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Recently reviewed restaurants:

The 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.

Koto 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.

Teagan’s 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.

The 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.

A 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.

George 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.

Saso’s 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.


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