Barnsider 480 Sand Creek Road, Albany. 869-2448. Elegant
dining atmosphere, featuring steaks and fresh seafood. Banquet
facilities and light fare available. D, AE, V, MC.
Daisy Baker’s 33 Second St., Troy, 266-9200. This classy
establishment serves gourmet American fare as well as an impressive
array of seafood and pasta items. Full bar. AE, D, MC, V.
288 Lark St., Albany, 465-5275. Stylish restaurant and
pub serving dinner on two floors, with an art gallery on the
third. A brand-new menu features vegetarian options as well
as steaks and seafood, and homemade desserts. More than 35
different wines sold by the glass. Reservations accepted.
Lounge 58 North Pearl St., Albany, 694-3689. This downtown
Albany restaurant and martini lounge features steak and seafood
specialties along with veal, chicken and pasta dishes. Full
bar; extensive wine list. Banquet facilities, catering, takeout
Tower 414 Broadway, Albany. 431-1920. Upscale pub food
with an eclectic menu offering steaks, burgers, and club sandwiches,
as well as Asian dishes. New York-style bar, live music.
Inn at Saratoga 231 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 583-1890.
American cuisine at a cozy Victorian inn. Bistro menu. Full
Oyster House 42 State St., Albany, 465-8854. Albany’s
dining landmark since 1913 is now in its third generation
of family ownership. Savor seafood specials, steaks, veal
or poultry in a classic setting. Full bar. Open 365 days a
year—366 for leap year! Reservations suggested, especially
on weekends and holidays.
301 Lark St., Albany, 436-7008. Look for some offbeat ethnic
dishes, like jerk chicken, on an inventive, often-changing
menu. Full bar and on-premises catering for small parties.
Inn Main St. (Route 43), Averill Park, 674-3363. Barbecue
ribs, seafood pastas, fish specials and many other homemade
dishes. Dine on the deck overlooking Crystal Lake. Full bar.
Café Stuyvesant Plaza, 489-4288. Exciting and new fine-dining
menu features pasta, chicken and seafood dishes. Cappuccino,
beer and wine by the glass.
Inn & Restaurant 500 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs,
587-0108. Situated in an old country estate built in the late
1800s, the inn prides itself on its warm and relaxing dining
ambience. The menu of American offerings includes an array
of steaks, bourbon-glazed salmon, fresh pastas and pan-roasted
garlic shrimp. Wine Spectator award-winning wine list.
353 State St., Albany, 463-2100. This restaurant in the
Lark Street neighborhood features a changing menu of progressive
American cuisine with a city grill atmosphere. Full bar with
an extensive wine list.
Restaurant and Lounge 1 Steuben Place, Albany, 433-0011.
This downtown Albany restaurant and martini lounge features
steak and seafood specialties along with veal, chicken and
pasta dishes. Full bar; extensive wine list. Banquet facilities,
catering, takeout available.
Ripe Tomato American Grill Routes 9 and 9P, Malta, 581-1530.
Affordable four-star dining in the Italian-American grill
tradition. Specialties include an award-winning bisque, steaks
and seafood. Full bar.
Saratoga National Golf Club, 458 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs,
583-4653. An upscale restaurant open year round. Extensive
wine list and desserts. Full bar, on-premises catering. Banquet
The Desmond, 660 Albany-Shaker Road, Colonie, 869-8100. The
Desmond’s casual restaurant, with grilled swordfish, filet
mignon, and a selection of salads as well as wine by the glass.
House Grill Holiday Inn Turf, 205 Wolf Road, Colonie,
458-7250. Menu includes chicken, seafood and steaks. Full
bar. Reservations suggested.
Japanese Cuisine 2049 VanVranken Ave., Schenectady, 381-4881.
Sushi bar, tempura, sukiyaki and teriyaki are among the specials.
Reservations suggested, especially on weekends.
2027 Western Ave., Albany, 452-1445; fax 482-1081. Order from
the sushi bar or watch your chef prepare traditional Japanese
dishes at a hibachi table. Other authentic offerings are tempura,
teriyaki and sukiyaki. Table service available. Private room
available. Beer and wine.
Thai Garden 44-46 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 580-0900.
Serving exotic Thai food, made with fresh ingredients. Sample
the Japanese entrées, or dine at the sushi bar. Many vegetarian
options. Takeout available.
390 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 587-6262. This handsome
eatery and nightspot features a large bar along with continental
and Italian fare. Great food, great drinks, great fun.
Ginger Man Wine Bar & Restaurant 234 Western Ave.,
Albany, 427-5963. Try the fruit-and-cheese board with a glass
of wine; other menu items include fresh seafood and steaks,
and daily fish and pasta specials. Extensive wine and beer
list, full bar. Reservations recommended. La Serre 14
Green St., Albany, 463-6056. This is the place for fresh pasta,
grilled fish or veal chanterelle. Full bar. Reservations suggested.
Bistro at the Quackenbush House 25 Quackenbush Square,
Albany, 465-1111. Dinner is served with a decidedly French
flair in Albany’s oldest historic building. The menu is noted
for traditional dishes including rack of lamb, roast duckling
and steak au poivre. Also features contemporary menu items.
Fixed-price dinner menu priced with or without wine. Full
bar. Reservations suggested.
Shaker Inn 1171 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham, 783-6460.
The usual meats and fishes are transformed with imaginative
ingredients on a menu offering New American cuisine. Full
Street Café 429 River St., Troy, 273-2740. The chef and
chef-owner give personal attention to each item on the seasonally
changing menu of fresh, New American fare. Beer and wine.
30 1/2 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 584-9618. Casual
upscale dining on a side street, with a heated patio area.
