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LIGHT FARE

Bailey’s

Phila and Putnam streets, Saratoga Springs, 583-6060. This is two places in one, with the full menu available at both the inside café and the outside patio bar and grill. Relax in an Adirondack chair while toasting s’mores at your table. Full bar, on-premises catering, banquet facilities and takeout available. Serving 11 AM-close daily. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $

Betty’s Pizza Shack

26 Housatonic St., Lenox, Mass., (413) 637-8171. This brightly colored, high-energy restaurant serves an amazing array of pizzas, salads, burritos, quesadillas, and hot oven grinders. Buckets of beer and a nice selection of wine provide the mostly local clientele with a fun getaway right in the heart of Lenox. Beer and wine; takeout available. Serving 11:30-9 Sun-Thu, 11:30-10 Fri-Sat. Checks, cash. $$

Bread Basket

65 Spring St., Saratoga Springs, 587-4233. Great homemade breads, quiche, soups, scones, pastries, specialty cakes and other luscious treats are available at this small eatery. Open 7-7 Tue-Sun, Closed Mon. AE, D, MC, V, personal checks. $

D’Andrea’s

33 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 584-3632. Pizza, focaccia sandwiches, fried foods, “grubs” (grinder-subs), stuffed breads. Dine in, take out; free local delivery. Serving 11-9 Sun-Thu, 11 AM-3:30 AM Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $

Debbie’s Kitchen

456 Madison Ave., Albany, 463-3829. The downtown Albany hot spot for soups, creatively constructed sandwiches and totally killer desserts. Chef Debbie Klauber and company weave a touch of color and crunch into the ordinary, as in their smoked-turkey-breast sandwich with garlic mayo, sliced pears, sunflower seeds, roasted onions and cheddar cheese. Vegetarian combos are always available, as are fresh salads and a wide variety of ever-changing baked goods. Don’t leave without tasting one of Debbie’s brownies. Serving 10-8 Mon-Fri, 11-6 Sat. Closed Sun. MC, V. $

Francesca’s

Broadway and Fifth Avenue, Troy, 272-3726. Serving soups, salads and gourmet sandwiches. Daily specials and desserts. On/off-premises catering; takeout available. Serving 7:30-4 Mon-Thu, 7:30-3 Fri. Closed Sat-Sun. Cash and personal checks only. $

Greenhouse

50 N. Pearl St., Albany, 514-2055, eat green.com. Downtown eatery featuring fresh salads and wraps in countless creative combinations. Catering, takeout. Serving Mon-Fri 9-4. AE, D, MC, V.

Hungry Spot Café

Collamer Building, 480 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 584-9060. Boasting great homemade soups, fresh rotisserie turkey and daily lunch specials. Also featuring a vegetarian menu. Takeout, free delivery and off-premises catering available. Serving 7-3 Mon-Fri. AE, MC, V, personal checks. $

It’s a Wrap

242 Quaker Road, Queensbury, 743-0920. Offering a selection of bagels, cream cheese and coffee, as well as homemade fresh wraps, subs, soups, and salads. Light catering available. Serving 6-6 Mon-Fri, 8-4 Sat-Sun. AE, D, MC, V, Personal checks. $

Java Jazz Café

Main Square Shoppes, 318 Delaware Ave., Delmar, 439-1727, fax: 439-4456, javajazzcafe.net. Unique assortment of pita and sub sandwiches, soups and salads as well as baked-daily muffins and pastries, gourmet coffees, espressos and teas. Local, organic and seasonal choices. Catering for all occasions is available. See website for entertainment schedule. Serving 7-7 Mon-Fri, 8 AM-3 PM Sat. Closed Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

Kelsey’s

State and Lodge streets (at the Crowne Plaza), Albany, 427-3049. The light fare/pub menu features sandwiches, burgers, chicken tenders and other munchies in a comfortable atmosphere. Full bar. Serving 11:30 AM-1 AM Mon-Sat, noon-1 AM Sun. Bar open till 2 AM every night. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $

Manhattan Bistro and Bagel

123 Saratoga Road, Scotia, 399-3887. Twenty-two varieties of bagels, plus soups, sandwiches and a grill menu. Also serving pastries and gourmet coffee. Serving 6-5 Mon-Fri, 6-4 Sat, 7-2:30 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

Martel’s at the Capital Hills Golf Course

65 O’Neill Road, Albany, 489-0466. Nightly specials and pizzas augment a light dinner menu featuring burgers, finger foods, salads and sandwiches. Also try our Italian specialties. Full bar, catering. Takeout available. Serving lunch and dinner daily. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Sundays. Call for hours. Closed Mondays from November until April. AE, MC, V. $$

Mezzo Marketplace & Eatery

340 Hamilton St., Albany, 463-6240, mezzomarket.com. European-style specialty market with an eat-in or takeout menu that highlights what is fresh in season. Artisan bakery, hand-cut cheeses, cured meats, produce, and daily specials. Family-style Sunday suppers. Menu available online. Patio available seasonally. On- and off-premises catering, takeout. Off-street parking in Robinson Square lot. Open 8-8 Mon-Fri, 9-7 Sat, 10-5 Sun. AE, D, MC, V, personal checks. $

Mild Wally’s

189A Quail St., Albany, 433-1898. mildwallys.net. A wide array of appetizers, hot and cold subs, wings, pizza, pasta dinners and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Wally’s has pickup or delivery into the wee hours. Catering available. Serving 4-midnight Mon, 11 AM-1 AM Tue-Thu, 11 AM-3 AM Fri-Sat, noon-midnight Sun. Phone orders (delivery) available until 30 minutes before close. AE, D, MC, V. $

