N. Greenbush Road, Troy, 286-2603. Monday is Texas night,
Tuesday is pasta night and Wednesday is Greek night. Over
300 menu items: burgers, salads, sandwiches, steak and seafood
specialties and, of course, our specialty desserts. Full
bar. Takeout, delivery and off-premises catering available.
Special events include car and bike shows. Serving 7 AM-9
PM Sun, 7 AM-10 PM Mon-Thu, 7 AM-11 PM Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC,
State St., Schenectady, 393-2600. A “dineraunt” setting
with a capacious menu. Save room for the award-winning cheesecake.
Serving 6 AM-11 PM Sun-Thu, 6 AM-midnight Fri-Sat. Reservations
suggested for parties of six or more. AE, D, CB, DC, MC,
Washington Ave., Albany, 445-9431. Breakfast is big at this
downtown diner, but there are plenty of other selections
available as well: The grilled-chicken Caesar salad is a
favorite and there are burgers, homemade soups, deli sandwiches,
fish fries and more. 6 AM-2 PM Mon-Fri. AE, CB, D, MC, V.
1st St., Troy, 272-3011. A neighborhood cafe with a scratch
kitchen (try the oatmeal) and some excellent Cuban items
such as the sandwich Cubano, Picadillo, homemade Empanadas
and Cuban eggs; as well as gourmet salads and traditional
burgers and sandwiches. New on the menu: Huevos Flamenco
offered on weekends. Serving breakfast and lunch 8 AM-3
PM Wed-Sat, closed Mon-Tues. Open for dinner Fri-Sat 5-10
starting Oct. 13. V, MC. $
Circle (Routes 2 and 9), Latham, 785-3324. A glistening
edifice of chrome and art-deco appointments, with an appropriately
large bill of fare. Specialties include soups, bison burgers,
sandwich wraps and a vast sauté menu. 7 AM-10 PM Mon-Fri,
7 AM-11 PM Sat-Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $
Central Ave., Colonie, 456-1550. This mainstay eatery offers
a prix fixe menu of mainly continental fare. Meals include
soup or salad, vegetable, entrée and beverage for one low
price. Meals for seniors include dessert too. Beer, liquor
and wine available. Reservations suggested for larger parties.
Serving 6 AM-10 PM Sun-Thu, 6 AM-11 PM Fri-Sat. AE, D, DC,
MC, V. $
Boy Restaurant Diner
Central Ave., Colonie, 456-2243; fax 869-5480; www.farmer-boy.com.
Breakfast is available anytime, as are steaks, chops, seafood,
Italian and authentic Greek dishes. Full bar. Takeout available.
Serving 6 AM-10 PM Sun-Wed, 6 AM-11 PM Thu-Sat. AE, D, MC,
Central Ave., Albany, 482-7557, www.gatewaydiner.com. This
traditional diner offers breakfast all day, along with fresh
seafood, steaks, Italian dishes and excellent deli-style
sandwiches. Full bakery on premises, and all desserts homemade.
Don’t miss the cheesecake. Full bar, banquet facilities
for up to 60. Serving 6 AM-1 AM Mon-Thu, 6 AM-midnight Sun,
open 24 hours Fri-Sat. Reservations suggested for parties
of eight or more. Gift certificates available. AE, D, DC,
MC, V. $
7, Quaker Street, Duanesburg, 895-2063. In business now
for 54 years, the original railroad-car diner has had a
couple of additions, but there’s still a sense of small-town
hospitality. No alcohol. Banquet facilities, on-premises
catering. Serving 7:30-7:30 Wed-Sun. Closed Mon-Tue. Cash
B’s Glenmont Diner
9W, Glenmont, 434-3761. The charm of an authentic ’50s diner.
Daily specials, homemade soups and breakfast served all
day. Specialties include omelettes, salads, burgers and
hot and cold deli sandwiches. Outdoor dining on deck as
weather permits. Takeout available. Serving 7 AM-2 PM Tue-Sun.
