Garlic Lover’s Corner, 235 North Greenbush Road, North
Greenbush, 283-1621. Kebabs, stews, Middle Eastern takes on
meat and fish and even some pasta dishes are featured in this
friendly, out-of-the-way place. Serving lunch Mon-Fri 11-3,
dinner Mon-Sat 4:30-9. MC, V.
Corner Well Pub, 698 N. Pearl St., Menands, 427-9355.
Friendly, out-of-the-way pub serving sandwiches, salads, pizzas
and full dinners, with live music and a good beer selection.
Serving Mon 11:30-3, Tue-Wed 11:30-9, Thu-Sat 11:30-10. AE,
D, MC, V.
Pump Station, 19 Quackenbush Square, Albany, 447-9000.
Upscale bar fare with a good variety of home brews, great
burgers and fish and chips, and variety of salads, pasta dishes
and other entrées. Serving Mon-Thu 11:30-10, Fri-Sat 11:30-11,
Sun noon-8. AE, D, MC, V.
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.