Baker’s 33 Second St., Troy, 266-9200. This classy establishment
serves gourmet American fare as well as an impressive array
of seafood and pasta items. Full Bar. AE, D, MC, V. $$$
Rock Steakhouse & Pub Prime Hotel and Conference Center,
534 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 583-7625. A well-appointed
dining room in Saratoga’s downtown. Menu features choice steaks,
pasta specials and seafood. Nightly specials. Full bar. AE,
CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$
Inn at Saratoga 231 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 583-1890.
American cuisine at a cozy Victorian inn. Bistro menu. Full
bar. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$
Oyster House 42 State St., Albany, 465-8854. Albany’s
dining landmark since 1913 is now in its third generation
of family ownership. Savor seafood specials, steaks, veal
or poultry in a classic setting. Full bar. Open 365 days a
year—366 for leap year! Reservations suggested, especially
on weekends and holidays. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$
301 Lark St., Albany, 436-7008. Look for some offbeat
ethnic dishes, like jerk chicken, on an inventive, often-changing
menu. Full bar and on-premises catering for small parties.
AE, DC, MC, V. $$$
Inn Main Street (Route 43), Averill Park, 674-3363. Barbecue
ribs, seafood pastas, fish specials and many other homemade
dishes. Dine on the deck overlooking Crystal Lake. Full bar.
AE, D, MC, V. $$
Larkin Restaurant and Lounge 199 Lark St., Albany, 463-5225.
West African chef Serigne Sow creates an eclectic cuisine
with pasta, seafood and steak dishes aplenty. Daily specials
too. Full bar. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$
Café Stuyvesant Plaza, 489-4288. Exciting and new fine-dining
menu features pasta, chicken and seafood dishes. Cappuccino,
beer and wine by the glass. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$
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 offerings
includes an array of steaks, bourbon-glazed salmon, fresh
pastas and pan-roasted garlic shrimp. Full bar. AE, D, DC,
MC, V. $$$$
City Grill 353 State St., Albany, 463-2100. This new restaurant
in the Lark Street neighborhood, housed in the old State Street
Pub, features a changing menu of progressive American cuisine
with a city grill atmosphere. Full bar with an extensive wine
list. AE, MC, V. $$$
3246 S. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 584-8200. Contemporary
American food served with fresh ingredients; menu items include
striped bass, stuffed eggplant and homemade desserts. Full
bar. AE, DC, MC, V. $$$
Jack’s Quail Street and Western Avenue, Albany, 426-5505
Sandwiches available for take out or eat in. Free delivery
after 11 AM. Breakfast all day and open late night. AE, MC,
Moriarty’s 430 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 587-5981. Sherlockian
memorabilia surrounds you as you dine on such specials as
Watson’s fillet or partake of “inspector’s delight.” Full
bar. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$
Ripe Tomato American Grill Routes 9 and 9P, Malta, 581-1530.
Affordable four-star dining in the Italian-American grill
tradition. Specialties include an award-winning bisque, steaks
and seafood. Full bar. AE, DC, MC, V. $$
Stakes 86 Congress St., Saratoga Springs, 587-6209. A
certified angus steakhouse complete with pretty presentation
and high-quality ingredients. Try the vast seafood offerings
like the Maine lobster or Prince Edward Island mussels. Extensive
wine list and full bar. AE, MC, V. $$$
Saratoga National Golf Club, 458 Union Ave., Saratoga
Springs, 583-4653. An upscale restaurant open year round.
Chef Larry Schepici and staff create regional American cuisine
with an ever-changing menu. House specialties include veal
chop Michelangelo, lobster Lorenzo, ostrich, and pistachio-encrusted
lamb rack. Extensive wine list and desserts by pastry chef
Susan DeLucia. Full bar, on-premises catering. Banquet facilities.
Serving lunch 11:30-2:30 Mon-Sat; brunch 10-2 Sun; dinner
5-9:30 Mon-Thurs, 5-10:30 Fri-Sat, and 5-9 Sun. AE, CB, DC,
MC, V, personal checks (local). $$$
The Desmond, 660 Albany Shaker Road, Colonie, 869-8100.
The Desmond’s casual restaurant, with grilled swordfish, chicken
teriyaki and a selection of salads as well as wine by the
glass. Full bar. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$
Café 42 Front St., Ballston Spa, 885-8550. Southwestern
fare and some surprises in an unpretentious café setting,
with specials including cassoulet, bourbon-marinated salmon
and unique pasta dishes. Full bar. AE, MC, V. $$$
House 120 Everett Road, Colonie, 458-7044. Dumplings come
steamed or fried with a variety of fillings, and there are
many regional offerings. Full bar, banquet facilities. Takeout
available. Reservations suggested on weekends. AE, D, DC,
MC, V. $$
Japanese Cuisine 2049 VanVranken Ave., Schenectady, 381-4881.
