Albany Pump Station 19 Quackenbush Square, Albany, 447-9000.
This downtown Albany brew pub offers a vast array of American
fare. The menu includes meat loaf, fish-n-chips, calamari
and a large offering of soups, salads and sandwiches. Full
bar. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V, checks. $$
Marina & Pub 888 Route 4, Schuylerville, 695-6079.
Monday-night football, horseshoes and $1 drafts on Tuesdays,
video bowling leagues.
Martini Bar 1100 Madison Ave., Albany, 489-5972. Expanded
menu features a creative take on continental fusion with such
entrées as pan-seared ahi tuna and appetizers such as clams
casino, sushi and potstickers. Reservations suggested on weekends.
AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$
Barnsider 480 Sand Creek Road, Albany. 869-2448. Elegant
dining atmosphere, featuring steaks and fresh seafood. Banquet
facilities and light fare available. AE, D, MC, V
Tavern 95 Everett Road, Albany, 482-2333; 371 Delaware
Ave., Delmar, 475-1111. Known for its pizza, BEFF’s (Big Ed
Fat Field’s) also serves half-pound burgers, homemade soups
made fresh daily, salads and other bar fare. Try the chicken
toes. Daily specials. Full bar. AE, DC, MC, V. $
Grill & Tavern 611 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham,
785-7215; 4 Middle Mannix Road, Rensselaer, 283-8397. Irish-American
is the fare at this casual eatery, famous for its happy hour.
47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-2755. Gourmet breakfast
and lunch (breakfast available all day!) seven days a week.
Try the German apple pancake. AE, D, MC, V. $
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 are featured. New homemade dessert menu. Full bar. AE,
D, MC, V. Reservations recommended. $
Café State and Dove streets, Albany, 463-9382. Casual
dining, international menu, late-night snacks, lunch and dinner
in Albany’s downtown. Outdoor café in season. Daily lunch
and dinner specials. Full bar. AE, MC, V. $$
Ribbon Diner 1801 State St., Schenectady, 393-2600. A
“dineraunt” setting with a capacious menu. Save room for the
award-winning cheesecake. Reservations suggested for parties
of six or more. AE, CB, DC, MC, V. $$
Basket 65 Spring St., Saratoga Springs, 587-4233. Great
homemade breads, quiche, scones, pastries, specialty cakes
and other luscious treats are available at this small eatery.
Cash, personal checks. $
Joe’s Theater Grill 86 Congress St., Saratoga Springs,
587-JOES (5637). Catch a flick and order from a dinner menu
featuring steaks, seafood, pasta, sandwiches and salads (kids’
menu too). Full bar. AE, MC, V. $$
Café Armory Center, 64 Colvin Ave., Albany, 641-7618.
Cruise on over to the the area’s only automotive-themed restaurant,
hop in the back of a ’57 classic and enjoy favorites from
the “Something for Everyone” menu. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $
Deli 46 State St., Albany, 427-2873. A downtown eatery
serving up everything from three-egg omelettes to hotcakes
to overstuffed sandwiches to grill specials. On the lighter
side, try the salads or fruit-and-cheese plate. Delivery available
within downtown. Cash only. $
Country Corner Café 25 Church St., Saratoga Springs, 583-7889.
Cozy home-style eatery with loads of breakfast options to
choose from as well as sandwiches, homemade soups, jams and
more. Cash only. $
Brothers Restaurant & Brewery 184 Glen St., Glens
Falls, 743-9026. Offering a wide variety of appetizers, salads,
burgers, wraps, vegetarian dishes and pub fare—including fish
and chips and bangers and mash. Full bar including 12 beers
hand-crafted on site; seasonal outdoor dining. AE, DC, MC,
Johns 288 Lark St., Albany, 436-5660. Stylish restaurant
and pub serving dinner on two floors, with an art gallery
on the third. A brand-new menu features vegetarian options
as well as steaks and seafood, and homemade desserts. More
than 35 different wines sold by the glass. Reservations accepted.
