268 State St., Schenectady, 374-3048. Albany’s Wolf Road mainstay
now has a Schenectady branch in the old Maurice’s building,
serving an impressive array of classic and unusual Thai dishes.
The crazy bowls are an entrée highlight. Serving Mon-Thu 11-10:30,
Fri 11-11, Sat noon-11, Sun noon-10. AE, MC, V.
Mia Ristorante, 385 Route 9W, Glenmont, 463-4331. One
of the Cecunjanin family’s several area restaurants, with
a consistently good offering of classic Italian fare. Excellent
veal and seafood dishes. Serving Tue-Fri 11-10, Sat 4-11,
Sun 4-9. AE, DC, MC, V.
House Grille, 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, MC, V.
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.