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AMERICAN

Aimie’s Dinner & Movie With Wallabee’s
190 Glen St., Glens Falls, 792-8181. Full dinner menu featuring an array of appetizers, steaks, pastas, fowl, fish and pork. Salads, sandwiches and homemade soup, too. Catch a flick while enjoying your meal. Full bar, on-premises catering. Takeout available. Serving 5-10 Mon-Fri, 1-10 Sat-Sun. AE, D, MC, V, ATM. $$$

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Albany Pump Station
19 Quackenbush Square, Albany, 447-9000. www.evansale.com. This downtown Albany brew pub offers a vast array of American fare. The menu includes meat loaf, mango salmon, calamari and a large offering of soups, salads and sandwiches. Full bar, on/off-premises catering, takeout available. Serving 11:30-11 Mon-Thu, 11:30-midnight Fri-Sat; noon-8 Sun. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$

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Alibis Martini Bar
1100 Madison Ave., Albany, 489-5972. Expanded menu features a creative take on continental fusion with such entrées as pan-seared ahi tuna (lightly seasoned and seared, served on a bed of spinach dressed with a honey-ginger dressing), and appetizers such as clams casino, sushi and California potstickers. And don’t forget the unique martinis! Full bar. Takeout available. Serving 5 PM-1 AM daily. Reservations suggested on weekends. AE, D, MC, V. $$

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Alumni Grill
4 Northern Drive, Troy, 237-0031. Sample from a diverse menu of appetizers, salads, soups (including award-winning clam chowder), burgers and buffalo wings. Also offering a selection of international favorites such as pasta, stir-fries, tacos and fajitas. Serving 11-10 daily. Full bar. Off-premises catering. Takeout and delivery available. AE, MC, V. $$

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American Café
Colonie Center (lower level below food court), 435-1035. This restaurant serves up American food in a lighter and brighter (or maybe leaner and meaner) alternative to typical mall food-court fare. Specialty salads, gourmet pizza, pastas, sandwiches and burgers. Soups and sauces made from scratch. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving 11-10 Mon-Thu, 11-11 Fri-Sat, 11-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

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American Hotel
Main St., Sharon Springs, 284-2105. A restored hotel in the midst of restoration-frenzied Sharon Springs offers elegant dining with a nouveau-American touch. Local produce figures into the fare. 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. $$$

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Applebee’s
Colonie Center (lower level near Sears), 482-0284; 18 Park Ave., Clifton Park, 383-2004. Full lunch and dinner menu, from sandwiches to steaks, with daily specials. Full bar. Takeout available. Colonie: Serving 11-10:30 Mon-Thu, 11 AM-11:30 PM Fri-Sat, 11-9:30 Sun. Clifton Park: 11-11 Sun-Thu, 11 AM-midnight Fri-Sat. Call-ahead seating offered. AE, MC, V. $

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Atlanta Bread Co.
620 New Loudon Road, Latham, 786-8091. A European-style bakery-café offering fresh made-to-order sandwiches, soups and salads as well as fresh baked goods and gourmet coffees. Takeout and extensive catering menu also available. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner 6:30 AM-9 PM Mon-Fri, 8 AM-9 PM Sat-Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

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Bagel Bite
544 Delaware Ave., Albany, 449-1214. Bagels are just the beginning at this locally owned establishment, which serves up omelettes, triple-decker sandwiches and a New York- and Middle Eastern-style dinner menu. Beer and wine. Takeout available. On/off-premises catering for private parties. Serving 8-3 PM Tue-Wed, 8-8 Thu-Sun. Closed Mondays. MC, V. $

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Bar One
11 N. Broadway, Schenectady, 374-0100. Eclectic casual dining featuring salads, sandwiches and burgers, as well as a full dinner menu offering signature appetizers like artichoke Français and fresh fried calamari, and entrées like Southwest chicken primavera and stuffed pork chops and steaks. Full bar, takeout and delivery available. Lunch and dinner served 11 AM-close Mon-Fri, 4 PM-close Sat-Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V, ATM. $$

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Barnaby’s
State and Eagle streets, Albany, 463-5140. Downtown establishment featuring omelettes, sandwiches, burgers, steak, seafood and salads. Also serving authentic Italian dinners. Full bar. Takeout available. On/off-premises catering; private parties on weekends. Serving 11-9 Mon-Fri, 5-9 PM Sat; closed Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

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The Barnsider
480 Sand Creek Road, Colonie, 869-2448. Specialties are hand-cut steaks and fresh seafood, including prime rib of beef and baked stuffed shrimp. Light fare available. Full bar, banquet facilities. Reservations accepted for parties of five or more. Serving dinner 5-10 Mon-Thu, 5-11 Fri-Sat, 4-9 Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

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The Basement Bistro
776 Route 45, Earlton, 634-2338. www.sagecrestcatering.com. Restaurant currently closed for renovations, but will do catering; fax 634-2717 for info. Chef-owner Damon Baehrel cooks up regional American food with the freshest possible ingredients, and his Sagecrest Catering has provided meals for more than 2,100 weddings in 15 years in the biz. The restaurant offers a tasting menu of 10 to 15 courses of whatever’s freshest that day, for a fixed price (which, like the menu, changes daily). Past menus have included pastrami salmon potato napoleons and spring sorrel salad direct from the garden—and there are theme menus such as potato and truffle tastings. Wine and beer is served; off-premises catering. AE, MC, V, personal checks. $$$$

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The Bears’ Steakhouse
Route 7, Duanesburg, 895-2509. Some of the area’s best steaks, served for more than 34 years in a friendly, unassuming setting. It’s a charming step back in time. Call in advance to reserve house specialties chateaubriand and prime rib. Serving dinner Wed-Fri 5:30-8; two seatings Sat at 5:30 and 8:30. Reservations required. MC, V. $$$

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BEFF’s Tavern
15 Watervliet Ave., Albany, 482-2333; 367 Delaware Ave., Delmar, 475-1111. Known for its pizza, BEFF’s (Big Ed Fat Field’s) menu also includes half-pound burgers, homemade soups made fresh daily, salads and other bar fare. Try the chicken toes. Daily specials. Full bar. Takeout available. Albany: kitchen serving 11-11 Mon-Thu, 11 AM-midnight Fri, 4-midnight Sat. Closed Sun. Delmar: kitchen serving 11-10 Mon-Wed, 11-11 Thu, 11 AM-11:30 PM Fri, noon-11:30 Sat, 4-10 Sun. AE, DC, MC, V. $

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Beverly’s
47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-2755. Gourmet breakfast—available all day—and lunch seven days a week. Menu features such items as muffins, scones, eggs Benedict and German apple pancakes, as well as a host of gourmet salads, soups, quiches and sandwiches. Private parties, catering, takeout available. Serving 8-3 PM daily. AE, D, DC MC, V. $

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Big House Brewing Company
90 N. Pearl St., Albany, 445-2739. This three-floor venue serves a wide variety of American fare, ranging from pub food to full dinners. Wood-fired pizzas, pasta, seafood and, of course, in-house brewed lagers and ales (13 of the 20-plus varieties on tap at all times). Full bar, on-premises catering, banquets, takeout available. Serving dinner 5-9 Tue-Wed, 4-10:30 Thu-Sat. Closed Sun-Mon. Reservations recommended. AE, D, MC, V. $

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Big House Grill
112 Wolf Road, Colonie, 458-7300. Gourmet American fare is the mainstay at this eatery. The menu boasts an eclectic array of pasta dishes and sauces, steak, seafood and vegetarian dishes served in the restaurant’s tavern or dining room. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri-Sat, noon-10 Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

