Café, 1186 Western Ave., Albany, 935-2661. Now reopened
after a thorough rebuild, Maggie’s is a sports pub with a
plethora of high-definition TVs and a menu of appropriate
pub fare. Serving daily 11-10:30 (dinner entrées from 4:30).
AE, D, MC, V.
A, 544 Delaware Ave., Albany. 434-2832. Asian-inspired
international fare is the heart of this menu; look for a special
of lobster and macaroni with five cheeses. Panini and sandwiches
also are offered. Serving Tue-Fri 11:30-10, Sat 4:30-10, Sunday
brunch 11-3. AE, D, MC, V.
Sakura, 468 Troy Schenectady Road (Route 7), Latham, 783-8188.
Enjoy fresh sushi, a traditional array of Japanese items such
as tempura and noodle soup, and the high-energy theater of
hibachi table meals. Serving lunch Tue-Sat 11-3, dinner Tue-Thu
4:30-10, Fri-Sat 4:30-11, Sun 1-10. AE, D, MC, V.
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. It’s 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.
Yip’s 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.