Route 43, West Sand Lake, 674-1880, www.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. $$$
Beekman St., Saratoga Springs, 581-1816. Locally grown meat
and produce forms the core of the innovative continental
menu, where you’ll find imaginative variants on chicken
and rabbit, excellent fish like fresh sardines and a cozy
space that doubles as an art gallery in Saratoga’s up-and-coming
West Side neighborhood. Beer and wine list. Serving dinner
5-9 Tue-Sun. AE, MC, V. $$$
at the Holiday Inn
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. $$$
Card Lake Inn
Main St., West Stockbridge, Mass., (413) 232-0272, www.cardlakeinn.com.
Choose between tavern fare (ribs, burgers, chicken wings)
and a fancier dinner menu with innovative items like swordfish
with a blueberry-peach salsa and standard fare like pasta
and steaks. Full bar. Serving dinner 5-10 daily. MC, V.
71, North Egremont, Mass., (413) 528-0325, www.elmcourtinn.com.
A beautiful old 1790 building with small, elegant dining
rooms. The menu, which changes daily, features fresh ingredients
and includes great takes on old classics like French onion
soup and escargot, as well as more recently devised American
fare. Full bar, on-premises catering. Serving dinner 5-9
Wed-Sun. AE, MC, V. $$$$
Broadway, Albany, 431-1920. From pub fare (burgers, wraps,
pulled pork) to a full dinner menu featuring such items
as tempore shrimp, marinated pork tenderloin, steaks, seafood
and pasta dishes. Full bar, on-premises catering, takeout
available. Serving 11:30-9 Mon-Thu, 11:30-10 Fri, 5 PM-10
Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $$$
Georgian at the Gideon Putnam
Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, 584-3000, www.gideonput
nam.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 Sun-Thu, 6-10 Fri-Sat. Reservations
suggested. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$
Ginger Man Wine Bar & Restaurant
Western Ave., Albany, 427-5963. www.albanygingerman.com.
Try the traditional and Mediterranean fruit-and-cheese boards
with a glass of wine. Fresh seasonal ingredients, fusion
flair, and house-made desserts. Menu includes seafood paella,
fresh salmon and tuna, salads and daily fish and pasta specials.
Extensive, award-winning wine and beer list. Full bar, on-premises
catering, takeout available. Serving 11:30-11:30 Mon-Thu,
11:30 AM-12:30 AM Fri, 4:30 PM-12:30 AM Sat; bar open 4:30-1
AM Mon-Thu, 4-2 AM Fri-Sat. Closed Sunday. Reservations
recommended. AE, D, MC, V. $$$
Glen Ave., Scotia, 374-7262. www.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, V. $$$$
Broadway, Troy, 272-4369. Italian and American entrees and
a seafood and raw-bar menu fresh and available daily. The
full bar stays open past dinner hours. Private parties and
on- and off-premises catering. Reservations recommended.
Daily Serving lunch 11-2:30 Mon-Fri; dinner 5-10 Mon-Thu,
5-11 Fri-Sat, and Sun 4-9. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$
Times Lakeview Restaurant
Lake Road, Ballston Lake, 399-9976. www.goodtimesrestaurant.com
(coupons online). Family-owned and -operated for 36 years,
this restaurant features a varied menu with light fare to
hearty dining, an outdoor veranda and panoramic views of
Ballston Lake. Homestyle New England country cooking featuring
homemade pastas, fresh seafood and chops, with organic vegetables
and herbs grown on the property. Early-bird specials, children’s
menu. Check out the birds—a bald eagle was spotted here
on March 31, 2007—and the year-round mystery dinner theater.
Relaxed candlelit dinner available in the main dining room
or in the pub. Full bar, takeout and banquet facilities.
The private lakeview banquet room fits 30-100. Serving 11:30-9
Wed-Mon. AE, D, DC, MC, V, traveler’s checks. $$
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. $$$
Water St., Williamstown, Mass., 413-458-9101. Chef-owner
Dan Campbell has run this very popular restaurant for more
than 15 years, offering a reliable menu of familiar continental
fare and trying when possible to source items locally. House
specialties include grilled elk medallions, herb-crusted
baked salmon, and teriyaki filet mignon. Full bar. Serving
dinner nightly from 5 PM. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$
Perla at the Gregory House
Route 43, Averill Park, 674-3774. www.gregoryhouse.com.
Specializing in Italian and continental foods including
chicken, seafood, pasta, veal and wild-game specials, all
served in a relaxed atmosphere. A new room with a firewood
brick oven offers pizza Sun-Fri in a more casual atmosphere.
Full bar, on-premises catering and banquet facilities for
small groups. Serving dinner 4-10 Mon, Wed and Thu; 4-11
Fri; 3-11 Sat and 2-10 Sun. Reservations suggested on weekends.
D, MC, V. $$$
Green St., Albany, 463-6056. This is the place for fresh
pasta, grilled fish or veal chanterelle. 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,
on the Lake
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. $$$
at the Chatham House
Hudson Ave., Chatham, 392-6600. www.lipperas.com. Restaurant
and tavern with locally inspired fresh seasonal cuisine.
Menu changes seasonally. Serving 11:30-9:30 Mon-Thurs, 11:30-10:30
Fri-Sat, 11-9 Sun. Gourmet brunch 11-2 Sun. Affordable tavern
menu available. AE, D, MC, V. $$$
Philip St., Albany, 465-2038. www.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. $$$$
Route 30, Amsterdam, 842-7399. Chef Michael Russo presents
an Italian-tinged menu featuring beef, veal, chicken and
seafood in a variety of guises. Specials include eggplant
ravioli with grilled chicken and a spinach marinara sauce.
