Vietnamese Restaurant, 307 Central Ave., Albany, 436-1868.
Satisfy your craving for authentic pho, along with
a generous array of characteristic meat and vegetable dishes,
including curries, salads, and plenty of grilled items. Serving
lunch 11-2:30 Tue-Sat, dinner 2:30-9 Tue-Thu, 2:30-10 Fri-Sat,
11-9 Sun. D, MC, V.
111, 111 Main St., Philmont, 672-7801. Virtuoso chef Josephine
Proul serves a varied menu drawn from as many locally produced
ingredients as possible, an excellent example of how good
this approach can taste. Serving dinner 5-9 Wed-Thu, 5-9:30
Fri-Sat, 5-9 Sun; brunch 8:30-2 Sat-Sun. AE, D, MC, V.
Century House, 997 New Loudon Road, Latham, 785-1857.
American gourmet fare, featuring everything from burgers to
an excellent duck-breast dish, served in a handsome building
reflecting its Federal-era roots. Serving lunch 11:30-2:30
Mon-Fri, dinner 5-9 Mon-Sat. AE, D, DC, MC, V.
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,
Jonesville Store, 989 Main St., Clifton Park, 877-0507,
thejonesville store.com. 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,
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.
Dale 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.