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 Fall Winter Dining Guide 2012

Welcome to the 2012 Spring/Summer Dining Guide, published by Metroland, the Capital Region’s alternative newsweekly. We’ve updated all the listings since the guide was last published, and added quite a few new ones as well.

We’ve gathered this information carefully, but bear in mind it has been provided by the restaurants themselves, so we cannot guarantee absolute accuracy. Remember, restaurants are free to change their prices and policies at any time, and some are open seasonally. It’s always a good idea to call first to verify specifics. Our price ranges are approximate, based on average dinner entrée cost (again, as given to us by the restaurants).

Guide Legend

Credit Cards
AE American Express
CB Carte Blanche
D Discover DC Diners Club
MC MasterCard V Visa
Entrée Price Ranges(Dinner)
$ average entrée below $10
$$ average entrée $10 to $15
$$$ average entrée $15 to $20
$$$$ average entrée more than $20

 

Contents

AfghanAmericanBarbecueBrazilianCajunCaribbeanChineseCoffee BarsContinentalDelisDinersFrench/BelgianGermanGreekIndian/PakistaniInternationalIrishItalianItalian (Northern)JapaneseLight FareMediterraneanMexican/SWesternMiddle EasternMoroccanPan-AsianPolishPub FareSeafoodSouthern/Soul FoodSpanishThaiVegetarianVietnamese

Vietnamese

My Linh

272 Delaware Ave., Albany, 465-8899,  mylinhrestaurant.com. My Linh is a taste of old Indochina with a contemporary twist. Vietnamese cuisine served in a cozy atmosphere with full bar. Appetizers include handmade shrimp summer rolls and golden-fried spring rolls with fresh lettuce, mint and cucumber. Try the exotic soup, Canh Chua, with shrimp, tomatoes and pineapple in a spicy tamarind broth. Entrées include the crispy boneless lemongrass duck and vegetarian grilled tofu with a spicy bean curd sauce. Takeout available. Private rooms for banquets and parties. Serving dinner 5-9 Thu, 5-10 Fri-Sat, 5-9 Sun. Closed Mon-Wed. AE, MC, V. $$$

 

Pho Yum

1558 Central Ave., Albany, 869-9866, pho-yum.com. Pho, a light-bodied soup with noodles and your selection of meat, is the specialty; the small menu also includes a selection of sandwiches (bánh mì) and vermicelli dishes. Takeout available. Serving 11-9:30 Mon-Thu, 11-10 Fri-Sat, 11-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

Spice Dragon

297 North Street, Pittsfield, Mass., (413) 443-1234, eatatspicedragon.com. Vietnamese, Pan Asian and American comfort food offerings include chicken lemon grass, teriyaki glazed salmon, pad Thai, five spice pork chops, tempura, bulgogi beef and coconut curry clay pot. And there’s sushi! The spring rolls are a family specialty. Full bar; takeout available. Serving daily 11:30-10, late night menu and sushi to midnight Fri-Sat. $$$

 

Van’s Vietnamese Restaurant

307 Central Ave., Albany, 436-1868. Chef-owner Hung Van Nguyen puts out classical fare, with outstanding spring rolls, nice shrimp preparations and even a killer chicken noodle soup. Entrée specialties include salmon with ginger and whole crispy duck. Catering available. Serving 11-9 Tue-Thu, 11-10 Fri-Sat, noon-9 Sun. Closed Monday. D, MC, V. $$

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Vegetarian

 

All Good Bakers

540 Delaware Ave., Albany, 463-1349, allgoodbakers.weebly.com. Bread, baked goods, lunches from local ingredients. Albany’s farm-to-table bakery café. On- and off-premises catering. Takeout. Serving 11-6 Fri, 10-4 Sat, 10-2 Sunday brunch. $

 

Antipasto’s

1028 Route 146 at 146A (Clifton Park Plaza), Clifton Park, 383-1209, antipastos.com. Vegetarian-friendly restaurant with a Mediterranean accent, serving gourmet specialty salads, homemade vegetarian soups, gourmet pizzas and pasta; creative gourmet specials. Extensive wine and beer list includes 40 wines by the glass and more than 40 beers and ales by the bottle. Takeout available; catering for any event. Light bar menu. Reservations suggested for large parties. Serving 4:30-8:30 Sun-Mon, 4:30-9 Tue, 4:30-10 Wed-Sat. Wine bar open Fri-Sat until 11 PM. Orders must be placed 15 minutes prior to closing. Cash and checks only. $$$

 

The Deli at Honest Weight Food Co-op

Honest Weight Food Co-op, 484 Central Ave., Albany, 482-2667. Fresh homemade soups, salads, sandwiches, baked goods and ethnic specialties made daily. Gluten-free options. All-organic juice bar served until one hour prior to close. Serving 7 AM-8 PM Mon-Sat, 9-7 Sun. Hot breakfast served till 11 daily; hot lunch entrée 11-2 daily. AE, D, MC, V, personal checks. $

 

Four Seasons

33 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 584-4670, fourseasonsnaturalfoods.com. Natural-food restaurant and store offering a vegetarian buffet featuring healthful, flavorful whole foods, soups, desserts and breads. No alcohol. Off-premises catering. Serving 11:30-8 daily; store open 9-8 daily. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

Luna 61

55 Broadway, Tivoli, (845) 758-0061, luna61.com. Thoughtful meatless fare that includes lunch items like a portobello-based Cuban press, lentil-filled curry roti wrap and tempeh Reuben, and dinner choices like Bangkok curry tofu, jerk seitan chimichanga, pad Thai, sweet potato enchilada and the wonderfully named Sloppy Joe Taco Nuevos. Beer and wine. Serving dinner 5-9 Mon, Tue-Thu; 5-10 Fri-Sat; 5-9 Sun. Brunch 9:30-4 Sun. MC, V. $$

 

Moon & River Café

115 S. Ferry St., Schenectady, 382-1938, moonandrivercafe.com. Chef-owner Richard Genest continues to offer his healthy cuisine from around the world. Menu is 90-percent vegetarian- and vegan-friendly. Greek gyro, Hawiian chicken, ginger soy chicken, grilled eggplant sandwiches, large Mexican section including the ultimate nachos and the big enchilada. Breakfast anytime includes Paris bistro omelet, Moroccan eggs and much more. Large drink and dessert list includes smoothies, iced chai and homemade carrot cake. No alcohol served; BYOB for responsible parties. Serving 9 AM-11 PM daily. Cash only. $

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Thai

 

Blue Spice Thai Restaurant

155 Central Ave., Albany, 608-6843; 155 Delaware Ave., Delmar, 813-4889; 19 Clifton Country Road, Clifton Park, 557-2116, bluespiceny.com. Modern Thai cuisine featuring classic dishes—such as Pad Thai, drunken noodles, curry dishes, Tom Yum and coconut soup—as well as gourmet Thai fare featuring duck, seafood, fish, beef and chicken. In-house desserts available as well. On-premises catering and takeout available. Reservations recommended. Serving lunch 11:30-2:30 Mon-Fri, noon-3 Sat-Sun; dinner 4:30-10 daily. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

Capital Thai Restaurant

997 Central Ave., Albany, 489-4840. Classic Thai dishes and other Asian fare, including sushi, with bargain-priced noodle soups like the exotic khao soi. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Fri, noon-10 Sat-Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

Sukhothai

254 Lark St., Albany, 463-0223; 62 Central Ave., Albany, 433-7203, sukhothaisushi.com. Serving authentic Thai cuisine. Entrée favorites include Pad Thai and fresh sushi. Plenty of vegetarian options. Serving Thai beer and wine. Eat in or take out. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Fri, noon-10 Sat-Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

Sushi Thai Garden

44-46 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 580-0900; 1707 U.S. Route 9, Clifton Park, 348-0100. Serving exotic Thai food, made with fresh ingredients. Sample the Japanese entrées, or dine at the sushi bar. There are also many vegetarian options. Takeout available. Serving 11:30-10 daily. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

Sweet Basil

370 Delaware Ave., Albany, 729-4111. This newly opened restaurant serves traditional Thai dishes in a cozy space with a casual ambiance. Full bar. Takeout available. Outdoor seating. Serving 11-10 Mon-Fri, 11:30-10 Sat, 11:30-10 Sun. AE, MC, V, D, ATM/debit. $$

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Spanish

 

Barcelona Restaurant

1192 Western Ave., Albany, 438-1144, barcelona-albany.com. Mediterranean fare served in comfortable surroundings. Spanish and Italian specialties include veal and pasta specials, rack of lamb, chicken vodka, grilled portobello with penne, and three kinds of paella: vegetable, chicken and the traditional seafood. Full bar offering an assortment of tapas. Reservations recommended. Serving lunch 11-2 Mon-Fri; dinner 4-10 Mon-Thu, 4-11 Fri-Sat, 4-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

Mr. Pio Pio

160 Quail St., Albany, 463-2800. The Ecuadorean tradition of rotisserie-cooked chicken is celebrated here—and the Feast, a platter with a quarter-chicken, fried plantains, rice and beans, is less than $8. Preparations of beef and pork also are available, and there’s bandeja tipica, a bounty of plantain, fried egg, pork rind and avocado with a grilled steak underneath. Takeout available. Serving 11-10 Mon-Thu, 11-11 Fri-Sat, 11-9 Sun. MC, V. $$

 

Panzur Restaurant and Wine Bar

69 Broadway, Tivoli, 845-757-1071, panzur.com. Here the pig is king, with an array of ham and sausage to choose from as well as matching cheese; tapas like gambas al ajillo, (shrimp, garlic, guandilla chilis) and migas (intense pork and bacon with tomato and poached egg in red eye gravy essence) and full plates of crisp sweetbreads, steak frites and more. Full bar. Serving dinner Tue-Thu 5:30-9, Fri-Sat 5:30-10, Sun 5:30-9. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

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Southern/Soul Food

 

The Corner Store

153 S. Pearl St., Albany, 487-4820. Full deli featuring American soul food in the Coliseum Mall. Off-premises catering. Takeout available. D, MC, V, ATM/debit. $

 

The Restaurant at Helsinki Hudson

405 Columbia St., Hudson, 828-4800, helsinkihudson.com. Chef Hugh Horner married his Southern ancestry with the spirit of Helsinki to create a rustic comfort cuisine designed to reflect the seasonal bounty of the Hudson Valley. Full bar. Takeout available; on-premises catering. Reservations recommended. MC, V, D. $$

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Seafood

 

Ballistic Shrimp

452 Madison Ave., Albany, 621-7144. New Orleans-style cooking featuring steamed seafood along with sides like mashed potatoes, rice and veggies. On- and off-premises catering, takeout, delivery. Serving 11-10 daily. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

Hudson Harbor Steak and Seafood

351 Broadway, Albany, 426-5000. Hudson Harbor offers steak and seafood dishes just as you remember them from the restaurant’s New Baltimore location. Deck seats 80. Full bar, banquet facilities. Daily dinner specials. Reservations suggested. Serving dinner 5-8:30 Wed-Thu, 5-9 Fri-Sat. Closed Sun-Tue. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

 

Matt’s Capehouse

1663 Route 9, Halfmoon, 373-8300, mattscapehouse.com. Casual dine-in or take-out, serving fresh seafood, haddock, salmon, lobster, and great salads; market fish and clams available. Special $21.95 for two lobster tails with filet mignon. Wine and beer. Serving 11:30 AM-7 PM Mon-Wed, 11:30 AM-8 PM Thu-Sat, closed Sun. D, MC, V. $$

 

Reel Seafood Co.

195 Wolf Road, Colonie, 458-2068, reelseafoodco.com. This popular seafood emporium still boasts one of the most impressive raw bars around. The menu features char-grilled Block Island swordfish, fried calamari, and the largest variety of oysters and fresh fish in the area. Full bar, banquet facilities for up to 45, on-premises catering. Reservations suggested for parties of six or more on weekends. Serving 11-10 Mon-Thu, 11-11 Fri, 3-11 Sat, 3-9:30 Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

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Pub Fare

 

Across the Street Pub

1238 Western Ave., Guilderland, 438-1718, acrossthestreetpub.com. Standard pub fare with sandwiches, salads, burgers, tasty fried appetizers homemade soups, and a kids’ menu. Full bar. Serving 11 AM-12 AM Mon-Sat, 12-9 Sun. MC, V, ATM. $

 

The Ale House

680 River St., Troy, 272-9740, alehousetroy.com. Cozy Troy pub serving homemade soups and chili, clams, award-winning wings, burgers, BBQ ribs, and deli sandwiches. Lunch and dinner specials. Full bar, featuring microbrews and import drafts. Off-premises catering. Takeout available. Serving 11:30 AM-midnight Mon-Tue, 11:30 AM-1 AM Wed-Sat, 11:30 AM-10 PM Sun. Cash. D, MC, V. $

 

Bacchus

33 2nd St., Troy, 687-0345. Enjoy pasta and Neapolitan wood-fired pizza in a below-ground retreat. Craft beer and wine available. Serving 11:30-10 Tue-Thu, 11:30-midnight Fri, 5-midnight Sat, 5-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

Bentley’s Tavern

Parade Ground Village, 4 Hemphill Place, Malta, 899-4300, myfavoritetaverns.com. Locally owned tavern, featuring burgers, wings, quesadillas, sandwiches, wraps, soups, salads, etc. Full late-night menu. Dinner menu offered. Full bar, outdoor patio, wireless Internet. Takeout available. Serving from 11:30 AM Mon-Sat, from noon Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

The Black Cat Ale House

25 White St., Cohoes, 235-3199, blackcatalehouse.com. Extensive menu, complete with Long Island little neck clams in a white-wine-and-garlic broth, blackened catfish, portabella parmigian, beets and goat cheese salad and Delmonico steaks. Clam specials Sun-Mon, nightly specials. Takeout, on-premises catering available. Serving 11:30-9 Sun-Thu, 11:30-10 on Fri and Sat. D, DC, AE, MC, V. $$$

 

Café Hollywood

275 Lark St., Albany, 472-9043. Eclectic pub menu includes wings, chicken sandwiches and burgers, award-winning chili, vegetarian options and more. Full bar, on-premises catering, takeout. Outdoor seating. Serving full menu 3-midnight daily; late-night menu till 2 AM Fri-Sat. Serving lunch June on at noon daily. Open 3 PM-4 AM. AE, D, MC, V, ATM. $$

 

Capital City Gastropub

261 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 459-5077, capcitygastropub.com. Eclectic pub fare, featuring vegetarian options and various small plates, perfect for groups. Beer and wine. Takeout available. Artisan pizza served Sun-Thur 5-6:30 PM. Sunday brunch 11-3 PM. Serving Fri-Sat 5-11, Sun-Thu 5-10. AE, D, MC, V, debit. $$

 

The Cat’s Meow

14 New Karner Road (Route 155), Guilderland, 456-1895. Popular tavern serving a light menu including burgers, homemade soups, pizzas, giant fish fries, finger foods and sandwiches. Dinner specials served nightly. Fireplace dining available, full bar and catering for small parties. Takeout and lunch delivery available. Serving 11:30-11 Mon-Sat. Closed Sun. AE, MC, V. $$

 

Center Square Pub

Dove and State streets, Albany, 729-2880, centersquarepub.com. Upscale neighborhood pub featuring a huge array of standard pub fare, including burgers, sandwiches, salads and pizza, with 22 draft beers on tap. Full bar, wine list. Off-premises catering. Takeout available. Serving 11 AM-midnight Mon-Fri, noon-12 AM Sat, 2 PM-10 PM Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

DiCarlo’s

1165 Central Ave., Colonie, 459-8440, dicarlos.com. Full menu including panini, salads, burgers, and soups. Grilled fare, daily pasta specials. Full bar, exotic barmaids and dancers. Serving 4-midnight Mon-Fri. Kitchen closed Sat-Sun. AE, MC, V. $

 

Dorato’s

Star Plaza, Routes 155 and 20, Guilderland, 456-5774. The easygoing menu features burgers, panini, wings, quesadillas and the like, along with nightly dinner specials. Full bar. On-premises catering. Serving 11:30-11 Mon-Sat, noon-9 Sun. AE, MC, V. $$$

 

Elbo Room

170 Delaware Ave., Albany, 257-7300. Serving pizza, wings, sandwiches, wraps, soups, salads, burgers, and more. Private party rooms. On- and off-premises catering. Full bar, takeout, and daily specials. Serving 11:30 AM-close daily. AE, D, MC, V, ATM. $

 

Everyday’s Tropical Cantina

2012 Central Ave., Colonie, 869-0494, tropicalcantina.com. American-style menu serves up spicy pub fare. Also offering full Mexican menu. Full bar. On- and off-premises catering available. Serving 11-10 Sun-Fri; 11-midnight Fri-Sat, noon-10 Sun. AE, MC, V. $

 

The Fountain

283 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 482-9898. Pizza, finger foods, burgers and other light fare, as well as a large selection of Italian dinners. Specials available all week. Full bar. Serving 11 AM-1 AM Mon-Thu, 11 AM-2 AM Fri-Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

Harvest and Hearth

251-B Stafford Bridge Road, Saratoga Springs, 587-1900, harvestandhearth.com. Wood-fired artisan pizza is the specialty, with local produce, free-range chicken and nitrite-free pepperoni among the toppings. Also look for organic and local selections among the beer and wine. Private parties, catering and takeout available. Serving 4:30-9 Sun, 4:30-9 Tue-Thu, 4:30-10 Fri-Sat. Closed Monday. D, MC, V. $$

 

Hill Street Café

180 Madison Ave., Albany, 462-3544, hill-street-cafe.com. Serving pub food every day and every night. Menu includes chicken wings, pizza, grilled sandwiches, wraps, salads, hot subs and burgers. Full bar. On-premises catering for parties. Serving 11:30-2 AM daily. MC, V. $

 

Humpy’s

2197 Central Ave., Colonie, 370-5667. Friendly neighborhood pub serving burgers, wings, sandwiches, chili, daily specials. Wi-Fi. Open 11 AM-4 AM daily. Cash only. $

 

The Irish Times

14 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-0003, irishtimessaratoga.com. The 16 on-tap beers include Guinness, Smithwick’s and local craft brews. Traditional Irish entrées include shepherd’s pie, fish and chips and bangers and mash, but you’ll also find Irish nachos and Irish Times spring rolls with corned beef, as well as standard burgers, steaks and more. Full bar. Serving lunch Mon-Sun 11:30-3:30, dinner daily from 5, brunch Sat-Sun 11-3. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

Junior’s Bar & Grill

1094 Madison Ave., Albany, 935-2025, juniorsbarandgrill.com. A neighborhood place to catch your favorite sports event and sample traditional pub food. Full bar, outdoor patio, on-premises catering, takeout available. Serving full menu 11 AM-2 AM daily. AE, D, DC, MC, V, ATM. $

 

Legends

286 Lark St., Albany, 275-4900, legendsonlark.com. With more than 25 TVs, Legends is a sports lover’s dream. Pub food includes personal pizzas, mini burgers, salads, and a variety of pub-style classics. Live nightly entertainment. Full bar, on- and off-premises catering. Takeout available. Serving 11:30-11 Sun-Thu, 11:30-12 AM Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V, ATM. $

 

Lil’ Britain

116 North St., Bennington, Vt., 802-442-2447, lilbritain.com. As authentically British a serving of fish and chips as you’re going to find this side of the Atlantic, in a wonderfully appointed shop that also sells such UK staples as Marmite and PG Tips. Also meat pies and, on slow days, burgers. Takeout available. Serving Tue-Sat 11:30-8. D, MC, V. $

 

Lion’s Den

30 Main St., Stockbridge, Mass., (413) 298-1654. Featuring such favorites as baked French onion soup, charcuterie, and fresh salads featuring local ingredients. Nightly specials. Full bar, on-premises catering and takeout available. Serving 4-10 Mon-Thu, 4-11 Fri, noon-11 PM Sat, and noon-10 Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V, personal checks. $$

 

Lynn’s Uptown Sports Tavern

15 Colvin Ave., Albany, 453-1566. Pub food such as wings, burgers, wraps, salads, sandwiches and homemade soups. Full bar, banquet room for up to 70 people. Serving full menu 11-11 Mon-Sat, noon-11 Sun. AE, V, MC. $

 

Maggie’s Café

1186 Western Ave., Albany, 935-2661, maggiescafealbany.com. Reinvented as a sports bar featuring upscale pub food. Full bar. Small banquets, on-premises catering. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Sat, noon-10 Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

 

Manhattan Exchange

607 Union St., Schenectady, 374-5930, manhattanexchange.net. Pub fare with nightly dinner specials, two blocks from Proctors and Union College. Full bar. Takeout available. On- and off-premises catering. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri-Sat, lounge only Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

 

Maria’s Tailgate Tavern

Park Plaza, 2563 Western Ave., Guilderland, 456-1332, mariastailgatetavern.com. Local tavern/sports bar featuring great wings and burgers, along with standard pub fare. If they’re open, the kitchen is open. Full bar. Takeout available. Tuesday wing night. Open daily until 11, happy hour 4-6. AE, MC, V. $

 

McGeary’s

4 Clinton Square, Albany, 463-1455. Award-winning wings, sliders, and burgers. Menu features hearty burgers like the patty melt, homemade soups, wings, steaks, daily lunch and dinner creations, full bar, 26 taps. Winner of the Wing Wars. Banquet facilities for up to 150. Serving from 11-11 Mon-Thu, 11-midnight Fri-Sat; noon-11 Sun. AE, D, MC, V, ATM. $$

 

The Mill Tavern on Round Lake

2121 Route 9, Round Lake, 899-5253 (LAKE), myfavoritetaverns.com. Locally owned tavern serving classic pub fare with a full late-night menu. Full bar, takeout available. Serving from 11:30- close Mon-Sat, noon-close Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

Muddy’s

40 Lincoln Ave., Watervliet, 273-9892. A variety of pub food, including pizza, chicken wings, oversized sandwiches, burgers, finger food and the biggest Reuben in town. Full bar. Serving 10 AM- midnight Mon-Thu, 10-1 AM Fri, 11-3 AM Sat. AE, D, MC, V, ATM. $

 

O’Leary’s Pub & Grill

153 Mohawk Ave., Scotia, 382-8909, olearysinscotia.com. Pub fare with lots of sandwiches, hot and cold, and entrée specials like the burrito el grande. Vegetarian friendly. Serving 11-10 Mon-Thu, 11-11 Fri-Sat, closed Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

 

Olde English Pub & Pantry

683 Broadway, Albany, 434-6533, the oldeenglish.com. Serving quality British beers and traditional English pub food in the old Quackenbush House. Offerings include fish & chips, daily meat pies, chicken tikka masala and lighter fare. 11 AM-2 AM Mon-Sat, 11-11 Sun. Cash only, AE, D, MC, V accepted for special parties. $

 

Pinhead Susan’s

38-40 N. Broadway, Schenectady, 346-6431. susanisapinhead.com A gorgeously refurbished building just off Erie Boulevard, named for local graffiti. Walking distance to Proctors. Menu includes burgers, sandwiches, clubs, wraps, homemade soups and full dinner menu. Try the house specialty Guinness burger. Full bar, with 12 beers on tap, including Mad Jack. Reservations recommended. Serving 11-10 Mon-Fri, noon-10 Sat, noon-8 Sun. AE, MC, V. $$

 

Professor M. Barley’s

Western Avenue and Quail Street, Albany, 436-7740. Upscale pub where the menu features black angus burgers, Jack Daniel’s steak, prime rib, steamed clams, chipotle chicken Alfredo, wings and more. Daily specials. Full bar, more than 80 imported bottled beers. On-premises catering, takeout. Serving 11 AM-midnight daily. MC, V, ATM. $$

 

Ravenswood Pub

1021 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-8771, ravenswoodpub.com. Light meals including homemade soups, salads, pub fare and chicken wings. Casual atmosphere. Full bar, on-premises catering and banquet facilities for up to 75. Takeout available. Serving 11:30-11 Mon-Thu, 11:30-midnight Fri-Sat, 4-10 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

The Ruck

104 Third St., Troy, 273-1872, getrucked.com. Extensive craft beer menu, a varied pub menu including sandwiches, wraps, chicken wings and veggie entrees. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving 4 PM-1 AM Sat-Tues, 11 AM-1 PM Wed-Fri. AE, MC, V, D. $

 

Rusty Nail Grill & Tavern

1781 Route 9, Clifton Park, 371-9875, myfavoritetaverns.com. Known for the chicken wings, the Rusty Nail’s pub-style menu also features pizza, burgers, sandwiches and salads. Full late-night menu. Full bar, takeout available. Serving from 11:30 AM Mon-Sat, from noon Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

Ryan’s Wake Pub

403 River St., Troy, 270-9253, ryanswake.com. Classic turn-of-the-century Irish-American pub serving large panini sandwiches, shrimp cocktail, cheese boards, and more. Full bar. Large outdoor deck overlooking Hudson River. Serving 4 PM-close Mon-Thu, 3 PM-close Fri, 4 PM-close Sat, closed Sun. AE, MC, V. $

 

Smith’s Tavern

112 Maple Ave. (Route 85A), Voorheesville, 765-4163, smithspizza.com. Open since 1945. Serving sandwiches, salads, homemade soups and award-winning pizza made with homemade dough and sauce. More than 40 types of beer and microbrews. Eat in or take out. Serving 3-10 Sun, Tue, 11-10:30 Wed-Thu, 11-11 Fri-Sat. Closed Mondays. Cash, personal checks, ATM on premises. $

 

Spinners Pizza

14 Picotte Dr., Albany, 482-7311, spinnersalbany.com. A family-owned pizzeria offering a variety of pub fare for pickup and delivery for more than 20 years. On- and off-premises catering, takeout and delivery available. Open 11-10 Mon-Thu, 11-11 Fri-Sat, 11-9 Sun. Online ordering available and phone orders are taken as early as 8 AM for pickup at 10 AM or later. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

Sutter’s Mill & Mining Co.