AE, MC, V. $$
Dairy Bar 890 Hoosick Road, Brunswick, 279-9985. Homemade
bread and muffins, eggs any way you wish, fresh soup, Reubens,
open-faced turkey sandwiches with gravy, roast beef and baked
ham. Great homemade pies, too. No alcohol. Cash only. $
151 Menands Road, Loudonville, 463-7440. Corned beef and
cabbage isn’t really Irish, but it’s on the menu along with
authentic Irish and standard American fare (New York strip
steaks, seafood). Full bar. Reservations suggested. AE, MC,
BBQ and Seafood 827 Saratoga Road, Wilton, 580-9631. Casual,
fun atmosphere, serving Florida-style barbecue and seafood.
Baby back ribs, smoked chicken and spare ribs slowly cooked
over an open pit. Daily fresh selections of seafood, grilled
or blackened, including tuna steak, mahi-mahi, shark, salmon
and haddock. Appetizers include coconut shrimp, fried gator
and wings, and homemade key lime pie for dessert. Beer and
wine available. AE, MC, V. $$
Farmer Boy Restaurant Diner 1975 Central Ave., Colonie,
456-2243; fax 869-5480. Where else can you get breakfast all
day, any time? Serving steaks, chops, seafood, Italian and
Greek dishes just like mom used to make. Full bar. AE, D,
MC, V. $
Fountain 283 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 482-9898. Pizza,
finger foods, burgers and other light fare. Also, a selection
of Italian dinners. Specials available all week. Full bar.
AE, D, DC, MC, V. $
Corners Luncheonette 2 Grove St., Delmar, 439-0172. An
old-fashioned eatery with counter seating, booths and tables.
The menu features a blend of diner fare and fancier stuff;
dinner offerings get into more ambitious dishes with a contemporary
American touch. Beer and wine. AE, D, MC, V. Cash only. $
Diner 899 Central Ave., Albany, 482-7557. This traditional
diner offers breakfast all day, along with fresh seafood,
steaks, Italian dishes and excellent deli-style sandwiches.
Full bakery on premises, and all desserts homemade. Full bar.
Reservations suggested for parties of eight or more. AE, CB,
DC, MC, V. $
Restaurant 1273 Central Ave., Colonie, 459-4585. A comfortable
family restaurant with a cozy country interior. Come hungry
and enjoy generous helpings of tasty, home-cooked foods from
lasagna to roast chicken to huge chef salads. Daily specials,
light menu available. Also legendary pie. Beer and wine. AE,
CB, D, DC, MC, V. $
Hattie’s 45 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 584-4790,
www.hattiesrestaurant.com. Serving authentic Southern and
Louisiana cuisine since 1938. Come for the famous fried chicken
and biscuits, or try the delicious New Orleans specials, grilled
seafood and vegetarian entrées. Specials include crab cakes,
seafood gumbo and homemade desserts such as sweet-potato pie
and pecan pie. Heated garden patio through October. Full bar.
AE, MC, V. $$
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. MC, V. $
& 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
and 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. Reservations suggested
for larger parties and Fri-Sat nights. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$
Crossgates Mall, 862-9000. Let’s just say this place is known
for more than its menu. . . . But seriously, folks, pub-style
fare is the mainstay—burgers, wings, all sorts of sandwiches
and more. Plenty of televisions for the sports-minded. Full
bar. Takeout available. AE, D, MC, V. $$
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. Reservations recommended. AE, MC, V. $$
Spot Café Collamer Building, 480 Broadway, Saratoga Springs,
584-9060. Boasting great homemade soups, fresh rotisserie
turkey and daily lunch specials, as well as a vegetarian menu.
AE, DC, MC, V, personal checks. $
Ladder Farms 342 Altamont Road, Altamont, 765-2956. An
apple orchard with a country store, featuring a café and bakery.
Cider, apples and apple products are the specialty. Lunch
fare includes hearty gourmet sandwiches, soups, fresh salads
and desserts from the bakery. D, MC, V. $
59 N. Pearl St., Albany, 432-1997. American casual dining
is available in the Capital Region’s “eatertainment” establishment.
