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333 Café

333 Delaware Ave., Delmar, 439-9333. A European-style café that provides an intimate dining experience. Extensive beer selection and hand-selected, worldly wine list. Featuring daily specials. Off-premises catering. Serving lunch Tue-Fri 11:30-2; dinner 4-9 Tue-Sat. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$

Arthur’s Market and World Village Cafe

35 N. Ferry St., Schenectady, 382-1938. Richard Genest (of Moon and River Café) has renovated an old-style neighborhood grocery and general store, which also offers a full café menu. Located in Schenectady’s historic stockade district, it has operated since the 1790s. Breakfast dishes, bistro sandwiches, and nightly dinner specials available. Open 8 AM-9 PM daily. Cash only. $

Avenue A

289 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 320-8684. Once an an after-hours gambling hall, the building is now an eclectic eatery with an Asian flair. Chap chae and bulgokee, for instance, are Korean-inspired; tempura and salmon are also presented with style. Panini and salads are some of the lighter fare also offered. Full bar. Serving 3-10 Mon-Thu, 3-midnight Fri, 4-midnight Sat, 11-5 Sunday (brunch 11-3). AE, D, MC, V. $$$

Beardslee Castle

Route 5, Little Falls, (315) 823-3000, In this historic castle in Central New York (complete with ghosts, or at least abundant rumors thereof), dine in one of five intimate rooms on creative cuisine that changes nightly, features fresh ingredients and spans Mediterranean, Italian, Asian and Southwestern influences and beyond. Excellent and eclectic wine and beer selection, and thoughtful children’s menu. Large functions up to 150. Reservations appreciated. Serving dinner Thu-Sat 5-9, Sun 4-8. AE, D, MC, V. $$$


26 Henry St., Saratoga Springs, 587-9463, Global-comfort-foods menu includes fish, game, beef, poultry, pasta and chops. A “chef’s table” in the pantry offers small parties a unique perspective from which to dine. Full bar. Serving 5:30-close Tue-Sat, but daily during racing season. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$

Envy Lounge

99 Pine St., Albany. 694-3689, International dining: French, Italian and Spanish. Small plates with big flavors. Featuring a fluid menu that changes with the season. Try the New York strip steak, the bison hanger steak and the foie gras. Featuring a playful dessert menu. Full bar. Catering and takeout available. Serving dinner 5-11 daily. Reservations recommended. AE, D MC, V. $$$$

Helsinki Café

284 Main St., Great Barrington, (413) 528-3394, Yes, there’s Scandinavian fare such as gravlox and borscht and pickled herring, but there’s also an eclectic mix of fusion items and new vegetarian dishes—served in a comfortable, intimate café. Try Anni’s Smorgasbord to really get a taste of the place. Full bar, private parties, takeout available. Serving daily 11-10:30 (later in the adjoining nightclub). D, MC, V. $$$


21 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 581-0560. Featuring a wide variety of savory and sweet crepes for lunch, dinner, dessert and weekend brunch; also known for the Belgian pommes frites, fresh-cut french fries served in paper cones with dipping sauces. Beer, wine, espresso; takeout available. Serving 11:30-8 Tue-Thu, 11:30-9 Fri, 10-9 Sat, Sun brunch 10-3. Closed on Mon. MC, V. $

The Sedgwick Inn and Restaurant

17971 Route 22, Berlin, 658-2334, Dinner is served in an intimate, comfortable, elegant, candlelit restaurant. The menu is eclectic and imaginative. Dine in either the Coach Tavern or the elegant back porch. Can accommodate weddings and parties up to 100. Full bar. On-premises catering. Reservations appreciated. Serving 5-9 Wed-Sun. D, MC, V, personal checks. $$$$

Springwater Bistro

139 Union Ave. (across from the Saratoga Racetrack), Saratoga Springs, 584-6440, Experience a dining adventure from the daily menu. Savor the flavors of honest and simply prepared cuisine and explore the wine menu that features selections to complement your meal. Monday nights pay homage to American-Mediterranean culture with a tapas menu. Enjoy your meal in either the cozy dining room or in the tapas lounge. Full bar, on/off premises catering. Takeout available. Serving dinner 5:30-9:30, call for reservations. AE, DC, MC, V. $$$


84 Henry St., Saratoga Springs, 226-0655. Bistro-style dining in a renovated machine shop. Eclectic cuisine featuring flavors from all over the world. Specials change daily. Large bar specializing in house martinis and Belgian beers on tap. A great stop for late-night dining and drinking. Reservations accepted. Serving dinner Wed-Sat at 5:30; brunch Sun at 11. Bar open Mon-Sat 5-4. “Movies at the Bar” Mon at 6. AE, MC, V. $$$


Hampton Inn and Suites, 25 Chapel St., Albany, 436-7747. Yono Purnomo and family are back, now in an elegant dining room and bar built as part of one of Albany’s newest hotels. Excellent Indonesian fare is served alongside an Asian-influenced continental menu, all of it bearing Yono’s trademark touches. Full bar. Serving dinner Mon-Sat from 5:30. AE, MC, D, V. $$$$



Metroland's Fall/Winter Dining Guide 2006
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