1200 Western Ave., Albany, 489-4910, suttersburgers.com Back-to-basics bar food and full dinners available in either the front room or dining room, or enjoy the four-tier deck. Steaks, chicken, crab legs and those legendary burgers. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving 11:30 AM-midnight Mon-Sat, 11:30-10 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

Trick Shot Billiards

1602 Route 9, Clifton Park, 383-8771. trickshotbilliardsny.com Salads, burgers, wraps and pizza, with 13 full-size pool tables, 10 electronic dart boards and five steel-tip boards. Eat, play and be entertained all in one location. Full bar. On-premises catering. Takeout available. Serving 2-2 Mon-Fri, noon-2 AM Sat-Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

20 Railroad

20 Railroad St., Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 528-9345. Recently reopened local favorite featuring updates on pub comfort food with Asian flourishes. Start with the Vietnamese spring rolls or tangy dragon wings; plenty of fresh salads, sandwiches, burgers, and creatively designed entrees. Full bar, good selection of craft beers. Serving lunch and dinner 11:30-10 Sun-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

Villa Valenti Pub

729 Pawling Ave., Troy, 326-9500. Pub fare, specializing in pizza. Also burgers, wings, salads, subs and much more. Full bar. Takeout and delivery available. Serving from 11:30 AM daily, until 11PM Sun-Thu and 12 AM Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

Washington Tavern

250 Western Ave., Albany, 427-0091. This spot is best known for its traditional tavern fare. Full bar, banquets for up to 80, on-premises catering. Takeout available. Serving 11:30 AM-midnight daily. AE, MC, V. ATM on premises. $

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Polish

A Taste of Poland

188 Bear Pond Road, Thurman, 668-0219. Real polish food outside Warrensburg, with homemade kielbasa, fat golombki, bigos, pierogi and more, and a roster of meat dishes that includes pork roast stuffed with prunes and apricots or a sauerkraut-and-mushroom-stuffed Warsaw cutlet—even a beer-battered steak. Full bar. Catering available. Serving dinner by reservation only 5-9 Sat-Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

Muza

1300 15th St., Troy, 271-6892, muzaeuropeanfood.com. You know from the borscht that this is the real thing; beets are joined by kidney beans, carrots, onions and allspice berries. Look for pierogi, golombki, kielbasa and entrées like beef Stroganoff and Vienna Schnitzel (complete with fried egg and sautéed cabbage). Takeout available. Wine and beer, catering. Serving 4-9 Tue-Thu, 4-10 Fri-Sat. Closed Sun-Mon. AE, D, MC, V. $$

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Pan-Asian

 

Buffalo Wagon

Wolf Road Park, 6 Metro Park Road, Colonie, 689-0938, buffalowagon.com.A quiet, comfortable source of traditional Chinese fare, with Japanese, Malaysian and Thai items as well. Catering and takeout available. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri-Sat, noon-10 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

Flavours of Malaysia

75 North St. (entrance on McKay Street), Pittsfield, Mass., (413) 443-3188,flavoursintheberkshires.com. Malaysian-born chef-owner Sabrina Tan offers an exotic menu of Malaysian, pan-Asian and American cuisine in the heart of Pittsfield’s resurgent downtown. Extensive menu reflects the culinary diversity of Malaysia’s multi-ethnic population, including Chinese, Indian, Indonesian and Eurasian influences. Vegetarian and gluten-free items. Full bar. Serving lunch 11:30-2:30 Tue-Fri, dinner 4:30-close Tue-Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

Kinnaree Asian Restaurant

193 Lark St., Albany, 813-4944. An intimate, comfortable dining room featuring Thai, Korean, and Japanese cuisine, with an emphasis on using fresh ingredients and balancing flavors and spiciness. Many vegetarian choices and gluten-free preparations. Off-premises catering, takeout. Serving 11:30-10 daily. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

Phila Fusion

54 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 226-0400, philafusion.com. Sushiand sashimi are core menu items, alongside Vietnamese, Japanese and Thai noodle soups, Korean dishes like bulgoki and bibimbap, Thai curries and traditional Chinese fare. Full bar, wine list. Takeout available. Serving lunch 10:30-3 Mon-Sun, dinner 5-10 Sun-Thu, 5-10:30 Fri-Sat. Happy hour from 4-6 daily. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

Sake Café

273 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 459-6688; 1365 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 439-8666, sakecafealbany.com. The menu boasts sushi, sashimi and two pages of various rolls, along with traditional Japanese and Thai items, including noodle dishes, teriyaki and the all-American General Tso’s chicken. Catering, takeout and delivery available. Serving lunch 11-3 Mon-Sat, dinner 3-10:30 Mon-Thu, 3-11 Fri-Sat, noon-10 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$

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Moroccan

 

Tara Kitchen

431 Liberty St., Schenectady, 708-3485, tarakitchen.com. Individual tagine dishes are a specialty, such as lamb with honey, prunes and apricot and eggplant with prunes and chickpeas. A selection of kebabs is also offered, and try the signature appetizer of eggplant, roasted garlic and tomatoes. Takeout available. Serving lunch 11:30-2 Tue-Fri, dinner 5-8 Tue-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

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Middle Eastern

 

Ali Baba

2243 15th St., Troy, 273-1170. Offering Turkish cuisine and pizza, which means you can get seasoned lamb on your pie. The kebabs are terrific; best of all is the durum-wrapped kebab, a Turkish gyro. Try the baklava. 10-9 Mon-Thu, 11 AM-10 PM Fri-Sat. Closed Sunday. AE, MC, V. $

 

Beirut Restaurant

184 River St., Troy (Antique District), 270-9404. beirutrestauranttroyny.com This storefront Lebanese and Mediterranean restaurant offers a wonderful array of choices. The sampler plate will get you started (try the falafel!) and there are wraps and salads as well. Don’t forget the miracle garlic. Takeout and catering available. Serving 11-8 Tue-Sat. Closed Mon-Sun. D, MC, V. $

 

Mamoun’s Mideast Café

206 Washington Ave., Albany, 434-3901. mideasterndining.com. Serving Middle Eastern dishes, such as shish kebab, tabbouleh, falafel, hummus and stuffed grape leaves. Special vegetarian menu. Takeout available. No alcohol. Serving 11:30-10 Sun-Mon, 11:30-midnight Fri-Sat. MC, V. $$

 

Manama Grille

180 Delaware Ave., Delmar, 478-0800, manamagrille.com. Featuring freshly prepared specialties from Turkey, Iran, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates. Full bar. Off-premises catering, takeout, delivery. Serving 4:30-10 Tue-Sun. AE, D, MC, V, ATM/debit. $$

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Mexican/SWestern

 

Amigos Cantina

42 Ferry St., Schuylerville, 695-9595, amigoscantina.net. Mexican with a Southwest flair. Specialties include sizzling fajitas, shrimp and spinach enchiladas, meat and vegetarian burritos, chimichangas, chili rellenos, quesadillas and tamales. Try the nachos, and for dessert, the homemade key lime pie and Mexican flan. Full bar includes a wide selection of tequilas. Take out available. Serving 4:30 Tues-Sun, closed Mondays. Reservations recommended AE, D, MC, V, debit. $$

 

Bros. Tacos

319 Ontario St., Albany, 935-1096, 935-1098.Tucked in a tiny corner store, this place puts out a creative variety of burritos, quesadillas, burgers and, yes, tacos, but featuring the much tastier soft variety. Try carnitas, the baja taco, homemade chorizo and habanero papaya salsa. Named Best Tacos in Metroland 2012. Catering and takeout available. Serving 11-9 Mon-Wed, 11-11 Thu-Sat, and 1-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

Cantina

430 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 587-5577. Owner Jeff Ames, a California transplant, brings a West Coast sense of materials and authenticity. The quesadilla appetizer is wrapped in a house-made flour tortilla with farm cheese and a tasty Mexican delicacy called huitlacoche; the chile relleno features roasted poblano peppers stuffed with Mexican cheeses, spicy ground beef, serrano peppers and salsa verde. Full bar with an extensive tequila collection. Serving 11:30-9 Sun-Thu, 11:30-10 Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

Chili’s Restaurant

60 Wolf Road, Colonie, 489-4664, chilis.com. Enjoy casual family dining at this Southwestern bar and grill. Try the signature baby-back ribs, steaks, sizzling fajitas and salads. Margarita bar. Online ordering and takeout available. Serving 11-11 Sun-Thu, 11 AM-midnight Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

Destino

112 Hudson Ave., Chatham, 392-6663. The menu features traditional Mexican items along with a killer mole, delicious fried plantains and even burgers and pizza. Full bar featuring popular specialty margaritas and mojitos. Open 5-9 Sun-Thu, 5-9:30 Fri-Sat. D, MC, V. $$

 

El Loco Mexican Café

465 Madison Ave., Albany, 436-1855, ellocomexicancafe.com. An eccentric bistro where the specialties include quesadillas, chilis rellenos, Tex-Mex fare and many vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free items. Try the spinach-artichoke quesadilla or the ancho-chipotle chicken. Full bar with frozen, fruity and gourmet margaritas made with 100-percent blue agave tequilas. Takeout available. Happy hour 4-6:30 Tue-Sun. Lunch Wed-Sat, Dinner Tue-Sun. Closed Monday. Reservations suggested for large parties; reservations not accepted Fri-Sat nights. AE, MC, V. $$

 

El Mariachi

144 Washington Ave., Albany, 465-2568, elmariachisrestaurant.com. The real thing: true Mexican cooking in downtown Albany. Try the cochinita pibil, a popular pork roast made with orange juice and red onions. Full bar. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri, 1-11 Sat. Closed Sunday. AE, MC, V. $$

 

El Mariachi II

289 Hamilton St., Albany, 432-7580, elmariachisrestaurant.com. Authentic Mexican and Spanish dishes, including paella and pollo San Marco. Full bar featuring over 45 top tequilas. Takeout and on-premises catering available. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri, 1-11 Sat, 1-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

El Mexicano

208 S. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 226-0105, elmexicanorestaurant.com. The excellent enchiladas mole poblano let you know it’s the real thing, and in addition to the usual taco-burrito-enchilada fare the menu boasts an array of dinner specials featuring native beef, shrimp, chicken and pork preparations. Full bar, takeout available. Serving lunch 11-3 daily, dinner 3-10 daily. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

Esperanto

4 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 587-4236. It’s still counter service at this inexpensive Saratoga favorite, but it’s been enlarged to include a dining room. The eclectic menu boasts specialties from around the world. Look for the burritos, tacos, Thai, Mexican, Middle Eastern and vegetarian specialties as well as pizza and home-cooked snacks, including the popular “Dough Boy.” Takeout and delivery. Serving 11-10 Sun-Mon, 11 AM-3 AM Tue-Thur, 11 AM-4 AM Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V, Skidmore card. $

 

Hot Harry’s Fresh Burritos

1235 Western Ave., Albany, 621-7883; 596 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush, 477-5500; 1625 Union St., Schenectady. 374-2812; 37 North St., Pittsfield, Mass., (413) 448-6155; 724 Tyler St., Pittsfield, Mass., (413) 448-2220, hotharrysburritos .com. Tacos, quesadillas, and burritos in three different sizes with fresh ingredients. Breakfast and kids’ menus also available. Off-premises catering; takeout. Serving 8 AM-9 PM Mon-Sat, 11-8 Sun. $

 

Jose Malone’s Mexican Irish Restaurant

405 River St., Troy, 273-2196, josemalones.com. Innovative Mexican-inspired cuisine made mostly from scratch. Daily and weekly specials such as blue-corn-encrusted catfish tacos, 16-spice Memphis-style ribs and pineapple goat-cheese quesadilla. Many vegetarian items; children’s menu. Homemade tortillas. Margaritas with fresh-squeezed lime won Metroland’s Best Margaritas and Best Ribs. Large selection of tequilas and single-malt scotch. Full bar, takeout available. Serving 4-9 Tue-Thu. Serving 4-10 Fri and Sat, bar open late. Closed Sun-Mon. AE, MC, V. $$$

 

La Fiesta Mexicana Restaurant

1610 Central Ave., Colonie, 482-3940. Serving authentic Mexican cuisine in a cozy setting. Featuring fajitas and entrées like the pollo fundido (two grilled chicken breasts atop a bed of rice, peppers, onions and tomatoes, topped with melted cheese). Full Bar. Takeout available. Serving 11-10 Mon-Thu, 11-11 Fri-Sat, noon-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

Leon’s Mexican Restaurant

135 Crescent St., Saratoga Springs, 587-2346. JockeyFiliberto Leon is proprietor of this traditional Mexican eatery the Saratogian voted “Best Mexican restaurant in Saratoga.” Complimentary homemade salsa served with tortilla chips; specializing in authentic fajitas, quesadillas, flautas, chimichangas and chili rellenos. Full bar, on-premises catering, takeout available. Serving 4-close Mon, Wed-Fri; 3-close Sat-Sun. Closed Tuesday. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

Mexican Connection

41 Nelson Ave., Saratoga Springs, 584-4466, mexconx.com. Try the burrito grande, the California tostada, fajitas or chimichangas. Full bar, more than 100 fine tequilas and many Mexican beers. Takeout available. Catering and banquet facilities. Daily specials. Serving from 4 PM Mon-Fri; 11:30 AM Sat-Sun. Reservations suggested. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

 

Mexican Market Taqueria

654 Central Ave., Albany, 729-5138, 813-4038, 518mexicanmarket.com. Authentic Mexican food and specialty products. Takeout available. Serving 9 AM-10:30 PM daily (breakfast menu 9-11 AM). D, MC, V. $

 

Mexican Radio

537 Warren St., Hudson, 828-7770, mexrad.com. Voted Best Mexican Restaurant by Hudson Valley Magazine. Mexican Radio features homemade dishes made fresh daily. Extensive vegetarian and vegan choices. Full bar, specialty margaritas. Takeout. Available for parties. Gift certificates available. Serving daily 11:30-11; special bar menu 3-6 Mon-Fri. AE, MC, V. $$$

 

Salsa Latina

315 Central Ave., Albany, 426-7050, misalsalatina.com. Traditional Mexican fare—burritos, enchiladas and amazing fajitas—plus unusual Latin American dishes like bandeja tipica and bistec salteado, along with seafood dishes, homemade desserts and a display counter of freshly baked pastries. Catering and takeout available. Serving 11-10 Mon-Thu, 11-11 Fri, 3-11 Sat, 11-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

Sunset Café

42 Front St., Ballston Spa, 885-8550, sunsetcafe.org. Southwestern cuisine, featuring margaritas, quesadillas, and wood-smoked-on-premises specialties. Serving 11:30-9:30 Mon-Thu, 11:30-10:30 Fri-Sat, closed Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

Xicohtencatl

50 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 528-2002, xicohmexicano.com. Authentic Mexican fare, such as enchiladas, huevos rancheros and a special mole, in a comfortable Berkshire setting. Enjoy one of the many fine sipping tequilas. Full bar. Takeout available. Off-premises catering. Serving noon-10 Sun-Thu, noon-11 Fri-Sat. AE, MC, V. $$$

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Mediterranean

 

Alta Restaurant & Wine Bar

34 Church St., Lenox, Mass., (413) 637-0003, altawinebar@gmail.com. Executive chef Benjamin Daire offers a Mediterranean-themed menu featuring such dishes as oven roasted free-range chicken statler with tarragon mustard cream sauce, pan-seared duck breast with caramel sauce, and grilled organic tofu with coriander orange reduction and local root vegetables. Full bar, expansive wine list. Serving lunch 11:30-3 daily and dinner 5-9 Sun-Thurs, 5-10 Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$

 

A Better Bite

99 Washington Ave., Albany, 694-4400. This locally owned establishment serves up omelets and specialty sandwiches, with Mediterranean specialties such as falafel, hummus and shawarma. Takeout available. On- and off-premises catering for private parties. Serving 7-6 Mon-Fri; 9-4 Sat-Sun. MC, V. $

 

Cella Bistro

See listing under “American.”

 

The Garlic Lover’s Corner

235 North Greenbush Road, North Greenbush, 283-1621, garlicloverscorner.com. Kebabs, stews, Middle Eastern takes on meat, fish and pasta dishes are featured in this friendly place not far from HVCC. Serving lunch 11-3 Mon-Fri, noon-3 Sat, dinner 4:30-9 Mon-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

Hidden Café

180 Delaware Plaza, Delmar, 439-8800, hiddencafe.net. Voted Metroland’s Best-Kept Secret three years in a row, this café offers intimate and casual dining, featuring falafel, seafood, kabobs, wine and beer, wonderful salads, and innovative entrées. Serving dinner 4:30-9 Tue-Sat, lunch 11-3 Tue-Fri, noon-3 Sat. Closed Sun-Mon. AE, MC, V. $$$.

 

Risotto Restaurant

320 Northern Blvd., Albany, 747-6886, 518risotto.com. In a casually elegant space in Loudon Plaza, Risotto serves a unique fusion of Italian and Mediterranean cuisine with an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients. Starters include Primo Risotto with beef tenderloin, and a Mediterranean sampler of spreads, olives and grape leaves; main courses feature beef, lamb, chicken, seafood, risotto and pasta. Full bar. On-premises catering, takeout available. Reservations recommended. Serving lunch 11-3 Mon-Fri, noon-3 Sat; dinner 5-9 Mon-Wed, 5-10 Thu-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$

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Light Fare

 

Baba Louie’s

517 Warren St., Hudson, 751-2155; 286 Main St., Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 528-8100; 34 Depot St., Pittsfield, Mass., (413) 499-2400; babalouiespizza.com. Wood-fired sourdough pizza crust using organic wheat and spelt berries, with a wide variety of specialty toppings. Also soups, salads, pastas, sandwiches and Panini. Beer and wine at Hudson and Great Barrington, full bar in Pittsfield. Eat in or take out. Banquet space available in Pittsfield. Hudson serving lunch 11:30-3, dinner 5-9:30 Mon-Thurs, closed Wed, 11:30-10 Sat, 11:30-9:30 Sun. Great Barrington open everyday, lunch 11:30-3, dinner 5-9:30 Sun-Thurs, 5-10 Fri-Sat. Pittsfield serving lunch 11:30-3, dinner 5-9:30, 5-10 Fri-Sat, closed Sunday. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

Bailey’s

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 11:30-9:15 Sun-Thu, 11:30-10 Fri-Sat. Checks, cash. $$

 

The Bread Basket

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 breakfast and lunch. Open 7-6 PM Mon-Fri (closing at 5PM Jan-May), 7-4 PM Sat-Sun. AE, D, MC, V, personal checks. $

 

Café Deli-icious

413 River St., Troy, 271-8787, cafetroy.com. Casual, colorful breakfast-and-lunch joint featuring a wide variety of soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps, pastries, homemade chocolate treats, and season specials. Full coffee bar. Takeout, delivery, off-premises catering and party platters. Gift baskets available. Serving 9 AM-3 PM Mon-Fri; catering available on weekends AE, D, MC, V. $

 

Crisan Bakery and Edible Art Gallery

197 Lark St., Albany, 445-2727, crisanbakery.com. Old-world pastries that earn the appellation of edible art, including tarts and cakes, strudel and croissant, arrayed in a toothsome display. Also gelato, espresso and cappuccino. Takeout available. Open 10-8 Sun, Tue-Thu; 10-9:30 Fri-Sat. Closed Monday. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

D’Andrea’s

33 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 584-3632. 2010 Saratoga Today Local’s Choice Award for Best Pizza. Pizzas, focaccia sandwiches, fried foods, “grubs” (grinder-subs), stuffed breads and more. Dine in, take out; free local delivery. Online ordering available. Serving 10 AM-12 AM Sun-Wed, 10 AM-1AM Thu, 10 AM-4 AM Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

Debbie’s Kitchen

456 Madison Ave., Albany, 463-3829. The downtown Albany hot spot for soups, creatively constructed sandwiches and killer desserts. Weaving 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. Serving 10-7 PM Mon-Fri, 11-4 PM Sat. Closed Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

Five Guys Burgers & Fries

418 Balltown Road, Schenectady, 346-5728; 7 Southside Drive, Clifton Park, 371-2147; 241 Route 9W, Glenmont, 432-8271; 600 North Greenbush Road, Rensselaer, 285-4704; 3057 Route 50, Saratoga Springs, 583-3135; 1512 Western Ave., Albany, 452-6066; 131 Colonie Center, Albany, 437-5171, fiveguys.com. Fast food done right. Double-decker burgers with an expansive choice of toppings, hot dogs, grilled cheese. And fries. Excellent fries, in generous servings. If that’s not enough, help yourself to peanuts. Serving 11-10 daily. AE, D, MC, V. $.

 

Francesca’s

Broadway and 5th Avenue, Troy, 272-3726. Serving soups, salads and gourmet sandwiches. Daily specials and desserts. On- and off-premises catering; takeout available. Serving 7:30-4:30 Mon-Fri. Closed Sat-Sun. D, MC, V and personal checks. $

 

Greenhouse

50 N. Pearl St., Albany, 514-2055, eatgreenhouse.com. Downtown eatery featuring fresh salads and wraps in countless creative combinations. Catering, takeout, online ordering. Serving 9-4 Mon-Fri. 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; guidosfreshmarketplace.com. Founded more than 30 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, wines, and, of course, bountiful fresh produce. Prepared foods to-go run the gamut from deli sandwiches and fish cakes to ethnic specialties, with many options for vegetarians, vegans and others with special dietary preferences. Takeout and off-premises catering. 9-7 Mon-Sat, 10-6 Sun. 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, D, MC, V. $

 

Iron Gate Cafe

182 Washington Ave., Albany, 445-3555, irongatecafe.com. Serving homemade soups, salads and sandwiches. Emphasis on local produce. Catering. Beer and wine. Outdoor dining on garden patio. Serving 7-4 Mon-Fri, Sat-Sun 9-3. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

Manhattan Bistro and Bagel

123 Saratoga Road, Scotia, 399-3887. Bagels in 19 varieties, plus soups, sandwiches and grill menu. Also serving pastries and gourmet coffee. Breakfast available all day. Serving 6-4 Mon-Fri, 6-3:30 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; open 11 Mon-Sat, 8 Sun. Open late on Fri and Sat. AE, MC, V. $$

 

Mild Wally’s

189A Quail St., Albany, 433-1898, mildwallys.com. 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, noon-midnight Sun. Phone orders (delivery) available until 30 minutes before close. AE, D, MC, V, UAlbany and Saint Rose cards. $

 

Mrs. London’s

464 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 581-1652 ext. 303, mrslondons.com. Featuring exquisite homemade pastries, desserts, sandwiches, soups and salads, espresso and other hot drinks. Takeout available. Serving 7-6 Mon-Thu, Sun, 7 AM-9 PM Fri-Sat,. AE, MC, V, local personal checks. $

 

Peaches Café

Stuyvesant Plaza, Guilderland, 482-3677. Full lunch menu, breakfast all day specializing in Belgian waffles and omelets. Dinner specials nightly, takeout available. Serving 8 AM-9 PM Mon-Sat, 8 AM- 8 PM Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

Peter Pause

535 Nott St., Schenectady, 382-9278. The Monday through Friday specials, in order, are spaghetti with mushrooms, ravioli with meatballs, eggplant parmigiana, chicken parmigiana and baked fish 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 AM-2 PM Mon-Fri. Cash only, ATM available. $

 

Putnam Market

435 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 587-3663, putnammarket.com. A gourmet marketplace with a deli and bakery, serving sandwiches, prepared foods, soups and salads to eat in or take out. 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 (fresh mozzarella with roasted red peppers and pesto mayo). Catering available. Open 9-7 Mon-Sat, 10-5 Sun. AE, MC, V, local checks. $

 

Slick’s Restaurant

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 open until 12 AM. Takeout available. Serving 11-11 Mon-Sat, noon-11 Sun. MC, V. $

 

Soho Wraps and Salads

11 S. Pearl St., Albany, 689-0785, sohowraps.com. Made-to-order wraps and salads. Vegetarian specialties available, as well as chicken, beef, tuna, and pork. Dine in or take out. Off-premises catering available. Serving 8-3 Mon-Fri. AE, MC, V. $

 

The Tollgate Ice Cream and Coffee Shop

1569 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands, 439-9824. Famous locally 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, summer hours 11-10. 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 100 varieties of premium loose-leaf tea. Café menu 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 Sat-Wed, 11-7 Thu and Fri. AE, D, MC, V. $$.

