Miller, 30 S. Pearl St., Albany, 694-3322, dalemillerrestaurant.com.
The master chef returns to Albany with an elegant, excellent
restaurant featuring an ever-changing, inventive menu bringing
out the finest aspects of food and food service. Serving lunch
11:30-4:30 Mon-Fri, dinner 5-10 Mon-Sat. AE, D, MC, V.
Cock íní Bull, Parkis Mills Road, Galway, 882-6962. More
than 35 years old and still going strong, mixing traditional
steaks and seafood with chef Michael Staberís inventive specials.
Serving dinner 5-close Mon, Wed-Sat, 3-close Sun. MC, V. (Open
seven days during racing season.)
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.
Smithís Tavern, 112 Maple Ave. (Route 85A), Voorheesville,
765-4163. Yes, they named a pizza after Metroland,
but thatís because we keep reminding you how good Smittyís
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.