Japanese Noodle House,
218 Central Ave., Albany, 436-7789. www.sasos.com. Noodle
soup is a specialty, but the sushi is terrific and the entrées
boast a tasty, creative variety. Serving lunch Tue-Fri 11:45-1:30,
Tue-Thu 5-9:30, Fri-Sat 5-10. AE, D, MC, V.
Steakhouse, 11 N. Broadway, Schenectady, 374-0100. Excellent
steaks along with a full menu of innovative Continental fare,
with chef Danny Petrosino at the helm. Serving lunch Tue-Fri
11:30-2, dinner Tue-Thu 4-9 (or later), Fri-Sat 4-10 (or later).
AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V
Radio, 537 Warren St., Hudson, 828-7770. The triple enchiladas
mole platter alone is enough to commend it, but the fusion
approach to Mexican fare, all based on fresh ingredients,
made this a Manhattan favorite even before its upstate branch
arrived. Serving daily 11:30-11. AE, MC, V.
1 Ballston Ave., Saratoga Springs, 583-2004. Unsurprising
but well-prepared northern Indian fare, served in a former
KFC redecorated into a pleasant and charming space. Try the
biryani dishes. Serving lunch daily 11:30-3, dinner Sun-Thu
5-10, Fri-Sat 5-11. AE, D, MC, V.
Pomo D’Oro, 6 Depot St., West Stockbridge, Mass., (413)
232-4616. Fresh and tasty breakfast and lunch offerings and
luscious homemade desserts in a charmingly converted train
station. Serving daily 8 AM-3 PM through the summer season;
call for fall-winter hours. Cash only.
Circus Café, 392 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 583-1106.
A variety of sandwiches, salads, and inventive or old-fashioned
entrées, including meat loaf and chicken pot pie. Dig the
festive decor! Serving daily 11:30-10, late-night menu Fri-Sat
to midnight. AE, D, DC, MC, V.
Charbroil Restaurant, Van Schaick Country Club, 201 Continental
Ave., Cohoes, 235-3940. www.zeekos.com. Not much in the way
of barbecue here, but there’s a nice deck and an array of
sandwiches and typical appetizers with many homemade touches.
Serving Tue-Sat 11-9, Sun 11-7. AE, D, MC, V.
Way Restaurant, 1839 Van Vranken Ave., Schenectady, 393-8460.
The area’s finest traditional Italian fare, from a kitchen
where everything is made from scratch and boasts the compelling
to prove that. Serving dinner Wed-Sun 5-
closing. AE, MC, V.
236 Washington St., Saratoga Springs, 583-9175. Japanese fusion
cooking means that you’ll find risotto and portobellos among
the not-so-traditional Asian fare, with brilliant result.
Serving dinner Wed-Sun 5-close. AE, MC, V