1733 Van Vranken Ave., Schenectady, 344-7077. Classic Italian
fare—along with burgers and sandwiches and terrific pizza—in
a classic Schenectady location. Serving Mon-Fri 11-10, Sat-Sun
4-10. AE, D, MC, V.
Q Smokehouse, 329 Ontario St., Albany, 438-7675, eatmypork.com.
Slow-smoked ribs and brisket, pulled pork and more, with lots
of tasty sides. Very limited seating. Serving Mon-Thu 11-8,
Fri-Sat 11-10. Cash only, ATM available.
Grill, 571 Watervliet-Shaker Road (Route 155), Latham,
783-7838. Naeem Yousuf has moved his Colonie Center food-court
operation to an accommodating building where he’s offering
Afghan kebabs in addition to traditional Indian- Pakistani
fare. Serving lunch (buffet) Tue-Fri 11:30-3, Sat-Sun noon-3,
dinner Mon 5-10, Tue-Sun 5-10:30. AE, D, MC, V.
Oaxaca, 54 Philip St. (at Madison Avenue), Albany, 433-7240.
An inexpensive menu of Southern Mexican fare with bold flavors.
Try the mole chicken. Serving Tue-Fri 11-8, Sat-Sun
4-8. AE, MC, V.
An American Bistro, 2853 Route 9, Malta, 584-4484. An
eclectic menu in the excellent hands of chef Mark Lawrence,
accessibly priced and served in a former silver diner. Serving
dinner Tue-Thu 5-9, Fri-Sat 5-10. AE, D, MC, V.
95 Everett Road, Albany, 482-2333. Pizzas and plenty of pub
fare, including great wings and burgers and lots of daily
specials. And Guinness on tap. Serving Mon-Thu 1-10, Fri 11-11,
Sat noon-10, Sun 4-9. AE, MC, V.
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.