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. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$
Bookmaker’s at the Holiday Inn
232 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 587-8944. Steaks, chicken,
shrimp and other continental favorites. Banquet facilities,
on/off-premises catering. Light-fare menu available. Serving
6:30 AM-10 PM daily; breakfast buffet 8-noon Sun. Reservations
suggested for dinner. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$
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 daily. AE, D, MC, V. $$$
Elm Court Restaurant
Route 71, North Egremont, Mass., (413) 528-0325. A beautiful
old building (it dates from 1790) with small, elegant dining
rooms. The menu, which changes daily, features fresh ingredients
and includes great takes on old classics like French onion
soup and escargot, as well as more recently devised American
fare. Full bar, on-premises catering. Serving dinner 5-9
Wed-Sun. AE, MC, V. $$$$
43 Phila Bistro
43 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 584-2720. Thoughtfully prepared
creative cuisine is available at this award-winning American
bistro. Menu changes seasonally. Full bar, on/off-premises
catering. Serving dinner 5-10 Mon-Sat, 4-9 Sun. AE, D, MC,
Gideon Putnam Hotel
Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, 584-3000. Elegant
dining, featuring continental fare, pasta and more, in any
of several attractive rooms. Open to the public year-round.
Full bar, catering and banquet facilities. Serving lunch
11:30-2 daily; dinner 6-9 Sun-Thu, 6-10 Fri-Sat; brunch
10:30-2 Sun. Reservations suggested. AE, CB, D, DC, MC,
The Ginger Man Wine Bar & Restaurant
234 Western Ave., Albany, 427-5963. Try the fruit-and-cheese
board with a glass of wine; other menu items include sesame
tuna with ginger and soy, Korean beef bulgogi, and plenty
of other entrées. Salads and daily fish and pasta specials,
too. The Ginger Man is popular for an extensive, award-winning
wine and beer list. Full bar, on-premises catering, takeout
available. Serving 11:30-11:30 Mon-Thu, 11:30 AM-12:30 AM
Fri. Bar open 4:30 PM-1 AM Mon-Thu, 4 PM-2 AM Fri-Sat. Closed
Sun. Reservations recommended. AE, D, MC, V. $$$
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. $$$$
Good Times Lakeview Restaurant
175 Lake Road, Ballston Lake, 399-9976. www.goodtimesrestaurant.com.
A varied menu with light fare to hearty dining, cheerful
service and a roaring open fireplace in the center of a
panoramic lakeview dining room combine to help those good
times along. Homestyle New England country cooking featuring
homemade pastas, fresh seafood and chops. Early-bird specials,
children’s menu. Year-round mystery dinner theater. Full
bar, takeout, catering and banquet facilities. Private lakeview
banquet room. Serving 11:30-9 Wed-Mon. AE, CB, D, DC, MC,
Great American Grill
Garden Inn Hilton, 800 Albany Shaker Road, Colonie, 464-6666.
Dine in view of the Hilton lobby and watch the passersby
as you sample the breakfast buffet, dig into a sandwich
or try one of the exotic dinner specials. Full bar, banquet
facilities, on-premises catering. Serving breakfast 6-10
Mon-Fri, 7-noon Sat-Sun and holidays; lunch 11-1 Mon-Fri,
noon-1 PM Sat-Sun and holidays; dinner 5-10 nightly. AE,
D, MC, V. $$$
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 11:30-2:30 and dinner 4:30-close Tue-Sun.
Closed Mon. Reservations recommended. AE, D, MC, V. $$$
La Perla at the Gregory House
3016 Route 43, Averill Park, 674-3774. Specializing in Italian
and continental foods including chicken, seafood and wild-game
specials, all served in a relaxed atmosphere. A new room
with a firewood brick oven offers pizza Sun-Fri in a more
casual atmosphere. Full bar, on-premises catering and banquet
facilities for small groups. Serving lunch 11:30-3 Mon,
Wed-Fri; dinner 3-10 Mon, Wed-Thu, 3-11 Fri-Sat, 2-10 Sun.
