Phila and Putnam streets, Saratoga Springs, 583-6060. This
is two places in one, with the full menu available at both
the inside café and the outside patio bar and grill. Relax
in an Adirondack chair while toasting s’mores at your table.
Full bar, on-premises catering, banquet facilities and takeout
available. Serving 11 AM-close daily. AE, D, DC, MC, V.
Betty’s Pizza Shack
26 Housatonic St., Lenox, Mass., (413) 637-8171. This brightly
colored, high-energy restaurant serves an amazing array
of pizzas, salads, burritos, quesadillas, and hot oven grinders.
Buckets of beer and a nice selection of wine provide the
mostly local clientele with a fun getaway right in the heart
of Lenox. Beer and wine; takeout available. Serving 11:30-10
daily. Checks, cash. $$
65 Spring St., Saratoga Springs, 587-4233. Great homemade
breads, quiche, soups, scones, pastries, specialty cakes
and other luscious treats are available at this small eatery.
Enjoy sandwiches for breakfast and lunch. Open 7-6 PM Mon-Fri,
7-4 PM Sat-Sun. AE, D, MC, V, personal checks. $
Chez Daisie Creperie
183 Jay St., Schenectady, 344-7082, chez daisie.com. Crêpes
for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert, as well as wraps
and unique salads. Coffee drinks, including espresso, cappuccino
and lattes. Takeout available. Serving lunch 11-2 Mon-Fri,
9-2 Sat, 11-2 Sun. Serving dinner 5-7:30 Mon-Sat. MC, V.
197 Lark St., Albany, 445-2727, crisan bakery.com. Old-world
pastries that earn the appellation of edible art, including
tarts and cakes, strudel and croissant, arrayed in a toothsome
display alongside a few savory items if you seek a quick
lunch. Also gelato, espresso and cappuccino. Takeout available.
Open 10-8 Sun, Tue-Wed; 10-9:30 Thu-Sat. Closed Monday.
AE, D, MC, V. $
33 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 584-3632. Pizza, focaccia
sandwiches, fried foods, “grubs” (grinder-subs), stuffed
breads. Dine in, take out; free local delivery. Serving
11-11 Sun-Thu, 11 AM-4 AM Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $
456 Madison Ave., Albany, 463-3829. The downtown Albany
hot spot for soups, creatively constructed sandwiches and
killer desserts. Weaving a touch of color and crunch into
the ordinary, as in their smoked-turkey-breast sandwich
with garlic mayo, sliced pears, sunflower seeds, roasted
onions, and cheddar cheese. Vegetarian combos are always
available, as are fresh salads and a wide variety of ever-changing
baked goods. Serving 10-7 PM Mon-Fri, 11-6 PM Sat. Closed
Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $
Five Guys Burgers & Fries
418 Balltown Road, Schenectady, 346-5728; 7 Southside Drive,
Clifton Park, 371-2147; 241 Route 9W, Glenmont, 432-8271;
600 North Greenbush Road, Rensselaer, 285-4704; 3057 Route
50, Saratoga Springs, 583-3135; 1512 Western Ave., Albany,
452-6066. fiveguys.com. Fast food done right. Double-decker
burgers with an expansive choice of toppings, hot dogs,
grilled cheese. And fries. Excellent fries, in generous
servings. If that’s not enough, help yourself to peanuts.
Serving 11-10 daily. AE, D, MC, V. $.
Broadway and 5th Avenue, Troy, 272-3726. Serving soups,
salads and gourmet sandwiches. Daily specials and desserts.
On/off-premises catering; takeout available. Serving 7:30-4:30
Mon-Fri. Closed Sat-Sun. D, MC, V and personal checks. $
50 N. Pearl St., Albany, 514-2055, eat greenhouse.com. Downtown
eatery featuring fresh salads and wraps in countless creative
combinations. Catering, takeout. Serving 9 AM-4 PM Mon-Fri.
AE, D, MC, V. $
Guido’s Fresh Marketplace
760 S. Main St., Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 528-9255;
1020 South St., Pittsfield, Mass., (413) 442-9912; guidosfreshmarketplace.com.
Founded more than 30 years ago as a premium produce market,
Guido’s today is a complete food market featuring fresh
seafood, all-natural meats, artisan cheeses, a bakery and
deli, premium packaged foods, wines, and, of course, bountiful
fresh produce. Prepared foods to-go run the gamut from deli
sandwiches and fish cakes to ethnic specialties, with many
options for vegetarians, vegans and others with special
dietary preferences. Takeout and off-premises catering.
