Restaurant and Pizzeria, 1730 Union St., Schenectady,
393-7440. Traditional Italian fare served with flair at a
44-year-old area institution, where pasta and red sauce are
king. Serving lunch 11:30-1:30 Tue-Sat, dinner 4:30-9:30 Tue-Sat.
D, MC, V.
Bull’s Head Inn, 105 Park Place, Cobleskill, 823-4446,
bullsheadny.com. Steaks, seafood and a large selection of
German items (including excellent Wiener schnitzel) served
in downtown Cobleskill’s oldest building. Serving from 5 PM
Tue-Sat, and from 4 PM Sun. AE, D, MC, V.
Burrito, 443 5th Ave., Troy, 237-1177, badassburrito.com.
Try such novel burritos as the pastrami Reuben or the ham-and-cheese
club, and leave room for chorizo poppers. Serving 5-9 Mon,
11-9 Tue-Thu, 11-10 Fri, 2-10 Sat. D, MC, V. Satellite operation:
Baby Badass, 409 Fulton St., Troy. Serving 11-3 Mon-Fri.
D, MC, V.
Local Pub and Restaurant, 142 Grand Ave., Saratoga Springs,
587-7256, thelocalpubandteahouse.com. Burgers, tea sandwiches,
salads, and pub fare that includethe best fish and chips in
the area. Serving 11:30-10:30 Mon-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri, 9:30
AM-11 PM Sat, 9:30 AM-10:30 PM Sun, brunch 9:30-3 Sat-Sun.
AE, D, MC. V.
Railroad, 20 Railroad St., Great Barrington, Mass., (413)
528-9345. Recently reopened local favorite featuring updates
on pub comfort food with Asain flourishes along with a nice
selection of craft beers. Serving lunch and dinner 11:30-10
Sun-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V.
Stuyvesant Plaza, 1475 Western Ave., Albany, 689-7777, provence-
restaurant.net. Classical French cooking with some modern
twists, from bouillabaisse to steak au poivre with
plenty in between. Serving lunch 11:30-3 Mon-Sat, dinner 5-9
Mon, 5-10 Tue-Thu, 5-10:30 Fri-Sat, 4:30-8:30 Sun. AE, D,
Joe’s Pizza Place & Restaurant, 2780 Hamburg St.,
Schenectady, 355-7700. Forty years of made-from-scratch pizzas
along with a full menu of Italian specialties and American
sandwiches. Serving 11-10 Mon, Wed-Thu, 11-11 Fri-Sat, 11-10
Sun. AE, MC, V.
Daisie, 183 Jay St., Schenectady, 344-7082, chezdaisie.com.
Sweet and savory crępes offered on a bargain-priced menu in
a quaint serve-yourself setting within sight of Proctors Theatre.
Serving lunch 11-2 Mon-Fri, 9-2 Sat; dinner 5-7:30 Mon-Sat.
Biergarten, 895 Broadway, Albany, 427-2461, wolffsbier
garten.com. A surprising variety of German fare in a wide-open
space with hanging lights and picnic tables. Great selection
of German beer. Serving 11 AM-2 AM Mon-Fri, 9 AM-2 AM Sat,
9 AM-midnight Sun. Lunch specials 11-4 daily. Brunch 9-4 Sat-Sun.
Cash only (ATM on premises).