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333 Café

333 Delaware Ave., Delmar, 439-9333. A cozy bistro that provides an intimate dining experience. Extensive beer selection and hand-selected, worldly wine list. Featuring daily specials. Off-premises catering. Serving dinner 4-9 Tue-Sat; closed Sun-Mon. Luncheons for private parties available upon special request. AE, MC, V. $$$$

Aperitivo Bistro

426 State St., Schenectady, 579-3371. Eclectic bistro situated between Proctors and Bowtie Cinemas Movieland to serve the theater crowd before and after shows. Offering a variety of small-plate selections ranging from Italian to Asian delicacies. Reservations recommended. Serving lunch 11:30-2 Mon-Fri, dinner 5-10 Mon-Sat and 4-9 Sunday. Private party room (seats 40) available upon special request. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

Beardslee Castle

Route 5, Little Falls, (315) 823-3000, Dine in one of five intimate rooms, in this historic castle in Central New York (complete with ghosts, or at least abundant rumors thereof). Chef-owner Randall Brown offers consistently creative cuisine that changes nightly, and always features fresh ingredients. Range of fare includes Mediterranean, Italian, Asian and Southwestern influences and beyond. Excellent and eclectic wine and beer selection, and a thoughtful children’s menu available. Large functions up to 180. Reservations appreciated. Serving dinner 5-9 Thu-Sat, 4-8 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$


Stuyvesant Plaza, 1475 Western Ave., Albany, 482-8000, Chef Andrew Plummer’s entrées take fresh looks at classic items, like the meatloaf with veal and wild mushrooms worked into it, and the Thai-marinated grilled salmon. Excellent service, with a team headed by Paul McCullough. Full bar, wine list. Reservations suggested. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Fri, noon-11 Sat, 10-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$.


26 Henry St., Saratoga Springs, 587-9463, A menu of global comfort foods featuring fish, game, beef, poultry, pasta and chops. A “chef’s table” in the pantry offers small parties a unique perspective from which to dine. Full bar. Serving 5:30-close Tue-Sat. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$

Envy Lounge

55 N.Pearl St., Albany, 694-3689, envy Modern American dining with international influences. Many small plates with big flavors, from tapas to exotic entrees. Featuring a fluid menu that changes with the season and a playful dessert menu. Full bar. Offering catering and takeout. Banquet space available. Serving lunch 11:30-4 Tue-Fri; dinner 5-9 Tue-Thu, 5-10 Fri-Sat. Reservations recommended. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$


21 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 581-0560. Featuring a wide variety of savory and sweet crepes for lunch, dinner, dessert and weekend brunch; also known for the Belgian pommes frites, fresh-cut French fries served in paper cones with dipping sauces. Beer, wine, espresso; takeout available. Serving 11:30-9 Tue-Fri, brunch 10-3 Sat-Sun; dinner until 9 Sat. Closed Mon. AE, MC, V. $$

The Sedgwick Inn and Restaurant

17971 Route 22, Berlin, 658-2334, sedg Dinner is served in an intimate, comfortable, elegant, candlelit restaurant. The menu is eclectic and imaginative. Dine in either the Coach Room Tavern or the elegant back porch. Can accommodate weddings and parties up to 100. Full bar. On-premises catering. Reservations appreciated. Serving 5-9 Fri-Sun. D, MC, V, personal checks. $$


84 Henry St., Saratoga Springs, 226-0655. Bistro-style dining in a renovated machine shop. Eclectic cuisine featuring flavors from all over the world. Specials change daily. Large bar specializing in house martinis and Belgian beers on tap. A great stop for late-night dining and drinking. Reservations accepted. Serving dinner from 5-close Tue-Sat. AE, MC, V. $$$


25 Chapel St. (in the Hampton Inn and Suites), Albany, 436-7747, In elegant surroundings, Chef Yono Purnomo serves native Indonesian cuisine coupled with a seasonal, globally inspired menu, all of it bearing Yono’s trademark touches. Full bar with a 900-selection wine list. Serving dinner Mon-Sat from 5:30-10. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$


Metroland's Fall / Winter Dining Guide 2010
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