414 Broadway, Albany, 431-1920. Enjoy sandwiches and wraps
in the downstairs pub and elegant, eclectic dinners upstairs.
An impressive rebirth for the old Plaza Grill. Pub menu available
Mon-Thu 11:30-9, Fri 11:30-10, dinner Mon-Thu 5-9, Fri-Sat
5-10. AE, D, MC, V.
95 Ferry St., Troy, 272-6100. Sam Zolio’s renowned Mediterranean
Italian cuisine, once again served at a location he made famous.
The pasta Anselmo is a worthy signature dish. Serving dinner
Wed-Sat from 4 PM. MC, V.
Restaurant & Catering, 1736 Western Ave., Guilderland,
452-6342. From deli sandwiches to wonderful configurations
of hummus, falafel and all your Mediterranean favorites, this
eat-in-or-take-out restaurant offers elegant and, when desired,
heart-healthy meals. Serving lunch Mon-Sat 11-4, dinner Mon-Sat
4-9. AE, D, MC, V.
Thai Bistro, 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.