Brewery & Restaurant, Jenifer House Commons, 420 Stockbridge
Road, Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 528-8282. Owner Gary
Happ offers classic pub fare in a pleasantly rustic setting.
Soups, desserts and many other items are made from scratch.
House-brewed ales are a must. Serving 11:30 to 9:30 Sun-Thu;
11:30-10 Fri-Sat. D, MC, V.
My Way Café, Routes 9 and 67E, Malta, 899-4196, mywaycafe.com.
Chef-owner John Bove celebrates a quarter century at this
Saratoga-area gem, where the Italian specialties range from
a perfect pasta carbonara to excellent Tuscan-style grilled
sirloin. Serving daily 4-close during racing season; Tue-Sun
4-close otherwise. AE, D, MC, V.
Madalin’s Table, 53 Broadway, Tivoli, (845) 757-2100.
Chef Brian Kaywork does virtuoso work with local ingredients
at this elegant but casual hotel, where the people watching
can be as intriguing as dinner itself. Serving dinner Wed-Sun
from 5 until closing. AE, MC, V.
Prime at Saratoga National, 458 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs,
583-4653, ext. 609. Big steaks and seafood are the watchword
here, in a handsome dining room or overlooking the golf course
on the veranda. Serving lunch Mon-Sat 11:30-4, dinner daily
5:30-10; veranda menu daily 4-11; Sunday brunch 10-2. 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.