3532 Route 43, West Sand Lake, 674-1880, 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. Great homemade desserts, too. Full bar.
Patio dining available in season. Serving dinner 5-9 Tue-Sat.
AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$
Beekman Street Bistro
62 Beekman St., Saratoga Springs, 581-1816. thebeekmanstreetbistro.com.
Locally grown meat and produce forms the core of the innovative
continental menu, where you’ll find imaginative variants
on chicken and rabbit, excellent fish like fresh sardines
and a cozy space that doubles as an art gallery in Saratoga’s
up-and-coming West Side neighborhood. Beer and wine list.
Serving dinner 5-9 Tue-Sun. AE, MC, V. $$$$
Bookmaker’s at the Holiday Inn
232 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 584-4550. Steaks, chicken,
shrimp and other continental favorites. Banquet facilities,
on/off-premises catering. Light-fare menu available. Separate
lounge open until midnight. Serving 6:30 AM-10 PM daily;
breakfast buffet 8-noon Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$
The Card Lake Inn
29 Main St., West Stockbridge, Mass., (413) 232-0272, cardlakeinn.com.
Choose between tavern fare (ribs, burgers, chicken wings)
and a fancier dinner menu with innovative items like swordfish
with a blueberry-peach salsa and standard fare like pasta
and steaks. Full bar. Open mike Thurs, live music Sat. Serving
dinner 5-10 Tue-Sat. MC, V. $$$
414 Broadway, Albany, 431-1920. From pub fare (burgers,
wraps, pulled pork) to a full dinner menu featuring such
items as tempore shrimp, marinated pork tenderloin, steaks,
seafood and pasta dishes. Full bar, on-premises catering,
takeout available. Live music. Serving 11:30-9 Mon-Thu,
11:30-10 Fri, 5-10 Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $$$
The Georgian Room at the Gideon Putnam
Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, 584-3000, 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
breakfast daily 7-11; lunch 11:30-2; Sunday brunch 10:30-2.
Dinner served 5-8 Sun-Thu, 5-9 Fri-Sat. Reservations suggested.
AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$
The Ginger Man Wine Bar & Restaurant
234 Western Ave., Albany, 427-5963. albanygingerman.com.
Try the traditional and Mediterranean fruit-and-cheese boards
with a glass of wine. Fresh seasonal ingredients, fusion
flair, and house-made desserts. Menu includes seafood paella,
fresh salmon, salads and daily fish and pasta specials.
Extensive, award-winning wine and beer list. Full bar, on-premises
catering, takeout available. Serving 11:30-11:30 Mon-Thu,
11:30 AM-12:30 AM Fri, 4:30 PM-12:30 AM Sat. Closed Sunday.
Reservations recommended. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$
Glen Sanders Mansion
1 Glen Ave., Scotia, 374-7262. glen sandersmansion.com.
Featuring gourmet cuisine and seasonal specials. Full bar
and banquet facilities, on/off-premises catering. Overnight
accommodations available. Serving dinner 5:30-10 Mon-Sat;
brunch 10:30-2:30 Sun; dinner pub menu 4-9 Sun. Reservations
recommended. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$
Good Times Lakeview Restaurant
175 Lake Road, Ballston Lake, 399-9976, goodtimesrestaurant.com.
Family-owned and -operated for 36 years, this restaurant
features a varied menu with light fare to hearty dining.
Enjoy the view of Ballston Lake while sampling homestyle
New England country cooking, featuring homemade pastas,
fresh seafood and chops, with organic vegetables and herbs
grown on the property. Early-bird specials, children’s menu.
Check out the birds—a bald eagle was spotted here on March
31, 2007—and the year-round mystery dinner theater. Relaxed
candlelit dinner available in the main dining room or in
the pub. Full bar, takeout and banquet facilities. The private
Lakeview banquet room fits 30-100. Serving 11:30-9 Wed-Mon.
AE, D, DC, MC, V, traveler’s checks. $$
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
Mon-Fri, 6:30-1 Sat-Sun and holidays; lunch 11-1 Mon-Fri;
dinner 5-10 nightly. AE, D, MC, V. $$$
159 Water St., Williamstown, Mass., 413-458-9101, hobsonsrestaurant.com.
Chef-owner Dan Campbell has run this very popular restaurant
since 1991, offering a reliable menu of familiar continental
fare and trying when possible to source items locally. House
specialties include grilled elk medallions, herb-crusted
baked salmon, and teriyaki filet mignon. Full bar. Serving
dinner nightly from 5 PM. AE, D, MC, V. $$$
La Perla at the Gregory House
3016 Route 43, Averill Park, 674-3774, gregoryhouse.com.
Specializing in Italian and continental foods including
chicken, seafood, pasta, veal and wild-game specials, all
served in a relaxed atmosphere. A new room with a firewood
brick oven offers pizza and an extended tavern menu in a
more casual atmosphere. All you can eat Italian buffet available
Wed-Thu. Full bar, on-premises catering and banquet facilities
for small groups. Serving dinner 4-10 Mon-Thu, 4-11 Fri,
3-11 Sat and 2-11 Sun. Reservations suggested on weekends.
