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Annual Manual: Cheap Eats, Fine Dining and Coffee Bars

by The Staff on September 5, 2013


Cheap Eats


The Albany Pump Station 19 Quackenbush Square, Albany, 447-9000. This downtown Albany brew pub offers a vast array of American fare. The menu features a large offering of soups, salads and sandwiches. Full bar, including their award winning beer.

Andy & Sons Italian Food & Deli, 256 Delaware Ave., Albany, 463-2754. Authentic imported and Italian food, including homemade ravioli, pasta, soups and complete dinners. Twenty 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.

Bailey’s Café Corner of Phila St. and Putnam St., Saratoga Springs, 583-6060, baileyscafe.com. A fun and friendly café located in a historic Saratoga landmark. Award-winning soups, creative salads, sandwiches and daily specials are offered. Full bar, coffee cocktails, espresso, lattes and cappuccino and tantalizing desserts. Fun foods including fondues and s’mores—toast your own marshmallows tableside. Patio and live music.

BEFF’s Tavern 95 Everett Road, Albany, 482 2333. Known for its pizza, BEFF’s (Big Ed Fat Field’s) also serves half pound burgers, homemade soups made fresh daily, salads and other bar fare. Try the chicken toes. Daily specials. Full bar.

A Better Bite, 99 Washington Ave., Albany, 694-440, abetterbitealbany.com. Albany’s New York-style deli offering an extensive menu. Breakfast items, sandwiches, salads and specialty wraps served daily. Also, now open for brunch on weekends.

Blue Ribbon Restaurant and Bakery 1801 State St., Schenectady, 393-2600. A “dineraunt” setting with a capacious menu. Save room for the award-winning cheesecake. Reservations suggested for parties of six or more.

Bread Basket 65 Spring St., Saratoga Springs, 587-4233, saratogabreadbasket.com. A scratch bakery with homemade breads, quiche, scones, pastries, specialty cakes and other luscious treats are available at this small eatery. Open for breakfast and lunch.

Brown’s Brewing Company 417-419 River St., Troy, 273-BEER. A craft brewery selling its own beer, as well as pub style food, steaks and salads. A new menu places an emphasis on creative sandwiches, flavorful appetizers and dinner entrées.

Café 217 12 1/2 Delaware Ave., Albany, 462-0050. An all-night café serving terrific breakfast and lunch items, and kitty-corner to the Center Square neighborhood.

Capital City Diner, 1709 Western Ave., Guilderland, 250-4261. The old Metro 20 Diner by Crossgates Mall. Silver art-deco design and classic diner food, including baked goods and a full bar.

Capital City Gastropub, 261 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 489-5077, capcitygastropub.com. Open seven days a week. Featuring a constant rotation of different craft beers on draft, as well as wines by the glass and full bar. The menu highlights seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. Daily changing specials.

Cardona’s Market 340 Delaware Ave., Albany, 434-4838. Your one-stop Italian market, family-owned-and-operated for three generations. Homemade breads, pastas, salads, desserts and pizzas made daily. Fresh soup, produce, and meat available. Catering available.

Carmen’s Café, 198 1st St., Troy, 326-2064, carmenscafetroy.wordpress.com. Cuban-Spanish-American food in a bistro setting. Friday tapas menu and live music. Breakfast and lunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Open Fri-Sun.

The Country Corner Café 25 Church St., Saratoga Springs, 583-7889. Cozy home-style eatery with loads of breakfast options to choose from, as well as sandwiches, homemade soups, jams and more.

Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery 184 Glen St., Glens Falls, 743-9026. Offering a wide variety of appetizers, salads, burgers, wraps, vegetarian dishes and pub fare—including fish and chips and bangers and mash. Full bar including beers hand-crafted on site; seasonal outdoor dining.

Duncan’s Dairy Bar 890 Hoosick Road, Brunswick, 279-9985. Homemade bread and muffins, eggs any way you wish, fresh soup, Reubens, open-faced turkey sandwiches with gravy, roast beef and baked ham. Great homemade pies, too. No alcohol.

Farmer Boy Restaurant Diner 1975 Central Ave., Colonie, 456-2243, fax: 869-5480. Breakfast available all day, every day. Serving steaks, chops, seafood, Italian and Greek dishes just like mom used to make. Offering weekend dinner specials. Full bar. Senior menu and children’s menu.

The Flying Chicken 122 4th St., Troy, 326-3546. Delicious fried chicken and an assortment of tasty sides and specials unique to the area. Serving late. Pinball machine on premises.

The Fountain 283 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 482-9898. Pizza, finger foods, burgers and other light fare. Also, a selection of Italian dinners. Specials available all week. Full bar.