9-7 PM Mon-Sat, 10-6 PM Sun. AE, D, MC, V, ATM, debit, personal
Hungry Spot Café
Collamer Building, 480 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 584-9060.
Boasting great homemade soups, fresh rotisserie turkey and
daily lunch specials. Also featuring a vegetarian menu.
Takeout, free delivery and off-premises catering available.
Serving 7 AM-3 PM Mon-Fri. AE, MC, V. $
Iron Gate Cafe
182 Washington Ave., Albany, 445-3555, irongatecafe.com.
Serving homemade soups, salads and sandwiches. Emphasis
on local produce. Catering. Beer and wine. Outdoor dining
on garden patio. Newly remodeled back rooms. Serving 7 AM-2
PM Mon-Wed, 7 AM-10 PM Thu-Fri, 9 AM-10 PM Sat, and 9-3
Sunday brunch. $
Java Jazz Café
Main Square Shoppes, 318 Delaware Ave., Delmar, 439-1727,
javajazz delmar.com. Unique assortment of pita wraps and
sub sandwiches, soups and salads as well as baked-daily
muffins and pastries, gourmet coffees, espresso and teas.
Local, organic and seasonal choices, including local organic
eggs. Catering for all occasions is available. Serving 7-7
Mon-Fri except for special events, 9 AM-3 PM Sat-Sun. D,
MC, V. $
Lauren’s House of Dogs
370 Delaware Ave., Albany, 396-3647. Hot dogs with flair.
Serving more than 20 different types of dogs, plus sides
and salads. Takeout available. Open 11-7 Sun-Thu, 11-9 Fri-Sat.
D, MC, V, ATM/debit. $
Manhattan Bistro and Bagel
123 Saratoga Road, Scotia, 399-3887. Twenty-two varieties
of bagels, plus soups, sandwiches and a grill menu. Also
serving pastries and gourmet coffee. Breakfast available
all day. Serving 6 AM-4 PM Mon-Fri, 6-3:30 PM Sat, 7 AM-2:30
PM Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $
Martel’s at the Capital Hills Golf Course
65 O’Neil Road, Albany, 489-0466. Nightly specials and pizzas
augment a light dinner menu featuring burgers, finger foods,
salads and sandwiches. Also try the Italian specialties.
Full bar, catering, takeout available. Lunch and dinner
daily, with breakfast on Sundays; open 10 AM Mon-Tue, 9
AM Wed-Fri, 8 AM Sat-Sun. AE, MC, V. $$
Mezzaluna Café & Bistro
1 4th St., Troy, 687-0006. Serves Starbucks coffee, plus
espresso, cappuccino and blended drinks. Baked goods, soups,
sandwiches (breakfast and lunch). Located inside Franklin
Square Inn and Suites. Beer and wine, Wi-Fi. Takeout available.
6 AM-9 PM Mon-Sat, 6 AM-1 PM Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $
189A Quail St., Albany, 433-1898. mildwallys.com. A wide
array of appetizers, hot and cold subs, wings, pizza, pasta
dinners and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Wally’s has pickup
or delivery into the wee hours. Catering available. Serving
4-10 Mon, 11-10 Tue-Wed, 11 AM-1 AM Thu, 11 AM-2 AM Fri-Sat,
11 AM-midnight Sun. Phone orders (delivery) available until
30 minutes before close. AE, D, MC, V, UAlbany and Saint
Rose cards. $
MOD Gourmet Café
395 Main St., Catskill, 943-0420. When you want your breakfast
a little fancier, your lunch a little healthier, enjoy a
menu of capacious salads, creative sandwiches and the best
buttermilk pancakes you could hope to douse with real maple
syrup. Serving breakfast Mon-Fri 8-10:45, lunch Mon-Fri
10:45-3. AE, MC, V. $.
464 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 581-1652 ext. 303, mrslondons.com.
Featuring exquisite homemade pastries, desserts, sandwiches,
soups and salads, espresso and other hot drinks. Takeout
available. Open 7 AM-6 PM Tue-Sun. AE, MC, V, local personal
Park 19 Cookies
PO Box 5343, Clifton Park, 542-2477, park19cookies.com.
