Albany Pump Station 19 Quackenbush Square, Albany, 447-9000.
This downtown Albany brew pub offers a vast array of American
fare. The menu includes a large offering of soups, salads
and sandwiches. Full bar.
Tavern 95 Everett Road, Albany, 482-2333; 371 Delaware
Ave., Delmar, 475-1111. Known for its pizza, BEFF’s (Big Ed
Fat Field’s) also serves half-pound burgers, homemade soups
made fresh daily, salads and other bar fare. Try the chicken
toes. Daily specials. Full bar.
47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-2755. Gourmet breakfast
and lunch (breakfast available all day!) seven days a week.
Try the German apple pancake.
Ribbon Diner 1801 State St., Schenectady, 393-2600. A
“dineraunt” setting with a capacious menu. Save room for the
award-winning cheesecake. Reservations suggested for parties
of six or more.
Basket 65 Spring St., Saratoga Springs, 587-4233. Great
homemade breads, quiche, scones, pastries, specialty cakes
and other luscious treats are available at this small eatery.
Also open for lunch.
Brewing Company 417-419 River St., Troy, 273-BEER. A microbrewery
selling its own beer and that of many other small breweries,
as well as pub-style food, steaks and salads. A new menu places
an emphasis on creative sandwiches, flavorful appetizers and
217 12 1/2 Delaware Ave., Albany, 462-0050. An all-night
café serving breakfast and lunch items, and kitty-corner to
the Center Square neighborhood. Finally.
Market 340 Delaware Ave., Albany 434-4838. Your one stop,
recently remodeled, Italian family market owned and operated
for three generations. Homemade breads, pastas, salads, desserts,
pizza’s, etc, made daily! Fresh soup, produce, and meat available
Deli 46 State St., Albany, 427-2873. A downtown eatery
serving up everything from three-egg omelettes to hotcakes
to overstuffed sandwiches to grill specials. On the lighter
side, try the salads or fruit-and-cheese plate. Delivery available
Country Corner Café 25 Church St., Saratoga Springs, 583-7889.
165 High Rock Ave., Saratoga Springs, 584-8300. Cozy home-style
eatery with loads of breakfast options to choose from as well
as sandwiches, homemade soups, jams and more.
Brothers Restaurant & Brewery 184 Glen St., Glens
Falls, 743-9026. Offering a wide variety of appetizers, salads,
burgers, wraps, vegetarian dishes and pub fare—including fish
and chips and bangers and mash. Full bar including 12 beers
hand-crafted on site; seasonal outdoor dining.
Dairy Bar 890 Hoosick Road, Brunswick, 279-9985. Homemade
bread and muffins, eggs any way you wish, fresh soup, Reubens,
open-faced turkey sandwiches with gravy, roast beef and baked
ham. Great homemade pies, too. No alcohol.
BBQ and Seafood 827 Saratoga Road, Wilton, 580-9631. Casual,
fun atmosphere, serving Florida-style barbecue and seafood.
Baby back ribs, smoked chicken and spare ribs slowly cooked
over an open pit. Daily fresh selections of seafood, grilled
or blackened, including tuna steak, mahi-mahi, shark, salmon
and haddock. Appetizers include coconut shrimp, fried gator
and wings, and homemade key lime pie for dessert. Beer and
Boy Restaurant Diner 1975 Central Ave., Colonie, 456-2243;
fax 869-5480. Breakfast available all day, every day. Serving
steaks, chops, seafood, Italian and Greek dishes just like
mom used to make. Offering weekend dinner specials. Full bar.
2612 Guilderland Ave., Rotterdam, 382-9329. Steak, seafood,
and light fare. Open for lunch and dinner. Try the wings.
Newly added weekly entertainment schedule.
Fountain 283 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 482-9898. Pizza,
finger foods, burgers and other light fare. Also, a selection
of Italian dinners. Specials available all week. Full bar.
