Jamaican-American Restaurant, 1305 Altamont Ave., Schenectady,
952-7182. Traditional fare like oxtail, curried goat and fabulous
jerk chicken, served from a tiny takeout place with only two
tables. Serving 11-9 Mon-Sat. Cash only (credit cards to come).
Café, 418 Geyser Road (Country Club Plaza), Ballston Spa,
584-2340. A creative array of sandwiches and wraps, gourmet
coffee and house-blended tea and terrific pastries and desserts
in a music-friendly storefront. Serving 8 AM-9 PM Mon-Sat,
8 AM-7 PM Sun. AE, D, MC, V.
Mexicano, 208 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 226-0105,
elmexicano restaurant.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.
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.