3532 Route 43, West Sand Lake, 674-1880, thearlingtonhouse.com.
Once the Arlington Hotel, this is a gorgeous-looking destination
where seafood is especially well done and the menu is changed
to fit each season. Great homemade desserts, too. Full bar.
Patio dining available in season. Serving dinner Tue-Sat
5-9, Sun 4-8. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$
Beekman Street Bistro
62 Beekman St., Saratoga Springs, 581-1816. thebeekmanstreetbistro.com.
Locally grown meat and produce forms the core of the innovative
continental menu, where you’ll find imaginative variants
on chicken and rabbit, excellent fish like fresh sardines
and a cozy space that doubles as an art gallery in Saratoga’s
up-and-coming West Side neighborhood. Beer and wine list.
Serving dinner 5-9:30 Tue-Sun. AE, MC, V. $$$
Bookmaker’s at the Holiday Inn
232 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 587-8944 ext. 357. Steaks,
chicken, shrimp and other continental favorites. Banquet
facilities, on/off-premises catering. Light-fare menu available.
Separate lounge open until midnight. Serving 6:30 AM-10
PM daily; breakfast buffet 8-noon Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V.
The Card Lake Inn
29 Main St., West Stockbridge, Mass., (413) 232-0272, cardlakeinn.com.
Choose between tavern fare (ribs, burgers, chicken wings)
and a fancier dinner menu with innovative items like swordfish
with a blueberry-peach salsa and standard fare like pasta
and steaks. Full bar. Open mike Thursday, live music Saturday.
Serving dinner 5-9 Tue-Sat. MC, V. $$$
Elm Court Restaurant
Route 71, North Egremont, Mass., (413) 528-0325, elmcourtinn.com.
A beautiful old 1790 building with small, elegant dining
rooms. The menu, which changes daily, features fresh ingredients
and includes great takes on old classics like French onion
soup and escargot, as well as more recently devised American
fare. Full bar, on-premises catering. Serving dinner 5-9
Thu-Sun. AE, MC, V. $$$$
414 Broadway, Albany, 431-1920. From pub fare (burgers,
wraps, pulled pork) to a full dinner menu featuring such
items as tempore shrimp, marinated pork tenderloin, steaks,
seafood and pasta dishes. Full bar, on-premises catering,
takeout available. Live music. Serving 11:30-9 Mon-Thu,
11:30-10 Fri, 5 PM-10 Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $$$
The Georgian at the Gideon Putnam
Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, 584-3000, gideonputnam.com.
Elegant dining featuring continental fare, pasta and more,
in any of several attractive rooms. Open to the public year-round.
Full bar, catering and banquet facilities. Serving breakfast
daily 7-10; lunch 11:30-2; Sunday brunch 10:30-2. Dinner
served 6-9 daily. Reservations suggested. AE, CB, D, DC,
MC, V. $$$$
The Ginger Man Wine Bar & Restaurant
234 Western Ave., Albany, 427-5963. albanygingerman.com.
Try the traditional and Mediterranean fruit-and-cheese boards
with a glass of wine. Fresh seasonal ingredients, fusion
flair, and house-made desserts. Menu includes seafood paella,
fresh salmon, salads and daily fish and pasta specials.
Extensive, award-winning wine and beer list. Full bar, on-premises
catering, takeout available. Serving 11:30-11:30 Mon-Thu,
11:30 AM-12:30 AM Fri, 4:30 PM-12:30 AM Sat. Closed Sunday.
Reservations recommended. AE, D, MC, V. $$$
Glen Sanders Mansion
1 Glen Ave., Scotia, 374-7262. glensandersmansion.com. Featuring
gourmet cuisine and seasonal specials. Full bar and banquet
facilities, on/off- premises catering. Overnight accommodations
available. Serving lunch 11:30-2 Mon-Fri; dinner 5-10 Mon-Sat,
4-9 Sun; brunch 10:30-1 Sun; pub menu 2-10 PM Mon-Fri, 5-10
Sat, 4-10 Sun. Reservations recommended. AE, D, DC, MC,
The Golden Fox
254 Broadway, Troy, 272-4369. Italian and American entrees
and a seafood and raw-bar menu fresh and available daily.
