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Across the Street Pub

1238 Western Ave., Guilderland, 482-9432 or 438-1718. Standard pub fare with sandwiches, salads, burgers, tasty fried appetizers and homemade soups. Full bar. Serving 11 AM-midnight Mon, 11 AM-1 AM Tue-Sat, noon-9 Sun. MC, V, ATM. $

The Ale House

680 River St., Troy, 272-9740. Cozy Troy pub serving homemade soups and chili, clams, award-winning wings, burgers and deli sandwiches. Lunch and dinner specials. Full bar, featuring microbrews and import drafts. Off-premises catering. Takeout available. Serving 11 AM-1 AM Mon-Sat, noon-10 Sun. Cash only. $

The Cat’s Meow

14 Karner Road (Route 155), Guilderland, 456-1895. Popular tavern serving a light menu including burgers, homemade soups, pizzas, giant fish fries, finger foods and sandwiches. Dinner specials nightly. Full bar, catering for small parties. Takeout available. Serving 11:30-11 Mon-Sat. Closed Sun. AE MC, V. $


1165 Central Ave., Colonie, 459-8440. Sandwiches, salads, burgers and soups. Grilled fare, daily pasta specials. Also Southwestern menu featuring Mexican dishes. Full bar; exotic barmaids and dancers. Deck is now open. Serving 11:30 AM-8 PM Mon-Fri. Kitchen closed Sat-Sun. AE, MC, V. $

Doc McCutchen’s

388 Broadway, Albany, 432-8584. Standard pub fare, including sandwiches, salads, burgers, wraps and daily specials. Full bar. Serving lunch 11:30-3 Tue-Fri. Kitchen closed Sat-Mon. AE, MC, V. $


2012 Central Ave., Colonie, 869-0494. American-style menu serves up spicy pub fare. Full bar. On- and off-premises catering available. Serving 11 AM-midnight Mon-Sat, noon-midnight Sun. D, MC, V, AE. $.

The Fountain

283 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 482-9898. Pizza, finger foods, burgers and other light fare, as well as a large selection of Italian dinners. Specials available all week. Full bar. Serving 11 AM-2 AM Mon-Thu, 11 AM-3 AM Fri-Sat, noon-2 AM Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $

Hill Street Café

180 Madison Ave., Albany, 462-3544. Serving good pub food every day and every night. Menu includes chicken wings and grilled chicken sandwiches, wraps, salads and burgers. Full bar. On-premises catering for parties. Serving 11:30 AM-4 AM daily. MC, V. $

Mad River Bar & Grill

86 N. Pearl St., Albany, 433-8338. This new downtown establishment offers traditional pub fare: wings, quesadillas, chicken fingers, all types of salads and many sandwiches to choose from. Full bar; private parties; takeout available. Serving 11:30-11 Mon-Sat, noon-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $


4 Clinton Square, Albany, 463-1455. Menu features hearty burgers such as the paddy melt and specialties such as the chicken Caesar salad sandwich. McGeary’s makes its own soups, breads and rolls, and is the home of Guinness black bean chili. Award-winning wings, steaks cut to order, fresh seafood, daily lunch and dinner creations, two full bars, 58 taps, premium spirits. Banquets for one to 199 of your friends. Eclectic atmosphere, live entertainment. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Tues, 11:30-11 Wed, 11:30-midnight Thu-Sat. Closed Sun. AE, MC, V, ATM. $

Michael’s of West Sand Lake

43 Mall, West Sand Lake, 674-5938. Menu items include gourmet sandwiches, burgers, fries and world-famous chicken wings. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving 11 AM-4 AM daily. AE, MC, V. $


40 Lincoln Ave., Watervliet, 273-9892. A variety of pub food, including pizza, chicken wings and sandwiches, burgers and finger food. Biggest and best Reuben in town. Full bar. Serving 10 AM-11 PM Mon-Thu, 10 AM-midnight Fri, 11 AM-midnight Sat, noon-11 Sun. Cash only. ATM on premises. $

O’Leary’s Pub & Grill

153 Mohawk Ave., Scotia, 382-8909. Pub fare with lots of sandwiches, hot and cold, and entrée specials—the burrito el grande will fill you for a week, for only $7—and it’s vegetarian friendly with burrito and burger options. Serving 11-10 Mon-Thu, 11-11 Fri, 4-11 Sat. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $

Pinhead Susan’s

38-40 N. Broadway, Schenectady, 346-6431. A gorgeously refurbished bar just off Schenectady’s State Street, with a menu that includes burgers, sandwiches and homemade soups. Try the house specialty Guinness burger. Named for local graffiti. Full bar. Serving 11-10 Mon-Fri, noon-10 Sat, Closed Sun. AE, DC, MC, V. $

Ravenswood Pub

1021 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-8771. Light meals including homemade soups, salads, pub fare and fabulous chicken wings. Casual atmosphere. Full bar, on-premises catering and banquet facilities for up to 75. Takeout available. Serving 11:30 AM-midnight Mon-Sat, 4-10 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

Sadie Klutz

849 Madison Ave., Albany, 459-8099. Enjoy pizza and pasta. Try the hot sandwiches or light fare, such as wings and burgers. Full bar. Takeout, delivery and catering available. Serving 11 AM-midnight Mon-Fri, noon-midnight AM Sat-Sun. Cash only. $

Smitty’s Pit Bar & Grille

138 Washington Ave., Albany, 465-6744. Pub food in a pub-style atmosphere. Featuring 18 beers on tap. Lunch and dinner specials daily. Full bar. Reservations for large parties. Takeout available. Serving 11 AM-1 AM Thu-Sat, 11-11 Wed, noon-11 Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $

The Starting Gate

55 Watervliet Ave., Albany, 482-8179. Known for its hamburgers and home-cooked turkey and roast beef. For a flavor kick, try the Cajun chicken sandwich. Lunches and late-night snacks, too. Full bar, banquet facilities, on and off-premises catering, takeout and delivery available. Serving 9 AM-4 AM daily. AE, DC, MC, V. $

Sutter’s Mill & Mining Co.

1200 Western Ave., Albany, 489-4910. Back-to-basics bar food is always on tap in the front room, but full dinners are also available in the dining room. Daily dinner specials include award-winning steaks and chicken dishes, stuffed sole, and grilled prime rib sandwiches. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving 11:30 AM-1 AM daily. AE, D, MC, V. $

Valenti’s Pub

729 Pawling Ave., Troy, 283-6766. Pub fare, specializing in pizza and pasta. Also burgers, wings, salads, subs and much more. Full bar. Takeout and delivery available. Serving from 11:30 AM daily. AE, CB, DC, MC, V. $

Washington Tavern

250 Western Ave., Albany, 427-0091. Although this spot is best known for its traditional tavern fare, the facility was recently upgraded and is now also offering a special dinner menu (available evenings from 5 to 9) sporting such dishes as steak, ribs and sizzling fajitas. Full bar, banquets for up to 60, on-premises catering. Takeout available. Serving 11:30 AM-1:30 AM daily. AE, MC, V. ATM on premises. $


Metroland's Spring/Summer Dining Guide 2003
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