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AMERICAN

99 Restaurant & Pub

107 Wolf Road, Colonie, 446-9909, 99restaurants.com. This Boston-based chain features grilled and fried dishes. Buffalo wings, burgers, buttery seafood—you know the menu. Two-for-one draft specials, all day, every day. Full bar. Serving 11:30-11 Mon-Thu, 11:30-midnight Fri-Sat, 11:30-10 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

Aimie’s Dinner & Movie With Wallabee’s

190 Glen St., Glens Falls, 792-8181, aimiesdinnerandmovie.com. Full dinner menu featuring an array of appetizers, steaks, pastas, fowl, fish and pork. Salads, sandwiches and homemade soup, too. Catch a flick while enjoying your meal. Full bar, on-premises catering. Takeout available. Serving 5-10 Mon-Fri, 1-10 Sat-Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

Albany Pump Station

19 Quackenbush Square, Albany, 447-9000, evansale.com. This downtown Albany brew pub offers a vast array of American fare. The menu includes Gorgonzola sirloin, stuffed shrimp, calamari and a large offering of soups, salads and sandwiches. Full bar includes a wide array of award-winning microbrews. On-premises catering; takeout available. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri-Sat, noon-8 Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

Alibis Martini & Margarita Bar

1100 Madison Ave., Albany, 489-0606. Expanded menu features a creative take on continental fusion with such items as pan-seared ahi tuna, sushi and California potstickers. And don’t forget the unique martinis! Full bar. Takeout available. Serving 5 PM-1 AM daily. Reservations suggested on weekends. AE, D, MC, V. $$

Allium

42-44 Railroad St., Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 528-2118, mezzeinc.com. When the Mezze, Inc. group took over the handsome space formerly occupied by Verdura and Due Enoteca, they set out to create a restaurant with high environmental standards, which is reflected in everything from the low-VOC paints and ecologically harvested wood to the kitchen’s liberal use of local and seasonal ingredients. Chef Joe Nastro’s New American menu includes wood-grilled Berkshire pork, pan-roasted cod with cockles and hot Italian sausage, grilled bistro steak with herb fries, and more. Full bar with extensive wine list. Serving dinner 5-10 daily. AE, MC, V. $$$$

Ambition

154 Jay St., Schenectady, 382-9277. This hip eatery features sandwiches, soups, salads and homemade desserts highlighting bread pudding and gelato. Full bar, espresso and cappuccino, and family made chocolates to compliment the meal. Takeout available. Reservations recommended. Serving 8-6 Mon-Fri; 8-8 Thu, 10-5 Sat. Open late on Proctor’s performance nights. Closed Sun. AE, MC, V. $

American Hotel

192 Main St., Sharon Springs, 284-2105. Serving traditional comfort foods and heritage recipes that reflect New York state and local products in a restored hotel with guest rooms available. Dinner reservations recommended. Dinner hourly 5-close Wed-Sun; brunch 8-2 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$

Andy’s Catering

2305 Nott St., Schenectady, 372-8610, andyscatering.com. Catering parties, picnics and weddings of all sizes, all year round. Lunch or dinner menus, featuring barbecue chicken and ribs, lobster, crab or clam bakes, pig roasts, buffet specials and more. Off-premises catering. Beer and wine menu. AE, D, MC, V. $$

Angelo’s 677 Prime

677 Broadway, Albany, 427-7463, 677prime.com. Stylish downtown steakhouse with hardwood floors, plush leather chairs and cherry walls. Steaks and seafood are the specialties here, along with the tempting dessert menu. Full bar, on-premises catering. Reservations recommended. Serving lunch 11:30-2 Mon-Sat; dinner 5:30-10 Mon-Sat; bar menu 2-10 Mon-Fri. Live music Wed-Sat 6:30-10 PM. Closed Sunday. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$

Applebee’s

18 Park Ave., Clifton Park, 383-2004. Full lunch and dinner menu, from sandwiches to steaks, with daily specials. Try the boneless Buffalo wings. Full bar. Takeout available. 11-11 Sun-Thu; 11-midnight Fri-Sat. Call-ahead seating offered. AE, MC, V. $

The Barnsider

480 Sand Creek Road, Colonie, 869-2448. Specialties are hand-cut steaks and fresh seafood, including prime rib of beef and baked stuffed shrimp. Light fare available. Full bar, banquet facilities. Reservations accepted for all parties Sun-Thu; reservations accepted for parties of five or more Fri-Sat. Serving dinner 4-10 Mon-Thu, 4-10:30 Fri-Sat, 4-9 Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$

The Basement Bistro

776 Route 45, Earlton, 634-2338, sagecrestcatering.com. Chef-owner Damon Baehrel cooks up regional American food with the freshest possible ingredients, and his Sagecrest Catering has provided meals for more than 2,500 weddings in 20 years in the biz. The restaurant offers a tasting menu of 10 to 15 courses of whatever’s freshest that day, for a fixed price (which, like the menu, changes daily). Reservations required well in advance. Wine and beer is served; off-premises catering. Seatings begin Wed-Thu at 6 PM; Fri-Sat at 5 PM; Sun at 4 PM. AE, MC, V, personal checks. $$$$

The Bears Steakhouse

Route 7, Duanesburg, 895-2509. Some of the area’s best steaks, served for more than 39 years in a friendly, unassuming setting. It’s a charming step back in time. Call in advance to reserve house specialties chateaubriand and prime rib. Serving dinner Wed-Fri 5:30-8; two seatings Sat at 5:30 and 8:30. Reservations required. MC, V. $$$$

BEFF’s Tavern

95 Everett Road, Albany, 482-2333; 367 Delaware Ave., Delmar, 475-1111. Known for its pizza, BEFF’s (Big Ed Fat Field’s) menu features hearty entrees, as well as 10-ounce burgers, homemade soups made fresh daily, salads, great nachos and other bar fare. Try the chicken toes. Daily specials. Full bar; 29 beers on tap at Delmar location. Takeout available. Patio available at both locations. Albany: serving 11-10 Mon-Thu, 11-11 Fri, noon-10 Sat, 4-9 Sun. Delmar: serving 11:30-10 Mon-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri-Sat, noon-9 Sun, 11:30-10 Mon. AE, DC, MC, V. $

Beverly’s

47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-2755. Gourmet breakfast—available all day—and lunch seven days a week. Featuring muffins, scones, eggs Benedict and German apple pancakes, as well as a host of gourmet salads, soups, quiches and sandwiches. Private parties, catering, takeout available. Outdoor patio, weather permitting. Serving 8-3 daily. AE, DC, MC, V. $

Bistro at the Georgian Resort

384 Canada St, Lake George, 668-5401, georgianresort.com. Award winning executive chef Patrick Longton displays outstanding American regional cuisine on the shores of beautiful Lake George. Serving 7 days a week, breakfast 7:30-11, dinner 5-10.Full bar, takeout. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

Bloomers an American Bistro

2853 Route 9, Ballston Spa, 584-4484, bloomersbistro.com. American cuisine with global influences. Specialities include garam masala marinated lamb chop and filet mignon with white truffle bordelaise. Vegetarian options. Full bar, takeout. Reservations recommended. Serving dinner 5-9 Mon-Thu, 5-10 Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $$

The Blue Plate

1 Kinderhook St., Chatham, 392-7711. An eclectic menu of New American cooking served up nicely in this casual, friendly restaurant. Fresh fish specials, pasta and meat loaf, as well as a few surprises. Full bar. Serving dinner 5:30-9 Tue-Thu, 5:30-9:30 Fri-Sat, 5-9 Sun. Closed Mon. Reservations accepted for parties of five or more. D, MC, V. $$$