D, MC, V. $$
14 Green St., Albany, 463-6056. This is the place for fresh
pasta, grilled fish or veal oscar. Garden dining,
full bar and banquet facilities. Serving lunch from 11:30
Mon-Fri, dinner from 5 Mon-Sat. Open some Sundays for holidays
and events. Reservations appreciated. AE, MC, V. $$$$
Lanzi’s on the Lake
Route 30, Mayfield, 661-7711. Owned and operated by the
Lanzi family. Fine dining for three generations, specializing
in steaks, seafood and Italian dishes. Light menu available.
Full bar, on- and off-premises catering. Serving lunch 11:30-3
Sat-Sun, dinner 4-close. Reservations suggested. AE, D,
MC, V, DC. $$$$
Lipperas’ at the Chatham House
29 Hudson Ave., Chatham, 392-6600, thechathamhouse.com.
Restaurant and tavern with locally inspired fresh seasonal
cuisine. Menu changes seasonally. Affordable tavern menu
available. Serving 11:30-9:30 Mon-Thurs, 11:30-10:30 Fri-Sat,
11-9 Sun. Gourmet brunch buffet 11-2 Sun. Closed Tues off
season. D, MC, V, personal checks. $$$
53 Broadway, Tivoli, 845-757-2100, madalinhotel.com. Simplicity
and attention to detail characterize chef Brian Kaywork’s
approach to the classics. He’ll serve roasted chicken (stuffed
with prosciutto and thyme) over broccoli rabe; crisp sweetbreads
get a sauce of butter and vermouth. Handsome location in
a storybook town. Full bar. Serving dinner 5-9:30 Wed-Sun.
AE, MC, V. $$$$
371 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 580-0312, saratogamaestros.com.
Chef John LaPosta offers his unique, classy approach to
the classics; seafood cassolette is a highlight, and try
his Study of Duck to enjoy his versatility. Many Italian
specialties as well. Full bar. Catering available. Serving
lunch 11:30-3 daily; dinner 5-9:30 daily. AE, D, MC, V.
Mansion Hill Inn
115 Philip St., Albany, 465-2038, man sionhill.com. Chef-owned
and -operated since 1984; everything is prepared on the
premises. Serving dinner 6-close Fri-Sat. Available for
private parties. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$
466 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 587-3535, maxlondons.com.
Max London redefines bistro dining in his eponymous place,
with tapas plates, antipasto, salads, pasta and excellent
pizza, letting you put together a meal as fancy or uncomplicated
as you wish. Desserts are excellent, and he’s adjacent to
the renowned pastry shop that shares his surname. Full bar.
Late night menu. Serving dinner 5-10 Tue-Thu; 5-10:30 Fri-Sat;
5-9 Sun. AE, MC, V. $$$
Midtown Tap & Tea Room
289 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 435-0202. A midtown restaurant
with downtown atmosphere. Serving late lunch and dinner,
from a menu with specialties such as tapas, salads, and
wraps. An extensive menu of more than 25 herbal and infused
teas. Full bar with large wine selection, on-premises catering
and takeout available. Dinner reservations recommended.
Serving noon-11 Tue-Fri, 4-11 Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $
Olde Shaker Inn
1171 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham, 783-6460, oldeshakerinn.com.
The usual meats and fishes are transformed with imaginative
ingredients on a menu offering New American cuisine. Full
bar, facilities for small parties and off-premises catering
available. Serving lunch 11:30-3 Mon-Fri; dinner 5-9:30
Mon-Sat, 3-9 Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$
Pearl Restaurant and Lounge
1 Steuben Place, Albany, 433-0011, pearlalbany.com. This
downtown Albany restaurant and martini lounge is located
in a thoroughly renovated space in the historic 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 Mon-Thu, 11-10 Fri, 5-10 Sat. Closed Sunday.
AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$
860 Route 20, New Lebanon, 794-8007, pillarsrestaurant.com.
European and regional American cuisine meet in this period
cottage on seven acres of rolling lawn. Specialties include
beef Charlemagne with mushrooms, onions and hollandaise,
and sole Mantua in a lobster cream sauce. Full bar, on-premises
catering. Serving dinner 5-9 Wed-Sat, 4-8 Sun; brunch 11-2
Sun. Reservations suggested. AE, MC, V. $$$$
Scribner Hollow Lodge, Route 23A, Hunter, 263-4211, scribnerhollow.com.
The restaurant focuses on creating a Catskill-mountain cuisine
using the freshest ingredients, locally purveyed from a
wide range of regional agricultural micro -enterprises.
