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The Arlington House
3532 Route 43, West Sand Lake, 674-1880. Once the Arlington Hotel, this is a gorgeous-looking destination where seafood is especially well done and the menu is changed to fit each season. Good homemade desserts, too. Full bar. Serving dinner Tue-Sat 4-9. Sun 4-8. Call for summer hours in July and August. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

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Aubergine
Routes 22 and 23, Hillsdale, 325-3412, www.aubergine.com. The approach to food at this fine-dining establishment draws as much from New American ideas as it does from the classical models. Specializing in seasonal items with an extensive wine list. Four overnight guest rooms. High casual dress appreciated. Reservations recommended. Serving dinner 5:30-close Wed-Sun. AE, MC, V, checks. $$$$

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Bookmaker’s at the Holiday Inn
232 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 587-8944. Steaks, chicken, shrimp and other continental favorites. Banquet facilities, on/off-premises catering. Light-fare menu available. Serving 6:30 AM-10 PM daily; breakfast buffet 8-noon Sun. Reservations suggested. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

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Brindisi’s
390 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 587-6262. Innovative continental fare with a tendency toward northern Italy, served in a handsome setting with a picture window on Saratoga’s main street. The bar is friendly and desserts are another specialty. Live entertainment every weekend. Serving lunch 11:30-3 Fri-Sat, dinner 5-10 Mon-Thu, 5-11 Fri-Sat, 4-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

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Capitol House
614 Route 9W, Glenmont, 463-5130. A chef-owned restaurant where the chef does all the cooking. Featuring nightly seafood specials, duck and veal preparations and homemade desserts. Full bar, catering and banquet facilities. Private rooms for 15 to 40 people. Serving dinner 5-10 Mon-Sat. Closed Sun (except holidays). Reservations suggested on weekends. AE, MC, V, personal checks. $$$

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Eartha’s Restaurant
60 Court St., Saratoga Springs, 583-0602. Innovative American cuisine, specializing in prime meats and fresh fish. Full bar. Serving dinner 5:30-9:30 Tue-Sat. Closed Sun and Mon. D, MC, V. $$$$

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Elm Court Restaurant
Route 71, North Egremont, Mass., (413) 528-0325. A beautiful old building (it dates from 1790) with small, elegant dining rooms. The menu, which changes daily, features fresh ingredients and includes great takes on old classics like French onion soup and escargot, as well as more recently devised American fare. Full bar, on-premises catering. Serving dinner 5-9 Wed-Sun. AE, MC, V. $$$$

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43 Phila Bistro
43 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 584-2720. Thoughtfully prepared creative cuisine is available at this award-winning American bistro. Menu changes seasonally. Full bar. Serving dinner 5-10 Mon-Sat. Open Sun in season, call for hours. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$

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Gideon Putnam Hotel
Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, 584-3000. Elegant dining, featuring continental fare, pasta and more, in any of several attractive rooms. Open to the public year-round. Full bar, catering and banquet facilities. Serving lunch 11:30-2 daily; dinner 6-9 Sun-Thu, 6-10 Fri-Sat; brunch 10:30-2 Sun. Reservations suggested. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$

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The Ginger Man Wine Bar & Restaurant
234 Western Ave., Albany, 427-5963. Try the fruit-and-cheese board with a glass of wine; other menu items include sesame tuna with ginger and soy, house-made ravioli, and plenty of other entrées. Salads and daily fish and pasta specials, too. The Ginger Man is popular for an extensive, award- winning wine and beer list. Full bar, on-premises catering, takeout available. Serving 11:30-11:30 Mon-Thu, 11:30 AM-12:30 AM Fri. Bar open 4:30 PM until 1 AM Mon-Thu, 4-12:30 Sat. Closed Sun. Reservations recommended. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