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Bleecker Café
State and Dove streets, Albany, 463-9382. Casual dining, international menu, late-night snacks, lunch and dinner in Albany’s downtown. Lunch and dinner specials daily. Patio seating. Full bar and banquet facilities. Brunch Sat-Sun. Serving noon-10 Sun-Thu, noon-11 Fri-Sat. AE, DC, MC, V. $$

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The Blue Plate
1 Kinderhook St., Chatham, 392-7711. An eclectic menu of New American cooking served up nicely in this casual, friendly restaurant. Fresh fish specials, pasta and meat loaf, as well as a few surprises. Start with the Prince Edward Island mussels with white wine, tomatoes and garlic. Full bar. Serving dinner 5:30-9 Tue-Thu, 5:30-10 Fri-Sat, 5-9:30 Sun. Closed Mon. Reservations accepted for parties of five or more. D, MC, V. $$

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Bombers Burrito Bar
258 Lark St., Albany, 463-9636. A healthy-sized menu includes vegetarian-friendly options amid a creative selection of sizable burritos, soft and hard tacos, chili, quesadillas and finger foods such as sweet-potato fries, gravy cheese fries and loaded nachos. Take out from or eat in, in a quaint dining room offering a prime view of downtown Albany’s Lark Street. Serving 11-11 Mon-Sat, 11-10 Sun. AE, MC, V. $

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Brandon’s Steak and Seafood
1725 Van Vranken Ave., Schenectady, 347-1329. Bouillabaisse is a regular menu item, as is calf’s liver. Look for stuffed sirloin specials. Full bar, banquet facilities. Serving lunch 11-3 Mon-Fri; dinner 5-10 Mon-Sat. Closed Sun. Reservations suggested. AE, DC, MC, V. $$

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Broadway Joe’s of Saratoga Springs
86 Congress St., Saratoga Springs, 587-JOES (5637). Two-in-one venue featuring a sports bar and a movie theater. Dining area in the sports bar features pub food, light fare and American menu standards: steak, seafood and the like. Customer favorites include the Saratoga burger with sweet-potato fries. In the Off-Broadway Theater and Grille, catch a current-release flick and order from a dinner menu featuring steaks, seafood, pasta, sandwiches and salads (kids’ menu too). Takeout available. On/off-premises catering. Full bar. Serving in the sports bar 4-11 PM Mon-Tue, 11-11 Wed-Thu, 11-midnight Fri-Sat, noon-11 Sun. Dinner theater hours correspond to movies shown; reservations required. AE, MC, V. $$

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Bruno’s
237 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, 583-3333. Elvis memorabilia and a ’50s motif, serving a selection of imaginative salads along with daily specials of pasta, veal, chicken, seafood, beef and wood-fired pizza. Also homemade desserts. Full bar. Serving daily 4:30-10. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

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Bugaboo Creek Steakhouse
Crossgates Mall, 452-2900. Enjoy ribs or a sirloin between serenades from the nearby wall-mounted moose and buffalo. Also look for seafood (grilled shrimp) and chicken dishes (chicken Alfredo). Features daily specials and unique side dishes. Full bar, takeout available. Serving 11:30-9:30 Mon-Thu, 11:30-10 Fri-Sat, noon-8 Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

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Bumpers Café
Armory Center, 64 Colvin Ave., Albany, 489-9418. Cruise on over to the area’s only automotive-themed restaurant, hop in the back of a ’57 Classic and enjoy your favorites from the “Something for Everyone” menu. Serving 11-9 Mon-Fri, 8 AM-9 PM Sat. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $

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Butcher Block
1632A Central Ave., Colonie, 456-1653. Featuring steak, prime rib, chicken, pasta and seafood. All entrées include soup, salad and bread bar. Full bar and party facilities. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Fri, 4-10 Sat, 3-9 Sun. Reservations accepted. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

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Calaway Grill
661 Albany Shaker Road, Colonie, 869-9976. You’ll notice a bit of a golf theme at this restaurant offering lots of grilled and otherwise healthy fare. Look for “sand wedges” (sandwiches) and, of course, your “main course” selection. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri-Sat, noon-10 Sun. Reservations accepted. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

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Cambridge Hotel
4 West Main St., Cambridge, 677-5626. Five-star American cuisine prepared in an unusual manner with an emphasis on farm-fresh product. Serving lunch 11-3 Tue-Sun, dinner 5-9 Tue-Sun, breakfast buffet 9-1 Sun. Closed Mon. Full bar, on/off-premises catering, takeout available. AE, CB, DC, MC, V. $$$

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Castle Street Café
10 Castle St., Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 528-5244, www.castlestreet cafe.com. Fine dining tucked into an unassuming storefront, with attractive high ceilings and a brick wall. A fusion menu built around provender from local suppliers has won praise from local and national press; don’t miss “The World’s Best Chocolate Mousse Cake” (Newsday). Serving dinner 5-9 Sun-Thu, 5-10 Fri-Sat. Celestial Bar menu also offered. Closed Tue. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

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The Century House
997 Route 9, Latham, 785-0834. American dining in a Federal-style farmhouse. A formal menu includes veal Oscar, light menu also available. Full bar. Banquet facilities, on/off-premises catering. Takeout available. Serving lunch 11-3 Mon-Fri; dinner 4-9 Mon-Thu, 4-10 Fri-Sat, 1-9 Sun. Reservations suggested. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

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Chariots at Saratoga equine sports center
Saratoga Raceway, Nelson Avenue, Saratoga Springs, 584-2110. Enjoy fine dining with a panoramic view of the beautiful Saratoga harness racetrack. If you prefer more casual dining, a deli is also on the premises offering soups and overstuffed sandwiches. Kitchen is open during races. Full bar, on-premises catering. AE, MC, V, ATM. $$.

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The Charleston
517 Warren St., Hudson, 828-4990. A new menu is written up each week, based on the freshest available seasonal foods. Fresh game is a specialty, so look for quail, venison and pheasant dishes in season. The restaurant serves vegetables and herbs from local farms and offers a quality wine list. Full bar, takeout available. Serving lunch 11:30-3 Thu-Fri, noon-3:30 Sat; Sun brunch noon-4; dinner 5:30-9:30 Mon, Thu-Fri, 5:30-10 Fri-Sat, 4:30-9 Sun; closed Tue-Wed. Reservations recommended. AE, MC, V, $$$

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Church Street Café
65 Church St., Lenox, Mass., (413) 637-2745. It’s nestled in a pleasant side street in downtown Lenox. Lots of vegetarian entrées as well as traditional meatstuffs done in different ways. Try the crispy crab cakes among the other offerings on the new seasonal menu. Serving lunch 11:30-2 Tue-Sat, dinner 5:30-9 Tue-Sat. MC, V. $$$$

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Cliff’s Country Inn
2345 Route 9P, Saratoga Lake, 584-9791. Steak is the watchword here; prime rib is very popular these days. But don’t worry, there are seafood favorites, too. Full bar. Serving dinner 4-9 Mon-Tue, 4-10 Wed-Thu, 4-11 Fri, noon-11 Sat, noon-9 Sun. Reservations only accepted for major holidays. Cash and personal checks only. $$

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Cock ’n’ Bull
Parkis Mills Road (off Route 147), Galway, 882-6962. Known for steaks and fresh fish served in a restored barn. On-premises vegetable, herb and flower gardens (in season). Full bar with large wine selection. Takeout available. Serving dinner from 5 PM Mon, Wed-Sat; from 1 PM Sun; closed Tue. Reservations recommended. “Pub” entrées under $15 available. MC, V. $$$