 

X’s to O’s Vegan Bakery

97 4th St., Troy, 238-3311, xoxoveganbakery.com. Organic, cruelty-free desserts and snacks made from scratch and featured in various eateries across the Capital Region and United States. Uses local ingredients. All-vegan bakery, serving lunch specials throughout the week, fresh smoothies and a Saturday brunch every other week. Winner off Metroland’s 2012 Best Vegan Brunch. Open 11-6 Tue-Thu, 11-7 Fri-Sat. V, MC. $

 

Yellow Rock Café at Indian Ladder Farms

342 Altamont Voorheesville 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 chai lattes complete the menu. On-premises catering. Serving lunch 11-2 Mon-Fri, brunch and lunch 9-3 Sat-Sun. D, MC, V, personal checks. $

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Korean

 

Kabuki Korean Restaurant

Peter Harris Plaza, 952 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham, 782-9609. The menu includes Korean dishes. Full bar, private parties. Serving 11-930 Mon-Thu, 11-10 Fri-Sun 3-9. D, MC, V. $$$

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Japanese

 

Bizen

17 Railroad St., Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 528-4343. Gourmet Japanese restaurant featuring fresh organic produce, an extensive sushi bar and a robata bar with charcoal-grilled Japanese tapas. Private tatami rooms. Sake lounge features 25 Japanese estate sakes. Entrée selections include grilled pacific black cod, Chilean sea bass, giant pacific oysters, shabu shabu, sukiyaki and o-toro. Authentic Japanese tea ceremony, kaiseki, cuisine available by appointment. Full bar, takeout available. Serving lunch noon-2:30 Mon-Fri, 12-3 Sat-Sun, and dinner 5-9:30 Sun-Sat. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

 

Hana Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar

1620 Western Ave., Guilderland, 452-4262, hanaalbany.com. Thirteen teppanyaki tables, a sushi bar, private dining areas, and dazzling new décor characterize one of the area’s newest Japanese steakhouses, where you can enjoy dinner and a show, the latter being the performance of the skilled tableside chef. Happy hour specials Sun-Fri 4:30-7:30. Full bar, outdoor patio. Private parties and takeout available. Serving lunch 11-3 Mon-Sat; dinner 4:30-10 Mon-Thu; 4:30-11 Fri; 3-11 Sat; 12-10 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$

 

Ichiban

338 Central Ave., Albany, 432-0358; 1652 Western Ave., Guilderland, 869-9585.Japanese and Chinese dishes including donburi, noodle soups and sushi lunch specials. Sushi bar. Beer, wine, sake. Takeout and delivery available. Serving 11-10 Mon-Thu, 11-11 Fri-Sat, 11-9:30 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

Koto Japanese Restaurant

260 Wolf Road Extension, Latham, 869-8888. Awarded Best Japanese Steakhouse by Metroland from 2006-2012. Enjoy the show at the teppanyaki tables, sample sushi at the expansive bar or take a regular table and explore the varied menu of tempura, teriyaki, noodle soups and much more. The bento complete dinner special is an excellent deal. Full bar, banquet facilities, including private party rooms. Serving lunch 11:30-4 Mon-Sat, dinner 4-10 Mon-Thu, 4-11 Fri-Sat, 3:30-10 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

Mari’s Japanese Cuisine

2049 Van Vranken Ave. Schenectady, 381-4881. Sushi, teriyaki and tempura are examples of menu choices you will find at Mari’s, among other traditional Japanese cuisine. Takeout available. Serving lunch 11:30-2 Mon-Fri; dinner 4:30-8:30 Mon-Thu, 4:30-9 Fri-Sat, closed Sunday. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

Mr. Fuji

Stuyvesant Plaza, 1475 Western Ave., Albany, 269-3999; 19 Clifton Country Rd., Clifton Park, mrfujisushi.com. Dine at the sushi bar and watch the chefs at work, or enjoy it at a table alongside such other menu items as tempura, teriyaki dishes, noodle soups and hibachi dinners. Albany hours: lunch 11-3 Mon-Fri, dinner 3-10:30 Mon-Thu, 3-11 Fri, 11-11 Sat, noon-10 Sun. Clifton Park hours: lunch 11:30-3 Mon-Fri, dinner 4:30-10 Mon-Thu, 4:30-10:30 Fri, 11:30-10:30 Sat, 11:30-9:30 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

Shining Rainbow Restaurant

See listing under “Chinese.”

 

Shogun Sushi

457 Madison Ave., Albany, 512-4101, shogunmadison.com. Full Japanese menu including entrees from the kitchen as well as fresh sushi and specialty rolls from the sushi bar. Stylish, contemporary atmosphere. Full bar, off-premises catering, takeout, delivery. Reservations recommended for five or more people. Serving 11-10 Mon-Thu, 11-11 Fri-Sat, noon-10 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

Sushi King

200 Broadway, Troy, 274-0015. Enjoy Chinese and Japanese cuisine, including numerous sushi selections, in this restaurant overlooking Monument Square. Takeout available; free delivery within five miles. Serving 11-10 Mon-Thu, 11-11 Fri, noon-11 Sat. Closed Sunday. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

Sushi Thai Garden

See listing under “Thai.”

 

Sushi X Lounge

710 New Loudon Road, Latham, 713-4102, sushixlounge.com. Enjoy all-you-can-eat sushi and Japanese fare, but order incrementally from a wide selection of sushi, sashimi, maki rolls, tempura, teriyaki, udon noodle dishes and more, cooked to order. $20 for dinner Mon-Thu, $22 Fri-Sun. Full bar; takeout available. Serving lunch 11:30-4 Mon-Fri, dinner 11:30-10 Mon-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri-Sat, 1130-11 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

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Italian (Northern)

 

Ca’ Mea Ristorante

333 Warren St., Hudson, 822-0005, camearestaurant.com. Owners Roy Felcetto and (chef) Max Cenci give a taste of Tuscany here, with homemade pasta (try the pappardelle in a shiitake and porcini mushroom sauce), authentic beef, pork and chicken dishes and even seafood offerings. Full bar and wine list; banquet menu. Serving lunch noon-3 Tue-Sun, dinner 5-10 Tue-Sat, 5-9 Sun. AE, MC, D, V. $$$$

 

Café Capriccio

49 Grand St., Albany, 465-0439, cafe capriccio.com. Metroland’s Best Restaurant has been serving gourmet regional Italian cuisine for 28 years. Family owned ristorante featuring seasonal menus with a Tuscan emphasis from chef Franco Rua. Serving 5-9 Sun-Thu, 5-10 Fri-Sat. Reservations strongly suggested. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$

 

Café Lucia

80 Church St., Lenox, Mass., (413) 637-2640, cafelucialenox.com. Enjoy the regional Italian and continental cuisine of chef-owner Jim Lucie, featuring organic ingredients and all-natural meats, served in an intimate 1840s farmhouse. Award-winning wine list, scenic outdoor dining, private parties. Reservations recommended. Serving dinner 5:30-9:00 Tue-Sat, closed Sun-Mon, open Sundays of holiday weekends. D, MC, V. $$$$

 

Capriccio Saratoga

26 Henry St., Saratoga Springs, 587-9463. Sister restaurant to Albany’s Café Capriccio, offering many of the same classic Italian antipasti, pasta and main courses along with traditional Neapolitan pizza. Full bar. Serving 5-close daily. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$

 

Chianti il Ristorante

18 Division St., Saratoga Springs, 580-0025, chiantiristorante.com. In the heart of downtown Saratoga Springs, Chianti Il Ristorante serves sophisticated, authentic Northern Italian fare utilizing seasonal ingredients in an elegant setting. Full bar, award-winning wine selection. Dinner served from 5 PM daily. Bar open daily at 4:30. AE, MC, V. $$$

 

Elda’s

203-207 Lark St., Albany, 449-3532, eldasonlark.com. In a handsome dining room looking out on Lark and State streets, enjoy classic Italian dishes including veal, seafood, chicken, beef and pasta. Fresh pasta and bread made on premises. Gourmet desserts. Full bar. Catering and takeout available. Serving dinner 4-11 Mon-Sat, with a late dinner menu available from 10 PM-1 AM. Closed Sunday. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

Limoncello Ristorante

1 Ballston Ave., Saratoga Springs, 580-8700, limoncelloristorante.com. Chef-owner Giancarlo Balestra offers a Tuscan-style menu where you can start with calamari, carpaccio or fritto misto di mare, and go on to enjoy pasta dishes like fettuccine del norcino, penne alla vodka or homemade gnocchi. The secondi include scallopine limoncello, tagliata alla Toscana and saltimbocca alla Romana. Full bar, wine list, outdoor patio. Serving dinner 7 days 4:00-close. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$

 

Lo Porto Ristorante

85 4th St., Troy, 273-8546, loportos.com. Martin Scorsese’s favorite Capital Region restaurant is still going strong, serving Italian specialties with a Sicilian flavor. Full bar. Off-premises catering (465-7313, loportoscatering@aol.com). Space available for private parties. Takeout available. Serving lunch 11:00-3 Mon-Fri, dinner 5-10 Mon-Sat. Closed Sunday except for private parties. Reservations strongly suggested for dinner. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

Luisa’s Italian Bistro

Exit 17, Route 9, Saratoga Road, South Glens Falls, 745-5055, luisasitalianbistro.com. Serving Northern Italian dishes from the restaurateur’s home in the Emilia-Romagna region of Bologna, the restaurant specializes in veal, chicken, seafood and pasta in an intimate setting. Updated menu includes extensive appetizers, gourmet pizza, light bar menu and more, with dinner specials daily. Full bar. Takeout available. Reservations recommended for parties of six or more. Serving 4:30-9 Sun-Thu, 4:30-9:30 Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

Mallozzi’s

1930 Curry Road, Schenectady, 355-0340, mallozzis.com. A banquet house offering custom-designed menus for special occasions. Serving a Wednesday night Grand Italian Buffet offering myriad Italian specialty dishes and chef’s specials in an elegant setting. Full bar, banquet facilities. Now offering off-premises catering. Serving dinner 5-7 Wed. Reservations suggested. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

Mangino’s

149 Route 9P, Saratoga Lake, 584-5599, manginos.com. Serving Northern and traditional Italian specialties for more than 65 years at the same location at the south end of Saratoga Lake. Serving house specialties of lobster, shrimp, and veal, regional pasta favorites, prime rib Friday and Saturday, and fresh seafood. Serving 4-10 Fri-Sat, 4-9 Tue-Thu, noon-9 Sun. Reservations suggested. AE, MC, V. $$$

 

Mezza Notte

2026 Western Ave., Guilderland, 689-4433, mezzanottealbany.com. Serving classic Italian dishes with a modern flair. House specialties include their signature osso buco, and fettucine arragosta (lobster) in a lobster cream sauce; for appetizers, try the patate (homemade potato chips) con gorgonzola. All desserts are house-made. Full bar, extensive wine list. Enjoy the outside dining patio while the weather is nice. Private banquet rooms available. Serving dinner 5-9:30 Tue-Thu, 5-10:30 Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$

 

Milano

Newton Plaza, 594 New Loudon Road, Latham, 783-3334, milano-restaurant.com. Northern Italian cuisine featuring homemade pasta, gourmet pizza, grilled meats and seafood. Full bar. Winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Serving lunch 11:30-3 Mon-Fri, noon-3 Sat, dinner 5-9 Sun-Mon, 5-10 Tue-Thu, 5-10:30 Fri-Sat. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$

 

Nicole’s Restaurant

556 Delaware Ave., Albany, 436-4952, nicolesrestaurant.com. The menu offers Southern and Northern Italian specialties in an intimate dining room with a metropolitan feel. Full bar, banquet facilities, on- and off-premises catering. Takeout available. Private parties by reservation any day. Serving lunch 11:30-2:30 Tue-Fri, dinner 5-9 Tue-Thurs, 5-10 Fri-Sat, 4-9 Sun, closed Monday. Reservations suggested for dinner. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

 

Panza’s

510 Route 9P, Saratoga Springs, 584-6882, panzasrestaurant.com. Distinctive Italian cuisine with a continental flair. Full bar, banquets for all occasions, on- and off-premises catering. Serving lunch and dinner 12-close Sun-Mon, Wed-Fri, serving dinner 5-close Sat. Closed Tuesday. Reservations appreciated. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$

 

Tesoro

20 Mall, 2080 Western Ave., Guilderland, 456-8242, tesoroitalianrestaurant.com. Intimate chef-owned restaurant serving both northern and southern Italian dishes by former Lombardo’s chef Raffaele Sainato. Join us every Wednesday for “dinner for four to-go” for $19.95. Full bar, banquet facilities, on- and off-premises catering. Takeout available. Serving 11:30-9 Mon-Thu, 11:30-10 Fri, 4-10 Sat, and 4-8 Sun. Reservations suggested. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

V & R Restaurant

136 Madison Ave., Albany, 626-0001 or 626-0700. Northern Italian cuisine featuring pasta, chicken, veal and seafood. Soups and desserts made from scratch. Full bar, catering, two rooms for private parties up to 150. Takeout available. Reservations suggested. Serving 11:30-9 Mon-Fri, 3-10 Sat, 3-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

Vico Restaurant & Bar

136 Warren St., Hudson, 828-6529, vicorestaurant.com. Tuscan-inspired dining, the legacy of chef-owner Mark Ganem’s time in Italy. The result: items like fettuccine Botticelli, topped with a cream sauce, porcini mushrooms, asparagus and edible flowers, so it really does look like a work of art. Other items in the changing menu could include grilled rosemary-crusted lamb and preparations of tuna, chicken and duck. Warm ambiance, two working fireplaces, excellent pasta and a killer bistecca Fiorentina. Full bar. Serving lunch noon-3 Sat-Sun; dinner 5-close Wed-Fri, 3-close Sat-Sun, 5-close Mon; closed Tue. AE, MC, V. $$$

 

Wheatfields

440 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 587-0534, 54 Crossing Blvd., Clifton Park, 383-4444, wheatfields.com. Serving fresh, homemade pasta, daily specials, and fine wine since 1988. Proudly bringing the finest local ingredients to our guests’ plates. Offering a gluten-free menu. Full bar; space for semi-private parties available. Reservations accepted. Serving 11-10 Mon-Fri, 12-10 Sat, 10:30-9 Sun in Clifton Park, 11:30-9 Sun-Thu, 11:30-10 Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

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Italian

 

Amo La Bella New York

89 Beaver St., Albany, 434-3121. Specialties at this downtown dining room include saltimbocca à la Romana, seafood pasta à la Amo, shrimp with porcini mushrooms in a Genovese sauce, and Cippino, a combination of clams, scallops, shrimp and calamari on top of linguine. Full bar, banquets for up to 170 guests. Takeout available. Serving lunch 11-2 Mon-Fri; dinner 5-9 Fri-Sat. Reservations accepted. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

 

Angelo’s Tavolo

1 Glen Ave., Scotia, 374-7262, angelostavolo.com. Restaurant in the Glen Sanders Mansion featuring modern Italian cuisine in an historic setting. Full bar and banquet facilities, on- and off-premises catering. Overnight accommodations available. Serving dinner 5-9:30 Mon-Sat, brunch 10:30-2 Sun, special pub menu 4 PM-10PM Mon-Sat, 4 PM-9PM Sun in the bar. Reservations recommended on the weekends. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$

 

Anthony’s Canalside Restaurant

1 Riverside Drive, Rotterdam Junction, 887-3100. A friendly, comfy place for pizza or parmigiana, and don’t forget to try the steak pizzaiola. Daily specials. Full bar. Serving 4-9 Tue-Thu, 4-10 Fri-Sat, Sun 2-9. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

Appian Way Restaurant

1839 Van Vranken Ave., Schenectady, 393-8460. The Mantova sisters are back once more with their matchless, cooked-from-scratch fare. Their fettuccini with portobello mushrooms, for example, redefines the texture of the dish, because chef Gina dries the mushrooms first. Bread, pasta, and even the ice cream are all homemade. Serving dinner 5-close Wed-Sun. AE, MC, V. $$$

 

Augie’s Family Style Restaurant & Bar

183 Church Ave. (Route 50), Ballston Spa, 884-8600, augiesrestaurant.com. Family-style Italian fare (every dish serves two or more) including fried calamari, fresh mozzarella and roasted peppers, chicken, seafood, pan pizzas and more than 20 pasta dishes. Daily specials. Full bar, on- and off-premises catering, takeout available. Serving 4-9 Sun-Mon, Wed-Thu; 4-10 Fri-Sat; closed Tue. Private parking available. AE, MC, V. $$$$

 

Bellini’s Italian Eatery

1365 New Scotland Ave., Slingerlands, 439-6022; 19 Clifton Country Road, Hannaford Plaza, Clifton Park, 348-2090. Tucked into a couple of suburban shopping plazas, these attractive Italian restaurants feature a mix of straightforward dishes and authentic Italian fare, from wood-fired pizzas and bruschetta to more complicated dishes like the pappardelle, with sautéed chicken, roasted garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, asparagus and artichoke hearts. Fresh-baked bread daily and rich desserts, too. Full bar, wine list. Serving 11:30-9:30 Mon-Thu, 11:30-10:30 Fri-Sat, noon-9 Sun. AE, MC, V. $$$

 

Bongiorno’s

23 Dove St., Albany, 462-9176, bongiornositalianrestaurant.com. Specializing in veal and seafood dishes, including zuppa di pesce, fettuccini al Cognac and veal Piccante. Full bar, small banquet facilities. Takeout available. Serving lunch 11:00-2 Mon-Fri; dinner 5-9 Mon-Thu, 5-10 Fri-Sat. Closed Sundays. Reservations recommended. AE, MC, V, D. $$$

 

Buca di Beppo

44 Wolf Road, Colonie, 459-2822, bucadibeppo.com. Family-style Italian fare in a chain restaurant that does it right. Order less than you think and bring a big party: Lots of food emerges in family-style portions, served in an infectiously merry atmosphere. Full bar. Serving lunch 11:30-3 daily, dinner 3-10 Mon-Thu, 11-11 Fri, 11:30-11 Sat, 11:30-9 Sun, family style dinner available all day. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

Caffe Italia

662 Central Ave., Albany, 482-9433. Look for traditional preparations of pasta, shrimp, lobster and veal, including Veal Luciana—medallions of veal with prosciutto, tomato and mozzarella. Beer, liquor and wine. On-premises catering for small parties and off-premises catering for larger parties. Takeout available. Serving lunch 11:30-2 Tues-Fri; dinner 5-10 Mon-Sat, 4-9 Sun. Reservations appreciated. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$

 

Chef’s Take Out

3770 Carmen Road, Carmen Plaza, Guilderland, 357-2222, chefstakeout .com. Trained by his mom and family in Calabria, Italy, chef-owner Gerry Consolo invites you to enjoy food from Northern and Southern Italy. Takeout and catering available. Reservations recommended. Serving 4-9 Wed-Sun. MC, V. $$

 

Civitello’s

42 N. Jay St., Schenectady, 381-6165, civitellos.com. Known for Italian ice, spumoni and tortoni, all made in-house; also Italian sandwiches, homemade bread and pizza, pastries, cookies, espresso and cappuccino. Takeout available. Dessert catering. Open 9-7 Tue-Sat. V, MC. $

 

Cornell’s Restaurant

39 N. Jay St., Schenectady, 370-3825, cornellsrestaurant.com. The Northern and Southern Italian menu includes such favorites as braciola, calamari and homemade cavatelle. Full bar. Serving dinner 5-9 Tue-Thu, 5-10 Fri-Sat, 4-9 Sun. Reservations suggested. AE, CB, MC, V. $$$

 

DeAngelo’s Ristorante

1510 Chrisler Ave., Schenectady, 393-1364. A family-style restaurant featuring fresh ingredients, huge portions, menu selections from spaghetti to lobster tails, and a friendly staff to top it off. Full bar. On- and off-premises catering, takeout available. Serving dinner 4-10 Tue-Sat, 4-9 Sun-Mon. Reservations suggested. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

DeFazio’s Pizzeria

266 4th St., Troy, 271-1111, defaziospizza.com. Over 20 gourmet wood-fired pizzas and pastas, antipasto and salads. Homemade Italian sauces available in DeFazio’s retail store next door. BYOB. Off-premises catering available. Serving 11-10 Mon-Fri, 12-10 Sat. Closed Sun. Cash or check only. $$

 

Delmonico’s Italian Steakhouse

1553 Central Ave., Albany, 456-5656, delmonicositaliansteakhouse.com. The Delmonico steak is a terrific deal, but the menu also features standard Italian fare at reasonable prices. Rich sauces, lots of cheese—it’s all here. Full bar. Serving dinner 4-10:30 Mon-Thu, 4-11:30 Fri, 1-11:30 Sat, noon-10 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

De Marco’s Italian Restaurant

1965 Central Ave., Albany, 456-7574. Homemade Italian cuisine served in a friendly, family-owned restaurant. Try the famous pizza. On- and off premises catering. Serving 11-12 Mon-Wed, 11-1am Thu-Sat, 12-12 Sun. AE, MC, V. $$

 

D’Raymonds Restaurant and Lounge

269 Osborne Road, Loudonville, 459-6364. draymonds.com. Italian cuisine with an American accent. Veal and homemade pasta are house specialties. Full bar. Takeout until 7 PM, catering available. Reservations recommended. Serving lunch 11:30-2:15 Mon-Fri, dinner 5-10 Mon-Fri, 4-10 Sat. Closed Sun. AE, CB, DC, MC, V. $$$

 

Eugenio’s Cafe Gelato
See listing under “Coffee Bars.”

 

Ferrari’s Ristorante

1254 Congress St., Schenectady, 382-8865, ferrarisristorante.com. Authentic Italian cuisine with specialties including veal Pepe (veal in horseradish-cream sauce) and chicken Antonio (in wine-and-mushroom sauce). Full bar. Banquets for up to 65 guests, off-premises catering. Serving 11:30-9 Mon-Thu, 11-10 Fri, 4-10 Sat. Open on Sunday for private parties and banquets of 50 or more. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

 

Forno Bistro

541 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 581-2401, fornobistro.com. Anchoring Saratoga’s vibrant downtown with a variety of rustic Tuscan-style food using only the freshest seasonal ingredients for fullest traditional flavors. Rustic Italian menu features wood-fired, thin-crust pizza, homemade pasta along with soups and salads. Serving dinner 5-9:30 Mon-Thu, 5-10:30 Fri-Sat, 5-9 Sun. AE, MC, V. $$$

 

Gourmella’s Pizza

448 Delaware Ave., Albany, 436-0545. Serving a variety of pizzas and pasta entrees, also wings, wraps, salads and subs. Open daily 10-9. Takeout and delivery. AE, D, MC, V. $.

 

Grappa ’72

818 Central Ave., Albany, 482-7200. grappa72.com. Authentic northern and southern Italian cuisine prepared by executive chef Tom Kachris, served in an upscale atmosphere and featuring the largest Italian wine and grappa list in upstate New York. Private room and elegant patio available. Full bar, on- and off-premises catering. Takeout available. Reservations recommended. Serving lunch 11:30-3 Mon-Fri.; dinner 4:30-9:30 Mon-Thu, 4:30-10 Fri-Sat, 3:30-8:30 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

Inferno Restaurant & Pizzeria

496 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville, 459-2121; 222 Guideboard Road, Clifton Park, 383-8080; 79 Campbell Ave., Troy, 272-2121; 198 Lisha Kill Road, Colonie, 456-4111; 167 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham, 782-7111; 1810 Western Ave, Albany, 862-2030; 72 Henry St., Saratoga Springs, 580-8888; 2374 Route 9, Malta, 899-2121. infernopizza.com. Pizzeria in eight locations, also featuring a full menu of homemade entrees. On-premises catering; takeout and delivery available. Reservations recommended. Hours vary on location. AE, MC, V. $$

 

Jimmy’s 21

2425 Main St., Lake Placid, 523-2353. Featuring veal, pasta, chicken and seafood dishes. Children’s menu available. Four lakeside dining rooms with splendid views of Mirror Lake and the Adirondacks. Full bar, on-premises catering, takeout. Serving lunch and dinner 11:30-10. AE, MC, V. $$$

 

Joe’s Pizza Place & Restaurant

2780 Hamburg St., Schenectady, 355-7700.Traditional Italian fare like ziti, cavatelli and fettuccine with meatballs, sausage and more. Also burgers and sandwiches. Takeout available. Full bar, banquet and catering. Delivery available. Serving 3-9Mon, Closed Tue, 3-9Wed-Thu, 12-9 Fri-Sun. AE, MC, D, V. $$

 

John Riccitello’s

1687 Foster Ave., Schenectady, 374-1574. You’ll be part of the family as soon as you walk in. Good meals, good prices, good company. Try the veal parmigiana. Wed-Thu night specials. Full bar. Serving 11-10 Wed-Fri, 4-10 Sat, 4-9 Sun. Closed Mon-Tue (except for parties of 20-40, by reservation only). Reservations suggested. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

Katrinella’s Bistro

123 1/2 Madison Ave., Albany, 512-5116, katrinellasbistro.com. Homemade southern Italian fare prepared with the personal touch by chef-owner Giuseppe Rogers in an intimate atmosphere. Plenty of chicken, veal and seafood dishes, but it’s the pasta that sets the place apart. Beer and wine. Takeout available. Serving lunch 11-1:30 Tue-Fri, dinner 4:30-10 Tue-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

Lombardo’s

121 Madison Ave., Albany, 462-9180, lombardosofalbany.com. An Albany mainstay, with a menu featuring many different pasta dishes, more than 10 different veal dishes and many other offerings. Nightly specials, too. Full bar. Banquet room available for up to 80, takeout available. Serving 11-11 Mon-Fri, 3-11 Sat. Closed Sun. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$

 

Macerola’s Pizza Gram Plus

2514 Western Ave., Guilderland, 464-4726. Serving lunch and dinner. Full dining room. Pizza, pasta, steak, seafood, sandwiches, and dinner specials. New sports bar featuring NFL Ticket, flat screen tvs and happy hour specials. On- and off-premises catering, takeout, free delivery. Serving Mon-Sat 11-11, Sun 1-10. $$

 

Mangia

1562 New Scotland Ave. (Route 85), Slingerlands, 439-5555, mangiarestaurant.com. Wood-fired pizzas include such toppings as chicken pesto and barbecued chicken. The menu also features innovative world cuisine. Beer and extensive new wine list. Takeout available. Serving 11-9 Mon-Thu, 11-10 Fri, 3-10 Sat, noon-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

Mario’s Restaurant

Routes 20 and 22, New Lebanon, 794-9495, marios-restaurant.com. Chef-owned and family-operated since 1964, this personalized eatery is known for great food and service. Bread, pasta and desserts are all from scratch. Full bar. On- and off-premises catering. Reservations recommended. Serving dinner 4-9 Sun-Thu, 4-10 Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$

 

Mario’s Restaurant & Pizzeria

2850 River Road, Niskayuna, 347-0002. Long Sicilian pizza is a trademark item; the menu also features other pizzas, traditional pasta dishes and dinner specials. Serving 11-10 Tue-Fri, 4-10 Sat. Closed Sun-Mon. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

Marotta’s Bar-Risto

611 Union St., Schenectady, 377-5100, marottasbar-risto.com. Bistro fare, burgers, salads, wood-fired pizza and a full Italian menu are available at this cheerful upper Union newcomer. Full bar, wine list. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri-Sat. Closed Sunday. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

Mazzeo’s Ristorante

1015 South St., Pittsfield, Mass., (413) 448-2095, mazzeos ristorante.com. Second-generation family-owned restaurant serving authentic Italian cuisine. Conveniently located in the heart of the Berkshires on Route 7 near Lenox, this elegant eatery caters to locals and tourists with its traditional comfort food. Homemade desserts, children’s menu. Full bar, wine list. Banquet and catering services. Reservations recommended. Serving dinner 4-9 Mon-Thu; 4-10 Fri-Sat. Subject to change. AE, D, MC. V. $$$$

 

Mercato’s Pizzeria & Restaurant

155 Delaware Ave., Delmar, 475-7777, mercatosrestayrant.com. Salmon alla Mercato is a favorite on a menu featuring veal, chicken, seafood, pasta and pizza. Full bar. Banquet facilities. Serving 11:30 AM to 9 PM seven days a week. AE, MC, V. $$