Bombers Burrito Bar

258 Lark St., Albany, 463-9636. A healthy-sized menu includes vegetarian-friendly options, a creative selection of sizable burritos and more than a half-dozen varieties of chicken wings. Also boasting 20 draft beers and a dozen types of frozen margaritas. Prime spot to celebrate your birthday with a gigantic margarita. Takeout available. Lunch delivery. Serving 11 AM-1 AM daily. Bar till close. AE, MC, V. $

Bourbon Street

2209 Central Ave., Colonie, 382-1110. Jambalaya, pizza, calzones, sandwiches, chicken dishes, burgers and salads. The place comes into its own with an array of bar food—wings, fried stuff, clams, you name it. Full bar. Serving 3-3 Sat-Thu, 11 AM-3 AM Fri. MC, V. $$

Brandon’s Steak and Seafood

1725 Van Vranken Ave., Schenectady, 347-1329. Bouillabaisse is a regular menu item, as is crab legs. Look for stuffed sirloin specials. Full bar, banquet facilities. Serving lunch 11-3 Mon-Fri; dinner 5-10 Mon-Sat. Closed Sun. Reservations suggested. AE, MC, V. $$

Brown’s Brewing Company

417-419 River St., Troy, 273-BEER (2337), brownsbrewing.com. This brewery-restaurant is located in a restored 150-year-old warehouse with a large deck overlooking the majestic Hudson River and Troy Marina. Menu offers pub-style fare, including appetizers, salads, sandwiches and wraps. Award-winning brewery offers 10 different styles of fresh ales and lagers. Serving 11:30-11 Mon-Thu, 11:30-midnight Fri-Sat, noon-10 Sun. AE, MC, V. $$

Buffalo Wings & Rings

203-A Wolf Road, Colonie, 454-9464, buffalowingsandrings.com. Specializing in chicken wings soaked in any of several sauces with a heat range from mild to “atomic.” Also burgers, sandwiches, gyros, soups, salads, and several styles of potato and onion rings. Full bar, off-premises catering, takeout. AE, D, MC, V, ATM. $

Butcher Block

1632A Central Ave., Colonie, 456-1653. Featuring steak, prime rib, chicken and seafood. All entrées include soup, salad and bread bar. Full bar and party facilities. Serving 11:30-9:30 Mon-Thu, 11:30-10 Fri, 4-10 Sat, 3-9 Sun. Reservations accepted. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

Cabernet Cafe

1814 Western Ave., Albany, 452-5670. House specialties include cabernet risotto, petite chateaubriand and vegetarian eggplant cabernet. Wine cellar with more than 2,000 wines. Full bar, on-premises catering, takeout available. Serving 5-11 daily. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

Café 217

12 1/2 Delaware Ave., Albany. 462-0050. Homemade breakfast and lunch. Everything cooked to order. On- and off-premises catering. Takeout available. Serving 9 AM-2 PM Wednesday, 9 PM-2 PM the following day Wed-Sat. Closed Mon-Tue. AE, MC, V. $

Café Madison

1108 Madison Ave., Albany, 935-1094, cafemadison.com. A perennial winner serving Tuscan melts, raspberry-oatmeal pancakes, bacon and cheddar frittata and more. This longtime Pine Hills staple has just received a gorgeous facelift. Serving brunch 7:30-2 Mon-Thu, 7:30-3 Fri-Sun. Serving dinner 5-10 Sun-Thu, 5-11 Fri-Sat. Full bar, takeout. AE, D, DC, MC, V, ATM. $

Castle Street Café

10 Castle St., Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 528-5244, castlestreet cafe.com. Fine dining tucked into an unassuming storefront, with high ceilings and an interior brick wall. A fusion menu built around provender from local suppliers has won praise from local and national press; don’t miss “The World’s Best Chocolate Mousse Cake” (Newsday). Serving dinner 5-9:30 Sun-Thu, 5-11 Fri-Sat. Celestial bar menu also offered. Closed Tue. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$

The Century House

997 Route 9, Latham, 785-0834, the centuryhouse.com. Fine American dining in the relaxed atmosphere of a newly renovated Federal-style farmhouse. Full bar. Banquet facilities, on/off-premises catering. Takeout available. Serving lunch 11:30-2:30 Mon-Fri; dinner 5-9 Mon-Sat. Reservations suggested. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

Charlie’s Restaurant

Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort, 150 Main St., Lake Placid, 523-9886. Charlie Levitz’s fun, fine-dining menu features herb-infused duck breast, venison loin with a tangerine-roasted jalapeño reduction and other such fare, exotic and traditional. Light menu also available, and don’t overlook breakfast! Full bar with signature cocktails and wine list. Serving breakfast 6:30-11:30 daily, lunch noon-2:30 daily, dinner 5-10 daily. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

Church and Main

49 Church St., Canajoharie, 673-2433, churchnmain.com. Celebrate the Mohawk Valley’s bounty with food prepared from local farm offerings, under the skilled hand of chef-owner Michael Lapi. Look for such items as slow-roasted chicken, braised goat shoulder, a risotto variety and veggies galore. Full bar, wine list. Serving dinner 5-9 Thu-Sun. MC, V. $$$

Church Street Café

65 Church St., Lenox, Mass., (413) 637-2745. It’s nestled in a pleasant street in downtown Lenox. The eclectic menu includes vegetarian entrées as well as traditional meatstuffs prepared in different ways. Try the baked Wellfleet oysters on the half-shell, among the other offerings on the new autumn menu. Serving Tue-Sat lunch 11:30-2, dinner 5:30-9. AE, MC, V. $$$$

Circus Café

392 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 583-1106, circuscafe.com. The accurately-named Circus Café will make you feel like the circus is in town. Enjoy festive yet classic American cuisine in this unique, atmospheric setting. Try the homestyle meatloaf, lump crabcakes with ginger aioli, chicken pot pie, oversized salads and stupendous desserts. Serving lunch and dinner daily from 11:30-10. Theme parties and late night bar. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

Cliff’s Country Inn

57 Route 9P, Saratoga Lake Road, Malta, 584-9791. Steak is the watchword here; prime rib is a very popular item. But don’t worry, there are seafood favorites, too. Hot and cold sandwiches also available. Full bar. 16 TVs. Serving 4-9 Mon-Tue, 4-10 Wed-Thu, 4-11 Fri, noon-11 Sat, noon-9 Sun. Reservations accepted. MC, V. $$

Cock ’n’ Bull

Parkis Mills Road (off Route 147), Galway, 882-6962. Known for steaks and fresh fish served in a restored barn. On-premises vegetable, herb and flower gardens (in season). Full bar with large wine selection. Takeout available. Serving dinner from 5 PM Mon, Wed-Sat; from 3-8 Sun; closed Tue. Reservations recommended. “Pub” entrées under $15 available. MC, V. $$$$

The Country Corner Café

25 Church St., Saratoga Springs, 583-7889; 165 High Rock Ave., Saratoga Springs, 584-8300. Cozy home-style eatery with loads of breakfast options to choose from; all the jams and jellies are homemade, and the maple syrup is the real stuff from Vermont. Also offering sandwiches, homemade soups and more. Church Street location: Serving 6 AM-2 PM Mon-Sat, 7 AM-2 PM Sun. High Rock Avenue location: Serving 7-3 Mon-Sat, 8-3 Sunday. V, MC. $

