261 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 459-5077. Superb pizzas, along
with a menu of pasta dishes, Italian entrées, baked hero sandwiches,
salads and more. Serving 11-10 Mon-Thu, 11-11 Fri, noon-10
Sat-Sun. MC, V.
Van Dyck, 237 Union St., Schenectady, 348-7999. A well-chosen
menu of pub fare (the burger is terrific) with pizza, panini,
salads and, after 5 PM, a few fancier entrées. Serving 11:30-10
Mon-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri, 5-11 Sat. AE, D, MC, V.
Way Restaurant, 1839 Van Vranken Ave., Schenectady, 393-8460.
Gina and Anna Montova continue to define what’s best in traditional
Italian fare from a virtuoso scratch kitchen. Serving dinner
5-close Wed-Sun. AE, MC, V.
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.
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,