Corners Luncheonette 2 Grove St., Delmar, 439-0172. An
old- fashioned eatery with counter seating, booths and tables.
The menu features a blend of diner fare and fancier stuff;
dinner offerings get into more ambitious dishes with a contemporary
American touch. Live music every night. Beer and wine.
Diner 899 Central Ave., Albany, 482-7557. This traditional,
newly renovated 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.
Full bar. Reservations suggested for parties of eight or more.
Country Restaurant 1273 Central Ave., Colonie, 459-4585.
A comfortable family restaurant with a cozy country interior.
Come hungry and enjoy generous helpings of tasty, home-cooked
foods from lasagna to roast chicken to huge chef salads. Daily
specials, light menu available. Also, legendary pie. Beer
45 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 584-4790. Serving authentic
Southern and Louisiana cuisine since 1938. Come for the famous
fried chicken and biscuits, or try the delicious New Orleans
specials, grilled seafood and vegetarian entrées. Specials
include crab cakes, seafood gumbo and homemade desserts such
as sweet-potato pie and pecan pie. Heated garden patio through
October. Full bar.
Street Café 180 Madison Ave., Albany, 462-3544. Serving
good pub food every day and every night. Menu includes chicken
wings and grilled chicken sandwiches, wraps, salads and burgers.
& Watson 450 Broadway, Troy, 273-8526. The menu boasts
lots of homemade soups and salads, chili, wings, unusual sandwiches,
charbroiled burgers, and complete dinners from pasta to seafood
and steaks. Daily lunch and dinner specials. More than 70
selections of beer, ale and stout—24 on tap. Full bar.
Inn Bar & Grill 1 Gridley St., Saratoga Springs, 587-4909.
Menu features steak, smoked ribs, seafood, pasta and Italian-
American specialties. There’s also a pub menu. Daily specials.
Full bar. Reservations recommended.
Spot Café Collamer Building, 480 Broadway, Saratoga Springs,
584-9060. Boasting great homemade soups, fresh rotisserie
turkey and daily lunch specials, as well as a vegetarian menu.
Ladder Farms 342 Altamont Road, Altamont, 765-2956. An
apple orchard with a country store, featuring a café and bakery.
Cider, apples and apple products are the specialty. Lunch
fare includes hearty gourmet sandwiches, soups, fresh salads
and desserts from the bakery.
59 N. Pearl St., Albany, 432-1997. American casual dining
is available in the Capital Region’s “eatertainment” establishment.
The menu features everything from finger food to full meals
with a gourmet flair. Lots of big-screen TVs, a dance club,
plenty of pool tables, and a hyperactive video arcade. Full
B’s Glenmont Diner 21 Frontage Road, Glenmont, 434-3761.
Charming authentic ’50s diner; homemade specials daily, outdoor
patio, extended weekend breakfast menu. Takeout available.
’76 Restaurant 722 New Loudon Road (Route 9), Latham,
785-3793. Look for the fife ’n’ drum sign. It’s hard to miss
this spacious eatery, which offers traditional and contemporary
dineraunt fare and homemade pastries. Full bar.
River Brewing Company Latham Circle Mall, Latham, 786-6258.
A popular spot featuring regional American cuisine with nouveau
pub flair. Full bar featuring 26 international taps and 40
international bottled beers. Reservations accepted.
20 Diner 1709 Western Ave., Guilderland, 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 served as daily
specials, plus the popular sauté menu. On-premises full-time
baking, featuring Bill Holden’s famous cheesecake. Breakfast
is always available. Full bar.
Marketplace & Eatery 340 Hamilton St., Albany, 463-6240.
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, specialty pantry products.
Daily specials. On- and off-premises catering, takeout, daytime
Wally’s 189A Quail St., Albany, 433-1898. A wide array
of appetizers, hot and cold subs, wings, pizza, pasta dinners
and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Wally’s has party food for
pickup or delivery into the wee hours.
Albany Diner 893 Broadway, Albany, 465-9148; fax 465-7081.
