Wine Bar and Bistro, 200 Lark St., Albany, 463-2881. A
creative and varied tapas menu takes you from a simple mix
of olives to a more detailed, French-inspired dinner, with
plenty of wine choices from which to match. Serving from 5
PM daily. AE, D, MC, V.
112 Hudson Ave., Chatham, 392-6663. Excellent, reasonably
priced Mexican fare with an Oaxacan heart (try the pollo
con Oaxacan mole) and a comfortable place to enjoy a margarita.
Serving dinner Tue-Thu, Sun 5-9; Fri-Sat 5-10. Brunch Sat
11:30-3, Sun 9-3. MC, V.
Ristorante, 556 Delaware Ave., Albany, 436-4952. A well-earned
22 years of offering a good mix of Northern and Southern Italian
fare, in a comfortable restaurant (with an outdoor deck) with
excellent service. Serving lunch Tue-Fri 11:30-2:30, dinner
Tue-Sun 5-10. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V.
Allium, 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,
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.