Closed Mon. AE, D, MC, V. $
New Loudon Road (Route 9), Latham, 785-3793. Look for the
fife ’n’ drum sign. It’s hard to miss this spacious eatery
with traditional and contemporary “dineraunt” fare and homemade
pastries. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving 24 hours
daily. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $
Broadway, Menands, 465-1869. Full menu including American
and Italian specialties. Seats 220. Early-bird specials
are served every day except holidays. Full bar. Takeout
available. Serving 7 AM-11 PM daily. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $
Western Ave., Guilderland, 45-METRO (456-3876). Old-fashioned
and new-fangled offerings are featured on the menu at this
silver diner edged in green, with beautiful art-deco stylings.
Look for old-time diner favorites (beef stew, meat loaf)
served as daily specials, plus the popular sauté menu specials.
On-premises baking by Bill Holden, and breakfast is always
available. Handicapped accessible. Full bar. Takeout available.
Serving 6 AM-midnight Sun-Thu, 6 AM-1 AM Fri-Sat. AE, D,
DC, MC, V. $$
Carman Road, Schenectady, 355-9868. Serving breakfast all
day with such pancake specials as cranberry-orange and oatmeal,
along with omelette selections. For lunch, enjoy homemade
soups, hot and cold deli sandwiches and homemade desserts,
all prepared to order. Takeout available. Serving 7 AM-3
PM daily. Cash or check only. $
Broadway, Albany, 465-9148. Prewar diner, now on New York
state historic register, offers a one-of-a-kind brunch menu,
and they cook your fries to your specific request. Menu
lists creative lunch sandwiches, and soups are homemade.
Unique sauces available to go. Delivery, takeout and catering
available (by the Brownstone Caterers). Reservations not
accepted. Serving 7 AM-2:15 PM Mon-Fri, 9 AM-2:15 PM Sat-Sun.
Cash, personal checks. $
Freeman’s Bridge Road, Glenville, 393-3060. Practically
everything is made from scratch at this popular breakfast
and lunch eatery across from the Schenectady County Airport.
Homemade soups, burger specials and fresh-baked pies are
among the attractions. Make sure you try the fries. Rated
Best Diner 2006 in Metroland. Serving 6 AM-2:30 PM
Mon, Wed-Fri; 6 AM-2 PM Sat; 7 AM-2 PM Sun. Closed Tue.
Cash only. $
Lark St., Albany, 449-2012. A quiet, friendly café atmosphere
in the heart of Lark Street. Breakfast is the highlight,
though sandwiches, burgers, and daily specials round out
the menu. Takeout and delivery available. Serving Wed-Sun
9 AM-3 PM. Closed Mon and Tue. Cash only. $
S. Broadway (Route 9), Saratoga Springs, 584-4044. A big,
busy diner-restaurant with about as extensive a menu as
you’re going to find in the area. Good for dinner, snacks
or that meal you forgot to have earlier. Breakfast served
anytime. 6 AM-midnight Sun-Thu, 6 AM-2 AM Fri-Sat; 24 hours
during summer season. AE, D, MC, V. $
Broad St., Glens Falls, 793-5855. This American-style diner
offers a full menu, breakfast anytime and homemade soups,
salads and desserts. Lunch and dinner specials daily. 6
AM-10 PM Sun-Thu, Fri-Sat 24 hours. MC, V. $
American Grill, Bakery & Bar
Duanesburg Road, Rotterdam. 356-0697. Located at the five
corners in Rotterdam, this newly renovated restaurant is
open for lunch, breakfast, and dinner. Serving fresh seafood,
steaks, chops, sauté and pasta dishes, along with gourmet
pizzas and New-York-deli-style sandwiches. Full bakery on
premises and full bar available. Serving 5 AM-11 PM Mon-Thu,
5 AM-midnight Fri-Sat, 6 AM-10 PM Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$
Wolf Road, Colonie, 459-5214. A little bit of everything
for everyone in this recently renovated diner near the Albany
International Airport. Nearly 400 different food items,
including Greek and Italian specials. Full bar. Serving
6 AM-1 AM Sun-Thu, 6 AM-2 AM Fri-Sat. AE, D, DC, MC, V.