Pizza Place & Restaurant, 2780 Hamburg St., Schenectady,
355-7700. Forty years of made-from-scratch pizzas along with
a full menu of Italian specialties and American sandwiches.
Serving 11-10 Mon, Wed-Thu, 11-11 Fri-Sat, 11-10 Sun. AE,
Daisie, 183 Jay St., Schenectady, 344-7082, chezdaisie.com.
Sweet and savory crêpes offered on a bargain-priced menu in
a quaint serve-yourself setting within sight of Proctors Theatre.
Serving lunch 11-2 Mon-Fri, 9-2 Sat; dinner 5-7:30 Mon-Sat.
Biergarten, 895 Broadway, Albany, 427-2461, wolffsbiergarten.com.
A surprising variety of German fare in a wide-open space with
hanging lights and picnic tables. Great selection of German
beer. Serving 11 AM-2 AM Mon-Fri, 9 AM-2 AM Sat, 9 AM-midnight
Sun. Lunch specials 11-4 daily. Brunch 9-4 Sat-Sun. Cash only
(ATM on premises).
Tavern, 40 Mohawk Ave., Scotia, 393-3344, turftavern.com.
Scotia’s 60-year-old dining destination, offering excellent
steaks and an old-fashioned attitude that includes old-fashioned
prices. Serving lunch 11:30-1:30 Tue-Fri; dinner 5-9 Tue-Fri,
5-10 Sat, 11:30-8 Sun. AE, D, MC, V.
Bar & Grill, 485 Main St., Great Barrington, Mass.,
413-528-3116. Aromabarandgrill.com. A broad array of traditional
Indian fare is cooked with an extra emphasis on flavor and
served with graciousness and aplomb. Serving lunch noon-3
Tue-Sun, dinner 5-9:30 Sun-Thu, 5-10 Fri-Sat. Sunday buffet
noon-3. AE, D, MC, V.
Tacos, 319 Ontario St., Albany, 935-1096. Tacos and burritos
in homemade tortillas with imaginative fillings at very affordable
prices. Serving 11-11 Tue-Sat, 1-8 Sun. AE, D, MC, V.
Vietnamese Restaurant, 307 Central Ave., Albany, 436-1868.
Satisfy your craving for authentic pho, along with
a generous array of characteristic meat and vegetable dishes,
including curries, salads, and plenty of grilled items. Serving
lunch 11-2:30 Tue-Sat, dinner 2:30-9 Tue-Thu, 2:30-10 Fri-Sat,
11-9 Sun. D, MC, V.
111, 111 Main St., Philmont, 672-7801. Virtuoso chef Josephine
Proul serves a varied menu drawn from as many locally produced
ingredients as possible, an excellent example of how good
this approach can taste. Serving dinner 5-9 Wed-Thu, 5-9:30
Fri-Sat, 5-9 Sun; brunch 8:30-2 Sat-Sun. AE, D, MC, V.
The Century House, 997 New Loudon Road, Latham, 785-1857.
American gourmet fare, featuring everything from burgers to
an excellent duck-breast dish, served in a handsome building
reflecting its Federal-era roots. Serving lunch 11:30-2:30
Mon-Fri, dinner 5-9 Mon-Sat. AE, D, DC, MC,
261 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 459-5077. Superb pizzas, along
with a menu of pasta dishes, Italian entrées, baked hero sandwiches,
salads and more. Serving 11-10 Mon-Thu, 11-11 Fri, noon-10
Sat-Sun. MC, V.
The Van Dyck, 237 Union St., Schenectady, 348-7999. A
well-chosen menu of pub fare (the burger is terrific) with
pizza, panini, salads and, after 5 PM, a few fancier entrées.
Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri, 5-11 Sat. AE, D, MC,
Tesoro, 2080 Western Ave. (20 Mall), Guilderland, 456-8242.
Classic Italian fare, with dishes from the north and south
prepared by Raffaele Sainato, former chef at Lombardo’s. Serving
lunch 11:30-2:30 Mon-Fri, dinner 4-9 Mon-Thu, 4-10 Fri-Sat,
4-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V.
Arirang, 1558 Central Ave., Colonie, 452-6878. A pleasant
mixture of Korean, Thai and Japanese cuisine, with sushi also
a feature. The gob dol bi bim bab is worth exploring.
Serving lunch 11:30-2:30 Mon-Sat, dinner 5-9:30 Mon-Sat. AE,
D, MC, V.
Jonesville Store, 989 Main St., Clifton Park, 877-0507,
thejonesville store.com. Charming, cozy restaurant and store
worlds away from the commuter hell of routes 9 and 146, featuring
creative home cooking with fresh, local ingredients. Serving
breakfast and lunch and dinner (with table service and music
on Friday and Saturday evening). Open 8-7 Tue-Wed, 8-8 Thu,
8 AM-8:30 PM Fri-Sat, 8-3 Sun (closed Mondays). AE, D, MC,