Four Corners Luncheonette 2 Grove St., Delmar, 439-0172. An old-fashioned eatery with counter seating, booths and tables. The menu features a blend of diner fare and fancier stuff; dinner offerings explore more ambitious dishes with a contemporary American touch. Live music every Wed, Fri and Sat. Beer and wine.

Gateway Diner 899 Central Ave., Albany, 482-7557. This traditional diner offers breakfast all day, along with fresh seafood, steaks, Italian dishes and excellent deli-style sandwiches. Full bakery on premises, and all desserts homemade. Full bar. Reservations suggested for parties of eight or more.

Grandma’s Pies and Restaurant 1273 Central Ave., Colonie, 459-4585. A comfortable family restaurant with a cozy country interior. Come hungry and enjoy generous helpings of tasty, home-cooked foods from lasagna to roast chicken to huge chef salads. Daily specials, light menu available. Also, legendary pie. Beer and wine.

Hattie’s 45 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 584-4790. Serving authentic Southern cuisine since 1938. Come for the famous fried chicken and biscuits, or try the delicious New Orleans specials, grilled seafood and vegetarian entrées. Specials include crab cakes, seafood gumbo and homemade desserts such as sweet-potato pie and pecan pie. Heated garden patio through October. Full bar.

Hill Street Café 180 Madison Ave., Albany, 462-3544. Serving good pub food every day and every night. Menu includes chicken wings and grilled chicken sandwiches, wraps, salads and burgers. Full bar, plenty of TVs for game time.

Horseshoe Inn Bar & Grill 9 Gridley St., Saratoga Springs, 587-4909, thehorseshoeinn.com. Menu features steak, smoked ribs, seafood, pasta and Italian-American specialties. Also offers a pub menu and daily specials. Full bar. Reservations recommended.

Hungry Spot Café 480 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 584-9060, hungryspotcafe.com. Boasting great homemade soups, fresh rotisserie turkey and daily lunch specials, as well as a vegetarian menu.

Indian Ladder Farms 342 Altamont Road, Altamont, 765-2956. An apple orchard with a country store, featuring a café and bakery. Cider, apples and apple products are the specialty. Lunch fare includes hearty gourmet sandwiches, soups, fresh salads and desserts from the bakery.

Johnny B’s Glenmont Diner 21 Frontage Road, Glenmont, 434-3761. Charming authentic ‘50s diner; homemade specials daily, extended weekend breakfast menu. Takeout available.

Latham ‘76 Restaurant 722 New Loudon Road (Route 9), Latham, 785-3793. Family owned and operated for over 30 years, this spacious eatery offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as their homemade desserts. Over 200 menu items to choose from. Full bar.

Mild Wally’s 189A Quail St., Albany, 433 1898. A wide array of appetizers, hot and cold subs, wings (available in an array of mouth-melting hotness options), pizza, pasta dinners and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Wally’s has party food for pickup or delivery into the wee hours.

O’Toole’s Restaurant Pub Capital Plaza, 1814 Central Ave., Colonie, 464 1200; Quaker Plaza, Queensbury, 793 3389. The menus at both locations feature lots of American classics—like ribs, steak and chicken—as well as Mexican dishes. Full bar. Reservations accepted.

The Parting Glass 40-42 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs, 583-1916. This popular Irish pub serves up more than typical pub fare. The menu features homemade specials like lamb stew and corned beef and cabbage, as well as Italian-American and Irish dishes. Full bar with nearly 100 beers available, including Harp and Guinness on  tap.

Peaches Café Stuyvesant Plaza, Guilderland, 482-3677. Full breakfast and lunch menu with dinner specials, including new appetizers and pastas. Breakfast all day every day, with fare ranging from Belgian waffles to special omelets, as well as fabulous desserts.

Pepper Jack’s 192 N. Allen St., Albany. 426-5505. Sandwiches available for take out or eat in. Free delivery after 11 AM. Breakfast all day and open late night.

Pinto and Hobbs 142 Washington Ave., Albany, 512-5800. Classic pub food featuring burgers, wraps, wings, sandwiches; dinner entrees available after 5 PM. Patio seating. Full bar and banquet facilities. Takeout available.

Professor M. Barley’s Western Avenue and Quail Street, Albany, 407-0060. Upscale pub with working stone fireplace, where the menu features black angus burgers, flatiron steak, steamed clams, pasta purses, wings and more. Full bar, more than 80 imported bottled beers. On-premises catering.

Putnam Market 435 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 587-FOOD. A gourmet marketplace with a gourmet deli serving sandwiches, prepared foods, soups, salads and such to eat in or take out. The mouth-watering sandwich specials include the High Rock (roasted turkey with cheddar and cranberry mayo) and the Karista (fresh mozzarella with roasted red peppers and pesto mayo).

Ravenous 21 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 581-0560. European-style café serving savory and sweet French crêpes, espresso and pommes frites (French fries).