Daisy Baker’s

33 2nd St., Troy, 266-9200. This downtown Troy establishment serves gourmet American fare as well as an impressive array of seafood and pasta items. Full bar, on-premises catering. Serving lunch 11:30-3 Mon-Fri and dinner 5-9 Mon-Thu, 5-10 Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$

Dakota

Latham Farms, 579 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham, 786-1234; 1035 South St. (Routes 7 and 20), Pittsfield, Mass., (413) 499-7900, dakotarestaurant.com. Not just a steak house—the menu also features live Maine lobsters, ocean-fresh seafood, an extensive salad bar, hearty whole-grain bread and irresistible mud pie. Kids’ menu available. Full bar, takeout available. Reservations strongly recommended. Latham: Serving dinner 4:30-10 Mon-Thu, 4:30-11 Fri, 4-11 Sat, 1-9 Sun. Pittsfield: Serving dinner 4-10 Mon-Thu, 4-11 Fri-Sat, 4-10 Sun; also brunch 10-2 Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery

184 Glen St., Glens Falls, 743-9026. Offering a wide variety of appetizers, salads, burgers, wraps, vegetarian dishes and pub fare, including fish and chips, and bangers and mash. Full bar including 10 beers handcrafted on site, four guest bottled beers. On-premises catering and takeout. Serving 11:30-9 Mon-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri, noon-11 Sat-Sun. AE, MC, V. $$

Deacon Blues

806 25th St., Watervliet, 273-9888. A restaurant with a little bit of everything: steak, seafood, clams and more, with baked stuffed shrimp a particular favorite. Full bar, banquet facilities and on/off-premises catering available. Serving 11-11 Tue-Thu; 11-11:30 Fri-Sat; closed Sun-Mon. AE, MC, V. $

DeJohn’s Restaurant & Pub

288 Lark St., Albany, 465-5275, dejohns.com. Enjoy a glass of wine or ice-cold beer in the cozy pub, and then have dinner in the second-floor dining room. The menu includes a variety of appetizers, entrees and sandwiches. Homemade cheesecake is a specialty. Daily pub and restaurant specials; oversized martinis. Third-floor banquet room is available for private parties. Serving dinner 4-11 Sun-Thu, 4-midnight Fri-Sat. Lunch 11:30-4 Sat-Sun. AE, MC, V. $$$

Doc’s Steakhouse

63 Putnam St., Saratoga Springs, 581-7011. Soups, steaks, seafood and a salad bar comprise the simple menu. Sirloin, porterhouse, prime rib, tenderloin—you’ll find your favorite cut and they’ll cook it to your liking. Save room for the massive desserts. Full bar. Serving dinner 5-10 Sun-Thu, 5-11 Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

DP an American Brasserie

25 Chapel St., Albany, 436-7747, dpbrasserie.com. Yono’s sister restaurant is an American brasserie with 18-foot ceilings and plentiful natural light, featuring Chef Yono’s inventive takes on traditional favorites. Full bar with more than 50 wines, on- and off- premises catering, takeout. Reservations recommended. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Fri, 5:30-11 Sat. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V, ATM. $$

Duncan’s Dairy Bar

890 Hoosick Road, Brunswick, 279-9985. Homemade bread and muffins, eggs any way you wish, fresh soup, Reubens, hot open-faced turkey sandwiches with gravy, roast beef and baked ham. Great coffee and homemade pies, too. No alcohol. Serving 4 AM-2 PM Mon-Fri, 3 AM-2 PM Sat-Sun. Cash only. $

The Egremont Inn

10 Old Sheffield Road, South Egremont, Mass., (413) 528-2111. This charming, 18th-century country inn features an elegant dining room overlooking Karner Brook. The menu changes frequently to highlight seasonal local ingredients. Signature dishes include Angus strip steak, and fresh fish; desserts and baked goods are made from scratch. Wine Spectator award-winning wine list. A more casual menu is available in the tavern. Full bar, on-premises catering. Serving 5:30-9:30 Wed- Sat, 5-9 Sun. Closed Mon-Tue. AE, MC, V. $$$$

The Factory Eatery & Spirits

20 Prospect St., Ballston Spa, 885-0500. A restored factory building gives the name; follow that theme through a first shift of burgers and wings, fried chicken or fish and chips for the second. Reubens, ribs, good soups and a lively bar are also part of the appeal. Frequent entertainment. Serving breakfast 8-11 Mon-Fri, 8-1 Sat-Sun, lunch and dinner 11 AM-midnight daily. MC, V. $$

Ferris Restaurant

2612 Guilderland Ave., Rotterdam, 382-9329. Featuring daily specials, homemade soups and chowder, steak, seafood, burgers and wings. Serving 4-10 Mon-Wed, 11-11 Thu-Fri, 4-11 Sat. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

Firefly

71 Church St., Lenox, Mass., (413) 637-2700. Creative American cuisine with Asian and Spanish specialties served in a renovated dining room with a mahogany bar on Lenox’s chic Church Street. Homemade desserts. Full bar, on- and off-premises catering, takeout available. Reservations recommended. Serving dinner daily 5-close; bar with tapas menu open later. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$

Fortunes at Saratoga Gaming & Raceway

Saratoga Gaming and Raceway, Crescent Avenue, Saratoga Springs, 581-5790, saratogagamingandrace way.com. Fortunes offers a unique dining experience while overlooking the excitement of live harness racing. The varying menu features American cuisine with an extensive a la carte menu and impressive Prime Rib buffet. Serving 5-10 Thu-Sat. Full bar, on-premises catering. AE, MC, V, ATM. $$$.

Four Corners Luncheonette

2 Grove St., Delmar, 439-0172. An old-fashioned eatery with counter seating, booths and tables. The menu features a blend of diner fare and fancier stuff. Dinner offerings get into more ambitious dishes with a contemporary American touch. Takeout available. Serving breakfast 7-11:30 Mon-Sat, 7-1 Sun, lunch 11:30-2:30 Mon-Sat, dinner 5-8 Tue-Sat. AE, D, MC, V, personal checks. $$

Friends Lake Inn

963 Friends Lake Road, Chestertown, 494-4751. This rustic inn is set against the backdrop of the Adirondacks, but you needn’t be an overnight guest to enjoy a meal from the menu of eclectic American regional cuisine. Complement your dinner with one or more than 20,000 bottles of wine from the wine cellar. Full bar, on/off- premises catering. Serving dinner 5:30-9 Mon-Sat, 5-8:30 Sun. AE, CB, DC, MC, V. $$$$

Gaffney’s

16 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 587-7359. Casual gourmet dining with lots of variety; favorite dishes include filet mignon, chicken cavatappi and shrimp etouffee. Full bar, on/off-premises catering. Takeout available. Serving dinner 5-9:30 Sun-Mon, 5-10:30 Tue-Thu, 5-11 Fri-Sat. Reservations not accepted. AE, MC, V. $$$

George Mann Tory Tavern

Routes 30 and 443, Schoharie, 295-7128. A Revolutionary War-era house serving French-inspired American fare. Menu changes daily. Catering on premises for parties up to 30. Reservations recommended. Serving dinner 5-9 Wed-Sat, 1-7 Sun. Closed Mon-Tue. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$

Good Fellas Bar and Restaurant

15 Watervliet Ave., Albany, 438-0069. Specializing in pizza, wings, and Italian lunches and dinners. Full bar, takeout and delivery available. Serving. 11 AM-4 AM daily. AE, D, MC, V. $