Noted for soft-shell crab (in season), seafood, Maryland crab
cakes, sirloin and fresh fish specials, handmade desserts.
on the Park 462 Madison Ave., Albany, 449-2492. Located
in the historic Lark Street district, Magnolia’s brings Southern
cooking and hospitality to downtown Albany. Very supportive
of the local arts and music scene. Enjoy Magnolia’s specialty
cocktails or the full bar. Reservations accepted, but walk-ins
are always welcome.
Well Route 9, Wilton, 584-7640. Triple-thick loin lamb
chops are featured, along with fresh seafood and prime rib.
Live Maine lobsters available nightly. Full bar. Reservations
Sophie The Saratoga Hotel, 534 Broadway, Saratoga
Springs, 583-3538. Founded and inspired by French chef Sophie
Parker and her husband Joseph in 1969, the restaurant prepares
fresh seasonal offerings for the discerning palate. Reservations
1929 Central Ave., Colonie, 456-6670. A variety of chicken,
lamb, shrimp and vegetable dishes and always-sizzling tandoor
ovens. “Sun Room” dining area open on weekends and for special
parties. Full bar. Reservations suggested.
25 Chapel St., 436-7747. Acclaimed chef Yono Purnomo continues
his tradition of creating exquisite continental cuisine highlighted
with his native Asian accent. Full bar.
Appian Way Restaurant 1839 Van Vranken Ave., Schenectady,
393-8460. New owners have given this Schenectady mainstay
a new menu of traditional Southern Italian fare, with specials
including pork chops with vinegar peppers. Full bar.
d’Italia 2050 Western Ave., Guilderland, 452-9200. Italian
café featuring pasta entrees, paninis served on homemade focaccia
bread, meal-sized salads, and gelato.
Capriccio 49 Grand St., Albany, 465-0439. Gourmet Italian
dining with a menu that includes seasonal specials, pastas,
and Mediterranean gourmet fare as well. Try the eggplant with
four cheeses or the calamari neri. Reservations strongly
Italia 662 Central Ave., Albany, 482-9433. Look for traditional
preparations of veal, pasta, shrimp and lobster. Beer, liquor
and wine. Reservations suggested.
Restaurant 818 Central Ave., Albany, 458-8688. A menu
of Italian cuisine plus light selections, hot and cold appetizers
and interesting pastas. Menu includes seafood, chicken and
veal specialties. Homemade desserts. Full bar.
il Ristorante 208 S. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 580-0025.
Innovative northern Italian fare served in a nicely decorated
dining room and, in warm months, on an outdoor patio. Full
203-207 Lark St., Albany, 449-3532. The luxe dining room has
balcony seating at this classy addition to Lark Street. The
Northern Italian, French and American menu includes homemade
pastas and bread and sinful desserts. Outdoor patio. Full
Porto Ristorante 85 Fourth St., Troy, 273-8546. Martin
Scorsese’s favorite Capital Region restaurant is still going
strong, serving Italian specialties with a Sicilian flavor.
Check out one of the seafood mugnaia dishes. Full bar. Reservations
Newton Plaza, 594 New Loudon Road, Latham, 783-3334. Northern
Italian cuisine featuring homemade pasta, gourmet pizza, grilled
meats and seafood. Selection of gourmet foods and baked goods
for takeout. Full bar. Reservations suggested.
Ristorante 556 Delaware Ave., Albany, 436-4952. The menu
offers Southern and Northern Italian specialties in an intimate
dining room with a metropolitan feel. Full bar. Reservations
Lombardi’s 104 West Sand Lake Road, Wynantskill, 283-0202.
Featuring fresh veal, seafood and specialty pastas, with the
biggest hot and cold antipasto in the area. Full bar.
& R Restaurant 136 Madison Ave., Albany, 626-0001
or 626-0700. Northern Italian cuisine featuring pasta, chicken,
veal and seafood. Soups and desserts made from scratch. Full
bar, catering, private parties of 70 or more. Takeout available.
Restaurant & Wine Bar 1192 Western Ave., Albany, 438-1144.
Mediterranean fare served in comfortable surroundings. Tapas
and personal-sized pizzas are part of the menu, and you can
make a considerable meal for yourself simply by snacking.
But don’t overlook such entrées as grilled portobello with
penne. Full bar.
Harbor Steak and Seafood 351 Broadway, Albany, 426-5000.
Hudson Harbor offers steak and seafood dishes just as you
remember them from their New Baltimore location. Full bar.
Outdoor dining in summer.
Seafood Co. 195 Wolf Road, Colonie, 458-2068. This popular
seafood emporium still boasts one of the most impressive raw
bars around. The menu features sea stew, chargrilled Block
Island swordfish, tuna medallions in white wine and herbs
and a blue-plate combination special. Full bar. Open for lunch
and dinner. Reservations on weekends suggested for large parties.
Scrimshaw The Desmond, 660 Albany Shaker Road, Colonie,
869-8100. Menu features fresh Atlantic seafood, from lobster
to sea bass to halibut. Full bar. Appropriate attire required
for dinner. Reservations suggested.
Routes 146 and 146A (Clifton Park Plaza), Clifton Park,
383-1209. Vegetarian-friendly restaurant with a Mediterranean
flair, serving homemade salads, pizzas with specialty toppings,
pasta, greens and beans, and homemade vegetarian soups. Creative
specials nightly. Extensive beer and wine list includes 40
beers and more than 400 wines (50 by the glass).
Linh 272 Delaware Ave., Albany 465-8899. Exquisite Vietnameses
cuisine in a cozy atmosphere with fireside dining. Full bar,
take out available. Private rooms for banquets/parties.
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