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Glen Sanders Mansion
1 Glen Ave., Scotia, 374-7262. Featuring gourmet cuisine and seasonal specials. Full bar and banquet facilities, on/off-premises catering. Overnight accommodations available. Serving lunch 11:30-2 Mon-Fri; dinner 5-10 Mon-Sat, 4-9 Sun; brunch 10:30-1:30 Sun; pub menu 2 PM-10 PM Mon-Fri, 5-10 Sat, 4-10 Sun. Reservations recommended. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$

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Good Times Lakeview Restaurant
175 Lake Road, Ballston Lake, 399-9976. A varied menu with light fare to hearty dining, cheerful service and a view of Ballston Lake combine to help those good times along. Homestyle country cooking featuring homemade pastas, fresh seafood and chops. Early-bird specials, children’s menu. Year-round murder-mystery dinner theater. Full bar, takeout, catering and banquet facilities. Private lakeview banquet room; also an open fireplace. Serving 11:30-9 daily. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$

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Great American Grill
Albany Airport Hilton, 800 Albany Shaker Road, Colonie, 464-6666. Dine in view of the Hilton lobby and watch the passersby as you sample the breakfast buffet, dig into a sandwich or try one of the exotic dinner specials; the 16-ounce porterhouse pork chop is a favorite. Full bar, banquet facilities, on-premises catering. Serving breakfast 6-10 Mon-Fri, 7-noon Sat-Sun and holidays; lunch 11-1 Mon-Fri, noon-1 Sat-Sun and holidays; dinner 5-10 nightly. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

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The Greenfield Village Inn
3234 Route 9N, Greenfield Center, 893-2885. Serving Northern Italian, Mediterranean and American fare featuring seafood, steaks and poultry—including fresh turkey cooked off the bone. Full bar. Takeout available, on/off-premises catering. Serving lunch and dinner 11:30-close Tue-Sun. Closed Mon. Reservations recommended. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

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La Perla at the Gregory House
Route 43, Averill Park, 674-3774. Specializing in Italian and Continental foods including chicken, seafood and wild-game specials, all served in a relaxed atmosphere. Full bar, on-premises catering and banquet facilities for small groups. Serving lunch 11:30-3 Mon, Wed-Fri; dinner 3-10 Mon, Wed-Thu, 3-11 Fri-Sat, 2-10 Sun. Reservations suggested. AE, CB, D, MC, V. $$$

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Lanzi’s on the Lake
Route 30, Mayfield, 661-7711. Owned and operated by the Lanzi family. Fine dining for three generations, specializing in steaks, seafood and Italian dishes. Full bar, on/off-premises catering. Serving lunch 11-3 daily, dinner 4-close daily. Reservations suggested. AE, D, MC, V. $$

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Lark Tavern
453 Madison Ave., Albany, 463-9779. Newly updated menu features favorites from steak to burgers to chicken parmesan to chicken wings. Try the homemade French onion soup or authentic homemade beans and greens. Wine by the bottle or glass; 16 draft beers and more than 40 bottled selections. Full bar, on/off premises catering. Takeout available. Serving 11 AM-close Mon-Sat, noon-close Sun. AE, CB, D, MC, V. $

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La Serre
14 Green St., Albany, 463-6056. This is the place for fresh pasta, grilled fish or veal chanterelle. Full bar and banquet facilities. Serving lunch 11:30-2:30 Mon-Fri, dinner 5-9 Mon-Thu, 5-9:30 Fri-Sat. Closed most Sundays. Reservations suggested. AE, CB, DC, MC, V. $$$

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Lenox House Restaurant
55 Pittsfield-Lenox Road (Routes 7 and 20), Lenox, Mass., (413) 637-1341. Serving continental cuisine, chef-owner Alan Carr offers old favorites like chicken amandine, chicken or lobster pot pie, and fresh-baked popovers—but you’ll also find health-conscious items and an imaginative use of fruits and vegetables. Full bar, banquet facilities, on-premises catering. Serving 11:30-9 Sun-Thu, 11:30-10 Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

