Bar-B-Q, 107 Mill St., Troy, 266-7227. Slow-smoked ribs
and chicken and pulled pork, with all the attendant sides,
served in an out-of-the-way diner in south Troy. Serving Tue-Sun
10-10. MC, V.
il Ristorante, 129 S. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 580-1717.
Family-style Mediterranean Italian fare means that portions
are large (and its priced accordingly). Try the chicken
scarpariello for a taste of good sausage, too; you wont
believe how well the garlic is employed throughout the meal.
Serving dinner daily 5 until close. AE, MC, V.
Inn, 2788 Hamburg St., Rotterdam. 355-1111. A $9 lunch buffet
is more expansive than usual, and dinner items include standard
Indian fare with a few surprises like the duck masala. Serving
lunch daily 11:30-3, dinner Sun-Thu 5-10, Fri-Sat 5-11. MC,
Polo Club, Whitney Field, Bloomfield Road, Saratoga Springs,
581-1085. Enjoy high-stakes polo and a high-end meal by Lily
and the Rose caterings Kim Klopstock. Serving
dinner Fri and Sun 5-10 through Sept. 7. AE, D, MC, V.
1111 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, Mass., (413) 662-2004. Youll
find pad thai and roasted chicken as part of an international
panoply of offerings served in what might as well be another
of this facilitys many galleries. Serving lunch daily
11:30-3, dinner Sun-Thu 5-9, Fri-Sat 5-10 (closed Sun between
Columbus Day and Memorial Day). AE, MC, V.
Onion, 1654 Route
212, Saugerties, (845) 679-1223. Enjoy a burger or a full-fledged
fancy meal at a place that features bold flavors and familiar
ingredients. Chef Kevin Katz has a special touch with seafood.
Serving dinner Mon-Thu 5-10, Fri-Sat 5-10:30, Sun 5-9. Sunday
brunch 11-3. AE, MC, V.
in the Park,
Capitol Park, Albany. Get your hot dogs, pizza slices, sandwich
wraps, homemade quiche and even curried goat here when the
weather is nice. Serving lunch Mon-Fri 11-2 every reasonably
nice day during the summer. Cash only.
234 State Highway 30 (just south of Thruway Exit 27), Amsterdam,
842-1522. Breakfast is always available, and the entrées are
generally superb. Great meat loaf, Greek and Italian dishes,
and vegetarian features. Serving daily from 6 AM to midnight.
Brunch buffet Sat-Sun 9-2. AE, D, MC, V..
Lunch, 111 Congress St., Troy, 272-9481. Order a slew
of mini hot dogs with meat sauce, or try the breakfast items.
A bowl of homemade rice pudding is a suitable finale. Serving
Mon-Sat 7-10. Cash only.
Hot Dogs, 212 25th St., Watervliet, 273-8743. Mini hot
dogs, burgers (the Greekburger has onions and meat sauce)
or a sausage sandwich. Its difficult to spend more than
three bucks here. Serving Mon-Sat 10:30-10. Cash only.
269 Osborne Road, Loudonville, 459-6364. Popular strip-mall
spot serving Italian-American classics with freshness and
flair, along with prodigious salads and appropriately decadent
desserts. Serving Mon-Fri 11:30-2:15 and 5-10; Sat 4-10. AE,
CB, DC, MC, V.
Art Japanese Cuisine, 2025 State St., Schenectady, 388-8600.
Along with excellent sushi and standard Japanese fare, enjoy
tableside barbecue (cook your own meat) at this elegantly
decorated eatery. Serving Tue-Thu 11-10, Fri-Sat 11-11, Sun
noon-10. AE, V, MC.
26 Henry St., Saratoga Springs, 587-9463. A melding of
classic French with Mediterranean and Asian influences that
swirls together into excellent meals with attentive service
in what bids fair to be one of the areas best restaurants.
Serving dinner from 5:30 Wed-Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V.
Family Restaurant, 1475 Route 9, Clifton Park, 371-1650.
Traditional Italian fare featuring large portions and a salad
bar; lots of seafood specials. Serving Sun-Thu 11-9, Fri-Sat
11-10. AE, MC. V.
49 Railroad St., Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 528-5455.
Order breakfast all day (well, until 3 PM closing time) at
this popular Berkshire mainstay that catersff equally to locals
and weekenders. Basic breakfast and lunch staples complemented
by more contemporary fare, all at affordable prices. Serving
daily 6 AM-3 PM. Cash only.