The full bar stays open past dinner hours. Private parties
and on- and off-premises catering. Reservations recommended.
Serving dinner 5-10 Mon-Thu, 5-11 Fri-Sat, and Sun 4-9.
AE, D, MC, V. $$$$
Good Times Lakeview Restaurant
175 Lake Road, Ballston Lake, 399-9976, goodtimesrestaurant.com.
Family-owned and -operated for 36 years, this restaurant
features a varied menu with light fare to hearty dining.
Enjoy the view of our fireplace while you try our home-style
New England country cooking, featuring homemade pastas,
fresh seafood and chops, with organic vegetables and herbs
grown on the property. Early-bird specials, children’s menu.
Check out the birds—a bald eagle was spotted here on March
31, 2007—and the year-round mystery dinner theater. Relaxed
candlelit dinner available in the main dining room or in
the pub. Full bar, takeout and banquet facilities. The private
lakeview banquet room fits 30-100. Serving 11:30-9 Wed-Mon.
AE, D, DC, MC, V, traveler’s checks. $$
Great American Grill
Garden Inn Hilton, 800 Albany Shaker Road, Colonie, 464-6666.
Dine in view of the Hilton lobby and watch the passersby
as you sample the breakfast buffet, dig into a sandwich
or try one of the exotic dinner specials. Full bar, banquet
facilities, on-premises catering. Serving breakfast 6-10
Mon-Fri, 6:30-noon Sat-Sun and holidays; lunch 11-1 Mon-Fri;
dinner 5-10 nightly. AE, D, MC, V. $$$
159 Water St., Williamstown, Mass., 413-458-9101. Chef-owner
Dan Campbell has run this very popular restaurant for more
than 15 years, offering a reliable menu of familiar continental
fare and trying when possible to source items locally. House
specialties include grilled elk medallions, herb-crusted
baked salmon, and teriyaki filet mignon. Full bar. Serving
dinner nightly from 5 PM. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$
La Perla at the Gregory House
3016 Route 43, Averill Park, 674-3774, gregoryhouse.com.
Specializing in Italian and continental foods including
chicken, seafood, pasta, veal and wild-game specials, all
served in a relaxed atmosphere. A new room with a firewood
brick oven offers pizza Sun-Fri in a more casual atmosphere.
Full bar, on-premises catering and banquet facilities for
small groups. Serving dinner 4-10 Mon, Wed and Thu; 4-11
Fri; 3-11 Sat and 2-10 Sun. Reservations suggested on weekends.
D, MC, V. $$$
14 Green St., Albany, 463-6056. This is the place for fresh
pasta, grilled fish or veal oscar. Garden dining,
full bar and banquet facilities. Serving lunch from 11:30
AM Mon-Fri, dinner from 5 PM Mon-Sat. Open some Sundays
for holidays and events. Reservations appreciated. AE, MC,
Lanzi’s on the Lake
Route 30, Mayfield, 661-7711. Owned and operated by the
Lanzi family. Fine dining for three generations, specializing
in steaks, seafood and Italian dishes. Light menu available.
Full bar, on/off-premises catering. Serving lunch 11-3 daily,
dinner 4-close. Reservations suggested. AE, D, MC, V, DC.
Lippera’s at the Chatham House
29 Hudson Ave., Chatham, 392-6600, thechathamhouse.com.
Restaurant and tavern with locally inspired fresh seasonal
cuisine. Menu changes seasonally. Serving 11:30-9:30 Mon-Thurs,
11:30-10:30 Fri-Sat, 11-9 Sun. Gourmet brunch 11-2 Sun.
Closed Tues off season. Affordable tavern menu available.
D, MC, V, personal checks. $$
Mansion Hill Inn
115 Philip St., Albany, 465-2038, mansionhill.com. Chef-owned
and -operated since 1984; everything is prepared on the
premises. Serving dinner 5:30-close Fri-Sat. Available for
private parties. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$
4465 Route 30, Amsterdam, 842-7399. Chef Michael Russo presents
an Italian-tinged menu featuring beef, veal, chicken and
seafood in a variety of guises. Specials include eggplant
ravioli with grilled chicken and a spinach marinara sauce.
