1733 Van Vranken Ave., Schenectady, 370-5455. Chef-owner Daniel
DeLorenzo gives an upscale spin to Italian cookery right in
the heart of Schenectady’s Italian-restaurant district. Try
the Veal DeLorenzo or any of the wonderful pasta dishes. Serving
Sun, Tue-Thu 5-10, Fri-Sat 5-11. AE, MC, V.
Choice Caribbean American Cuisine, 451 Fulton St., Troy,
272-4544. Jerk or curried chicken, Jamaican pepper steak,
callaloo—it’s the real thing here, with a bargain ($5.50)
lunch buffet to boot. Serving lunch Mon-Fri 11:30-2, dinner
Mon-Sat 11-9. MC, V.
Artisan, 38 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 226-6111.
A brief but innovative menu of well-crafted gourmet fare (try
the scallops and lobster over cappellini) served in an art-rich
room. Outdoor dining also is available. Serving dinner Wed-Mon,
5-close. D, MC, V.
Grill, Main Street, Housatonic, Mass., (413) 274-1000.
Old-fashioned comfort food such as meat loaf, pot roast and
spaghetti in homey surroundings in a sleepy (and lately artsy)
Berkshire hamlet. Affordable, and all the more so if you order
the $34 family-style dinner for four. Serving dinner Sun-Mon
and Wed-Thu 5-9, Fri-Sat 5-10; brunch Sun 11-2. AE, MC, V.
45 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 584-4790. The classic fried
chick’en—along with a menu of gumbo, jambalaya, ribs and more—offered
in the refurbished but nostalgic place that’s been at the
same location for nearly 40 years. Serving daily through the
summer 5-10, then Wed-Sun 5-10. Buffet night Tuesday. AE,
DC, MC, V.
Saratoga Gaming and Raceway, Crescent Avenue, Saratoga Springs,
581-5790. Order off the menu, which offers original takes
on continental favorites, or visit the well-stocked buffet
in this newly revamped fine-dining facility. Serving dinner
Tue-Fri 5-10, Sat 3-5. AE, MC, V.
Family Restaurant, Routes 146 & 146A, Clifton Park,
371-7313. A long-thriving middle-of-the-road pizza restaurant
with good, low-priced entrées and a salad bar as well. You
can dine here on any budget. Serving Sun noon-9, Mon 11-9,
Tue-Thu 11-10, Fri 11-11, Sat 11-10. AE, D, MC, V.
301 Lark St., Albany, 436-7008. The Lark Street stalwart,
now under the assured ownership of John DeJohn, continues
to offer some of the city’s best dining, with signature dishes
like jerk chicken intact. Serving lunch Mon-Sat 11:30-4, dinner
Sun-Thu 5-10, Fri-Sat 5-10:30, brunch Sat-Sun 11-4. AE, DC,
The Bear’s Steakhouse, Route 7, Duanesburg, 895-2509.
Quite simply, the ne plus ultra of area steakhouses, where
the excellent food is matched by exemplary service. Serving
dinner Wed-Fri 5:30-8, Sat seatings at 5:30 and 8:30. MC,