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Fine Dining

 

American

The Barnsider 480 Sand Creek Road, Albany. 869-2448. Elegant dining atmosphere, featuring steaks and fresh seafood. Banquet facilities and light fare available.

Daisy Baker’s 33 2nd St., Troy, 266-9200. This classy establishment serves gourmet American fare as well as an impressive array of seafood and pasta items.

DeJohn’s 288 Lark St., Albany, 465-5275. Menu featuring vegetarian options as well as steaks, seafood, Italian specialties and homemade desserts served in the cozy pub area or the second-floor dining room. Variety of wines available by the glass and bottle, full bar featuring the newest concoctions the cocktail world has to offer. Private party room located, outdoor patio, off-site catering and gift certificates available. Reservations recommended.

Envy Lounge 58 N. 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 available.

Franklin’s 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.

The Inn at Saratoga 231 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 583-1890. American cuisine at a cozy Victorian inn. Bistro menu. Full bar.

Jack’s 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.

Justin’s 301 Lark St., Albany, 436-7008. Albany’s landmark restaurant and jazz club, featuring music almost nightly. Look for some offbeat ethnic dishes, like jerk chicken, on an inventive, often-changing menu. Full bar and on-premises catering for small parties.

Lakeview Inn 4 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.

Londonderry Café Stuyvesant Plaza, 489-4288. Exciting and new fine-dining menu features pasta, chicken and seafood dishes. Cappuccino, beer and wine by the glass.

Longfellows 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. Full bar.

McGuire’s 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.

New World Bistro Bar 300 Delaware Ave., Albany, 694-0520, newworld bistrobar.com. Featuring “global comfort food,” from executive chef Ric Orlando, New World offers everything from full entrees to small plates, sandwiches and flatbread pizzas, as well as vegetarian and vegan selections. Full bar. On- and off-premises catering. Takeout available.

The 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.

Prime 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 facilities.

Simpson’s 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. Full bar.

Turf House Grille Holiday Inn Turf, 205 Wolf Road, Colonie, 458-7250. Menu includes chicken, seafood and steaks. Full bar. Reservations suggested.

Asian

Bangkok Bistro Thai Restaurant & Martini Bar 268 State St., Schenectady, 374-3048. bangkokbistrony.com. An offshoot of the successful Wolf Road restaurant (with added martini bar and sushi bar), this eatery occupies the handsome old Nicholas building in Schenectady’s downtown. Full bar, banquet facilities.

Koto Japanese Steakhouse 260 Wolf Road, Latham, 869-8888. Named by Metroland as the Best Japanese Steakhouse of 2008. Check out the great entertainment at the Hibachi tables. Reservations recommended but not required. Special orders accepted. Full bar. On-premises catering. Takeout available.

Mari’s Japanese Cuisine 2049 Van Vranken Ave., Schenectady, 381-4881. Sushi bar, tempura, sukiyaki and teriyaki are among the specials. Reservations suggested, especially on weekends.

Miyako 2027 Western Ave., Albany, 452-1445; fax 452-2159. 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.

Sushi Thai Garden 44-46 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 580-0900. 1707 Route 9, Suite 100, Clifton Park, 384-0100.. Serving exotic Thai food, made with fresh ingredients. Sample the Japanese entrées, or dine at the sushi bar. Many vegetarian options. Takeout available.

Continental

Brindisi’s Restaurant 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. brindisis.com

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 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.

Olde 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 bar.

River 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.

Sperry’s 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. Full bar.

Magnolias 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.

Wishing Well 745 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 suggested.

French

The Wine Bar & Bistro 200 Lark St., Albany, 463-2881. European-style bistro offering chef Kevin Everleth’s inventive cuisine and more than 60 wines by the glass. Dine inside or under the stars in the charming backyard patio. Wine and beer, on-premises catering, takeout available.

Indian

Sitar 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.

Indonesian

Yono’s 25 Chapel St., 436-7747. Acclaimed chef Yono Purnomo continues his tradition of creating exquisite continental cuisine highlighted with his native Indonesian accent. Full bar.

Italian

The Appian Way Restaurant 1839 Van Vranken Ave., Schenectady, 393-8460. This Schenectady mainstay has a menu of traditional Southern Italian fare, with specialties in veal and seafood. Homemade pasta and bread everyday. Full bar.

Aromi d’Italia 2050 Western Ave., Guilderland, 452-9200. Italian café featuring pasta entrees, paninis served on homemade focaccia bread, meal-sized salads, and gelato.

Café 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 suggested.

Caffe Italia 662 Central Ave., Albany, 482-9433. Look for traditional preparations of veal, pasta, shrimp and lobster. Beer, liquor and wine. Reservations suggested.

Carmine’s 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.

Chianti il Ristorante 18 Division St., Saratoga Springs, 580-0025. Innovative northern Italian fare served in a nicely decorated dining room. Full bar.

Elda’s 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 bar.

Lo Porto Ristorante 85 4th 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 strongly suggested.

Milano 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.

Nicole’s 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 suggested.

Paolo 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.

V & 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. Reservations suggested.

Mediterranean

Barcelona Restaurant 1192 Western Ave., Albany, 438-1144. Mediterranean fare served in comfortable surroundings. Tapas 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.

Mexican

Jose Malone’s Mexican Irish Restaurant 405 River St., Troy, 273-2196, josemalones.com. Innovative Mexican cuisine in a colonial Mexican atmosphere. Daily and weekly specials, many vegetarian items, children’s menu. Margaritas with fresh-squeezed lime won Metroland’s Best Of award. Large selection of tequilas and single-malt scotch. Full bar, takeout available.

Middle Eastern

Afgan Grill 952 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham, 783-9200. Authentic Afgan cuisine featuring a variety of grilled Kabobs, including lamb, chicken, beef and seafood. Vegetarian selections available. Lunch buffet available 11 AM-2 PM Mon-Fri. Dinner served seven nights a week. On- and off-premises catering available for all occasions. Takeout available. Reservations recommended.

Bombay Grill 517 Watervliet Shaker Road, Latham, 783-7838. Fine Indian, Pakistani and Afgani cuisine offered in traditional and creative recipes. Featuring kabobs, Halal meats and a fresh juice bar. On- and off-premises catering avialble. BYOB.

Seafood

Hudson 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.

Reel 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.

The 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.

Vegetarian

Antipasto’s 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).

Vietnamese

My Linh 272 Delaware Ave., Albany 465-8899. Exquisite Vietnameses cuisine in a cozy atmosphere. Full bar, take out available. Private rooms for banquets/parties.

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