Café, 471 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville, 438-5005.
A varied menu that ranges from bar appetizers, sandwiches
and pizza to fancier fare like veal Française and seafood
fra diavolo. If youre really hungry, try the stuffed
steak, but beware: Portions are huge. Serving Mon-Thu 11 AM-midnight,
Fri-Sat 11 AM-2 AM, Sun noon-midnight. AE, D, DC, MC, V.
Cats Meow, 14 Karner Road (Route 155), Guilderland,
456-1895. Classic pub farefried lots-of-stuff, burgers,
fishwith an emphasis on homemade. If its a meatloaf
day, you have no other choice. Serving Mon-Sat 11:30-11. AE
353 State Street, Albany, 463-2100. Andrew Plummer is back
in this casually elegent Center Sqaure grill serving progressive
American food, including consistently excellent seafood, beef
and sides, with adventurous wine listings and knowledgeable
staff. Serving Mon-Sat 5-10 PM. AE, D, MC, V.
60 Wolf Rd., Colonie, 489-4664. Burgers, ribs and lots of
chicken dishes cooked and presented quickly, as you’d expect
from this successful chain. Serving Sun-Thu 11-11, Fri-Sat
11-Midnight. AE, D, DC, MC, V. www.chilis.com
dItalia, 2050 Western Ave., Guilderland, 452-9200.
Inventive Italian fare (great soups and sauces) with focaccia-based
pizza and an amazing gelato selection. Serving Sun-Thu 10-9,
Fri-Sat 10-10. AE, D, DC, MC, V.
Mexican Restaurant, 135 Crescent St., Saratoga Springs,
587-2346. Jockey Filiberto Leon is chef-owner, offering superb
burritos, quesadillas and more, all homemade. Serving Wed-Mon
11-10. AE, MC, V.
Van Dyck Restaurant, 237 Union St., Schenectady, 381-1111.
Schenectadys lovely Stockade-area eatery offers a fine-dining
menu and pub fare, with live music on weekends. Serving Tue-Wed
11:30-10, Thu 11:30-11, Fri-Sat 11:30-midnight. AE, CB, D,
DC, MC, V.
Way Café, Routes 9 and 67E, Malta, 899-4196. A warm and
winning combo of pleasant ambience and excellent, Italian-inspired
food, with all entrées priced at $17. Sinatra-inspired decor.
Serving dinner Tue-Sun 4-close. AE, D, MC, V.
Restaurant, 500 Northern Blvd, Albany, 465-5511. Tableside
cooking in the Benihana (teppanyaki) style, along with a sushi
bar and some Korean entrées. Serving daily noon-10:30.
AE, MC, V.
134 Duane Ave., Schenectady, 346-7324. Classic Italian fare
as its been served here for over 50 years. Steaks and
veal dishes a specialty, and the homemade desserts are a must.
Serving lunch Mon-Fri 11-2, dinner daily 4-9. AE, CB, D, DC,
Farm Restaurant, 857 Main St., Clifton Park, 877-8202.
A historic grist mill has been modeled into a lovely restaurant
with such specialties as tenderloin en croute, poached salmon
in a vanilla cream sauce and pistachio-crusted pork tenderloin
with a spicy plum sauce. Serving dinner Tue-Sat, 5-9. AE,
D, MC, V.
Restaurant & Pizzeria, 155 Delaware Ave., Delmar,
475-7777. A fine example of the neighborhood Italian restaurant,
with original pizza recipes, inexpensive veal entrées
and a general sense of bonhomie. Serving Mon-Thu 11-10, Fri-Sat
11-11, Sun Noon-9. AE, DC, MC, V.
Tavern, 17 Main St., Ballston Lake, 399-9926. Comfort
food with an Irish touch, featuring sandwiches, steaks, salads
and pasta. The Gaelic steak is topped with creamy whisky.
Serving Sun noon-9, Mon 11-9, Tue-Sat 11-10. AE, D, MC, V.
638 Loudon Road, Latham, 782-1510. Traditional Indian-Pakistani
fare with a number of meat-rice (biryani) dishes, creamy qorma
preparations and tandoor meats. Serving Tue-Sun 11-10. AE,
D, DC, MC, V.
Hungry Horseman Grill, 1610 Central Ave., Colonie, 464-5050.