 

Minissale’s Wine Cellar Café

1 14th St, Troy, 274-6225, minissales winecellarcafe.com. Plenty of pasta dishes, with a homemade arrabbiata sauce a specialty, as well as meat dishes like pork ossobuco, steaks, veal, chicken and seafood. And don’t overlook the pizza! Full bar, wine list. Banquets and takeout. Serving dinner 5-9 Wed-Thu, 5-10 Fri-Sat, 4-9 Sun. D, MC, V. $$$

 

More Perreca’s

31 N. Jay St., Schenectady, 377-9800. The ever-changing dinner menu includes baked eggplant, braciole, sausage and peppers, roasted chicken and pasta fagioli, along with our famous signature bread and personal pizzas. Lunch and breakfast daily (try the Eggs Purgatory in spicy marinara). Serving 7 AM to 8 PM seven days a week. D, MC, V. $$

 

Moscatiello’s Italian Restaurant

99 North Greenbush Road (Route 4), Troy, 283-0809, moscatiellos.com. This family-operated restaurant boasts a variety of Italian fare. In addition to the traditional, the menu includes gourmet specialties and salads, including chicken rustica, shrimp scampi, chicken marsala, New York strip steak, and a bruschetta appetizer. Full bar and wine list. On- and off-premises catering. Serving 11:30-10 daily. Now serving brunch 10-2 Sun. Reservations accepted for parties of five or more. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

The New Madison Grille

331 Madison Ave., Albany, 434-1938. Pizza is a specialty—this neighborhood favorite has perfected there famous 70-year-old pizza recipe from the former establishment. Also serving a high-quality but reasonably priced menu of salads, sandwiches, burgers and other entrées. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving 11-6 Mon, 11-10 Tue-Wed, 11-12 Thu-Fri, 11-2 Sat, 5-12 Sun. Bar open later. Closed Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

Noho Pizza

195 Lark St., Albany, 433-1111, nohopizza.com. Gourmet pizza, Italian dinners, subs, wings, salad bar. Takeout and delivery available. Serving 9-10 Mon-Fri, 10-10 Sat-Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

The Olive Garden

178 Wolf Road, Colonie, 458-8676, olivegarden.com. An extensive, Americanized Italian menu of pastas, appetizers and salads. Full bar. Serving 11-10 Sun-Thu, 11-11 Fri-Sat. AE, CB, D, MC, V. $$

 

Paolo Lombardi’s

104 W. Sand Lake Road, Wynantskill, 283-0202, paololombardis.com. Featuring fresh seafood, steaks, and specialty pastas, with large hot and cold antipasto. Full bar. Takeout available. On- and off-premises catering. Serving dinner 4-10 Tue-Thu, 4-11 Fri-Sat, 1-9 Sun. Closed Mon. Reservations suggested. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$

 

Parillo’s Armory Grill

67 Bridge St., Amsterdam, 842-2004, parillosarmorygrill.com. A family-run restaurant where you’ll soon feel at home. Traditional fare including specialties like vodka rigatoni and bourbon-marinated sirloin. Full bar. Serving dinner 5-9 Wed-Thu, 5-10 Fri-Sat, 1-8 Sun. AE, MC, V. $$$

 

Pennell’s

284 Jefferson St., Saratoga Springs, 583-2423. This award-winning chef-owned-and-operated restaurant has been in business for more than 80 years, serving Northern and Southern Italian cuisine. Specials include veal Marsala and shrimp Genovese. Full bar, on-premises catering for parties up to 120. Full menu available for takeout. Serving 5-9 Wed-Thu, Sun; 5-10 Fri-Sat. Closed Mon-Tue. Reservations suggested. AE, MC, V. $$$

 

Petta’s

134 Duane Ave., Schenectady, 346-7324, pettasrestaurant.com. The granddaddy of Italian eateries in the Electric City celebrates 61 years of family ownership and authentic home cooking. Renowned for its veal specialties, the menu also features steaks, chops, seafood, and vegetarian dishes. Full bar, banquet facilities. Takeout available. Dinner 4-9 daily. Reservations suggested on weekends. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

 

Pietros Cucina

15 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 436-7492, pietroscucina.com. The name has been changed (from I Love New York Pizza), but the quality remains the same: variety of gourmet pizza, calzones and rolls; homemade pasta entrees; wings and hot and cold subs; freshly made beef and chicken gyros, wraps, and paninis. Also salads, appetizers, daily soup special, and desserts. No alcohol. Take out, free delivery, online ordering, off-premises catering. Mon-Thu 10-10, Fri-Sat 10-11, Sun 12-9. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

Portside American Diner

240 Church St., Albany, 449-5008. Breakfast, lunch and dinner in a casual setting. Breakfast is served all day. Off-premises catering, takeout available. Serving 6:30-9 daily. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

Prime Italian Steakhouse & Bar

15 Franklin St., Lenox, Mass., (413) 637-2998, primelenox.com. Italian steakhouse featuring steaks, seafood and Italian specialties in a metropolitan dining room offering private frosted glass booths. Full bar, takeout available. Reservations recommended on weekends. Seasonal; call for hours. AE, MC, V. $$$$

 

Red Front Restaurant

71 Division St., Troy, 272-9241, 274-6114, redfrontrestaurant.com. Gourmet pizza and traditional Italian and American dishes are the specialties at this venerable Troy institution. Full bar. On- and off premises catering. Banquet facilities. Takeout and delivery available. Serving 11-11 Tue-Sat, noon-11 Sun, closed Mon. Reservations suggested. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

Romano’s Macaroni Grill

1 Metro Park Road (off Wolf Road), Colonie, 446-9190, macaronigrill.com. A full menu of Italian specialties is served in a convivial atmosphere, along with brick-oven pizza. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving 11-10 Sun-Thu, 11-11 Fri-Sat. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

 

Sam’s Italian-American Famous Restaurant

125 Southern Blvd. (Route 9W), Albany, 463-3433. Family-owned for 42 years featuring Northern and Southern Italian specialties including fresh veal, pastas, and seafood. Children’s and senior-citizen portions available. Party menus. Free dessert for birthdays and anniversaries. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving lunch 11:30-2 Tue-Fri, dinner 4:30-9 Tue-Thu, 4:30-9 Fri-Sat. Closed Sun-Mon. Reservations suggested. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

Sciortino’s

893 Broadway, Albany, 465-9148, sciortinospizzeria.com. In the historic former Miss Albany dining car, casual homemade Italian food and pizza, featuring several menu items that originated in Utica. Beer and wine. Takeout available; on- and off-premises catering. Serving 11-11 Sun-Wed, 11 AM-2 AM Thu-Sat. Cash only; ATM onsite. $

 

Scotti’s Restaurant and Pizzeria

1730 Union St., Schenectady, 393-7440. Voted Best Family Italian restaurant by Metroland for 2010. In the same spot since 1966, Scotti’s is famous for its sauces: marinara, meat, and light red. All menu items prepared to order. Homemade bread. Beer and extensive wine list. On- and off-premises catering and full menu available for takeout. Serving lunch 11:30-1:30, dinner 4-9 Tue-Thurs, 4:30-9:30 Fri-Sat. Closed Sun-Mon. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

Soho Pizza

269 Lark St., Albany, 449-1111, sohopizza.com. Voted Best Pizza in Metroland Readers’ Poll 2011. Greenwich-style brick-oven pizza. Wings, salads and Italian dinners. Takeout and delivery available. Serving 3 PM- 3 AM Mon-Thurs, 11 AM- 4 AM Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

Testo’s

124th Street and 4th Avenue, North Troy, 235-0444, testositalianrestaurant.com. Family-run Italian restaurant with a family ambience, specializing in pasta, veal, seafood and homemade meatballs. Home of Testo’s Gourmet Pasta Sauce. Beer and wine. Off-premises catering. Complete menu available for takeout. Serving 11:30-9 PM Tue-Sat. Closed Sun-Mon. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

Trattoria Il Vesuvio

242 Pittsfield Road, Lenox, Mass., (413) 637-4904, trattoria-vesuvio.com. This down-home trattoria is where you’ll enjoy imported ingredients and a high-quality approach to authentic peasant food. Known for homemade ravioli and hearty meat dishes, all served in a converted Dutch barn. Full bar. Serving dinner 4:30-9 daily. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

Trattoria Rustica

27 McKay St., Pittsfield, Mass., (413) 499-1192, trattoria-rustica.com. Cozy, rustic restaurant in downtown Pittsfield featuring traditional Neapolitan cuisine. Specialties include brick-oven-roasted meats, wild game and fish, and plenty of pasta dishes. Homemade bread from the brick oven. Italian desserts. Large wine selection, plus beer and bar. Reservations recommended. Serving 5-close daily; closed Tuesday. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$

 

Treviso by Mallozzi
Italian-American Community Center, 257 Washington Ave. Ext., Albany, 456-0292. mallozzifamily.com. Part of the Mallozzi group, this eatery offers a large selection of veal dishes and innovative Italian-American specialties. Children’s menu. Full bar. Banquet facilities, takeout available. Reservations recommended. Serving dinner 5-9 Tue-Sat, 4-8 Sun, dinner buffet 5-8:30 Mon, lunch 11:30-2:30 Tue-Fri. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

Valente’s Restaurant

315 8th St., Watervliet, 273-3314, valentesrestaurant.com. Traditional Italian fare—Bolognese, parmigiana (try the haddock version), a bounty of pasta dishes—with steak and seafood, from a family restaurant dating to 1958. Catering and takeout available. Full bar. Serving lunch 11-4 Tue-Fri, dinner 4-10 Sun-Thu, 4-11 Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

Verdile’s

572 2nd Ave., Troy, 235-8879, verdile.com. Selections include fresh veal, homemade pasta and seafood specials. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Sat, noon-9 Sun. Reservations not accepted. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

Villa Valenti

Route 150, West Sand Lake, 283-1291, villavalenti.com. Family-owned eatery known for its tomato sauce. Traditional Italian menu featuring homemade pastas, nature-quality veal (cut fresh daily), fresh seafood and a salad bar with more than 40 items. Full bar, catering, banquet facilities. Takeout available. Serving dinner 4-10 Tue-Sat, 3-9 Sun. Closed Mon. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

 

Village Pizzeria & Ristorante

2727 Route 29, East Galway, 882-9431, villagepizzeria.com. For 24 years at this location, Sandy and Joe Guerrera have evolved their family-friendly Italian eatery, now with an expansive, farm-to-fork menu. Look for pork osso buco, an array of veal dishes, and plenty of pasta. Also a variety of gluten-free pastas and pizzas. Serving beer and wine. Wine list with more than 400 selections (120 by the glass).Winner of Wine Spectator Two Glass Excellence Award. Serving 4-9 Mon. and Tues, 11:30-9 Wed-Thu, 11:30-9:30 Fri-Sat, 11:30-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

The Water’s Edge Lighthouse Restaurant and Inn

2 Freeman’s Bridge Road, Glenville, 370-5300, thewatersedge lighthouse.com. Scenic dining on the shore of the Mohawk River. Fine dining as well as casual fare, specializing in seafood, steaks, traditional Italian cuisine, homemade soups and a nightly dessert display. Full bar, takeout available. Banquet facilities for 200-plus. Reservations recommended. Open 11-10 Tue- Fri, 5-10 Sat. AE, D, MC, V, ATM/debit. $$$

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Irish

 

Carney’s

17 Main St., Ballston Lake, 399-9926. Irish country pub with casual family atmosphere and a pool/game room. Menu includes Irish and American fare. Prime rib is always the special on Sat and Sun. Fresh fish, hand-cut steaks. Serving noon-9 daily. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

Finnbar’s Pub

452 Broadway, Troy, 326-3994, finnbarspub.com. Troy’s newest neighborhood pub offering regular food and drink specials. Full bar. Takeout available; on- and off-premises catering. Reservations recommended for parties of 8 or more. Serving 11-9:30 Mon-Sat. Bar open until 2 AM. Closed Sundays. AE, MC, V, D, ATM/debit. $$

 

McIntyre’s Pub

795 3rd Ave., Watervliet, 270-9907. Chef of Irish heritage brings authentic Irish fare such as shepherd’s pie, corn beef and cabbage, and fish and chips, along with appetizers, salads, burgers and sandwiches. Full Bar. Off-premises catering, takeout. Serving 11 AM-midnight daily. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V, debit. $$

 

The Parting Glass

40-42 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs, 583-1916. partingglasspub.com. This popular Irish eatery serves up more than typical pub fare. The menu features homemade specials including lamb stew, as well as soups, Irish specialties, and traditional Irish Breakfast. Full bar with more than 100 beers available, including Harp and Guinness. Parties for any occasion, banquet facilities for 20 to 200. Serving full menu daily, from 11 AM until last call. AE, D, MC, V. $

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International

 

333 Café

333 Delaware Ave., Delmar, 439-9333. 333cafe.com. A cozy bistro that provides an intimate dining experience. Extensive beer selection and hand-selected, worldly wine list. Featuring daily specials. Oktoberfest menu for the month. Off-premises catering. Serving lunch 11-2 Tue-Fri, dinner 4-9 Tue-Sat; closed Sun-Mon. Luncheons for private parties available upon special request. AE, MC, V. $$$$

 

Aperitivo Bistro

426 State St., Schenectady, 579-3371, aperitivobistro.com. Eclectic bistro situated between Proctors and Bowtie Cinemas Movieland 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 5-10 Mon-Sat and 4-9 Sunday. Private party room (seats 50) available upon special request. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

Beardslee Castle

123 Old State Rd., 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. $$$$

 

Creo

Stuyvesant Plaza, 1475 Western Ave., Albany, 482-8000, creorestaurant.com. Chef Brian Bowden’s delectable entrées include fresh-caught halibut with maine lobster and veggies in a tartare sauce, and grilled rib eye with fried oysters along with greens, potato, and leeks in a smoked paprika hollandaise. Excellent service. Full bar, wine list. Reservations suggested. Serving 11:30-9 Mon, 11:30-10 Tue-Fri, noon-10 Sat; Sunday brunch 10-3, dinner 4-9. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$.

 

Mingle

544 Delaware Ave., Albany, 915-1468, minglealbany.com. Chef Un-Hui Filomeno offers such Korean specialties as kimchi jigae, bibimbap and dukbokki, along with jambalaya, cioppino, five-cheese lobster mac, sesame-encrusted tuna Un-Hui. Full bar, wine list. Banquets and takeout available. Serving 11:30-9 Tue-Thu, 11:30-10 Fri, 5-10 Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$

 

Ravenous

21 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 581-0560, ravenouscrepes.com. 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 11:30-8 Tue-Thu, 11:30-9 Fri, 9-9 Sat, 9-8 Sun. Closed Mon. AE, MC, V, D. $$

 

Sage Bistro

Star Plaza, 2050 Western Ave., Guilderland, 608-5410, sagebistroguilderland.com. Many influences converge here, as chef Joseph Soliman offers such items as, scallops and shrimp in a pesto-tomato cream sauce, gilled marinated lamb in a shitake cabernet wine sauce, oven-baked sea bass topped with Moroccan charmoula, and Absolut chicken. Catering and takeout available. Full bar. Serving lunch 11-3 Mon-Fri, noon-3 Sat; dinner 4:30-9 Mon-Sat. AE, D, 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 Fri-Sun. D, MC, V, personal checks. $$$$

 

Yono’s

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 PM. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$

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Indian/Pakistani

 

Aashiana Restaurant

31 Central Ave., Albany, 463-4161. Serving a variety of Indian, Pakistani and Middle Eastern food such as falafels, hummus and baba ghanouj. The menu includes a large selection of vegetarian options. On- and off-premises catering and takeout. Lunch buffet 11:30-3 Mon-Fri and noon-3 Sat. Friday and Saturday night buffet 5-9. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri, 12-11 Sat. Closed Sunday. Reservations accepted. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

Aroma Bar & Grill

485 Main St., Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 528-3116, aromabarandgrill.com. The six-page menu offers the expected gamut of traditional Indian fare, with masalas and biryanis noted as signature dishes. Try the rasam, a light, tamarind-scented lentil soup or the chicken madras, a curry enhanced with pepper and lemon. Takeout available. Full bar. Serving lunch 11:30-3 Tue-Sun, dinner 4:30-10 Sun-Thu, 4:30-10:30 Fri-Sat, buffet noon-3 Sunday. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

Curry House

1112 Madison Ave., Albany, 438-2265. curryhousealbany.com. This Northern Indian restaurant, now in its 13th year of operation, features a large selection of appetizers, curries, shish kebabs, tandoori entrées and Indian breads. Lunch buffet daily 11:30-2:30 Mon-Fri, Sat-Sun noon-3. Off-premises catering and takeout available. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri, noon-11 Sat, noon-10 Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $

 

Gandhi Indian Restaurant

1 Central Ave., Albany, 449-5577. At the epicenter of Albany’s Indian-restaurant neighborhood, serving Northern Indian food and offering a lunch buffet from 11:30 to 2:30 all-week. Under new management. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Thu, 11:30-10:30 Fri, noon-10:30 Sat, noon-9:30 Sun. AE, DC, MC, V. $

 

Jewel of India on Lark

187 Lark St., Albany, 512-5600, 649-3099. Authentic Bangladeshi and Indian cuisine, where spices and herbs are deployed together. On-premises catering. Takeout and delivery available. Reservations recommended. Serving 11:30-10:00 Mon-Thu, 11:30-10:30 Fri, noon-10:30 Sat, noon-10 Sun. Lunch buffet daily from 11-3. ATM, D, MC, V. $$.

 

Karavalli

9B Johnson Road, Latham, 785-7600; 47 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 580-1144, karavallilatham.com. Specializing in regional dishes from all over India. Daily lunch buffet, weekend brunch. Full bar, off-premises catering, takeout available, reservations accepted. Serving lunch 11:30-2:30 Mon-Fri; brunch noon-3 Sat-Sun; dinner 5-10 Sun-Thu, 5-11 Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V, personal checks. $$

 

Latham Biryani

638 Loudon Road, Latham, 782-1510. You’ll find lots of traditional Indian/Pakistani cuisine here, including lamb curry, chicken curry, rice dishes and tandoori chicken. Specializing in biryani. On/off-premises catering, takeout available. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Thu, 11:30-10:30 Fri. Brunch buffet 12-3 Sat-Sun, noon-10:30 Sat, noon-10 Sun; lunch buffet 11:30-2:30 Mon-Fri. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

LaZeez

35 Central Ave., Albany, 465-0333. Eatlazeez.com. Pakistani-Indian restaurant serving vegetarian, Halal meat and seafood dishes. Takeout, delivery, on- and off-premises catering. Banquet facilities for up to 100 people. Reservations accepted. Lunch buffet 11:30-2 Mon-Fri, 12-3 Sat and Sun. Dinner buffet Fri-Sat 5-9. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri, noon-11 Sat, noon-10 Sun. AE, D, MC, V $

 

Little India

60 Court St., Saratoga Springs, 583-4151. Standard Indian fare, including curries and other stews, tandoori dishes and a wide array of vegetarian items. Wine and beer, including Indian beer. Takeout available. Serving lunch 11:30-2:30 Tue-Sat; dinner 5-10 daily. AE, MC, V. $$

 

Mr. Tikka Kabab

450 Madison Ave., Albany, 472-8080. This new addition to the Center Square neighborhood offers traditional Indian and Pakistani food, dine-in or take-out, and a daily lunch buffet from 11-3. Delivery available. Serving 11-11 daily. D, MC, V. $

 

Shalimar

952 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham, 389-2500. Pakistani-Indian restaurant, serving vegetarian, Halal meat, seafood dishes and fresh breads. Lunch buffet seven days a week. On- and off-premises catering. Takeout available. Reservations suggested. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri, noon-11 Sat, noon-10 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

Shalimar Restaurant

180 Delaware Ave., Delmar, 439-4200. Flavorful Indian fare to eat in or take out. Serving a variety of vegetarian, meat and chicken dishes, fresh-baked tandoori bread and other stuffed breads. BYOB, catering available. Lunch buffet 11:30-2:30 Mon-Fri, noon-3 Sat-Sun. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Fri, noon-10 Sat-Sun. Reservations accepted. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $

 

Sitar

1929 Central Ave., Colonie, 456-6670, sitarindianrestaurant.com. The Capital District’s pioneer Indian restaurant, established for 30 years. A variety of chicken, lamb, shrimp and vegetable dishes and always-sizzling tandoori ovens. “Sun Room” dining area open on weekends and for special parties. Full bar, catering and banquet facilities. Serving lunch 11:30-2 Tue-Fri; dinner 5-10 Tue-Sat, 5-9 Sun. Closed Mon. Sunday buffet noon-3. Takeout available. Reservations suggested. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

 

Taj Mahal Indian Restaurant

118 Jay St. (across from City Hall), Schenectady, 370-3664, tajmahalindianfood.com. An assortment of Indian cuisine, with meat, seafood and vegetarian dishes available; takeout and delivery available; banquet facilities for 100 people. On/off-premises catering. Lunch buffet 11:30-2:30 Mon-Fri. Dinner 4-9 Mon-Sat. Will open for parties on Sunday. Reservations accepted. AE, MC, V, D. $$

 

Zaika

54 Clifton Country Road, Clifton Park, 688-1548, zaikany.com. The Zaika Sampler Dinner gives a great overview, with tandoori chicken, reshmi kabab and sheek kabab, a curry, naan and more. Both northern and southern Indian fare are offered, and there’s outdoor dining, often with music, during the warm months. Full bar. Catering and takeout available. Reservations suggested for parties of six or more. Serving a lunch buffet 11:45-2:30 Tue-Fri, noon-3 Sat-Sun; dinner 5-10 Mon-Sat, 5-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

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Greek

 

Aegean Breeze

327 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 528-4001. aegean-breeze.com. In homey surroundings, chefs George and Irene Cami serve up fresh, authentic Greek cuisine featuring charcoal-grilled fish and meats, pastas, traditional Greek faves like keftedes and loukaniko and an assortment of savory dips. Lobster every Thursday. Full bar. Catering, takeout available. Reservations suggested. Serving 11-10 daily. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

Anton’s—A Greek/American Eatery

577 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 12208, 453-9191, antonsgreekrestaurant.com. Specializing in fresh Greek-American fare, including authentic gyros cut “off the cone,” souvlaki, moussaka, spanakopita, green salads, homemade spreads and Yia Yia’s Greek pastries. Anton’s also offers killer breakfast sandwiches and the one-of-a-kind EJ breakfast wrap (available all day!), as well as an awesome roast beef sandwich, locally-made mini hot dogs, burgers, vegetarian fare and locally made gluten-free pitas. Off-premises catering. Takeout and delivery available. Reservations not accepted. Serving 9-8 Mon-Thu, 9 AM-9 PM Fri-Sat. Closed Sun. AE, ATM, D, MC, V. $

 

Athos Classic Greek Cuisine

1814 Western Ave., Albany, 608-6400, athosrestaurant.com. Authentic Greek cuisine, with renowned New York City chef Harry Hatziparaskevas. Featuring favorite dishes such as souvlaki, pastichio, and moussaka, while introducing whole grilled fish, lamb youvetsi, grilled octopus, and other classic Greek dishes to the Capital Region. Full bar. Off-premises catering. Private parties for up to 80 people. Live Greek music monthly. Featuring live jazz on Fridays. Reservations recommended. Serving 4-10 Mon-Sat, 3-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

Greek House

27 Third St., Troy, 272-6058, the greekhouse.net. The moussaka attests to authenticity; also rotisserie-carved gyros, souvlaki, kebabs, spanakopita, tzatziki and other Greek favorites, in a pleasant storefront dining room. Beer and wine. Catering and takeout menu. Serving 11-9 daily. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

Schodack Diner
See listing under “American.”

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German

 

Broadway Brew Biergarten

254 Broadway, Troy, 279-7550. Full array of German and Belgian beers, German food and more. Full bar, hookah. Takeout available. On- and off-premises catering. Serving 4-10 Mon-Thu, noon-midnight Fri-Sat, noon-10 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$.

 

The Bull’s Head Inn

See listing under “American.”

 

The Hofbrau

141 Warner’s Lake Road, East Berne, 872-1016. thehofbrauwarnerslake.com. Traditional German favorites include sauerbraten, wienerschnitzel and Bavarian wurst; also offering a large selection of American and Italian cuisine. Full bar, on- and off-premises catering. Reservations recommended. Serving 3-9 Fri, noon-9 Sat-Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

Spa Brauhaus

200 E. High St., Ballston Spa, 885-4311. Sauerbraten and roulade of beef are offered along with other traditional German fare, as well as steaks and fish. Homemade black forest cake and apple strudel. Full bar, banquet facilities. Takeout available. Serving dinner 4-9 Wed-Sat, noon-8 Sun. Closed Mon-Tues. Reservations suggested. AE, MC, V, D, CB, DC. $$$

 

Wolff’s Biergarten

895 Broadway, Albany, 427-2461, wolffsbiergarten.com. German comfort-food menu includes various schnitzel, wurst and other specialties. Dozens of authentic German, Beligian and Czech beers served in a beer-garden setting. Soccer matches always on TV. On- premises catering. Takeout available. No reservations accepted. Open 11 AM-2 AM Mon-Fri, 9 AM-2 AM Sat, 9 AM-midnight Sun. Sat-Sun brunch 9-3. Cash only. ATM on premises. $

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French/Belgian

 

Bistro Zinc

56 Church St., Lenox, Mass., (413) 637-8800, bistrozinc.com. This elegant restaurant in the heart of Lenox serves simple, French-inspired bistro food such as steak frites, coq au vin, and a gourmet burger, with a very tempting dessert list. Full bar. Reservations suggested. Serving lunch 11:30-3, dinner 5:30-10 daily. AE, MC, V. $$$$

 

Café Ommegang

656 County Highway 33, Cooperstown, (607) 544-1800. The cafe at BreweryOmmegang specializes in Belgian-themed food and offers crepes, frites, chocolate, cheese, waffles, and more. Beer and food pairings from guest and celebrity chefs. Ten tap lines, bottles of Ommegang, and import brands available. Beer and wine. Serving noon-5PM daily. AE, MC, V, ATM/debit. $

 

Chez Pierre

979 Route 9, Wilton, 793-3350, chezpierrerestaurant.com. Dinners in the classic French manner, including sole Marguery, veal Oscar and steak au poivre. Bistro menu available in the lounge. Full bar, banquet facilities. Serving dinner 5-close Tue-Sun. Closed Monday. Reservations suggested on weekends. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$

 

The Epicurean Bistro and Wine Bar

579 Troy-Schenectady Road (Latham Farms), Latham, 786-8272, epicureanny.com. Paris-born chef Dominique Brialy creates a French bistro with entrées such as duck confit, steak tartare, Dijon-crusted roasted chicken and an array of vegetarian selections. Full bar, extensive wine list, on- and off-premises catering. Serving lunch 11-4 Tue-Sat, dinner 5-9 Tue-Wed, 5-10 Thu-Sat, brunch 11-2 Saturday. Closed Sun-Mon. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$

 

Garden Bistro 24

1839 Central Ave., Colonie, 456-4566, gardenbistro24.com. Casual restaurant serving classic French-bistro-inspired fare in a comfortable setting. Seasonally motivated menu features many local ingredients. Full bar. On-premises catering, takeout available. Reservations recommended. Serving 10:30 AM-10:30 PM Mon-Sat. Closed Sunday. D, MC, V, ATM/debit. $$$.