Mrs. London’s

464 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 581-1834. Featuring exquisite homemade pastries, desserts, sandwiches, soups and salads, espresso and other hot drinks. Takeout available. Call for hours. AE, MC, V, local personal checks. $

The Night Sky Cafe

402 Union St., Schenectady, 372-2590. Small restaurant serving sandwiches, “metzas” (small plates), pizza, coffee, tea, cappuccino, beer, wine and desserts. Takeout available. Serving 3-midnight Mon-Fri, 5 PM-1 AM Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $

Noche

895 Broadway, Albany, 434-4540, nochealbany.com. Sophisticated, upscale lounge and tapas bar with a full kitchen. Can accommodate special events with anything from passed hors d’oeuvres to private dinners. Full bar, on- and off-premises catering. Serving tapas menu 4-midnight daily. AE, D, MC, V. $$

Peaches Café

Stuyvesant Plaza, Guilderland, 482-3677. Full lunch and dinner menu includes new appetizers and pastas. Breakfast all day, every day, with fare such as Belgian waffles and specialty omelets. Takeout available. Serving 8 AM-9:30 PM Mon-Thu, 8 AM-9 PM, Fri-Sat, 8-8 Sun. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $

Pie in the Sky

314 Central Ave., Albany, 463-7355. Enjoy deli sandwiches, daily lunch specials, homemade soups and baked goods. Salad bar and breakfast. Cakes made to order. On/off-premises catering. Takeout available. Serving 7:30-3 Mon-Fri. Cash, personal checks. $

Pizza Baron

160 Delaware Ave., Delmar, 439-2222. Pizzas any way you like, but if you’re into something different, try the Baron Babies, soft garlic-butter breadsticks, or the delicious wings. Eat in or take out; free delivery available ($8 minimum). Serving 4-close Mon-Thurs, noon-11:30 Fri-Sat, noon-8 Sun. AE, D, MC, V, personal checks. $

Putnam Market

435 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 587-3663. A gourmet marketplace with a deli and bakery, serving sandwiches, prepared foods, soups and salads to eat in or take out. Some of the sandwich specials include the High Rock (in-house roasted turkey with cheddar and cranberry mayo), the Putnam Street (smoked turkey with Brie and honey mustard) and the Karista (homemade fresh mozzarella with roasted red peppers and pesto mayo). Catering available. Serving 9-6 Mon-Sat, 10-5 Sun. AE, MC, V, local checks. $

Scratch

452 Madison Ave., Albany, 465-CAFÉ (2233), scratchbakerycafe.com. Enjoy freshly made sandwiches, paninis and creative baked goods in this cozy café a stone’s throw from Washington Park. Takeout and delivery available. Off-premises catering. Serving 7 AM to 9 PM daily. AE, D, MC, V, ATM/debit, personal checks. $

Slick’s Restaurant

127 S. Ferry St., Schenectady, 370-0026. Roast beef, turkey, corned beef, tuna, and ham-and-cheese sandwiches are featured, along with a soup of the day. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving 11-11 daily. MC, V. $

Smith’s Tavern

112 Maple Ave. (Route 85A), Voorheesville, 765-4163. Open since 1945. Serving sandwiches, salads, homemade soups and award-winning pizza with homemade dough and sauce. More than 40 types of beer and microbrews. Serving 3-10 Sun and Tue, 11-10 Wed-Thu, 11-11 Fri-Sat. Closed Monday. Cash, personal checks, ATM on premises. $$

The Tollgate

1569 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands, 439-9824. Locally famous for the wide selection of homemade ice creams, they also serve up burgers, sandwiches, onion rings and the like, as well as daily lunch and dinner specials. No alcohol. Takeout available. Serving 11-10 daily, winter hours 11-9. Cash only. $

Via Fresca

1666 Western Ave., Guilderland, 452-1179, viafresca.net. Gourmet deli featuring panini sandwiches and Italian specialties. Try the pastries and canoli. Primarily takeout with limited inside seating. Off-premises catering for lunches, small events and corporate functions. Open 10-8 Mon-Fri, 9-5 Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $$

The Whistling Kettle

24 Front St., Ballston Spa, 884-2664, thewhistlingkettle.com. Upscale tea lounge with more than nine types of coffee and 85 varieties of premium loose-leaf tea. Light fare including cakes, scones, panini and tea sandwiches, soups and salads. Also offering beer and wine, fireplace and a comfortable atmosphere. No reservations necessary. Serving 11-6 daily. Open until 9 PM every first Friday. AE, D, MC, V. $$.

Yellow Rock Café at Indian Ladder Farms

342 Altamont Road, Altamont, 765-2956, indianladderfarms.com. Featuring soups, salads, sandwiches and entrees made with fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, milk and cheeses produced on local farms, plus locally raised all-natural meats. For dessert, try the mixed-berry shortcake, homemade pies or the cider-doughnut sundae topped with homemade whipped cream. Indian Ladder’s own apple cider plus hot mulled cider, fair-trade coffee, espresso drinks and chai lattes complete the menu. On- and off-premises catering. Reservations recommended. Serving lunch 11-2 Mon-Fri, lunch/brunch 10-3 Sat-Sun. D, MC, V, personal checks. $

 

 

 

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