Park 19 Cookies is a bakery specializing in unique gourmet
cookies. Everything is made from scratch using premium natural
ingredients such as Madagascar vanilla beans and European
chocolate. Some flavors include Cinnamon Bun Cookie and
Red Velvet Cookie. Offering gift boxes, cookie platters,
and favors for special events. AE, D, MC, V. $$$
Stuyvesant Plaza, Guilderland, 482-3677. Full lunch menu,
breakfast all day with fare such as Belgian waffles and
specialty omelets, and dinner specials nightly. Takeout
available. Serving 8 AM-9:30 PM Mon-Thu, 8 AM-10 PM, Fri-Sat,
8 AM-7:30 PM Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $
535 Nott St., Schenectady, 382-9278, peterpause.com. The
Monday through Friday specials, in order, are spaghetti
with mushrooms, ravioli with meatballs, eggplant parmigiana,
chicken parmigiana and baked fish and linguini with clam
sauce. Get there early to get a table, and earlier still
to start your day with one of the breakfast specials, including
French toast with homemade bread. Catering available. Serving
6 AM-2 PM Mon-Fri. Cash only, ATM available. $
435 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 587-3663, putnammarket.com.
A gourmet marketplace with a deli and bakery, serving sandwiches,
prepared foods, soups and salads to eat in or take out.
Some of the sandwich specials include the High Rock (in-house
roasted turkey with cheddar and cranberry mayo), the Putnam
Street (smoked turkey with Brie and honey mustard) and the
Karista (fresh mozzarella with roasted red peppers and pesto
mayo). Catering available. Open 9-7 Mon-Sat, 10-5 Sun. AE,
MC, V, local checks. $
452 Madison Ave., Albany, 465-CAFE (2233), scratchbakerycafe.com.
Enjoy freshly made sandwiches, paninis, soups, salads and
creative baked goods as well as gluten-free and vegan options
in this cozy café a stone’s throw from Washington Park.
Coffee and espresso drinks also available. Takeout available.
Off-premises catering. Serving 7-7 Mon-Fri, 7-5 Sat-Sun.
AE, D, MC, V, ATM, debit, personal checks. $
127 S. Ferry St., Schenectady, 370-0026. Roast beef, turkey,
corned beef, tuna, and ham-and-cheese sandwiches are featured,
along with a soup of the day. Full bar. Takeout available.
Serving 11-11 Mon-Sat, noon-11 Sun. MC, V. $
Soho Wraps and Salads
11 S. Pearl St., Albany, 689-0785, sohowraps.com. Made-to-order
subs, wraps, and salads. Vegetarian specialties available,
as well as chicken, beef, tuna, and pork. Dine in or take
out. Off-premises catering available. Serving 8-2:30 Mon-Fri.
AE, MC, V. $
1569 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands, 439-9824. Locally
famous for the wide selection of homemade ice creams, they
also serve up burgers, sandwiches, onion rings and the like,
as well as daily lunch and dinner specials. No alcohol.
Takeout available. Serving 11-9 daily, call for summer hours.
AE, D, MC, V. $
The Whistling Kettle
24 Front St., Ballston Spa, 884-2664, thewhistlingkettle.com.
Upscale tea lounge with more than nine types of coffee and
100 varieties of premium loose-leaf tea. Light fare including
cakes, scones, panini and tea sandwiches, crepes, soups
and salads. Also offering beer and wine, fireplace and a
comfortable atmosphere. Bulk teas available. Serving 11-6
daily. Open until 8 PM every Friday, until 9 PM for every
1st Friday event. AE, D, MC, V. $$.
Yellow Rock Café at Indian Ladder Farms
342 Altamont-Voorheesville Road, Altamont, 765-2956, indianladderfarms.com.
Featuring soups, salads, sandwiches and entrees made with
fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, milk and cheeses produced
on local farms, plus locally raised all-natural meats. For
dessert, try the mixed-berry shortcake, homemade pies or
the cider-doughnut sundae topped with homemade whipped cream.
Indian Ladder’s own apple cider and hot mulled cider, and
chai lattes complete the menu. On-premises catering. Reservations
recommended. Serving lunch 11-2 Mon-Fri, brunch and lunch
9-3 Sat-Sun. D, MC, V, personal checks. $