 

Merry Monk

90 N. Pearl St., Albany, 463-MONK, merrymonkalbany.com. Menu includes entrees such as steak frites, chicken and fish dishes, along with burgers, vegetarian dishes, six varieties of mussels and traditional Belgian frites served with a choice of dipping sauces. Full bar, takeout. Reservations recommended. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Thu, 11:30 AM-midnight Fri-Sat, noon-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V, ATM/debit. $$

 

Provence

Stuyvesant Plaza, Guilderland, 689-7777, provence-restaurant.net. Serving traditional and contemporary Southern French and Mediterranean cuisine. Experience fine dining in French-bistro style with such classic dishes as bouillabaisse, roasted duck and steak frites. Enjoy an open kitchen featuring daily specials, a full custom-made zinc bar, and award-winning wine list in a casually elegant setting. Private dining room accommodates up to 60 people. Serving lunch 11:30-3 Mon-Sat; dinner 5-9 Mon, 5-10 Tue-Thu, 5-10:30 Fri-Sat, 4:30-8:30 Sun. Sunday brunch 11-3. Bar menu available 11:30-close. Reservations welcome. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$

 

Rouge

3 Center St., West Stockbridge, Mass., (413) 232-4111, rougerestaurant.com. William Merelle is the chef and owner of this quintessential French bistro in the Berkshires. Among the entrées is the house favorite, braised free-range duck with shredded potato cake and rosemary balsamic vanilla sauce. Tapas served at the bar. Takeout available. Reservations for four or more. Serving dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5-8:30, Fri-Sat 5-9:30. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$

 

The Wine Bar & Bistro

200 Lark St., Albany, 463-2881, winebaronlark.com. Classic French-style bistro with a modern approach offering chef Kevin Everleth’s inventive cuisine and more than 50 wines by the glass. Menu includes a variety of small-plate options. Beer and wine specials 5-6:30 Tue-Fri. No reservations. Takeout available. Serving 5 PM-close Tue-Sat. Closed Sun-Mon. AE, D, MC, V, ATM/debit. $$$

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Diners

 

Alexis Diner

294 North Greenbush Road, Troy, 286-2567, alexisdiner.us. Monday is Texas night, Tuesday is pasta night and Wednesday is Greek night. More than 300 menu items: burgers, salads, sandwiches, steak and seafood specialties and, of course, our specialty desserts. Full bar. Takeout, delivery and off-premises catering available. Special events include car and bike shows. Serving 7 AM-10 PM seven days a week. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

Betty Boop’s Diner

115 Philip St., Albany, 729-5945, facebook.com/bettyboopsdiner. Four-star chef Joseph Marino makes everything in-house with ingredients from Italy and Manhattan. Fresh soups daily, breakfast until 5 PM. Grab-and-go case with soups, salads, sauces and Italian specialties. Free delivery. Takeout available. On- and off-premises catering. Serving 8-3 Sun-Mon, 8-8 Tue-Thu, 8 AM-9 PM Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V, ATM available. $

 

Blue Ribbon Diner

1801 State St., Schenectady, 393-2600. blueribbonrestaurant.com. A “dineraunt” setting with a capacious menu. Save room for the award-winning cheesecake. Serving 6 AM-11 PM Sun-Thu, 6 AM-midnight Fri-Sat. Reservations suggested for parties of six or more. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$

 

The New Old Chuck Wagon Diner

653 Route 20, Duanesburg, 356-3003. A 1950’s diner that lives up to its image, serving hearty breakfast fare (including eggs, pancakes and homemade corned beef hash) and an extensive lunch and dinner menu, featuring soup, salads, popular appetizers, burgers, deli sandwiches, meatloaf, wings, even a classic Reuben. Daily specials available. Grand Reopening Oct. 16. Serving 6 AM-4 PM Sun, 6 AM-3 PM Tues-Thurs, 6 AM-9 PM Fri-Sat. Cash only. $$

 

Circle Diner

Latham Circle (Routes 2 and 9), Latham, 785-3324. A glistening edifice of chrome and art-deco appointments, with an appropriately large bill of fare. Specialties include soup, bison burgers, sandwich wraps and a vast sauté menu. 7 AM-10 PM Mon-Sat, 7 AM-9 PM Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

Colonie Diner

1890 Central Ave., Colonie, 456-1550. This mainstay eatery offers a prix fixe menu of mainly continental fare. Meals include soup or salad, vegetable, entrée and beverage. Meals for seniors include dessert, too. Full bar. Reservations suggested for larger parties. Serving 6 AM-9 PM Sun-Thu, 6 AM-10 PM Fri-Sat. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

 

Farmer Boy Restaurant Diner

1975 Central Ave., Colonie, 456-2243, farmer-boy.com. Serving breakfast all day, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Still a diner at its core, the Farmer Boy also offers upscale and unique dishes at affordable prices. Full bar. Takeout and catering available. Serving 6 AM-10 PM Tue-Sat, 7 AM-10 PM Sun-Mon. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

Gateway Diner

899 Central Ave., Albany, 482-7557. This traditional diner offers breakfast all day, along with fresh seafood, steaks, Italian dishes, burgers, deli-style sandwiches and much more. Full bakery on premises, and all desserts are homemade. Three-course $9.99 dinner special Sun-Thu. Full bar, banquet facilities for up to 60. Serving 7 AM-11 PM Sun-Thu; open 24 hours Fri-Sat. Reservations suggested for parties of 10 or more. Gift certificates available. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

 

Gibby’s Restaurant

Route 7, Quaker Street, Duanesburg, 895-2063. In business for 60 years, the original railroad-car diner has had a couple of additions, but there’s still a sense of small-town hospitality. All homemade cooking. No alcohol. Serving 7:30-7:30 Wed-Sat, 7:30-7 Sun. Closed Mon-Tue. Cash or local check only. $

 

Johnny B’s Glenmont Diner

Route 9W, Glenmont, 434-3761. The charm of an authentic ’50s diner. Daily specials, homemade soups and breakfast served until close. Specialties include omelets, salads, burgers and hot and cold deli sandwiches. Takeout available. Serving 7-2 Tue-Sat, 7-1:45 Sun. Closed Monday. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

Johny’s Diner

66 Central Ave., Albany, 390-0963. Full diner menu including breakfast served all day. Separate burger menu featuring 25 specialty burgers. On- and off-premises catering and takeout; delivery Fri-Sun midnight-5 AM. Serving 8 AM-2 PM Mon-Thu; midnight to 2 PM Fri-Sun. AE, D, MC, V, ATM/debit. $

 

Latham ’76 Restaurant

722 New Loudon Road (Route 9), Latham, 785-3793, latham76diner.com. Look for the fife’n’drum sign. It’s hard to miss this spacious eatery with traditional and contemporary “dineraunt” fare and homemade pastries. Full bar open until midnight. Takeout available. Serving 24 hours daily. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

 

Mike’s Diner

3767 Carman Road, Schenectady, 355-9868. Serving breakfast all day with pancake specials including cranberry-orange and oatmeal, along with omelet selections. For lunch, enjoy homemade soups, hot and cold deli sandwiches and homemade desserts, all prepared to order. Takeout and off-premises catering available. Serving 7-3 daily. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

Oliver’s Cafe

181 Freeman’s Bridge Road., Glenville, 393-3060. Practically everything is made from scratch at this popular breakfast and lunch eatery across from the Schenectady County Airport. Homemade soups, burger specials and fresh-baked pies are among the attractions. Make sure you try the fries. Serving 7-2:30 Mon, Wed-Fri; 6-2 Sat, 7-2 Sun, Closed Tuesday. Cash only. $

 

Ramona’s Café

290 Lark St., Albany, 449-2012. A quiet, friendly café atmosphere in the heart of Lark Street. Breakfast is the highlight, with sandwiches, burgers, and daily specials rounding out the menu. Takeout available. Serving 10-3 Wed-Fri, 9-4 Sat-Sun. Closed Mon-Tue. Free Wi-Fi. MC, V. $

 

The Redwood Diner

2688 Hamburg St., Schenectady, 355-9522. Family fare in a throwback dining room, where breakfast is served all day and dinners include Italian items like eggplant, chicken or veal parmigiana, pasta, many seafood selections, steaks and chops and even meatloaf, most served with soup and salad and potato and vegetable. Famous for hot dogs with sauce. Beer and wine. Outdoor dining and takeout available. Serving 6 AM-10 PM Mon-Sat, 7 AM-10 PM Sun. MC, V. $$

 

Route 7 Diner

1090 Troy Schenectady Road., Latham, 785-4107. Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner specials. Private dining room available for meetings and parties. On-premises catering and takeout available. Open 6 AM-10 PM daily. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

Steve’s Place

194 Broad St., Glens Falls, 793-5855. This American-style diner offers a full menu, breakfast anytime and homemade soups, salads and desserts. Lunch and dinner specials daily. Serving daily 6AM-9:30PM. D, MC, V. $

 

Tops American Grill, Bakery & Bar

351 Duanesburg Road, Rotterdam. 356-0697, tops5corners.com. Located at the five corners in Rotterdam, this comfortably modern restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Serving fresh seafood, steaks, chops, sauté and pasta dishes, along with gourmet pizzas and New-York-deli-style sandwiches. Full bakery on premises and full bar available. Serving 7 AM-10 PM Sun-Thu, 7 AM-11 PM Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

Wolf Road Diner

219 Wolf Road., Colonie, 459-5214. A little bit of everything for everyone in this diner near the Albany International Airport. Nearly 400 different menu items, including Greek, Italian and American specials. Full bar. Serving 6 AM-11 PM Sun-Thu, 6 AM-midnight Fri-Sat. AE, D, DC, MC, V, ATM/debit. $

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Delis

 

Andy & Sons Italian Food & Deli, Ltd.
256 Delaware Ave., Albany, 463-2754. For more than 55 years, Andy’s has offered authentic imported and Italian food, including homemade ravioli, pasta, soups and complete dinners. They feature 20 different homemade sauces, a full line of imported and domestic cheeses, and a big selection of specialty and gourmet deli meats. And don’t forget their award-winning (Metroland Best Of)—subs and sandwiches. Off-premises catering, takeout. Open 9 -7:30 Mon-Fri, 9-5:30 Sat. Closed Sunday. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

Cardona’s Market and Catering

340 Delaware Ave., Albany, 434-4838, cardonasmarket.com. Delighting taste buds since 1945. Bringing you old-world Italian charm in a neighborhood marketplace. Carrying fresh produce, all-natural beef and poultry, a wide selection of imported cheeses and olives, fresh and dried pastas, vinegars and oils, sauces and pesto, as well as prepared foods, soups, salads, and artisan sandwiches. 8-7 Mon-Sat, 9-2 Sun. Closed Sunday June-August. Off-premises catering and delivery available. AE, MC, V. $

 

Center Stage Deli

2678 Hamburg St., Schenectady, 355-7791. centerstagedeli.com. The grilled Reuben is what this sandwich shop is all about, but the combo sandwiches and triple-deckers are also specialties. Burgers, subs, soups, salads and buffet plates for catering as well. Dining room available for private parties. Delivery. Serving 8-8 Mon-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

Cook’s Deli

46 State St., Albany, 427-2873. A downtown eatery serving up everything from three-egg omelets and hotcakes to overstuffed sandwiches and grill specials. On the lighter side, try the spinach salad. Catering and delivery available. Serving 7-2 Mon-Fri. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

Gershon’s Deli & Caterers

1600 Union St., Schenectady, 393-0617. gershonsdeli.com. This six-decade-old deli will suit the palate of any sandwich lover. Menu includes cold sandwiches of all types and salads, all made on the premises. Try the pastrami with corned beef or fresh turkey. Eat-in or take-out, off-premises catering. Online ordering available. Serving 7-6 Mon-Fri, 7-5 Sat; catering only on Sundays. AE, D, MC, V, personal checks. $

 

Lox of Bagels & Moor

89 1/2 Main St., Queensbury, 793-8681. Specializing in bagels, this eatery also offers deli sandwiches, soups, homemade salads, pastries, Green Mountain coffee and breakfast items. Lunch catering available. Serving 6-3 daily. AE, MC, V. $

 

Maurice’s Pearl Street Deli

15 S. Pearl St., Albany, 434-7364. MauricesDeliSandwiches.com A New York-style deli serving roast beef, turkey and chicken cooked on premises, homemade soups, salads, bakery-fresh pastries and gourmet coffee. Takeout available. On- and off-premises catering. Serving 7:30-3 Mon-Fri, also open on nights when there are events at the Times Union Center. AE, MC, V. $

 

Niskayuna Co-op Deli & Bakery

2227 Nott St., Niskayuna, 374-1362, niskayunaco-op.com. Made-to-order breakfast sandwiches, in-store soups, salads, and wraps. Featuring Boar’s Head, Sara Lee, Sahlen’s, and Plainville brands. Rotisserie chickens available and a specialty case full of olives, peppers, dried meats, and cheeses. Takeout available, call to order ahead. Serving 8-7:45 daily. AE, MC, V, D, ATM/debit. $

 

Nosh NY Delicatessen

1645 Western Ave., Guilderland, 464-6674. A New York-style delicatessen offering homemade soups, sandwiches and salads, plus traditional items like matzo ball soup and premium smoked pastrami. Takeout available. Off-premises catering. Serving 10:30-9 Mon-Sat, 11-6 Sun. AE, MC, V, ATM available. $

 

Persico’s Market

Route 32, Feura Bush, 439-0028. Home-cooked, simple, hearty fare. Takeout and delivery, off-premises catering including chicken BBQs. Premium hard and soft ice cream seven days a week, seasonally. Serving 6:30 AM-7 PM Mon-Fri, 8-4 Sat, 9-3 Sun. AE, D, MC, V $

 

Via Fresca

1666 Western Ave., Guilderland, 452-1179, viafresca.net. Gourmet deli featuring panini sandwiches and Italian specialties. Try the pastries and cannoli. Inside seating, takeout and off-premises catering available. Open 10-7 Mon-Sat, 12-5 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$

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Continental

 

The Arlington House

3532 Route 43, West Sand Lake, 674-1880, thearlingtonhouse.com. Once the Arlington Hotel, this is a gorgeous destination where steak and seafood are especially well prepared and the menu is changed to fit each season. Try the prime rib fest special four courses for $25. Homemade desserts, full bar. On- and off-premises catering. Serving dinner 5-9 Tue-Sat. Sun 4-8. Closed Mon. AE, D, 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, including fresh sardines, and a cozy space that doubles as an art gallery in Saratoga’s historic West Side neighborhood. Beer and wine list. Serving dinner 5-9 Tue-Sun. Open seven days during track season. 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- and off-premises catering. Light-fare menu available. Separate lounge open until midnight Fri-Sat. Serving 6:30 AM-10 PM daily; breakfast buffet 8-noon Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

Franklin’s Tower

414 Broadway, Albany, 431-1920, franklinstower.com. From pub fare (burgers, wraps, pulled pork) to a full dinner menu featuring such items as Cajun shrimp, marinated pork tenderloin, steaks, seafood and pasta dishes. Full bar, on-premises catering, takeout available. Serving 11:30-9 Mon-Thu, 11:30-10 Fri, 5-10 Sat, closed Sunday. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

The Ginger Man Wine Bar & Restaurant

234 Western Ave., Albany, 427-5963, albanygingerman.com. Try the signature fruit-and-cheese boards with a glass of wine. Fresh seasonal ingredients, fusion flair, and house-made desserts. Menu includes seafood paella, salads and daily fish and meat specials. Extensive, award-winning wine and beer list. Full bar, on-premises catering, takeout available. Serving 11:30-11 Mon-Thu, 11:30-11:30 Fri, 4:30-11:30 Sat. Closed Sunday. Reservations recommended. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$

 

Good Times Lakeview Restaurant

175 Lake Road, Ballston Lake, 399-9976, goodtimesrestaurant.com. Family-owned and operated through three generations, this restaurant features unique American dining menu with light fare and hearty dining options, with daily lunch and dinner specials beginning at $9.95. Gluten-free menu available. Enjoy the panoramic view of Ballston Lake while sampling homestyle New England country cooking, featuring homemade pastas, fresh seafood and chops served alongside organic vegetables and herbs grown on the property. Relaxed candlelight dinner available in the main dining room, or lounge around the fireplace with your laptop. Full bar, and takeout. Banquet facilities for 30 to 120 available 7 days a week. $5 tavern and children’s menus available. Serving 11:30-9:00 Wed-Sat. Sun 11:30-8. Closed Mon and Tuesday. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

 

Grille One Six Five

(Normanside CC), 150 Salisbury Road, Delmar, 439-4505, normanside.com. Entrées feature pasta dishes, hazelnut chicken, filet mignon and a seafood antipasto with crab risotto, clams marinara, and mussels. Also salads, sandwiches, and seasonal specials. Full bar, wine list. Catering and banquet facilities. Serving lunch 11-3 Tue-Sun, dinner 3-8 Tue-Thu, 3-9 Fri-Sat, 3-6 Sun. AE, MC, V. $$$

 

Hobson’s Choice

159 Water St., Williamstown, Mass., (413) 458-9101, hobsonsrestaurants.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 lamb chops, herb-crusted baked salmon, and Teriyaki filet mignon. Full bar. Serving dinner nightly 5-9 PM. 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 room with a firewood brick oven offers pizza and an extended tavern menu in a more casual atmosphere. Full bar, on-premises catering and banquet facilities for small groups. Serving dinner 4-10 Mon, Wed-Thu, 4-11 Fri, 3-11 Sat, 2-10 Sun. Closed Tuesday. Reservations suggested on weekends. D, MC, V. $$$

 

La Serre

14 Green St., Albany, 463-6056. laserrealbany.com. This is the place for fresh pasta, grilled fish or lobster ravioli. Garden dining, full bar and banquet facilities. Serving lunch from 11:30 Mon-Fri, dinner from 5 PM Mon-Sat. Open some Sundays for holidays and events. Reservations appreciated. AE, MC, V. $$$$

 

Lanzi’s on the Lake

Route 30, Mayfield, 661-7711, lanzisonthelake.com. Owned and operated by the Lanzi family for three generations. Fine dining, 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 Thu-Sun. Come by car or snowmobile. Reservations suggested. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

 

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. A la Carte breakfast items Sat-Sun 11-1. Serving 11:30-9 Mon, Thurs, Fri.11-9 Sat-Sun. Closed Tuesdays and Wed. AE, D, MC, V, personal checks. $$$

 

Madalin’s Table

53 Broadway, Tivoli, 845-757-2100, madalinhotel.com. The menu changes seasonally using fresh local ingredients whenever possible to reflect the fruits of their local farmers and suppliers. Handsome location in a storybook town. Full bar. Serving dinner 5-9 Wed-Sun. AE, MC, V. $$$

 

Max London’s

466 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 587-3535, maxlondons.com. Max London redefines bistro dining in his eponymous place, with large plates, tapas plates, antipasto, salads, pasta and excellent wood-fired 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-close daily, brunch 11-3 Fri-Sun, bar menu 3-5 PM and late-night daily. AE, MC, V. $$$$

 

Midtown Tap & Tea Room

289 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 435-0202, midtowntapandtearoom.com. A midtown restaurant with downtown atmosphere. Serving lunch, dinner and light-fare menus featuring small plates, salads, sandwiches, wraps, and weekend specials. An extensive menu of more than 25 herbal and infused teas. Two full bars with large wine selection and 16 craft beer taps. On-premises catering and takeout available. Dinner reservations recommended. Serving lunch 11-4 Tue-Fri, dinner 4-9 Tues-Thurs, 4-10 PM Fri-Sat. Closed Sun-Mon. D, MC, V. $$

 

Mohonk Mountain House

1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz, (845) 255-1000, mohonk.com. This 265-room resort is 144 years old and features seasonal dinner buffets and a year-round fine-dining menu served in handsome, peaceful surroundings. Executive chef Jim Palmeri uses local sources for ingredients and designs menus with the season in mind. Extensive wine list has won Wine Spectator awards. Reservations required. Serving dinner 6:30-8 daily, brunch 11:30-2 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$.

 

Once Upon a Table

36 Main St., Stockbridge, Mass., (413) 298-3870. Owner Alan O’Brient and his chefs offer deceptively simple cuisine handcrafted from fresh ingredients. Featured dishes include rack of lamb with herbed demi-glace, Maine-style crab cakes with caper remoulade, and a popular appetizer of Prince Edward Island mussels steamed in white wine, butter and garlic. Homemade desserts from scratch. Beer and wine. Takeout available. Reservations appreciated for dinner. Serving breakfast 10-noon Sat, 9-3 Sun; lunch 11-3 daily; dinner 4:30-8:30 Sun-Thu, 4:30-9 Fri-Sat. D, 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 made from local ingredients. Full bar, on-premises catering. Serving dinner 5-9 Wed-Sat, 4-8 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 from a wide range of regional agricultural micro­enterprises. Owner Guy Chirico plans menus that vary seasonally, with emphasis on wild game and closely matched food-and-wine pairings. Eleven-time winner of Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Serving dinner 5-9:30 Sun-Thu, 5-10 Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$

 

The Reluctant Panther

17-39 West Road, Manchester, Vt., (802) 362-2568, (800) 822-2331, reluctantpanther.com. Located in charming Manchester Village, the Reluctant Panther Inn and Restaurant offers fine dining and a wine list that has won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Offering a well-balanced, seasonally inspired menu with dishes using the freshest New England products. Raw bar served Memorial Day through Labor Day. Reservations recommended. Full bar. Serving dinner 5:30-9 Tues-Sat. November to May, open Mondays June- October AE, D, MC, V. $$$$

 

River Street Café

429 River St., Troy, 273-2740, riverstreetcafetroy.com. The chef-owner gives personal attention to each item on the seasonally changing menu of fresh, new-American world cuisine. 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 the hotel’s elegant main dining room. Offering an extensive domestic 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, located in an elegant country-club setting. Serving a variety of dishes from homemade soups and sandwiches to pasta and veal. Outdoor dining on the patio. Full bar; on-premises catering. Takeout available. Serving 11-9 Sun, Tue-Thu; 11-10 Fri-Sat. Closed Monday. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

Sperry’s

30 1/2 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 584-9618, sperrysrestaurant.com. A Saratoga tradition since 1932. New classic American tavern menu features Sperry’s favorites and signature dishes by award-winning Chef Dale Miller. Full bar, extensive wine list. Private dining rooms for parties, business meetings, rehearsal dinners. Outdoor dining in season. Takeout available. Serving dinner 4:30-10 Sun-Thu, 5-11 Fri-Sat, brunch 11-3 Sun. AE, MC, V. $$$$

 

Swoon Kitchenbar

340 Warren St., Hudson, 822-8938, swoonkitchenbar.com. The ever-changing menu is built around what’s fresh and local, and can feature such entrées as spice-rubbed skirt steak, local mushroom risotto and sautéed skate, all prepared by chef Jeff Gimmel and served in a pleasant, airy room. Full bar, wine list, on- and off-premises catering. Serving lunch noon-3:30 Fri-Sun; dinner 5-10 Sun-Mon, Thu; 5-11 Fri-Sat. Closed Tues-Wed. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$

 

A Taste of Europe

3630 State Highway 145, Cobleskill, 296-8000, atasteofeuropeny.com. Fine European cuisine nestled in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Enjoy a culinary tour through Europe with a menu selection that includes everything from sauerbraten to moussaka to beef stroganoff to coq au vin. Beer and wine, takeout available. On- and off-premises catering. Serving lunch noon-3 Wed-Sat.; dinner 5:30-8:30 Wed-Sat, 4:30-7:30 Sun. Closed Monday-Tuesday. Reservations recommended. AE, D, MC, V, personal checks. $$$$

 

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 the bar. Weddings and special occasions. Serving dinner 5-10 Tue-Sat, 4-9 Sun. Reservations suggested. AE, DC, MC, V. $$$$

 

Wunderbar and Bistro

744 Warren St., Hudson, 828-0555, wunderbarandbistro.com. Affordably priced comfort food prepared with local ingredients, including pork schnitzel, an excellent wurst plate, pot roast, and even a tasty burger. There are pasta and seafood dishes as well, with daily changing chef’s specials. Full bar open until 2 AM. Serving lunch 11:30-5 daily, dinner 5-10 daily. Late-night fare available after 10 PM. AE, D, MC, V. $$

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Coffee Bars

 

Apostrophe

432 State St., Schenectady, 881-4515. Neighborhood coffeehouse with an artist-friendly vibe. Serving their own coffee blends, plus fresh pastries and more. Serving 8 AM-8 PM daily. AE, MC, V, D. $

 

Barnes & Noble Café

Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 131 Colonie Center Suite 355, Albany, 438-1728. A sunny browsing café that features Starbucks coffee, as well as espresso and cappuccino, chai and other teas. Featuring four cheesecakes from the Cheesecake Factory. Everyone’s welcome to bring books into the café. Serving 9 AM-10 PM Mon-Thurs, 9-11 PM Fri-Sat, 9-9 Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $

 

Caffe Vero

260 Lark St., Albany, caffeverocoffee.com. Plenty of specialty coffee drinks and teas, along with pastries (all locally made), fruit smoothies, and fruit-yogurt-granola parfaits. Open 7 AM-8 PM Mon-Thu, 7 AM-9 PM Fri, 8 AM-9 PM Sat, 8:30-7 Sun. D, MC, V. $

 

The Coffee Beanery Ltd.