Pre-war diner 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.
Restaurant Pub Capital Plaza, Colonie, 464-1200; Quaker
Plaza, Queensbury, 793-3389. The menus at both locations feature
lots of American classics, like ribs, steaks and chicken,
as well as Mexican dishes. Full bar. Reservations accepted.
Parting Glass 40-42 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs, 583-1916.
This popular Irish pub serves up more than typical pub fare.
The menu features homemade specials like lamb stew and corned
beef and cabbage, as well as Italian-American and Irish dishes.
Full bar with nearly 100 beers available, including Harp and
Guinness on tap.
Café Stuyvesant Plaza, Guilderland, 482-3677. Full breakfast
and lunch menu with dinner specials, including new appetizers
and pastas. Breakfast all day every day, with fare from Belgian
waffles to special omelettes, as well as fabulous desserts.
Jack’s Quail and Western, Albany. 426-5505 Sandwiches
available for take out or eat in. Free delivery after 11 AM.
Breakfast all day and open late night.
and Hobbs State and Dove streets, Albany, 426-4900. Classic
pub food featuring burgers, wraps, wings, sandwiches; dinner
entrees after 5 PM. Patio seating. Full bar and banquet facilities.
Market 435 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 587-FOOD. A gourmet
marketplace with a gourmet deli serving sandwiches, prepared
foods, soups, salads and such to eat in or take out. The mouth-watering
sandwich specials include the High Rock (roasted turkey with
cheddar and cranberry mayo) and the Karista (fresh mozzarella
with roasted red peppers and pesto mayo).
21 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 581-0560. European-style café
serving savory and sweet French crêpes, espresso and pommes
frites (french fries).
4-6 Sheridan Ave., Albany, 472-8150. This three-floor
venue serves a wide variety of of wood-fired pizzas. Try the
roasted-garlic pesto or the cheese steak pizza. Full bar.
Mill & Mining Co. 1200 Western Ave., Albany, 489-4910.
Back-to-basics bar food is always on tap, and daily dinner
specials are served in the back room. Home of Albany’s biggest
and best burgers for over 20 years. Full bar. Takeout available.
Marketplace Café 1066 Route 9, Queensbury, 798-1188. A
casual eatery in a country store that sells everything from
baked goods to gifts to toys. Menu offers a wide variety of
breakfast, lunch and dinner options, prepared with fresh ingredients.
Dinner selections feature creative fresh-fish specials, crabcakes,
fresh pasta creations, steaks and traditional homestyle favorites.
Friday’s Stuyvesant Plaza, Guilderland, 489-1661; 1 Southside
Drive, Clifton Park, 383-7148. Old posters and found art decorate
the walls; the glossy menu boasts Cajun chicken salad, Chinese
potstickers, herb-grilled chicken and lots of pizza and pasta
dishes. Good finger food, too. Full bar.
Tavern 250 Western Ave., Albany, 427-0091. Although this
spot is best-known for its traditional tavern fare, the facility
has recently been upgraded and also offers a special dinner
menu (available evenings from 5 to 9) sporting such dishes
as steak, ribs and sizzling fajitas. Full bar. Takeout available.
Dragon 858 Madison Ave., Albany, 459-8558. Chinese food.
Free delivery, student discount.
Wok 267 Lark St., Albany. 434-3947, 434-3946. Now under
the same ownership as Emperor’s. With a full menu and extensive
Chinese cuisine, it’s known as the “most original” of its
kind. Specializing in take-out.
Thai Restaurant 8 Wolf Road, Colonie, 435-1027. The Capital
Region’s first authentic Thai restaurant. Menu features dishes
like basil chicken with fresh green-curry sauce, broiled snapper
with coconut-curry sauce, pad Thai noodles, tsom yom goong
soup, chicken satay, shrimp and vegetable spring rolls. Full
House 8 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-1015. Eat in-take
out, free delivery (with a minimum order).