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Colorado Mine Co. Steakhouse
1893 Central Ave., Colonie, 862-1120. Steaks and chicken, broccoli cheese soup and the onion blossom are some of the menu’s featured items at this Western-themed family steakhouse. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving 11-11 Mon-Sat, noon-11 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$

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The Country Corner Café
25 Church St., Saratoga Springs, 583-7889. Cozy home-style eatery with loads of breakfast options to choose from; all the jams and jellies are homemade, and the maple syrup is the real stuff from Vermont. Also sandwiches, homemade soups and more. Serving 6 AM-2 PM Mon-Sat, 7 AM-2 PM Sun. Cash only. $

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Crabapple Farm Restaurant
857 Main St., Clifton Park, 877-8202. A historic grain mill has been restored and adapted to feature a 22-seat bar and a Colonial dining room. Signature dishes include champagne-poached salmon, pistachio-crusted pork tenderloin, and beef tenderloin en croute with madeira sauce. Light fare includes soup, salads, burgers and sandwiches. Beer and wine available in a nonsmoking environment. Reservations recommended. On-premises catering. Fully handicapped-accessible. Serving dinner 5-9 Tue-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

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Daisy Baker’s
33 Second St., Troy, 266-9200. This downtown Troy establishment serves gourmet American fare as well as an impressive array of seafood and pasta items. Full bar, on-premises catering. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Fri, 5-10 Sat, 5-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

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Dakota
Latham Farms, 579 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham, 786-1234; 1035 South St. (Routes 7 and 20), Pittsfield, Mass., (413) 499-7900; www.dakota restaurant.com. Not just a steak house—the menu also features live Maine lobsters, ocean-fresh seafood, an extensive salad bar, hearty whole-grain bread and irresistible mud pie. Kids’ menu available. Full bar, takeout available. Reservations strongly recommended. Latham: Serving dinner 4:30-10 Mon-Fri, 4-11 Sat, 1-9 Sun. Pittsfield: Serving dinner 5-10 Mon-Thu, 5-11 Fri, 4-11 Sat, 4-10 Sun; also brunch 10-2 Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

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Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery
184 Glen St., Glens Falls, 743-9026. Offering a wide variety of appetizers, salads, burgers, wraps, vegetarian dishes and pub fare, including fish and chips, and bangers and mash. Full bar including 12 beers hand-crafted on site, smoke-free dining room and bar on second floor. On-premises catering and takeout. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri, noon-11 Sat, noon-9 Sun. AE, DC, MC, V. $$

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Deacon Blues
806 25th St., Watervliet, 273-9888. A restaurant with a little bit of everything: steak, seafood, clams and more, with baked stuffed shrimp a particular favorite. Full bar, banquet facilities and on/off-premises catering available. Serving 11 AM-11:30 PM Tue-Sat; closed Sun-Mon. AE, MC, V. $

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Duncan’s Dairy Bar
890 Hoosick Road, Brunswick, 279-9985. Homemade bread and muffins, eggs any way you wish, fresh soup, Reubens, hot open-faced turkey sandwiches with gravy, roast beef and baked ham. Great coffee and homemade pies, too. No alcohol. Serving 4 AM-2 PM Mon-Fri, 3 AM-2 PM Sat-Sun. Cash only. $

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The Egremont Inn
10 Old Sheffield Road, South Egremont, Mass., (413) 528-2111. This charming, 18th-century country inn features an elegant dining room overlooking Karner Brook. The menu changes frequently to highlight seasonal local ingredients. Signature dishes include filet mignon with herbed mushroom sauce, fresh fish and homemade pasta; desserts and baked goods are made from scratch. À la carte dining is an option, and a more casual menu is available in the tavern. Full bar, on-premises catering. Serving 5:30-9:30 Wed-Sun. Closed Mon-Tue. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

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Four Corners Luncheonette
2 Grove St., Delmar, 439-0172. An old-fashioned eatery with counter seating, booths and tables. The menu features a blend of diner fare and fancier stuff. Dinner offerings get into more ambitious dishes with a contemporary American touch. Takeout available. Serving breakfast 7-11:30 Mon-Sat, 7-1 Sun, lunch 11:30-2:30 Mon-Sat, dinner 5-8 Tue-Fri. Cash and personal checks. $

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Friends Lake Inn
963 Friends Lake Road, Chestertown, 494-4751. This rustic inn is set against the backdrop of the Adirondacks, but you needn’t be an overnight guest to enjoy a meal from the menu of eclectic American regional cuisine. Complement your dinner with one of more than 20,000 bottles of wine from the wine cellar. Full bar, on/off-premises catering. Serving dinner 5:30-9 Mon-Thu, 5:30-10 Fri-Sat, 4:30-9 Sun. AE, CB, DC, MC, V. $$$$

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The Fuller Roadhouse
27 Fuller Road, Colonie, 489-8066. The hearty menu includes lots of appetizers, chicken wings, burgers, pizza and daily homemade lunch specials. Also 99-cent burgers and fries. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving 10 AM-2 AM Mon-Wed, 10 AM-4 AM Thu-Fri, noon-4 AM Sat, noon-2 AM Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

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Gaffney’s
16 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 587-7359. Casual gourmet dining with lots of variety; favorite dishes include filet mignon, scallops Provençal and linguine pesto. Full bar, on/off-premises catering. Takeout available. Serving lunch 11:30-3 Mon-Fri, dinner 5:30-10:30 Sun-Tue, 5:30-11 Wed-Sat, brunch 10:30-3 Sun. Reservations not accepted. AE, MC, V. $$

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George Mann Tory Tavern
Routes 30 and 443, Schoharie, 295-7128. A Revolutionary War-era house serving French-inspired American fare. Menu changes daily. Catering on premises for parties up to 30. Reservations recommended. Serving dinner 5-9 Wed-Sat, 1-7 Sun. Closed Mon-Tue. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

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Grandma’s Restaurant
1273 Central Ave., Colonie, 459-4585. A comfortable family restaurant with a cozy country interior. Come hungry and enjoy generous helpings of tasty, home-cooked foods from lasagna to roast chicken to huge chef salads. Try the homemade cream of turkey soup. Breakfast menu includes the Belgian waffle with fresh strawberries. Daily specials, light menu available. No matter what you eat, save room for dessert and sample a slice of Grandma’s legendary pie. Beer and wine. Takeout available. Serving 6 AM-midnight daily. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $

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Graney’s Restaurant
275 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 453-3299. A varied menu including burgers, BBQ ribs and homemade soups. Also a variety of flavored wings: garlic, ranch, parmesan, honey mustard and BBQ. Featuring 12 beers on tap. Enjoy it all on the sidewalk café. Takeout available. Serving 11 AM-4 AM Mon-Sun. Kitchen open until 2 AM. AE, MC, V. $

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The Ground Round
1228 Western Ave., Albany, 459-7274. The eclectic menu of favorites from around the world was designed to offer something for the whole family. Seasonal menus offer new items, and the kids’ menu has been expanded. Full bar. Open daily 11 AM-midnight. AE, D, MC, V. $

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Hattie’s
45 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 584-4790, www.hattiesrestaurant.com. Serving authentic Southern and Louisiana cuisine since 1938. Come for the famous fried chicken and biscuits, or try the delicious New Orleans specials, grilled seafood and vegetarian entrées. Specialties include crab cakes, seafood gumbo and homemade desserts such as sweet potato pie and pecan pie. Full bar, takeout available, private parties. Serving dinner 5-10 Wed-Sun, closed Mon-Tue. AE, MC, V. $$