Rensselaer Amtrak Station, 463-8770; Colonie Center, 454-9670. The Coffee Beanery’s emphasis is on creating the “right roast,” roasting each different gourmet bean to ensure optimum flavor. New flavors are served along with traditional favorites, specialty coffee drinks and gourmet pastries. Try the Italian-style cappuccino, made with the “espresso perfecto” roast. Rensselaer: 4:30 AM-7:30 PM daily. Colonie: 9:30-9:30 Mon-Sat, 10-6 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

Coffee Planet

100 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa, 884-9913, thecoffeeplanet.net. Classic and colorful coffeehouse offering traditional drip selection with brews changing daily as well as flavors, decafs, fair trade and organics. Full espresso menu including lattes, cappuccinos and mochas. Chillers, coffee coolers, and fruit smoothies. Bagels and cream cheese, sweet and savory scones, cookies, shortbread, biscotti, sandwiches, soups and desserts. Takeout available. Serving 7-7 Mon-Sat, 7-3 Sun. AE, D, MC, V, personal checks. $

 

The Daily Grind

204 Lark St., Albany, 427-0464; 43 3rd St., Troy, 272-8658, dailygrind.com. The Troy location features a true coffee bar with plenty of tables and couches, offering coffee of the day, espresso, cappuccino, and latte, as well as gourmet soups, sandwiches and desserts. Breakfast served all day specializing in egg sandwiches. Select teas, too. Beer and wine also available. Serving 8-6 Mon-Wed, 8-11 Thu, 8-6 Fri, 8-5 Sat, 10-4 Sun, open until 11 on Troy Night Out. At the Lark Street location, you’ll find more than coffee: Upstairs there’s a retail store where all the beans are roasted, and downstairs there’s a European-style café offering an eclectic variety of light fare. Free wi-fi. Serving 7 AM-8 PM daily. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

Emack & Bolio’s Ice Cream Parlor & Coffee House

366 Delaware Ave., Albany, 512-5100, ebalbany.com. A cozy ice cream and coffeehouse chain, serving espresso, smoothies, pastries, gourmet ice cream and ice cream cakes. Great for parties. Fireplace and outdoor garden seating. Live music Fri, Sat, gifts and open mic on Tues. Free wi-fi. Serving 11 AM-10 PM Sun-Thu, 11 AM-11 PM Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

Eugenio’s Cafe Gelato

458 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 691-6000, saratogagelato.com. Eugenio’s Cafe Gelato offers a true European-style espresso bar. Fresh flavors of family recipes mingle with the traditions of Italy, to create a product that is all natural, organic if possible, local, and delicious. Menu features gelato made on the premises from family recipes using imported Italian flavors and fresh and natural ingredients. Takeout available. Serving 11-11 Sun-Thurs, 11-midnight Fri-Sat. MC, V, D. $

 

Everybody’s Café

674 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush, 479-2233, everybodyscafe.biz. Featuring a full espresso menu including latte, cappuccino, mocha, and a large assortment of loose teas. Homemade desserts, soups, and light fare. Dinners Wednesday Nights, bring your own bottle from 7-8PM. Serving breakfast and lunch all day. Off-premises catering and takeout available. Serving 7-3 PM Mon-Tue, Thu-Fri; 7-8 PM Wed; 8-2 PM Sat; Sun 9 AM-noon. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

Francesca’s

See listing under “Light Fare.”

 

Lil’ Buddha Tea

274 Lark St., Albany, 443-0029. Albany’s only independent teahouse offers a globally inspired oasis in the heart of the city, and features more than 50 varieties of house brand loose-leaf tea, chai, yerba mate, bubble tea, and other “specialteas.” All tea drinks are fresh and homemade using in-house recipes; no prepackaged mixes. A selection of vegan and vegetarian foods, including vegan waffles, locally baked pastries, desserts and raw juices. Also offering coffee, and a retail teashop. Takeout available. Sunday beverages only.7 AM-8 PM Mon-Sat, noon-8 PM Sun. MC, V. $

 

Perfect Blend

376 Delaware Ave., Delmar, 439-6537, perfectblendcafe.com. This indie coffeehouse offers a selection of coffee, tea, espresso-based drinks, chai and smoothies. Wide variety of homemade pastries baked daily, as well as specialty cakes and pies, and a full lunch menu. Private meeting room with fireplace, patio, free wi-fi, and catering. Open 7 AM-6 PM Mon-Sat, 8AM-4 PM Sun. AE, MC, V. $

 

Professor Java’s Coffee Sanctuary

217 Wolf Road, Colonie, 435-0843. A light menu features sandwiches, salads, wraps, quesadillas, stuffed breads, croissants, bagels, panini and pastries. Large selection of coffees, teas, fruit frappes, etc. Gift baskets. Coffee is roasted on the premises. It’s all served in an eclectic, comfy atmosphere. Serving 6:30 AM-11 PM Mon-Thu; 6:30 AM-midnight Fri-Sat; 8 AM-10 PM Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

Rock Hill Bakehouse Café

19 Exchange St., Glens Falls, 615-0777, rockhillbakehouse.com. Rock Hill’s bread-based café menu makes for uniquely satisfying breakfast and lunch fare focused on locally sourced breads, meats and cheeses. Try the naturally leavened, hearth-baked breads. Also featuring organic fair-trade coffee, scones and biscotti. Open 7 AM-9 PM Mon-Fri, 8 AM-9 PM Sat, 10-6 Sun. AE, MC, V, personal checks. $

 

Spill ’n the Beans Coffeehouse & Bistro

13 3rd St., Troy, 268-1028, spillnthebeans.com. Located in downtown Troy’s historic Kennedy Hall building. Offering fresh coffees, roasted on premises, from around the globe. Complete homemade breakfasts, sandwiches, homemade soups and baked goods, unique panini and European sandwiches. Enjoy the fireplace and lounge area, wi-fi access and Internet PCs. Takeout available. Open 7-5:30 Mon-Fri, 8-4 Sat, 8-3 Sun (breakfast only all day Sunday). AE, D, MC, V. $.

 

Stagecoach Coffee

90 State St., Albany, 436-7233. An extensive beverage list, including latte, cappuccino, chai, iced tea and coffee, specialty drinks, fresh-fruit smoothies and up to 18 different types of whole-bean coffees roasted fresh daily. Fresh baked goods including bagels, scones, croissants and Danishes, with a light lunch menu featuring soups, chowders and stuffed croissants. Serving 7-5 Mon-Fri. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

Stir It Up

1521 Sixth Ave., Troy, stiritupcoffee.com. Gourmet coffee, espresso, lates, cappuccino, real fruit smoothies, grilled panini sandwiches, soups, fresh baked goods. Beer and wine. 7-7 Mon-Sat, 7-5 Sun. A, MC, V, D. $

 

Tierra Coffee Roasters

1038 Madison Ave., Albany, 621-7299, tierracoffeeroasters.com. Cozy coffee shop featuring organic fair-trade coffee, craft beers, artisanal organic teas, espresso, cappuccino and Italian sodas, as well as a menu of fresh baked goods, panini, soups, desserts, and organic nuts and granola. All coffee, nuts and granola roasted at the company’s 100-percent-solar-powered facility in Chatham. Serving 7 AM-10 PM daily. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

Ultraviolet Café

290 Delaware Ave., Albany. 434-0333 Located right next to the Spectrum 8 Theatres. Laid-back, bohemian ambience is accented by changing art shows. Offering certified fair-trade coffee and organic whole-leaf teas. A full range of espresso drinks, chai, fruit smoothies, frappes and freshly brewed iced teas. Plus panini sandwiches, soups, quiches, assorted pastries and baked goods. Free wi-fi. Open 8 AM-10 PM Mon-Fri; 10-10 Sat-Sun. D, MC, V. $

 

Uncommon Grounds

1235 Western Ave., Albany, 453-5649; 402 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 581-0656.uncommongrounds.com. Wide selection of aromatic, freshly roasted and freshly brewed coffees, teas of all kinds and a variety of desserts, muffins, bagels, bagel sandwiches, soups and salads. Albany: serving 6 AM-10 PM Sun-Thu, 6 AM-11 PM Fri-Sat. Saratoga: serving 6:30 AM-11 PM Mon-Thu, 6:30 AM-midnight Fri, 7 AM-midnight Sat, 7 AM-11 PM Sun. AE, D, MC, V. UAlbany podium cards accepted at Albany location. $

 

Villa Italia Pasticceria

226 Broadway, Schenectady, 355-1144, villaitaliabakery.com. Located in downtown Schenectady’s entertainment district, Villa Italia is known for its fine wedding and special-occasion cakes and pastries, as well as breads, panini sandwiches, Italian coffees and homemade gelato in a variety of flavors. Open 7 AM-9 PM Mon-Fri, 8:30 AM-9 PM Sat, 8:30-6 Sun. Sometimes open later on Proctors show nights. AE, MC, V. $

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Chinese

 

Ala Shanghai Chinese Cuisine

468 Troy Schenectady Road (Route 7), Latham, 783-8188. A fusion Chinese restaurant located in Latham with an extensive menu. Originally from Shanghai, the chef has more than 20 years experience cooking Shanghainese food. Reservations accepted. Take-out and delivery available. Serving from 11-10 Mon-Sat, 11-9:30 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

Amazing Wok

267 Lark St., Albany, 434-3946. Freshly made Hunan, Szechuan and Cantonese specialties in the heart of Center Square. Takeout and delivery available. Serving 11-10:30 PM Tue-Thu, 11-11 PM Fri, noon-11:30 PM Sat, and noon-10:30 PM Sun. AE, MC, V. $

 

Capitol House Chinese Kitchen

35 N. Pearl St., Albany, 434-5422 or 434-5423. Offering a full menu of Chinese specialties, including Hunan, Szechuan and Cantonese dishes. Also featuring an express lunch and a low-cal, low-fat menu. Takeout and delivery available. Serving 10-10 Mon-Fri, noon-10 Sat-Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

CCK

299 Central Ave., Albany, 433-2658. The former Ocean Palace now occupies a busy Central Avenue space, offering the same menu of traditional fare with an emphasis on seafood, and a daily specials board worth considering. Takeout available. Serving 11-10 Mon- Thu and Sun, 11-10:30 PM Fri-Sat. D, MC, V. $$

 

China House

6-8 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-1015 or 432-0767. Traditional Chinese food. Takeout and delivery available. Serving Mon-Thu 10:30 AM-11 PM, Fri-Sat 10:30 AM-midnight, Sun 11-11. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

Dragon Buffet

1881 Central Ave., Colonie, 452-6963. Along with a daily choice of more than 150 buffet items from Chinese, Japanese and American cuisine, the Mongolian barbecue allows diners to quickly create their own stir-fried meals using a combination of vegetables, meats and sauces. Private-party, takeout and catering services available. Colonie location serving 10:30-9:30 daily. D, MC, V. $$

 

Emperor’s

10 Wolf Road, Colonie, 591-0628. Comfortable dining area. Dim sum brunch daily (11:30-3), vegetarian menu and a large selection of fish, lobster in addition to all the traditional fare. Wine and beer. Takeout available. Large parking area. Serving 11:30-10:30 Sun-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri-Sat. MC, V. $

 

Golden Phoenix Buffe

St. James Square Plaza, 2309 Nott St. East, Niskayuna, 344-7518. A classic Chinese buffet, with an attractive space and a Mongolian barbecue station that’s worth the visit. Serving lunch 11-9:30PM Mon-Thu, 11-10:30 Fri-Sat, 11:30-9:30 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

Ichiban

See listing under “Japanese.”

 

Pearl of the Orient

471 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville, 459-0903. The menu is a collection of different styles of Chinese food (Hunan, Szechuan, Cantonese, Chinatown). Full bar, on-and off-premises catering. Takeout available. Lunch buffets Mon-Fri. Serving 11-10 PM daily. Reservations accepted for groups of five or more. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

Plum Blossom Restaurant

685 Hoosick Road, Troy, 272-0036. Cantonese and Hong Kong fare, with other Asian food. On-premises catering and banquet facilities. Serving 11-10 Mon-Thu, 11-11 Fri-Sat, noon-10 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

Shining Rainbow Restaurant

209 Central Ave., Albany, 396-3881, shiningrainbow.com. Over 300 dishes of authentic Chinese and Japanese sushi from an experienced chef. Reservations taken for any party of up to 30 people. 11-10:30 Sun-Thu, 11-11:30 Fri-Sat. Takeout and delivery available. AE, D, M, V, ATM. $

 

Tai Pan

1519 Route 9, Halfmoon, 383-8581. All-Asian cuisine, concentrating on Southeast Asian and Hong Kong foods. Dim sum brunch 11-3 Sat-Sun. Full bar and banquet facilities and cocktail lounge. Takeout available. Serving 11-9:30 Mon-Thu and Sun, 11-10PM Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

Yip’s

117 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush, 449-2030 or 449-2031. The Cantonese cuisine features seafood wor bar and moo shu pork; Szechuan selections are also available. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving 11-10 Mon-Fri, 11:30-10 Sat, noon-10 Sun. Reservations suggested for parties of eight or more. AE, D, MC, V. $$

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Caribbean

 

Casa Dominicana

260 Central Ave., Albany, 427-1290. Authentic cuisine from Northern Dominican Republic. House specialties include rice and beans, mofongo (mashed green plantains with choice of pork, chicken or cheese), goat, oxtail, chicken, pork and seafood dishes, soups, salads and appetizers. Desserts and more. Beer, takeout available. Serving noon-10 Mon-Fri, 1-10 Sat. Closed Sun. MC, V. $

 

Kenneth’s Tastebud

177-179 Henry Johnson Blvd., Albany, 463-1824. Jerk chicken, curried goat, ackee with salt cod—a wide variety of Jamaican and American fare, including beef and shrimp dishes. Comfortable dining room with banquet facilities, private dining and full bar. Serving 11 AM-midnight Mon-Thu, 11AM-3AM Fri-Sat, Noon-midnight Sun.MC, V. $$

 

Orchid’s Jamaican-American Restaurant

1113 State St., Schenectady, 952-7182, checkoutorchids.com. Jerk chicken, oxtail stew, curried goat and much more served at a new, much larger location. Full bar, catering. Serving 11-10 Sun-Thu, 11 AM-2 AM Fri-Sat. MC, V. $

 

Roy’s Restaurant and Groceries

185 Henry Johnson Blvd., Albany, 433-1343. Specializing in Jamaican food. American menu available. Off-premises catering. Serving 11-11 Mon-Thu, 11-midnight Fri-Sat, 11-9 Sun. MC, V. $

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Cajun

Bayou Café

507 Saratoga Road (Route 50), Glenville, 384-7226; 79 N. Pearl St., Albany, 426-8550, bayoucafe.com. The menu boasts a wide selection of Mexican, Southwestern and Cajun goodies. Among the favorites are the jambalaya, Cajun gumbo, and sizzling fajitas. Full bar with a full line of microbrews, 32 beers on tap and at least 70 types of bottled brew. On-premises catering, parties welcome. Reservations recommended. Glenville serving Mon-Fri 11:30-close, Sat-Sun noon-close. Albany serving Mon-Thur 11:30-close, Fri 11:30-3:30 AM, Sat 4:30-3:30AM. Closed Sunday. AE, MC, V. $$

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Brazilian

Carmine’s Brazilian Grill

4-6 Sheridan Ave., Albany, 729-4477, carminesbraziliangrill.com. Carmine Sprio brings a churrascaria to Albany for a fixed-price meal with a generously stocked starter bar and tableside meat service espresso-rubbed culotte steak, chicken osso bucco, chorizo, maple bacon wrapped turkey breast and roasted pork loin are among the choices. Banquet room, full bar. Serving lunch 11:30-2 Mon-Fri, dinner 5-9 Mon-Thu, 5-10 Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$

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Barbeque

 

Brunswick BBQ and Brew

3925 Route 2, Brunswick, 279-9993, brunswickbbq.com. Casual family-friendly neighborhood restaurant offering a wide range of cuisine, including wood-smoked pork, homemade chowder and a bistro menu. Live music Friday nights, outside patio along the beautiful Quakenkill. Full bar, on- and off-premises catering. Serving 5-10 PM Mon-Thu, 3-10 Fri, noon-10 Sat-Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

Capital Q Smokehouse

329 Ontario St., Albany, 438-7675, eatmypork.com. Chef-owner Sean Custer prepares slow-smoked ribs and brisket, pulled pork and more, with lots of tasty sides in a space once occupied by Emil Meister’s Market. Very limited seating. Catering. Serving 11-9 Mon-Thu, 11-10 Fri-Sat, 12-9 Sun. Cash only (ATM available). $

 

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

377 River St. Troy, 308-0400, dinosaurbarbque.com. Classic southern smoked ribs, brisket and pork butt are the holy trinity of this iconic place, but look for chicken and seafood and side dishes that include baked beans, collard greens and surprisingly good mac and cheese. Takeout available. Full bar. Serving 11:30-11 Mon-Thu, 11:30 AM-midnight Fri-Sat, noon-10 PM Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

Giffy’s Bar-B-Q

1739 Route 9, Clifton Park, 373-9800, giffysbarbq.com. Chicken and ribs are the core items here, but you also can get sirloin and salads. Lighter fare includes chicken wings and burgers, including a vegetarian bean burger. Try the home-baked cornbread with sweet honey butter. Beer and wine. Eat in or take out and on- and off-premises catering. Serving 11-9 Tue-Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

LT’s Grill

2305 Nott St., Schenectady, 374-7455, ltsgrill.com. Serving ribs, steaks, and seafood, with live lobsters every night and salad bar. Meals are slow-cooked from homemade recipes and served in ample portions. Twelve beers on tap and a brand new bar. On- and off-premises catering; takeout available. Serving 11-2 Mon, 11-9 Tue-Fri, noon-9 Sat, closed Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

Mustang Smoked BBQ and Fried Chicken

478 5th Ave, Troy, 235-4227. Visit their Facebook page. Restaurant quality barbecue at fast-food speed, featuring Slow-smoked, spice-rubbed Texas beef ribs, chicken, pulled pork, seafood, burgers and more. On-premises catering. Takeout available. Serving 11-10 daily. D, MC, V. $$.

 

Otis & Oliver’s

30 Mill Road, Latham, 785-9291. Barbecue-grilled ribs and seafood are the specialties, along with a menu of sandwiches, burgers, steaks and more, served in a friendly, casual setting in Cocca’s Inn. Full bar. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Sat. AE, DC, MC, V. $$$

 

Smokey Bones BBQ & Grill

1557 Central Ave., Colonie, 464-9971. Featuring authentic barbecue complemented by a variety of other American favorites. Full bar. Serving 11-2 AM Mon-Sat, 11-midnight Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

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American

Aimie’s Dinner & Movie With Wallabee’s

190 Glen St., Glens Falls, 792-8181, aimiesdinnerandmovie.com. Full dinner menu featuring an array of appetizers, steaks, pastas, fowl, fish and pork. Salads, sandwiches and homemade soup, too. Catch a flick while enjoying your meal. Full bar, on-premises catering. Takeout available. Reservations recommended. Serving 5-10 Mon-Fri, 1-10 Sat-Sun. MC, V. $$$

 

Albany Pump Station

19 Quackenbush Square, Albany, 447-9000, evansale.com. This downtown Albany brew pub offers a vast array of American fare. The menu includes steaks, lobster and shrimp mac-and- cheese, calamari and a large offering of soups, salads and sandwiches. Full bar includes a wide array of award-winning beers. On-premises catering; takeout available. Serving 11:30-11 Mon-Thu, 11:30-midnight Fri-Sat, noon-8 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

Allium

42-44 Railroad St., Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 528-2118, alliumberkshires.com. Making liberal use of local and seasonal ingredients, this is an innovative farm-to-table bistro. Full bar with extensive wine list. Serving dinner 5-9:30 Sun-Thu, 5-10 Fri-Sat. Sunday brunch 11-2. AE, MC, V. $$$$

 

Ambition Bistro

154 Jay St., Schenectady, 382-9277, ambitionbistro.com. This hip eatery features sandwiches, soups, salads and homemade desserts highlighting bread pudding and gelato. Full bar, espresso and cappuccino, and family-made chocolates to complement the meal. Takeout available. Reservations recommended. Serving 8-5 Mon-Fri; 8-8:30 Thu, 10-5 Sat; 9-3 Sun. Open late on Proctors performance nights. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

American Hotel

192 Main St., Sharon Springs, 284-2105, americanhotelny.com. Serving traditional comfort foods and heritage recipes that reflect New York state and local products in a restored hotel with guest rooms available. Dinner reservations recommended. Dinner hourly 5-close Thu-Sun; brunch 8-2 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$

 

Angelo’s 677 Prime

677 Broadway, Albany, 427-7463, 677prime.com. Stylish downtown steakhouse with hardwood floors, plush leather chairs and cherry walls. Steaks and seafood are the specialties here, along with the tempting dessert menu. Full bar, on-premises catering. Reservations recommended. Serving lunch 11:30-2 Mon-Fri; dinner 5:30-10 Mon-Sat; bar menu 2-10 Mon-Fri. Closed Sunday. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$

 

Angry Penguin Tavern

39 Broad St., Waterford, 237-2829. angrypenguintavern.com. European-style bar with daily lunch and dinner specials. Every day you’ll find a mix of pub-appropriate menu items like fish and chips, clubs, wraps, many appetizers and big, juicy burgers. Guinness and a large, eclectic variety of beers in bottles and on tap. Live music on the weekends. Full bar. Serving Tue-Sat noon-close, Sun 3-8; D, MC, V. $$

 

The Barnsider
480 Sand Creek Road, Colonie, 869-2448, barnsiderrestaurant.com. Specializing in hand-cut steaks and fresh seafood, including prime rib of beef and baked stuffed shrimp. Light fare available. Full bar, banquet facilities. Reservations accepted for all parties Sun-Fri; reservations accepted for parties of five or more Sat. Serving dinner 4-10 Mon-Thu, 4-10:30 Fri-Sat, 4-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$

 

Barrington Brewery & Restaurant
Jenifer House Commons, 420 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, Mass., (413)528-8282, barringtonbrewery.net. Rustic tavern serving up stick-to-your-ribs pub fare such as chili, chowder, burgers, bratwurst, a wide array of specialty sandwiches and salads, and the hearty favorite Steak & Stout. The wine and beer menu features a half-dozen or so beers and ales crafted on the premises. Takeout available, including bottles, growlers or kegs of house-made brew. Serving 11:30-9:30 Mon-Thu, 11:30-10 Fri-Sat, 11:30-9 Sun. D, MC, V. $$

 

The Basement Bistro
776 Route 45, Earlton, 634-2338, damonbaehrel.com. Chef-owner Damon Baehrel cooks up regional American food with the freshest possible ingredients, and his Sagecrest Catering has provided meals for more than 2,500 weddings in 20 years in the biz. The restaurant offers a tasting menu of 10 to 15 courses of whatever’s freshest that day, for a fixed price (which, like the menu, changes daily). Reservations required well in advance. Wine and beer served; off-premises catering available. Dinner Wed-Sun. AE, MC, V, personal checks. $$$$

 

The Bears’ Steakhouse

Route 7, Duanesburg, 895-2509. Some of the area’s best steaks, served for more than 40 years in a friendly, unassuming setting. It’s a charming step back in time. Call in advance to reserve house specialties chateau-briand and prime rib. Serving dinner 5:30-7 Wed-Fri; two seatings Sat: 5:30 and 8:30. Reservations required. MC, V. $$$$

 

BEFF’s Tavern
95 Everett Road, Albany, 482-2333, beffs.com. Known for its pizza, wings and 8-ounce burgers BEFF’s (Big Ed Fat Field’s) menu features hearty entrees, as well as homemade soups made fresh daily, salads, nachos and other bar fare. Daily specials. Full bar. Takeout available. Patio available. Serving 11-10 Mon-Thu, 11-11 Fri, noon-10 Sat, 4-9 Sun. AE, MC, V. $

 

Blu Stone Bistro

661 Albany Shaker Road, Colonie, 869-9976, blustonebistro.com. The menu offers a variety of options, from steak and seafood to pasta, salads and vegetarian options. Small plates available, too. Nightly prix-fixe menu and chef’s tasting menu on Saturdays. Eclectic wine list and seasonal martini menu. Full bar, takeout available. On-premises catering. Reservations recommended. Serving 5 PM-1AM Mon-Fri, 11 AM-1 AM Sat-Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V, ATM/debit. $$$

 

The Blue Plate

1 Kinderhook St., Chatham, 392-7711, chathamblueplate.net. An eclectic menu of New American cooking served up nicely in this casual, friendly restaurant. Fresh fish specials, pasta and meat loaf, as well as vegan and vegetarian options. Full bar. Serving dinner 5:30-9 Tue-Thu, 5:30-10 Fri-Sat, 5-9 Sun. Reservations accepted for parties of five or more. D, MC, V. $$$

 

Bombers Burrito Bar

258 Lark St., Albany, 463-9636; 447 State St., Schenectady, 374-3548, bombersburritobar.com. A healthy-sized menu includes vegetarian-friendly options, a creative selection of sizable burritos and more than a half-dozen varieties of chicken wings. Also boasting 20 draft beers and a dozen types of frozen margaritas. Takeout available. Albany: Serving 11 AM-1 AM Mon-Sat, 11 AM-midnight Sun; bar till close. Schenectady: 11 AM-midnight Mon-Sat, 11-11 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

Bourbon Street

2209 Central Ave., Colonie, 382-1110, bourbonstbarngrill.com. Jambalaya, pizza, calzones, sandwiches, chicken dishes, burgers and salads. The place comes into its own with an array of bar food—wings, fried stuff, clams, you name it. Karaoke Tue-Sun nights. Full bar. Serving 3-close Sat-Thu, 11 AM-close Fri, noon-close Sun. MC, V. $$

