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The Arlington House

3532 Route 43, West Sand Lake, 674-1880, thearlingtonhouse.com. Once the Arlington Hotel, this is a gorgeous destination where steak and seafood are especially well prepared and the menu is changed to fit each season. Homemade desserts, full bar. On- and off-premises catering. Serving dinner 5-9 Tue-Sat. Closed Sun-Mon. 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, including fresh sardines, and a cozy space that doubles as an art gallery in Saratoga’s historic 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- and off-premises catering. Light-fare menu available. Separate lounge open until midnight Fri-Sat. Serving 6:30 AM-10 PM daily; breakfast buffet 8-noon 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. Serving 11:30-9 Mon-Thu, 11:30-10 Fri, 5-10 Sat, closed Sunday. 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, 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, 4:30-11:30 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 through three generations, this restaurant features unique American dining menu with light fare and hearty dining options, with daily lunch and dinner specials beginning at $9.95. Gluten-free menu available. Enjoy the panoramic view of Ballston Lake while sampling homestyle New England country cooking, featuring homemade pastas, fresh seafood and chops served alongside organic vegetables and herbs grown on the property. Relaxed candlelight dinner available in the main dining room, the pub or the outdoor veranda. Full bar, takeout and banquet facilities for 30 to 120. $5 tavern and children’s menus available. Serving 11:30-9:30 Wed-Mon. Closed Tuesday. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

Grille One Six Five

(Normanside CC), 150 Salisbury Rd., Delmar, 439-0505, normanside.com. Entrées feature pasta dishes, chicken piccata, filet mignon and a mixed grill of beef, shrimp and chicken on a roasted pepper cream sauce. Also salads, sandwiches, and seasonal specials. Full bar, wine list. Catering and banquet facilities. Serving lunch 11-3 Tue-Sun, dinner 3-8 Tue-Thu, 3-9 Fri-Sat, 3-6 Sun. AE, 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 5-9 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 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, Wed-Thu, 4-11 Fri, 3-11 Sat, 2-10 Sun. Closed Tuesday. 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 PM Mon-Sat. Open some Sundays for holidays and events. Reservations appreciated. AE, MC, V. $$$$

Lanzi’s on the Lake

Route 30, Mayfield, 661-7711, lanzisonthelake.net. Owned and operated by the Lanzi family for three generations. Fine dining, specializing in steaks, seafood and Italian dishes. Light menu available. Full bar, on- and off-premises catering. Serving lunch 11:30-3 Sat-Sun, dinner 4-close Thu-Sun. 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 Mon, Wed-Thurs, 11:30-10 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 Wed-Sun. AE, MC, V. $$$$

Max London’s

466 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 587-3535, maxlondons.com. Max London redefines bistro dining in his eponymous place, with large plates, 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 dinner 5-close daily, brunch 11-3 Fri-Sun, bar menu 3-5 PM and late-night daily. AE, MC, V. $$$

Midtown Tap & Tea Room 

289 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 435-0202, midtowntapandtearoom.com. A midtown restaurant with downtown atmosphere. Serving lunch, dinner and light-fare menus featuring small plates, salads, sandwiches, wraps, and weekend specials. An extensive menu of more than 25 herbal and infused teas. Two full bars with large wine selection and 16 craft beer taps. On-premises catering and takeout available. Dinner reservations recommended. Serving lunch 11-4 Tue-Fri, dinner 4-9 Tues-Thurs, 4-10 PM Fri-Sat. Closed Sun-Mon. D, MC, V. $$

Mohonk Mountain House

1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz, (845) 255-1000, mohonk.com. This 265-room resort is 144 years old and 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. Extensive wine list has won Wine Spectator awards. Reservations required. Serving dinner 6:30-8 daily, brunch 11:30-2 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$.