Grandma’s Country Restaurant

1273 Central Ave., Colonie, 459-4585, grandmascc.com. A comfortable family restaurant with a cozy country interior. Come hungry and enjoy generous helpings of tasty, home-cooked foods from lasagna to roast chicken to huge chef salads. Try the homemade cream of turkey soup; they make over 15,000 quarts per year. Breakfast menu includes the Belgian waffle with fresh strawberries. Daily specials, light menu available. No matter what you eat, save room for a slice of Grandma’s legendary pie. Beer and wine. Takeout available. Serving 6 AM-11 PM daily. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $

Graney’s

275 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 453-3299. Pub fare as well as Italian favorites. Also, steamers and fall-off-the-bone ribs. Full bar, takeout available. Serving lunch and dinner 11:30 AM-4 AM daily; happy hour daily 4-6. AE, D, MC, V. $

The Grey Gelding Bistro & Bar

423 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 584-0957, greygelding.com. Specializing in new American cuisine with Cajun, Californian and Tuscan influences. Dine on signature dishes as the pecan-encrusted salmon with a mango mojo pesto sauce. Extensive wine list with an emphasis on small vineyards from around the world. 2007 Wine Spectator award winner. Full bar, on/off-premises catering. Serving lunch 11:30-2:30 Wed-Sat, dinner 5:30-10 Wed-Mon. Closed Tuesday. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

Hattie’s

45 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 584-4790, hattiesrestaurant.com. Serving authentic Southern and Louisiana cuisine since 1938. Come for the famous fried chicken and biscuits, or try specialties like the fresh fish of the day and Creole jambalaya. Full bar, takeout available, private parties. Serving dinner 5-10 PM Wed-Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

Hildreth’s

251 N. Main St., Mechanicville, 664-8511. Home-style cooking and homemade desserts. Full bar, on/off-premises catering. Takeout available. Serving 11-9 Wed-Fri; 4-9 Tue, Sat-Sun. Closed Mon. AE, D, MC, V. $

Holmes & Watson

450 Broadway, Troy, 273-8526. The menu boasts lots of homemade soups and salads, chili, wings, unusual sandwiches, charbroiled burgers and complete dinners from pasta to seafood to steaks. Daily lunch and dinner specials. More than 100 selections of beer, ale and stout—24 on tap. Full bar, banquet facilities, 250 seats on two floors. Serving from 11 AM daily. Reservations suggested for larger parties and Fri-Sat nights. AE, DC, MC, V. $$

Hooters

Crossgates Mall, 862-9000. This original beach-theme restaurant offers a little slice of Florida, right here in New York. Pub-style fare is the mainstay—burgers, wings, sandwiches, seafood, salads and more. Plenty of televisions for the sports-minded. Beer and wine. Takeout available. On/off-premises catering. Serving 11 AM-midnight Mon-Thu, 11 AM-1 AM Fri-Sat, noon-10 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$

Horseshoe Inn Bar & Grill

1 Gridley St., Saratoga Springs, 587-4909. Menu features steak, smoked ribs, seafood, pasta and Italian-American specialties. There’s also a pub menu. Daily specials. Full bar, banquet facilities, takeout available. Casual attire. Serving 4-midnight Mon-Fri; 9 AM-midnight Sat-Sun. Reservations recommended. AE, MC, V. $$

Houlihan’s

Crossgates Mall (lower level, near Filene’s), 869-8077. Casual dining with an extensive menu offering something for everyone: soups and salads, finger-food appetizers, pasta, fish, stir-fry, barbecued baby-back ribs, burgers and more. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving 11-11 Mon-Thu, 11 AM-midnight Fri-Sat, 11-10 Sun. Bar open till 1 AM Fri-Sat. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

Hungry Trout Restaurant

Route 86, Wilmington, (800) 766-9137. Fresh trout, venison, seafood and steaks. Incredible views of the Adirondack mountains and the lighted waterfalls of the Au Sable River. Full bar. Serving dinner 5-10 daily. AE, D, MC, V, personal checks. $$$$

The Irish Mist

285 2nd St., Troy, 266-8915. American bistro featuring steak, seafood and pasta. Full bar, on/off-premises catering, takeout. Serving dinner from 4 PM Tue-Sun; Sun brunch 11-2. AE, D, MC, V. $$

Jack’s Oyster House

42 State St., Albany, 465-8854. Albany’s dining landmark since 1913 is now in its third generation of family ownership, and now boasts the area’s only certified master chef. Savor seafood specials, steaks, veal or poultry in a classic setting. Full bar, banquet facilities, on- and off-premises catering. Free parking. Serving 11:30-10 daily. Open 365 days a year—366 for leap year. Reservations suggested, especially on weekends and holidays. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

Jacks Grill

Main Street, Housatonic, Mass., (413) 274-1000, jacksgrill.com. Amid retro-American décor of antiques, old toys and other bric-a-brac, feast on old-fashioned comfort food such as pot roast, chicken pot pie, meat loaf and mashed potatoes, burgers and sandwiches. For dessert, try the homemade chocolate pudding, Toll House cookies or—no joke—red Jell-O. “A good meal at a good price” is the Jacks motto, and nothing backs that up like the family-style dinner for four. Full bar. Reservations recommended. Serving 5-8 Wed-Fri, 5-9:30 Sat, 3-8 Sun; brunch Sun 10-3. Closed for season on Oct. 31; reopening Mother’s Day. AE, MC, V. $$

Jessica Stone’s

738 New Loudon Road (Route 9), Latham, 785-8536. Extensive menu featuring tavern favorites such as sandwiches, burgers, wings and more. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving noon-4 AM daily. Happy hour 5-7 Mon-Fri. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $

Jillian’s

59 N. Pearl St., Albany, 432-1997. American casual dining is available in the Capital Region’s shiny “eatertainment” establishment. The menu features everything from finger food to full meals with a gourmet flair. Lots of big-screen TVs, plenty of pool tables and a hyperactive video-arcade. On-premises catering for up to 800. Takeout available. Serving 11 AM-midnight Mon-Thu; 11 AM-3 AM Fri-Sat; noon-midnight Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

John Andrew’s Restaurant

Route 23 and Blunt Road, South Egremont, Mass., (413) 528-3469, jarestaurant.com. Attention to detail marks the fine dining at this Berkshire hideaway, where the view is pleasant and the food reflects the eclectic taste of owner Dan Smith. Inventive entrées include sautéed duck breast with duck confit; try the $25 prix fixe dinner on Thursdays. Full bar, on- and off-premises catering, small private parties. Serving dinner 5-9 Sun-Tue, Thu, 5-10 Fri-Sat. Closed Wed. AE, MC, V. $$$$

J.T. Maxies

240 Wolf Road, Colonie, 435-1551. Just the place if you crave a burger at 3 AM. The main tavern menu features such favorites as fresh soup and salads, burgers and wings, all available until 3:30 AM. Full bar, accommodations for small parties. Takeout available. Serving 11 AM-3:30 AM daily. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $

Justin’s

301 Lark St., Albany, 436-7008, justinsonlark.com. Look for some offbeat ethnic dishes such as jerk chicken on an inventive, often-changing menu at this newly refurbished Albany institution. Full bar and on-premises catering for small parties. Takeout available. Serving lunch 11:30-4 Mon-Sat; dinner 5-10 Sun-Thu, 5-10:30 Fri-Sat; brunch 11-4 Sat-Sun; café menu until 1 AM nightly. Reservations suggested. AE, MC, V. $$$

