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Recently reviewed restaurants:

Recently reviewed restaurants

Bros Tacos, 319 Ontario St., Albany, 935-1096. Tacos and burritos in homemade tortillas with imaginative fillings at very affordable prices. Serving 11-11 Tue-Sat, 1-8 Sun. AE, D, MC, V.

Van’s 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.

Local 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.

The 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.

Pasquale’s, 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.

The 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.

Appian 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.

Chez 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.

Arirang, 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, V.

The 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, V.


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