Mexicano, 208 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 226-0105,
elmexicanorestaurant.com. Traditional Mexican fare and a few
surprises, like a great mole, from the Vazquez family,
of which wall-mural artist Gabino is part. Serving lunch 11-3
daily, dinner 3-10 daily. AE, D, DC, MC, V.
Irish Times Pub and Restaurant, 14 Phila Street, Saratoga
Springs, 583-0003, irishtimessaratoga.com. Traditional Irish
dishes along with Americanized pub fare and fanciful dishes
like the corned-beef-and-cabbage-filled Irish Times spring
rolls. And lots of beer, on tap and in bottles. Serving lunch
11:30-3:30 daily, dinner from 5 daily. AE, D, MC, V.
Ristorante, 1 Ballston Ave., Saratoga Springs, 580-8700,
limon celloristorante.com. A nice array of northern Italian
fare served in a Tuscan-style dining room with outside dining
available as well. Serving dinner from 4:30 daily. AE, D,
’72 Ristorante, 818 Central Ave., Albany, 482-7200. Regional
Italian classics served with flair in the subtly reimagined
space that formerly housed Carmine’s. Serving lunch 11:30-3
Mon Fri; dinner 4:30-9:30 Mon-Thu, 4:30-10 Fri-Sat, noon-8
Sun. AE, MC, V.
Café, 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, swoon kitchenbar
.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.