Grill, 2305 Nott St. (St. James Square), Niskayuna, 372-8610.
Real Southern-style barbecue, including ribs, chicken and
pulled pork, in a fun and friendly setting. Serving Mon 11-2,
Tue-Sat 11-9. AE, D, MC, V.
853 4th Ave. (corner of 124th St.), Troy, 235-0444. A 31-year-old
Troy institution famous for its sauce and its pizza, offering
traditional Italian fare in a very friendly setting. Serving
Tue-Sat 11:30-9. D, MC, V.
7 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 584-4315. Itís Caribbean
cooking with a twist, using ideas from all over the world.
Bajan tilapia will wake up your palate; grilled portobello
steak gets jerk seasoning. Serving lunch Mon-Fri noon-3, dinner
Mon-Sat from 5. AE, MC, V.
Yipís Chinese Restaurant, 117 Columbia Turnpike, Rensselaer,
449-2030. A throwback to the classic Cantonese-American restaurant,
with terrific bargains on favorite items and a warm, fun personality
to the place. Serving Mon-Fri 11-10:30, Sat 11:30-10:30, Sun
noon-10:30. AE, D, MC, V.
Madison, 1108 Madison Ave., Albany, 935-1094. Newly remodeled,
with chef Jennifer Hewes helming dinner service, your favorite
breakfast spot now offers excellent evening fine dining. Serving
breakfast and lunch Mon-Thu 7:30-2, Fri-Sun 7:30-3, dinner
Sun-Thu 5:30-10, Fri-Sat 5:30-11. AE, DC, MC, V.
Pizzeria & Ristorante, 2727 Route 29, East Galway,
882-9431. Family-run, family-friendly Italian dining with
an expansive, not-too-expensive menu that runs a gamut from
pizza to cioppino. Serving Mon 4-10, Wed-Sun 11:30-10.
D, MC, V.
Restaurant, 31 Central Ave., Albany, 463-4161. Itís 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.