Pub menu and pizza also available. Full bar, banquet facilities.
Open from 11:30-9:30 daily. AE, D, MC, V. $$
Midtown Tap & Tea Room
289 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 435-0202. A midtown restaurant
with downtown atmosphere. Serving late lunch and dinner,
from a menu with specialties such as tapas, salads, and
wraps. An extensive menu of more than 100 herbal and infused
teas. Full bar with large wine selection, on-premises catering
and takeout available. Reservations recommended. Serving
3-11 Mon-Sat. AM, D, MC, V. $
Olde Shaker Inn
1171 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham, 783-6460, theoldeshakerinn.com.
The usual meats and fishes are transformed with imaginative
ingredients on a menu offering New American cuisine. Full
bar, facilities for small parties and off-premises catering
available. Serving lunch 11:30-3 Mon-Fri; dinner 5-9:30
Mon-Sat, 4-9 Sun. Sun brunch 10:30-2. AE, D, DC, MC, V.
Pearl Restaurant and Lounge
1 Steuben Place, Albany, 433-0011, pearlalbany.com. This
downtown Albany restaurant and martini lounge is located
in a thoroughly renovated space in the historic Steuben
Building. The menu features steak and seafood specialties,
along with veal, chicken and pasta dishes. Full bar; extensive
wine list. Banquet facilities, catering, takeout available.
Serving 11-9 Mon-Thu, 11-10 Fri, 5-10 Sat. Closed Sunday.
Bar menu available until 11. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$
860 Route 20, New Lebanon, 794-8007, pillarsrestaurant.com.
European and regional American cuisine meet in this period
cottage on seven acres of rolling lawn. Specialties include
beef Charlemagne with mushrooms, onions and hollandaise,
and sole Mantua in a lobster cream sauce. Full bar, on-premises
catering. Serving dinner 5-9 Wed-Sat, 4-8 Sun. Reservations
suggested. AE, MC, V. $$$$
Pinehaven Restaurant & Caterers
Pinehaven Country Club, 1151 Siver Road, Guilderland, 456-7111
ext. 132. pinehavencc.com. A warm and friendly restaurant,
located in an elegant country club setting. Some of the
rooms overlook the landscaped golf course. Serving a wide
variety of dishes, from homemade soups and sandwiches to
pasta and veal dishes. Daily specials. Full bar; on-premises
catering. Takeout available. Serving 11-8 Thu, 11-8:30 Fri-Sat,
11-7 Sun. Closed Monday - Wednesday. AE, D, MC, V. $$$
Scribner Hollow Lodge, Route 23A, Hunter, 263-4211, scribnerhol
low.com. The restaurant focuses on creating a Catskill-mountain
cuisine using the freshest ingredients, locally purveyed
from a wide range of regional agricultural micro -enterprises.
Owner Guy Chirico plans menus that vary seasonally, with
emphasis on wild game and closely matched food-and-wine
pairings. Eight-time winner of Wine Spectator magazine
Award of Excellence. Serving dinner Sun-Thu 5-9, Fri-Sat
5-10. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$
The Red Lion Inn
30 Main St., Stockbridge, Mass., (413) 298-5545, redlioninn.com.
Three dining rooms—which can seat 275—give you plenty of
seating choices in an establishment that dates from 1773.