338 Central Ave., Albany, 432-0358. Japanese and Chinese
dishes including donburi, noodle soups and sushi lunch specials.
Takeout and delivery available.
Restaurant 1100 Madison Ave., Albany, 489-0606. Specializing
in Chinese, Thai and sushi. Favorites include Peking duck,
General Tso’s chicken and crispy orange beef. Delivery and
takeout available. Reservations suggested for parties of five
Japanese Noodle House 218 Central Ave., Albany, 436-7789.
Serving traditional Japanese foods, including more than 20
kinds of sushi and a variety of noodle dishes. Takeout available.
254 Lark St., Albany, 463-0223. A modest eatery where
you’re welcome to enjoy your meal at one of the handful of
tables or order to go. The exotic menu includes such customer
favorites as ginger chicken, vegetable curry and lemongrass
shrimp soup, all cooked without MSG.
House 6 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 935-2270. Fresh sushi,
along with a menu of other Japanese fare (tempura, yakitori,
noodles) presented in a handsome teahouse setting.
Pan 1519 Route 9, Halfmoon, 383-8581. All Asian cuisine,
concentrating on Thai and Chinese foods. Takeout available.
271 Lark St., Albany, 432-6610. A full range of new-world
sushi. On- and off-premises catering, takeout, delivery. Beer
Café 507 Saratoga Road (Route 50), Glenville, 384-7226;
79 N. Pearl St., Albany, 426-8550. The menu boasts a wide
selection of Mexican, Southwestern and Cajun goodies. Among
the favorites are the jambalaya, a Cajun gumbo and the sizzling
fajitas. Full bar with a full line of microbrews, 29 beers
on tap and at least 30 types of bottled brew.
Restaurant and Groceries 185 Henry Johnson Blvd., Albany,
433-1343. Specializing in Jamaican food. American menus available.
10-percent discount with student ID.
Café 198 1st St., Troy, 272-3011. A neighborhood café
with a scratch kitchen; try everything from theiIr excellent
Cuban selections, gourmet salads, to traditional burgers and
House, 1112 Madison Ave., Albany, 438-2265. This Northern
Indian restaurant features a large selection of appetizers,
curries, shish kebabs, tandoori entrées and Indian breads.
Lunch buffet daily. Off-premises catering and takeout available.
Indian Restaurant 1 Central Ave., Albany, 449-5577. It’s
the epicenter of Albany’s Indian- restaurant neighborhood,
serving Northern Indian food and offering a weekday lunch
9B Johnson Road, Latham, 785-7600; 278 Hamburg St., Schenectady,
355-9495. Specializing in regional dishes from all over India.
Daily lunch buffet, weekend brunch. Full bar, off-premise
catering, takeout available, reservations accepted.
India 423 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 583-4151. Menu features
vegetarian dishes, as well as chicken curry, chicken and lamb
biryani, seafood shim bhuna. Beer and wine. Takeout available.
Restaurant 35 Central Ave., Albany, 434-0890; 405 Fulton
St., Troy, 273-8744; 15 Park Ave., Shopper’s World, Route
146 Clifton Park. Inexpensive, spicy Indian fare to eat in
or take out. No alcohol; catering available. No reservations.
Mahal 118-120 Jay St., Schenectady, 370-3664. The name
refers to either a bird’s nest or a sense of home, and the
proprietors offer an assortment of Pakistani-Indian cuisine,
with both meat and vegetarian dishes available.
Palace 423 Madison Ave. (at Lark Street), Albany, 463-4123.
Traditional northern Indian fare, served in a lunch buffet
daily and from a full menu for dinner. Tandoor dishes and
lots of vegetarian fare, with low prices an added attraction.
Also features a hookah patio.
23 Dove St., Albany, 462-9176. Specializing in veal and
seafood dishes, including clams marinara, seafood fra diavolo
and veal Francese. Full bar. Takeout available. Reservations
121 Madison Ave., Albany, 462-9180. An Albany favorite, with
many different pasta dishes and a menu featuring 15 different
veal dishes, among many other offerings. Nightly specials,
too. Full bar. Takeout available.