The menu features everything from finger food to full meals
with a gourmet flair. Lots of big-screen TVs, a dance club,
plenty of pool tables, and a hyperactive video arcade. Full
bar. AE, MC, V. $
Riverside Restaurant 240 Church St., Albany, 449-5008.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner in a casual setting, with specials
at all meals. Breakfast is served anytime and dinner includes
steaks, chops and seafood. AE, D, MC, V. $
’76 Restaurant 722 New Loudon Road (Route 9), Latham,
785-3793. Look for the fife ’n’ drum sign. It’s hard to miss
this spacious eatery, which offers traditional and contemporary
dineraunt fare and homemade pastries. Full bar. AE, D, DC,
MC, V. $
Star Saloon and Grill 72 Wolf Road, Colonie, 458-7827.
A good ol’ Texas steakhouse featuring an 16-oz. Cajun rib
eye, the biggest sweet potatoes around, Rosita’s famous filet
mignon—and don’t forget the homemade brownie sundae for dessert.
Full bar. Takeout available. Reservations recommended for
parties of more than 10. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$
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 are gourmet sandwiches and on-premises
baked goods. Vegetarians won’t feel out of place here. AE,
CB, DC, MC, V. $
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 available.
Full bar. Reservations accepted. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$
Wowi 411 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 580-1433. A taste
of the islands in the Saratoga, this Hawaiian restaurant serves
up tasty sandwiches and tropical salads nicely accompanied
with all-natural and fat-free smoothies. Students receive
10-percent discount with a valid ID.
20 Diner 1709 Western Ave., Guilderland, 45-METRO (456-3876).
Old-fashioned and new-fangled offerings are featured on the
menu at this silver diner edged in green, with beautiful art-deco
stylings. Look for old-time diner favorites served as daily
specials, plus the popular sauté menu. On-premises baking,
and breakfast is always available. Full bar. AE, CB, D, DC,
MC, V. $
Wally’s 189A Quail St., Albany, 433-1898. A wide array
of appetizers, hot and cold subs, wings, pizza, pasta dinners
and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Wally’s has party food for
pickup or delivery into the wee hours. AE, D, MC, V. $
Albany Diner 893 Broadway, Albany, 465-9148; fax 465-7081.
Pre-war diner offers a one-of-a-kind brunch menu, and they
cook your fries to your specific request. Menu lists creative
lunch sandwiches, and soups are homemade. AE, D, DC, MC, V.
Original Saratoga Springs Brew Pub 14 Phila St., Saratoga
Springs, 583-3209. A spot that combines the nice ambience
(and aroma) of a brewery with the appeal of a good restaurant.
The menu features specialty soups and salads, steaks, seafood,
burgers, sandwiches and more. Beer list includes original
brews made on the premises, plus some guest beers. AE, D,
MC, V, ATM. $$
Restaurant Pub Capital Plaza, Colonie, 464-1200; Quaker
Plaza, Queensbury, 793-3389. The menus at both locations feature
lots of American classics, like ribs, steaks and chicken,
as well as Mexican dishes. Full bar. Reservations accepted.
AE, MC, V. $$
Parting Glass 40-42 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs, 583-1916.
This popular Irish pub serves up more than typical pub fare.
The menu features homemade specials like lamb stew and corned
beef and cabbage, as well as Italian-American and Irish dishes.
Full bar with nearly 100 beers available, including Harp and
Guinness on tap. Reservations suggested for parties of 10
or more. AE, MC, V. $
Café Stuyvesant Plaza, Guilderland, 482-3677. Full lunch
and dinner menu includes new appetizers and pastas. Breakfast
all day every day, with fare from Belgian waffles to special
omelettes. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $
Market 435 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 587-FOOD (3663).
A gourmet marketplace with a gourmet deli serving sandwiches,
prepared foods, soups, salads and such to eat in or take out.
The mouth-watering sandwich specials include the High Rock
(roasted turkey with cheddar and cranberry mayo) and the Karista
(fresh mozzarella with roasted red peppers and pesto mayo).