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High Rock Steakhouse & Pub
Saratoga Springs Sheraton, Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 583-ROCK (7625). Located inside the Sheraton hotel in Saratoga’s downtown, the High Rock’s menu features steaks, pasta specials and seafood. Nightly specials. Full bar, banquet facilities, on/off-premises catering. Takeout available. Serving breakfast 6-11 Mon-Fri, 7-11 Sat-Sun, lunch 11-2 Mon-Sat, dinner 5-10 daily, bar open until 2 AM Fri-Sat. Sunday brunch 11-2. Reservations suggested. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

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Hildreth’s
251 N. Main St., Mechanicville, 664-8511. Home-style cooking and homemade desserts. Full bar, on/off-premises catering. Takeout available. Serving lunch 11-2 Wed and Fri, dinner 4-9 Wed-Sat, breakfast, lunch and dinner 8 AM-7 PM Sun. Closed Mon-Tue. AE, D, MC, V. $

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Holmes & Watson
450 Broadway, Troy, 273-8526. The menu boasts lots of homemade soups and salads, chili, wings, unusual sandwiches, charbroiled burgers and complete dinners from pasta to seafood to steaks. Daily lunch and dinner specials. More than 200 selections of beer, ale and stout—28 on tap. More than 20 single-malt scotch selections. Full bar, banquet facilities, 250 seats on two floors and an outdoor courtyard. Serving from 11 AM daily. Reservations suggested for larger parties and Fri-Sat nights. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

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Hooters
Crossgates Mall, 862-9000. This original beach-theme restaurant offers a little slice of Florida, right here in New York. Pub-style fare is the mainstay—burgers, wings, sandwiches, seafood, salads and more. Plenty of televisions for the sports-minded. Beer and wine. Takeout available. On/off-premises catering. Serving 11 AM-midnight Mon-Thu, 11 AM-1 AM Fri-Sat, noon-11 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

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Horseshoe Inn Bar & Grill
1 Gridley St., Saratoga Springs, 587-4909. Menu features steak, smoked ribs, seafood, pasta and Italian-American specialties. There’s also a pub menu. Daily specials. Full bar, banquet facilities, takeout available. Casual attire. Serving 4-11 Mon, Wed-Fri; 9 AM-11 PM Sat-Sun. Closed Tue. Reservations recommended. AE, MC, V. $$

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Houlihan’s
Crossgates Mall (lower level, near Filene’s), 869-8077. Casual dining with an extensive menu offering something for everyone: soups and salads, finger-food appetizers, pasta, fish, stir-fry, barbecued baby-back ribs, burgers and more. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving 11:30-11 Mon-Thu, 11:30 AM-midnight Fri-Sat, 11:30-10 Sun. Bar open till 1 AM Fri-Sat. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

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Hudson’s
50 Stockbridge Road (Route 7), Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 528-2002, www.hudsonsrestaurant.com. Eclectic, seasonally changing menu features creative contemporary American cuisine, such as shrimp, chicken and andouille sausage gumbo or grilled swordfish with tropical mango salsa. Breads, soups and desserts are all homemade. Full bar, on/off-premises catering. Serving lunch noon-2:30 Tue-Sat, dinner 5-9:30 Tue-Thu, 5-10 Fri-Sat, brunch 10:30-2:30 Sun. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

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Hungry Horseman Grill
1610 Central Ave., Colonie, 464-5050. Housed in what used to be the Albany Bruno’s, this new eatery serves up hearty fare, such as pot roast, roast pork, steaks, pasta and seafood. Full bar, on- and off-premises catering. Serving 11:30-10 Sun-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri-Sat; serving brunch 11:30-2 Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

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The Inn at Saratoga
231 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 583-1890. American cuisine is offered at a cozy Victorian inn. Bistro menu. Full bar, catering and banquet facilities for up to 120. Serving dinner 5-9 Sun-Thu, 5-10 Fri-Sat, brunch 10-2 Sun. Reservations suggested for dinner and brunch. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

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The Irish Mist
285 Second St., Troy, 266-8915. American bistro featuring rack of lamb and Chicken Neptune. Full bar, on/off-premises catering, takeout. Serving 11 AM-10 PM, late menu until 11, Sun brunch 11-2. AE, MC, V. $$

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Jack’s Oyster House
42 State St., Albany, 465-8854. Albany’s dining landmark since 1913 is now in its third generation of family ownership, and now boasts the area’s only certified master chef. Savor seafood specials, steaks, veal or poultry in a classic setting. Full bar, banquet facilities, on- and off-premises catering. Free parking. Serving 11:30-10 daily. Open 365 days a year—366 for leap year! Reservations suggested, especially on weekends and holidays. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

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Jessica Stone’s
738 New Loudon Road (Route 9), Latham, 785-8536. Extensive menu featuring tavern favorites such as sandwiches, burgers, wings and more. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving 11:30 AM-4 AM daily. Happy hour 5-7 Mon-Fri. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $

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Jillian’s
59 N. Pearl St., Albany, 432-1997. American casual dining is available in the Capital Region’s shiny “eatertainment” establishment. The menu features everything from finger food to full meals with a gourmet flair. Lots of big-screen TVs, plenty of pool tables and a hyperactive video arcade. On-premises catering for up to 800. Takeout available. Serving 11 AM-1 AM Mon-Sat, noon-midnight Sun. AE, MC, V. $

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John Andrew’s Restaurant
Route 23 and Blunt Road, South Egremont, Mass., (413) 528-3469. Attention to detail marks the fine dining at this Berkshire hideaway, where the view is pleasant and the food reflects the eclectic taste of owners Dan and Susan Smith. Try an appetizer of sweetbreads with foie gras with fig essence; inventive entrées include sautéed duck breast with duck confit, cippolini onions and olives. Full bar, on- and off-premises catering, small private parties. Serving dinner 5-9 Sun-Tue, Thu, 5-10 Fri-Sat. Closed Wed. MC, V. $$$$

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J.T. Maxies
240 Wolf Road, Colonie, 435-1551. Just the place if you crave a burger at 3 AM. The main tavern menu features such favorites as fresh soup and salads, burgers and wings, all available until 4 AM. Full bar, accommodations for small parties. Takeout available. Serving 11 AM-3:30 AM daily. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $

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Justin’s
301 Lark St., Albany, 436-7008. Look for some offbeat ethnic dishes such as jerk chicken, on an inventive, often-changing menu. Full bar and on-premises catering for small parties. Takeout available. Serving lunch 11:30-4 Mon-Sat, dinner 5-10 Sun-Thu, 5-10:30 Fri-Sat, brunch 11-4 Sat-Sun. Reservations suggested. AE, DC, MC, V. $$$

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Kirker’s Steak and Seafood
959 New Loudon Road, Latham, 785-3653. The steaks include tenderloin, prime rib and New York strip, but don’t limit yourself. Try the crabmeat lobster tails. Now featuring reduced portions. Full bar, on-premises catering and banquet facilities for up to 45. Takeout and gift certificates available. Serving lunch 11:30-2:30 Mon-Fri, dinner 4-10 Mon-Sat, 1-8 Sun. Reservations suggested. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

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Lake Ridge
35 Burlington Ave., Round Lake, 899-6000. Former Olde Dater chef Scott Ringwood offers fine dining for a reasonable cost in historic Round Lake. Cozy atmosphere with three dining rooms and a fireplace. Menu includes steaks, veal, seafood and pasta; try the pan-roasted pork loin or the duck breast for fresh takes on old favorites. Beer and wine. Takeout available. Serving lunch 11:30-2:30 Mon-Sat, dinner 5-8:45 Mon-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

