Route 7, Duanesburg, 895-2509. Quite simply, the ne plus ultra
of area steakhouses, where the excellent food is matched by
exemplary service. Serving dinner Wed-Fri 5:30-8, Sat seatings
at 5:30 and 8:30. MC, V.
880 2nd Ave. (at 125th Street), Troy, 237-8888. Classic Turkish-
Mediterranean fare, including falafel, gyros and kabobs of
all kinds as well as pizza and wings and Italian dinners.
Serving daily 11-10. MC, V
Roman Villa, 61 Duanesburg Road (Route 7), Schenectady,
355-2090. A neighborhood Italian restaurant doing well by
its neighbors with traditional fare, great pizza, and nightly
specials. Serving dinner daily 4-10. MC, V.
World Home Cooking Co., 1411 Route 212, Saugerties, (845)
246-0900. Ric Orlando’s excellent, innovative eatery endures
in its eighth year at the Saugerties spot, offering boldly
flavored crap-free food that sets a new standard in casually
fine dining. Serving lunch Sat noon-3, Sun 11-2:30, dinner
Mon-Sat 5-11, Sun 4-10. AE, D, DC, MC, V.
Rodizio, Turning Stone Resort, 5218 Patrick Road, Verona,
(800) 771-7711. A Brazilian-style churrascaria, where
an endless succession of marinated, grilled or barbecued meats
is presented by a superb waitstaff, along with a creative
salad bar and a dessert selection, all for $37.50. Serving
lunch Sat-Sun 11-2, dinner Sun-Thu 5-10, Fri-Sat 5-11. AE,
D, DC, MC, V.
16 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 587-7359. Three separate
rooms and an outdoor dining area allow this to be a pub, restaurant
and sports bar without one intruding on the other. The dinner
menu is eclectic and tasty, with pork roulade a deserved favorite.
Serving lunch Mon-Fri 11:30-3, Sat 11-3, dinner Sun-Thu 5-10:30,
Fri-Sat 5-11, brunch Sun 10:30-3. AE, MC, V.
Cabernet Café, 1814 Western Ave., Albany, 452-5670. Elegant
dining with a casual feel, and a menu that does terrific things
with favorite ingredients. The rack of lamb is a winner; the
paella is superb. Serving Mon-Sat 11:30-11, Sun 11-10. Brunch
Sunday 11-3. AE, D, MC, V.
Franklin’s Tower, 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.