Dining out

What's your taste?

Global fare. Locally sourced, organic and vegan. Cafés, bakeries and bar food.

Dine in, outside or harborside, on a pedestrian street or in an historic neighborhood.

The Electric City has an eclectic array of restaurants, cafés and other eateries, tailored to a variety of tastes, food preferences and budgets. Here are some 50 places to dine within a two-mile radius of campus.

[KEY: B = BREAKFAST | L= LUNCH | D = DINNER]

American

DALEY'S ON YATES Gourmet comfort food with specialty dishes located in a renovated former taxi garage with tree-lined patio. 10 Yates St.; (518) 901-0174; daleysonyates.com. (D) $$-$$$ (closed Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays)

MALCOLM'S Locally sourced, seasonally inspired dishes, with open kitchen and counter seating. 617 Union St.; (518) 344-4599; malcolmsrestaurant.com (L/D) $$$ (closed Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays)

THE NEST Contemporary Southern cuisine, including fried chicken, chicken and waffles, biscuits and assorted small plates, with outdoor seating. 512 State St.; (518) 672-3018; thenest518.com (L/D) $$ (closed Sunday nights, Mondays)

OFF THE HOOK FISH FRY Fish and chips restaurant. 1599 Union St.; (518) 280-5972; offthehookfishfry.com (L/D) $$ (closed Sundays; only dinner on Saturdays)

UNION BONCON CHICKEN & CAJUN SEAFOOD Assorted wings, fried rice dishes, fried fish, bubble teas and more; take-out or delivery only. 1638 Union St.; (518) 901-0033; unionwingseafood.com (L/D) $$ (closed Mondays)

VAN DYCK RESTAURANT Area landmark with American cuisine and outdoor patio. 237 Union St.; (518 )348-7999; vandycklounge.com (D) $$ (closed Sundays)

YA-YA'S HOUSE Authentic southern cuisine and soul food. 135 Broadway; (518) 382-9292 (L/D) $$ (closed Sundays, Mondays)

Asian

PHO QUEEN Authentic Thai restaurant with traditional dishes and chef’s specialties. 96 Jay St.; (518) 579-0466; phoqueenschenectady.com (L/D) $$ (closed Sundays/Mondays)

WASABI Sushi and Japanese fare with outdoor patio. 1729 Union St.; (518) 388-9222; mrwasabi.net (L/D) $$

ZEN Japanese and pan-Asian eats, including specialty sushi rolls. 469 State St.; (518) 280-0388; zenasianfusionlounge.com (L/D) $$ (closed Sundays)

Cafés + bakeries

ARTHUR'S MARKET Iconic market offering specialty coffee, house-made baked goods, soups, salads and sandwiches. 35 North Ferry St.; (518) 709-0019; arthurs1795.com (B/L) $$ (closed Tuesdays)

BOUNTIFUL BREAD Scratch kitchen and bakery featuring specialty sandwiches, soups, salads and desserts. 108 State St.; (518) 387-9997; bountifulbread.com (B/L) $$

BUD'S ON JAY Specialty coffeehouse and eatery offering assorted coffee, sandwiches and baked goods, with space for vintage arcade games. 185 Jay St.; (518) 952-4466; budsonjay.com (B/L) $

MARIA'S CAFÉ AND CATERING Assorted breakfast and lunch fare with take-out dinners. 412 Union St.; (518) 280-6902; mariascafeandcatering.com (B/L) $$ (closed Saturdays)

PERRECA'S BAKERY Landmark Italian bakery with coal-fired brick oven turning out hard-crusted bread and pizza. 33 North Jay St.; (518) 372-1875; perrecas.com (B/L) $ (closed Sundays)

PETER PAUSE Family-owned business serving homemade breakfast and Italian lunch for more than 60 years. 535 Nott St.; (518) 382-9278; peterpause.com (B/L) $$ (closed Sundays, and on Saturdays in July and August)

TAKE TWO CAFÉ Plant-based, earth-friendly, vegan offerings, including burritos, breakfast sandwiches, cookies and other desserts; 433 State St.; (518) 280-9670; taketwo518.com (B/L) $

UNION CAFÉ Breakfast, sandwiches and Greek specialties. 1725 Union St.; (518) 280-1600; theunioncafe.com (B/L) $ (closed Tuesdays)