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Lakeview Inn
Main Street (Route 43), Averill Park, 674-3363. Barbecue ribs, seafood pastas, fish specials and many other homemade dishes. Dine on the deck overlooking Crystal Lake. Full bar, banquet facilities. Takeout available. Serving lunch 11:30-3 Mon-Sat, dinner 4-11 Mon-Sat, noon-9 Sun; tavern menu until 11 PM. D, MC, V. $$

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Lanie’s Café
471 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville, 438-5005. Serving everything from wings and pizza to prime rib and fresh fish, with an emphasis on pasta dishes. Full bar. Off-premises catering. Takeout available. Serving 11-10 Mon-Thu, 11-11 Fri-Sat; bar menu available until 2 AM. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

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Lillian’s
408 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 587-7766. Nightly seafood specials include baked stuffed shrimp and broiled catch of the day; also aged, cut-on-premises steaks, sliced sirloin and pasta dishes. Light menu available. Full bar and banquet facilities. Serving lunch 11:30-4 Mon-Sat, dinner 5-10 Mon-Thu, 5-11 Fri-Sat; lunch and dinner noon-9 Sun. Reservations welcome. AE, DC, MC, V. $$$

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Londonderry Café
Stuyvesant Plaza, 489-4288. Exciting and new fine-dining menu features pasta, chicken and seafood dishes. Cappuccino, beer and wine by the glass. On/off-premises catering. Serving 11-9 Mon-Sat, brunch 10:30-3 Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

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The Lone Star Steakhouse and Saloon
72 Wolf Road, Colonie, 458-7827. A good ol’ Texas steakhouse featuring a 16-oz. Cajun rib-eye, enormous sweet potatoes, Rosita’s famous filet mignon—and don’t forget the homemade brownie sundae for dessert. Full bar, takeout available. Call ahead for parties of more than eight. Accommodations available for large parties. Serving 11-10 Sun-Thu, 11-11 Fri-Sat. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

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Longfellow’s Inn & Restaurant
500 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, 587-0108, www.longfellows.com. Situated in an old country estate built in the late 1800s, the inn prides itself on its warm and relaxing dining ambience. The menu of American and mesquite offerings includes an array of steaks, bourbon-glazed salmon, fresh pastas and pan-roasted garlic shrimp. Full bar, on-premises catering. Serving 5-10 Mon-Thu, 5-11 Fri-Sat, 4-9 Sun. Takeout available. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$

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Lulu
288 Lark St., Albany, 436-5660. Stylish bistro-restaurant serving dinner on two floors (one nonsmoking), with an art gallery on the third floor. Brand-new menu featuring vegetarian, steak and seafood specialties as well as homemade desserts. More than 35 different wines sold by the glass, plus a wide selection of beers. Full bar. Serving 4 PM-11 PM Mon-Thu, 4-midnight Fri-Sat, 4-11 Sun. Reservations accepted. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

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Madison’s End Café
1108 Madison Ave., Albany, 489-8859. An eclectic, thoughtful menu is the mark of this breakfast and lunch establishment. Omelettes are a specialty, as well as gourmet sandwiches and on-premises baked goods. Vegetarians won’t feel out of place here, with many vegetarian options—such as the Portobello mushroom sandwich. Evening banquet and catering facilities. Beer and wine. Takeout available. Serving 7:30 AM-2 PM Mon-Fri, 8-2 Sat-Sun. AE, CB, DC, MC, V. $

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Malt River Brewing Company
Latham Circle Mall, Latham, 786-6258. A popular spot featuring regional American cuisine with nouveau brew-pub flair. Try one of the 10 handcrafted beers. Full bar, on-premises catering. Takeout available. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Tue, 11:30-11 Wed-Thu, 11:30 AM-mid Fri, noon-midnight Sat, noon-9 Sun. Bar open later. Reservations accepted. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

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Manory’s
Fourth and Congress streets, Troy, 272-2422. Open since 1913. Menu features breakfast all day, gourmet deli sandwiches, appetizers, salads, homemade soups and dinners. Serving 6:30 AM-5 PM daily. AE, D, MC, V. $

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The Market
Albany Marriott, 189 Wolf Road, Colonie, 458-8444. The casual dining menu includes soups, salads and burgers as well as full-course dinners. Full bar, catering and banquet facilities. Serving breakfast 6:30-11 Mon-Fri, 7-11 Sat-Sun; lunch 11-2 Mon-Sat; dinner 5-10 daily; brunch 11-2 Sun. Reservations suggested for parties over five. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

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McGuire’s
353 State St., Albany, 463-2100. Chef Andrew Plummer is back at this new Center Square hot spot serving Asian-inflected progressive American cuisine in a city grill atmosphere. The menu changes every three weeks, but look for inventive fare like ostrich potstickers, wok-seared tuna with mustard soy vinaigrette, pork osso buco, and Allegro sea bass with ginger lime butter. Full bar. Reservations suggested. Serving dinner 5-10 Mon-Sat; closed Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$

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Meadowgreen’s
1238 Route 9H, Ghent, 828-0663. A family place featuring lunch, dinner and late-night snacks. Serving a variety of sandwiches and early-bird specials, as well as a Friday buffet and Sunday champagne brunch buffet (11:30-3). Full bar, catering, banquet facilities. Serving 9 AM-midnight daily. Reservations suggested for special-event days. AE, D, MC, V. $$

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Marisa’s Old Dater Tavern
130 Meyer Road, Clifton Park, 877-9867. Fine dining at a reasonable price, with Italian, American and French meals and daily specials. Enjoy special Italian desserts such as fruit sorbets, tiramisu and key lime cheesecake. Wine and beer, takeout available. Serving 5-10 Tue-Sat, 4-9 Sun. Closed Mon. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

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Montcalm Restaurant
1415 Route 9, Lake George, 793-6601. Steaks, seafood and friendly service in a family-run restaurant that’s been going for nearly half a century. Prime rib is a specialty; small “café specialties” also are available. Serving lunch daily 11:45-2:30, dinner Mon-Thu 5-9, Fri-Sat 9:30, Sun 2-9. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

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Morrette’s King Steak House
1126 Erie Blvd., Schenectady, 370-0555. Offering their famous oversized steak sandwiches since 1947, with a variety of other choices. Informal dining. Beer available. Small parties up to 25 guests. Serving 11-10 Mon-Sat. Closed Sun. MC, V. $

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Morrissey’s
3246 S. Broadway (Route 9), Saratoga Springs, 584-8200. A completely refurbished bar and dining room featuring an open kitchen and massive wood-burning oven. The menu offers a wide range of items, from thin-crust pizzas to roasted Maine lobsters. Three-course daily specials for $10.95. Available for weddings, banquets and parties. Serving 11-11 daily. AE, MC, V. $$

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New World Home Cooking Co.
1411 Route 212, Saugerties, (845) 246-0900, www.newworldhomecooking.com. Big, bold flavors in New American cuisine, featuring free-range meats, regional products and many vegetarian choices. Ric Orlando’s jerk chicken and Thai green curry never tasted better. Serving dinner 5-11 Mon-Sat, 4-10 Sun, lunch noon-3 daily. Takeout available. Banquet facilities. On- and off-premises catering. Reservations recommended. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

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The Old Homestead
120 Lake Hill Road, Burnt Hills, 399-6973. An all-American menu sporting dishes from creative sandwiches to burgers to steak and seafood. Full bar, small private dining room. Takeout available. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri-Sat, Sun brunch buffet 10-12:45, Sun dinner 1-10. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