Once Upon a Table

36 Main St., Stockbridge, Mass., (413) 298-3870. Owner Alan O’Brient and his co-chefs offer deceptively simple cuisine handcrafted from fresh ingredients. Featured dishes include rack of lamb with herbed demi-glace, Maine-style crab cakes with caper remoulade, and a popular appetizer of Prince Edward Island mussels steamed in white wine, butter and garlic. Homemade desserts from scratch. Beer and wine. Takeout available. Reservations appreciated for dinner. Serving breakfast 10-noon Sat, 9-3 Sun; lunch 11-3 daily; dinner 4:30-8:30 Sun-Thu, 4:30-9 Fri-Sat. D, 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 made from local ingredients. Full bar, on-premises catering. Serving dinner 5-9 Wed-Sat, 4-8 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 from a wide range of regional agricultural micro­enterprises. Owner Guy Chirico plans menus that vary seasonally, with emphasis on wild game and closely matched food-and-wine pairings. Eleven-time winner of Wine Spectator 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, reluctantpanther.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. Offering a well-balanced, seasonally inspired menu with dishes using the freshest New England products. Raw bar served Memorial Day through Labor Day. Reservations recommended. Full bar. Serving dinner 5:30-9 Mon-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. $$$$

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. Serving a variety of dishes from homemade soups and sandwiches to pasta and veal. Outdoor dining on the patio. Full bar; on-premises catering. Takeout available. Serving 11-9 Sun, Tue-Thu; 11-10 Fri-Sat. Closed Monday. AE, D, MC, V. $$$


30 1/2 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 584-9618, sperrysrestaurant.com. A Saratoga tradition since 1932. New classic American tavern menu features Sperry’s favorites and signature dishes by award-winning Chef Dale Miller. Full bar, extensive wine list. Private dining rooms for parties, business meetings, rehearsal dinners. Outdoor dining in season. Takeout available. Serving dinner 4:30-10 Sun-Thu, 5-11 Fri-Sat, brunch 11-3 Sat-Sun. AE, MC, V. $$$$

Swoon Kitchenbar

340 Warren St., Hudson, 822-8938, swoonkitchenbar.com. The ever-changing menu is built around what’s fresh and local, and can feature such entrées as spice-rubbed skirt steak, local mushroom risotto and sautéed skate, all prepared by chef Jeff Gimmel and served in a pleasant, airy room. Full bar, wine list, on- and off-premises catering. Serving lunch noon-3:30 Fri-Sun; dinner 5-10 Sun-Mon, Thu; 5-11 Fri-Sat. Closed Tues-Wed. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$

A Taste of Europe

3630 State Highway 145, Cobleskill, 296-8000, atasteofeuropeny.com. Fine European cuisine nestled in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Enjoy a culinary tour through Europe with a menu selection that includes everything from sauerbraten to moussaka to beef stroganoff to coq au vin. Beer and wine, takeout available. On- and off-premises catering. Serving lunch noon-3 Mon, Wed-Sat.; dinner 5:30-8:30 Mon, Wed-Sat, 4:30-7:30 Sun. Closed Tuesday. Reservations recommended. AE, D, MC, V, personal checks. $$$$

Wishing Well

745 Saratoga Road, Route 9, Saratoga Springs, 584-7640, wishingwellrestaurant.com. Premium steaks and chops, live Maine lobsters and an award-winning wine list are hallmarks at this Saratoga landmark. Light fare at the bar. Weddings and special occasions. Serving dinner 5-10 Tue-Sat, 4-9 Sun. Reservations suggested. AE, DC, MC, V. $$$$

Wunderbar and Bistro

744 Warren St., Hudson, 828-0555, wunderbarandbistro.com. Affordably priced comfort food prepared with local ingredients, including pork schnitzel, an excellent wurst plate, pot roast, and even a tasty burger. There are pasta and seafood dishes as well, with daily changing chef’s specials. Full bar open until 2 AM. Serving lunch 11:30-5 daily, dinner 5-10 daily. Late-night fare available after 10 PM. AE, D, MC, V. $$

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