AE, MC, V. $
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 Italian and Asian fare. Late-night menu offers
wings, pizza and other pub fare. Full bar. Takeout available.
Reservations suggested. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $
21 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 581-0560. European-style
café serving savory and sweet French crêpes, espresso and
pommes frites (french fries). MC, V. $
Mill & Mining Co. 1200 Western Ave., Albany, 489-4910.
Back-to-basics bar food is always on tap, and daily dinner
specials are served in the back room. Full bar. Takeout available.
AE, D, MC, V. $
Marketplace Café 1066 Route 9, Queensbury, 798-1188. A
casual eatery 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 fresh ingredients.
Dinner selections feature creative fresh-fish specials, crabcakes,
fresh pasta creations, steaks and traditional homestyle favorites.
AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$
Friday’s Stuyvesant Plaza, Guilderland, 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, herb-grilled chicken and lots of pizza and pasta
dishes. Good finger food, too. Full bar. AE, D, DC, MC, V.
Pub & Brewery 417-419 River St., Troy, 273-BEER (2337).
A microbrewery selling its own beer and that of many other
small breweries, as well as pub-style food, steaks and salads.
A new menu places an emphasis on creative sandwiches, flavorful
appetizers and dinner entrées. AE, MC, V. $$
House Grill Holiday Inn Turf, 205 Wolf Road, Colonie,
458-7250. Menu includes chicken, seafood and steaks. Full
bar. Reservations suggested. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$
Milty’s Route 9W, Glenmont, 434-3761. A traditional diner
serving homemade fare. Daily specials, homemade soups and
breakfast served all day. Specialities include omelettes,
salads, burgers and hot and cold deli sandwiches. Outdoor
dining on the deck. Takeout available. Cash only. $
Van Dyck Restaurant & Brewery 237 Union St., Schenectady,
381-1111. This landmark jazz establishment in the historic
Stockade has been resurrected with a menu of eclectic food.
Tavern menu ranges from light fare to full dinners, with anything
from wings to various seafood combos. Fine-dining menu changes
seasonally. Full bar featuring assorted microbrewed beers.
AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$
Tavern 250 Western Ave., Albany, 427-0091. Although this
spot is best-known for its traditional tavern fare, the facility
has recently been upgraded and is now also offering a special
dinner menu (available evenings from 5 to 9) sporting such
dishes as steak, ribs and sizzling fajitas. Full bar. Takeout
available. AE, MC, V, ATM. $
Waterfront 626 Crescent Ave., Saratoga Springs, 583-2628.
Sure, there’s seafood, as befits a place with a view of the
lake, but there’s also a full menu of steaks, ribs, sandwiches,
burgers and daily specials. Lots of appetizers, too, like
nachos and wings. Full bar. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$
Dragon 858 Madison Ave., Albany, 459-8558. Chinese food.
Free delivery, student discount. Cash only. $
Thai Restaurant 8 Wolf Road, Colonie, 435-1027. Menu features
dishes like basil chicken with fresh green-curry sauce, broiled
snapper with coconut-curry sauce, pad Thai noodles, tsom yom
goong soup, chicken satay, shrimp and vegetable spring rolls.
Full bar. AE, DC, MC, V. $
338 Central Ave., Albany, 432-0358, Japanese and Chinese dishes
including donburi, noodle soups and sushi lunch specials.
Takeout and delivery available. AE, D, MC, V. $$
Restaurant 1100 Madison Ave., Albany, 489-0606. Specializing
in Chinese, Thai and sushi. Favorites include Peking duck,
General Tso’s chicken and crispy orange beef. Delivery and
takeout available. Reservations suggested for parties of five
or more. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$
Japanese Noodle House 218 Central Ave., Albany, 436-7789.
Serving traditional Japanese foods, including more than 20
kinds of sushi and a variety of noodle dishes. Takeout available.
AE, D, MC, V. $$
254 Lark St., Albany, 463-0223. A modest eatery where
you’re welcome to enjoy your meal at one of the handful of
tables or order to go. The exotic menu includes such customer
favorites as ginger chicken, vegetable curry and lemongrass
shrimp soup, all cooked without MSG. Cash only. $
Pan 1519 Route 9, Halfmoon, 383-8581. All-Asian cuisine,
concentrating on Thai and Chinese foods. Takeout available.
