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. $$$
W. Market Street, Rhinebeck, 876-5551. www.bingsrestaurant.com.
Rhinebeck’s newest fine-dining addition is actually two
restaurants: the Amazon bar, with casual dining daily from
11:30-10, and Bing’s itself (hours below), which offers
an eclectic menu and superior service in a lovingly restored
19th-century farmhouse. Serving 5-9 Wed-Mon. AE, MC, V.
at the Holiday Inn
Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 587-8944. Steaks, chicken, shrimp
and other continental favorites. Banquet facilities, on/off-premises
catering. Light-fare menu available. Serving 6:30 AM-10
PM daily; breakfast buffet 8-noon Sun. Reservations suggested
for dinner. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$
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,
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. $$$$
Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 584-2720. www.43philabistro.com.
Thoughtfully prepared creative cuisine is available at this
award-winning American bistro. Menu changes seasonally.
Full bar, on/off-premises catering. Serving dinner 5-10
Mon-Sat, 4-9 Sun; open until 11 PM daily during racing season.
AE, D, MC, V. $$$$
Canada St., Lake George, 668-5401. Executive chef Mike Cirelli
invites you to experience exquisite cuisine and casual dining
on the lake as only the Georgian can offer. American, Italian
and Continental cuisine are served along with gracious service
and a beautiful view of Lake George. Visit our Cabana Bar
and renovated cocktail lounge. Open for dinner at 6 PM.
Cocktail lounge opens at 5:30 PM. Full bar. On-premises
catering. AE, D, MC, V, ATM. $$$
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,
Ginger Man Wine Bar & Restaurant
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. $$$
Glen Ave., Scotia, 374-7262. www.glensandersmansion.com.
Featuring gourmet cuisine and seasonal specials. Full bar
and banquet facilities, on/off-premises catering. Overnight
accommodations available. Serving lunch 11:30-2 Mon-Fri;
dinner 5-10 Mon-Sat, 4-9 Sun; brunch 10:30-1:30 Sun; pub
menu 2 PM-10 PM Mon-Fri, 5-10 Sat, 4-10 Sun. Reservations
recommended. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$
Times Lakeview Restaurant
Lake Road, Ballston Lake, 399-9976. www.goodtimesrestaurant.com.
A varied menu with light fare to hearty dining, cheerful
service and a an outdoor panoramic lakeview veranda combine
to help those good times along. Homestyle New England country
cooking featuring homemade pastas, fresh seafood and chops.
Early-bird specials, children’s menu. Check out the birds
at the birdfeeders, the Elvis impersonator dinner shows,
or the year-round mystery dinner theater. Full bar, takeout
and banquet facilities. Private lakeview banquet room. Serving
11:30-9 Wed-Mon. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$
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. $$$
Greenfield Village Inn
Route 9N, Greenfield Center, 893-2885. Serving Northern
Italian, Mediterranean and American fare featuring seafood,
steaks and poultry—including fresh turkey cooked off the
bone. Full bar. Takeout available, on/off-premises catering.
Serving dinner 5-close Tue-Sun. Closed Mon. Reservations
recommended. AE, D, MC, V. $$$
Perla at the Gregory House
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. $$$
on the Lake
30, Mayfield, 661-7711. Owned and operated by the Lanzi
family. Fine dining for three generations, specializing
in steaks, seafood and Italian dishes. Full bar, on/off-premises
catering. Serving lunch 11-3 daily, dinner 4-close daily.
Reservations suggested. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$
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. $$$$
Hudson Ave., Chatham, 392-6600. The menu balances Italian-inspired
classics with newer ideas. Chicken fettuccine mixes the
two with sun-dried tomatoes in a cream sauce; chicken Lammer
gives you cornmeal-breaded cutlets over a tomato-rich polenta.
Also look for an excellent Wiener schnitzel and a sweet
brasciole. Full bar. Serving lunch from 11:30 Thu-Tue, dinner
5-9:30 Mon-Tue, Thu, 5-10:30 Fri, 3-10:30 Sat, 3-9 Sun.
