Steak & Seafood, 959 New Loudon Road (Route 9), Latham,
785-3653. The 55-year-old steakhouse continues to excel in
its straightforward offerings, with excellent prime rib a
staple. Serving lunch Mon-Fri 11:30-3, dinner Mon-Sat 4-10,
Sun 1-8. AE, D, MC, V.
Capital 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. Leftovers
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.
Bombay 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.
Casa 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.
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.