AE, MC, V. $$
Café 507 Saratoga Road (Route 50), Glenville, 384-7226;
79 N. Pearl St., Albany, 426-8550. The menu boasts a wide
selection of Mexican, Southwestern and Cajun goodies. Among
the favorites are the jambalaya, a Cajun gumbo and the sizzling
fajitas. Full bar with a full line of microbrews, 29 beers
on tap and at least 30 types of bottled brew. AE, D, MC, V.
Caribbean American Cuisine 244 Washington Ave., Albany,
426-4360. Authentic Caribbean and Spanish food, including
arroz con pollo, curry chicken, veggie fajitas and
much more. Wine and beer. Takeout and delivery available.
AE, D, MC, V. $$
Restaurant and Groceries 185 Henry Johnson Blvd., Albany,
433-1343. Specializing in Jamaican food. American menus available.
10-percent discount with student ID. Cash only. $
118 Jay St., Schenectady, 370-3664. The name refers to
either a bird’s nest or a sense of home, and the proprietors
offer an assortment of Pakistani-Indian cuisine, with both
meat and vegetarian dishes available. No alcohol. AE, D, DC,
MC, V. $
House 1112 Madison Ave., Albany, 438-2265. This Northern
Indian restaurant features curries, shish kebabs, tandoori
and a variety of appetizers. Lunch buffet daily. AE, D, DC,
MC, V $
Indian Restaurant 1 Central Ave., Albany, 449-5577. It’s
the epicenter of Albany’s Indian-restaurant neighborhood,
serving Northern Indian food and offering a weekday $5.95
lunch buffet from 11:30 to 2:30. AE, DC, MC, V. $
India 423 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 583-4151. Menu features
vegetarian dishes, as well as chicken curry, chicken and lamb
biryani, seafood shim bhuna. Beer and wine. Takeout available.
Reservations suggested. AE, DC, MC, V. $
Restaurant 35 Central Ave., Albany, 434-0890; 405 Fulton
St., Troy, 273-8744. Very inexpensive, spicy Indian fare to
eat in or take out. Serving a variety of vegetarian, meat
and chicken dishes, fresh-baked tandoori bread and other stuffed
breads. No alcohol. Reservations not accepted. AE, D, DC,
MC, V, traveler’s checks. $
23 Dove St., Albany, 462-9176. Specializing in veal and
seafood dishes, including clams marinara, seafood fra diavolo
and veal Francese. Full bar. Takeout available. Reservations
accepted. AE, MC, V. $$
334 Second Ave., Albany, 463-4320. Traditional Italian home-style
food, including huge portions of veal, pasta, homemade sausage
and other favorites. Full bar. Takeout available. MC, V. $$
121 Madison Ave., Albany, 462-9180. An Albany favorite,
with many different pasta dishes and a menu featuring 15 different
veal dishes, among many other offerings. Nightly specials,
too. Full bar. Takeout available. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$
1562 New Scotland Ave. (Route 85), Slingerlands, 439-5555;
Stuyvesant Plaza, 482-8000; Shoppers World Plaza (off 146),
Clifton Park, 383-6666. The pizzas come out of the wood-fired
oven and include such exotic combos as chicken pesto, barbecued
chicken and a healthy vegetarian pizza pie. All pastas are
fresh. Beer and extensive wine list (full bar at Stuyvesant
Plaza location). Takeout available. Reservations suggested.
AE, D, DC, MC, V. $
Pizzeria & Restaurant 155 Delaware Ave., Delmar, 475-7777.
Featuring veal, chicken, seafood, pasta, pizza and baked goods.
AE, MC, V. $$
Italia 20 Mall, 2080 Western Ave., Guilderland, 456-8242.
Southern and Northern Italian specialties served in an intimate
atmosphere. Lunch buffet daily. Full bar. Takeout available.
