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Alexis Diner

294 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. $

Blue Ribbon Diner

1801 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. $$

Brandywine Diner

970 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. $

The Buttery Restaurant

11 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 Diner

Latham 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. $

Colonie Diner

1890 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. $

Country Inn Diner

3081 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. $

Farmer Boy Restaurant Diner

1975 Central Ave., Colonie, 456-2243; fax 869-5480; 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. $

Gateway Diner

899 Central Ave., Albany, 482-7557, 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. $

Gibby’s Restaurant

Route 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 only. $

Latham ’76 Restaurant

722 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. $

Leo’s Diner

2128 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, V. $

Menands Diner

563 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. $

Metro 20 Diner

1709 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. $

Mike’s Diner

3767 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. $

Miss Albany Diner

893 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. $


181 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. $

Ramona’s Café

290 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. $

Redwood Diner

2688 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. $

Saratoga Diner

153 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. $

Steve’s Place

194 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. $

Tops Diner

351 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. $

Uncle Milty’s Diner

Route 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. $

Village Diner

1090 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham, 783-5129, 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 Diner

219 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. $


Metroland's Fall/Winter Dining Guide 2004
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