1 Glen Ave., Scotia, 374-7262. angelostavolo.com. Restaurant
in the Glen Sanders Mansion featuring gourmet cuisine and
seasonal specials. Full bar and banquet facilities, on/off-premises
catering. Overnight accommodations available. Serving dinner
5-9:30 Mon-Sat, 4-9 Sun; brunch 10:30-2 Sun. Reservations
recommended. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$
The Arlington House
3532 Route 43, West Sand Lake, 674-1880, thearlingtonhouse.com.
Once the Arlington Hotel, this is a gorgeous-looking destination
where seafood is especially well prepared and the menu is
changed to fit each season. Great homemade desserts, too.
Full bar. Serving dinner 5-9 Tue-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $$$
Beekman Street Bistro
62 Beekman St., Saratoga Springs, 581-1816, thebeekmanstreetbistro.com.
Locally grown meat and produce forms the core of the innovative
continental menu, where you’ll find imaginative variants
on chicken and rabbit, excellent fish like fresh sardines
and a cozy space that doubles as an art gallery in Saratoga’s
up-and-coming West Side neighborhood. Beer and wine list.
Serving dinner 5-9 Tue-Sun. Open seven days during track
season. AE, MC, V. $$$$
Bookmaker’s at the Holiday Inn
232 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 584-4550. Steaks, chicken,
shrimp and other continental favorites. Banquet facilities,
on/off-premises catering. Light-fare menu available. Separate
lounge open until midnight Fri-Sat. Serving 6:30 AM-10 PM
daily; breakfast buffet 8 AM Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$
414 Broadway, Albany, 431-1920, franklinstower.com. From
pub fare (burgers, wraps, pulled pork) to a full dinner
menu featuring such items as Cajun shrimp, marinated pork
tenderloin, steaks, seafood and pasta dishes. Full bar,
on-premises catering, takeout available. Weekly live music.
Serving 11:30-9 Mon-Thu, 11:30-10 Fri, noon-10 Sat, 10:30-3
PM Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$
The Ginger Man Wine Bar & Restaurant
234 Western Ave., Albany, 427-5963, albanygingerman.com.
Try the signature fruit-and-cheese boards with a glass of
wine. Fresh seasonal ingredients, fusion flair, and house-made
desserts. Menu includes seafood paella, fresh salmon, salads
and daily fish and meat specials. Extensive, award-winning
wine and beer list. Full bar, on-premises catering, takeout
available. Serving 11:30-11 Mon-Thu, 11:30-11:30 Fri, 4-11:30
Sat. Closed Sunday. Reservations recommended. AE, D, MC,
Good Times Lakeview Restaurant
175 Lake Road, Ballston Lake, 399-9976, goodtimesrestaurant.com.
Family-owned and operated for 36 years, this restaurant
features a varied menu with light fare to hearty dining,
and a special $8.95 lunch or dinner menu daily. Enjoy the
view of Ballston Lake while sampling home-style New England
country cooking, featuring homemade pastas, fresh seafood
and chops, with organic vegetables and herbs grown on the
property. Check out the birds—bald eagles have been spotted
here. Relaxed candlelit dinner available in the main dining
room or in the pub. Open fireplace in dining room. Full
bar, takeout and banquet facilities for 40 to 100. Children’s
menu. Serving 11:30-9 Wed-Mon. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$
159 Water St., Williamstown, Mass., 413-458-9101, hobsonsrestaurant.com.
Chef-owner Dan Campbell has run this very popular restaurant
since 1991, offering a reliable menu of familiar continental
fare and trying when possible to source items locally. House
specialties include grilled lamb chops, herb-crusted baked
salmon, and Teriyaki filet mignon. Full bar. Serving dinner
nightly from 5 PM. D, MC, V. $$$
La Perla at the Gregory House
3016 Route 43, Averill Park, 674-3774, gregoryhouse.com.
Specializing in Italian and continental foods including
chicken, seafood, pasta, veal and wild-game specials, all
served in a relaxed atmosphere. A new room with a firewood
brick oven offers pizza and an extended tavern menu in a
more casual atmosphere. Full bar, on-premises catering and
banquet facilities for small groups. Serving dinner 4-10
Mon, closed Tues, 4-10 Wed-Thu, 4-11 Fri, 3-11 Sat and 2-10
Sun. Reservations suggested on weekends. D, MC, V. $$
14 Green St., Albany, 463-6056. This is the place for fresh
pasta, grilled fish or veal oscar. Garden dining,
full bar and banquet facilities. Serving lunch from 11:30
Mon-Fri, dinner from 5 Mon-Sat. Open some Sundays for holidays
and events. Reservations appreciated. AE, MC, V. $$$$
Lanzi’s on the Lake
Route 30, Mayfield, 661-7711. Owned and operated by the
Lanzi family. Fine dining for three generations, specializing
in steaks, seafood and Italian dishes. Light menu available.
