Phila and Putnam streets, Saratoga Springs, 583-6060. This
is two places in one, with the full menu available at both
the inside café and the outside patio bar and grill. Relax
in an Adirondack chair while toasting s’mores at your table.
Full bar, on-premises catering, banquet facilities and takeout
available. Serving 11 AM-close daily. AE, D, DC, MC, V.
Betty’s Pizza Shack
26 Housatonic St., Lenox, Mass., (413) 637-8171. This brightly
colored, high-energy restaurant serves an amazing array
of pizzas, salads, burritos, quesadillas, and hot oven grinders.
Buckets of beer and a nice selection of wine provide the
mostly local clientele with a fun getaway right in the heart
of Lenox. Beer and wine; takeout available. Serving 11:30-9:30
Sun-Thu, 11:30-10 Fri-Sat. Checks, cash. $$
65 Spring St., Saratoga Springs, 587-4233. Great homemade
breads, quiche, soups, scones, pastries, specialty cakes
and other luscious treats are available at this small eatery.
Enjoy sandwiches for lunch. Open 7-6 Tue-Fri, 7-4 Sat-Sun.
Closed Mon. AE, D, MC, V, personal checks. $
33 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 584-3632. Pizza, focaccia
sandwiches, fried foods, “grubs” (grinder-subs), stuffed
breads. Dine in, take out; free local delivery. Serving
11-11 Sun-Wed, 11 AM-4 AM Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $
456 Madison Ave., Albany, 463-3829. The downtown Albany
hot spot for soups, creatively constructed sandwiches and
totally killer desserts. Chef Debbie Klauber and company
weave a touch of color and crunch into the ordinary, as
in their smoked-turkey-breast sandwich with garlic mayo,
sliced pears, sunflower seeds, roasted onions, and cheddar
cheese. Vegetarian combos are always available, as are fresh
salads and a wide variety of ever-changing baked goods.
Don’t leave without tasting one of Debbie’s brownies. Serving
10-8 Mon-Fri, 11-6 Sat. Closed Sun. MC, V. $
Broadway and Fifth Avenue, Troy, 272-3726. Serving soups,
salads and gourmet sandwiches. Daily specials and desserts.
On/off-premises catering; takeout available. Serving 7:30-4:30
Mon-Fri, 8-3 Sat. Closed Sunday. D, MC, V and personal checks.
50 N. Pearl St., Albany, 514-2055, eat greenhouse.com. Downtown
eatery featuring fresh salads and wraps in countless creative
combinations. Catering, takeout. Serving Mon-Fri 9-4. AE,
D, MC, V. $
Guido’s Fresh Marketplace
760 S. Main St., Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 528-9255;
1020 South St., Pittsfield, Mass., (413) 442-9912; guidos
freshmarketplace.com. Founded more than 25 years ago as
a premium produce market, Guido’s today is a complete food
market featuring fresh seafood, all-natural meats, artisan
cheeses, a bakery and deli, premium packaged foods, and,
of course, bountiful fresh produce. Prepared foods to go
run the gamut from deli sandwices and fish cakes to ethnic
specialties, with many options for vegetarians, vegans and
others with special dietary preferences. Takeout and off-premises
catering. AE, D, MC, V, ATM/debit, personal checks. $$
Hungry Spot Café
Collamer Building, 480 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 584-9060.
Boasting great homemade soups, fresh rotisserie turkey and
daily lunch specials. Also featuring a vegetarian menu.
Takeout, free delivery and off-premises catering available.
Serving 7-3 Mon-Fri. AE, MC, V. $
It’s a Wrap
242 Quaker Road, Queensbury, 743-0920. Offering a selection
of bagels, cream cheese and coffee, as well as homemade
fresh wraps, subs, soups, and salads. Light catering available.
Serving 7-6 Mon-Fri, 8-4 Sat-Sun. AE, D, MC, V, Personal
Java Jazz Café
Main Square Shoppes, 318 Delaware Ave., Delmar, 439-1727,
fax: 439-4456, javajazzdelmar.com. Unique assortment of
pita wraps and sub sandwiches, soups and salads as well
as baked-daily muffins and pastries, gourmet coffees, espressos
and teas. Local, organic and seasonal choices including
our local organic ice cream. Catering for all occasions
is available. Serving 7 AM-9 PM Mon-Fri, 8 AM-3 PM Sat.
Closed Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $
Manhattan Bistro and Bagel
123 Saratoga Road, Scotia, 399-3887. Twenty-two varieties
of bagels, plus soups, sandwiches and a grill menu. Also
serving pastries and gourmet coffee. Serving 6-4 Mon-Sat,
7-2:30 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $
Martel’s at the Capital Hills Golf Course
65 O’Neil Road, Albany, 489-0466. Nightly specials and pizzas
augment a light dinner menu featuring burgers, finger foods,
salads and sandwiches. Also try the Italian specialties.
