Brown Derby, 22 Clinton Ave., Albany, 463-1945. A magnificent
renovation lovingly evoking the spirit of the 1930s Hollywood
original. Creative American cuisine includes such starters
as duck taco and rabbit spring roll, and sumptuous entrees
like the stout-braised short ribs and sesame-peanut-crusted
lamb rack. Nice bar menu, excellent wine list and lavish desserts.
Serving lunch 11-2 Mon-Fri, dinner 5-10 Mon-Sat, closed Sunday.
AE, D, MC, V.
1300 15th St., Troy, 271-6892. muzaeuropeanfood.com. Tasty,
economical Polish specialties like pierogi and golumbki, along
with Hungarian goulash, beef Stroganoff, Vienna Schnitzel
and much more. Serving noon-9 Tue-Thu, noon-10 Fri-Sat. AE,
D, MC, V.
Crossgates Mall Food Court, 1 Crossgates Mall Rd., Albany,
632-4303. Tasty Jamaican fare—jerk pork or chicken, curry
goat, ackee and saltfish—in the unlikeliest of places; but,
oh, how welcome it is. Serving 10-9:30 Mon-Sat, 11-6 Sun.
AE, D, MC, V.
Weight Food Co-op, 484 Central Ave., Albany, 482-2667.
A large selection of grab-and-go items, including vegetarian
sandwiches, gluten-free quiche, salads, soup and more, as
well as a healthy variety of healthy groceries. Open 7 AM-8
PM Mon-Sat, 9 AM-7 PM Sun. hwfc.com. AE, D, MC, V.
Mountain House, 1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz, 845-255-1000.
One of the country’s oldest, largest and most beautiful resorts
offers a splendid table d’hôte dinner to day-visitors
who reserve ahead. Enjoy the meal as part of a getaway package.
Serving dinner 6:30-8 daily, brunch 11-2 Sunday. AE, D, MC,
Metro 20 Diner, 1709 Western Ave., Guilderland, 456-3876.
Standard dineraunt fare, with breakfast always available and
a generous selection of homemade desserts. Serving 6 AM-midnight
Sun-Thu, 6 AM-1 AM Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V.
1165 Central Avenue, Colonie, 459-8440. Albany’s long-running
strip club offers very good, economical lunches including
burgers, wraps, traditional sandwiches and salads, and even
a few thoughtful entrées. Serving 11:30-8 Mon-Fri. AE, MC,