301 Lark St., Albany, 436-7008. The Lark Street stalwart,
now under the assured ownership of John DeJohn, continues
to offer some of the city’s best dining, with signature dishes
like jerk chicken intact. Serving lunch Mon-Sat 11:30-4, dinner
Sun-Thu 5-10, Fri-Sat 5-10:30, brunch Sat-Sun 11-4. AE, DC,
The Bear’s Steakhouse, 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,
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.