Hampton Inn and Suites, 25 Chapel St., Albany, 436-7747.
Albany’s finest fine- dining establishment presents Yono’s
classic combo of Indonesian—the rijsttafel is a killer—and
excellent continental cooking. There’s also DP’s, a lighter-fare
bistro. Serving dinner Mon-Sat from 5:30. AE, MC, D, V.
Café, 198 1st 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,
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,