Dinner includes such fare as pot roast and roast turkey; pasta,
steaks and salads are also available, with a generous sandwich
menu for lunch. Serving Mon-Thu 11:30-10, Fri-Sat 11:30-11;
Sunday brunch 11:30-2, then dinner 3-10. AE, D, DC, MC, V.
Lombardis Ristorante, 104 West Sand Lake Road (Route
150), Wynantskill, 283-0202. A favorite for 16 years, offering
gourmet Italian fare in a pleasant setting. Traditional and
inventive dishes aboundthe scalloppine alla asparagi
combines veal and asparagus in a wonderfully rich way. Serving
dinner Mon-Thu 4-10, Fri-Sat 4-11, Sun 1-9. AE, D, MC, V.
47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-2755. Breakfast and lunch
served throughout the day in a pleasant downtown café.
Omelette, quiche and frittata specials along with homemade
soup and gourmet coffee. Serving daily 8 AM-3 PM. AE, D, DC,
Italian Eatery, 1365 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands,
439-6022. Italian fare, plain and fancy, with wood-fired pizzas,
a terrific saltimbocca, homemade desserts and very comfortable
ambiance. Serving lunch daily 11-4, dinner Sun-Thu 11-10,
Fri-Sat 11-11. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V.
Stage Deli, 2678 Hamburg St., Schenectady, 355-7791. Any
sandwich you can imagine, with great Reubens, massive subs,
chopped liver and even dinner specials later in the day. Serving
Mon-Sat 8-8. AE, MC, V.
21 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 581-0560. A crêperie
that serves savory and sweet concoctions for brunch, lunch
and dinner, with true-to-tradition Belgian pommes frites as
well. Serving Tue-Thu 11:30-8, Fri 11:30-9, Sat 10-9, brunch
Sat-Sun 10-3. MC, V. (Closing Tuesdays for the winter beginning
Restaurant & Pizzeria, 2850 River Rd., Niskayuna,
347-0002. Search out this popular, family-friendly eatery
for fresh, tasty pizzas, pasta dishes and other Italian specials;
the veal Mario is rich and filling. Serving Tue-Fri 11-10,
Sat 4-10. AE, D, DC, MC, V.
Square Café, 254 Broadway, Troy, 274-0167. The
former Capehouse is now a well-staffed café serving
continental fare with a Mediterranean touch: lots of good
pasta and fish, with many inventive appetizers. Serving lunch
Mon-Fri 11:30-2:30; dinner Mon-Sat 5-10. AE, D, MC, V.
Restaurant, 1415 Route 9 (Northway Exit 20), Lake George,
793-6601. An area staple, serving for more than 45 years,
with a solid menu of seafood and steaks (prime rib a specialty)
and excellent service. Serving lunch daily 11:45-2:30, dinner
Mon-Thu 5-9, Fri-Sat 9:30, Sun 2-9. AE, D, DC, MC, V.
Sedgwick Inn and Restaurant, 17971
Route 22, Berlin, 658-2334, www.sedgwickinn.com. An excellent
autumn destination, with a fine-dining restaurant specializing
in game and fish (the grilled venison is superb) and comfortable,
antiques-laden guest rooms. Serving dinner Wed-Sat 5-9 PM,
Sun 1-8. AE, D, MC, V.
Hidden Café, Delaware Plaza, Delmar, 439-8800.
Burgers, salads and wraps, yes, but the prize here is the
Mediterranean menu with great hummus, kebabs and spanakopita.
Serving daily 11-10. MC, V.
Mexican Connection, 41 Nelson Ave., Saratoga Springs,
584-4466. A reliable, homey, comfortable source of Southwestern
farebig portions, nice flavors and a great selection
of tequila. Serving daily from 4 PM. (Closed Mon-Tue as racing
season winds down.) D, DC, MC, V.
Vanilla Bean, 521 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham, 782-2326.
The excellent bakery is here augmented with a menu that promises
more than the kitchen and floor staff deliver. Serving Sun-Thu
7 AM-9 PM, Fri-Sat 7 AM-10 PM. AE, MC, V.
at the Saratoga National Golf Club, 485 Union Ave., Saratoga
Springs, 583-4653. Wonderful dinner menu with familiar items
given exotic touches; try lunch on the veranda or the famous
Sunday brunch. Serving lunch Sun-Fri 11:30-4, Sat 11:30-3,
dinner Sun-Thu 5-10, Fri-Sat 5-11, brunch Sun 10-3. AE, D,
Lucia, 90 Church St., Lenox, Mass., 413-637-2640. A Lenox
standby, bringing out the best in fresh ingredients served
in spare, northern Italian styles. Somewhat hurried during
the Tanglewood season. Serving dinner Tue-Sun 5:30-10. AE,
CB, D, DC, MC, V.