Recovery Room Sports Grill, 67 New Scotland Ave. at Hilton Garden Inn, Albany, 396-3800; 5005 State Highway 30, Amsterdam, 842-5500; Hannaford Plaza, 98 Wolf Road, Albany, 591-0001; 1925 Curry Road, Rotterdam  355-0001; 235 Hoosick St., Troy, 272-1702; 5270 Willow Place, Verona, 363-0100. Full menu featuring lunch and dinner, salads, burgers and weekly specials. Try Dave’s world-famous baby back ribs. Fifty flat screens offer every sports package available. Full bar. Reservations recommended. Takeout available.

Sutter’s Mill & Mining Co. 1200 Western Ave., Albany, 489 4910. Back to basics bar food is always on tap, and daily dinner specials are served in the back room. Home of Albany’s biggest and best burgers for over 20 years. Full bar. Takeout available.

Sutton’s Marketplace Café 1066 Route 9, Queensbury, 798-1188, suttonsmarketplace.com. A casual eatery 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 fresh ingredients.

TGI Friday’s Stuyvesant Plaza, Guilderland, 489 1661; 1 Southside Drive, Clifton Park, 383-7148. Old posters and found art decorate the walls; the glossy menu boasts Chinese potstickers,  cajun shrimp and chicken pasta, and pecan-crusted chicken salad. Good finger food, too. Full bar.

Washington Tavern 250 Western Ave., Albany, 427-0091. Although this spot is best-known for its traditional tavern fare, the facility has recently been upgraded and also offers a special dinner menu (available evenings from 5 to 9) and children’s menu. Full bar. Takeout and off premises catering available.


A Dragon 147 Madison Ave., Albany, 459-8558. Chinese food. Free delivery, student discount.

Amazing Wok 267 Lark St., Albany, 434-3946; 1892 Central Ave., Albany, 456-4000. Now under the same ownership as Emperor’s. With a full menu and extensive Chinese cuisine, it’s known as the “most original” of its kind. Specializing in take-out.

China House 8 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-1015. Eat-in, takeout, free delivery (with a minimum order).

Ichiban 338 Central Ave., Albany, 432-0358, ichibancentral.com. Japanese and Chinese dishes including donburi, noodle soups and sushi lunch specials. Takeout and delivery available.

Sukhothai 254 Lark St., Albany, 463-0223; 62 Central Ave., Albany, 433-7203. A modest eatery where you’re welcome to enjoy your meal at one of the handful of tables or order to go. The exotic menu includes such customer favorites as ginger chicken, vegetable curry and lemongrass shrimp soup, all cooked without MSG.

Sushi House 6 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 935-2270. Fresh sushi, along with a menu of other Japanese fare (tempura, yakitori, noodles) presented in a handsome teahouse setting.

Tai Pan 1519 Route 9, Halfmoon, 383-8581. All Asian cuisine, concentrating on Thai and Chinese foods. Takeout available.


Bayou Café 507 Saratoga Road (Route 50), Glenville, 384-7226. The menu boasts a wide selection of Mexican, Southwestern and Cajun goodies. Among the favorites are the jambalaya, a Ca-jun gumbo and the sizzling fajitas. Full bar with a full line of microbrews, many beers on tap and at least 30 types of bottled brew.

First Choice Caribbean 451 Fulton St., Troy, 272-4544, firstchoicecaribbean.net. First Choice features authentic cuisine like jerk chicken, curry goat, plantains, and ital stew.

Orchid’s, 1113 State St., Schenectady, 952-7182. Winner of the 2013 Metroland Best Caribbean Restaurant. The chicken part of the menu gives a choice of fried, curried, stewed or jerk—or even served with waffles. And there are similar preparations of beef and goat, along with seafood items and an excellent mac and cheese.

Roy’s Restaurant and Groceries 185 Henry Johnson Blvd., Albany, 433-1343. Specializing in Jamaican food. American menus available. Ten percent discount with student ID.


Curry House, 1112 Madison Ave., Albany, 438-2265. This Northern Indian restaurant features a large selection of appetizers, curries, shish kebabs, tandoori entrées and Indian breads. Lunch buffet daily. Off-premises catering and takeout available.

Gandhi Indian Restaurant 1 Central Ave., Albany, 449-5577. It’s the epicenter of Albany’s Indian-restaurant neighborhood, serving Northern Indian food and offering a weekday lunch buffet.

Jewel of India on Lark, 187 Lark St., Albany, 512-5600, jewelofindiaalbany.com. Multiple-year  winner for Best Indian Buffet, Jewel of India offers vegetarian, chicken, lamb, goat, seafood and many other choices. Lunch buffet seven days a week; dinner; take out, catering available.

