N. Greenbush Road, Troy, 286-2603. Cross the river and discover
the ultimate diner. Monday is ’50s night, Tuesday is pasta
night and Wednesday is Greek night. Over 300 menu items:
burgers, salads, sandwiches, steak and seafood specialties
and, of course, our specialty desserts. Full bar. Takeout,
delivery and off-premises catering available. Serving 7
AM-10 PM Sun-Thu, 7 AM-11 PM Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $
State St., Schenectady, 393-2600. A “dineraunt” setting
with a capacious menu. Save room for the award-winning cheesecake.
Serving 6 AM-11 PM Sun-Thu, 6 AM-midnight Fri-Sat. Reservations
suggested for parties of six or more. AE, CB, DC, MC, V.
Emmett St., Schenectady, 372-6030. A busy place with a huge
menu and portions to match. Daily specials. Open 24 hours
Mon-Sat, until 3 PM Sun. Delivery available within Schenectady
until 4 AM. AE, CB, DC, MC, V. $
Washington Ave., Albany, 445-9431. Breakfast is big at this
downtown diner, but there are plenty of other selections
available as well: The grilled-chicken Caesar salad is a
favorite and there are burgers, homemade soups, deli sandwiches,
fish fries and more. 6 AM-2 PM Mon-Fri. AE, CB, D, MC, V.
Circle (Routes 2 and 9), Latham, 785-3324. A glistening
edifice of chrome and art-deco appointments, with an appropriately
large bill of fare. Specialties include soups, bison burgers,
sandwich wraps and a vast sauté menu. Open seven days. AE,
D, MC, V. $
Central Ave., Colonie. 456-1550. This mainstay eatery offers
a prix-fixe menu of mainly continental fare. Meals include
soup or salad, vegetable, entrée and beverage for one low
price. Meals for seniors include dessert too. Beer, liquor
and wine available. Reservations suggested for larger parties.
Serving 6 AM-10 PM Sun-Thu, 6 AM-11 PM Fri-Sat. AE, D, DC,
MC, V. $
Carman Road, Rotterdam, 357-0315. Located not far from I-890’s
eastern end, the diner offers robust traditional breakfasts
and a variety of old-fashioned lunch and dinner items like
triple-decker sandwiches and a burger platter. Look for
specials like chicken and biscuits, meat loaf and pot roast.
Full bar. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner 6 AM-10 PM
Mon-Sat, 6 AM-2 PM Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $
Boy Restaurant Diner
Central Ave., Colonie, 456-2243; fax 869-5480; www.Farmer-Boy.com.
Breakfast is available anytime, as are steaks, chops, seafood,
Italian and authentic Greek dishes. Full bar. Takeout available.
Serving 6 AM-11 PM Mon-Thu, 6 AM-midnight Fri-Sat, 7 AM-11
PM Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $
Central Ave., Albany, 482-7557, www.gatewaydiner.com. This
traditional diner offers breakfast all day, along with fresh
seafood, steaks, Italian dishes and excellent deli-style
sandwiches. Full bakery on premises, and all desserts homemade.
Don’t miss the cheesecake. Full bar, banquet facilities
for up to 60. Serving 6 AM-1 AM Mon-Thu, 6 AM-midnight Sun,
open 24 hours Fri-Sat. Reservations suggested for parties
of eight or more. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $
7, Quaker Street, Duanesburg, 895-2063. In business now
for 50 years, the original railroad-car diner has had a
couple of additions, but there’s still a sense of small-town
hospitality. No alcohol. Banquet facilities, on-premises
catering. Serving 7:30-7:30 Wed-Sun. Closed Mon-Tue. Cash
New Loudon Road (Route 9), Latham, 785-3793. Look for the
fife ’n’ drum sign. It’s hard to miss this spacious eatery
with traditional and contemporary “dineraunt” fare and homemade
pastries. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving 24 hours
daily. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $
Doubleday Ave., Ballston Spa, 885-9481. Traditional diner
fare with outstanding apple pie. Full menu available for
takeout. Try the tub of spaghetti or ziti with a loaf of
bread and six meatballs for $11 (feeds 4-6 people). Soup
and salad bar daily. Full bar, catering on weekdays. Serving
8 AM-9 PM Mon-Sat; Sun breakfast buffet 9-3. AE, D, MC,
Broadway, Menands, 465-1869. Full menu including American
and Italian specialties. Seats 220. Early-bird specials
are served every day except holidays. Full bar. Takeout
available. Serving 6 AM-midnight daily. AE, D, DC, MC, V.