Sushi bar, tempura, sukiyaki and teriyaki are among the specials.
Reservations suggested, especially on weekends. MC, V. $$
Japanese Restaurant 236 Washington St., Saratoga Springs,
583-9175. From the former chef-owner of Arita’s Japanese,
this new restaurant offers sushi, noodle dishes, organic vegetarian
dishes and other authentic Japanese cuisine. Tatami room and
hibachi table. Extensive sake list as well as beer and wine.
AE, MC, V. $$
192 N. Allen St., Albany, 482-1080; fax 482-1081. Order from
the sushi bar or watch your chef prepare traditional Japanese
dishes at a hibachi table. Other authentic offerings are tempura,
teriyaki and sukiyaki. Table service available. Beer and wine.
AE, D, MC, V. $$
Art 2025 State St., Schenectady, 388-8600. The winner
of Metroland’s Best Of for sushi, this Japanese-cuisine
restaurant features BBQ as well. Tue-Fri noon-2:30 and 5-10
PM; Sat 5-10:30 PM; Sun 5-9 PM. V, MC, D, AE. $$
Phila Bistro 43 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 584-2720.
Thoughtfully prepared creative bistro cuisine is available
at this award-winning “American bistro.” Menu changes seasonally.
Full bar. AE, MC, V. $$$$
390 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 587-6262. This new, handsome
eatery and nightspot features a large bar and frequent entertainment
along with continental and Italian fare. AE, D, MC, V. $$$
Restaurant 60 Court St., Saratoga Springs, 583-0602. Elegant
neighborhood bistro specializing in prime meats and fresh
fish. Home-baked desserts and vegetarian dishes. D, MC, V.
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 daily fish and pasta specials.
Popular for an extensive wine and beer list, the Ginger Man
offers wine- and beer-tasting events, and visitors can even
join a wine club. Full bar. Reservations recommended. AE,
D, MC, V. $$$
Serre 14 Green St., Albany, 463-6056. This is the place
for fresh pasta, grilled fish or veal chanterelle. Full bar.
Reservations suggested. AE, CB, DC, MC, V. $$$
Square Café 254 Broadway, Troy, 274-0167. A new establishment
serving continental cuisine with Mediterranean and Italian
influences. AE, D, MC, V. $$$
Bistro at the Quackenbush House 25 Quackenbush Square,
Albany, 465-1111. Dinner is served with a decidedly French
flair in Albany’s oldest historic building. The menu is noted
for traditional dishes including rack of lamb, roast duckling
and steak au poivre. Also features contemporary menu items.
Fixed-price dinner menu priced with or without wine. Full
bar. Reservations suggested. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$
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. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$
1 Steuben Place, Albany, 433-0011. Chef Kevin Conway runs
the show at Pearl, featuring steak and seafood in downtown
Albany. Pearl’s elegant dining atmosphere features an event
lounge and a patio dining area where you can sample one of
38 martini varieties. AE, MC, V. $$$
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.
MC, V, personal checks. $$$
30 1/2 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 584-9618. Casual
upscale dining on a side street, with a heated patio area.
Noted for soft-shell crab (in season), seafood, Maryland crab
cakes, sirloin and fresh fish specials, handmade desserts.
Full bar. AE, DC, MC, V. $$$
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. Reservations recommended. AE, DC, MC,
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. Reservations
suggested. AE, DC, MC, V. $$$
Sophie Bistro 2853 Route 9, Malta, 583-3538. Founded and
inspired by French chef Sophie Parker and her husband Joseph
in 1969, the bistro prepares fresh seasonal offerings for
the discerning palate in an unlikely yet inventive spot—an
antique silver diner on Route 9. Reservations suggested. AE,
DC, MC, V. $$$$
Restaurant 332 State Highway 67, Amsterdam, 842-6977.
Traditional French cuisine, featuring a menu filled with healthy
portions of specialties such as escargot, crepe Normande
and filet mignon au poivre, along with 25 other unique
entrées. French baguette and complimentary paté served with
dinner. Extensive wine list. Full bar. Reservations suggested.
MC, V. $$
Chalet 5060 Western Turnpike, Guilderland, 355-8005. Featuring
a blend of European cuisines with a German focus. Sauerbraten
and schnitzels, fresh seafood and game. Full bar with 14 European
and microbrewed beers on tap. Reservations suggested. AE,
D, MC, V. $$$
1929 Central Ave., Colonie, 456-6670. A variety of chicken,
lamb, shrimp and vegetable dishes and always-sizzling tandoor
ovens. “Sun Room” dining area open on weekends and for special
parties. Full bar. Reservations suggested. AE, CB, D, DC,
MC, V. $$
Armory Center, 64 Colvin Ave., Albany, 436-7747. Acclaimed
chef Yono Purnomo continues his tradition of creating exquisite
continental cuisine highlighted with his native Asian accent.