Karavalli 9B Johnson Road, Latham, 785-7600; 47 Caroline Street, Saratoga Springs, 580-1144. Specializing in regional dishes from all over India. Daily lunch buffet, weekend brunch. Full bar, off-premise catering, takeout available, reservations accepted.

LaZeez 35 Central Ave., Albany, 465-0333. Elegant yet informal Indian and Pakistani cuisine, featuring all the classic dishes and an affordable lunch buffet. Take out and delivery available.

Little India 60 Court Street, Saratoga Springs, 583-4151, saratogalittleindiarestaurant.com. Menu features vegetarian dishes, as well as chicken curry, chicken and lamb biryani, seafood shim bhuna. Beer and wine. Takeout available. Reservations suggested.

Shalimar 952 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham, 389-2500, shalimarlatham.com. Fresh and quality Pakistani and Indian cuisine. Serving meat, seafood, chicken and vegetarian fare, as well as a wide assortment of breads. Take out available. Student discount with ID.

Shalimar Restaurant 180 Delaware Ave., Delmar, 439-4200. Inexpensive, spicy Indian fare to eat-in or takeout. A perennial Best Of winner. Lunch buffet. No alcohol, BYOB; catering available. No reservations. Open seven days.

Taj Mahal 118-120 Jay St., Schenectady, 370-3664. The name refers to either a bird’s nest or a sense of home, and the proprietors offer an assortment of Indian cuisine, with both meat and vegetarian dishes available.


Bongiorno’s 23 Dove St., Albany, 462-9176. Specializing in veal and seafood dishes, including clams marinara, seafood fra diavolo and veal Francese. Full bar. Takeout available. Reservations accepted.

Lombardo’s 121 Madison Ave., Albany, 462-9180. An Albany favorite, with many different pasta dishes and a menu featuring 11 different veal dishes, among many other offerings. Nightly specials, too. Full bar. Takeout available.

Mangia 1562 New Scotland Ave. (Route 85), Slingerlands, 439-5555. The pizzas come hot out of the wood-fired oven and include such exotic combos as chicken pesto, barbecued chicken and a healthy vegetarian pizza pie. All pastas are fresh. Beer and extensive wine list. Takeout available. Reservations suggested.

Mercato’s Pizzeria & Restaurant 155 Delaware Ave., Delmar, 475-7777. Featuring veal, chicken, seafood, pasta, pizza and baked dishes. Banquet facilities available.

Mercato’s III Restaurant & Pizzeria, 952 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham, 783-4444, mercatosiii.com. Family owned and operated. Eat-in, take out and delivery available. Italian dishes, pizza, subs, party trays, burgers and grilled sandwiches.

Portofino’s Ristorante, 831 New Loudon Road, Latham, 608-4675, portofinolatham.com. Sicilian and Mediterranian dishes, pizza and steak. Serving lunch and dinner under the supervision of executive chef Justin Engineri. Offering family takeout specials, live music and catered events.

Testo’s 124th Street and Fourth Avenue, Troy, 235-0444. Family run Italian restaurant with a family ambience, specializing in pasta dishes, veal and seafood. Home of Testo’s Gourmet Pasta Sauce. Beer and wine.

Via Fresca 1666 Western Ave., Albany, 452-1179, viafresca.net. Bowls of baby artichokes, prosciutto, olives and any number of pastas, salads, and seafood delicacies. In addition there’s a generous selection of cold and hot sandwiches, panini, lasagna, parmigianas, Italian sodas, pastries, fresh mozzerella and other cheeses.


Beirut 184 River St., Troy, 270-9490. Award-winning homemade Lebanese cuisine. Daily specials, hummus, falafel, shawarma and more. Call to order-in or take out.

Mamoun’s Mideast Café 206 Washington Ave., Albany, 434-3901. Serving such Mediterranean dishes as shish kebab, tabbouleh, falafel, hummus and stuffed grape leaves. Special vegetarian menu. Takeout available. No alcohol.


Bombers Burrito Bar 258 Lark St., Albany, 463-9635; 447 State St., Schenectady, 374-3548. A healthy-sized menu includes vegetarian-friendly options amid a creative selection of sizable burritos, soft and hard tacos, different kinds of chili (including a vegetarian option), quesadillas and finger foods such as sweet-potato or tofu fries and loaded nachos. Take out or eat in.

Bros Tacos 319 Ontario St., Albany, 935-1096. A student-friendly taqueria featuring a wide selection of tacos and burritos, reasonably priced and built from all fresh ingredients, including hand-made tortillas and homemade chorizo. Takeout available.

El Loco Mexican Café 465 Madison Ave., Albany, 436-1855. An eccentric bistro where the specialties include quesadillas, chili rellenos, Tex-Mex fare and many vegetarian items. Watch for unusual daily specials. Full bar. Takeout available. Reservations suggested for large parties Tue-Thu and Sun.

