Orchard Tavern & Restaurant, 68 North Manning Blvd.,
Albany, 482-5677. A century-old stalwart with a menu featuring
burgers, wings, sandwiches, specials, ribs and steak at dinnertime,
and, of course, the famous Orchard pizza. Serving Mon-Thu
11:30-10, Fri-Sat 11:30-11, Sun 4-9. AE, D, MC, V.
Japanese Restaurant, 260 Wolf Road, Colonie, 869-8888.
Watch your steak hit the grill and see vegetables chopped
at blinding speed at the teppanyaki tables, or enjoy good
sushi, tempura or teriyaki dishes at the quieter tables in
this handsome restaurant. Serving Mon-Thu 11:30-10, Fri-Sat
11:30-11, Sun 4:30-10. AE, D, MC, V.
Steak and Seafood Restaurant, 360 Columbia Turnpike (Route
20), East Greenbush, 477-9909. Bargain-priced continental
fare with lots of pasta in addition to the seafood and steaks,
with generous and satisfying portions. Serving lunch Mon-Fri
11-4, dinner Mon-Sat 4-10, Sun 2-9. AE, MC, V.
Wheat Fields, 440 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 587-0534.
www.wheat fields.com. Mostly pasta-based cuisine straddling
Italian and continental traditions. Pasta made on premises;
meat and seafood entrees available as well. Diner-friendly
wine list. Serving Mon-Fri 11:30-10, Sat 11:30-10:30, Sun
noon-10. AE, D, MC, V.
Taste of Greece, 193 Lark St., Albany, 426-9000. www.atasteofgreece.biz.
Traditional Greek fare (gyros, spanakopita, moussaka
and the like) and tasty original dishes with a Greek accent.
Serving Mon-Thu 11-9, Fri 11-10, Sat 2-10. AE, D, MC, V.
Castelo’s, 183 Nott Terrace, Schenectady, 374-0581, www.castelos.com.
Greek, Italian and American offerings, ranging from sandwiches
to moderately priced entrées, served in a bustling room not
far from Schenectady’s downtown. Serving Mon-Thu 11-10, Fri-Sat
11-11, Sun 11-9. AE, C, MC, V.
Lombardo’s, 121 Madison Ave., Albany, 462-9180. Old-fashioned
Italian fare enthusiastically served in an old-
fashioned landmark restaurant. Serving Mon-Fri 11-1, Sat 3-11.
AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V.
Mann Tory Tavern, Routes 30 and 443, Schoharie, 295-7128.
Elegant, innovative American fare served in a beautifully
restored Colonial estate. Serving dinner Wed-Sat 5-9, Sun
1-7. AE, D, DC, MC, V.
Japanese Noodle House, 218 Central Ave., Albany, 436-7789.
www.sasos.com. Noodle soup is a specialty, but the sushi is
terrific and the entrées boast a tasty, creative variety.
Serving lunch Tue-Fri 11:45-1:30, Tue-Thu 5-9:30, Fri-Sat
5-10. AE, D, MC, V.