Full bar, catering, takeout available. Lunch and dinner
daily, with breakfast on Sundays; serving 11-9 Mon-Sat,
8-8 Sun. Closed Mondays from November until April. AE, MC,
189A Quail St., Albany, 433-1898. mildwallys.net. A wide
array of appetizers, hot and cold subs, wings, pizza, pasta
dinners and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Wally’s has pickup
or delivery into the wee hours. Catering available. Serving
4-10 Mon, 11-10 Tue-Wed, 11 AM-1 AM Thu, 11 AM-2 AM Fri-Sat,
11 AM-midnight Sun. Phone orders (delivery) available until
30 minutes before close. AE, D, MC, V, UAlbany and Saint
Rose cards. $
464 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 581-1834. Featuring exquisite
homemade pastries, desserts, sandwiches, soups and salads,
espresso and other hot drinks. Takeout available. Open 7
AM-6 PM Sun, Tue-Thu; 7 AM-9 PM Fri-Sat. AE, MC, V, local
personal checks. $
Park 19 Cookies
75 N. Main St., Mechanicville, 664-4300, www.park19cookies.com.
Park 19 Cookies is a bakery specializing in unique gourmet
cookies. Everything is made from scratch using premium natural
ingredients such as Madagascar vanilla beans and European
chocolate. Some flavors include Cinnamon Bun Cookie and
Crème Brule Cookie. Offering gift boxes, cookie platters,
and favors for special events. Open 3-7 Mon-Thu, 11-6 Fri,
11-5 Sat. Closed Sunday. AE, D, MC, V. $
Stuyvesant Plaza, Guilderland, 482-3677. Full lunch menu,
breakfast all day with fare such as Belgian waffles and
specialty omelets, and two dinner specials nightly (one
on Sunday). Takeout available. Serving 8 AM-9:30 PM Mon-Thu,
8 AM-10 PM, Fri-Sat, 8-7:30 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $
535 Nott St., Schenectady, 382-9278, peterpause.com. The
Mon-Fri specials, in order, are spaghetti with mushrooms,
ravioli with meatballs, eggplant parmigiana, chicken parmigiana
and linguini with clam sauce. Get there early to get a table,
and earlier still to start your day with one of the breakfast
specials, including French toast with homemade bread. Catering
available. Serving 6-2 Mon-Fri. Cash only. $
Pie in the Sky
314 Central Ave., Albany, 463-7355. Enjoy deli sandwiches,
daily lunch specials, homemade soups and baked goods. Salad
bar and breakfast. Cakes made to order. On/off-premises
catering. Takeout available. Serving 7:30-3 Mon-Fri. Cash,
personal checks. $
435 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 587-3663. A gourmet marketplace
with a deli and bakery, serving sandwiches, prepared foods,
soups and salads to eat in or take out. Some of the sandwich
specials include the High Rock (in-house roasted turkey
with cheddar and cranberry mayo), the Putnam Street (smoked
turkey with Brie and honey mustard) and the Karista (homemade
fresh mozzarella with roasted red peppers and pesto mayo).
Catering available. Open 9-7 Mon-Sat, 10-5 Sun. AE, MC,
V, local checks. $
Scratch Bakery Cafe
452 Madison Ave., Albany, 465-CAFÉ (2233), scratchbakerycafe.com.
Enjoy freshly made sandwiches, paninis and creative baked
goods in this cozy café a stone’s throw from Washington
Park. Takeout available. Off-premises catering. Serving
7-5 daily. AE, D, MC, V, ATM/debit, personal checks. $
127 S. Ferry St., Schenectady, 370-0026. Roast beef, turkey,
corned beef, tuna, and ham-and-cheese sandwiches are featured,
along with a soup of the day. Full bar. Takeout available.
Serving 11-11 Mon-Sat, 12-11 Sun. MC, V. $
1569 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands, 439-9824. Locally
famous for the wide selection of homemade ice creams, they
also serve up burgers, sandwiches, onion rings and the like,
as well as daily lunch and dinner specials. No alcohol.
Takeout available. Serving 11-9 daily. D, MC, V. $
1666 Western Ave., Guilderland, 452-1179, viafresca.net.
Gourmet deli featuring panini sandwiches and Italian specialties.
Try the pastries and canoli. Inside seating, takeout and
off-premises catering. Open 10-7 Mon-Fri, 9-5 Sat. AE, D,
MC, V. $$
The Whistling Kettle
24 Front St., Ballston Spa, 884-2664, thewhistlingkettle.com.
Upscale tea lounge with more than nine types of coffee and
85 varieties of premium loose-leaf tea. Light fare including
cakes, scones, panini and tea sandwiches, crepes, soups
and salads. Also offering beer and wine, fireplace and a
comfortable atmosphere. Bulk teas available. Serving 11-6
daily. Open until 9 PM every First Friday. AE, D, MC, V.
Yellow Rock Café at Indian Ladder Farms
342 Altamont Road, Altamont, 765-2956, indianladderfarms.com.
Featuring soups, salads, sandwiches and entrees made with
fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, milk and cheeses produced
on local farms, plus locally raised all-natural meats. For
dessert, try the mixed-berry shortcake, homemade pies or
the cider-doughnut sundae topped with homemade whipped cream.
Indian Ladder’s own apple cider and hot mulled cider, and
chai lattes complete the menu. On-premises catering. Reservations
recommended. Serving lunch 11-2 Mon-Fri, brunch and lunch
9-3 Sat-Sun. D, MC, V, personal checks. $