Cafť, 14 Central Ave., Albany, 463-1111. Traditional Moroccan
fare like couscous and tajines made with care and served
in unprepossessing surroundings. Serving 11-9 Tue-Sat. MC,
Delaware Plaza, 180 Delaware Ave., Delmar, 439-4200, goshalimar.com.
An economically priced menu of Indian-Pakistani favorites,
with an extra vibrancy to the flavors. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Fri,
noon-10 Sat-Sun. Shali lunch buffet served 11:30-2:30 Mon-Fri,
noon-3 Sat-Sun. AE, D, MC, V.
Kitchenbar, 340 Warren St., Hudson, 822-8938, swoonkitchenbar
.com. Delicious, innovative takes on locally obtained ingredients,
with an added emphasis on fresh seafood. The pan-roasted bluefish
is masterful. Serving lunch noon-3:30 Fri-Sun, dinner 5-10
Mon, Thu, Sun, 5-11 Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V.
Chuck Wagon Diner, 653 Route 20, Duanesburg, 356-3003.
Unremarkable diner fare served in a handsomely rebuilt silver
diner with chrome and neon and a 1956 Seeburg jukebox inside.
Serving 6 AM-8 PM daily. D, MC, V.
Moon Restaurant and Cafť, 2082 Delaware Turnpike, Clarksville,
768-2570, jakemoon.net. Chef Daniel E. Smith serves up from-scratch
meals, heavy on the local meat and produce. The Cuban pulled
pork sandwich is a specialty. Serving 7 AM-3 PM Tue-Thu, 7
AM-9 PM Fri-Sat, 8 AM-3 PM Sun. D, MC, V.
11 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 434-8186, quintessenceny.com.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner and entertainment, thanks to a brief
but varied menu and a roster of guests. German night on Wednesdays,
Mexican night on Sundays. Serving 7 AM-midnight Mon-Thu, 7
AM-2 AM Fri, 8 AM-2 AM Sat, 8 AM-midnight Sun. AE, D, MC,
The Bearís Steakhouse, Route 7, Duanesburg, 895-2509.
Write down the phone number: Itís not otherwise listed. Then
visit to sample the areaís best steaks. Serving from 5:30
Wed-Sat (seatings at 5:30 and 8:30 Sat). Reservations required.
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.
The Bullís 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 Cobleskillís oldest building. Serving from 5 PM
Tue-Sat, and from 4 PM Sun. AE, D, MC, V.
Badass 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.
The Local Pub and Restaurant, 142 Grand Ave., Saratoga
Springs, 587-7256, thelocalpub andteahouse.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.
20 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.
Provence, 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, MC, V.