Thai Restaurant, 997 Central Ave., Albany, 489-4840. Classic
Thai dishes and other Asian fare, including sushi, with bargain-priced
noodle soups like the exotic khao soi. Serving Mon-Fri
11-10, Sat-Sun noon-10. AE, D, MC, V.
Valley Maple Farms, 116 LaGrange Road, Johnstown, 762-0491.
Serving an all-you-can-eat breakfast of pancakes, sausage,
eggs, home fries, fritters and more every Saturday and Sunday
from 7:30 to 2 until the end of April. Cash only.
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.
Baker’s/Bacchus, 33 2nd St., Troy, 266-9200 / 687-0345.
Daisy Baker’s offers fine-dining lunches and dinners in a
large, handsome space (lunch Mon-Fri 11:30-3, dinner Mon-Thu
5-9, Sat-Sun 5-10); Bacchus offers pasta and wood-fired pizza
in a belowground retreat (Tue-Thu 11-10, Fri 11-midnight,
Sat 4-midnight, Sun 4-10). AE, D, 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.
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-Fri 11-10, Sat
noon-11, Sun noon-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.
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.