Ristorante, 154 Erie Blvd., Schenectady, 347-2782. Classic
family-Italian fare brought to you by ace restaurateur Michelle
Geloso and chef Joe Pisano, with outsized portions at bargain
prices. The steak pizzaiola is a charbroiled wonder. Serving
lunch Mon-Fri 11-3, dinner Mon-Thu 11-9, Fri 11-10, Sat 4-10,
Sun 1-8. D, MC, V.
Shopper’s World Plaza, 15 Park Ave., Clifton Park, 348-1494.
The same great food as at the Albany location, but in a strip
mall with plenty of parking. Tandoor dishes, the usual
array of meat and fish, and plenty for vegetarians. Serving
a buffet lunch Mon-Fri 11:30-2, Sat noon-3; dinner Mon-Thu
11:30-10, Fri 11:30-11, Sat noon-11. AE, D, MC, V.
Beekman Street Bistro, 62 Beekman St., Saratoga Springs,
581-1816. Local meat and produce get extraordinary cooking
in this off-the-track eatery, located in a burgeoning arts
district. Be sure to try the rabbit. Serving dinner Tue-Sat
5-9. AE, MC, V.
54, 54 Clifton Country Road, Clifton Park, 688-1548. Chef
Mike Pietrocola is back in business, offering elegant new
American fare at this newly remodeled location. The potato-wrapped
sea bass is a killer. Serving dinner Tue-Sun from 4:30. AE,
D, MC, V.
Familia, 54 Philip St. (at Madison Avenue), Albany, 462-2190.
An unassuming eatery with terrific Oaxacan food, along with
burgers and such as gringo fare. Try the enchiladas rojas
for its great mole sauce. Serving Sun-Thu 11-9:30,
Fri 11-7. Closed Saturday! MC, V.
Mino: Sushi & Thai Restaurant, 1558 Central Ave.,
Colonie, 452-6878. Watch virtuoso sushi chef Mino at work
slicing and presenting your fresh fish, or try one of the
amazing curries or other Thai dishes. Serving lunch daily
11:30-2:30, dinner Sun-Thu 5-10, Fri-Sat 5-10:30. AE, MC,
Oyster House, 42 State St., Albany, 465-8854. Certified
master chef Dale Miller oversees a menu of classic fare and
his own inspiration at downtown Albany’s most famous restaurant—still
going strong after 93 years. Serving daily 11:30-10. AE, DC,
D, MC, V.
Barnsider, 480 Sand Creek Road, Colonie, 869-2448. A 40-year-old
success presenting matchless, home-butchered steaks as well
as seafood and other meatstuffs, and a big, bustling salad
bar to boot. Serving dinner Mon-Thu 4-10, Fri-Sat 4-10:30,
Sun 4-9. AE, D, DC, MC, V.
237 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, 583-3333. The venerable
home of wood-fired pizza has reopened with streamlined decor,
a pared-down menu, but the same great pizza along with sandwiches,
wings, and some Italian-inspired fare. Serving Sun-Wed 5-9,
Thu-Sat 5-10 (and later daily as warranted). AE, D, MC, V.