Western Ave., Guilderland, 45-METRO (456-3876). Old-fashioned
and new-fangled offerings are featured on the menu at this
silver diner edged in green, with beautiful art-deco stylings.
Look for old-time diner favorites (beef stew, meat loaf,
spinach pie) served as daily specials, plus the popular
sauté menu. On-premises baking by Bill Holden, and breakfast
is always available. Handicapped accessible. Full bar. Takeout
available. Serving 6 AM-midnight Sun-Thu, 6 AM-1 AM Fri-Sat.
AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $
Carman Road, Schenectady, 355-9868. Serving breakfast all
day with such pancake specials as cranberry-orange and oatmeal,
along with omelette selections. For lunch, enjoy homemade
soups, hot and cold deli sandwiches and homemade desserts-all
prepared to order. Takeout available. Serving 7 AM-3 PM
daily. Cash or check only. $
Broadway, Albany, 465-9148; fax 465-7081. Prewar diner,
now on New York state historic register, offers a one-of-a-kind
brunch menu, and they cook your fries to your specific request.
Menu lists creative lunch sandwiches, and soups are homemade.
Unique sauces available to go. Delivery, takeout and catering
available (by the Brownstone Caterers). Reservations not
accepted. Serving 7 AM-2:15 PM Mon-Fri, 9 AM-2:15 PM Sat-Sun.
Cash, personal checks. $
Freeman’s Bridge Road, Glenville, 393-3060. Practically
everything is made from scratch at this popular breakfast
and lunch eatery across from the Schenectady County airport.
Homemade soups, burger specials and fresh-baked pies are
among the attractions. Make sure you try the fries. Serving
6 AM-2:30 PM Mon, Wed-Sat; 7 AM-2:30 PM Sun. Closed Tue.
Cash only. $
Lark St., Albany, 449-2012. A quiet, friendly café atmosphere
in the heart of Lark Street. Breakfast is the highlight,
though sandwiches, burgers, and daily specials round out
the menu. Takeout and delivery available. Serving 9:30-4
Tue-Fri, 9-4 Sat-Sun. Closed Mon. Cash only. $
Hamburg St., Schenectady, 355-9522. Have a meal where everyone
knows your name in this friendly, family-oriented traditional
diner. Breakfast is served all day. For dinner, there’s
a full menu with a free dessert to complete your meal. Daily
specials. Try the always fresh and decadent cheesecake.
Takeout available. 6 AM-10 PM Mon-Sat, 7 AM-10 PM Sun. AE,
DC, MC, V. $
S. Broadway (Route 9), Saratoga Springs, 584-4044. A big,
busy diner-restaurant with about as extensive a menu as
you’re going to find in the area. Good for dinner, snacks
or that meal you forgot to have earlier. Breakfast served
anytime. 6 AM-midnight Sun-Thu, open 24 hours Fri-Sat. AE,
D, MC, V. $
Broad St., Glens Falls, 793-5855. This American-style diner
offers a full menu, breakfast anytime and homemade soups,
salads and desserts. Lunch and dinner specials daily. Open
24 hours. D, MC, V. $
Duanesburg Road, Rotterdam. 356-0697. Located at the five
corners in Rotterdam, this traditional diner offers breakfast
all day, along with steaks, fresh seafood, Italian dishes
and deli-style sandwiches. All desserts homemade. Don’t
miss the American Beauty chocolate cake. Beer and wine available.
Serving 5 AM-11 PM Mon-Thu, 5 AM-midnight Fri-Sat, 6 AM-10
PM Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $
9W, Glenmont, 434-3761. A traditional diner serving homemade
fare. Daily specials, homemade soups and breakfast served
all day. Specialties include omelettes, salads, burgers
and hot and cold deli sandwiches. Outdoor dining on deck
as weather permits. Takeout available. Serving 7 AM-2 PM
Tue-Sun. Closed Mon. Cash only. $
Troy Schenectady Road, Latham, 783-5129, www.villagediner.com.
Serving everything from breakfast (all day) and lunch to
full-course dinners, with daily specials and an on-premises
bakery. Takeout available. Beer and wine. Banquet facilities,
on-premises catering. Reservations accepted for parties
of six or more. Serving 6 AM-11 PM daily. AE, CB, D, DC,
MC, V. $
Wolf Road, Colonie, 459-5214. A little bit of everything
for everyone in this recently renovated diner near the Albany
International Airport. Nearly 400 different food items,
including Greek and Italian specials. Full bar. Serving
6 AM-1 AM Sun-Thu, 6 AM-2 AM Fri-Sat. AE, D, DC, MC, V.