Prospect Restaurant, Scribner
Route 23A, Hunter, 263-4211. Take the hour drive from Albany
and enjoy the sunset to a superior, inventive meal. Game and
fish and local produce are among the features. Serving dinner
Sun-Thu 5-10, Fri-Sat 5-11. AE, D, MC, V.
44 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 580-0900. A harmonious marriage
of cultures, with tempura and sashimi served alongside red
curry and pad thai. Try the basil and chili for a terrific
sautéed dish. Serving lunch daily 11:30-3, dinner Sun-Thu
5-10, Fri-Sat 5-10:30. AE, D, MC, V.
Cambridge Hotel, 4 W. Main St., Cambridge, 677-5626, www.cambridgehotel.com.
A remarkable job of restoration has turned this place gorgeous;
innkeeper-chef John LaPosta has made the dining room a culinary
triumph. Serving lunch Tue-Sun 11-3, dinner Tue-Sun 5-9, breakfast
buffet Sun 9-1. AE, CB, DC, MC, V.
Sophie Bistro, 2853 Route 9, Malta Ridge, 583-3538. One
of the areas absolutely finest restaurants, with a menu
of classic French fare brought up-to-date by chef Tonya Mahar.
Serving dinner Tue-Sat 5:30-closing. AE, DC, MC, V. www.chezsophie.com.
Phoenix Buffet, St. James Square Plaza, 2309 Nott St.
E., Niskayuna, 344-7518. Two hundred items on seven buffet
tables, as good as can be expected from chafing-dish fare,
but the Mongolian barbecue station lets you make your own
meal. Serving lunch Mon-Sat 11-3:30, dinner Mon-Thu 3:30-10,
Fri-Sat 3:30-11, Sun noon-10. AE, D, MC, V.
American Hotel, Main Street, Sharon Springs, 284-2105.
An inventive array of continental fare served in the elegant
surroundings of a handsome hotel in a historic resort town
busily making a comeback. Serving lunch Wed-Fri 11-2, dinner
Wed-Thu 5-8, Fri-Sat 5-9, Sun 5-7; brunch Sat-Sun 8-2. AE,
D, MC, V.
Miltys Diner, Route 9W, Glenmont, 434-3761. A classic
silver diner with a big breakfast and lunch menu along with
frequent specials like eggs Benedict, cheese blintzes and
potato pancakes. And the burgers are good, too. Serving Tue-Sun
7 AM-2 PM. Cash and personal checks.
House, 6 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 935-2270. Terrific
sushisome of the areas bestalong with a
menu of other Japanese fare (tempura, yakitori, noodles) served
in a handsome teahouse setting. Serving Mon-Thu 11-10, Fri-Sat
11-11, Sun 11:30-9:30. AE, D, MC, V.
Olde Kristels Inn, 654 Saratoga Road, Burnt Hills,
399-7398. New chef-owner Bill Clark brings back the old Kristels
traditions with fare such as chicken and biscuits, pot roast,
meatloaf and a fancy chicken cordon bleu. Serving lunch Mon-Sat
11-4, dinner Mon-Sat 4-9, Sun 3-8. Brunch buffet Sunday 8-2.
AE, D, DC, MC, V.
Bar-B-Q, 1739 Route 9, Clifton Park, 373-9800. Grilled
chicken and ribs are the specialty, with mixed results: Good
chicken, boring ribs. Serving Tue-Sun 11-9. AE, D, MC, V.
& R Italian Ristorante, 136 Madison Ave., Albany,
626-0001. No-surprises Italian fare, nicely done (try the
rigatoni cantadina), served in a very attractive dining room.
The cheesecake is outstanding. Serving Mon-Fri 11-11 Sat-Sun
3-11. AE, D, DC, MC, V.
47 Railroad St., Great Barrington, Mass., 413-528-7767. Steaks,
fish and game are the offerings, with superior items ranging
from meat loaf and fried chicken to spit-roasted duck and
venison sausage. Serving Mon-Thu 5-10, Fri-Sat 5-11, Sun 5:30-10;
brunch Sun 11-3. AE, MC, V.
