, MC, V.