El Mariachi 144 Washington Ave., Albany, 465-2568. This Mexican restaurant moved closer to downtown, but the food is still of the authentic variety. Try the cochinita pibil, a popular pork roast made with orange juice and red onions.

El Mariachi II 289 Hamilton St., Albany, 432-7580. Authentic Mexican and Spanish dishes, including paella and pollo San Marco. Full bar—featuring over 45 top tequilas.

Esperanto 4 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 587-4236. The eclectic menu boasts specialties from around the world. Look for  the burritos, Thai chicken, Israeli falafel and Cajun-style jambalaya.

Leon’s 135 Crescent St., Saratoga Springs, 587-2346. A Mexican restaurant owned by jockey Filiberto Leon. Full Bar.

Mexican Connection 41 Nelson Ave., Saratoga Springs, 584-4466. Try the burro grande or a California tostada; also fajitas and daily specials. Full bar, including 30 fine tequilas and many Mexican beers. Reservations suggested.


D’Andrea’s 33 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 584-3632. Pizza, focaccia sandwiches, fried foods, “grubs” (grinder-subs), stuffed breads. Takeout with free delivery.

DeFazio’s Pizzeria 266 4th St., Troy, 271-1111. Twenty-one gourmet wood fired pizzas, plus homemade pasta, antipasta and salads. Organic pasta and pizza, all made on premises. Homemade Italian sauces available in DeFazio’s retail store next door. BYOB. Cash only.

Dino’s Pizza, 420 Madison Ave., Albany, 396-3300, dinospizza.us. Pizza, delicious wings, hot and cold subs and salads in their newly-expanded space at the south end of Lark Street. Takeout, delivery available.

The New Madison Grille 331 Madison Ave., Albany, 434-1938. Pizza is the specialty—the New Madison Grille has revived the famous 50-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.

Noho Pizza, 195 Lark St., Albany, 433-1111, nohopizza.com. Pizza, subs, salads, wings and Italian dinners.

Smith’s Tavern 112 Maple Ave. (Route 85A), Voorheesville, 765-4163. Famous landmark tavern open since 1945. Serving sandwiches, salads, homemade soups and, best of all, award-winning pizza with fresh homemade dough and sauce made daily. With more than 40 types of beer and microbrews.

Sovrana 63 N. Lake Ave., Albany, 465-0961. Family-owned and -run Italian deli serving some of the best pizza around.


Four Seasons 33 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 584 4670, fourseasonsnaturalfoods.com. Natural-food restaurant and store with a vegetarian buffet featuring healthful, flavorful whole foods, soups, desserts and breads. No alcohol.

Honest Weight Deli Honest Weight Food Co-op, 100 Watervliet Ave., Albany, 482-2667. Check out the brand-new location of this Capital Region mainstay. Fresh, healthful soups, salads, sandwiches, hot lunches, baked goods and ethnic specialties made daily. Gluten-free, vegan options available. Fresh organic vegetable juices available daily.

Fine Dining


The Barnsider 480 Sand Creek Road, Albany. 869-2448. Elegant dining atmosphere, featuring steaks and fresh seafood. Banquet facilities and light fare available.

Daisy Baker’s 33 2nd St., Troy, 266-9200. This classy establishment serves gourmet American fare as well as an impressive array of seafood and pasta items.

DeJohn’s 288 Lark St., Albany, 465-5275. Menu featuring vegetarian options as well as steaks, seafood, Italian specialties and homemade desserts served in the cozy pub area or the second-floor dining room. Variety of wines available by the glass and bottle, full bar featuring the newest concoctions the cocktail world has to offer. Private party room located, outdoor patio, off-site catering and gift certificates available. Reservations recommended.

Franklin’s Tower 414 Broadway, Albany. 431-1920. Upscale pub food with an eclectic menu offering steaks, burgers, and club sandwiches, as well as Asian dishes. New York-style bar, live music.

The Inn at Saratoga 231 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 583-1890. American cuisine at a cozy Victorian inn. Bistro menu. Full bar.

Jack’s Oyster House 42 State St., Albany, 465-8854. Albany’s dining landmark since 1913 is now in its third generation of family ownership. Savor seafood specials, steaks, veal or poultry in a classic setting. Full bar. Open 365 days a year—366 for leap year! Reservations suggested, especially on weekends and holidays.

Justin’s 301 Lark St., Albany, 436-7008. Look for some offbeat ethnic dishes, like jerk chicken, alongside fish, steaks and pasta dishes. Full bar and on-premises catering for small parties.

Lakeview on Crystal Lake 4 Old Route 66, Averill Park, 674-3363. Prime rib, pizza, seafood pastas, fish specials and many other homemade dishes. Dine on the deck overlooking Crystal Lake. Full bar.

