84 Henry St., Saratoga Springs, 226-0655. Named for a two-time
Breeders Cup winner, the restaurant features Asian-influenced
French bistro cuisine, exemplified by Burmese orange chicken
and roasted duck pancakes. Good beer and a busy bar. Serving
dinner Tue-Thu 5-9, Fri-Sat 5-10. Hours to expand in April.
AE, MC, V.
& Bada Sushi Bar, 1800 Western Ave. (Cosimo’s Plaza),
Guilderland, 456-2111. Japanese fare—including a splendid
sushi bar—and a selection of Korean dishes (such as a mean
bulgogi) served in a small, bustling corner. Serving
lunch Mon-Fri 11:30-2, dinner Mon-Thu 4:30-9, Fri 4:30-10,
Sat 4-10, Sun 4-9. MC, V.
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.
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.