River Brewing Company, Latham Circle Mall, Latham, 786-6258.
Excellent beer and a varied menu are highlights of this comfortable
eatery, where you can have a religious experience if you ask
for the spicy version of the award-winning chili. Serving
Sun-Mon 11:30-9:30, Tue-Thu 11:30-11, Fri-Sat noon-midnight.
AE, D, DC, MC, V.
499 House, 499 Second Ave., Troy, 238-0499. A revitalized
local landmark with a wonderfully gracious staff and a classic
steakhouse menu enlivened by the talent of youthful chef Brian
Hinckley. Serving Tue-Sat 4-10, Sun 4-9. AE, MC, D, V.
Round-Up, 23 Main St., South Glens Falls, 761-0015. An
eclectic approach to Southwestern fare, served in a fun-to-look-at
emporium of different dining areas. The Pancho Villa quesadilla
combines chipotle pork, dilled Havarti and asparagus! Serving
Mon-Wed 4-9, Thu noon-9, Fri-Sat noon-10, Sun 2:30-9; Sun
brunch 10-2. AE, D, MC, V.
Pub & Grill, 153 Mohawk Ave., Scotia, 382-8909. Pub
fare with lots of sandwiches, hot and cold, and even vegetarian
items. The burrito el grande will fill you for a week,
and for only $7! Serving Mon-Thu 11-9, Fri-Sat 11-11, Sun
4-9. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V.
780 Route 9, Saratoga Springs, 583-8877. Family-style Italian
dining, which means you should bring a bunch of friends and
share the large portions. Serving Wed-Sat 5-10, Sun 1-9. AE,
CD, DC, MC, V.
Ridge, 35 Burlington Ave., Round Lake, 899-6000. Former
Olde Dater chef Scott Ringwood offers fine dining at reasonable
cost at the former Sweet Nothings building; try the pork rack
or the duck breast for fresh takes on old favorites. Serving
lunch Mon-Sat 11:30-2:30, dinner Mon-Sat 5-8:45. AE, MC, V.
Chia Bob’s Bistro, 1036 Crane St., Schenectady, 386-2200.
An intimate, friendly spot in which to relax and enjoy a meal
presented with the flair of excellent home cooking. Filet
mignon for traditionalists; quesadillas, quiche, even hot
dogs and burgers are available. Serving dinner Wed-Sun 5-1.
AE, MC, V.
Café and Restaurant, 144 Washington Ave., Albany, 694-5320.
Impressive mix of continental and Israeli fare, with bold
flavors and sharp service. The Greek baked salmon in phyllo
is a knockout. Serving lunch Mon-Fri 11-3, dinner Mon-Sun
5-10. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V.
Bay Clam Co., 2149 Doubleday Ave. (Route 50), Ballston
Spa, 885-0583. Solid, unsurprising seafood served fried, broiled,
baked—you name it. Steaks, chicken and pasta as well, with
daily specials that tend to be more interesting. www.greatbayclamco.com.
Serving Tue-Fri 11:30-9, Sat 4-9, Sun 12:30-8:30. AE, D, DC,
Raindancer Restaurant, 4582 Route 30, Amsterdam, 842-2606.
An old-fashioned steak house with chicken, pasta, and other
such items, and a generous salad bar with dinner. Serving
lunch (light fare) Mon-Sat 1-10, Sun 1-8; dinner Mon-Sat 4:30-10,
Sun 1-8. AE, D, DC, MC, V.
Baba, 2243 15th St., Troy, 273-1170. Terrific kabobs,
and the $5 durum (wrapped) kabob is the best gyro in the area.
Wood-fired oven pizzas, casseroles and more at great prices.
Serving Mon-Sat 11 AM-2 AM. AE, D, DC, MC, V.
Springwater Bistro, 139 Union Ave., Saratoga, 584-6440.
Excellent food and eager service in a casual setting with
formal food; the menu changes daily, but try the lamb shank
when it’s available. Serving dinner Wed-Mon 5:30-9:30. AE,
DC, MC, V.
Russo’s Dugout, 43 Main St., So. Glens Falls, 793-9560.
Dine amidst vintage sports memorabilia and enjoy selections
from a wide-ranging menu of Italian and continental fare at
great prices, with a legendary wine list. Serving Mon, Wed-Thu
11:30-10:30, Fri 11:30-11:30, Sat 3:30-11:30, Sun 11:30-10.