Longfellows Inn & Restaurant 500 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, 587-0108. Situated in an old country estate built in the late 1800s, the inn prides itself on its warm and relaxing dining ambience. The menu of American offerings includes an array of steaks, bourbon-glazed salmon, fresh pastas and pan-roasted garlic shrimp. Wine Spectator award-winning wine list. Full bar.

McGuire’s 353 State St., Albany, 463-2100. This restaurant in the Lark Street neighborhood features a changing menu of progressive American cuisine with a city grill atmosphere. Full bar with an extensive wine list.

MioVino Wine Bar & Bistro, 186 Main St., Altamont, 595-5095, miovinowinebar.com. Fresh, local, modern cuisine with a full bar and extensive wine list. Live jazz every Wednesday, happy hour specials Thursdays & Fridays, and Sunday brunch.

New World Bistro Bar 300 Delaware Ave., Albany, 694-0520, newworldbistrobar.com. Featuring “global comfort food” from executive chef Ric Orlando, New World offers everything from full entrees to small plates, sandwiches and flatbread pizzas, as well as vegetarian and vegan selections. Full bar. On- and off-premises catering. Takeout available.

The Ripe Tomato American Grill Routes 9 and 9P, Malta, 581-1530. Affordable four-star dining in the Italian-American grill tradition. Specialties include an award-winning bisque, steaks and seafood. Full bar.

Prime Saratoga National Golf Club, 458 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, 583-4653. An upscale restaurant open year round. Extensive wine list and desserts. Full bar, on-premises catering. Banquet facilities.

Quintessence 2358 Route 9, Malta, 580-1212. Best known for its chicken teriyaki. Open 7 days for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Full bar. Takeout and delivery.

Simpson’s Grille The Desmond, 660 Albany Shaker Road, Colonie, 869-8100. The Desmond’s casual restaurant, with grilled swordfish, filet mignon, and a selection of salads as well as wine by the glass. Full bar.

The Grille at the Holiday Inn on Wolf Road, 205 Wolf Road, Colonie, 458-7250. Menu includes chicken, seafood and steaks. Full bar. Reservations suggested.


Koto Japanese Steakhouse 260 Wolf Road, Latham, 869-8888. Check out the great entertainment at the Hibachi tables. Reservations recommended but not required. Special orders accepted. Full bar. On-premises catering. Takeout available.

Mari’s Japanese Cuisine 2049 Van Vranken Ave., Schenectady, 381-4881. Sushi bar, tempura, sukiyaki and teriyaki are among the specials. Reservations suggested, especially on weekends.

Sushi Thai Garden 44-46 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 580-0900; 1707 Route 9, Suite 100, Clifton Park, 384-0100; 27 Spring St., Williamstown, Mass., (413) 458-0004. sushitaigarden.com. Serving exotic Thai food, made with fresh ingredients. Sample the Japanese entrées, or dine at the sushi bar. Many vegetarian options. Takeout available.


Creo Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany, 482-8000. Winner of Metroland’s 2010 Best International restaurant, Creo features a unique blend of American, Italian and pan-Asian cuisine in a chic dining room.

Ginger Man Wine Bar & Restaurant 234 Western Ave., Albany, 427-5963. Try the fruit-and-cheese board with a glass of wine; other menu items include fresh seafood and steaks, and daily specials. Extensive wine and beer list, full bar. Reservations recommended.

La Serre 14 Green St., Albany, 463-6056. This is the place for fresh pasta, grilled fish or veal chanterelle. Full bar. Reservations suggested.

River Street Café 429 River St., Troy, 273-2740. The chef and chef-owner give personal attention to each item on the seasonally changing menu of fresh, New American fare. Beer and wine.

Sperry’s 30 1/2 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 584-9618. Casual upscale dining on a side street, with a heated patio area. Noted for soft-shell crab (in season), seafood, Maryland crab cakes, sirloin and fresh fish specials, handmade desserts. Full bar.

Wishing Well 745 Route 9, Wilton, 584-7640. Triple-thick loin lamb chops are featured, along with fresh seafood and prime rib. Live Maine lobsters available nightly. Full bar. Reservations suggested.


The Wine Bar & Bistro 200 Lark St., Albany, 463-2881. European-style bistro offering chef Kevin Everleth’s inventive cuisine and more than 60 wines by the glass. Dine inside or under the stars in the charming backyard patio. Wine and beer, on-premises catering, takeout available.


Sitar 1929 Central Ave., Colonie, 456-6670. A variety of chicken, lamb, shrimp and vegetable dishes and always-sizzling tandoor ovens. “Sun Room” dining area open on weekends and for special parties. Full bar. Reservations suggested.