Reservations suggested. AE, D, MC, V. $$$
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, DC, MC, V. $$
453 Madison Ave., Albany, 463-9779. Newly updated menu features
favorites from steak to burgers to chicken parmesan to chicken
wings. Try the homemade French onion soup or authentic homemade
beans and greens. Wine by the bottle or glass; 17 draft
beers and more than 40 bottled selections. Full bar, on/off
premises catering. Takeout available. Serving 11 AM-close
Mon-Sat, noon-close Sun. AE, CB, D, MC, V. $
14 Green St., Albany, 463-6056. This is the place for fresh
pasta, grilled fish or veal chanterelle. Full bar
and banquet facilities. Serving lunch 11:30-2:30 Mon-Fri,
dinner 5-9 Mon-Thu, 5-9:30 Fri-Sat. Closed most Sundays.
Reservations suggested. AE, CB, DC, MC, V. $$$$
Mansion Hill Inn
115 Philip St., Albany, 465-2038. This American-regional
chef-owned-and-operated restaurant changes its menu two
or three times a year. Enjoy homemade desserts; in fact,
virtually everything is made from scratch. Start with the
award-winning wild mushroom clam chowder or mussels steamed
in spicy tomato-feta broth; entrée specialties include horseradish-encrusted
fillet of beef, veal ossobucco, and grilled quail and duck
sausage. Catering, banquet and private parties available.
Reservations suggested. Serving dinner 5-close Mon-Sat.
Closed Sun. Lunch available for parties of 15 or more Wed-Fri.
AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$
Mill Road Tavern
30 Mill Road, Latham, 783-7244, fax 783-7255. From light
fare to full dinners. Steaks, seafood, homemade soups, children’s
menu, daily lunch and dinner specials. Situated on an “executive”
18-hole golf course. Full bar, banquet facilities and large
enclosed deck. Serving 11:30 AM-close daily. Reservations
suggested. D, MC, V. $
My Way Café
Routes 9 and 67E, Malta, 899-4196. Fresh cuisine, including
veal, beef, pork, and fresh fish dishes. Home of the trilogy
menu, where the customer designs the dining experience,
saving dollars. Full bar, catering for private parties,
and takeout available. Serving 4-close Tue-Sun. Reservations
suggested. AE, D, MC, V, personal checks. All entrées $16.95.
Nicole’s Bistro at the Quackenbush House
25 Quackenbush Square, Albany, 465-1111. www.nicolesbistro.com.
Dinner is served with a decidedly French flair in Albany’s
oldest historic building. The menu is noted for traditional
dishes including rack of lamb, roast duckling and steak
au poivre. Also features contemporary menu items. In addition
to the regular menu, a fixed-price $28 dinner menu and $38
dinner (including two glasses of house wine) are available.
Summer dining in the fabulous garden. Full bar, banquet
facilities. Serving lunch 11:30-2:30 Mon-Fri, dinner 5-10
Mon-Sat. Reservations suggested. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$
Olde Shaker Inn
1171 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham, 783-6460. The usual
meats and fishes are transformed with imaginative ingredients
on a menu offering New American cuisine. Full bar, facilities
for small parties and off-premises catering available. Serving
lunch 11:30-3 Mon-Fri; dinner 5-9:30 Mon-Thu, 5-10 Fri-Sat,
4-9 Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$
Pearl Restaurant and Lounge
1 Steuben Place, Albany, 433-0011, www.pearlalbany.com.
This new restaurant and martini lounge is located in a thoroughly
renovated space in the Steuben Building. Former Conway’s
owner Kevin Conway presides as executive chef over a menu
featuring steak and seafood specialties along with veal,
chicken and pasta dishes. Full bar; extensive wine list.