1562 New Scotland Ave. (Route 85), Slingerlands, 439-5555;
Stuyvesant Plaza, 482-8000; Shoppers World Plaza (off 146),
Clifton Park, 383-6666. The pizzas come out of the wood-fired
oven and include such exotic combos as chicken pesto, barbecued
chicken and a healthy vegetarian pizza pie. All pastas are
fresh. Beer and extensive wine list (full bar at Stuyvesant
Plaza location). Takeout available. Reservations suggested.
Pizzeria & Restaurant 155 Delaware Ave., Delmar, 475-7777.
Featuring veal, chicken, seafood, pasta, pizza and baked dishes.
Banquet facilities available.
Italia 20 Mall, 2080 Western Ave., Guilderland, 456-8242.
Southern and Northern Italian specialties served in an intimate
atmosphere. Lunch buffet daily. Live piano during dinner Friday
and Saturday. Full bar. Takeout available. Reservations suggested.
Olive Garden 178 Wolf Road, Colonie, 458-8676. An extensive,
Americanized Italian menu includes lots of pastas, appetizers
and salads. Full bar.
Paradiso 198 Central Ave., Albany, 462-5812. Authentic
Italian-American cuisine, featuring pasta, beef, veal and
seafood dishes, as well as authentic Italian wood-fired pizza.
Full bar. AE
124th Street and Fourth Avenue, Troy, 235-0444. Family-run
Italian restaurant with a family ambience, specializing in
pasta dishes, veal and seafood. Home of Testo’s Gourmet Pasta
Sauce. Beer and wine.
Fresca 1166 Western Ave., Albany, 452-1179. Bowls of roasted
peppers, baby artichokes, olives and any number of pastas,
salads, and seafood delicacies. In addition there’s a generous
selection of cold and hot sandwiches, panini, lasagna, parmigianas,
Italian sodas and cheeses.
Bite 544 Delaware Ave., Albany, 449-1214. Bagels are just
the beginning at this locally owned establishment, which serves
up omelettes, triple-decker sandwiches and a New York and
Middle Eastern-style dinner menu.
Restaurant 1736 Western Ave., Guilderland. 452-6342. Falafel,
spanakopita, kebabs, baba ghanouj, tabbouleh, veggie platters
and many other Lebanese, Moroccan, Egyptian, Greek and Italian
dishes. Beer and wine. Eat in or take out.
Mideast Café 206 Washington Ave., Albany, 434-3901. Serving
such Mediterranean dishes as shish kebab, tabbouleh, falafel,
hummus and stuffed grape leaves. Special vegetarian menu.
Takeout available. No alcohol.
Taste of Greece, 193 Lark St., Albany, 426-9000. Authentic
homemade Greek cuisine. Greek buffet every Sun at 5 PM. Takeout,
delivery and catering available.
Burrito Bar 258 Lark St., Albany, 463-9635. A healthy-sized
menu includes vegetarian-friendly options amid a creative
selection of sizable burritos, soft and hard tacos, different
kinds of chili (including a vegetarian option), quesadillas
and finger foods such as sweet-potato or tofu fries and loaded
nachos. Take out or eat in.
Loco Mexican Café 465 Madison Ave., Albany, 436-1855.
An eccentric bistro where the specialties include quesadillas,
chili rellenos, Tex-Mex fare and many vegetarian items. Watch
for unusual daily specials. Full bar. Takeout available. Reservations
suggested for large parties Tue-Thu and Sun.
Mariachi 144 Washington Ave., Albany, 465-2568. This Mexican
restaurant moved closer to downtown, but the food is still
of the authentic variety. Try the cochinita pibil,
a popular pork roast made with orange juice and red onions.
Mariachi II 289 Hamilton St., Albany, 432-7580. Authentic
Mexican and Spanish dishes, including paella and pollo
San Marco. Full bar—featuring over 45 top tequilas.