Yono’s 25 Chapel St., Albany, 436-7747. Acclaimed chef Yono Purnomo continues his tradition of creating exquisite continental cuisine highlighted with his native Indonesian accent. Full bar.


Appian Way Restaurant 1839 Van Vranken Ave., Schenectady, 393-8460. This Schenectady mainstay has a menu of traditional Southern Italian fare, with specialties in veal and seafood. Homemade pasta and bread everyday. Full bar.

Café Capriccio 49 Grand St., Albany, 465-0439. Gourmet Italian dining with a menu that includes seasonal specials, pastas, and Mediterranean gourmet fare as well. Try the eggplant with four cheeses or the calamari neri. Reservations strongly suggested.

Caffe Italia 662 Central Ave., Albany, 482-9433. Look for traditional preparations of veal, pasta, shrimp and lobster. Beer, liquor and wine. Reservations suggested.

Chianti il Ristorante 18 Division St., Saratoga Springs, 580-0025. Innovative northern Italian fare served in a nicely decorated dining room. Full bar.

Grappa ’72 818 Central Ave., Albany, 482-7200. Metroland’s Best New Restaurant of 2010, featuring Italian regional specialties from chef Dominic Colose, an extensive wine list and, of course, a selection of grappa.

Lo Porto Ristorante Cafe 85 4th St., Troy, 273-8546. Martin Scorsese’s favorite Capital Region restaurant is still going strong, serving Italian specialties with a Sicilian flavor. Check out one of the seafood mugnaia dishes. Full bar. Reservations strongly suggested.

Milano Newton Plaza 594 New Loudon Road, Latham, 783-3334. Northern Italian cuisine featuring homemade pasta, gourmet pizza, grilled meats and seafood. Selection of gourmet foods and baked goods for takeout. Full bar. Reservations suggested.

Nicole’s Ristorante 556 Delaware Ave., Albany, 436-4952. The menu offers Southern and Northern Italian specialties in an intimate dining room with a metropolitan feel. Full bar. Reservations suggested.

Paolo Lombardi’s 104 West Sand Lake Road, Wynantskill, 283-0202. Featuring fresh veal, seafood and specialty pastas, with the biggest hot and cold antipasto in the area. Full bar.

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, private parties of 70 or more. Takeout available. Reservations suggested.


Barcelona Restaurant 1192 Western Ave., Albany, 438-1144. Mediterranean fare served in comfortable surroundings. Tapas are part of the menu and you can make a considerable meal for yourself simply by snacking. But don’t overlook such entrées as grilled portobello with penne. Full bar.


Jose Malone’s Mexican Irish Restaurant 405 River St., Troy, 273-2196, josemalones.com. Innovative Mexican cuisine in a colonial Mexican atmosphere. Daily and weekly specials, many vegetarian items, children’s menu. Margaritas with fresh-squeezed lime won Metroland’s Best Of award. Large selection of tequilas and single-malt scotch. Full bar, takeout available.

Mexican Radio 537 Warren St., Hudson, 828-7770, mexrad.com. Mexican comfort food made with local ingredients. Award-winning margeritas. A new Schenectady location is in the works to open this year.

Salsa Latina 315 Central Ave., Albany, 426-7050. Traditional Mexican fare, as well as American dishes and plenty of homemade desserts. Catering and takeout.


Hudson Harbor Steak and Seafood 351 Broadway, Albany, 426-5000. Hudson Harbor offers a variety of steak and seafood dishes. Full bar. Outdoor dining in summer.

Reel Seafood Co. 195 Wolf Road, Colonie, 458-2068. This popular seafood emporium still boasts one of the most impressive raw bars around. The menu features sea stew, chargrilled Block Island swordfish, tuna medallions in white wine and herbs and a blue-plate combination special. Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. Reservations on weekends suggested for large parties.

The Scrimshaw The Desmond, 660 Albany Shaker Road, Colonie, 869-8100. Menu features fresh Atlantic seafood, from lobster to sea bass to halibut. Full bar. Appropriate attire required for dinner. Reservations suggested.


Antipasto’s Routes 146 and 146A (Clifton Park Plaza), Clifton Park, 383-1209. Vegetarian-friendly restaurant with a Mediterranean flair, serving homemade salads, pizzas with specialty toppings, pasta, greens and beans, and homemade vegetarian soups. Creative specials nightly. Extensive beer and wine list includes 40 beers and more than 400 wines (50 by the glass).


My Linh 272 Delaware Ave., Albany 465-8899. Exquisite Vietnameses cuisine in a cozy atmosphere. Full bar, take out available. Private rooms for banquets/parties.

Pho Yum, 1558 Central Ave., Albany, 869-9866, pho-yum.com. Specializing in delicious savory noodle soup, Banh Mi sandwiches, Bun vermicelli, and other traditional Vietnamese dishes.

