4 Central Ave., Albany, 436-4795. Standard Mexican fare with
a number of innovative additions, all at bargain prices. Good
mole poblano available here! Serving Mon-Thu 11-10,
Fri 11-11, Sat noon-11, Sun noon-9. AE, D, MC, V.
American Grill, Bakery & Bar, 351 Duanesburg Road
(Route 7), Schenectady, 356-0697. A 70-year fixture has a
new look, new menu, and reliably good food, including such
comfort fare as meatloaf and fried chicken and an extensive
array of homemade baked goods. Serving Mon-Thu 6 AM-midnight,
Fri-Sat 6 AM-1 AM, Sun 6 AM-11 PM. AE, D, MC, V.
Canalside Restaurant, 1 Riverside Road, Rotterdam, 887-3100.
Pizza, burgers, pasta and more in a pleasant family-run restaurant,
with $7 Mon-Wed dinner specials. Try the steak pizzaiola!
Serving Mon-Thu 11-9, Fri-Sat 11-10, Sun noon-9. AE, D, MC,
74 State St., Albany, 434-7410. Contemporary French-American
cuisine exquisitely prepared and elegantly served in the handsome,
soft-lit dining room of downtown Albany’s new boutique hotel.
Serving breakfast 7-10 Mon-Sat, lunch 11:30-2 Mon-Sat, dinner
6-10 Mon-Sat, brunch 10-2 Sunday. AE, D, MC, V.
Grill, 952 Troy Schenectady Road (Peter Harris Plaza),
Latham, 783-5553. Kababs, curries, vegetarian entrées, rice
dishes—and pizza, in this newly refurbished eatery that gives
our area its first taste of the delicious Afghan cuisine.
Serving daily 10-10; lunch buffet Mon-Fri 11-2. AE, D, MC,
& Oliver’s, 979 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham, 785-9291.
Barbecue-grilled ribs and pulled pork are the specialties,
along with a menu of sandwiches, burgers, steaks and more
served in a friendly, casual setting. Serving Mon-Thu 11:30-10,
Fri-Sat 11-11, Sun noon-9. AE, D, DC, MC, V.
Reluctant Panther, 17-39 West Road, Manchester, Vt., (802)
362-2568, (800) 822-2331. Excellent innovative continental
fare with Asian notes prepared by chef Daniel Jackson. Asian-lacquered
duckling, salmon with epazote pesto and seared sea scallops
with risotto are but a few of the ever-changing entrées. Serving
dinner Tue-Sat 5:30-9:30. AE, D, MC, V.
Bistro at Quackenbush Square, 25 Quackenbush Square, Albany,
465-1111. Old World charm and inspired French bistro cooking
(with a few twists) are hallmarks of this restaurant, now
an old standby amid a surge of trendy downtown dining spots.
Consistent, quality food and service keep this on the “A”
list. Serving lunch Mon-Thu 11:30-2:30, dinner Fri-Sat 5-10.
AE, D, DC, MC, V.