Mariachi III 2955 Route 9, Saratoga Springs, 581-5901.
The popular Albany restaurants now have another location in
6 1/2 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 587-4236. The eclectic
menu boasts specialties from around the world. Look for the
burritos, Thai chicken, Israeli falafel and Cajun-style jambalaya.
1614 Central Ave., Colonie, 456-4116. A menu of Mexican
items includes pollo fundido, fajitas, burritos,
enchiladas and chimichangas, as well as Tex-Mex barbecued
ribs. Full bar. Takeout available.
135 Crescent St., Saratoga Springs, 587-2346. A Mexican
restaurant owned by jockey Filiberto Leon. Full Bar.
Mexican Connection 41 Nelson Ave., Saratoga Springs, 584-4466.
Try the burro grande or a California tostada; also fajitas
and daily specials. Full bar, including 30 fine tequilas and
many Mexican beers. Reservations suggested.
33 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 584-3632. Pizza, focaccia
sandwiches, fried foods, “grubs” (grinder-subs), stuffed breads.
Takeout only; free delivery.
Pizzeria 266 4th St., Troy, 271-1111. Twenty-one gourmet
wood-fired pizzas, plus homemade pasta—21 varieties—antipasta,
salads. Organic pasta and pizza, all made on premises. Homemade
Italian sauces available in DeFazio’s retail store next door.
No alcohol. Cash only.
Pizzeria 1631 Eastern Parkway, Schenectady, 382-1616.
An Electric City mainstay. Serving pizza, of course, along
with burgers, salads and traditional Italian-American dishes.
Takeout and delivery available. Full bar. Reservations suggested.
Love New York Pizza 125 4th St., Troy, 274-0071. Twenty-four
varieties of pizza with unique toppings, and high-quality
fresh ingredients. Inventive pies include baked lasagna, chicken
marsala, chicken parm, and antipasto.
Pizza 496 Albany Shake Road, Loudonville, 459-2121; 79
Campbell Ave., Troy, 272-2121; 222 Guideboard Road, Clifton
Park, 383-8080; 198 Lisha Kill Road, Colonie, 456-4111; 187
Old Loudon Road, Latham, 782-7111; 1810 Western Ave., Albany,
862-2030. Enjoy all of Inferno’s Italian culinary delights
with the same outstanding quality served for generations.
New Madison Grille 331 Madison Ave., Albany, 434-1938.
Pizza is the specialty—the New Madison Grille has revived
the famous 50-year-old pizza recipe from the former establishment.
Also serving a high-quality but reasonably priced menu of
salads, sandwiches, burgers and other entrées. Full bar.
Baron Delaware Plaza, 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 jumbo baked
(not deep-fried) wings. Eat in or take out. Delivery available.
Uno Crossgates Mall, Guilderland, 869-3100; 601 Troy Schenectady
Road, Latham, 782-7166. Chicago-style deep-dish pizza at both
locations, as well as salads, ribs, chicken, sandwiches, burgers
and express lunch daily. Full bar. Takeout available. Advanced
seating requests accepted.
Tavern 112 Maple Ave. (Route 85A), Voorheesville, 765-4163.
Famous landmark tavern ppen since 1945. Serving sandwiches,
salads, homemade soups and, best of all, award-winning pizza
with fresh homemade dough and sauce made daily. With more
than 40 types of beer and microbrews.
63 N. Lake Ave., Albany, 465-0961. Family owned and run
Italian deli serving some of the best pizza around.
Seasons 33 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 584-4670. Natural-food
restaurant and store with a vegetarian buffet featuring healthful,
flavorful whole foods, soups, desserts and breads. No alcohol.
Soup Deli Honest Weight Food Co-op, 484 Central Ave.,
Albany, 482-2667. Fresh, healthful soups, salads, sandwiches,
baked goods, pizzas and ethnic specialties made daily.
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