Lebanese Café, 188 N. Allen St., Albany, 437-3537. A concise
menu of compelling Lebanese fare, with hummus and falafel
alongside more enterprising dishes like kibbeh sineyeh. Serving
Tue-Wed 11-6, Thu-Sat 11-9. AE, D, MC, V.
Washington Tavern, 250 Western Ave., Albany, 427-0091.
Classic pub fare served in a newly refurbished mainstay of
Albany’s uptown area. This is the place for a burger and beer.
Serving daily 11:30 AM-1 AM. AE, MC, V.
Rustica, 26 McKay St., Pittsfield, Mass., (413) 499-1192.
Chef-owner Davide Manzo explores the flavors of ancient Italian
cooking with a big brick oven as his principal tool. Excellent
pasta, superb roasts and a wonderful atmosphere. Serving dinner
Wed-Mon 5-9. AE, D, MC, V.
El Mariachi III, 2955 Route 9, Ballston Spa, 581-5901.
A generous menu of Mexican fare that goes beyond burritos
by offering mole poblano, pipian de pollo, and much
in the way of Spanish fare. Serving Mon-Fri 11:30-10, Sat
3-10, Sun 4-10. AE, MC, V.
Sophie, the Saratoga Hotel, 534 Broadway, Saratoga Springs,
583-3538. The best restaurant in the Saratoga area is now
moved to downtown, in a beautiful custom-built space where
owners Paul Parker and Cheryl Clark offer fabulous dining.
Serving breakfast Mon-Fri 7-10:30, lunch Mon-Fri noon-2, dinner
nightly 5-11, brunch Sun 10-2. AE, D, MC, V.
Trattoria, 68 Beekman St., Saratoga Springs, 584-5772.
Enjoy chef Dominic Colose’s homemade pasta and a menu of Tuscan-inspired
meals of which the excellent porcetta is but one example.
Serving dinner Tue-Sat 5-10. AE, MC, V.
Choice, 159 Water St., Williamstown, Mass., (413) 458-9101.
A rustic-looking dining with an open kitchen, salad bar, and
a menu of excellent preparations of traditional fare, with
beef and chicken and seafood the stars. Serving dinner nightly
from 5 PM. AE, D, MC, V.
Publik House Pub and Restaurant, Routes 9 and 9P, Malta,
587-7479. Pizza is the speciality, but there’s also a full
menu of sandwiches, pasta, some seafood and daily specials,
in a friendly, publike place. Serving Sun-Thu 11 AM-11:30
PM, Fri-Sat 11 AM-12:30 AM. Serving pasta until 9:30, full
menu until 11, light menu thereafter. AE, MC, V.
Card Lake Inn, 29 Main St., W. Stockbridge, Mass., (413)
232-0272. Fine or casual dining in a friendly place that offers
three different dining areas, including an expansive covered
patio. Serving lunch daily noon-3 PM, dinner daily 5-10. MC,