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Mansion Hill Inn
115 Philip St., Albany, 465-2038. This American-regional restaurant changes its menu two or three times a year. Enjoy homemade desserts; in fact, virtually everything is made from scratch. Start with the award-winning lobster bisque or the wild mushroom clam chowder; entrée specialties include horseradish-encrusted fillet of beef, black peppercorn fettuccine with sautéed shrimp and scallops, and veal medallions with shitakes, spinach and tarragin cream. Catering, banquet and private parties available. Reservations suggested. Serving dinner 5-close. Mon-Sat. Closed Sun. Serving lunch Wed-Fri, 11:30-2. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

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My Way Café
Routes 9 and 67E, Malta, 899-4196. Make a meal of fresh skillet pasta or try the seafood, beef or veal specials, all served amid Sinatra memorabilia. Full bar, catering for private parties, and takeout available. No smoking. Serving 4-close Tue-Sun. Reservations suggested. AE, D, MC, V, personal checks. All entrées $16.95.

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Nicole’s Bistro at the Quackenbush House
25 Quackenbush Square, Albany, 465-1111. Dinner is served with a decidedly French flair in Albany’s oldest historic building. The menu is noted for traditional dishes including rack of lamb, roast duckling and steak au poivre. Also features contemporary menu items. In addition to the regular menu a fixed-price $25 dinner menu and $34 dinner (including two glasses of house wine) are available. Summer dining in the fabulous garden. Full bar, banquet facilities. Serving lunch 11:30-2:30 Mon-Fri, dinner 5-10 Mon-Sat. Reservations suggested. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$

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Olde Shaker Inn
1171 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham, 783-6460. The usual meats and fishes are transformed with imaginative ingredients on a menu offering New American cuisine. Full bar, facilities for small parties and off-premises catering available. Serving lunch 11:30-3 Mon-Fri; dinner 5-9:30 Mon-Thu, 5-10 Fri-Sat, 2-9 Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

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Palmer House Café
1462 Main St., Rensselaerville, 797-3449. A country village restaurant with a menu that changes weekly and highlights fresh vegetables and herbs, as well as elegant pastries. Full bar, on/off-premises catering. Dinner 5-close Thu-Sun, brunch 11-3 Sun. Lunch is served noon-5 Sun. Closed Mon-Wed. Reservations suggested. AE, CB, DC, MC, V. $$$

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The Pillars
Route 20, New Lebanon, 794-8007. European and regional American cuisine meet in this period cottage on seven acres of rolling lawn. Specialties include veal Lafayette and sole Mantua served in a lobster reduction sauce. Full bar, on-premises catering. Serving 5-10 Wed-Sat, 4-9 Sun. Reservations suggested. AE, CB, DC, MC, V. $$$

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Prospect Restaurant
Scribner Hollow Lodge, Route 23A, Hunter, 263-4211. Austrian-born chef Eduard Lanzinger prepares a variety of classic and innovative dinners. Try the stuffed tenderloin of beef, wrapped around ham and spinach. Award-winning wine list. Serving dinner Sun-Thu 5-10, Fri-Sat 5-11. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

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Provence
Stuyvesant Plaza, Guilderland, 689-7777. Serving traditional and contemporary Southern French and Mediterranean cuisine. Experience fine dining in true French-bistro style with such classic dishes as bouillabaisse, roasted duck and steak frites. Enjoy professional and friendly service, an open kitchen featuring daily specials, a full custom-made zinc bar and extensive wine list in our beautiful, casually elegant French setting. Award-winning wine list. Serving lunch 11-3 Mon-Sat, dinner nightly 5 PM-close. Reservations accepted. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

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Red Dot
321 Warren St., Hudson, 828-3657. A casual, friendly, European-style bistro in the heart of Hudson’s art and antiques district. The Belgian-inspired menu features authentic Belgian frites, mussels, fish and chips, burgers and daily specials. Full bar. Serving 5-10 Wed-Sat, Sun brunch 11-3, dinner 5-9. Closed Mon-Tue. MC, V. $$

