333 Delaware Ave., Delmar, 439-9333. www.333cafe.com. A
European-style café that provides an intimate dining experience.
Extensive beer selection and hand-selected, worldly wine
list. Featuring daily specials. Off-premises catering. Serving
lunch Tue-Fri 11:30-2; dinner 4-9 Tue-Sat. AE, CB, D, DC,
MC, V. $$$$
Arthur’s Market and World Village Cafe
35 N. Ferry St., Schenectady, 382-1938. www.moonandrivercafe.com.
Richard Genest (of Moon and River Café) has renovated an
old-style neighborhood grocery and general store, which
also offers a full café menu. Located in Schenectady’s historic
stockade district, it has operated since the 1790s. Breakfast
dishes, bistro sandwiches, and nightly dinner specials available.
Open 8 AM-9 PM daily. Cash only. $
289 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 320-8684. Once an an after-hours
gambling hall, the building is now an eclectic eatery with
an Asian flair. Chap chae and bulgokee, for
instance, are Korean-inspired; tempura and salmon are also
presented with style. Panini and salads are some of the
lighter fare also offered. Full bar. Serving 3-10 Mon-Thu,
3-midnight Fri, 4-midnight Sat, 11-5 Sunday (brunch 11-3).
AE, D, MC, V. $$$
Route 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 thereof), 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. $$$
26 Henry St., Saratoga Springs, 587-9463, www.dinesaratoga.com.
Global-comfort-foods menu includes fish, game, beef, poultry,
pasta and chops. A “chef’s table” in the pantry offers small
parties a unique perspective from which to dine. Full bar.
Serving 5:30-close Tue-Sat, but daily during racing season.
AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$
99 Pine St., Albany. 694-3689, www.envyalbany.com. International
dining: French, Italian and Spanish. Small plates with big
flavors. Featuring a fluid menu that changes with the season.
Try the New York strip steak, the bison hanger steak and
the foie gras. Featuring a playful dessert menu. Full bar.
Catering and takeout available. Serving dinner 5-11 daily.
Reservations recommended. AE, D MC, V. $$$$
284 Main St., Great Barrington, (413) 528-3394, www.clubhelsinkiweb.com.
Yes, there’s Scandinavian fare such as gravlox and borscht
and pickled herring, but there’s also an eclectic mix of
fusion items and new vegetarian dishes—served in a comfortable,
intimate café. Try Anni’s Smorgasbord to really get a taste
of the place. Full bar, private parties, takeout available.
Serving daily 11-10:30 (later in the adjoining nightclub).
D, MC, V. $$$
21 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. MC, V. $
The Sedgwick Inn and Restaurant
17971 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 appreciated. Serving 5-9 Wed-Sun. D, MC, V,
personal checks. $$$$
139 Union Ave. (across from the Saratoga Racetrack), Saratoga
Springs, 584-6440, www.springwaterbistro.com. Experience
a dining adventure from the daily menu. Savor the flavors
of honest and simply prepared cuisine and explore the wine
menu that features selections to complement your meal. Monday
nights pay homage to American-Mediterranean culture with
a tapas menu. Enjoy your meal in either the cozy dining
room or in the tapas lounge. Full bar, on/off premises catering.
Takeout available. Serving dinner 5:30-9:30, call for reservations.
AE, DC, MC, V. $$$
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 Wed-Sat at 5:30; brunch
Sun at 11. Bar open Mon-Sat 5-4. “Movies at the Bar” Mon
at 6. AE, MC, V. $$$
Hampton Inn and Suites, 25 Chapel St., Albany, 436-7747.
Yono Purnomo and family are back, now in an elegant dining
room and bar built as part of one of Albany’s newest hotels.
Excellent Indonesian fare is served alongside an Asian-influenced
continental menu, all of it bearing Yono’s trademark touches.
Full bar. Serving dinner Mon-Sat from 5:30. AE, MC, D, V.