The menu features regional cuisine with a contemporary twist,
including seared organic salmon with white-bean puree, roasted
cauliflower and extra virgin olive oil. In an effort to
support local farmers, Chef Alberg offers a special sustainable-foods
menu Sunday and Monday evenings. Full bar, banquet facilities,
on/off-premises catering. Serving sustainable breakfast
7-10 Mon-Fri, 7:30-10:30 Sat-Sun; lunch noon-2:30 PM Mon-Sat
(until 4 in the tavern), noon-4 Sun; dinner 5:30-9 Sun-Thu,
5:30-10 Fri-Sat. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$
The Reluctant Panther
17-39 West Road, Manchester, Vt., (802) 362-2568, (800)
822-2331, reluctantpanther.com. Located in charming Manchester
Village, the Reluctant Panther Inn and Restaurant offers
fine dining, award-winning drinks and an outstanding wine
list. Executive Chef Justin Dain creates a well-balanced,
seasonally-inspired menu with dishes using the freshest
Vermont and New England products. Entree choices include
Zinfandel-Braised Beef Short Ribs with Pumpkin and Sage
Gnocchi and Pan Seared Diver Scallops with Parsnip Puree,
Sautéed Spinach and Apple Butter. Reservations Recommended.
Full bar. Serving dinner 5:30-9:30 Tue-Sat. AE, D, MC, V.
River Street Café
429 River St., Troy, 273-2740. The chef and chef-owned restaurant
give personal attention to each item on the seasonally changing
menu of fresh, New American fare. Beer and wine. Serving
dinner 5:30-close Tue-Sat. Closed Sun-Mon. Reservations
suggested. MC, V, personal checks. $$$
The Desmond, 660 Albany Shaker Road, Colonie, 869-8100.
Exemplary service and culinary excellence presented in 18th-century
elegance. Four-course dinners offered including steak au
poivre, veal Oscar and cedar-plank salmon. Extensive wine
list and wine dinners offered daily. Full bar. Serving dinner
5:30-10 Mon-Sat. Closed Sun. Reservations suggested. AE,
CB, D, MC, V. $$$$
171 Remsen St., Cohoes, 237-9809. Built in 1873, this historic
restaurant boasts one of the longest fully stocked bars
north of New York City. The menu offers fresh seafood, veal,
calf’s liver, pastas, chicken, various prime beef dishes
and daily specials. All desserts made on premises. Homemade
soups. Full bar, banquet facilities. Serving lunch 11:30-2:30
Tue-Fri; dinner 5-9 Tue-Sat. Closed Sun-Mon (open for private
parties). Reservations suggested. AE, MC, V. $$$
30 1/2 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 584-9618. Casual
upscale dining on a side street. Noted for soft-shell crab
(when in season), Maryland crab cakes, fresh fish, prime
steaks, pasta specials and homemade desserts. Extensive
wine list. Unique lunch and dinner specials daily. Full
bar. Takeout available. Serving lunch 11:30-3 Tue-Sat; dinner
5:30-10 Mon-Sat, 5-9 Sun. AE, DC, MC, V. $$$
The Sagamore, 110 Sagamore Road, Bolton Landing, 644-9400.
The word bis is added to the Trillium name and refers to
“encore” in the French language. The newly remodeled restaurant
represents both a conceptual and physical revision of the
Trillium as it enters into the 20th season. Dining centers
on allowing the quality and taste of each component of a
dish to speak for itself. The menu will change seasonally
and feature daily-caught seafood, farm raised meats and
artisan ingredients. Also features a 40 seat lounge and
bar overlooking the lake and serving food from 5-11pm daily.
The dress code is “Smart Casual.” The Trillium bis offers
wine dinners monthly from July until October. Reservations
are required. Serving dinner 6-9 Sun-Thu, 6-9:30 Fri-Sat.
AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$
745 Saratoga Road, Route 9, Saratoga Springs, 584-7640.
Premium steaks and chops, live Maine lobsters and award-winning
wine list are hallmarks at this Saratoga landmark. Weekend
entertainment. Light fare at bar. Weddings and special occasions.
Serving 5-10 Tue-Sat, 4-9 Sun. Reservations suggested. AE,
DC, MC, V. $$$$
Wunderbar and Bistro
744 Warren St., Hudson, 828-0555. A true German menu that
features an oversized pork schnitzel, an excellent wurst
plate, pot roast, and even a tasty burger. And there are
pasta and seafood dishes as well, all reasonably priced
for this trendy part of Columbia County. Full bar. Serving
lunch 11:30-2 Mon-Fri, dinner 5-10 Mon-Sat. AE, MC, V. $$