Restaurant at the Italian American Community Center, 257
Washington Ave. Ext., Albany, 456-0292. Traditional Italian
fare from the Mallozzi family, including a Grand Italian Buffet
on Mondays. Serving lunch Mon-Fri 11:30-2:30, dinner Tue-Sat
5-9, Sun 3-8. Dinner buffet Mon 5-9. AE, D, MC, V.
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.
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.
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.