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Angelo’s Tavolo

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. $$$

Franklin’s Tower

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, V. $$$$

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. $$

Hobson’s Choice

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. $$

La Serre

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. $$$

Madalin’s Table

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. $$$$

Max London’s

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, V. $$$

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. $$$

The Pillars

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. $$$$

Prospect Restaurant

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 Scrimshaw

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. $$$

Sperry’s

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. $$$

Wishing Well

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. $$

 

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