Katie O’Byrne’s

121 Wall St., Schenectady, 395-5999, katieobyrnes.com. Cozy establishment serving American cuisine with an Irish flair. Full bar, takeout available. Serving 11:30-9 Mon-Fri, 12:30-9 Sat, 12:30-9 Sun; late-night menu until midnight nightly. AE, ATM, D, MC, V. $$

Kirker’s Steak and Seafood

959 New Loudon Road (Route 9) Latham, 785-3653. The steaks include tenderloin, prime rib and New York strip, but don’t limit yourself. Try the crabmeat lobster tails. Full bar, on-premises catering and banquet facilities for up to 45. Takeout and gift certificates available. Serving lunch 11:30-3 Mon-Fri; dinner 4-10 Mon-Sat, 1-8 Sun. Reservations suggested. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

Lake Ridge

35 Burlington Ave., Round Lake, 899-6000, lake-ridge.com. Fine dining for a reasonable cost in historic Round Lake. Cozy atmosphere with three dining rooms, two fireplaces, and a new ballroom. Menu includes steaks, veal, seafood and pasta; many fresh takes on old favorites. Private banquet facilities for up to 35. Beer, wine and liquor. Takeout available. Serving lunch 11:30-2:30 Tue-Sat; dinner 4:30-8:45 Tue-Sat, 3-8 Sun. AE, MC, V. $$$$

Lakeview Inn

Main Street (Route 43), Averill Park, 674-3363. Barbecue ribs, seafood, pastas, fish specials and many other homemade dishes. Full bar, banquet facilities. Takeout available. Serving 11:30-10; tavern menu until 11 PM. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

Lanie’s Café

471 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville, 438-5005. Serving everything from wings and pizza to prime rib and fresh fish, with an emphasis on fresh seafood. Full bar. Off-premises catering. Takeout available. Serving 11-midnight Mon-Thu, 11 AM-2 AM Fri-Sat. D, DC, MC, V. $$

Lighthouse

356 Northern Blvd., Albany, 463-2296. Serving gourmet dinner specials and a wide variety of appetizers and pub fare. Full bar. On/off premises catering. Take out available. 11-11 Mon-Fri, 3-11 Sat-Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$

Lillian’s

408 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 587-7766. Nightly seafood specials include baked stuffed shrimp and broiled catch of the day; also aged, cut-on-premises steaks, sliced sirloin and pasta dishes. Light menu available. Full bar and banquet facilities. Serving lunch 11:30-4 Mon-Sat, dinner 5-10 Mon-Thu, 5-11 Fri-Sat; lunch and dinner noon-9 Sun. Reservations welcome. AE, MC, V. $$$$

The Lodge

10 Troy Road, East Greenbush, 477-9881. Five-acre clambake grove. Enjoy barbecue ribs, chicken, pulled pork and brisket. You will also find prime rib and king-crab legs as Saturday specials. Children’s menu. Full bar, on/off-premises catering and takeout. Serving 11-10 Mon-Fri, noon-10 Sat, noon-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$

Log Jam Restaurant

Routes 9 and 149, Lake George, 798-1155, logjamrestaurant.com. Adirondack hospitality and charm are served up along with prime rib, fresh fish, chicken, pork and seafood, and a salad bar worth walking to. Full bar. Reservations accepted. Serving 5-9 Mon-Thu, 5-9:30 Fri-Sat, 4:30-9 Sun. Lunch 11:30-2:30 daily. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$

Londonderry Café

Stuyvesant Plaza, Guilderland, 489-4288. Exciting fine-dining menu features pasta, chicken and seafood dishes. Cappuccino, beer and wine by the glass. On/off-premises catering. Serving 11-9 Mon-Sat; brunch 10:30-3 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

Longfellow’s Hotel & Restaurant

500 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, 587-0108, longfellows.com. Situated in an old country estate built in the late 1800s, the inn prides itself on its warm and relaxing dining ambience. The menu of American and mesquite offerings includes an array of steaks, bourbon-glazed salmon, fresh pastas and pan-roasted garlic shrimp. Full bar, on-premises catering. Serving 5-10 Mon-Thu, 5-11 Fri-Sat, 4-9 Sun; tavern menu available one hour later nightly. Happy hour 4-7 PM Mon-Fri. Takeout available. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$

Magnolias on the Park

462 Madison Ave., Albany, 449-2492. Specializing in dishes originating from the Southeast and served with a side of Southern hospitality. Menu includes fried chicken, catfish, BBQ ribs, pulled pork, biscuits and cornbread. Sidewalk cafe with a view of Washington Park. Serving dinner 5-close Tue-Sun; Sun brunch 10-2. Closed Mon. Reservations recommended. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

Malt River

Latham Circle Mall, Latham, 786-6258. A popular spot featuring regional American cuisine, from salads to steaks. Try one of the 26 international draft or 30 bottled beers. Check out our new private VIP room! Full bar, take-out available. Serving 11:30-10 Mon, 11:30-11 Tue-Thu, 11:30 AM-midnight Fri, noon-midnight Sat, noon-10 Sun. Bar open later. Reservations accepted. Catering available for parties large and small. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

Manory’s

Fourth and Congress streets, Troy, 272-2422. Troy’s oldest restaurant has been open since 1913. Menu features breakfast all day, gourmet deli sandwiches, burgers, wraps, appetizers, salads, homemade soups and desserts. Serving 6:30 AM-5 PM daily. AE, D, MC, V. $

The Market

Albany Marriott, 189 Wolf Road, Colonie, 458-8444. The casual-dining menu includes soups, salads and burgers as well as full-course dinners. Full bar, catering and banquet facilities. Serving breakfast 6:30-11 Mon-Fri, 7-11 Sat, 7-noon Sun; lunch 11-2 Mon-Sat; dinner 5-10 daily. Reservations suggested for parties over five. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

Martel’s at OTB

711 Central Ave., Albany, 459-2650. Live, televised horseracing with fine food and spirits. Banquet facilities with seating capacity of more than 600. Full bar. Serving 11-11 Mon-Sat (kitchen closes at 9 PM Mon-Thu; 10 PM Fri-Sat), 11 AM-7 PM Sun. AE, MC, V. $$

Martin’s

49 Railroad St., Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 528-5455. On trendy Railroad Street, a cheery, unpretentious breakfast-and-lunch joint serving comfort food that effortlessly blends old-fashioned American standards with more updated fare like eggs Florentine, soybean vegetable stew and sandwiches featuring grilled eggplant, avocado, brie and the like. Breakfast served until closing. Takeout available. Serving 6 AM-3 PM daily. Cash only. $

McGuire’s

353 State St., Albany, 463-2100. Chef Andrew Plummer continues at this Center Square hot spot serving Asian-inflected progressive American cuisine in a city grill atmosphere. The menu changes seasonally, but look for inventive fare like grilled kangaroo, wok-seared tuna with mustard soy vinaigrette, grilled venison, and Allegro sea bass with ginger lime butter. Many exotic specials. Full bar. Reservations suggested. Valet parking Tue-Sat. Serving dinner 5-9:30 Mon-Thu, 5-10 Fri-Sat; closed Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$

Meadowgreen’s

1238 Route 9H, Ghent, 828-0663. A family place featuring lunch, dinner and late-night snacks. Serving a variety of sandwiches and early-bird specials, as well as frequent Friday and Saturday buffet specials and Sunday champagne brunch buffet (11:30-2). Full bar, catering, banquet facilities. Serving 9 AM-10 PM daily. Reservations suggested for special-event days. AE, D, MC, V. $$

Montcalm Restaurant

Route 9 (at Exit 20 off I-87), Lake George, 793-6601. Steaks, seafood and friendly service in a family-run restaurant that’s been going for nearly half a century. Prime rib is a specialty; small “café specialties” also are available. Serving lunch daily 11:45-2:30; dinner Mon-Thu 5-9, Fri-Sat 5-9:30, Sun 11:45-9. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

Morrette’s King Steak House

1126 Erie Blvd., Schenectady, 370-0555. Offering their famous oversized steak sandwiches since 1947, with a variety of other choices. Informal dining. Beer available. Small parties up to 25 guests. Serving 11-9 Mon-Thu, Sat; 11-10 Fri. Closed Sun. MC, V. $

New World Home Cooking Co.

