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The Arlington House

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. $$$

Franklin’s Tower

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. $$$

Hobson’s Choice

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. $$

La Serre

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. $$$

Madalin’s Table

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. $$$$

Maestro’s

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. $$$

Max London’s

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. $$$

The Pillars

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. $$$$

Prospect Restaurant

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 Scrimshaw

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. $$$

Sperry’s

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. $$$

Trillium

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. $$$$

Wishing Well

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. $$

 

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