 

The BrickYard Tavern & Grill

70-72 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa, 884-2570. Casual dining with a solid American menu featuring half-pound burgers, pizza, deli sandwiches, chicken wings and even a huge strip-steak sandwich. An a la carte breakfast menu is served Sunday morning. Full bar. Serving 6-10 Mon, 1-10 Tue, 5-10 Wed, noon-11 Thu-Sat, 8 AM-8 PM Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

Brown’s Brewing Company

417-419 River St., Troy, 273-BEER (2337), brownsbrewing.com. This brewery-restaurant is located in a restored 150-year-old warehouse with a large deck overlooking the Hudson River and Troy Marina. Menu offers pub-style fare, including appetizers, salads, sandwiches and wraps. Award-winning brewery offers different styles of fresh ales and lagers. Serving 11:30-11 Mon-Thu, 11:30-midnight Fri-Sat, 11:30-10 Sun. AE, MC, V. $$

 

Café 217

12 1/2 Delaware Ave., Albany. 462-0050, cafe217.com. A neighborhood café serving homemade breakfast, lunch and dinner. Everything cooked to order. On- and off-premises catering. Takeout available. Serving 5 PM-11 PM Tue-Wed; 5 PM Thu-6 AM Fri; 5 PM Fri-3 PM Sun. AE, MC, V. $

 

Café Adam

25 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 528-7786, cafeadam.org. Adam Zieminski helms an eatery that explores the classics, such as steak frites, with hanger steak or tenderloin, tenderloin with seared foie gras and roasted local chicken breast with a Thai coconut-carrot milk broth. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving lunch 11:30-2:30 Fri-Sun, dinner 5-9 Wed-Sun, brunch 11:30-2:30 Sunday. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$

 

Café Madison

1108 Madison Ave., Albany, 935-1094, bmtmgt.com. This Pine Hills staple is a perennial Best Breakfast winner. Serving breakfast and lunch 7:30-2 Mon-Thu, brunch 7:30-3 Fri-Sun. Full bar, takeout. Outdoor patio seating, weather permitting. AE, DC, MC, V. $

 

Casola Dining Room

Schenectady County Community College, 78 Washintgon Ave., Schenectady, 381-1391, sunysccc.edu/culinary. Fine dining provided by the Culinary Program at SCCC. Different themes every week. Cuisine changes to continental in the spring. $3 cork fee, wine only. Reservations required. Lunch: noon-2:30 PM Tue-Friday. Dinner: 7-9:30 PM Mon-Wed, 3-11 Fri-Sat. AM, MC, V, D. $$$

 

Castle Street Café

10 Castle St., Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 528-5244, castlestreetcafe.com. Fine dining tucked into an unassuming storefront, with high ceilings and an interior brick wall. A fusion menu built around provender from local suppliers has won praise from local and national press; don’t miss “The World’s Best Chocolate Mousse Cake” (Newsday). Serving dinner 5-9:30 Mon, Wed-Thu; 5-10:30 Fri-Sat, 5-9:30 Sun. Bar menu also available. Closed Tue. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$

 

Cella Bistro

2015 Rosa Road, Schenectady, 381-2081, cellabistro.com. Enjoy casual tapas in the bar and fine dining in candlelit dining rooms. Mediterranean-inspired New American menu features local ingredients, house-made pastas, classic bistro-style steak frites and chef’s nightly specials. Full bar, extensive wine list. Available for private events seven days a week. Serving dinner 5-9 Tue-Thu, 5-10 Fri-Sat. AE, MC, V. $$$

 

The Century House

997 Route 9, Latham, 785-0834, thecenturyhouse.com. Fine American dining in the relaxed atmosphere of a Federal-style farmhouse turned hotel. Full bar. Banquet facilities, on- and off-premises catering. Takeout available. Serving lunch 11:30-2:30 Mon-Fri; dinner 5-9 Mon-Sat, 4-9 Sun. Reservations suggested. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

 

Chez Mike

596 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush, 479-4730, chezmikerestaurant.com. American cuisine with a French sensibility. Chef-owner Michael Cohen worked at Manhattan’s Four Seasons and Lippera’s in Chatham before opening this friendly restaurant with a seasonal menu that offers everything from burgers to short ribs and ever-changing specials. Full bar. On-premises catering, private parties and takeout available. Serving lunch 11:30-3 Tue-Sat, dinner 5-9:30 Tue-Sat, 5-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V, ATM/debit. $$$

 

Circus Café

392 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 583-1106, circuscafe.com. Enjoy festive yet classic American cuisine in this unique, atmospheric setting. Try the homemade chicken pot pie, lump crabcakes with ginger aioli, sizzling fajitas, oversized salads and stupendous desserts. Full bar. Serving lunch and dinner 11-10 Sun-Wed, 11-10:30 Thu-Sat. Theme parties and late-night bar. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

 

City Beer Hall

42 Howard St., Albany, 449-BEER, thecitybeerhall.com. American beer hall and gastropub featuring freshly made food, beer rotations, free personal pizza with every beer, and Albany’s only mechanical bull. Full bar, outdoor patio. Serving 11 AM-close Tue-Sat, 11 AM-3 PM Sun. AE, D, MC, V, ATM/debit. SS

 

Cliff’s Country Inn

57 Route 9P, Saratoga Lake Road, Malta, 584-9791, cliffscountryinn.com. Steak is the watchword here; prime rib is a very popular item. But don’t worry, there are seafood favorites, too. Hot and cold sandwiches also available. Full bar, 16 TVs. Serving dinner seven days, lunch Sat-Sun. Serving 4-9 Mon-Thu, 4-10 Fri, noon-10 Sat, noon-9 Sun. Reservations accepted. D, MC, V. $$

 

Cock ’n’ Bull

Parkis Mills Road (off Route 147), Galway, 882-6962, thecocknbull.com. Known for steaks and fresh fish served in a restored barn. On-premises vegetable, herb and flower gardens (in season), patio dining. Full bar with large wine selection. Takeout available. Serving dinner from 5 PM Mon-Sat; from 3-close Sun; closed Tue. Reservations recommended. D, MC, V. $$$$

 

Costanzo’s Riverside Restaurant

405 Hudson River Road, Waterford, 233-8224, costanzosriverside.net. Casual dining with traditional American (and Italian-American) fare in a venerable establishment that welcomes you as family. There’s a $10 early-bird special from 4-6 that includes chicken or eggplant parm, haddock or a NY strip with the salad bar. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving dinner 4-9 Wed-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

The Country Corner Café

25 Church St., Saratoga Springs, 583-7889, countrycornercafe.net. Cozy home-style eatery with loads of breakfast options to choose from; all the jams and jellies are homemade, and the maple syrup is the real stuff. Also offering sandwiches, homemade soups and more. Serving 6 AM-2 PM Mon-Fri, 7 AM-3 PM Sat-Sun. AE, MC, V. $

 

Daisy Baker’s

33 2nd St., Troy, 266-9200, daisybakers.com. This downtown Troy establishment serves gourmet American fare as well as an impressive array of seafood and pasta items. Full bar, on-premises catering. Serving lunch 11:30-3 Mon-Fri and dinner 5-9 Mon-Thu, 5-10 Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$

 

Dakota

1035 South St. (Routes 7 and 20), Pittsfield, Mass., (413) 499-7900, steakseafood.com. Not just a steakhouse—the menu also features live Maine lobsters, ocean-fresh seafood, an extensive salad bar, hearty whole-grain bread and irresistible mud pie. Kids’ menu available. Full bar, takeout available. Reservations strongly recommended. Serving noon-9 Mon-Thu, noon-10 Fri-Sat, brunch 10 AM-2 PM Sun, dinner 4-9 PM Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

Dallas Hot Wieners

51 S. Pearl St., Albany, 426-8400, dallashotwieners.com. A family run business since 1927 has just opened this new Albany location. Cheeseburgers, souvlaki, chicken and fish patties. Famous hot wieners with a special sauce made from a secret family recipe. Serving 8-7 Mon-Fri, 10-5 Sat, closed Sunday. Cash only. $

 

Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery

184 Glen St., Glens Falls, 743-9026, davidsonbrothers.com. Offering a wide variety of appetizers, salads, burgers, wraps, vegetarian dishes and pub fare, including fish and chips. Full bar including 10 beers handcrafted on site, six guest bottled beers. On-premises catering and takeout. Serving 11:30-9 Mon-Thu, 11:30-10 Fri, noon-10 Sat, noon-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

Deacon Blues

806 25th St., Watervliet, 273-9888. A restaurant with a little bit of everything: steak, seafood, clams and more, with baked stuffed shrimp a particular favorite. Full bar, banquet facilities and on- and off-premises catering available. Serving 11-11 Tue-Sat; closed Sun-Mon. AE, MC, V. $

 

DeJohn’s Restaurant & Pub

288 Lark St., Albany, 465-5275, dejohns.com. Enjoy a glass of wine or ice-cold beer in the cozy pub, and then have dinner in the second-floor dining room. The menu includes a variety of appetizers, entrees and sandwiches. Homemade cheesecake is a specialty. Daily pub and restaurant specials; oversized martinis. Third-floor banquet room is available for private parties; outdoor patio. Serving dinner 4-11 Mon-Thu, 4-midnight Fri-Sun. Lunch 11:30-4 Sat-Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

Don and Paul’s Coffee Shoppe

68 Broad St, Waterford, 233-1040. A nostalgia-steeped village diner that for 30 years has served economical prole fare. Get a steak or lasagna for under 10 bucks; eggs, pancakes and other breakfast items are served all day. Take-out available. Serving 6 AM-9 PM daily. MC, V. $

 

DP an American Brasserie

25 Chapel St., Albany, 436-3737, dpbrasserie.com. Yono’s sister restaurant is an American brasserie with 18-foot ceilings and plentiful natural light, featuring Chef Yono’s inventive takes on traditional favorites. Full bar with more than 50 wines, on- and off-premises catering, takeout. Serving 11:30-11 Mon-Thu, 11:30-midnight Fri, 5-midnight Sat. Reservations recommended. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V, ATM. $$

 

Druthers

381 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 306-5275, druthersbrewing.com. A former Albany Pump Station brewer has opened his own spot in Saratoga featuring six beers brewed on premises, and menu offering locally sourced food. Full bar. Takeout available. Reservations recommended. Serving 11-10 daily. AE, D, MC, V, ATM available. $$

 

Duncan’s Dairy Bar

890 Hoosick Road, Brunswick, 279-9985. Homemade bread and muffins, eggs any way you wish, fresh soup, reubens, hot open-faced turkey sandwiches with gravy, roast beef and baked ham. Now open daily for dinner. Great coffee and homemade pies, too. No alcohol. Serving 3 AM-8 PM daily. Cash only. $

 

Elbo Room

See listing under “Pub Fare.”
The Factory Eatery & Spirits

20 Prospect St., Ballston Spa, 885-0500, thefactoryeatery.com. In a restored factory building. A sports pub atmosphere with fine dining flair. Burgers and wings, fried chicken, fish and chips, Reubens, ribs, good soups and a lively bar. Serving lunch and dinner 11-9 daily, late-night menu starting at 9; breakfast buffet 8:30-noon Sun. D, MC, V, ATM. $$

 

Fifty South

2128 Doubleday Ave. (Route 50), Ballston Spa, 884-2926, fiftysouth.com. Kim Klopstock, of “The Lily and the Rose” catering, offers her eclectic fare at this former diner with appealing specials and nightly tapas. Full bar, catering. Serving dinner 4:30-9 Wed-Thu, 4:30-10 Fri-Sat, 2-8 Sun; breakfast 9-2 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

51 Front Wine Bar and Bistro

51 Front St., Ballston Spa, 727-2089, 51front.com. Chef Scott Frances brings a strong New Orleans influence to his cuisine, producing, among many toothsome items, what he terms “the best fried chicken you ever tasted.” It is. Wine list. Serving dinner 5-closing Tue-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

Firefly

71 Church St., Lenox, Mass., (413) 637-2700, fireflylenox.com. Creative American cuisine with Asian and Spanish specialties served in a renovated dining room with a mahogany bar on Lenox’s chic Church Street. Homemade desserts, full bar, on- and off-premises catering, takeout available. Serving dinner 5-close 7 days a week; tavern menu available from 8 PM Fri-Sat. Reservations recommended. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$

 

Fortunes at Saratoga Casino and Raceway

Saratoga Casino and Raceway, Crescent Avenue, Saratoga Springs, 581-5790, saratogacasino.com. Fortunes offers a unique dining experience overlooking the excitement of live harness racing and featuring tableside wagering. Enjoy the “stakehouse” menu, prime rib buffet, tasting menu or lunch buffet. Serving 5-10 Wed-Sat, 11 AM-3 PM Sun; hours subject to seasonal change. Full bar, on-premises catering. AE, MC, V, ATM. $$$.

 

Four Corners Luncheonette

2 Grove St., Delmar, 439-0172, fourcornersluncheonette.com. An old-fashioned eatery with counter seating, booths and tables. The menu features a blend of diner fare and fancier stuff. Dinner offerings get into more ambitious dishes with a contemporary American touch. On- and off-premises catering. Takeout available. Serving breakfast 7-11:30 Mon-Sat, 7-1 Sun, lunch 11:30-2:30 Mon-Sat, dinner 5-8 Tue-Sat. AE, D, MC, V, personal checks. $$

 

Friends Lake Inn

963 Friends Lake Road, Chestertown, 494-4751, friendslake.com. This rustic inn is set against the backdrop of the Adirondacks, but you needn’t be an overnight guest to enjoy a meal from the seasonal menu of eclectic regional American cuisine. Complement your dinner with one of more than 20,000 bottles of wine from the wine cellar. Full bar, on- and off-premises catering. Serving dinner 5:30-9 Mon-Thu, 5:30-9:30 Fri-Sat, 5-8:30 Sun. AE, DC, MC, V. $$$$

 

Gaffney’s

16 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 587-7359, gaffneysrestaurant.com. “Saratoga’s place to be,” offering casual gourmet dining with lots of variety; favorite dishes include filet mignon, chicken cavatappi and shrimp etouffee. Full bar, on- and off-premises catering. Takeout available. Daily lunch 11-3. Serving dinner 5-11 daily, brunch 10:30-3 Sun. Reservations not accepted. AE, MC, V. $$$

 

George Mann Tory Tavern

Routes 30 and 443, Schoharie, 295-7128, torytavern.com. A Revolutionary War-era house serving French-inspired American fare. Menu changes daily. Catering on premises for parties up to 30. Serving dinner 5-9 Wed-Sat, 1-7 Sun. Closed Mon-Tue. Reservations recommended. AE, MC, V. $$$$

 

Giovanna’s on the Lake

384 Canada St., Lake George, 668-5401, georgianresort.com. American regional cuisine on the shores of beautiful Lake George. Serving dinner 5-9 Sun-Thu, 5-10 Fri-Sat. Full bar, takeout. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

 

Grandma’s Pies and Restaurant

1273 Central Ave., Colonie, 459-4585, grandmaspieshop.com. A comfortable family restaurant with a cozy country interior. Come hungry and enjoy generous helpings of home-cooked foods from lasagna to roast chicken to huge chef salads. Try the homemade cream of turkey soup; they make over 15,000 quarts per year. Breakfast menu includes the Belgian waffle with fresh strawberries. Daily specials, light menu available. Save room for a slice of Grandma’s legendary pie. Beer and wine. On-premises catering, takeout available. Serving 6 AM-10 PM Sun-Mon, 6 AM-10:30 PM Tue-Thu, 6 AM-11 PM Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

Graney’s

275 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 453-3299, graneysbarandgrill.com. Pub fare, steamers and fall-off-the-bone ribs. Full bar, takeout available. Serving lunch and dinner 11:30 AM-4 AM daily; happy hour daily 4-6. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

Great American Grill

Hilton Garden Inn, 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 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. $$$

 

The Grille

Holiday Inn Albany, 205 Wolf Road, 458-7250 ext. 432, hialbanywolf.com. Menu includes chicken, seafood, fish and steaks. Banquet facilities. Serving a breakfast buffet 6:30-10, luncheon buffet 11-2 Wed-Thurs, dinner daily. Reservations suggested. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

 

Hattie’s

45 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 584-4790, hattiesrestaurant.com. Serving authentic Southern and Louisiana cuisine since 1938. Come for the famous fried chicken and biscuits, or try specialties like the fresh fish of the day, macaroni and cheese, and Creole jambalaya. Full bar, takeout available, and private parties. On- and off premises catering. Serving dinner 5-10 PM daily, brunch 9 AM-1 PM Sat-Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

 

The Highland Restaurant

100 Fenn St., Pittsfield, Mass., (413) 442-2457. Dating from 1936, this mainstay offers American and Italian fare (like a $10 sausage-and-peppers plate) in a friendly, informal surrounding. The menu offers pork tenderloin and roasted chicken as well as hot dogs and burgers. Takeout available. Full bar. Serving 11-10 Tue-Sat, 11-9:30 PM Sun. Closed Monday. MC, V. $$

 

Hildreth’s

251 N. Main St., Mechanicville, 664-8511, hildrethsrestaurant.com. Home-style cooking and homemade desserts. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving Wed and Fri 11-9, Thu 4-9, Sat 9-9, Sun 8-8, breakfast until 1. D, MC, V. $

 

Hill Street Café

See listing under “Pub Fare.”

 

Horseshoe Inn Bar & Grill

1 Gridley St., Saratoga Springs, 587-4909. The menu features smokehouse favorite, including pulled pork and ribs, alongside pub favorites like pizza, salads and burgers, and weekly entrée specials. Full bar, banquet facilities, takeout available. Serving from 4 PM Mon-Thu; 9 AM-close Sat-Sun. Reservations recommended. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

Hungry Fish Café

615 Pawling Ave., Troy, 874-4573, thehungryfishcafe.com. Chef-owner Sarah Fish makes every single thing that comes out of her kitchen from scratch, including the ketchup, and offers locally sourced produce. French toast, a breakfast burrito, pancakes and a variety of soup and sandwiches, including paninis, burgers and wraps. Dinners can include pumpkin-mustard chicken, chicken pot pie and beef broccoli stir-fry. Takeout available. Serving breakfast and lunch 8-8 Tue-Sat, 8-3 Sun; dinner 4-8 Thu-Sat. D, MC, V. $

 

Hungry Trout Restaurant

Route 86, Wilmington, 946-2217. Fresh trout, venison, seafood and steaks. Incredible views of the Adirondacks and the lighted waterfalls of the Au Sable River. Lighter fare available in basement pub. Full bar. Serving dinner 5-10 daily. AE, D, MC, V, personal checks. $$$$

 

The Inn at Saratoga

231 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 583-1890. American fine dining is offered at a cozy Victorian inn. Tavern menu available. Full bar, catering and banquet facilities for up to 110. Serving dinner 5-9 daily. Reservations accepted. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$

 

The Irish Mist

285 2nd St., Troy, 266-8915. American bistro featuring steak, seafood and pasta. Full bar, on- and off-premises catering, takeout. Serving dinner 4-9 Tue-Sun; brunch buffet Sunday 9-1. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

J&A Prep Kitchen

Crossgates Mall, 869-8077. Timeless recipes with a modern presentation. Sandwiches, burgers, tacos, salads, and Jacob and Anthony’s signature entrees. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving 11-11 Mon-Thu, 11 AM-midnight Fri-Sat, 11-10 Sun. AE, D, MC, V, ATM/debit. $$

 

Jack’s Oyster House

42 State St., Albany, 465-8854, jacksoysterhouse.com. Albany’s dining landmark since 1913 is now in its third generation of family ownership, and now boasts the area’s only certified master chef. Savor seafood specials, steaks, veal or poultry in a classic setting. Full bar, banquet facilities, on- and off-premises catering. Valet parking Fri-Sat after 5. Serving 11:30-10 daily. Open 365 days a year—366 for leap year. Reservations suggested, especially on weekends and holidays. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

 

Jake Moon Restaurant Café

2082 Delaware Turnpike, Clarksville, 768-2570, jakemoon.net. Chef Daniel Smith, formerly of Nicole’s Bistro, serves up locally-inspired food with fresh, local ingredients. Weekly dinner menu served Thurs-Sat. On-premises bakery. Takeout, on- and off-premises catering. Serving 7 AM-3 PM Wed, 7 AM-9 PM Thurs-Sat, Sun at 8 AM-3 PM. Open on most Monday holidays. Cash, personal checks, D, MC, V. $$

 

Jessica Stone’s

738 New Loudon Road (Route 9), Latham, 785-8536. Extensive menu featuring tavern favorites such as sandwiches, burgers, wings and more. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving noon-4 AM daily. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

John Andrew’s Restaurant

224 Hillsdale Road (Route 23), South Egremont, Mass., (413) 528-3469, jarestaurant.com. Attention to detail marks the fine dining at this Berkshire hideaway, where the view is pleasant and the food reflects the taste of owner and chef Dan Smith. Continually reinventing the menu around local produce and products. Full bar, on- and off-premises catering, small private parties. Serving dinner 5-close Thu-Tue. Closed Wed. AE, MC, V. $$$$

 

J.T. Maxies

240 Wolf Road, Colonie, 435-1551. Just the place if you crave a burger at 3 AM. The main tavern menu features such favorites as fresh soup and salads, burgers and wings, all available until 3:30 AM. Full bar, accommodations for small parties. Takeout available. Serving 11 AM-4 AM daily. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $

 

Justin’s

301 Lark St., Albany, 436-7008, justinsalbany.com. Look for some offbeat ethnic dishes such as jerk chicken on an inventive, often-changing menu at this Albany institution. Full bar and on-premises catering for small parties. Takeout available. Serving lunch 11:30-4:30 Mon-Fri; dinner 5-10 Sun-Thu, 5-10:30 Fri-Sat; brunch 10:30-4 Sat-Sun; café menu until 1 AM nightly, bar open until 4. Reservations suggested. AE, D, MC, V, ATM. $$$

 

Katie O’Byrne’s

121 Wall St., Schenectady, 395-5999. Cozy establishment serving American cuisine with an Irish flair. Full bar, takeout available. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Wed, 11-11 Thu, 11:30 AM-midnight Sat, noon-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

Kelsey’s

State and Lodge streets (at the Hotel Albany), Albany, 427-3049, cpalbany.com. Serving full dinner menu in addition to all-day menu featuring paninis, burgers, salads and other light fare. Full bar with newly enhanced wine list, exquisite wines by the glass. Serving 11:30 AM-1 AM daily. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

 

Kitchen at the Dovegate Inn

184 Broad St., Schuylerville, 695-6095, dovegateinn.com. Enjoy casual dining and a traditional American menu, featuring steak, chicken and seafood. Lunch includes such fare as salads, soups, sandwiches and daily specials. On-premises catering available for parties. Takeout available. Serving lunch to parties of 8 or more by reservation only, dinner 4-9 Wed-Sun. Reservations suggested. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

Lake Ridge

35 Burlington Ave., Round Lake, 899-6000, lake-ridge.com. Fine dining in historic Round Lake. Cozy atmosphere with three dining rooms, two fireplaces, and a ballroom. Menu includes steaks, veal, seafood and pasta; many fresh takes on old favorites. Private banquet facilities for up to 35. Full bar. On- and off-premises catering. Takeout available. Serving lunch 11:30-2:30 Tue-Sat; dinner 4:30-8:45 Tue-Sat, 4:30-8 Sun. Closed Mon. AE, MC, V. $$$$

 

Lakeview Inn

Main Street (Route 43), Averill Park, 674-3363, crystallakeview.com. Barbecue ribs, seafood, pasta, fish specials and many other homemade dishes. Full bar, banquet facilities. Takeout available. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Thu, Fri-Sat 11:30-11, Sun 11:30-9. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

Lanie’s Café

471 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville, 438-5005, laniescafe.com. Serving everything from wings and pizza to prime rib and veal, with an emphasis on fresh seafood and Italian cuisine. Full bar. Off-premises catering. Takeout available. Serving 11 AM-midnight Mon-Thu, 11 AM-2 AM Fri-Sat, noon-midnight Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

Lark Tavern

453 Madison Ave., Albany, 694-8490. The historic tavern has been completely renovated. New expanded kitchen offers a full menu all day, boasting a variety of options from traditional pub fare to progressive entrees. Lunch and dinner specials. Everything made in-house with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Full bar with 20 draft lines, on- and off-premises catering, takeout, delivery. Can accommodate private parties and banquets. Outdoor seating. Kitchen serving 11 AM-2 AM daily. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

Lillian’s Restaurant

408 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 587-7766, lilliansrestaurant.com. Nightly seafood specials include baked stuffed shrimp and broiled catch of the day; also aged, cut-on-premises steaks, sliced sirloin and pasta dishes. Light menu available. Full bar and banquet facilities. Serving lunch 11-4 Mon-Sat, dinner 4-10 Mon-Thu, 4-11 Fri-Sat; lunch and dinner noon-9 Sun. Reservations welcome. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$

 

Local 111

111 Main St., Philmont, 672-7801, local111.com. An intimate 39-seat eatery specializing in putting locally obtained food on the table. The menu ranges from snacks and sandwiches to main courses like grilled grass-fed sirloin with cauliflower and celeriac gratin, autumn squash and slow-cooked garlic or creamy polenta and roasted squash with served with pecorino walnuts and white beans. Full bar. Larger dining area available for parties. Serving dinner 5:30-9 Wed-Thu, 5:30-9:30 Fri-Sat, 5-9 Sun; brunch 10-2 Sunday. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$

 

The Local Pub and Teahouse

142 Grand Ave., Saratoga Springs, 587-7256, thelocalpubandteahouse.com. It manages to be all things to the neighborhood, offering a wide selection of beer and a menu of English and Irish specialties ranging from burgers to salads to excellent fish and chips, even a variety of teas. Full bar. Serving 11:30-10 Sun-Thu, 3:30-10:30 Fri-Sat; brunch 9:30-3 Sat-Sun. AE, D, MC. V. $$

 

Log Jam Restaurant

Routes 9 and 149, Lake George, 798-1155, logjamrestaurant.com. Adirondack hospitality and charm are served up along with prime rib, fresh fish, chicken, pork and seafood, and a salad bar worth walking to. Full bar. On-premises catering available. Reservations accepted. Serving 5-9 Mon-Thu, 5-9:30 Fri, 4:30-9:30 Sat, 4:30-9 Sun. Lunch 11:30-2:30 daily. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$