1411 Route 212, Saugerties, (845) 246-0900, newworldhomecooking .com. Big, bold flavors in Global Heritage cuisine, featuring free-range meats, regional products and many vegetarian choices. Ric Orlando’s jerk chicken and Thai green curry never tasted better. Kids menu. Large parties welcome. Takeout available. Banquet facilities. On/off-premises catering. Reservations recommended. Serving dinner Mon-Sat 5-11, Sun 4-10. AE, DC, MC, V. $$$

Newest Lunch Bar and Grill

1925 Curry Road, Schenectady, 355-7777. A casual and comfortable environment with something for everyone; a Schenectady tradition since 1921. Famous for their hot dogs with meat sauce, and check out the new menu! Full bar. Takeout available. 11-9:30 Mon-Sat; closed Sun. AE, MC, V. $$

The Old Mill

Route 23, South Egremont, Mass., (413) 528-1421. Dine in the rustic elegance of a converted 18th-century grist mill. Fresh fish, steaks and pastas are among the specialties; enjoy a cocktail or after-dinner drink in the cozy bar. Reservations accepted for parties of five and larger. Full bar. Serving dinner 5-9:30 Sun-Thu; 5-10 Fri-Sat. AE, DC, MC, V. $$$$

Olde Bryan Inn

123 Maple Ave., Saratoga Springs, 587-2990, oldebryaninn.com. Rustic and roomy, with traditional specials and lighter fare. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving 11-10 Sun-Thu, 11-11 Fri-Sat. Bar open until midnight Fri-Sat. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

One Caroline Street Bistro

1 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 587-2026. Continental, regional American and fusion fare, all prepared to order with the freshest of ingredients, including local organic produce and free-range meats. Lighter fare includes soups and salads, along with a full appetizer menu. The dinner menu offers entrées such as sticky chicken with dirty rice and traditional jambalaya. Homemade desserts a specialty. This restaurant’s wine list won the 2004-05 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Full bar. On/off premises catering. Serving dinner from 5-9 Mon-Thu, 5-10 Fri-Sat. Bar open later. Closed Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$

One One One

111 Main St., Greenwich, 692-8016. A top-notch eatery in Greenwich’s attractive downtown, where the kitchen does wonderful things with farm-fresh locally grown organic produce and other ingredients. A full bar is also available. Serving dinner 5-9 Wed-Sun. AE, MC, V. $$$

Orchard Tavern

68 N. Manning Blvd., Albany, 482-5677. This casual full-service restaurant with a family atmosphere serves up award-winning pizza along with an extensive menu, all in a century-old tavern. Banquet facilities and private outdoor patio. Takeout available, lunch delivery. Serving 11:30-close Mon-Sat, 4-close Sun. Reservations are accepted for large groups only. AE, D, MC, V. $

O’Toole’s Restaurant Pub

Kohl’s Plaza, Colonie, 464-1200; Quaker Plaza, Queensbury, 793-3389. The menus at both locations feature lots of American classics, including ribs, steaks and chicken, as well as Mexican dishes. $2 off appetizer menu 9-11 daily. Rotating dinner specials daily. Full bar. On-premises catering for small parties. Reservations accepted. Serving 11:30-11 Sun-Thu, 11:30-midnight Fri-Sat, noon-11 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$

The Owl at Twilight

1123 County Route 29, Olmstedville, 251-4696. Tucked way up in a corner of Olmstedville, on the way to Lake Placid, this is a fine-dining restaurant with an American-fusion bent. Mussels steamed in a habanero and tequila broth; pork tenderloin roasted with a garlic and cilantro adobo—that gives you a taste of the menu. Full bar. Serving Fri-Sat 5-close. AE, MC, V. $$$$

Palmer House Café

1462 Main St., Rensselaerville, 797-3449. A country village restaurant with a menu that changes weekly and highlights fresh vegetables and herbs, as well as elegant pastries. Full bar, on/off-premises catering. Dinner 5-close Thu-Sun, brunch 11-3 Sun. Closed Mon-Wed. Reservations suggested. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

Pangaea

1-3 Prospect St., North Bennington, Vt., (802) 442-7171. Offering a contemporary American menu. Separate lounge offers lower-priced menu items. Large outdoor terrace. Fine wine selection and full bar. Off-premises catering and takeout available. Serving 5 PM-close Tue-Sat in the fine-dining area; 5 PM-close seven days a week in the lounge. AE, MC, V. $$$$

Panoramic Steakhouse at the Georgian Resort

384 Canada St., Lake George, 668-5401. In a beautiful setting overlooking Lake George, dine on steak specials, roast prime rib, pecan-encrusted trout and chicken marsala. Full bar, on-premises catering. Serving 5-10 daily. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$

Parisi’s Steakhouse

11 N. Broadway, Schenectady, 374-0100. Italian-American cuisine served within a casual contemporary décor. Featuring steaks, cut to order, as well as seafood and pasta dishes. Try the signature dish, chateaubriand. Reservations suggested. Full bar; takeout available. Serving lunch 11:30-4 Tue-Fri; dinner 4-close Tue-Sat. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$

Park 54

54 Clifton Country Road, Clifton Park, 688-1548. Chef Mike Pietrocola and his wife Deena have redecorated the place, so it’s much more comfortable. The menu offers contemporary American cuisine; nice formal dining in the land of chain restaurants. Full bar, wine list. Outdoor deck is open. Serving lunch 11:30-2 Wed-Fri, dinner 5-10 Tue-Sat, 1-5 Sun. AE, MC, V. $$$$

Pearl’s

47 Railroad St., Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 528-7767, pearlsrestaurant.com. Classic American fare simply prepared; plenty of steaks, fish and game, with signature dishes ranging from venison to fried chicken to tuna tartare. Full bar with an extensive wine list. Serving dinner 5-10 Sun-Thu, 5-11 Fri-Sat; brunch 11-3 Sun. AE, MC, V. $$$$

Pepper Jack’s Sandwich Creations

217 Western Ave., Albany, 426-5505. A unique breakfast, lunch and dinner restaurant located in the middle of Albany. Offering authentic Philly cheesesteaks, sandwich wraps and more. Off-premises catering and takeout available. 9 AM-midnight Mon-Sat, 9 AM-10 PM Sun. AE, MC, V. $

Pinto and Hobbs

State and Dove streets, Albany, 426-4900. Classic pub food featuring burgers, wraps, wings, sandwiches; dinner entrees after 5 PM. Patio seating. Full bar and banquet facilities. Takeout available. Serving regular menu 11:30-10 Mon-Sat; late-night pub food Thu-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $$

Primo’s Restaurant at The Inn at Saratoga

231 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 583-1890. American fine dining is offered at a cozy Victorian inn. Bistro menu available. Full bar, catering and banquet facilities for up to 110. Serving dinner 5-9 Sun-Thu, 5-10 Fri-Sat. Reservations suggested. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$

