O Grill, 6595 Route 9, Rhinebeck, 845-876-0800. Enjoy
a cheerful dining room with a varied, budget-priced menu of
all manner of fusion-inspired cuisine, from easygoing burgers
to curries, steaks and complicated salads. Serving 11-11 Mon-Thu,
11-midnight Fri-Sat, 9-10 Sun (9-2 Sunday brunch). AE, D,
The Grey Gelding Bistro & Bar, 423 Broadway, Saratoga
Springs, 584-0957. greygelding.com. Chef Scott Beale calls
it Tuscan-Cajun-California cuisine, and offers novel twists
on mainstream stuff. Serving lunch 11:30-2:30 Tue-Sat, light
menu 2:30-5:30 Tue-Sat, dinner from 5:30 Tue-Sat, from 5 Sun.
Add Mon after July 8. AE, D, MC, V.
Smith’s Tavern, 112 Maple Ave. (Route 85A), Voorheesville,
765-4163. Yes, they named a pizza after Metroland,
but that’s because we keep reminding you how good Smitty’s
pizza is. Serving 3-10 Tue, 11-10:30 Wed-Thu, 11-11 Fri-Sat,
3-10 Sun. Cash, checks, ATM on premises.
Wagon, Wolf Road Park, 6 Metro Park Road, Colonie, 689-0938,
buffalowagon.com. Traditional Chinese fare along with sushi
and other Japanese dishes, with selections from Thailand,
Malaysia and Indonesia as well. Serving 11-10 Mon-Thu, 11-11
Fri-Sat, noon -9:30 Sun. AE, D, MC, V.
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.