Reservations suggested. AE, D, MC, V. $$
Olive Garden 178 Wolf Road, Colonie, 458-8676. An extensive,
Americanized Italian menu includes lots of pastas, appetizers
and salads. Full bar. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$
Tavern 1328 Central Ave., Colonie, 489-8290. Italian-American
fare is the mainstay, with the daily specials including hot
turkey, pizzas, prime rib and 30-cent wings. Full bar. Reservations
accepted Mon-Thu. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $
Paradiso 198 Central Ave., Albany, 462-5812. Authentic
Italian-American cuisine, featuring pasta, beef, veal and
seafood dishes, as well as authentic Italian wood-fired pizza.
Full bar. AE, CB, D, MC, V. $$
124th Street and Fourth Avenue, Troy, 235-0444. Family-run
Italian restaurant with a family ambience, specializing in
pasta dishes, veal and seafood. Home of Testo’s Gourmet Pasta
Sauce. Beer and wine. D, MC, V. $
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. MC, V. $
Restaurant & Wine Bar 1192 Western Ave., Albany, 438-1144.
Mediterranean fare served in comfortable surroundings. Tapas
and personal-sized pizzas are part of the menu, and you can
make a considerable meal for yourself simply by snacking.
But don’t overlook such entrées as grilled portobello with
penne. Full bar. AE, DC, D, MC, V. $$$
Restaurant 1736 Western Ave., Guilderland. 452-6342. Fine
Mediterranean cuisine, including falafel, spanakopita, kebabs,
baba ghanouj, tabbouleh, veggie platters and many other Lebanese,
Moroccan, Egyptian, Greek and Italian dishes. Beer and wine.
Eat in or take out. AE, MC, V. $$
Mideast Café 206 Washington Ave., Albany, 434-3901. Serving
such Mediterranean dishes as shish kebab, tabbouleh, falafel,
hummus and stuffed grape leaves. Special vegetarian menu.
Takeout available. No alcohol. MC, V. $
Taste of Greece 193 Lark St., Albany, 426-9000. A bistro
setting serving up the gamut of Greek fare: spanakopita, dolomades,
Greek salad, gyros and souvlakia, kebabs, moussaka and more.
AE, D, MC, V. $
Burrito Bar 258 Lark St., Albany, 463-9635. A healthy-sized
menu includes vegetarian-friendly options amid a creative
selection of sizable burritos, soft and hard tacos, different
kinds of chili (including a vegetarian option), quesadillas
and finger foods such as sweet-potato or tofu fries and loaded
nachos. Take out or eat in. AE, MC, V. $
Loco Mexican Café 465 Madison Ave., Albany, 436-1855.
An eccentric bistro where the specialties include quesadillas,
chili rellenos, Tex-Mex fare and many vegetarian items. Watch
for unusual daily specials. Full bar. Takeout available. Reservations
suggested for large parties Tue-Thu and Sun. AE, MC, V. $
Mariachi 144 Washington Ave., Albany, 465-2568. This Mexican
restaurant moved closer to downtown, but the food is still
of the authentic variety. Try the cochinita pibil,
a popular pork roast made with orange juice and red onions.
AE, MC, V. $
Mariachi II 289 Hamilton St., Albany, 432-7580. Authentic
Mexican and Spanish dishes, including paella and pollo
San Marco. Full bar—featuring over 45 top tequilas. AE,
MC, V. $$$
6 1/2 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 587-4236. The eclectic
menu boasts specialties from around the world. Look for the
burritos, Thai chicken, Israeli falafel and Cajun-style jambalaya.
AE, MC, V. $
1614 Central Ave., Colonie, 456-4116. A menu of modified
Mexican items includes pollo fundido, fajitas,
burritos, enchiladas and chimichangas, as well as Tex-Mex
barbecued ribs. Full bar. Takeout available. AE, CB, D, DC,
MC, V. $
Mexican Connection 41 Nelson Ave., Saratoga Springs, 584-4466.