The Publik House Pub and Restaurant

Routes 9 and 9P, Malta, 587-7479. On first glance at the menu, this seems like a pizza place, but then you discover there’s a full-fledged selection of entrées among the pasta and calzones. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving 11 AM-11:30 PM Sun-Thu, 11 AM-12:30 AM Fri-Sat. Serving pasta until 9:30, full menu until 11. AE, MC, V. $

Purple Pub

2 Cohoes Road, Watervliet, 273-9646. American and Italian offerings abound, including lasagna, seafood, veal and peppers, prime rib and Mexican pizza. Specials daily. Renowned pizza. Full bar. Takeout and delivery available. Serving 11-10 Tue-Thu, 11-11 Fri-Sat, 4-9 Sun. Closed Mon. AE, D, MC, V. $

Raindancer Restaurant

4582 Route 30, Amsterdam, 842-2606. The steaks are delicious and the portions are huge at this area favorite. Dinners include all the trips you care to make to the salad bar, and the menu also offers a standard array of chicken, seafood and pasta-based dishes. Also serving a light fare menu all day. Mon-Sat 11:30-10, Sun 12:30-8. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$

Randy’s at the Dovegate Inn

184 Broad St., Schuylerville, 695-6095, dovegateinn.com. Enjoy casual dining and a traditional American menu, featuring steak, chicken and seafood, including lobster ravioli. In addition, a lighter bistro menu is available. Lunch includes such fare as salads, deli-style sandwiches and quiche. On-premises catering for parties of 20 and less. Takeout available. Serving lunch noon-3 Fri-Sat, dinner 5-9 Wed-Sat, dinner 4-8 PM Sun. Reservations suggested. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

Recovery Room Sports Grill

62 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 396-3800, recoveryroomsportsgrill.com. Full menu, from appetizers to steaks, ribs, seafood, chicken and pasta. Also soups, salads, burgers and desserts. Local sports memorabilia sets the mood. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving 11 AM-midnight daily. AE, D, MC, V. $

Red Dot

321 Warren St., Hudson, 828-3657. A casual, friendly, world-inspired bistro in the heart of Hudson’s art and antiques district. The menu features authentic Belgian frites, mussels, fish and chips, burgers and daily specials. Full bar, garden dining. Serving 5-10 Wed-Sat, 5-9 Sun; Sat-Sun brunch 11-3. Closed Mon-Tue. MC, V. $$$

The Ripe Tomato American Grill

Routes 9 and 9P, Malta, 581-1530, ripetomato.com. Affordable four-star dining in this Italian-American grill. Try the award-winning shrimp-and-scallop bisque. Specials daily. Full bar. Takeout available. Reservations recommended. Serving 11-10 Mon-Thu, 11-11 Fri-Sat, 10-10 Sun (brunch 10-2). Skidmore student meal cards accepted. AE, DC, MC, V. $$

Rose and Kettle

4 Lancaster St., Cherry Valley, (607) 264-3078. Dine in a hundred-year-old farmhouse in the midst of a historic, storybook village and enjoy a creative, always-changing menu of items crafted from fresh, local ingredients. Chef Clement Coleman prepares a bourbon-enhanced hangar steak au poivre, lamb and pork sausage from locally raised meat, and much more. Wine list. Serving dinner 5-9 Fri-Sun. AE, MC, V. $$$

Ruby Tuesday

Crossgates Mall, Guilderland, 452-1352; Wilton Mall, 583-2213. Both locations feature a wide selection of menu items, from chicken to ribs to half-pound burgers. If you’re not into meat, try the pasta or the extensive salad bar. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving 11-11 Mon-Thu, 11 AM-midnight Fri-Sat, 11-10 Sun. Call-ahead seating available Mon-Thu. AE, D, MC, V. $

Salty’s Pub & Bistro

Country Dollar Shopping Plaza, Guideboard Road, Halfmoon, 371-1120 or 371-1694. This casual neighborhood eatery boasts some of the freshest seafood in the Capital Region. The restaurant features a 50-foot oyster bar, a stunning array of seafood, and a pasta and vegetarian menu as well. Owner John D. Marzilli, former chef of the Albany Marriott, welcomes one and all to experience his “fresh” cuisine. Full bar. Banquet facilities. Takeout available. Serving 11-9 Mon-Thu, 11-10 Fri-Sat, 4-9 PM Sun. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$

Santino’s

183 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham, 220-9900. Large menu featuring burgers, salads, seafood, Italian entrees. Outdoor deck. Full bar, on- and off-premises catering, takeout. Serving 4-close, Tue-Sat. AE, ATM, D, DC, MC, V. $$

Saratoga Rose Inn & Restaurant

4136 Rockwell St., Hadley, 696-2861, saratogarose.com. This 1885 Queen Anne Victorian inn is run by executive chef Richard Ferrugio. Fall/winter menu features Ligurian loin of pork with cannellini beans, garlic, and fresh sage. Featuring harvest chicken with apples, cranberries and dry cherries, and filet of beef portueguesa with pancetta, garlic and red wine. Homemade pastas and desserts. Extensive wine list. Reservations recommended. Serving Thu-Sat 5-8:30, Sunday 4-7. AE, D, MC, V, personal checks, ATM. $$$

Sargo’s at Saratoga National Golf Club

458 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, 583-4653, fax: 226-0698. Chef Peter Siconolsi creates progressive regional American cuisine with an ever-changing menu utilizing fresh, local ingredients. House specialties include roasted Maine lobster, char-grilled ostrich filet, and the seared Chilean sea bass with lobster risotto. Also, new simply grilled menu. Extensive wine list and desserts made on the premises. Full bar, banquet facilities and catering available. Outdoor terrace. Serving dinner 5-10 Mon-Sat, lunch 11-3 Mon-Sat; grill menu 3-9 daily; brunch 10-2 Sun. AE, CB, MC, V. $$$$

Savannah’s

1 S. Pearl St., Albany, 426-9647. Soups, large salads and seafood jambalaya are available, as well as pasta, stir-fries and quiche. Full bar open late. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Thu, 11:30 AM-midnight Fri, 7 PM-midnight Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $$

Scarboroughs

1434 Altamont Ave., Schenectady, 355-9924. Eclectic American menu offering everything from dinners to light fare. Homemade soups, burgers, wings, and authentic regional items from around the country. Full bar, on-premises catering, takeout available. Daily lunch and dinner specials. Serving 11:30-11 Mon-Thu, 11:30 AM-midnight Fri-Sat, noon-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$

The Silo

537 Aviation Road, Queensbury, 798-1900. Serving hearty country-style breakfast and lunch. Breakfast served until 3 PM. Lunch features homemade soups, breads, overstuffed sandwiches, pies and other tasty desserts. Open year round. Serving 7-3 daily. AE, D, MC, V. $

Simpson’s

The Desmond, 660 Albany Shaker Road, Albany, 640-6094, desmondhotels.com. The Des mond’s casual restaurant, with grilled swordfish, chicken teriyaki and a selection of salads as well as wine by the glass. Full bar. Serving 6:30 AM-10 PM Mon-Thu, 6:30 AM-midnight Fri-Sat, 7-10 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

The South End Tavern

757 Burden Ave., Troy, 272-9661. A friendly haven of comfort food that’s been a South Troy mainstay since 1934. Daily specials include Monday baked ham, Tuesday meat loaf, Wednesday roast beef, Thursday corned beef and cabbage. For a special treat on Fridays try the scallops, haddock and shrimp, and on Saturday the prime rib. Full bar. Serving 11-11 Mon-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $

