Valenti, 369 West Sand Lake Road, Wynantskill, 283-1291.
A classic Italian restaurant in its third generation of ownership,
with fresh pasta and amazing braciole among the entrées,
as well as excellent seafood dishes. Serving dinner Tue-Sat
4-10, Sun 3-9. AE, D, DC, MC, V.
Century House, 997 Route 9, Latham, 785-0931. Chef Kevin
Conway has spruced up a traditional continental menu with
excellent seafood, and the recent refurbishment makes the
dining room warm and very accommodating. Serving lunch Mon-Fri
11:30-2: 30, dinner Mon-Sun 5-9. AE, D, DC, MC, V.
Holmes and Watson, 450 Broadway, Troy, 273-8526. A
classic English pub with a terrific beer variety and a good
pub menu where the burger is king and fish and chips are like
downtown London. Serving Mon-Sat 11-10. AE, D, DC, MC, V.
Restaurant, 1192 Western Ave., Albany, 438-1144. Spanish
and other Mediterranean fare served in a warm, accommodating
dining room. Make sure to try the paella, available with seafood,
chicken, or vegetarian style. Serving dinner Mon-Thu 4-10,
Fri-Sat 4-11, Sun 4-9. AE, D, DC, MC, V.
Lillians Restaurant, 408 Broadway, Saratoga Springs,
587-7766. A downtown stalwart that still serves great steaks
along with a full menu of seafood and pasta dishes, in a setting
of Victorian charm. Serving lunch Mon-Sat 11:30-4, dinner
Mon-Thu 5-10, Fri-Sat 5-11, lunch and dinner Sun noon-9. AE,
DC, MC, V.
The Orchard Tavern & Restaurant, 68 N. 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.
Teagans 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,