Fifth and Fifty,
279 N. Ballston Ave. (Route 50), Scotia, 372-4668. Pizza,
calzones, wings, subs and more—and it’s some of the best New
York pizza you’ll find. Serving Mon-Thu 11-9, Fri-Sat 11-10,
Sun (only during football playoff season and Superbowl) noon-9.
Cash and checks only.
Chalet, Route 20 and French’s Mill Road, Guilderland,
355-8005. A handful of traditional German dishes alongside
some continental fare and a pub menu. Great selection of beer,
German and otherwise. Serving dinner Wed-Fri 4-9, Sat 4-10,
Sun 3-8. AE, D, MC, V.
121 Madison Ave., Albany, 462-9180. Old-fashioned Italian
fare enthusiastically served in an old-
fashioned landmark restaurant. Serving Mon-Fri 11-1, Sat 3-11.
AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V.
Mann Tory Tavern, Routes 30 and 443, Schoharie, 295-7128.
Elegant, innovative American fare served in a beautifully
restored Colonial estate. Serving dinner Wed-Sat 5-9, Sun
1-7. AE, D, DC, MC, V.
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.