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The Old Mill
Route 23, South Egremont, Mass., (413) 528-1421. Dine in the rustic elegance of a converted 19th-century grist mill. Fresh fish, steaks and pastas are among the specialties; enjoy a cocktail or after-dinner drink in the cozy bar. Reservations accepted for parties of five and larger. Full bar. Serving dinner 5-9:30 Sun-Thu, 5-10 Fri-Sat. AE, DC, MC, V. $$$

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Olde Bryan Inn
123 Maple Ave., Saratoga Springs, 587-2990, www.oldebryaninn.com. Rustic and roomy, with traditional specials and lighter fare. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving 11-10 Sun-Thu, 11-11 Fri-Sat. Bar open until 1 AM Fri-Sat. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

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Olde 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. Baby back ribs and the classic New York strip are recommended. Early bird menu. Full bar, on-premises catering, takeout available. Serving 4-10 Tue-Sat, 2-9 Sun. AE, MC, D, V. $$$

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The Olde Kristel’s Inn
654 Saratoga Road, Burnt Hills, 399-7398. New chef-owner Bill Clark brings back the old Kristel’s traditions with fare like chicken and biscuits, pot roast, meat loaf and a fancy chicken cordon bleu. Full bar, on-premises catering, takeout available. Serving lunch 11-4 Mon-Sat, dinner 4-9 Mon-Sat, 3-8 Sun. Brunch buffet 8-2 Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

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One Caroline Street Jazz and Blues Bistro
1 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 587-2026. Now serving lunch and dinner. Continental, regional American and fusion fare, all prepared to order with the freshest of ingredients. Lighter fare includes soups and salads along with a choice of fresh pasta. The dinner menu offers entrées such as sticky chicken with dirty rice and traditional jambalaya. Homemade desserts a specialty. Full bar. On-premises catering. Live jazz nightly. Serving dinner from 5-9 Tue-Thu, 5-10 Fri-Sat, 5-9 Sun. Bar open later. Closed Mon. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

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One One One
111 Main St., Greenwich, 692-8016. A top-notch eatery in Greenwich’s attractive downtown, where the kitchen does wonderful things with farm-fresh locally grown organic produce and other ingredients. A full bar is also available. Serving dinner 5-9 Tue-Sun. MC, V. $$$

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Orchard Tavern
68 N. Manning Blvd., Albany, 482-5677. This casual full-service restaurant with a family atmosphere serves up award-winning pizza along with an extensive menu. Banquet facilities and private outdoor patio. Takeout available, lunch delivery. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Tue, 11:30-10:30 Wed, 11:30-11 Thu, 11:30-11:30 Fri, 11:30-11 Sat, 4-10 Sun. Reservations are accepted for large groups only. AE, D, MC, V. $

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Organic Café
Armory Center, 64 Colvin Ave., Albany, 482-0100. New to the Armory location, this eatery serves up all organic fresh natural food selections. Hot and cold menu items available as well as healthy shakes, organic coffees and herbal teas. Takeout available. Serving 6 AM-2 PM Mon-Fri. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $

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The Original Saratoga Springs Brew Pub
14 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-3209. Saratoga’s only brew pub now, with seven house brews on tap and food from wings and ribs to steaks and crab cakes. The menu features specialty soups and salads, steaks, seafood, burgers, sandwiches and more. A children’s menu is also available. Beer list includes original brews made on the premises plus some guest beers. Serving lunch 11:30-4 daily, dinner 5-10 daily, plus late-night menu. AE, D, MC, V, ATM. $$

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O’Sullivan’s Deli & Catering
118 Arch St., Albany, 432-0878. This “secret” spot is home of the Rajin Cajun as well as other unique sandwiches, hot pastas and gourmet salads—all hovering around $5. Daily specials, catering and delivery available. Serving 7 AM-3 PM Mon-Fri. Cash and personal checks accepted. $

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OTB Tele-Theatre
711 Central Ave., Albany, 438-0127. Live, televised horseracing with fine food and spirits. Banquet facilities with seating capacity of 200. Full bar, on/off-premises catering. Serving 11-11 Mon-Sat (kitchen closes at 6 PM Tue), 10 AM-7:30 PM Sun. Reservations suggested. AE, MC, V. $$

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O’Toole’s Restaurant Pub
Capital Plaza, Colonie, 464-1200; Quaker Plaza, Queensbury, 793-3389. The menus at both locations feature lots of American classics, including ribs, steaks and chicken, as well as Mexican dishes. Half-price appetizer menu 9-11 Mon-Fri. Monday is wing night. Full bar. On-premises catering for small parties. Reservations accepted. Serving 11:30-11 Sun-Thu, 11:30-mid Fri-Sat, noon-11 Sun. AE, MC, V. $$

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The Owl at Twilight
County Route 29, Minerva, 251-4696. Tucked way up in a corner of Minerva, on the way to Lake Placid, this is a fine-dining restaurant with an American fusion bent. Mussels steamed in a habanero and tequila broth; pork tenderloin roasted with a garlic and cilantro adobo—that gives you a taste of the menu. Full bar. Call for hours. AE, MC, V. $$$

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The Packhorse
South Broadway (Route 9), Saratoga Springs, 584-9658. Want a burger or a turkey club? Or are you more in the mood for filet mignon? This eatery features a full dinner menu that includes shrimp and broiled seafood specials. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving 11-10 Mon-Tue, 7 AM-10 PM Wed-Sat, 7 AM-9 PM Sun. Reservations accepted for large parties only. AE, MC, V. $$

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The Paramount Grill
225 Warren St., Hudson, 828-4548. Offbeat, nicely prepared fare served in very comfortable dining rooms. Entrées include salmon with mustard dill sauce, pan-fried catfish and rack of lamb—and don’t overlook the vegetable strudel with roasted red pepper sauce. Good vegetarian options, too. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving dinner 5-9 Sun-Mon, Thu, 5-10 Fri-Sat. Closed Tue-Wed. Reservations suggested. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

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Parkwood Restaurant
Parkwood Plaza, Route 9, Clifton Park, 371-5672. This eatery, now under new ownership, serves lunch and dinner daily with up to 120 diverse menu items such as pasta, steaks and seafood. Dieters can stick to the gourmet salad bar. Full bar, banquet and catering facilities. Takeout available. Breakfast on the weekends. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri, 8 AM-11 PM Sat, 8 AM-9 PM Sun. Breakfast buffet Sun from 9-2. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$

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Pearl’s
47 Railroad St., Great Barrington, Mass., 413-528-7767. Classic American fare simply prepared; plenty of steaks, fish and game, with signature dishes ranging from meat loaf to fried chicken to spit-roasted duck to wild boar rack. In-house pastry chef. Full bar with an extensive wine list. Serving dinner 5-10 Sun-Thu, 5-11 Fri-Sat; brunch 11-3 Sun. AE, MC, V. $$$

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Pizzeria Uno
Crossgates Mall, Guilderland, 869-3100; 601 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham, 782-7166. Chicago-style deep-dish pizza, as well as salads, ribs, chicken, sandwiches, burgers and express lunch daily. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving noon-midnight Sun, 11 AM-midnight Mon-Thu, 11 AM-1 AM Fri-Sat. Advanced seating requests accepted. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $

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Players
77 Central Ave., Albany, 472-3588. Featuring pub-style food including sandwiches, soup and burgers. Also, homemade specials daily, some of which include corned beef and Swiss steaks. Fresh fish fry on Friday. Takeout available. Off-premises catering, on-site catering for small parties. Serving 5-10 daily; Sun brunch 10-2, then dinner 3-9. Cash only. $

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Professor Moriarty’s
430 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 587-5981. Sherlockian memorabilia surrounds you as you dine on such specials as Watson’s fillet or partake of “inspector’s delight.” Full bar. Takeout available. Serving lunch from 11:30 AM daily, dinner 5-close daily. Preferred seating service. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

