569 Route 20, New Lebanon, 794-9339. Wood-fired pizzas are
the specialty, with an array of good pasta dishes rounding
out the menu for this charming, intimate place. Serving Sun-Thu
11:30-10, Fri-Sat 11:30-11. AE, D, MC, V.
The Real Seafood Company, 195 Wolf Road, Colonie, 458-2068.
An Albany institution for over 20 years, serving (albeit slowly)
a menu of fresh seafood as well as pasta dishes and a sprinkling
of Continental fare. Serving Mon-Thu 11-10, Fri 11-11, Sat
3-11, Sun 3-9:30. AE, D, DC, MC, V.
Grille, 200 Broadway, Troy, 272-3013. A standard of excellence
here, with chef Larry Schepici presenting a menu of creatively
enhanced continental fare, spectacularly presented. Serving
dinner Mon-Sat 5-10, brunch Sunday 10-3. AE, D, MC, V.
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.