Banquet facilities, catering, takeout available. Serving
11-9 daily; bar menu available until 11. AE, D, DC, MC,
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, MC, V. $$$$
Pinehaven Restaurant & Caterers
Pinehaven Country Club, 1151 Siver Road, Guilderland, 456-7111
ext. 132, www.pinehavencc.net. This warm and friendly restaurant,
located on a 40-year-old country club, recently opened to
the public. Some of the rooms overlook the landscaped golf
course. Serving a wide variety of dishes, from homemade
soups and sandwiches to pasta, veal and duck dishes. Daily
specials. Full bar; on-site catering. Takeout available.
Serving 11 AM-8 PM Thu, 11 AM-8:30 PM Fri-Sat, 11 AM-7 PM
Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$
Scribner Hollow Lodge, Route 23A, Hunter, 263-4211. www.scribner
hollow.com. Austrian-born chef Eduard Lanzinger prepares
a variety of classic and innovative dinners. Try the stuffed
tenderloin of beef, wrapped around ham and spinach. Wine
Spectator Magazine 2003 Award of Execellence. Serving
dinner Sun-Thu 5-10, Fri-Sat 5-11. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$
The Purple Pepper
3350 Route 9, Valatie, 784-5298, www.thepurplepepper.com.
An eclectic menu of international food from chef Lisa Miller,
who coats lamb chops with pesto and offers chicken dishes
in Asian, Cajun, Indian, Italian and Thai variations. Serving
dinner daily from 4 PM. AE, D, MC, V. $$$
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; lunch noon-2:30
Mon-Sat (until 4 in the tavern), noon-4 Sun; dinner 5:30-9
daily. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$
River Street Café
429 River St., Troy, 273-2740. The chef and chef-owner give
personal attention to each item on the seasonally changing
menu of fresh, New American fare. Beer and wine. Serving
5:30 PM-close Tue-Sat. Closed Sun-Mon. Reservations suggested.
MC, V, personal checks. $$$
The Desmond, 660 Albany Shaker Road, Colonie, 869-8100.
Exemplary service and culinary excellence presented in 18th
Century elegance. Four-course dinners offered including
steak au poivre, veal Oscar and cedar-plank salmon. Extensive
wine list and wine dinners offered daily. Full bar. Serving
lunch 11-2 Mon-Fri; dinner 5:30-10 Mon-Sat. Closed Sun.
Reservations suggested. AE, CB, D, MC, V. $$$$
171 Remsen St., Cohoes, 237-9809. Built in 1873, this historic
restaurant boasts one of the longest fully stocked bars
north of New York City. The menu offers fresh seafood, veal,
calf’s liver, pastas, chicken, various prime beef dishes
and daily specials. All desserts made on premises. Homemade
soups. Full bar, banquet facilities. Serving lunch 11:30-2:30
Tue-Fri; dinner 5-9 Tue-Sat. Closed Sun-Mon (open for private
parties). Reservations suggested. AE, MC, V. $$
30 1/2 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 584-9618. Casual
upscale dining on a side street. Noted for soft-shell crab
(in season), Maryland crab cakes, fresh fish, prime steaks,
pasta specials and homemade desserts. Extensive wine list.
Unique lunch and dinner specials daily. Full bar. Takeout
available. Serving lunch 11:30-3 Mon-Sat; dinner starting
at 5:30 Mon-Sat, 5-9 Sun. AE, DC, MC, V. $$$
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, D, DC, MC, V.
Crowne Plaza Hotel, State and Lodge streets, Albany, 427-3066.
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
Sat, (breakfast buffet 7-10 Mon-Fri); lunch 11:30-2 Mon-Fri;
dinner 5-10 Mon-Sat; Sun brunch 11-2. AE, D, DC, MC, V.
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.
Piano bar Fri-Sun. Serving 5-10 Tue-Fri, 5-11 Sat, noon-9
Sun. Closed Mon. Reservations suggested. AE, DC, MC, V.