Palace, 855 Central Ave., Albany, 453-6258. A generous
selection of seafood specials and other not-so-usual Chinese
items, served at a long-lived midtown mainstay. Serving Sun-Thu
11-11, Fri-Sat 11-midnight. D, MC, V.
Grill, Parkwood Plaza, 1760 Route 9, Clifton Park, 371-5672.
Imaginative versions of Italian classics along with a menu
of steaks and seafood. Excellent veal dishes, among many others.
Serving lunch Mon-Fri 11:30-2:30, dinner Mon-Thu 4-10, Fri
4-11, Sat 2-11, Sun 1-9. AE, MC, V.
Londonderry Café, Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany, 489-4288.
A varied menu of inventive continental items is offered, with
sandwiches galore for lunch and dinner entrées that include
many seafood specials. Dine outside when the weather is good.
Serving lunch daily 11-4, dinner daily 4:30-9, brunch Sunday
10:30-3. AE, D, DC, MC, V.
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.