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The Publik House Pub and Restaurant
Routes 9 and 9P, Malta, 587-7479. On first glance at the menu, this seems like a pizza place, but then you discover there’s a full-fledged selection of entrées among the pasta and calzones. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving 11 AM-midnight Sun-Thu, 11 AM-1 AM Fri-Sat. Serving pasta until 9:30, full menu until 11. MC, V. $

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Purple Pub
2 Cohoes Road, Watervliet, 273-9646. American and Italian offerings abound, including lasagna, seafood, veal and peppers, prime rib and Mexican pizza. Specials daily. Renowned pizza. Full bar. Takeout and delivery available. Serving 11-10 Tue-Thu, 11-11 Fri-Sat, 4-9 Sun. Closed Mon. CB, DC, MC, V. $

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Quintessence
11 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 434-8186. This art-deco diner offers a regular grill menu featuring the house specialty of chicken teriyaki served with spinach fettuccine, and international dishes including German, Italian and Asian fare. Full bar, off-premises catering. Takeout available. Serving 8 AM-2 AM Sun-Fri, 8 AM-4 AM Sat, Brunch 8-3 Sat-Sun. Reservations suggested. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $

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Raindancer Restaurant
4582 Route 30, Amsterdam, 842-2606. The steaks are delicious and the portions are huge at this area favorite. Dinners include all the trips you care to make to the salad bar, and the menu also offers a standard array of chicken, seafood and pasta-based dishes. 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. $$$

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Randy’s at the Dovegate Inn
184 Broad St., Schuylerville, 695-3699. Enjoy casual dining and a traditional American menu, featuring steak, chicken and seafood, including lobster ravioli. In addition, a lighter bistro menu is available. Lunch includes such fare as salads, deli-style sandwiches and quiche. On-premises catering for parties of 20 or less. Takeout available. Serving lunch 11:30-3 Wed-Sat, dinner 5-9 Wed-Sat, 2-8 Sun. MC, V. $$$

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The Rib & Seafood House
Rotterdam Motor Inn, 2788 Hamburg St. (Route 146), Schenectady, 355-1111. The name says most of it, with many variations on the rib and seafood theme. Look for the low-priced prime rib specials from time to time. Full bar, banquet facilities. Serving dinner 5-9:30 Tue-Sat. Closed Sun-Mon. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$

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The Ripe Tomato American GrillRoutes 9 and 9P, Malta, 581-1530. Affordable four-star dining in this Italian-American grill. Try the award- winning shrimp and scallop bisque. Specials daily. Full bar. Takeout available. Reservations recommended. Serving 11:30 AM-10 PM Mon-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri-Sat, 11-10 Sun; buffet brunch 11-2 Sun. AE, DC, MC, V. $$

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Ruby Tuesday
Crossgates Mall, Guilderland, 452-1352; Wilton Mall, 583-2213. Both locations feature a wide selection of menu items, from chicken to ribs to half-pound burgers. If you’re not into meat, try the pasta or the extensive salad bar. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving 11-11 Mon-Thu, 11 AM-midnight Fri-Sat, 11-10 Sun; bar open one hour later than kitchen Mon-Sat. Call-ahead seating available Mon-Thu. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $

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Salty’s Pub & Galley
Country Dollar Shopping Plaza, Guideboard Road, Halfmoon, 371-1120 or 371-1694. Full-course dinners featuring broiled seafood and prime rib, plus a large selection of burgers, sandwiches, salads and more. Full bar. Banquet facilities. Takeout available. Serving 11:30-9 Mon-Thu, 11:30-10 Fri, noon-10 Sat, 4-8:30 Sun. Reservations not accepted on weekends. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$

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Sargo’s at Saratoga National Golf Club
485 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, 583-4653; fax: 226-0698. A brand-new upscale restaurant now open year-round. Chef Larry Schepici and culinary staff create progressive regional American cuisine with an ever-changing menu. House specialties include veal chop Michelangelo, veal lobster Lorenzo, Hudson Valley foie gras, lobster Savanna and pistachio-encrusted lamb rack. Extensive wine list and desserts made on the premises. Full bar, banquet facilities and catering available. Outdoor terrace with extensive raw bar and sushi station. Banquet facilities. Serving dinner 5-11 daily; brunch 10-2 Sun. Call for lunch hours. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V, personal checks. $$$$

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Savannah’s
1 S. Pearl St., Albany, 426-9647. Soups, large salads and seafood jambalaya are available, as well as pasta, stir-fries and quiche. Full bar. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Thu, 11:30 AM-midnight Fri, 7 PM-midnight Sat. AE, MC, V. $$

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Scallions
404 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 584-0192. A downtown eatery with a casual atmosphere; try the dinner specials of pasta, fresh fish, shrimp or chicken. For dessert, try a chocolate-chip-and-walnut pie, carrot cake or one of the other homemade selections. Beer and wine. Limited catering. Serving lunch and dinner. Call for hours. AE, D, MC, V. $$

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The Scoreboard
711 Central Ave., Albany, 459-8420. Burgers, salads and deli sandwiches in a sports-pub atmosphere. Full bar, banquet facilities, on-premises catering. Serving 11-8 Mon-Sat, noon-7 Sun; bar open until 1 AM Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $

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Seattle Sub and Pita Co.
Main Square Shoppes, 318 Delaware Ave., Delmar, 439-1727. Featuring hot and cold pita wraps and gourmet subs and salads made with the freshest ingredients. Vegetarian selections available. Dining on the outside deck in the warm months. Java Jazz Café & Bakery located inside. Serving 7 AM-3 PM Sat, 7 AM-8 PM Mon-Fri. Closed Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

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The Silo
537 Aviation Road, Queensbury, 798-1900. Serving hearty country-style breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast served until 3 PM. Lunch features homemade soups, breads, overstuffed sandwiches, pies and other tasty desserts. Dinners feature steaks, burgers and more. Serving 7-3 daily, with dinner 4-8:30 Thu-Sat. AE, D, MC, V, personal checks. $$$

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Simpson’s
The Desmond, 660 Albany-Shaker Road, Colonie, 869-8100. The Desmond’s casual restaurant, with grilled swordfish, chicken teriyaki and a selection of salads as well as wine by the glass. Full bar. Serving 6:30 AM-10 PM Mon-Thu, 6:30 AM-midnight Fri-Sat. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

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Soho Sub and Pita Co.
11 S. Pearl St., Albany, 445-7482. Featuring pita wraps made with fresh greens and avocado, roasted red peppers, fresh cheeses and more. Vegetarian wraps available. Takeout only. Open 10 AM-2:30 PM Mon-Fri. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $

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The South End Tavern
757 Burden Ave., Troy, 272-9661. A friendly haven of comfort food that’s been a South Troy mainstay since 1934. Among the specials: baked ham on Monday, meat loaf on Tuesday, roast beef on Wednesday, corned beef and cabbage on Thursday and prime rib on Saturday. Also, for a special treat, try the scallops, haddock and shrimp on Wednesdays and Fridays. And, it’s the place to be on St. Patrick’s Day. Full bar. Serving 11-11 Mon-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $

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Stadium Café
389 Broadway (Route 9) Saratoga Springs, 226-4437. A family-friendly, nonsmoking sports bar with a menu featuring baby back ribs, crab cakes, pastas, wraps and salads. Full bar; takeout available. Serving Mon-Sat 11:30-11, Sun 11:30-10. AE, MC, V, D, DC. $.

