Mike, 596 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush, 479-4730.
chezmike restaurant.com. Innovative synthesis of fine dining
and comfort food in an unassuming storefront at the Hannaford
Plaza. Try the beef short ribs. Serving lunch 11:30-3 Tue-Sat,
dinner 5-9:30 Tue-Thu, 5-10 Fri-Sat, 5-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V.
Tesoro, 2080 Western Ave. (20 Mall), Guilderland, 456-8242.
Classic Italian fare, with dishes from the north and south
prepared by Raffaele Sainato, former chef at Lombardo’s. Serving
lunch 11:30-2:30 Mon-Fri, dinner 4-9 Mon-Thu, 4-10 Fri-Sat,
4-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V.
1558 Central Ave., Colonie, 452-6878. A pleasant mixture of
Korean, Thai and Japanese cuisine, with sushi also a feature.
The gob dol bi bim bab is worth exploring. Serving
lunch 11:30-2:30 Mon-Sat, dinner 5-9:30 Mon-Sat. AE, D, MC,
Burrito Bar, 447 State St., Schenectady, 374-3548. The
Lark Street mainstay is in downtown Schenectady now, serving
tasty, outsi zed burritos, crispy chicken wings and much more.
Serving 11 AM-midnight Mon-Sat, 11-11 Sun. bombersburritobar.com.
AE, D, MC, V.
Jonesville Store, 989 Main St., Clifton Park, 877-0507,
thejonesville store.com. Insert text here: Charming, cozy
restaurant and store worlds away from the commuter hell of
routes 9 and 146, featuring creative home cooking with fresh,
local ingredients. Serving breakfast and lunch and dinner
(with table service and music on Friday and Saturday evening).
Open 8-7 Tue-Wed, 8-8 Thu, 8 AM-8:30 PM Fri-Sat, 8-3 Sun (closed
Mondays). AE, D, MC, V.
Crisan Bakery & Edible Art Gallery, 197 Lark St.,
Albany, 445-2727, crisanbakery.com. Unmatched baked goods,
homemade gelato, coffees and other beverages, in an old-world
confectionary shop. Open 10-8 Tue-Wed, Sun; 10-9:30 Thu-Sat.
AE, D, MC, V.
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.