 

Londonderry Café

Stuyvesant Plaza, Guilderland, 489-4288, londonderrycafe.com. Exciting fine-dining menu features pasta, steak, chicken and seafood dishes. Cappuccino, beer and wine by the glass. On- and off-premises catering. Serving 11-9 Mon-Sat; brunch 10-3 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

Longfellow’s Hotel & Restaurant

500 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, 587-0108, longfellows.com. Situated just off exit 14 near Saratoga Lake, Longfellow’s prides itself on its intimate and relaxing dining ambiance. New menu offers both a “lighter side” and a “hearty side” with entrees created to please any palette. Serving 5-10 Mon-Thu, 5-11 Fri-Sat, 4-9 Sun; tavern open later. Takeout available. Full bar. On- and off-premises catering, special events, and weddings. Reservations recommended AE, D, MC, V. $$$$

 

Lyons Lake

307 Lyons Lake Road, Nassau, 766-3953. American menu features steak, seafood, burgers and sandwiches. Full bar, takeout available. Reservations recommended. Serving 5-10 Wed-Thu, 5-11 Fri, noon-10 Sat, noon-9 Sun. MC, V. $$

 

Maestro’s

371 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 580-0312, saratogamaestros.com. Chef John LaPosta offers his unique, classy approach to the classics, serving up fine American bistro cuisine emphasizing fresh, seasonal ingredients. Beer and wine. Catering available. Serving lunch 11:30-4 daily; dinner 4-10 daily. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

Main Street Grille

857 Main St., Clifton Park, 877-8202. Rustic and cozy, restored historic grain mill and feed store, adjacent to the Elnora train station. Pub fare and dinners featuring hand-cut steaks, seafood and pasta. Full bar. Beer on tap. Serving dinner 5-9:30 Tue-Sat; tavern open later. Closed Sun-Mon. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

Manory’s

4th and Congress streets, Troy, 272-2422. Troy’s oldest restaurant has been open since 1913. Menu features breakfast all day, gourmet deli sandwiches, burgers, wraps, appetizers, salads, homemade soups and desserts. Serving 6:30-5 daily. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

Marché

74 State St., Albany, 434-7410. Contemporary American cuisine using classic techniques for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Fresh seasonal products supplied by local farmers. Extensive, award-winning wine list. Reservations recommended. Serving 7 AM-11 PM daily, brunch 7-3 Sat-Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$

 

The Market

Albany Marriott, 189 Wolf Road, Colonie, 458-8444. The casual-dining menu includes soups, salads and burgers as well as full-course dinners. Full bar, catering and banquet facilities. Serving breakfast 6:30-11 Mon-Fri, 7-11 Sat, 7-noon Sun; lunch 11-2 Mon-Sat; dinner 5-10 daily. Reservations suggested for parties over five. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

 

Martin’s

49 Railroad St., Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 528-5455. On trendy Railroad Street, a cheery breakfast-and-lunch joint serving comfort food that effortlessly blends old-fashioned American standards with more updated fare like eggs Florentine, vegetarian dishes and sandwiches featuring grilled eggplant, avocado, brie and the like. Breakfast served until closing. Takeout available. Serving 6 AM-3 PM daily. MC, V. $

 

McGuire’s

353 State St., Albany, 463-2100. Chef Jeffrey Tabakian continues at this Center Square hotspot serving progressive American cuisine in a city grill atmosphere. The menu changes seasonally; look for inventive fare, exotic daily specials, and small plates items. Full bar. Reservations suggested. Valet parking Mon-Sat. Serving dinner 5-10 Mon-Thu, 5-10:30 Fri-Sat; closed Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

Montcalm Restaurant

Route 9 (at Exit 20 off I-87), Lake George, 793-6601. Steaks, seafood and friendly service in a family-run restaurant that’s been going for over half a century. Prime rib is a specialty; small “café specialties” also are available. Serving lunch daily 11:45-4; dinner 4-9 Mon-Thu, 4-9:30 Fri-Sat, 2-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

Morrette’s King Steak House

1126 Erie Blvd., Schenectady, 370-0555. Offering their famous oversized steak sandwiches since 1947, with a variety of other choices. Informal dining. Beer available. Accommodating small parties up to 25 guests. Serving 11-9 Mon-Thu, Sat; 11-10 Fri. Closed Sun. AE, MC, V. $

 

New World Bistro Bar

300 Delaware Ave., Albany, 694-0520, newworldbistrobar.com. Featuring “global comfort food” from executive chef Ric Orlando, the menu boasts a number of Orlando’s signature dishes, including Ropa Vieja and blackened string beans. New World offers everything from full entrees to small plates, sandwiches and flatbread pizzas, as well as vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free selections. Full bar. On- and off-premises catering. Patio open seasonally. Takeout available. Serving dinner 5-9:30 Sun-Thu, 5-11 Fri-Sat; brunch 11-3 Sun; limited menu 3-5 PM Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

New World Home Cooking

1411 Route 212, Saugerties, (845) 246-0900, ricorlando.com. See what’s cooking at two-time Chopped champion Ric Orlando’s Sauger-Stock landmark, voted Metroland’s Best American Restaurant for 2008. Kids’ menu. Large parties welcome. Takeout available. Banquet facilities. On- and off-premises catering. Outdoor seating available. Check website for live music events. Reservations recommended. Serving dinner 5-9:30 Mon-Thu, 5-11 Fri, 5-10 Sat-Sun. AE, MC, V. $$$

 

99 Restaurant & Pub

107 Wolf Road, Colonie, 446-9909; 1470 Western Ave., Guilderland, 452-1999. 99restaurants.com. This Boston-based chain features grilled and fried dishes. Also, Buffalo wings and burgers. Full bar. Serving 11-11 Mon-Thu, 11-midnight Fri-Sat, 11-10 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

The Old Mill

Route 23, South Egremont, Mass., (413) 528-1421. Dine in the rustic elegance of a converted 18th-century grist mill. Fresh fish, steaks and pastas are among the specialties; enjoy a cocktail or after-dinner drink in the cozy bar. Reservations accepted for parties of five and larger. Full bar. Serving dinner 5-9 Sun-Wed; 5-9:30 Thu-Sat, Sunday brunch 11-2. Closed Monday. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$

 

Olde Bryan Inn

123 Maple Ave., Saratoga Springs, 587-2990, oldebryaninn.com. Rustic and roomy, with traditional specials and lighter fare. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving 11-10 Sun-Thu, 11-11 Fri-Sat. Bar open until midnight Fri-Sat. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

 

One Caroline Street Bistro

1 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 587-2026, onecaroline.com. Continental, regional American and fusion fare, all prepared to order with fresh ingredients, including local organic produce and free-range meats. Lighter fare includes soups and salads, along with a full appetizer menu. The dinner menu offers entrées such as sticky chicken with dirty rice and traditional jambalaya. Homemade desserts. This restaurant’s wine list won the 2006-07 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Full bar. On/off premises catering. Serving dinner from 5 daily. Bar open later. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

One One One

111 Main St., Greenwich, 692-8016. A top-notch eatery in Greenwich’s attractive downtown, where the kitchen does wonderful things with farm-fresh locally grown organic produce and other ingredients. A full bar is also available. Serving dinner 5-9 Wed-Sun. AE, MC, V. $$$

 

Orchard Tavern

68 N. Manning Blvd., Albany, 482-5677. This casual full-service restaurant with a family atmosphere serves up award-winning pizza along with an extensive menu, all in a century-old tavern. Banquet facilities and private outdoor patio. Takeout available, lunch delivery. Serving 11:30-close Mon-Sat, 4-9 Sun. Reservations are accepted for large groups only. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

O’Toole’s Restaurant Pub

Kohl’s Plaza, Colonie, 464-1200. The menu features lots of American classics, including ribs, steaks and chicken. Half-off appetizer menu 9-11 daily. Half-price lunches 12-2 Mon-Fri. Rotating dinner specials daily. Full bar. On-premises catering for small parties. Reservations accepted. Serving 11:30-11 Mon-Thu, 11:30-midnight Fri-Sat, noon-11 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

O’Toole’s Restaurant Pub

Quaker Plaza, Queensbury, 793-3389. The menu features lots of American classics, including ribs, steaks and chicken. Half-off appetizer menu and pints 9-11 daily. Half-price lunches 12-2 Mon-Fri. Rotating dinner specials daily. Full bar. On-premises catering for small parties. Reservations accepted. Serving 11:30-11 Mon-Thu, 11:30-midnight Fri-Sat, noon-11 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

Palmer House Café

1462 Main St., Rensselaerville, 797-3449. A country-village restaurant with a menu that changes weekly and highlights fresh vegetables and herbs, as well as elegant pastries. Full bar, on- and off-premises catering. Dinner 5-close Thu-Sun, Closed Mon-Wed. Reservations suggested. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

 

Pangaea

1 Prospect St., North Bennington, Vt., (802) 442-7171, vermontfinedining.com. Offering a contemporary American menu. Separate lounge offers lower-priced menu items. Large outdoor terrace. Fine wine selection and full bar. Off-premises catering and takeout available. Serving dinner 5-9 Tue-Sat in the fine-dining area; 5-10 seven days a week in the lounge. AE, MC, V. $$$$

 

Peddlers Bar and Bistro

16 Clifton Park Village Road, Clifton Park, 952-7166, peddlersbarandbistro.com. Burgers, sandwiches, wraps, ribs, salads, even filet mignon sliders are offered alongside a wide appetizer array and a few well-chosen entrée items. Patio dining. Full bar, wine list. Serving 11 AM-close Mon-Sat, noon-close Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

Pepper Jack’s Sandwich Creations

192 N. Allen St., Albany, 426-5505, pepperjacksalbany.com. A unique breakfast, lunch and dinner restaurant located in the middle of Albany. Offering authentic Philly cheesesteaks, sandwich wraps and more. Off-premises catering and takeout and delivery available. 10 AM-10 PM Sun, 10 AM-11 Mon-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

The Point

1100 Madison Ave., Albany, 729-5383, thepointalbany.com. Spacious, handsomely designed restaurant featuring the cuisine of chef Jennifer Hewes of sister establishment Café Madison. Mediterranean-influenced American dishes include several steak preparations, boar Milanese, shrimp and scallop risotto, seafood cakes, and more. Full bar, wine list. Catering, private events for brunch, lunch or dinner. Reservations recommended. Serving 4-10 Mon-Wed, 4-11 Thu-Sat, 4-9 Sun. Late-night bar menu. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

Prime at Saratoga National

458 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, 583-4653 ext. 2. Offering a lunch menu featuring salads, sandwiches and lighter fare, as well as a dinner menu featuring Prime’s famous steaks and seafood. Serving lunch 11:30-4 daily, lite fare menu 4-5:30 daily, dinner 5:30-10 daily. Brunch Sun 10-2. AE, CB, MC, V, D. $$$$

 

The Publik House Pub and Restaurant

Routes 9 and 9P, Malta, 587-7479. On first glance at the menu, this seems like a pizza place, but then you discover there’s a full-fledged selection of entrées among the pasta and calzones. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving 11 AM-11:30 PM Sun-Thu, 11 AM-12:30 AM Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

Purple Pub

2 Cohoes Road, Watervliet, 273-9646, purple-pub.com. American and Italian offerings abound, including lasagna, seafood, veal and peppers, prime rib and Mexican pizza. Specials daily. Renowned pizza. Full bar. Takeout and delivery available. Serving 11-10 Tue-Thu, 11-11 Fri-Sat, 4-9 Sun. Closed Mon. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

Putnam’s

Gideon Putnam Resort, Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, 584-3000, gideonputnam.com. Upscale casual dining in a relaxed atmosphere, featuring creative American cuisine. Open to the public year-round. Full bar, catering and banquet facilities. Serving breakfast daily 7-10:30; lunch and dinner 11-9 daily, late-night menu until 10 PM Fri-Sat. Reservations suggested. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

 

Quintessence

11 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 434-8186; 2853 Route 9, Malta, 580-1212, quintessenceny.com. Jazzy, casually chique restaurant located in a historic Albany spot, now with a sister location in a chrome diner in Malta. Best known for its famous chicken teriyaki. Theme nights. Full bar. Takeout, on- and off-premises catering available. Online ordering. Happy hour 3-7, 9-close. Serving 10-11 Mon-Sat, 10-10 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

Raindancer Restaurant

4582 Route 30, Amsterdam, 842-2606, raindancerrestaurant.com. The steaks are delicious and the portions are huge at this area favorite. Dinners include all the trips you care to make to the salad bar, and the menu also offers a standard array of chicken, seafood and pasta-based dishes. Also serving a light-fare menu all day. 11:30-close Mon-Sat, 12:30-close Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$

 

Ranchero Steakhouse & Cantina

23 Main St., South Glens Falls, 636-5090, rancherosteakhouse.com. Serving classic American and Mexican comfort food including tacos, enchiladas, burgers, sandwiches and steaks. Full bar. Serving Tue-Thu 4-9:00, Fri 4-10:00, Sat 4-10:00, Sun 4-9. Closed Monday. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

Recovery Room Sports Grill

62 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 396-3800; 235 Hoosick St., Troy, 272-1702; 98 Wolf Road, Albany, 591-0001; 5005 Highway 30, Amsterdam, 842-5500; 1925 Curry Road, Rotterdam, 355-4001, recoverysportsgrill.com. Full menu, from appetizers to steaks, ribs, seafood, chicken and pasta. Also soups, salads, burgers and desserts. Local sports memorabilia sets the mood. Full bar. Takeout available. Open daily at 11-11 Mon-Thu, 11-12 Fri-Sat, 12-10 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

Red Dot

321 Warren St., Hudson, 828-3657. A casual, friendly, world-inspired bistro in the heart of Hudson’s art and antiques district. The menu features authentic Belgian frites, mussels, fish and chips, burgers and daily specials. Full bar, garden dining. Serving 5-10 Wed-Mon; Sat-Sun brunch 11-3. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

The Red Lion Inn

30 Main St., Stockbridge, Mass., (413) 298-5545, redlioninn.com. Creative contemporary cuisine served in a charming inn that dates from 1773. The menu features regional cuisine with a contemporary twist, including heritage-bred pork chop with braised kale and balsamic grilled onions. In an effort to support local farmers, Chef Brian Alberg offers a special sustainable-foods menu Sunday and Monday evenings and a sustainable breakfast daily. Full bar, banquet facilities, on- and off-premises catering. Reservations recommended, by phone or online at redlioninn.com or opentable.com. Serving breakfast 7-10 Mon-Fri, 7:30-10:30 Sat-Sun; lunch noon-2:30 Mon-Fri, noon-4 Sat-Sun (11:30-4 daily in the tavern and courtyard); dinner 5-9 Sun-Thu, 5-9:30 Fri-Sat. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$

 

The Ripe Tomato American Grill

Routes 9 and 9P, Malta, 581-1530, ripetomato.com. Affordable four-star dining in this Italian-American grill. Try the award-winning shrimp-and-scallop bisque. Specials daily. Full bar. Takeout available. Reservations recommended. Serving 10-10 daily, brunch 10-2 Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

 

Riverfront Bar and Grill

51 Erie Blvd., Corning Preserve, Albany, 426-4738, riverfrontbarge.com. The Capital Region’s first stationary floating restaurant. Enjoy casual dining and cocktails on the open air deck, or visit the enclosed lower dining room. Full bar, on-premises catering. Takeout available. Serving 11:30 AM-10 PM Sun-Thu; 11:30-midnight Fri-Sat, bar open later. AE, ATM, D, DC, MC, V. $

 

Rose and Kettle

4 Lancaster St., Cherry Valley, (607) 264-3078, roseandkettle.com. Dine in a 200-year-old village house in the midst of a historic, storybook village and enjoy a creative, always-changing menu of items crafted from fresh, local ingredients. Chef Matt Begley prepares a bourbon-enhanced NY strip steak au poivre, pan-seared cod with steak fries and lemon caper aioli, and much more. Live music Thursday night. Wine list. Serving dinner 5-close Thu-Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

The Rustic Gourmet

785 Delaware Ave., Delmar, 439-0900. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Deli and vegetarian options. Antique-filled rooms and good hospitality. Dinner specials, homemade soups and desserts. On and off-premises catering. Serving 9-9 daily. AM, MC, V, D. $$

 

The Rusty Anchor

Hudson Shores Park, Watervliet, 273-2920, therustyanchorbar.com. Dine on fresh seafood and American fare, seasonally, in this floating barge restaurant. Full bar. Takeout available. Reservations recommended for parties of six or more. Serving 11:30-2 AM Mon-Fri, noon-2 AM Sat-Sun. AE, DC, MC, V. $$

 

Salty’s Pub & Bistro

Country Dollar Shopping Plaza, Guideboard Road, Halfmoon, 371-1120 or 371-1694.“Where friends and family surround you and food is plenty,” is the motto at this casual neighborhood seafood eatery, featuring a 50-foot oyster bar, a vast array of fresh seafood, and a pasta and vegetarian menu as well, presided over by chef-owner John D. Marzilli, former chef of the Albany Marriott. Full bar. Banquet facilities. Takeout available. Serving 11-9 Mon-Thu, 11-10 Fri-Sat, 11-8 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

Scarboroughs

497 Old Niskayuna Road, Latham, 713-4500. Eclectic American menu offering everything from dinners to light fare. Homemade soups, burgers, wings, and authentic regional items from around the country. Full bar, on-premises catering, takeout available. Daily lunch and dinner specials. Serving from 11 AM Mon-Fri, noon Sat-Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

Schodack Diner

1842 Columbia Turnpike, Castleton-on-Hudson, 477-5014, schodackdiner.com. Serving American diner classics like steaks, chops, burgers, wraps, deli sandwiches and salad platters as well as Greek specialties like moussaka, gyros, pastichio and baklava. Breakfast anytime, homemade desserts. Daily specials, kids’ menu. Full bar, on-premises catering. Takeout available. Reservations recommended. Serving 7AM-9 daily. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

The Silo

537 Aviation Road, Queensbury, 798-1900. Serving hearty country-style breakfast and lunch. Lunch features homemade soups, breads, overstuffed sandwiches, pies and other tasty desserts. Open year round. Serving breakfast 7 AM-3 PM and lunch 11 AM-3 PM daily. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

Simpson’s

The Desmond, 660 Albany Shaker Road, Albany, 640-6094, desmondhotels.com. The Des­mond’s casual restaurant features continental cuisine including prime rib, creative seafood dishes, house-made specialty desserts and a selection of salads, as well as wine by the glass. Full bar. Serving 6:30 AM-10 PM Mon-Sat, 7-10 Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

 

The South End Tavern

757 Burden Ave., Troy, 272-9661. A friendly haven of comfort food that’s been a South Troy mainstay since 1934. Daily specials: Monday, baked ham, barbeque baby-back ribs, and roast turkey with stuffing; Tuesday, meat loaf, and Yankee pot roast; Wednesday, roast beef, haddock, scallops, shrimp and fried clam strip; Thursday, corned beef and cabbage, and roast turkey and stuffing. For a special treat on Fridays try the scallops, haddock and shrimp, and creamed cod, and on Saturday prime rib, roast beef, and baby-back ribs. Full bar. Serving 11-11 Mon-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $

 

Stadium Café

389 Broadway (Route 9) Saratoga Springs, 226-4437. A family friendly sports bar with a menu featuring baby-back ribs, crab cakes, pastas, wraps and salads. Full bar; takeout available. Serving 11-11 Mon-Thu, 11 AM-midnight Fri-Sat, 11-10 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

The Standard Restaurant & Lounge

Crossgates Mall, Albany, 452-7007, standardalbany.com. New restaurant and lounge, featuring an array of creative American and fusion dishes in an elegant retro atmosphere. Huge selection of eclectic offerings—from Thai mussels to macaroni and cheese—includes appetizers, salads, sandwiches, pasta, steak and seafood. Full bar. Serving 11-11 Sun-Thu, 11-midnight Fri-Sat; cocktails until 1 AM Sun-Thu, 2 AM Fri-Sat. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

 

Stockade Inn

1 N. Church St., Schenectady, 346-3400. Schenectady’s newest banquet facility and fine-dining inn welcomes wedding receptions. Full bar and banquet facilities. Serving dinner 5-9 Tue-Sat, brunch 10-2 Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$
Stout
904 Broadway, Albany, 427-8688, graneysbarandgrill.com. Enjoy lunch, dinner, and drinks at this modern Irish pub with ample seating and many television for watching sports events. Full bar with a variety of domestic and imported draft beers and bottles. Outdoor seating. Takeout available. Serving 11-10 Sun-Thurs, 11-11 Fri-Sat. AE, MC, V, D. $

 

Sutton’s Marketplace Café

1066 Route 9, Queensbury, 798-1188 ext. 4, suttonsmarketplace.com. A casual eatery located in a country store that sells everything from baked goods to gifts to toys. Menu offers a wide variety of breakfast and lunch options, prepared with the freshest ingredients. Children’s menu available. Serving 7:30 AM-3 PM daily. Serving dinner 3 PM – 8 PM Thu-Fri. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $

 

Taste

45 Beaver St., Albany, 694-3322, taste_albany.com. Executive chef Paul Ozimek is dedicated to “the art of dining,” serving American cuisine with global influences. Small plates, appetizers, half and full portions—you can create your own dining experience. Luxurious full bar; over 380 wines on the wine list. Takeout available. Reservations recommended. Serving lunch 11:30-4 Tue-Fri; dinner 5-10 Tue-Sat. Closed Monday. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$

 

Teagan’s Steak and Seafood Restaurant

1 Ferry St., Rensselaer, 477-9909, teagans.com. Friendly neighborhood all-around good-food place, with a menu featuring steak, seafood and pasta. Full bar, banquet facilities. Serving lunch 11-2 Mon-Fri, bar 11-4 Mon-Fri, dinner 4-9 Sun-Wed, 4-10 Thu-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $$
Terminal Tavern
774 Pawling Ave., Troy, 283-8376. Full pub menu and full bar. Takeout available. Serving 11:30 AM-midnight Mon-Thurs, 11:30 AM-2 AM Fri, noon-2 AM Sat, noon-11 PM Sun. D, MC, V. $

 

TGI Friday’s

Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany, 489-1663; 1 SouthsideDrive, Clifton Park, 383-7148; 3060 Route 50, Saratoga Springs, 581-4012. Old posters and found art decorate the walls; the glossy menu boasts a variety of steaks and burgers, their famous “Jack Daniels sauce,” pasta dishes and finger food. Full bar. Stuyvesant Plaza: Serving 11 AM-1 AM daily. Clifton Park and Saratoga Springs: Serving 9 AM- 1 AM daily. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

TJ’s Café

1133 Central Ave., Colonie, 438-7457, tjscafealbany.com. Featuring a wide range of homemade food, from burgers, wings and sandwiches to dinner entrées such as prime rib, shrimp scampi and chicken parmesan. Full late-night menu. Takeout available. Serving 11-11 Mon-Thu, 11-midnight Fri-Sat, closed Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

Turf Tavern

40 Mohawk Ave., Scotia, 393-3344, turftavern.com. Upscale restaurant with a comfortable atmosphere featuring gourmet cuisine and seasonal specials. Full bar, banquet facilities, on- and off-premises catering. Serving dinner 5-9 Tue-Sat, 11:30-8 Sun with Sunday specials. Reservations recommended. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

Ugly Rooster Café

159 North Main St., Mechanicville, 664-2769 uglyroostercafe.com. Burgers and breakfasts are specialties here, the latter including omelets, burritos, huevos rancheros, French toast, pancakes and waffles. Lunches include sandwiches, burritos and more. Try the fried green tomatoes, and don’t forget the homemade pastries. Takeout available. Serving breakfast and lunch 6-3 Mon-Fri, 7-3 Sat-Sun. MC, V. $$

 

Uno Chicago Grill

Crossgates Mall, Guilderland, 869-3100; 601 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham, 782-7166; 3008 State Route 50, Saratoga Springs, 587-4270, unos.com. Chicago-style deep-dish pizza, as well as salads, steaks, chicken, sandwiches, burgers and express lunch daily. Full bar. Takeout available. Latham serving 11:30-11 Sun-Thu, 11:30-midnight Fri-Sat. At Crossgates, 11:30-11 PM Mon-Thu, 11:30 AM-midnight Fri, 11 AM-midnight Sat, 11-10 PM Sun. Saratoga Springs: 11-11 PM Sun-Thu, 11-midnight Fri-Sat. Advanced seating requests accepted. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

 

The Van Dyck

237 Union St., Schenectady, 348-7999, vandycklounge.com. This Stockade-area mainstay is serving a varied menu of pub food and favorite entrées, with pizza and panini in the mix. Full bar, private parties, takeout available. Reservations recommended. Serving 11-10 Tue-Thu, 11-11 Fri-Sat, closed Sun and Mon. AE, D, MC, V, ATM/debit. $$$

 

Victory Café

10 Sheridan Ave., Albany, 463-9113, thevictorycafe.com. A 100-seat restaurant featuring salads, sandwiches, pizza and daily specials. Full bar, banquet facilities for up to 150, on/off-premises catering. Serving 11:30-9 Mon, 11:30-10 Tue-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri, 5-10 Sat; dinner specials nightly. Closed Sunday (available for private parties). Reservations suggested on concert nights. AE, MC, V. $$

 

The Wine Bar

417 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 584-8777, thewinebarofsaratoga.com. New American cuisine featuring award-winning cheese, and entrée- and tapas-sized portions prepared with fresh, local ingredients. Featuring 50 wines by the glass and a full bar. The restaurant also includes a secluded smoking lounge for those who wish to enjoy an aromatic cigar after the meal. Reservations recommended. Serving 4-10 Mon-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$

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Afghan

Afghan Kabab Express

305 Central Ave., Albany, 487-4159, afghankababexpressny.com. Kababs and gyros (chicken, lamb or beef), falafel and even burgers and wings are on a menu where sandwiches average $6 and many kababs are $9. Takeout available. _No alcohol. Serving 11:30-9:30 Mon-Sun. D, MC, V. $

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