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The Steuben Athletic Club
1 Steuben Place, Albany, 434-6116. Menu features new American specialties as well as old American classics with a contemporary flair. Fresh local ingredients are used when available. Full bar; on- and off-premises catering; takeout available. Serving lunch and dinner, lounge menu available. Call for hours. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

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Styx Restaurant
3925 Route 2, Cropseyville, 279-9993. An all-around dinner house featuring pasta, beef, chicken, burgers, pizza and veal. Everything from finger foods to entrées. Full bar. Serving 4-10 Wed-Thu, 3-10 Fri-Sat, noon-9:30 Sunday; bar open later. AE, MC, V. $$

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Sutton’s Marketplace Café
1066 Route 9, Queensbury, 798-1188. A casual eatery located in a country store that sells everything from baked goods to gifts to toys. Menu offers a wide variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner options, prepared with the freshest of ingredients. Dinner selections feature creative fresh-fish specials, crab cakes, fresh pasta creations, steaks and traditional homestyle favorites. Children’s menu available. Serving 7:30 AM-3 PM Mon-Sun, dinner 5-8:30 Thu-Sat. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

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TGI Friday’s
Stuyvesant Plaza, 489-1661; 1 Southside Drive, Clifton Park, 383-7148. Old posters and found art decorate the walls; the glossy menu boasts Cajun chicken salad, Chinese potstickers, natural Angus burger, pasta dishes and finger food. Full bar. Stuyvesant Plaza: Serving 11 AM-1 AM daily, brunch 11-3 Sat-Sun. Bar open until 1 AM. Clifton Park: Serving 9 AM-1 AM daily. Bar open until 1:30 AM. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

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TJ’s Café
1133 Central Ave., Colonie, 438-7457. Featuring a wide range of homemade food, from burgers, wings and sandwiches to dinner entrées such as prime rib, shrimp scampi and chicken Françese. Try the San Antonio-style chicken for a great flavor combo. Full late-night menu. Takeout available. Serving 11 AM-mid Mon-Thu, 11 AM-1 AM Fri-Sat, noon-10 Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $

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Top Notch Tavern
Four Corners (County Highway 132), West Galway, 843-2333 (THE-BEEF). Generous portions of prime rib, steak and seafood, house specialties, served in a rustic atmosphere. Full bar and banquet facilities. Serving dinner 5-9 Wed-Sat, 5-10 Sat, 2-8 Sun. Closed Mon and Tue. Reservations suggested. AE, MC, V. $$$

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Transylvania
3350 Route 9, Valatie, 784-2770. American cuisine with an ethnic twist. Warm up with appetizers including baked stuffed mushrooms or a jumbo-shrimp cocktail, then move on to authentic Weiner schnitzel, pan-seared tiger shrimp, rack of lamb, filet mignon, zesty Hungarian goulash and more. Homemade desserts; specials nightly. Full bar. Serving dinner 5-9 Tue-Thu and Sun, 5-9:30 Fri and Sat. Closed Mon. AE, MC, V. $$$

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Troy Pub & Brewery
417-419 River St., Troy, 273-BEER (2337). This brewery-restaurant is located in a restored 150-year-old warehouse with a large deck overlooking the majestic Hudson River and Troy Marina. New menu offers generous appetizers, salads, sandwiches, wraps, pizza and entrées such as steaks and pasta dishes. Award-winning brewery offers 12 different styles of fresh ales and lagers. Live music, darts and shuffleboard games. Serving 11:30-11 Mon-Thu, 11:30-midnight Fri-Sat, 4-10 Sun. AE, MC, V. $$

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Turf House Grill
Holiday Inn Turf, 205 Wolf Road, Colonie, 458-7250. Menu includes chicken, veal, seafood and steaks. Full bar and banquet facilities. Serving deli buffet lunch 11:30-2:30 Mon-Fri, dinner 5-10 daily, dinner buffet 5-10 Sat (early bird price until 6:30), Sun brunch 10:30-2. Reservations suggested. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

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Union Bar & Grill
293 Main St., Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 528-6228. Contemporary American cuisine in a Soho-inspired steel-and-aluminum environment. Try appetizers such as oysters on the half shell with a champagne-horseradish sauce; entrées might include seared sea scallops with yellow tomato coulis and Israeli couscous and summer vegetables or braised barbecue beef ribs with mashed potatoes and braised greens. Menu also features pastas, sandwiches and pizzas. Full bar; off-premises catering; takeout available. Dinner 5-10 Sun-Thu, 5-10 Fri-Sat; lunch 11:30-3 Sat; Sun jazz brunch 11:30-3. MC, V. $$$

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Union Hall Inn
2 Union Place (Routes 29 and 67), Johnstown, 762-3210. A historical tavern-restaurant built in 1798. Chef-owned and operated, specializing in fresh fish and shellfish dishes, steak and veal. Vegetarian items, too. Full bar, small banquets and personalized catering. Takeout available. Serving lunch 11:30-2 Tue-Fri, dinner 5-close Tue-Sat. Closed Sun-Mon except holidays. Reservations suggested. AE, MC, V. $$

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Union Station
In the Best Western Rensselaer Inn, 1800 Sixth Ave., Troy, 274-3210. An intimate, contemporary atmosphere featuring a creative menu. Full bar, banquet facilities, on-premises catering. Takeout available. Serving hot and cold breakfast buffet 6:30-9:30 Mon-Fri, 7-11 Sat-Sun; dinner 5-9 daily. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$

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The Van Dyck Restaurant & Brewery
237 Union St., Schenectady, 381-1111. This landmark music club in the historic Stockade features a menu of eclectic food. Tavern menu ranges from light fare to full dinners, with anything from wings to various seafood combos. Also featuring a menu of delicious pub food. Full bar and, of course, a selection of beers brewed right on the premises. Serving 11:30-10 Tue-Wed, 11:30-11 Thu, 11:30 AM-midnight Fri-Sat. Tavern menu served 11:30-10 Tue-Wed, 11:30 AM-midnight Thu-Fri, 4-midnight Sat. Closed Sun-Mon. Reservations highly recommended. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

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The Vanilla Bean
521 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham, 782-BEAN (2326). This upscale bistro offers a varied breakfast menu, hearty lunches, deli sandwiches, homemade soups, gourmet salads and daily specials as well as heavenly desserts, fresh baked goods, party platters and special-occasion cakes. Now featuring full-service dinner. Takeout available. Serving 7 AM-9 PM Sun-Thu, 7 AM-10 PM Fri-Sat. AE, MC, V. $$

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Victory Café
10 Sheridan Ave., Albany, 463-9113. A 100-seat restaurant that features salads, sandwiches, pizza and daily specials. Full bar, banquet facilities for up to 150, on/off-premises catering. Menu served 11:30-10 Mon-Wed, 11:30-11 Thu-Fri, 5-10 Sat; dinner specials nightly. Closed Sun (available for private parties). Reservations suggested on concert nights. AE, MC, DC, V. $

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The Waterfront
626 Crescent Ave., Saratoga Springs, 583-2628. Sure, there’s seafood, as befits a place with a view of the lake, but there’s also a full menu of steaks, ribs, sandwiches, burgers and daily specials. Lots of appetizers, too, including nachos and wings. Full bar, on-premises catering. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Sat, 11:30-9 Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

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The Wine Bar
417 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 584-8777. New American cuisine featuring fresh ahi, award-winning cheese, and entrée- and tapas-sized portions, prepared with fresh, local ingredients. Featuring 50 wines by the glass, as well as a full bar and a separate, cigar-friendly smoking lounge. Serving 4-11 PM Tue-Sat. Closed Sun and Mon. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

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