Café, 198 First St., Troy, 272-3011. Traditional diner
fare, but made from scratch and with additional Cuban items·like
the Cuban eggs over rice and beans, and the multi-layered
sandwich Cubano. Serving breakfast and lunch Tue-Sat 6-3,
Sun 7-4. Cash only.
& Hobbs Tavern, 32 Dove St., Albany, 426-4900. Pub fare
of sandwiches and salads, and a dinnertime menu of eclectic,
internationally inspired entrées, define the food at
this comfortable neighborhood tavern. Serving lunch Mon-Sat
11:30-10, dinner Mon-Sat 5-10. Sunday brunch 11:30-3:30. AE,
D, MC, V.
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.
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 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.
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!
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, V.
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.