430 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 587-5577. A more intimate
Mexican-inspired menu served in a classic downtown space,
with fresh produce, organic meat, and homemade tortillas among
the attractions. And lots of tequila. Serving lunch Tue-Sun
11:30-2:30, dinner daily 5-10. AE, MC, V.
Restaurant & Bar, 136 Warren St., Hudson, 828-6529.
Tuscan-inspired dining, the legacy of chef-owner Mark Ganem’s
time in Italy. Warm ambiance, excellent pasta and a killer
bistecca Fiorentina. Serving lunch Mon, Wed-Thu noon-2,
Fri-Sun noon-5, dinner Mon, Wed- Thu, Sun 5-9:30, Fri-Sat
5-10. Sunday brunch 11-2. AE, MC, V.
& River Café, 115 S. Ferry St., Schenectady, 382-1938.
A lively gathering place with a menu of mostly vegetarian
fare, featuring sandwiches, salads and innovative entrées—including
many Mexican dishes. Serving daily 9 AM-11 PM. Cash only.
Quality Inn, 2788 Hamburg St., Rotterdam, 355-9495. A new
location for this impressive restaurant, offering a wider-than-usual
variety of Indian fare, a nice weekday lunch buffet, and a
more lavish buffet on weekends. Serving lunch Tue-Fri 11:30-2:30;
dinner Sun, Tue-Thu 5-9:30, Fri-Sat 5-10; brunch Sat-Sun noon-3.
AE, D, MC, V.
Restaurant, Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort, 150 Main St.,
Lake Placid, 523-9886. Fine dining overlooking Mirror Lake,
with an inspired menu of locally sourced produce and organic
meat and poultry. Pan-seared scallops and marinated duck breast
are among the excellent entrées. Serving breakfast daily 6:30-11:30,
lunch daily noon-2:30, dinner daily 5-10, light menu also
available. AE, D, MC, V.
Tap & Tea Room, 289 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 435-0202.
An inventive array of tapas, soup and salad to accompany a
good wine list, lots of fancy tea or whatever beverage you
fancy, served in handsomely appointed rooms. Serving Tue-Sat
11-11, Sun 11-6. AE, D, MC, V.
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.