42 Railroad St., Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 528-2118.
Chef Joe Nastro takes a market-fresh approach to his creative
New American cuisine, relying heavily on local and seasonal
ingredients. A tasty new addition to Railroad Street. Serving
dinner Sun-Thu 5-9:30, Fri-Sat 5-10. AE, MC, V.
Chef’s Take Out, 3770 Carmen Road (Carmen Plaza), Guilderland.
357-2222. Classic red-sauce fare in large portions, with tables
enough for you to stay and enjoy it. Serving Tue-Thu 11-9.
Fri-Sat 11-9:30. MC, V.
The Inn at Erlowest, 3178 Lake Shore Drive, Lake George,
668-5928. Certified master chef Dale Miller is at the helm
of this extraordinary restaurant, offering the finest of fine
dining in an atmosphere of undimmed elegance. Serving dinner
Wed-Sun 5:30-9:30 (hours to change in the summer). AE, D,
Fifty South, 2128 Doubleday Ave. (Route 50), Ballston
Spa, 884-2926. Kim Klopstock, of “The Lily and the Rose” catering,
offers her eclectic fare at this former diner with all-day
breakfasts, appealing lunch specials and a tapas approach
to her late-in-the-week dinners. Serving breakfast daily 8
AM-3 PM, dinner Wed-Sat 4:30-10, Sunday brunch 8-3. AE, D,
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.
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.
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.
Albany 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.