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Across the Street Pub

1238 Western Ave., Guilderland, 482-9432 or 438-1718. Standard pub fare with sandwiches, salads, burgers, tasty fried appetizers homemade soups, and a new expanded menu with kids selections. Full bar. Serving 11 AM-midnight Mon, 11 AM-1 AM Tue-Sat, noon-9 Sun. MC, V, ATM. $

The Ale House

680 River St., Troy, 272-9740. Cozy Troy pub serving homemade soups and chili, clams, award-winning wings, burgers and deli sandwiches. Lunch and dinner specials. Full bar, featuring microbrews and import drafts. Off-premises catering. Takeout available. Serving 11 AM-midnight Mon-Sat, noon-10 Sun. Cash only. $

The Black Cat Ale House

25 White St., Cohoes, 235-3199. A Manhattan-style pub with a Cape Cod flair featuring an extensive menu, complete with Long Island little neck clams in a white-wine-and-garlic broth, and Delmonico steaks. Takeout, on-premises catering available. Serving 11-10 daily. MC, D, V. $$$


237 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, 583-3333. New owner Davis Mead has kept the wood-fired pizza but livened the menu of this across-from-the-track venue with Italian-inspired dishes that run from spaghetti and meatballs to steak au poivre. Instead of Elvis memorabilia crowding the walls, you’ll see racing-related photos and prints. Full bar. Serving 5-9 Sun-Wed, 5-10 Thu-Sat (later as warranted). AE, D, MC, V. $$

The Cat’s Meow

14 Karner Road (Route 155), Guilderland, 456-1895. Popular tavern serving a light menu including burgers, homemade soups, pizzas, giant fish fries, finger foods and sandwiches. Dinner specials served nightly. Fireplace and patio dining available, full bar and catering for small parties. Takeout available. Serving 11:30-10:30 Mon-Sat. Closed Sun. AE, MC, V. $

Club Phoenix

348 Central Ave., Albany, 462-4862. A variety of traditional pub food selections, including hamburgers, chicken tenders, wings and French fries. Sunday brunch. Serving Thu-Fri 5-10 PM, Sat 6 PM-midnight, Sun 10 AM-2 PM. AE, DC, D, MC, V. $

Corner Well Pub

698 N. Pearl St., Menands, 427-WELL (9355). Irish pub with specialty pizzas, burgers, deli sandwiches, salads, wings, seafood. House favorites include Uncle Dan’s BBQ Ribs and the 20-ounce Big Ed’s Prime Rib. Full bar, takeout, delivery. Serving 11-9 Mon-Wed, 11:30-10 Thu-Sat. Closed Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$


1165 Central Ave., Colonie, 459-8440, Sandwiches, salads, burgers and soups. Grilled fare, daily pasta specials. Full bar; exotic barmaids and dancers. Serving 11:30 AM-8 PM Mon-Fri. Kitchen closed Sat-Sun. AE, MC, V. $

Elbo Room

170 Delaware Ave., Albany, 257-7300. Completely renovated pub serving pizza, wings, sandwiches, wraps, soups, salads, burgers and more. Private party rooms. Full bar, takeout and lunch delivery available. Serving 11 AM-close daily. AE, D, MC, V, ATM/debit. $


2012 Central Ave., Colonie, 869-0494, American-style menu serves up spicy pub fare. Full bar. On- and off-premises catering available. Serving 11 AM-midnight Mon-Sat, noon-midnight Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $.

Firkin & Fox

112 Wolf Road, Colonie, 453-2FOX (2369). Casual classy pub restaurant featuring a full menu of classic pub entrees including fish and chips, shepard’s pie, steak sandwiches and Firkin burgers. Business prix-fixe lunch Mon-Fri. Full bar, 18 beers on tap. On and off-premises catering and takeout available. Serving 11:30 AM-1 AM Mon-Thu, 11:30 AM-2 AM Fri-Sat, 11:30 AM-10 Sun. Brunch Sat-Sun 11:30-3. AE, MC, V, ATM/debit. $$

The Fountain

283 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 482-9898. Pizza, finger foods, burgers and other light fare, as well as a large selection of Italian dinners. Specials available all week. Full bar. Serving 11 AM-2 AM Sun-Thu, 11 AM-3 AM Fri-Sat. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $

Hill Street Café

180 Madison Ave., Albany, 462-3544, Serving good pub food every day and every night. Menu includes chicken wings, pizza, grilled sandwiches, wraps, salads, hot subs and burgers. Full bar. On-premises catering for parties. Serving 11:30 AM-3 AM daily. MC, V. $

Lion’s Den

30 Main Street, Stockbridge, MA, (413) 298-1654. Favorites like baked french onion soup, burgers and wraps. Nightly specials. Full Bar, on-premises catering and takeout available. Serving 4-10 Mon-Thu, 4-11 Fri, noon-11pm Sat & noon-10 Sun. AE, MC, V, D, DC, personal checks. $$

Manhattan Exchange

607 Union St., Schenectady, 374-5930. Pub fare with nightly dinner specials, two blocks from Proctor’s and Union College. Outdoor patio with heaters. Full bar. Takeout available; on/off-premises catering. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri-Sat (Sun lounge only). AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $


4 Clinton Square, Albany, 463-1455, Menu features hearty burgers like the patty melt, and specialties like the chicken Caesar salad sandwich. McGeary’s makes its own soups, breads and rolls, and is the home of Guinness black-bean chili. Wings, steaks, fresh seafood, daily lunch and dinner creations, two full bars, 34 taps. Banquet facilities for up to 150. Serving 11:30-9 Mon-Tue, 11:30-11 Wed, 11:30-midnight Thu-Sat, closed Sun. AE, MC, V, ATM. $

Michael’s Lounge

43 Mall, West Sand Lake, 674-5938. Menu items include burgers, fries, chicken wings and mini hot dogs. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving 11 AM-4 AM daily. AE, MC, V. $


40 Lincoln Ave., Watervliet, 273-9892. A variety of pub food, including pizza, chicken wings, oversized sandwiches, burgers, finger food and the biggest Reuben in town. Full bar. Serving 10 AM-midnight Mon-Thu, 10 AM-close Fri-Sat, noon-close Sun. AE, D, MC, V, ATM. $

O’Brien’s at the Garden Grill

276 Second Ave., Albany, 462-0571. Hot lunch and dinner specials, full bar. Lunchtime delivery and takeout available. 11 AM-midnight Mon-Thur, 11 AM-2 AM Fri-Sat, Sun noon-10 PM. MC, V. $

O’Leary’s Pub & Grill

153 Mohawk Ave., Scotia, 382-8909. Pub fare with lots of sandwiches, hot and cold, and entrée specials like the burrito el grande. Vegetarian friendly. Serving 11-10 Mon-Thu, 11-11 Fri-Sat, 4-10 Sun. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $

Philly Bar & Grill

Watervliet Shaker Road, Latham, 785-9559. Yes, the owners are really from Philadelphia and offer the authentic Philly cheesesteak sandwich, as well as a variety of pub foods, including quesadillas and wraps. Serving 11-11 daily. AE, MC, V. $

Pinhead Susan’s

38-40 N. Broadway, Schenectady, 346-6431. A gorgeously refurbished building just off Schenectady’s State Street. Named for local graffiti. Menu includes burgers, sandwiches and homemade soups. Try the house specialty Guinness burger. Full bar. 12 beers on tap. Live music on weekends. Serving 11-10 Mon-Fri, noon-10 Sat, closed Sun. AE, DC, MC, V. $

Professor M. Barley’s

198 Quail St., Albany, 461-2585. This Adirondack-style pub at the corner of Western and Quail features a full menu from healthy salads to pasta. Large enclosed patio and more than 60 different imported beers and wines. Serving 11-10 daily. D, MC, V. $

Ravenswood Pub

1021 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-8771, Light meals including homemade soups, salads, pub fare and fabulous chicken wings. Casual atmosphere. Full bar, on-premises catering and banquet facilities for up to 75. Takeout available. Serving 11:30-11 Mon-Thu, 11:30-midnight Fri-Sat, noon-10 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

Ryan’s Wake Pub

403 River St., Troy, 270-9253, Classic turn-of-the-century Irish-American pub serving large deli sandwiches, shrimp cocktail, cheese boards, and more. Full bar. Large outdoor deck overlooking Hudson River. Serving 4 PM-close Mon-Thu, 3 PM-close Fri, 4 PM-close Sat, closed Sun. AE, MC, V. $

Sadie Klutz

849 Madison Ave., Albany, 459-8099. Enjoy pizza, pasta, and traditional pub fare, in addition to the new specialty clubs and home-style dinners featured on the recently updated menu. Full bar. Takeout and catering available. Serving 11 AM- midnight Sun-Wed, noon-2 AM Thu-Sat. AE, MC, V. $

Smitty’s Pit Bar & Grille

138 Washington Ave., Albany, 465-6744. Pub food in a pub-style atmosphere. Featuring 18 beers on tap. Lunch and dinner specials daily. Full bar. Reservations for large parties. Takeout available. Serving 11-11 Mon-Sat, noon-11 Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $

The Starting Gate Restaurant and Catering

55 Watervliet Ave., Albany, 482-8179. Known for its hamburgers, home-cooked turkey and roast beef. For a flavor kick, try the Cajun chicken sandwich. Lunches and late-night snacks, too. Full bar, banquet facilities, on/off-premises catering, takeout and delivery available. Serving 9 AM-4 AM daily. AE, DC, MC, V. $

Sutter’s Mill & Mining Co.

1200 Western Ave., Albany, 489-4910. Back-to-basics bar food and full dinners available in either the front room or dining room, or enjoy the three-tier deck. Steaks, chicken, crab legs and those legendary burgers. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving 11:30 AM-midnight daily, sometimes later. AE, D, MC, V. $

Valenti’s Pub

729 Pawling Ave., Troy, 283-6766. Pub fare, specializing in pizza and pasta. Also burgers, wings, salads, subs and much more. Full bar. Takeout and delivery available. Serving from 11:30-11:30 daily. AE, CB, DC, MC, V. $

Washington Tavern

250 Western Ave., Albany, 427-0091. This spot is best known for its traditional tavern fare. Now featuring a new menu with such dishes as steak, ribs and sizzling fajitas. Full bar, banquets for up to 80, on-premises catering. Takeout available. Serving 11:30 AM-1 AM daily. AE, MC, V. ATM on premises. $



Metroland's Fall/Winter Dining Guide 2006
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