Factory Eatery & Spirits, 20 Prospect St., Ballston
Spa, 885-0500. This neighborhood joint-cum-sports bar has
a varied, casual menu with burgers, sandwiches, salads, a
few choice entrées, and a very welcoming personality. Serving
breakfast Mon-Fri 8-11, Sat-Sun 8-1, lunch and dinner daily
11-midnight. MC, V.
Brauhaus, 200 E. High St., Ballston Spa, 885-4311. Classic
German fare, including excellent sauerbraten and a
sausage- and smoked-pork-intense schlacht platter,
at a welcoming mainstay that has thrives for over half a century.
Serving dinner 4-9 Wed-Sat, 12-8 Sun. CB, DC, MC, V.
Blues, 806 25th St., Watervliet, 273-9888. Burgers, sandwiches
and great, thin-crust pizza are served along with full dinners
at this long-lived (27 years!) neighborhood eatery. Serving
lunch and dinner Tue-Thu 11-11, Fri-Sat 11-11:30. AE, MC,
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.