Barefoot Gypsy Bistro, 342 Delaware Ave., Albany, 462-7876.
Gourmet appetizers, deli sandwiches, elegant dinners and amazing
desserts. And the Spectrum is two blocks away. What more do
you need? Serving lunch Tue-Fri 11-2, dinner Tue-Thu 5-9,
Fri-Sat 5-9:30. AE, D, MC, V.
Cornell’s, 39-45 North Jay St., Schenectady, 370-3825.
A longtime favorite has moved to new quarters as part of Schenectady’s
new Little Italy; the food is as excellent as ever. Serving
lunch Tue-Fri 11:30-2, dinner Tue-Thu 5-9:30, Fri 5-10, Sat
4-10:30, Sun 4-9:30. AE, MC, V.
Bistro, 25 Hudson Ave., Chatham, 392-6200. Chef Kenneth
Lammer offers a menu of classic Italian dishes along with
other continental favorites, like excellent Wiener schnitzel
and brasciole. Homemade burgers in the tavern, too! Serving
lunch Thu-Tue from 11:30, dinner Mon-Tue, Thu 5-9:30, Fri
5-10:30, Sat 3-10:30, Sun 3-9. Brunch Sun 9-3. AE, MC, V.
Michael’s Restaurant, 4465 Route 30, Amsterdam, 842-7399.
Fine continental dining with a touch of Italian, with terrific
steak and seafood dishes. Open Mon-Tue 4-close, Wed-Sun 11:30-close.
AE, D, MC, V.
Street, 2209 Central Ave., Colonie, 382-1110. The jambalaya
is terrific, as are the chicken wings in this mixed-menu tavern
that also offers pizza, burgers, salads and lots of fried
stuff. Serving Mon-Fri 11 AM-3 AM, Sat 3-3, Sun (during football
season) 1 PM-3 AM. AE, D, MC, V.
Mexican Restaurant, 1536 Crescent Rd., Clifton Park, 383-2930.
Better-than-average south-of-the-border fare, with large platters
and low prices. Serving lunch Mon-Fri 11-2:30, dinner Mon-Thu
5-10, Fri 5-10:30, Sat noon-10:30, Sun noon-9. AE, MC, V.
Aegean Breeze, 327 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington,
Mass., (413) 528-4001; Europa Cafe, 389 Stockbridge
Road, Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 528-9085. Chef George
Cami serves up fresh, authentic Greek cuisine in two different
guises. At Europa, it’s more casual, featuring brunch and
lunch items that include omelets, burgers and assorted mezedes.
At the dinner-only Aegean, you’ll find charcoal-grilled fish
and meats, traditional Greek faves like keftedes and
loukaniko, and fresh pastas, all redolent of quality
olive oil, lemons and fresh herbs. Aegean Breeze serving dinner
Thu-Tue 5-9:30, closed Wed (open seven days July-August);
Europa Cafe serving lunch and dinner 11-9 daily. AE, MC, V.
Pinehaven Restaurant & Caterers, Pinehaven Country
Club, 1151 Siver Road, Guilderland, 456-7111 ext. 132; www.pine
havencc.net. Chef Brian Wagner turns out a traditional American
menu enhanced with worthy specials, such as the Moroccan rack
of lamb. Serving lunch and dinner Thu 11-8, Fri-Sat 11-8:30,
Sun 11-7. AE, D, MC, V.