Brunch 9-3 Sun. AE, MC, V. $$$
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. $$$$
Route 30, Amsterdam, 842-7399. Chef Michael Russo presents
an Italian-tinged menu featuring beef, veal, chicken and
seafood in a variety of guises. Specials include eggplant
ravioli with grilled chicken and a spinach cream sauce,
and sesame-encrusted yellowfin tuna with a vegetable stir-fry.
Full bar, banquet facilities. Open from 4 PM Mon-Tue, from
11:30 AM Wed-Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$
Mill Road, 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. $
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
Bistro at the Quackenbush House
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. $$$$
Troy Schenectady Road, Latham, 783-6460. www.theoldeshakerinn.com.
The usual meats and fishes are transformed with imaginative
ingredients on a menu offering New American cuisine. Full
bar, facilities for small parties and off-premises catering
available. Serving lunch 11:30-3 Mon-Fri; dinner 5-9:30
Mon-Thu, 5-10 Fri-Sat, 4-9 Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$
Restaurant and Lounge
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. $$$$
20, New Lebanon, 794-8007. European and regional American
cuisine meet in this period cottage on seven acres of rolling
lawn. Specialties include veal Lafayette and sole Mantua
served in a lobster reduction sauce. Full bar, on-premises
catering. Serving 5-9 Wed-Sat, 4-8 Sun. Reservations suggested.
AE, CB, MC, V. $$$$
Restaurant & Caterers
Country Club, 1151 Siver Road, Guilderland, 456-7111 ext.
132, www.pinehavencc.net. This warm and friendly restaurant,
located on a 40-year-old country club, recently opened to
the public. Some of the rooms overlook the landscaped golf
course. Serving a wide variety of dishes, from homemade
soups and sandwiches to pasta, veal and duck dishes. Daily
specials. Full bar; on-site catering. Takeout available.
Serving 11 AM-8 PM Thu, 11 AM-8:30 PM Fri-Sat, 11 AM-7 PM
Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$
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. $$$$
Route 9, Valatie, 784-5298, www.thepurplepepper.com. An
eclectic menu of international food from chef Lisa Miller,
who coats lamb chops with pesto and offers chicken dishes
in Asian, Cajun, Indian, Italian and Thai variations. Serving
dinner daily from 4 PM. AE, D, MC, V. $$$
Red Lion Inn
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. $$$$
River St., Troy, 273-2740. The chef and chef-owner give
personal attention to each item on the seasonally changing
menu of fresh, New American fare. Beer and wine. Serving
5:30 PM-close Tue-Sat. Closed Sun-Mon. Reservations suggested.
MC, V, personal checks. $$$
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. $$$$
Remsen St., Cohoes, 237-9809. Built in 1873, this historic
restaurant boasts one of the longest fully stocked bars
north of New York City. The menu offers fresh seafood, veal,
calf’s liver, pastas, chicken, various prime beef dishes
and daily specials. All desserts made on premises. Homemade
soups. Full bar, banquet facilities. Serving lunch 11:30-2:30
Tue-Fri; dinner 5-9 Tue-Sat. Closed Sun-Mon (open for private
parties). Reservations suggested. AE, MC, V. $$
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. $$$
Plaza Hotel, State and Lodge streets, Albany, 427-3066.
An upscale American menu featuring steaks, pork chops, lamb
and a variety of fresh fish. Full bar with an upscale martini
lounge. On-premises catering and banquet facilities. Light
dinner menu, too. Serving breakfast 6:30-11 Mon-Fri, 7-noon
Sat, (breakfast buffet 7-10 Mon-Fri); lunch 11:30-2 Mon-Fri;
dinner 5-10 Mon-Sat; Sun brunch 11-2. AE, D, DC, MC, V.
9, Wilton, 584-7640. Triple-thick loin lamb chops are featured,
along with fresh seafood and prime rib. Live Maine lobsters
available nightly. Full bar and banquet facilities. Piano
bar Fri-Sun. Serving 5-10 Tue-Fri, 5-11 Sat, noon-9 Sun.
Closed Mon. Reservations suggested. AE, DC, MC, V. $$$