Full bar, on- and off-premises catering. Serving lunch 11:30-3,
dinner 4-close daily. Come by car or boat. Reservations
suggested. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$
Lipperas’ at the Chatham House
29 Hudson Ave., Chatham, 392-6600, thechathamhouse.com.
Restaurant and tavern with locally inspired fresh seasonal
cuisine. Menu changes seasonally. Affordable tavern menu
available. Serving 11:30-9:30 Mon-Thurs, 11:30-10:30 Fri-Sat,
11-9 Sun. Gourmet brunch buffet 11-2 Sun. Closed Tuesdays.
AE, D, MC, V, personal checks. $$$
53 Broadway, Tivoli, 845-757-2100, madalinhotel.com. The
menu changes seasonally using fresh local ingredients whenever
possible to reflect the fruits of their local farmers and
suppliers. Handsome location in a storybook town. Full bar.
Serving dinner 5-9:30 Wed-Sun. AE, MC, V. $$$$
Mansion Hill Inn
115 Philip St., Albany, 465-2038, man sionhill.com. Chef-owned
and operated since 1984; everything is prepared on the premises.
Serving dinner 5:30-close Fri-Sat. Available for private
parties. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$
466 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 587-3535, maxlondons.com.
Max London redefines bistro dining in his eponymous place,
with tapas plates, antipasto, salads, pasta and excellent
wood-fired pizza, letting you put together a meal as fancy
or uncomplicated as you wish. Desserts are excellent, and
he’s adjacent to the renowned pastry shop that shares his
surname. Full bar. Late-night menu. Serving lunch 11:30
AM-2 PM Tue-Sat, Mid-day bar menu 2-5 Tue-Sat, dinner 5-close
Tue-Sat, Sunday brunch 11 AM-3 PM. Closed Mondays. AE, MC,
Midtown Tap & Tea Room
289 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 435-0202, midtowntapandtearoom.com.
A midtown restaurant with downtown atmosphere. Serving a
dinner and light-fare menu with specialties such as tapas,
salads, sandwiches, wraps, and weekend specials. An extensive
menu of more than 25 herbal and infused teas. Two full bars
with large wine selection, on-premises catering and takeout
available. New coffeehouse open Tue-Sat 7 AM-2 PM. Dinner
reservations recommended. Serving dinner 3 PM-close Tues-Sat.
AE, D, MC, V. $$
Mohonk Mountain House
1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz, (845) 255-1000, mohonk.com.
This 140-year-old 265-room resort features seasonal dinner
buffets and a year-round fine-dining menu served in handsome,
peaceful surroundings. Executive chef Jim Palmeri uses local
sources of ingredients and designs menus with the season
in mind. Wine list. Reservations required. Serving dinner
daily 6:30-8, brunch 11:30-2 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$.
Olde Shaker Inn
1171 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham, 783-6460, oldeshakerinn.com.
The usual meats and fishes are transformed with imaginative
ingredients on a menu offering New American cuisine. Full
bar, facilities for small parties and off-premises catering
available. Serving lunch 11:30-3 Mon-Fri; dinner 5-9:30
Mon-Sat, 4-8 Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$
860 Route 20, New Lebanon, 794-8007, pillarsrestaurant.com.
European and regional American cuisine meet in this period
cottage on seven acres of rolling lawn. Specialties include
sirloin steak with lobster tail, and sole Mantua in a lobster
cream sauce. Full bar, on-premises catering. Serving dinner
5-9 Wed-Sat, 4-8 Sun; brunch 11-2 Sun. Reservations suggested.
AE, MC, V. $$$$
Scribner Hollow Lodge, Route 23A, Hunter, 263-4211, scribnerhollow.com.
