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333 Café

333 Delaware Ave., Delmar, 439-9333. 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 dinner 4:30-9 Tue-Sat; brunch 10-2 Sun, starting in late fall. Luncheons for private parties available upon special request Mon-Fri. AE, MC, V. $$$$

Aperitivo Bistro

426 State St., Schenectady, 579-3371. Eclectic bistro situated between Proctors Theatre and Bowtie Cinemas to serve the theater crowd before and after shows. Offering a variety of small-plate selections ranging from Italian to Asian delicacies. Reservations recommended. Serving lunch 11:30-2 Mon-Fri, dinner 5:30-10 Mon-Sat and 4-9 Sunday. Private party room (seats 40) available upon special request. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

Avenue A

544 Delaware Ave., Albany, 434-2832, A multicultural restaurant with a Korean-inspired menu, including Chap chae and bulgokee. Panini and salads are some of the lighter fare also offered. Full bar. Serving Tue-Thu 11:30-10, Fri-Sat 4-10. Serving brunch and limited, regular menu items Sunday 11:30-5. Private party availability Monday. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

Beardslee Castle

Route 5, Little Falls, (315) 823-3000, Dine in one of five intimate rooms, in this historic castle in Central New York (complete with ghosts, or at least abundant rumors thereof). Chef-owner Randall Brown offers consistently creative cuisine that changes nightly, and always features fresh ingredients. Range of fare includes Mediterranean, Italian, Asian and Southwestern influences, and beyond. Excellent and eclectic wine and beer selection, and a thoughtful children’s menu available. Large functions up to 180. Reservations appreciated. Serving dinner 5-9 Thu-Sat, 4-8 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$


26 Henry St., Saratoga Springs, 587-9463, 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. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$

Envy Lounge

55 N.Pearl St., Albany, 694-3689, envy Modern American dining with international influences. Many small plates with big flavors, from tapas to exotic entrees. Featuring a fluid menu that changes with the season. Featuring a playful dessert menu. Full bar. Offering catering and takeout. Banquet space available. Serving lunch 11:30-4 daily; dinner 5-9 Tue-Thu, 5-10 Fri-Sat. Reservations recommended. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$

Helsinki Café

284 Main St., Great Barrington, (413) 528-3394, Yes, there’s Scandinavian fare such as gravlax 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. Also features adjoining nightclub. Serving 11:30-10 daily. D, MC, V. $$$

Jackbit & Joltz

215 Lark St., Albany, (877) 710-5225, Australian-themed restaurant serving “sangers,” soups, salads, coffee drinks and breakfast, with “Down Under” hospitality. Delivery, catering and takeout available. Serving 10-9 Mon-Sat, 10-6 Sun. AE, D, MC, V, podium cash. $

JT Baker’s

27 Main St., Greenwich, 531-2000. For passionate palates, a revolutionary dining experience. French cuisine with global influences and contemporary flair. Beer and wine. On-premises catering available. Reservations recommended. Serving lunch for parties of six or more by reservation only. Call for details. Serving dinner 5:30-9:30 PM Wed-Sat, 5-8:30 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$


15th and Congress, Troy, 271-6892, The emphasis is on Polish food, such as pierogi, golombkis, potato pancakes, but the menu also offers beef stroganoff, pork schnitzels, Hungarian goulash and more. Vegetarian fare includes spinach and garlic crepes. Catering and takeout available. Serving 12-9 Tue-Thu, 12-10 Fri-Sat. AE, 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 11:30-9 Tue-Fri, brunch 10-3 Sat-Sun; dinner until 9 Sat. Closed Mon. AE, MC, V. $$

The Sedgwick Inn and Restaurant

17971 Route 22, Berlin, 658-2334, Dinner is served in an intimate, comfortable, elegant, candlelit restaurant. The menu is eclectic and imaginative. Dine in either the Coach Room 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. $$

Springwater Bistro

139 Union Ave. (across from the Saratoga Racetrack), Saratoga Springs, 584-6440, www.springwater 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. Call for reservations. Serving 5:30-close six days a week; closed Tue. 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 lunch from 11:30 Mon-Fri; dinner from 5-close Mon-Sat; AE, MC, V. $$$

Vin Santo

579 Troy Schenectady Road (Latham Farms), Latham, 786-8272. The Italian name heralds a Spanish theme with French and Asian inspired meals. Offering bistro-style light fare and sumptuous entrees, Chef DJ Friedman’s menu also features locally grown organic ingredients. Full bar, excellent wine selection. Reservations suggested on weekends. Serving dinner 4-11 Mon-Thu, 4-11 Fri., noon-11 Sat. Closed Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$


25 Chapel St. (in the Hampton Inn and Suites), Albany, 436-7747, In elegant surroundings, Chef Yono Purnomo serves native Indonesian cuisine coupled with a seasonal, globally inspired menu, all of it bearing Yono’s trademark touches. Full bar with a 900-selection wine list. Serving dinner Mon-Sat from 5:30. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$


Metroland's Fall / Winter Dining Guide 2008
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