333 Delaware Ave., Delmar, 439-9333. 333cafe.com. 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. $$$$
426 State St., Schenectady, 579-3371. Eclectic bistro situated
between Proctors and Bowtie Cinemas Movieland to serve the
theater crowd before and after shows. Offering a variety
of small-plate selections ranging from Italian to Asian
delicacies. Reservations recommended. Serving lunch 11:30-2
Mon-Fri, dinner 5-10 Mon-Sat and 4-9 Sunday. Private party
room (seats 40) available upon special request. AE, D, DC,
MC, V. $$$
Route 5, Little Falls, (315) 823-3000, beardsleecastle.com.
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. $$$
Stuyvesant Plaza, 1475 Western Ave., Albany, 482-8000, creorestaurant.com.
Chef Andrew Plummer’s entrées take fresh looks at classic
items, like the meatloaf with veal and wild mushrooms worked
into it, and the Thai-marinated grilled salmon. Excellent
service, with a team headed by Paul McCullough. Full bar,
wine list. Reservations suggested. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Fri,
noon-11 Sat, 10-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$.
26 Henry St., Saratoga Springs, 587-9463, dinesaratoga.com.
A menu of global comfort foods featuring fish, game, beef,
poultry, pasta and chops. A “chef’s table” in the pantry
offers small parties a unique perspective from which to
dine. Full bar. Serving 5:30-close Tue-Sat. AE, D, DC, MC,
55 N.Pearl St., Albany, 694-3689, envy albany.com. Modern
American dining with international influences. Many small
plates with big flavors, from tapas to exotic entrees. Featuring
a fluid menu that changes with the season and a playful
dessert menu. Full bar. Offering catering and takeout. Banquet
space available. Serving lunch 11:30-4 Tue-Fri; dinner 5-9
Tue-Thu, 5-10 Fri-Sat. Reservations recommended. AE, D,
MC, V. $$$$
21 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 581-0560. Featuring a wide
variety of savory and sweet crepes for lunch, dinner, dessert
and weekend brunch; also known for the Belgian pommes
frites, fresh-cut French fries served in paper cones
with dipping sauces. Beer, wine, espresso; takeout available.
Serving 11:30-9 Tue-Fri, brunch 10-3 Sat-Sun; dinner until
9 Sat. Closed Mon. AE, MC, V. $$
The Sedgwick Inn and Restaurant
17971 Route 22, Berlin, 658-2334, sedg wickinn.com. 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,
yonos.com. 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. $$$$