333 Delaware Ave., Delmar, 439-9333. 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 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. $$$$
426 State St., Schenectady, 579-3371. Eclectic bistro situated
between Proctors Theatre and Bowtie Cinemas to serve the
theater crowd before and after shows. Offering a variety
of small-plate selections ranging from Italian to Asian
delicacies. Reservations recommended. Serving lunch 11:30-2
Mon-Fri, dinner 5:30-10 Mon-Sat and 4-9 Sunday. Private
party room (seats 40) available upon special request. AE,
D, DC, MC, V. $$$
544 Delaware Ave., Albany, 434-2832, avenueaondelaware.com.
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. $$$
Route 5, Little Falls, (315) 823-3000, beardsleecastle.com.
Dine in one of five intimate rooms, in this historic castle
in Central New York (complete with ghosts, or at least abundant
rumors thereof). Chef-owner Randall Brown offers consistently
creative cuisine that changes nightly, and always features
fresh ingredients. Range of fare includes Mediterranean,
Italian, Asian and Southwestern influences, and beyond.
Excellent and eclectic wine and beer selection, and a thoughtful
children’s menu available. Large functions up to 180. Reservations
appreciated. Serving dinner 5-9 Thu-Sat, 4-8 Sun. AE, D,
MC, V. $$$
26 Henry St., Saratoga Springs, 587-9463, 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. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$
55 N.Pearl St., Albany, 694-3689, envy albany.com. Modern
American dining with international influences. Many small
plates with big flavors, from tapas to exotic entrees. Featuring
a fluid menu that changes with the season. Featuring a playful
dessert menu. Full bar. Offering catering and takeout. Banquet
space available. Serving lunch 11:30-4 daily; dinner 5-9
Tue-Thu, 5-10 Fri-Sat. Reservations recommended. AE, D,
MC, V. $$$$
284 Main St., Great Barrington, (413) 528-3394, clubhelsinkiweb.com.
Yes, there’s Scandinavian fare such as gravlax and borscht
and pickled herring, but there’s also an eclectic mix of
fusion items and new vegetarian dishes—served in a comfortable,
intimate café. Try Anni’s Smorgasbord to really get a taste
of the place. Full bar, private parties, takeout available.
Also features adjoining nightclub. Serving 11:30-10 daily.
D, MC, V. $$$
Jackbit & Joltz
215 Lark St., Albany, (877) 710-5225, jackbitandjoltz.com.
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. $
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. $$$$
15th and Congress, Troy, 271-6892, muzaeuropeanfood.com.
The emphasis is on Polish food, such as pierogi, golombkis,
potato pancakes, but the menu also offers beef stroganoff,
pork schnitzels, Hungarian goulash and more. Vegetarian
fare includes spinach and garlic crepes. Catering and takeout
available. Serving 12-9 Tue-Thu, 12-10 Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC,
21 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 581-0560. Featuring a wide
variety of savory and sweet crepes for lunch, dinner, dessert
and weekend brunch; also known for the Belgian pommes
frites, fresh-cut French fries served in paper cones
with dipping sauces. Beer, wine, espresso; takeout available.
Serving 11:30-9 Tue-Fri, brunch 10-3 Sat-Sun; dinner until
9 Sat. Closed Mon. AE, MC, V. $$
The Sedgwick Inn and Restaurant
17971 Route 22, Berlin, 658-2334, sedgwickinn.com. 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. $$
139 Union Ave. (across from the Saratoga Racetrack), Saratoga
Springs, 584-6440, www.springwater bistro.com. Experience
a dining adventure from the daily menu. Savor the flavors
of honest and simply prepared cuisine and explore the wine
menu that features selections to complement your meal. Monday
nights pay homage to American Mediterranean culture with
a tapas menu. Enjoy your meal in either the cozy dining
room or in the tapas lounge. Full bar, on/off premises catering.
Takeout available. Call for reservations. Serving 5:30-close
six days a week; closed Tue. AE, DC, MC, V. $$$
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. $$$
579 Troy Schenectady Road (Latham Farms), Latham, 786-8272.
The Italian name heralds a Spanish theme with French and
Asian inspired meals. Offering bistro-style light fare and
sumptuous entrees, Chef DJ Friedman’s menu also features
locally grown organic ingredients. Full bar, excellent wine
selection. Reservations suggested on weekends. Serving dinner
4-11 Mon-Thu, 4-11 Fri., noon-11 Sat. Closed Sun. AE, D,
DC, MC, V. $$
25 Chapel St. (in the Hampton Inn and Suites), Albany, 436-7747,
yonos.com. 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. $$$$