Stuyvesant Plaza, 1475 Western Ave., Albany, 482-8000. Chef
Andrew Plummer works his culinary magic in a setting that
is handsome and accommodating. Fare runs from wood-fired pizza
to gourmet meals. Serving Mon-Fri 11:30-10, Sat noon-11, Sun
noon-9. AE, D, MC, V.
Guys Burgers and Fries, Mohawk Commons, 418 Balltown Road,
Niskayuna, 346-5728. Burgers—in a vast array of configurations—and
some of the area’s best fries. And peanuts. And that’s it.
And that’s all you need. Serving 11-10 daily. AE, D, MC, V.
1814 Western Ave., Guilderland, 608-6400, athosrestaurant.com.
Classic Greek cuisine from acclaimed chef Harry Hatziparaskevas
in a formal but comfortable surrounding. Serving dinner 4-10
Mon-Sat, 3-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V.
The Phoenicians Restaurant, 1686 Central Ave., Albany,
464-4444, phoeniciansofalbany.com. An extensive menu of Lebanese
and Mediterranean favorites, including kabobs, falafel, hummus
and shawarma, served in pita or on platters, along with much
more. Serving 11-10 daily. AE, D, MC, V.
Gourmet Café, 395 Main St., Catskill, 943-0420. Homemade
is the key, with fresh-baked breadstuffs, excellent omelettes
for breakfast, and a creative array of sandwiches and salads
for lunch. Serving breakfast 8-10:45 Mon-Fri, lunch 10:45-3
Mon-Fri. Mexican night dinner is served Thu 5-8:30. AE, MC,
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.