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The Arlington House

3532 Route 43, West Sand Lake, 674-1880. www.thearlingtonhouse.com. 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. Patio dining available. Serving dinner Tue-Sat 4-9, Sun 4-8. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

Bing’s Restaurant

46 W. Market Street, Rhinebeck, 876-5551. www.bingsrestaurant.com. Rhinebeck’s newest fine-dining addition is actually two restaurants: the Amazon bar, with casual dining daily from 11:30-10, and Bing’s itself (hours below), which offers an eclectic menu and superior service in a lovingly restored 19th-century farmhouse. Serving 5-9 Wed-Mon. AE, 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. $$$

Eartha’s Restaurant

60 Court St., Saratoga Springs, 583-0602. www.earthas.com 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. www.elmcourtinn.com. 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. www.43philabistro.com. 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; open until 11 PM daily during racing season. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$

The Georgian

384 Canada St., Lake George, 668-5401. Executive chef Mike Cirelli invites you to experience exquisite cuisine and casual dining on the lake as only the Georgian can offer. American, Italian and Continental cuisine are served along with gracious service and a beautiful view of Lake George. Visit our Cabana Bar and renovated cocktail lounge. Open for dinner at 6 PM. Cocktail lounge opens at 5:30 PM. Full bar. On-premises catering. AE, D, MC, V, ATM. $$$

Gideon Putnam Hotel

Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, 584-3000. www.gideonputnam.com. 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, V. $$$$

The Ginger Man Wine Bar & Restaurant

234 Western Ave., Albany, 427-5963. www.albanygingerman.com. 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. www.glensandersmansion.com. 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 an outdoor panoramic lakeview veranda 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. Check out the birds at the birdfeeders, the Elvis impersonator dinner shows, or the year-round mystery dinner theater. Full bar, takeout and banquet facilities. Private lakeview banquet room. Serving 11:30-9 Wed-Mon. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$

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 AM Mon-Fri, 7 AM-1 PM Sat-Sun and holidays; lunch 11-1 Mon-Fri; 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 dinner 5-close Tue-Sun. Closed Mon. Reservations recommended. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

La Perla at the Gregory House

3016 Route 43, Averill Park, 674-3774. www.gregoryhouse.com. 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, DC, 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. $$$

La Serre

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. $$$$

Lippera’s Bistro

25 Hudson Ave., Chatham, 392-6600. The menu balances Italian-inspired classics with newer ideas. Chicken fettuccine mixes the two with sun-dried tomatoes in a cream sauce; chicken Lammer gives you cornmeal-breaded cutlets over a tomato-rich polenta. Also look for an excellent Wiener schnitzel and a sweet brasciole. Full bar. Serving lunch from 11:30 Thu-Tue, dinner 5-9:30 Mon-Tue, Thu, 5-10:30 Fri, 3-10:30 Sat, 3-9 Sun. Brunch 9-3 Sun. AE, MC, V. $$$

Mansion Hill Inn

115 Philip St., Albany, 465-2038. www.mansionhill.com. 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. 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. $$$$

Michael’s Restaurant

4465 Route 30, Amsterdam, 842-7399. Chef Michael Russo presents an Italian-tinged menu featuring beef, veal, chicken and seafood in a variety of guises. Specials include eggplant ravioli with grilled chicken and a spinach cream sauce, and sesame-encrusted yellowfin tuna with a vegetable stir-fry. Full bar, banquet facilities. Open from 4 PM Mon-Tue, from 11:30 AM Wed-Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

Mill Road Tavern

30 Mill Road, Latham, 783-7244, fax 783-7255. www.millroadacres.com. 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. AE, D, MC, V. $

My Way Café

Routes 9 and 67E, Malta, 899-4196. www.mywaycafe.com. 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 $17.95.

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, as well as a new fair-weather menu. 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. Enjoy 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. www.theoldeshakerinn.com. 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. The menu features 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, V. $$$$

The Pillars

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 5-9 Wed-Sat, 4-8 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. $$

Prospect Restaurant

Scribner Hollow Lodge, Route 23A, Hunter, 263-4211. www.scribnerhol low.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 Scrimshaw

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. $$$$

Smith’s

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. $$

Sperry’s

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. $$$

Webster’s Corner

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. $$$

Wishing 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 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. $$$

 

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