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The Red Lion Inn
30 Main St., Stockbridge, Mass., (413) 298-5545. Three dining rooms—which can seat 275—give you plenty of seating choices in an establishment that dates from 1773. The menu features regional cuisine with a contemporary twist, including carved turkey and skillet-roasted trout. And don’t forget a post-prandial rock on the porch. Full bar, banquet facilities, on/off-premises catering. Serving breakfast 7-10:30 daily (Continental buffet in the tavern); lunch noon-2:30 Mon-Sat (until 4 in the tavern), noon-4 Sun; dinner 5:30-9 daily. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$

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Rene’s Restaurant
215 White Schoolhouse Road, Chestertown, 494-2904. Chef Rene Plattner oversees the excellent dinners and extraordinary desserts in an elegant but still somewhat rustic setting overlooking Loon Lake. Catering service. Serving dinner Wed-Sun 5-9. Closed Mon-Tue. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

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The Restaurant at Mill Road
30 Mill Road, Latham, 783-7244, fax 783-7255. From light fare to full dinners. Steaks, seafood, homemade soups, children’s menu, daily lunch and dinner specials. Situated on an “executive” 18-hole golf course. Full bar, banquet facilities and large enclosed deck. Serving 11:30 AM-close daily. Reservations suggested. D, MC, V. $$

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River Street Café
429 River St., Troy, 273-2740. The chef and chef-owner give personal attention to each item on the seasonally changing menu of fresh, New American fare. Beer and wine. Serving 5:30 PM-close Tue-Sat. Closed Sun-Mon. Reservations suggested. MC, V, personal checks. $$$

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Smith’s
171 Remsen St., Cohoes, 237-9809. Built in 1873, this historic restaurant boasts one of the longest fully stocked bars north of New York City. The menu offers fresh seafood, veal, calf’s liver, pastas, chicken, various prime beef dishes and daily specials. All desserts made on premises. Homemade soups. Full bar, banquet facilities. Serving lunch 11:30-2:30 Tue-Fri; dinner 5-9 Tue-Sat. Closed Sun-Mon (open for private parties). Reservations suggested. AE, MC, V. $$

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Sperry’s
30 1/2 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 584-9618. Casual upscale dining on a side street, with an all-season patio area. Noted for soft-shell crab (in season), seafood, Maryland crab cakes, sirloin and fresh fish specials, handmade desserts. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving lunch 11:30-3 Mon-Sat; dinner 5:30-10 Mon-Sat, 5-9 Sun. AE, DC, MC, V. $$$

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Stephanie’s on the Park
462 Madison Ave., Albany, 449-2492. Chef-owner Stephanie Martin has developed a “melting pot” menu that ranges from veal to pasta, with preparations taken from all over the globe. Full bar. Serving dinner 5:30-10 Tue-Thu, 5:30-11 Fri-Sat, 5-9 Sun, brunch 10-2 Sun. Bar open till 2 AM Thu-Sat. Closed Mon. Reservations recommended. AE, DC, MC, V. $$$

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Webster’s Corner
Crowne Plaza Hotel, State and Lodge streets, Albany, 462-6611. An upscale American menu featuring steaks, pork chops, lamb and a variety of fresh fish. Full bar with an upscale martini lounge. On-premises catering and banquet facilities. Light dinner menu, too. Serving breakfast 6:30-11 Mon-Fri, 7-noon on Sat, (buffet 7-10 Mon-Fri); lunch 11:30-2 Mon-Fri; brunch 11:00-2 Sun; dinner 5-10 Mon-Sat. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

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Wishing Well
Route 9, Wilton, 584-7640. Triple-thick loin lamb chops are featured, along with fresh seafood and prime rib. Live Maine lobsters available nightly. Full bar and banquet facilities. Fri-Sun piano bar. Serving 5-10 Tue-Fri, 5-11 Sat, noon-9 Sun. Closed Mon. Reservations suggested. AE, DC, MC, V. $$$
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