Albany Pump Station 19 Quackenbush Square, Albany, 447-9000.
This downtown Albany brew pub offers a vast array of American
fare. The menu features a large offering of soups, salads
and sandwiches. Full bar, including their award winning beer.
Tavern 95 Everett Road, Albany, 482-2333. 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.
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.
Burrito Bar 258 Lark St., Albany, 463-9636; 447 State
St., Schenectady, 374-3548. Menu includes vegetarian-friendly
options, a creative selection of sizable burritos and more
than a half-dozen varieties of chicken wings. Also boasting
20 draft beers and a dozen types of frozen margaritas. Takeout
available. Lunch delivery.
Basket 65 Spring St., Saratoga Springs, 587-4233. Homemade
breads, quiche, scones, pastries, specialty cakes and other
luscious treats are available at this small eatery. Also open
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.
Market 340 Delaware Ave., Albany, 434-4838. Your one-stop,
recently remodeled, Italian market, family-owned-and-operated
for three generations. Homemade breads, pastas, salads, desserts
and pizzas made daily. Fresh soup, produce, and meat 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.
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.
Senior menu and children’s menu.
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 explore 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.
Pies and 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 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, homestyle meatloaf, mash potatoes, chicken
and biscuts. Homemade desserts. Daily lunch specials and dinner
specials Wed-Sat. More than 70 selections of beer, ale and
stout—24 on tap. Full bar.
Inn Bar & Grill 9 Gridley St., Saratoga Springs, 587-4909.
Menu features steak, smoked ribs, seafood, pasta and Italian-American
specialties. Also offers a pub menu and 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, 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.
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.
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. Pre-war diner
offers a one-of-a-kind brunch menu, and they’ll cook your
fries to your specific request. Menu lists, creative lunch
sandwiches, and homemade soups.
Restaurant Pub Capital Plaza, 1814 Central Ave., Colonie,
464-1200; Quaker Plaza, Queensbury, 793-3389. The menus at
both locations feature lots of American classics—like ribs,
steak and chicken—as well as Mexican dishes. Full bar. Reservations
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 ranging
from Belgian waffles to special omelettes, as well as fabulous
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 available after 5 PM. Patio seating. Full bar and
banquet facilities. Takeout available.
M. Barley’s Western Avenue and Quail Street, Albany, 436-7740.
Upscale pub with working stone fireplace, where the menu features
black angus burgers, flatiron steak, steamed clams, pasta
purses, wings and more. Full bar, more than 60 imported bottled
beers. On-premises catering. Takeout availiable.
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).
Room Sports Grill 67 New Scotland Ave. at Hilton Garden,
Albany, 396-3800. Full menu featuring lunch and dinner, salads,
burgers and weekly specials. Try Dave’s world-famous baby
back ribs. Fifty flat screens offer every sports package available.
Full bar, outside deck and plenty of free parking. Reservations
recommended. Takeout available.
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 and lunch options, prepared with fresh ingredients.
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 Chinese potstickers, cajun
shrimp and chicken pasta, and pecan-crusted chicken salad.
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). Full bar. Takeout available.
Dragon 858 Madison Ave., Albany, 459-8558. Chinese food.
Free delivery, student discount.
Wok 267 Lark St., Albany. 434-3947. 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
House 8 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-1015. Eat-in, takeout,
free delivery (with a minimum order).
338 Central Ave., Albany, 432-0358. 1652 Western Ave.,
Albany 869-9585. Japanese and Chinese dishes including donburi,
noodle soups and sushi lunch specials. Takeout and delivery
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; 62 Central Ave., Albany,
433-7203. 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.
BBQ 19 Central Square, Chatham, 392-6060. Columbia County’s
apple-themed barbeque has all the traditional offerings: spare
ribs, chicken, pork, and brisket, all smoked in local applewood.
Featuring homemade soups, barbeque sauces and side orders.
Q Smokehouse 329 Ontario St., Albany, 438-7675, eatmypork.com.
Pulled pork, ribs, wings, smoked chicken and other tasty items.
Cooked slow and served fast, seven days a week. Take out,
delivery and catering available.
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, 32 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.
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.
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; 47 Caroline Street, Saratoga
Springs, 580-1144. Specializing in regional dishes from all
over India. Daily lunch buffet, weekend brunch. Full bar,
off-premise catering, takeout available, reservations accepted.
India 60 Court St., 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; 180 Delaware
Ave., Delmar, 439-4200; 15 Park Ave., Shopper’s World, Route
146 Clifton Park, 348-1494. Inexpensive, spicy Indian fare
to eat-in or takeout. No alcohol, BYOB; catering available.
No reservations. Albany location has 85-person banquet hall
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.
The pizzas come hot 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. Takeout available. Reservations suggested.
Pizzeria & Restaurant 155 Delaware Ave., Delmar, 475-7777.
Featuring veal, chicken, seafood, pasta, pizza and baked dishes.
Banquet facilities available.
Olive Garden 178 Wolf Road, Colonie, 458-8676. An extensive,
Americanized Italian menu includes lots of pastas, appetizers
and salads. Full bar.
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 1666 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, pastries and cheeses.
184 River St., Troy, 270-9490; 185 1/2 Lark St., Albany, 445-0445.
Award-winning homemade Lebanese cuisine. Daily specials, hummus,
falafel, shawarma and more. Call to order-in or take out.
Greek/American Eatery 577 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 12208,
453-9191, antonsgreek restaurant.com. Specializing in fresh
Greek-American fare, including authentic gyros souvlaki, moussaka,
homemade spreads and Greek pastries. Anton’s also offers killer
breakfast sandwiches, mini hot dogs, vegetarian fare and gluten-free
pitas. Off-premises catering. Takeout and delivery available.
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.
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.
Authentic cuisine from Mexico and Spain, including paella
and pollo San Marco. Full bar, takeout available. Reservations
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.
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 Pizza of Troy 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. Formerly “I Love New
York Pizza”; same management, same taste, same recipe, different
Pizza 496 Albany Shaker 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; 72 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs, 580-8888. 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.
Uno Crossgates Mall, Guilderland, 869-3100; 601 Troy Schenectady
Road, Latham, 782-7166. Chicago-style deep-dish pizza, as
well as salads, ribs, chicken, sandwiches, burgers and express
lunch daily. Full bar. Daily appetizer and beer specials.
Takeout available. Advanced seating requests accepted.
Tavern 112 Maple Ave. (Route 85A), Voorheesville, 765-4163.
Famous landmark tavern open 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.
Weight Deli Honest Weight Food Co-op, 484 Central Ave.,
Albany, 482-2667. Fresh, healthful soups, salads, sandwiches,
hot lunches, baked goods and ethnic specialties made daily.
Gluten-free, vegan options available. Fresh organic vegetable
juices availble daily.
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