A dining experience equally perfect for an intimate dinner
for two or a power meeting. Full bar. AE, CB, DC, MC, V. $$$
Appian Way Restaurant 1839 Van Vranken Ave., Schenectady,
382-3286. New owners have given this Schenectady mainstay
a new menu of traditional Southern Italian fare, with specials
including pork chop with vinegar peppers. Full bar. MC, V.
d’Italia 2050 Western Ave., Guilderland, 452-9200. Italian
café featuring pasta entrées, paninis served on homemade focaccia
bread, meal-sized salads, and gelato. AE, D, MC, V. $$$
Capriccio 49 Grand St., Albany, 465-0439. Gourmet Italian
dining with a menu that includes seasonal specials, pastas
and Mediterranean gourmet fare as well. Try the eggplant with
four cheeses or the calamari neri. Reservations strongly
suggested. AE, MC, V. $$$
Italia 662 Central Ave., Albany, 482-9433. Look for traditional
preparations of veal, pasta, shrimp and lobster. Beer, liquor
and wine. Reservations suggested. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$
Restaurant 818 Central Ave., Albany, 458-8688. A menu of continental
and Italian cuisine with an American flair, plus light selections,
hot and cold appetizers and interesting pastas. Menu includes
seafood, chicken and veal specialties. Homemade desserts.
Full bar. AE, DC, MC, V. $$$
il Ristorante 208 S. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 580-0025.
Start with antipasto del Chianti and discover how delectable
such simple ingredients can become. Innovative northern Italian
fare (with a good presence of garlic) served in a nicely decorated
dining room and, in warm months, on an outdoor patio. Full
bar. AE, MC, V. $$$
Restaurant 1475 Saratoga Road, Ballston Spa, 885-5900.
Fine Italian-American cuisine featuring 32-item gondola salad
bar. Specializing in veal and seafood dishes. All-you-can-eat
hot lunch buffet, including salad bar, Tue-Fri 11:30-2. Reservations
recommended. D, DC, MC, V, personal checks. $$
203-207 Lark St., Albany, 449-3532. The luxe dining room
has balcony seating at this classy Lark Street restaurant.
The Northern Italian, French and American menu includes homemade
pastas and bread and sinful desserts. Outdoor patio. Full
bar. AE, MC, V, CB, D, DC. $$
Porto Ristorante 85 Fourth St., Troy, 273-8546. Martin
Scorsese’s favorite Capital Region restaurant is still going
strong, serving Italian specialties with a Sicilian flavor.
Check out one of the seafood mugnaia dishes. Full bar.
Reservations strongly suggested. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$
Newton Plaza, 594 New Loudon Road, Latham, 783-3334. Northern
Italian cuisine featuring homemade pasta, gourmet pizza, grilled
meats and seafood. Selection of gourmet foods and baked goods
for takeout. Full bar. Reservations suggested. AE, CB, D,
DC, MC, V. $$
Ristorante 556 Delaware Ave., Albany, 436-4952. The menu
offers Southern and Northern Italian specialties in an intimate
dining room with a metropolitan feel. Full bar. Reservations
suggested. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$
Lombardi’s 104 West Sand Lake Road, Wynantskill, 283-0202.
Featuring fresh veal, seafood and specialty pastas, with the
biggest hot and cold antipasto in the area. Full bar. AE,
D, MC, V. $$$
& R Restaurant 136 Madison Ave., Albany, 626-0001
or 626-0700. Northern Italian cuisine featuring pasta, chicken,
veal and seafood. Soups and desserts made from scratch. Full
bar, catering, private parties up to 70. Takeout available.
Reservations suggested. Serving 11-11 Mon-Fri, 3-11 Sat-Sun.
AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$
135 Crescent St., Saratoga Springs, 587-2346. A Mexican restaurant
owned by jockey Filiberto Leon. Full Bar. Serving 4-10 Mon-Fri;
11-10 Sat-Sun; closed Tuesdays. AE, MC, V. $$
Harbor Steak and Seafood 351 Broadway, Albany, 426-5000.
Hudson Harbor offers steak and seafood dishes just as you
remember them from their New Baltimore location. Full bar.
Outdoor dining in summer. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$
Seafood Co. 195 Wolf Road, Colonie, 458-2068. This popular
seafood emporium still boasts one of the most impressive raw
bars around. The menu features paella Valenciana, chargrilled
Block Island swordfish, tuna medallions in white wine and
herbs and a blue-plate combination special. Full bar. Reservations
on weekends suggested for large parties. AE, CB, DC, MC, V.
Scrimshaw The Desmond, 660 Albany Shaker Road, Colonie,
869-8100. Menu features fresh Atlantic seafood, from lobster
to sea bass to halibut. Full bar. Appropriate attire required
for dinner. Reservations suggested. AE, CB, D, MC, V. $$$$
Metroland's Dining Guide 2001