Spice

297 North St., Pittsfield, Mass., (413) 443-1234, spice-restaurant.com. Traditional and contemporary American food with a twist. Full bar, banquet facilities, takeout, children’s menu. Reservations recommended. Serving 5-10 Mon-Sat, 5-9 Sunday. Bar menu available until 11 Mon-Thu, 11:30 Fri-Sat. AE, MC, V. $$$$

Stadium Café

389 Broadway (Route 9) Saratoga Springs, 226-4437. A family friendly sports bar with a menu featuring baby-back ribs, crab cakes, pastas, wraps and salads. Full bar; takeout available. Serving Mon-Thu 11:30-11, Fri-Sat 11 AM-midnight, Sun 11-10. AE, D, MC, V. $$

Stockade Inn

1 N. Church St., Schenectady, 346-3400. Schenectady’s newest banquet facility and fine-dining inn welcomes wedding receptions, and is happy to provide full accommodations to its overnight guests. Full bar and banquet facilities. Serving 5-9 Tue-Sat, brunch 10-2 Sun. AE, DC, MC, V, D. $$$$

Sutton’s Marketplace Café

1066 Route 9, Queensbury, 798-1188 ext. 2. A casual eatery located in a country store that sells everything from baked goods to gifts to toys. Menu offers a wide variety of breakfast and lunch options, prepared with the freshest ingredients. Children’s menu available. Serving 7:30 AM-3 PM Mon-Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $

Teagan’s Steak and Seafood Restaurant

360 Columbia Turnpike (Route 20), East Greenbush, 477-9909. Friendly neighborhood all-around good-food place, with a Continental menu featuring steak, seafood and pasta. Full bar, banquet facilities. Serving lunch 11-4 Mon-Fri, dinner 4-10 Mon-Sat, 2-9 Sun. AE, MC, V. $$

Terminal Tavern

774 Pawling Ave., Troy, 283-8376. Full pub menu. Full bar. Takeout available. 8 AM-4 AM Mon-Sat; noon-2 AM Sun. Cash only. $

Tess’ Lark Tavern

453 Madison Ave., Albany, 463-9779. The menu features favorites from steak to burgers to chicken parmesan to chicken wings. Homemade selections include the mac & cheese poppers, French fries, authentic beans and greens, spaghetti and meatballs, panini sandwiches and a variety of desserts. Fresh fish daily. Wine by the bottle or glass; 17 draft beers and more than 40 bottled selections. Full bar, on/off premises catering. Takeout available. Serving 11 AM-close Mon-Sat, noon-close Sun. AE, MC, V. $

TGI Friday’s

Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany, 489-1661; 1 Southside Drive, Clifton Park, 383-7148. Old posters and found art decorate the walls; the glossy menu boasts a variety of steaks and burgers, their famous “Jack Daniels sauce,” pasta dishes and finger food. Full bar. Stuyvesant Plaza: Serving 11 AM-12:30 AM Sun-Wed, 11 AM-1 AM Thu-Sat. Clifton Park: Serving 9 AM-midnight daily. Bars stay open a half hour after the kitchens. AE, D, MC, V. $$

TJ’s Café

1133 Central Ave., Colonie, 438-7457. Featuring a wide range of homemade food, from burgers, wings and sandwiches to dinner entrées such as prime rib, shrimp scampi and chicken parmesan. Try the San Antonio-style chicken for a great flavor combo. Full late-night menu. Takeout available. Serving 11 AM-midnight Mon-Thu, 11 AM-1 AM Fri-Sat, noon-10 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$

Tosca Grille

200 Broadway, Troy, 272-3013, toscagrille.com. This upscale restaurant located in downtown Troy’s historic Hendrick Hudson Building features innovative regional American cuisine with a strong French foundation. Opera-themed décor enhanced by maho gany walls and tortoise-glass chandeliers. Full bar, on- and off-premises catering. Reservations recommended. Serving dinner 5-close Mon-Sat, brunch 10-2 Sunday. AE, MC, V. $$$$

Turf House Grill

Holiday Inn Turf, 205 Wolf Road, Colonie, 458-7250 ext 432, turfhotels.com. Menu includes chicken, seafood, fish and steaks. Banquet facilities. Serving a luncheon buffet 11:30-2 Tue-Fri; dinner 5-10 daily; prime rib buffet 5-10 Sat; Sun brunch 10:30-2. Reservations suggested. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

Turf Tavern

40 Mohawk Ave., Scotia, 393-3344, turftavern.com. Upscale restaurant with a comfortable atmosphere featuring gourmet cuisine and seasonal specials. Full bar, banquet facilities, on/off-premises catering. Serving lunch 11:30-1:30 PM Tue-Fri; dinner 5-8 PM Tue-Fri, 5-10 PM Sat; 11:30 AM-8 PM Sun. Reservations recommended. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

Tuscan’s Grill

Parkwood Plaza, Route 9, Clifton Park, 371-5672. A chophouse with Italian flavor offering a comfortable dining experience. Daily seafood specials, great pasta dishes and a superb house marinara. More than 120 diverse menu items. Full bar; banquet and catering facilities. Takeout available. Try the $10 dinner specials on Sunday and Monday. Serving lunch 11:30-2:30 Mon-Sat; dinner 4-9 Sun-Wed, 4-9:30 Thu, 4-10:30 Fri-Sat. AE, MC, V, D. $$$

Uno Chicago Grill

Crossgates Mall, Guilderland, 869-3100; 601 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham, 782-7166, unos.com. Chicago-style deep-dish pizza, as well as salads, ribs, steaks, chicken, sandwiches, burgers and express lunch daily. Full bar. Takeout available. Latham serving 11:30-midnight Sun-Thu, 11:30-1 Fri-Sat. At Crossgates, 11:30-11PM Mon-Thu, 11:30 AM-1 AM Fri, 11 AM-1:30 AM Sat, 11:30-10 PM Sun. Advanced seating requests accepted. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

Victory Café

10 Sheridan Ave., Albany, 463-9113. A 100-seat restaurant featuring salads, sandwiches, pizza and daily specials. Full bar, banquet facilities for up to 150, on/off-premises catering. Serving 11:30-9 Mon, 11:30-10 Tue-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri, 5-10 Sat; dinner specials nightly. Closed Sun (available for private parties). Reservations suggested on concert nights. AE, MC, V. $

Webster’s

Crowne Plaza Hotel, State and Lodge streets, Albany, 427-3066. An upscale American menu featuring steaks, pork chops and a variety of fresh fish. Full bar, on-premises catering and banquet facilities. Light dinner menu available. Serving breakfast 6:30-11:30 Mon-Fri (buffet 6:30-10), 7-noon Sat-Sun; dinner 5-10 Mon-Sat. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$

The Wine Bar

417 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 584-8777, thewinebarofsaratoga.com. New American cuisine featuring fresh ahi, award-winning cheese, and entrée- and tapas-sized portions prepared with fresh, local ingredients. Featuring 50 wines by the glass, and a full bar. The restaurant also includes a secluded smoking lounge for those who wish to enjoy an aromatic cigar after the meal. Serving 4-11 PM Tue-Sun. Closed Mon. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$

Winslow’s

801 Route 9, Wilton, 584-2489. Great American cuisine since 1948. Home of Tessie’s world-famous oven-roasted turkey dinner. House-butchered steaks, fresh fish. Full bar, cozy Adirondack charm and hospitality. Reservations accepted. Serving 4-close Wed-Sun. Personal checks and cash only. $$

 

 

 

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