Whistling Kettle, 24 Front St., Ballston Spa, 884-2664.
Tea—more than 80 varieties of loose tea in all colors and
flavors—with a menu of salads, panini, scones, cakes, and
more, including a classic high tea menu. And it’s a handsome,
relaxing place. Serving Sun-Mon 11-5, Tue-Wed 11-6, Thu-Sat
11-7. AE, D, MC, V.
Hidden Café, Delaware Plaza, 180 Delaware Ave., Delmar,
439-8800. Fine continental cuisine with a Mediterranean flavor,
served in a comfortable if out-of-the-way setting. Serving
Tue-Sat 11-3, 4:30-9. MC, V.
1733 Van Vranken Ave., Schenectady, 370-5455. Chef-owner Daniel
DeLorenzo gives an upscale spin to Italian cookery right in
the heart of Schenectady’s Italian-restaurant district. Try
the Veal DeLorenzo or any of the wonderful pasta dishes. Serving
Sun, Tue-Thu 5-10, Fri-Sat 5-11. AE, MC, V.
Choice Caribbean American Cuisine, 451 Fulton St., Troy,
272-4544. Jerk or curried chicken, Jamaican pepper steak,
callaloo—it’s the real thing here, with a bargain ($5.50)
lunch buffet to boot. Serving lunch Mon-Fri 11:30-2, dinner
Mon-Sat 11-9. MC, V.
Artisan, 38 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 226-6111.
A brief but innovative menu of well-crafted gourmet fare (try
the scallops and lobster over cappellini) served in an art-rich
room. Outdoor dining also is available. Serving dinner Wed-Mon,
5-close. D, MC, V.
Grill, Main Street, Housatonic, Mass., (413) 274-1000.
Old-fashioned comfort food such as meat loaf, pot roast and
spaghetti in homey surroundings in a sleepy (and lately artsy)
Berkshire hamlet. Affordable, and all the more so if you order
the $34 family-style dinner for four. Serving dinner Sun-Mon
and Wed-Thu 5-9, Fri-Sat 5-10; brunch Sun 11-2. AE, MC, V.
45 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 584-4790. The classic fried
chick’en—along with a menu of gumbo, jambalaya, ribs and more—offered
in the refurbished but nostalgic place that’s been at the
same location for nearly 40 years. Serving daily through the
summer 5-10, then Wed-Sun 5-10. Buffet night Tuesday. AE,
DC, MC, V.
Saratoga Gaming and Raceway, Crescent Avenue, Saratoga Springs,
581-5790. Order off the menu, which offers original takes
on continental favorites, or visit the well-stocked buffet
in this newly revamped fine-dining facility. Serving dinner
Tue-Fri 5-10, Sat 3-5. AE, MC, V.
Family Restaurant, Routes 146 & 146A, Clifton Park,
371-7313. A long-thriving middle-of-the-road pizza restaurant
with good, low-priced entrées and a salad bar as well. You
can dine here on any budget. Serving Sun noon-9, Mon 11-9,
Tue-Thu 11-10, Fri 11-11, Sat 11-10. AE, D, MC, V.