Restaurant, 31 Central Ave., Albany, 463-4161. It’s Mediterranean-cum-Middle
Eastern, with falafel, kebabs, Greek salads, sandwich wraps,
soups, salads and more. Serving Mon-Thu 11:30-10, Fri 11:30-11,
Sat noon-11. Lunch buffet Mon-Sat until 3. AE, D, MC, V.
and Main, 49 Church St., Canajoharie, 673-2433. Chef Michael
Lapi and his co-owner wife, Robyn Dousharm, offer a menu of
local meat and produce, expertly and creatively prepared in
a delightfully old- fashioned setting. Serving dinner Thu-Sun
from 5. MC, V. www.churchnmain.com.
The Village Oven, 30 Main St., West Stockbridge, Mass.
(413) 232-7269. A friendly, casual restaurant serving pizza
and pasta, panini and salads—with a menu of fancier items
for those with more ambitious appetites. Serving Thu-Mon noon-9.
Chianti il Ristoranti, 208 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs,
580-0025. An inventive menu of northern Italian fare from
chef Fabrizio Bazzani, presented in David Zecchini’s handsome
dining rooms. Serving dinner daily from 5:30. AE, D, MC, V.
Rose and Kettle, 4 Lancaster St., Cherry Valley, (607)
264-3078. Outstanding food and service in a hundred-year-old
house in the midst of a storybook village, featuring a changing
menu of locally obtained meats and produce. Serving Thu-Mon
5-9 until September, then Fri-Sat 5-9, Sun 5-8. AE, MC. V.
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.