Try the burro grande or a California tostada; also fajitas
and daily specials. Full bar, including 30 fine tequilas and
many Mexican beers. Reservations suggested. AE, D, DC, MC,
185 1/2 Lark St., Albany, 472-9429. Homemade Spanish and
Mexican food prepared fresh daily. Specializing in Spanish
salads, soups, quesadillas, fajitas, burritos and tacos. Takeout
available. Cash only. $
33 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 584-3632. Pizza, focaccia
sandwiches, fried foods, “grubs” (grinder-subs), stuffed breads.
Takeout only; free delivery. D, MC, V, checks. $
Pizzeria 266 Fourth St., Troy, 271-1111. Twenty-one gourmet
wood-fired pizzas, plus homemade pasta—21 varieties—antipasti,
salads, Homemade Italian sauces available in DeFazio’s retail
store next door. No alcohol. Cash only. $
Pizzeria 1631 Eastern Parkway, Schenectady, 382-1616.
An Electric City mainstay. Serving pizza, of course, along
with burgers, salads and traditional Italian-American dishes.
Takeout and delivery available. Full bar. Reservations suggested.
AE, MC, V. $
Love New York Pizza 125 4th St., Troy, 274-0071; 1825
Central Ave, Colonie, 452-9200. Many varieties of pizza with
unique toppings, and high-quality fresh ingredients. Inventive
pies include, eggplant and broccoli, baked lasagna, chicken
marsala, chicken parm, Philly cheesesteak and the new antipasto.
New Madison Grille 331 Madison Ave., Albany, 434-1938.
Pizza is the specialty—the New Madison Grille has revived
the famous 50-year-old pizza recipe from the former establishment.
Also serving a high-quality but reasonably priced menu of
salads, sandwiches, burgers and other entrées. Full bar. AE,
CB, DC, MC, V. $
Baron 315 Central Ave., Albany, 462-2222. Delaware Plaza,
Delmar, 439-2222. Pizzas any way you like, but if you’re into
something different try the Baron Babies, soft garlic-butter
breadsticks, or the jumbo baked (not deep-fried) wings. Eat
in or take out. Delivery available. AE, D, MC, V at Albany
location. Cash/checks only at Delmar location. $
Uno Crossgates Mall, Guilderland, 869-3100; 601 Troy Schenectady
Road, Latham, 782-7166. Chicago-style deep-dish pizza at both
locations, as well as salads, ribs, chicken, sandwiches, burgers
and express lunch daily. Full bar. Takeout available. Advanced
seating requests accepted. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $
Tavern 112 Maple Ave. (Route 85A), Voorheesville, 765-4163.
Open since 1945. Serving sandwiches, salads, homemade soups
and, best of all, award-winning pizza with homemade dough
and sauce. With more than 40 types of beer and microbrews.
Cash and checks only. $
63 N. Lake Ave., Albany, 465-0961. Family-owned and run
Italian deli serving some of the best pizza around. $
Routes 146 and 146A (Clifton Park Plaza), Clifton Park,
383-1209. Vegetarian-friendly restaurant with a Mediterranean
flair, serving homemade salads, pizzas with specialty toppings,
pasta, greens and beans, and homemade vegetarian soups. Creative
specials nightly. Extensive beer and wine list includes 40
beers and more than 400 wines (50 by the glass). Cash and
checks only. $$$
Seasons 33 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 584-4670. Natural-food
restaurant and store with a vegetarian buffet featuring healthful,
flavorful whole foods, soups, desserts and breads. No alcohol.
AE, D, DC, MC, V. $
of Green 187 Lark St., Albany, 434-1830. This vegetarian
restaurant is the healthy choice of the downtown crowd. Special
entrées featured daily along with freshly made soups, fresh-squeezed
fruit and vegetable juices, salads, sandwiches and other whole-earth
specialties. Get there early if you want a seat at lunchtime.
No alcohol. Cash, personal checks. $$
Soup Deli Honest Weight Food Co-op, 484 Central Ave.,
Albany, 482-2667. Fresh, healthful soups, salads, sandwiches,
baked goods, pizzas and ethnic specialties made daily. D,
MC, V, personal checks. $
Metroland's Dining Guide 2001