Drive-Inn, 24 Main Ave., Wynantskill, 283-5110. A roadside
burger joint in its 71st summer of offering exactly what you
expect, with or without cheese. Serving 11-8:45 daily. Cash
Front Wine Bar and Bistro, 51 Front St., Ballston Spa,
727-2089. 51frontwinebar.com. Chef-owner Scott Frances brings
a New Orleans influence to a creative American menu that includes
what he says is the best-ever fried chicken. It is. Serving
lunch 11-3 Mon-Fri, dinner 5-closing Mon-Sat. AE, D, MC, V.
Spice Restaurant, 1619 Central Ave., Albany, 608-6843.
Traditional Thai fare with an emphasis on curries, rice and
noodles dishes, and plenty of seafood. Try the Blue Mango
curry. Serving lunch Mon-Fri 11:30-2, Sat-Sun noon-3, dinner
daily 4:40-10. AE, D, MC, V.
Kabul Night, 402 Union St., Schenectady, 346-0202. A variety
of kabobs and intricate rice dishes, along with salads, soups
and dumpling dishes. Qurma palow, a lamb curry on rice, is
excellent. Serving 11-9 Mon-Fri, noon-9 Sat. Lunch buffet
11:30-2 Mon-Fri. D, MC, V.
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.
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,