Way Restaurant, 1839 Van Vranken Ave., Schenectady, 393-8460.
The areaís finest traditional Italian fare, from a kitchen
where everything is made from scratch and boasts the compelling
flavors to prove that. Serving dinner Wed-Sun 5-closing. AE,
236 Washington St., Saratoga Springs, 583-9175. Japanese fusion
cooking means that youíll find risotto and portobellos among
the not-so-traditional Asian fare, with brilliant result.
Serving dinner Wed-Sun 5-close. AE, MC, V.
Restaurant & Pub, 288 Lark St., Albany, 465-5275.
The Phoenix of Lulu, reborn as a cheerful fine-dining spot
with a more casual bar on the first floor. A concise, well-chosen
menu offers something for everyone. Serving dinner Sun-Thu
4-11, Fri-Sat 4-midnight. Sunday brunch 11-3. AE, MC, V.
Trillium, The Sagamore, 110 Sagamore Road, Bolton Landing,
1-800-358-3585 or 644-9400. www.thesagamore.com. Contemporary
American cuisine at its best, with fresh seasonal ingredients
imaginatively prepared by chef Tony DeStratis, and service
thatís as graceful and elegant as it gets. Serving dinner
Mon-Sat 6-9. AE, D, DC, MC, V.
Restaurant at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway, Crescent Ave.,
Saratoga Springs, 584-2110, ext. 5790. www.saratogaraceway.com.
A buffet is the usual order of the day here, where speed,
not food, seems to be the priority. Serving lunch Wed-Sat
10-3:30, dinner Wed-Sat 3:30-closing, Sun 3-closing. Sunday
brunch buffet 11-3. AE, D, MC, V.
Porto Ristorante Caffe, 85 4th St., Troy, 273-8546. Classic
northern Italian fare in a fine-dining setting; itís fresh
and cooked to order, and the restaurant remains a Troy fine-dining
beacon. Serving dinner Tue-Sat 5-10 (July-Aug: Thu-Sat 5-10).
AE, D, MC, V.
Palace, 423 Madison (at Lark), Albany, 463-4123. Your
standard menu of Indian-Pakistani cuisine at lower-than-usual
prices, with a lunch buffet served daily. Serving Mon-Thu
11-10:30, Fri 11-11, Sat noon-11, Sun noon-10. D, MC, V.
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.
Cornellís, 39-45 N. Jay St., Schenectady, 370-3825. A
longtime favorite has moved to new quarters as part of Schenectadyís
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.