The restaurant focuses on creating a Catskill-mountain cuisine
using the freshest ingredients, locally purveyed from a
wide range of regional agricultural micro -enterprises.
Owner Guy Chirico plans menus that vary seasonally, with
emphasis on wild game and closely matched food-and-wine
pairings. Eight-time winner of Wine Spectator magazine
Award of Excellence. Serving dinner 5-9:30 Sun-Thu, 5-10
Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$
The Reluctant Panther
17-39 West Road, Manchester, Vt., (802) 362-2568, (800)
822-2331, reluctantpan ther.com. Located in charming Manchester
Village, the Reluctant Panther Inn and Restaurant offers
fine dining and a wine list that has won the Wine Spectator
Award of Excellence. Executive chef Justin Dain creates
a well-balanced, seasonally inspired menu with dishes using
the freshest New England products. Entree choices include
zinfandel-braised beef short ribs with grilled green onions,
shallot confit, and parmesan gnocchi, and pan-seared diver
scallops with butternut squash cloud, sauteed local spinach
and black truffles. Reservations recommended. Full bar.
Serving dinner 5:30-9 Tue-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$
River Street Café
429 River St., Troy, 273-2740. The chef-owner gives personal
attention to each item on the seasonally changing menu of
fresh, new American world cuisine. Beer and wine. Serving
dinner 5:30-close Tue-Sat. Closed Sun-Mon. Reservations
suggested. MC, V, personal checks. $$$$
Sagamore Dining Room
The Sagamore, 110 Sagamore Road, Bolton Landing, 644-9400,
thesaga more.com. Contemporary American cuisine featuring
seasonal and locally grown ingredients. Specialties include
the ravioli with cheeses from Old Chatham Sheepherding Co.,
and grilled Colorado lamb chop with a creamy Hive Farm goat-cheese
polenta. Monthly wine dinners from June through September.
Full bar. Reservations strongly suggested. Serving breakfast
7-11 daily; lunch noon-2 daily; dinner 6-10 daily. Children’s
menu available. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$
The Desmond, 660 Albany Shaker Road, Colonie, 869-8100.
Exemplary service and culinary excellence presented in the
hotel’s elegant main dining room. Offering an extensive
domestic and international wine list and perennially outstanding
cuisine. Full bar. Serving dinner 5:30-10 Tue-Sat. Closed
Sun-Mon. Reservations suggested. AE, CB, D, MC, V. $$$$
Siver Hills Restaurant and Banquet House
Pinehaven Country Club, 1151 Siver Road, Guilderland, 456-7111
ext. 130, siverhills.com. A warm and friendly restaurant,
open to the public, located in an elegant country-club setting.
Some of the rooms overlook the landscaped golf course. Serving
a variety of dishes from homemade soups and sandwiches to
pasta and veal dishes. Chef Marla Ortega offers specialties
such as stuffed chicken, grilled salmon, and paella. Outdoor
dining on the patio. Full bar; on-premises catering. Takeout
available. Serving 11 AM-9 PM Sun, Wed-Sat. Closed Mon-Tue.
AE, D, MC, V. $$$
30 1/2 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 584-9618, sperrysofsaratoga.com.
Casual upscale dining on a side street. Noted for soft-shell
crab (when in season), Maryland crab cakes, fresh fish,
filet mignon, pasta specials and homemade desserts. Extensive
wine list. Unique dinner specials daily. Full bar. Takeout
available. Serving dinner 5-9 Tue-Thu, 5-10 Fri-Sat. Closed
Sun-Mon. AE, DC, MC, V. $$$
745 Saratoga Road, Route 9, Saratoga Springs, 584-7640,
wishingwell restaurant.com. Premium steaks and chops, live
Maine lobsters and an award-winning wine list are hallmarks
at this Saratoga landmark. Light fare at bar. Weddings and
special occasions. Serving 5-10 Tue-Sat, 4-9 Sun. Reservations
suggested. AE, DC, MC, V. $$$$
Wunderbar and Bistro
744 Warren St., Hudson, 828-0555, wunderbarandbistro.com.
A true German menu that features an oversized pork schnitzel,
an excellent wurst plate, pot roast, and even a tasty burger.
There are pasta and seafood dishes as well, all reasonably
priced for this trendy part of Columbia County. Full bar.
Serving lunch 11:30-2 Mon-Fri, dinner 5-10 Mon-Sat. AE,
MC, V. $$