Owner Guy Chirico plans menus that vary seasonally, with
emphasis on wild game and closely matched food-and-wine
pairings. Eight-time winner of Wine Spectator magazine
Award of Excellence. Serving dinner 5-9:30 Sun-Thu, 5-10
Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$
The Red Lion Inn
30 Main St., Stockbridge, Mass., (413) 298-5545, redlioninn.com.
Three dining rooms—which can seat 275—give you plenty of
seating choices in an establishment that dates from 1773.
The menu features regional cuisine with a contemporary twist,
including barbecue Vermont quail with sweet corn grits and
warm onion marmalade. In an effort to support local farmers,
Chef Alberg offers a special sustainable-foods menu Sunday
and Monday evenings. Full bar, banquet facilities, on- and
off-premises catering. Serving breakfast 7-10 Mon-Fri, 7:30-10:30
Sat-Sun; lunch noon-2:30 Mon-Sat (until 4 in the tavern),
noon-4 Sun; dinner 5:30-9 Sun-Thu, 5:30-9:30 Fri-Sat. AE,
D, DC, MC, V. $$$$
The Reluctant Panther
17-39 West Road, Manchester, Vt., (802) 362-2568, (800)
822-2331, reluc tantpanther.com. Located in charming Manchester
Village, the Reluctant Panther Inn and Restaurant offers
fine dining and a wine list that won the Wine Spectator
Award of Excellence. Executive chef Justin Dain creates
a well-balanced, seasonally-inspired menu with dishes using
the freshest New England products. Entree choices include
Zinfandel-braised beef short ribs with parmesan gnocchi
and pan-seared diver scallops with baby spinach and apple
butter sauce. Reservations recommended. Full bar. Serving
dinner 5:30-9:30 Tue-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$
River Street Café
429 River St., Troy, 273-2740. The chef-owner gives personal
attention to each item on the seasonally changing menu of
fresh, new American fare. Beer and wine. Serving dinner
5:30-close Tue-Sat. Closed Sun-Mon. Reservations suggested.
MC, V, personal checks. $$$
The Desmond, 660 Albany Shaker Road, Colonie, 869-8100.
Exemplary service and culinary excellence presented in 18th-century
elegance. Offering an extensive American and international
wine list and perennially outstanding cuisine. Full bar.
Serving dinner 5:30-10 Tue-Sat. Closed Sun-Mon. Reservations
suggested. AE, CB, D, MC, V. $$$$
Siver Hills Restaurant and Banquet House
Pinehaven Country Club, 1151 Siver Road, Guilderland, 456-7111
ext. 130, siverhills.com. A warm and friendly restaurant,
open to the public, and located in an elegant country-club
setting. Some of the rooms overlook the landscaped golf
course. Serving a wide variety of dishes, from homemade
soups and sandwiches to pasta and veal dishes. Chef Kevin
Conway’s specials include his famous Dinks Duck with Sophie
Sauce. Daily specials. Full bar; on-premises catering. Takeout
available. Serving 10 AM-9 PM Tue-Thu, 11 AM-10 PM Fri-Sat,
11 AM-9 PM Sun. Closed Monday. AE, D, MC, V. $$$
30 1/2 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 584-9618, sperrysofsaratoga.com.
Casual upscale dining on a side street. Noted for soft-shell
crab (when in season), Maryland crab cakes, fresh fish,
prime steaks, pasta specials and homemade desserts. Extensive
wine list. Unique dinner specials daily. Full bar. Takeout
available. Serving dinner 5-9 Tue-Thu, 5-10 Fri-Sat. Closed
Sun-Mon. AE, DC, MC, V. $$$
The Sagamore, 110 Sagamore Road, Bolton Landing, 644-9400,
thesaga more.com.The newly remodeled restaurant represents
both a conceptual and physical revision of the Trillium
as it enters into its 23rd season. Diners can enjoy the
newly-added “small plates” selections, as well as Piedmontese
beef, a healthy and lean alternative that is full of flavor.
Also features a 40-seat lounge and wine bar overlooking
the lake and serving complimentary hors d’oeuvres from 5-6
PM. An updated wine list will have more than 40 wines available
by the glass. The dress code is “smart casual.” Monthly
wine dinners from May until October. Reservations suggested.
Serving dinner 6-10 daily. Interactive children’s menu available.
AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$
745 Saratoga Road, Route 9, Saratoga Springs, 584-7640,
wishingwellrestaurant.com. Premium steaks and chops, live
Maine lobsters and an award-winning wine list are hallmarks
at this Saratoga landmark. Light fare at bar. Weddings and
special occasions. Serving 5-10 Tue-Sat, 4-9 Sun. Reservations
suggested. AE, DC, MC, V. $$$$
Wunderbar and Bistro
744 Warren St., Hudson, 828-0555, wunderbarandbistro.com.
A true German menu that features an oversized pork schnitzel,
an excellent wurst plate, pot roast, and even a tasty burger.
There are pasta and seafood dishes as well, all reasonably
priced for this trendy part of Columbia County. Full bar.
Serving lunch 11:30-2 Mon-Fri, dinner 5-10 Mon-Sat. AE,
MC, V. $$