Coffee & Tea Bars

Caffe Vero 260 Lark St., Albany; 185 Canada Street, Lake George, 668-5800, caffeverocoffee.com. Coffee shop and roasters, specializing in fine espresso drinks, coffee and baked goods.

The Coffee Beanery Ltd. Colonie Center, Albany, 454-9670 CDTA Amtrak Station, East Street, Rensselaer, 463-8770; 128 Polar Plaza, Amsterdam, 843-2233. coffeebeanery.com The Coffee Beanery’s emphasis is on creating the “right roast,” roasting each different gourmet bean to ensure the perfect roast for optimum flavor. New flavors are served along with traditional favorites, specialty coffee drinks and gourmet pastries.

Coffee Planet 100 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa, 884-9913; 140 Glen St., Glens Falls, 409-8305. coffeeplanetcafe.com. Espresso bar, fresh-baked scones, muffins, croissants, cookies, soups and sandwiches. Acoustic music every weekend.

The Daily Grind 204 Lark St., Albany, 427-0464; 46 3rd St., Troy, 272-8658, dailygrind.com. At the Troy location, a true coffee bar with several tables, offering coffee-of-the-day, espresso, cappuccino, steamers, latte, and such munchies as biscotti and muffins. Select teas, sandwiches, beer and wine too. Open mic on Thursdays. At the Lark Street location, you’ll find more than coffee: Upstairs, there’s a retail store specializing in fresh-roasted coffee beans; downstairs there’s a European-style café offering an eclectic variety of light fare.

Emack & Bolio’s 366 Delaware Ave., Albany, 512-5100; ebalbany.com. A cozy ice cream and coffeehouse chain, serving gourmet ice cream, espresso, smoothies, pastries and ice cream cakes. Great for parties. Fireplace and outdoor garden seating.

The Happy Cappuccino 185 Jay St., Schenectady, 377-1092, thehappycappuccino.com. Specializing in all variety of coffee drinks, especially their namesake, as well as an assortment of pastries.

Hudson River Coffee House 227 Quail St., Albany, 596-0959, hudsonrivercoffee.com. Coffe, tea, sandwiches, baked goods. Live music, open mics every Thursday at 8 PM.

Lil’ Buddha Tea 274 Lark St., Albany, 443-0029. lilbuddahtea.com. An all vegan menu and treats including raw juices, smoothies, wheatgrass shots, bubble teas, desserts and more.

Loving Cafe 318 Delaware Ave., Delmar, 439-1727. Serving coffee, tea, and, variety of specialty coffee drinks and a completely vegan menu of meals, snacks and desserts.

Professor Java’s Coffee Sanctuary 217 Wolf Road, Colonie, 435-0843. professorjavas.com. A light menu features sandwiches, salads, quesadillas, wraps, stuffed breads, grilled paninis, croissants, bagels and pastries. Large selection of iced teas, coffees, fruit frappes, etc. It’s all served in an eclectic, comfy atmosphere, with a private study room available for students and live music on the weekends.

Spill ’n the Beans Coffeehouse & Bistro 13 3rd St., Troy, 268-1028. spillnthebeans.com. The coffee is roasted on-site in this popular downtown coffee shop. A wide variety of teas and other drinks as well as full lunch and breakfast menus, including burgers, sandwiches and salads.

Stagecoach Coffee 90 State St., Albany, 436-7233; 31 Pioneer St., Cooperstown,  stagecoachcoffeeroasters.com. An extensive beverage list, including latte, Italian sodas, specialty drinks and 35 different types of whole-bean coffees. Fresh baked goods, including scones, croissants and Danish, plus soup. Fresh fruit cups, fruit and yogurt parfaits are also available.

Tierra Farms Coffee Roasters 1038 Madison Ave., Albany, 621-7299; 290 Delaware Ave., Albany, 434-0333. tierracoffeeroasters.net. Featuring fair-trade coffee beans from around the world, Tierra Farms is a privately-owned, certified organic producer and roasting company. Bagels, breakfast sandwiches, panini, cookies. Vegan and vegetarian options. Live music and organic beer at the Madison Avenue location.

Uncommon Grounds 1225 Western Ave., Albany, 453-5649; 402 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 581-0656. Wide selection of aromatic, freshly roasted and freshly brewed coffees, teas of all kinds and obscenely wonderful desserts. Great bagels and muffins, too.

The Whistling Kettle 24 Front St., Ballston Spa, 884-2664, thewhistlingkettle.com. Full-service tea lounge with more than 110 types of premium loose-leaf tea. Classy, comfortable atmosphere with outdoor seating and fireplace. Lunch and traditional afternoon tea menu. Bulk tea and accessories. Beer and wine also available.