138 Broadway, Rensselaer, 434-1080. A low-priced variety of
terrific food, including burritos, tacos, gyros, burgers and
more. Takeout and delivery, too. Serving Mon-Sat 11-8:30.
D, MC, V.
Lounge, 99 Pine St. (at S. Pearl), Albany, 694-3689. www.envyalbany.com.
Chef James Demers offers an innovative and delicious menu
that includes bison hangar steak, risotto-stuffed quail and
his own dry-aged beef. Serving lunch Tue-Fri 11-2, dinner
Tue-Sat 5-9. AE, D, MC, V.
Butcher Block Grill, 1632A Central Ave., Colonie, 456-1653.
An area mainstay, the classic steak and seafood restaurant
with a generous salad bar. Prime rib available daily; fresh
fish is also a feature. Serving Mon-Thu 11:30-9:30, Fri 11:30-10,
Sat 4-10, Sun 4-9. AE, D, DC, MC, V.
Bistro, 2015 Rosa Road, Schenectady, 381-2080. Northern
Italian-inspired continental cooking, with homemade pasta
dishes, and excellent duck and a tapas bar for lighter fare.
Serving dinner Tue-Sat 5-9. AE, MC, V.
Blossom, 685 Hoosick Road (Route 7), Brunswick, 272-0036.
A sweeping array of Chinese, Thai, Korean, Vietnamese and
other Asian fare served in the most beautifully appointed
restaurant in the region. Serving Mon-Thu 11-10, Fri-Sat 11-11,
Sun noon-10. AE, D, MC. V.
Santo, 579 Troy-Schenectady Road (Latham Farms), Latham,
786-8272. Small platesóboth traditional tapas and innovative
fare from chef Chris Sisinniódefine this menu, with an excellent
wine selection to accompany your meal. Serving lunch Mon-Sat
11:30-3:30, dinner Mon-Wed: 5-11, Thu 5-midnight, Fri-Sat
5-1. AE, D, DC, MC, V.
Loco Mexican Cafť, 465 Madison Ave., Albany, 436-1855.
After more than 20 years serving creative Tex-Mex fare, this
place still offers a good, festive meal and makes sure you
donít leave hungry. Good vegetarian items, too. Serving Tue
4-10, Wed-Thu 11:30-10, Fri 1:30-11, Sat noon-11, Sun 4:30-10.
AE, MC. V.
Restaurant & Pizzeria, 496 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville,
459-2121. The original and now newly rebuilt unit of this
popular Albany eatery, with excellent pizza the specialty
but also a full menu of classic Italian fare. Serving Mon-Thu
11-10, Fri-Sun 11-11. AE, MC, V.