5, Little Falls, (315) 823-3000, www.beardsleecastle.com.
In this historic castle in Central New York (complete with
ghosts, or at least abundant rumors of), dine in one of
five intimate rooms on creative cuisine that changes nightly,
features fresh ingredients and spans Mediterranean, Italian,
Asian and Southwestern influences and beyond. Excellent
and eclectic wine and beer selection, and thoughtful children’s
menu. Large functions up to 150. Reservations appreciated.
Serving dinner Thu-Sat 5-9, Sun 4-8. AE, D, MC, V. $$$
Daniel’s at Ogdens
Howard St., Albany, 694-5320. Brothers Gabriel (“Daniel”)
and Alex Atsilov are back in a fine-dining setting with
a panini-intensive lunch menu and such dinner items as sea
bass in a saffron lemon cream sauce, spinach-stuffed veal
and Brazilian-style lamb stuffed with filet mignon. As always,
the Israeli platter offers the area’s best falafel. Full
bar. Serving lunch 11:30-4 Mon-Fri, dinner 5-11 Mon-Fri,
5-midnight Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$
Henry St., Saratoga Springs, 587-9463. www.dinesaratoga.com.
Global-comfort-foods menu includes fish, game, beef, poultry,
pasta and chops. A “whatever” offering is provided in each
course. A “chef’s table” in the pantry, offers small parties
a unique perspective from which to dine. Full bar. Takeout
and off-premises catering available. Serving 5:30-close
Tue-Sat. Seven days racing season. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$.
Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 587-4236. The eclectic menu
boasts specialties from around the world. Look for the burritos,
Thai, Mexican, Middle Eastern and vegetarian specialties
as well as pizza and home-cooked snacks—including the well-known
“Dough Boy.” Takeout available. Serving 11:30-10 Mon, 11:30-2
AM Tue-Wed, 11:30-3 AM Thu, 11:30-4 AM Fri-Sat. Sun 4-10PM.
AE, MC, V. $
Main St., Great Barrington, (413) 528-3394, www.clubhelsinkiweb.com.
Yes, there’s Scandinavian fare such as gravlax and borscht
and pickled herring, but there’s also an eclectic mix of
fusion items and new vegetarian dishes—served in a comfortable,
intimate café setting with a live-music venue featuring
roots rock, folk, jazz and more. Try Anni’s Smorgasbord
to really get a taste of the place. Full bar, private parties,
takeout available. Serving daily 11-10:30 (later in the
adjoining nightclub). D, MC, V. $$$
Larkin Restaurant & Lounge
Lark St., Albany, 463-5225. West African chef Serigne Sow
creates an eclectic cuisine blending Italian, French, African,
Asian and American influences. Specialties include seafood
linguine in a sauce of white wine, garlic, basil and tomato,
sautéed rainbow trout with pine nuts and currants, and mussels
in Thai curry with lemongrass. Full bar. Takeout, catering
and banquet facilities. Serving lunch 11:30-3 Mon-Fri; dinner
5-11 Mon-Thu and Sun, 5-midnight Fri-Sat; brunch 11:30-3
Sat-Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$
Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 581-0560. Featuring a wide
variety of savory and sweet crepes for lunch, dinner, dessert
and weekend brunch; also known for the Belgian pommes
frites, fresh-cut french fries served in paper cones
with dipping sauces. Beer, wine, espresso; takeout available.
Serving 11:30-8 Tue-Thu, 11:30-9 Fri, 10-9 Sat, Sun brunch
10-3. Closed on Mon-Tue during the winter. MC, V. $
Sedgwick Inn and Restaurant
Route 22, Berlin, 658-2334, www.sedgwickinn.com. Dinner
is served in an intimate, comfortable, elegant, candlelit
restaurant. The menu is eclectic and imaginative. Dine in
either the Coach Tavern or the elegant back porch. Can accommodate
weddings and parties up to 100. Full bar. On-premises catering.
Reservations accepted. Serving 5-9 Wed-Sat, 3-8 Sun. D,
MC, V, ATM, personal checks. $$$$
84 Henry St., Saratoga Springs, 226-0655. Bistro-style dining
in a renovated machine shop. Eclectic cuisine featuring
flavors from all over the world. Specials change daily.
Large bar specializing in house martinis and Belgian beers
on tap. A great stop for late-night dining and drinking.
Reservations accepted. Serving dinner Mon-Thu 6-11, Fri-Sat
6-midnight; bar open Mon-Sat 5-close. AE, MC, V. $$$
Union Ave. (across from the Saratoga Racetrack), Saratoga
Springs, 584-6440, www.springwaterbistro.com. Experience
a dining adventure from the daily menu. Savor the flavors
of honest and simply prepared cuisine and explore the wine
menu that features selections to complement your meal. Monday
nights pay homage to American-Mediterranean culture with
a tapas menu. Enjoy your meal in either the cozy dining
room or in the tapas lounge. Full bar, on/off premises catering.
Takeout available. Serving dinner 5:30-9:30 Wed-Mon. Closed
Tue. AE, DC, MC, V. $$$
Delaware Ave., Delmar, 439-9333. A European-style café that
provides an intimate dining experience. Extensive beer selection
and hand-selected, worldly wine list. Featuring daily specials.
Off-premise catering. Serving dinner 5-9 Tue-Sat. AE, CB,
D, DC, MC, V. $$$