Italian and American Restaurant, 125 Southern Blvd., Albany,
463-3433. www.go-sams.com. Traditional Italian fare served
in a welcoming place that has thrived here for 35 years. Make
sure to try the clams alla Sam’s. Serving lunch Tue-Fri 11:30-2,
dinner Tue-Thu 4:30-9 Fri-Sat 4:30-10. AE, MC, V.
Ridge, 35 Burlington Ave., Round Lake, 899-6000. Chef-owner
Scott Ringwood serves a menu of elegant continental fare with
original twists; his pecan-crusted pork is a deserving signature
dish. Serving lunch Tue-Sat 11:30-2:30, dinner Tue-Sat 4:30-8:45,
Sun 3-8. AE, MC, V.
BBQ & Restaurant, 2490 Western Ave., Guilderland,
456-0940. Real slow-cooked, tenderly smoked ribs and brisket
and turkey and lots more in an inexpensive, friendly restaurant
with a big, convincing smoker out back. Serving daily 11-10.
and Bistro, 744 Warren St., Hudson, 828-0555. Owner Imre
Vilaghy’s Austrian background inspires the pork Wiener schnitzel,
pot roast, braised beef Wunderbar and other such classics;
pasta and seafood dishes are available as well. Serving lunch
Mon-Fri 11:30-2, dinner Mon-Sat 5-10. AE, MC, V.
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, 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.