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.
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. $$
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.
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. $
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 10-9 Mon-Fri,
11-6 Sat. Closed Sun. MC, V. $
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. $
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. $
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 7-7 Mon-Fri, 8-4 Sat-Sun. AE, D, MC, V, Personal
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. $
Bistro and Bagel
Saratoga Road, Scotia, 399-3887. Twenty-two varieties of
bagels, plus soups, sandwiches and a grill menu. Also serving
gourmet coffee. Serving 6-5 Mon-Sat, 7-3 Sun. AE, D, MC,
at the New Course at Albany
O’Neill Road, Albany, 489-0466. Nightly specials and pizzas
augment a light dinner menu featuring burgers, finger foods,
salads and sandwiches. Full bar, catering. Takeout available.
Serving 11 AM-10 PM Mon-Fri, 8 AM-10 PM Sat-Sun. Closed
Mondays from November until April. AE, MC, V. $$
Marketplace & Eatery
Hamilton St., Albany, 463-6240, www.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. Summer Brunch
on Saturdays. On- and off-premises catering, takeout. Off-street
parking in Robinson Square lot. Small-plate table-service
on patio 7 PM-11 PM Wed-Sat. Open 8-7 Mon-Fri, 9-5 Sat.
AE, D, MC, V, personal checks. $
Quail St., Albany, 433-1898. www.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. $
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, personal checks. $
Night Sky Cafe
Union St., Schenectady, 372-2590. Small restaurant serving
sandwiches, “metzas” (small plates), coffee, tea, cappuccino,
beer, wine and desserts. Takeout available. Serving 11 AM-midnight
Mon-Fri, 5 PM-1 AM Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $
Broadway, Albany, 434-4540, www.nochealbany.com. Sophisticated,
upscale lounge and tapas bar with a full kitchen that can
accommodate special events with anything from passed hors
d’oeuvres to private dinners and luncheons. Full bar, on-
and off-premises catering. Serving tapas menu 4-midnight
daily. AE, D, MC, V. $
Commons, 161 Washington Ave. Ext., Albany, 862-9281. Grab
a quick lunch or a breakfast muffin or take advantage of
the comfortable surroundings and dally for a snack or extended
meal. Just-baked bread and pastries, soups, salads and free
refills on iced tea. Serving 6:30 AM-9:30 PM Mon-Thu, 6:30
AM-10 PM Fri-Sat, 7:30-8 Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $
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 omelettes.
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. $
in the Sky
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. Personal checks.
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, 12-11:30 Fri-Sat, noon-8 Sun.
AE, D, MC, V, personal checks. $
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. $
Madison Ave., Albany, 465-CAFÉ (2233), www.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
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. $
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. Personal checks.
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 Sun-Sat. Cash only. $
Western Ave., Guilderland, 452-1179, www.viafresca.net.
Gourmet deli featuring panini sandwiches and Italian specialties.
Primarily takeout with limited inside seating. Off-premises
catering for lunches, small events and corporate functions.
Open 10-7 Mon-Fri, 10-5 Sat. MC, V. $
Front St., Ballston Spa, 884-2664, www.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, personal
Rock Café at Indian Ladder Farms
Altamont Road, Altamont, 765-2956, www.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, apple iced tea, Italian
sodas, fair-trade coffee, iced 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. $