Holiday Inn Turf, 205 Wolf Road, Colonie, 458-7250. An upscale
but unsurprising oasis in the midst of Wolf Road’s chain-restaurant
frenzy, with a $20 prime rib buffet on Saturdays as a feature.
Serving lunch Mon-Fri 11:30-2:30, dinner daily 5-10, brunch
Sun 10-2 (except holidays, which have dinner menus). AE, D,
Manhattan Exchange, 607 Union St., Schenectady, 374-5930.
The dining room is an undiscovered feature of this friendly
pub; food is unambitious but well prepared, with good sandwiches
and pasta dishes. Serving Mon-Thu 11:30-10, Fri-Sat 11:30-11.
AE, D, DC, MC, V.
Tiznow, 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.