Pub menu and pizza also available. Full bar, banquet facilities.
Open from 11:30-9:30 daily. AE, D, MC, V. $$
Tap & Tea Room
New Scotland Ave., Albany, 435-0202. A new restaurant with
an old-style atmosphere with great food and spirits. Full
breakfast menu, lunch and dinner. An extensive menu of more
than 100 herbal and infused teas. A tapas menu is served
in the evenings. Full bar, on-premises catering and takeout
available. Serving 11-11 Tue-Fri, 7 AM-11 PM Sat-Sun. Breakfast
and brunch served Sat-Sun. AM, D, MC, V. $$
Troy Schenectady Road, Latham, 783-6460. www.theoldeshakerinn.com.
The usual meats and fishes are transformed with imaginative
ingredients on a menu offering New American cuisine. Full
bar, facilities for small parties and off-premises catering
available. Serving lunch 11:30-3 Mon-Fri; dinner 5-9:30
Mon-Sat, 4-9 Sun. Sun brunch 10:30-2. AE, D, DC, MC, V.
Restaurant and Lounge
Steuben Place, Albany, 433-0011, www.pearlalbany.com. This
downtown Albany restaurant and martini lounge is located
in a thoroughly renovated space in the historic Steuben
Building. The menu features steak and seafood specialties,
along with veal, chicken and pasta dishes. Full bar; extensive
wine list. Banquet facilities, catering, takeout available.
Serving 11-9 Mon-Thu, 11-10 Fri, 5-10 Sat. Closed Sunday.
Bar menu available until 11. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$
Route 20, New Lebanon, 794-8007. www.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. $$$$
Restaurant & Caterers
Country Club, 1151 Siver Road, Guilderland, 456-7111 ext.
132. www.pinehavencc.com. A warm and friendly restaurant,
located in an elegant country club setting. Some of the
rooms overlook the landscaped golf course. Serving a wide
variety of dishes, from homemade soups and sandwiches to
pasta and veal dishes. Daily specials. Full bar; on-premises
catering. Takeout available. Serving 11-8 Tue-Thu, 11-8:30
Fri-Sat, 11-7 Sun. Closed Monday. AE, D, MC, V. $$$
Hollow Lodge, Route 23A, Hunter, 263-4211. www.scribner
hollow.com. The restaurant focuses on creating a Catskill-mountain
cuisine using the freshest ingredients, locally purveyed
from a wide 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. $$$$
Red Lion Inn
Main St., Stockbridge, Mass., (413) 298-5545, www.redlioninn.com.
Three dining rooms—which can seat 275—give you plenty of
seating choices in an establishment that dates from 1773.
The menu features regional cuisine with a contemporary twist,
including seared organic salmon with white-bean puree, roasted
cauliflower and extra virgin olive oil. In an effort to
support local farmers, Chef Alberg offers a special sustainable-foods
menu Sunday and Monday evenings. Full bar, banquet facilities,
on/off-premises catering. Serving sustainable breakfast
7-10 Mon-Fri, 7:30-10:30 Sat-Sun; lunch noon-2:30 PM Mon-Sat
(until 4 in the tavern), noon-4 Sun; dinner 5:30-9 Sun-Thu,
5:30-10 Fri-Sat. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$
West Road, Manchester, Vt., (802) 362-2568, (800) 822-2331,
www.reluctantpanther.com. Brilliant gourmet cooking by chef
Daniel Jackson complements this accommodating inn; tapas,
bouillabaisse and braised scallops are among recent offerings;
a veal chop with bread pudding is outstanding. Full bar.
Reservations suggested. Serving dinner 5:30-9:30 Tue-Sat.
AE, D, MC, V. $$$$
River St., Troy, 273-2740. The chef and chef-owned restaurant
give personal attention to each item on the seasonally changing
menu of fresh, New American fare. Beer and wine. Serving
dinner 5:30-close Tue-Sat. Closed Sun-Mon. Reservations
suggested. MC, V, personal checks. $$$
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. $$$$
Remsen St., Cohoes, 237-9809. Built in 1873, this historic
restaurant boasts one of the longest fully stocked bars
north of New York City. The menu offers fresh seafood, veal,
calf’s liver, pastas, chicken, various prime beef dishes
and daily specials. All desserts made on premises. Homemade
soups. Full bar, banquet facilities. Serving lunch 11:30-2:30
Tue-Fri; dinner 5-9 Tue-Sat. Closed Sun-Mon (open for private
parties). Reservations suggested. AE, MC, V. $$$
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. $$$
Sagamore, 110 Sagamore Road, Bolton Landing, 644-9400. The
Sagamore’s award-winning fine-dining restaurant is completely
renovated and reopened with a new menu. Four-course meals
featuring Atlantic salmon, Chilean sea bass, London broil
and desserts from crème brulee to bittersweet almond torte.
Hours vary; call for availability. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$
Saratoga Road, Route 9, Saratoga Springs, 584-7640. Premium
steaks and chops, live Maine lobsters and award-winning
wine list are hallmarks at this Saratoga landmark. Weekend
entertainment. Light fare at bar. Weddings and special occasions.
Serving 5-10 Tue-Sat, 4-9 Sun. Reservations suggested. AE,
DC, MC, V. $$$$
Warren St., Hudson, 828-0555. A true German menu that features
an oversized pork schnitzel, an excellent wurst plate, pot
roast, and even a tasty burger. And there are pasta and
seafood dishes as well, all reasonably priced for this trendy
part of Columbia County. Full bar. Serving lunch 11:30-2
Mon-Fri, dinner 5-10 Mon-Sat. AE, MC, V. $$