VILLA ITALIA PASTICCERIA Italian pastries, gelato and sandwiches. 226 Broadway; (518) 355-1144; villaitaliabakery.com (B/L) $$

WHISTLING KETTLE Café and tearoom serving savory crepes, paninis, salads and afternoon tea. 138 State St.; (518) 630-6933; thewhistlingkettle.com (L/D) $$ (dinner Thursday through Saturday only)

An exterior view of a local restaurant and a close up shot of stuents enjoying a meal
Various photos showing some of the restaurants in downtown Schenectady

Health food + vegan

DILLY BEAN Home-style cooking with a Jewish flair, featuring hand-crafted fermented vegetables and drinks, local confections, and organic and gluten free offerings; located on a pedestrian street. 133 Jay St.; (518) 894-7911; shopthedillybean.com (B/L) $$

RAW Juices, smoothies and acai bowls in a rustic setting. 177 Jay St.; (518) 707-6680; rawjuicebarny.com (B/L) $$

TAKE TWO CAFÉ Plant-based, earth-friendly, vegan offerings, including burritos, breakfast sandwiches, cookies and other desserts; 433 State St.; (518) 280-9670; taketwo518.com (B/L) $

Italian + pizza

ANNABEL'S PIZZA Quick-service wood-fired pizza shop specializing in artisan pizza, frites, sandwiches and wings, located in the Frog Alley Brewing Company. 108 State St.; (518) 553-0400; annabelspizzaco.com (L/D) $$

CIVITELLO'S 1920s-era Italian pastry shop featuring specialty sandwiches, antipasto, cookies and spumoni. 42 North Jay St.; (518) 381-6165; civitellos.com (B/L/D) $ (closed Sundays, Mondays)

GRANO Farm-to-table Italian cuisine, including daily fresh-made pastas. 426 State St.; (518) 280-3059; granoschenectady.com (D) $$ (closed Sundays, Mondays)

HOMESTYLE PIZZA Italian eat-in, take-out and desserts. 1720 Union St.; (518) 372-7270; pizzaschenectady.com (B/L/D) $$

I LOVE NEW YORK PIZZA Thin-crust slices and specialty pies, pasta and subs. 1705 Union St. (518) 346-7272; theoriginalilovenypizza.com (L/D) $ (closed Sundays)

JOHNNY'S Casual Italian-American family dining. 433 State St.; (518) 982-5657; johnnysdowntown.com (L/D) $$ (closed Sundays, Mondays)

MORE PERRECA'S ITALIAN KITCHEN Serving authentic Italian meals, including soups, sandwiches, salads, pasta and brunch specialties. 31 North Jay St.; (518) 377-9800; perrecas.com (B/L/D) $$ (closed Mondays, Tuesdays)

NICO'S PIZZERIA New York-style pizza and Italian dishes. 441 State St.; (518) 372-6024; nicospizzeriamenu.com (L/D) $$

PERRECA'S BAKERY Landmark Italian bakery with coal-fired brick oven turning out hard-crusted bread and pizza. 33 North Jay St.; (518) 372-1875; perrecas.com (B/L) $ (closed Sundays)

PIZZA KING Pizza, pasta and subs. 124 Jay St.; (518) 347-1234; pizzakingschenectadymenu.com (L/D) $

SCOTTI’S Classic Italian entrees and pizza served in a mid-20th century home with a front porch; 1730 Union St.; scottisrestaurant.com (518) 393-7440 (D) $$-$$$ (closed Sundays, Mondays)

VILLA ITALIA PASTICCERIA Italian pastries, gelato, chocolate confections, sandwiches and salads. 226 Broadway; (518) 355-1144; villaitaliabakery.com (B/L) $$

Scenes of various restaurants in downtown Schenectady
Students congregating outside a local Asian restaurant

Mexican/Tex-Mex

BOMBERS BURRITO BAR Burritos, tacos, wings and wraps. 447 State St.; (518) 374-3548; bombersburritobar.com (L/D) $$

MEXICAN RADIO Mexican fusion with outdoor patio. 325 State St.; (518) 621-3700; mexrad.com (L/D) $$ (closed Mondays, Tuesdays)

Middle Eastern

TARA KITCHEN Authentic Moroccan cuisine, featuring assorted appetizers, lunch and dinner plates, and tagines. 431 Liberty St.; (518) 708-3485; tarakitchen.com (L/D) $$ (closed Mondays; no lunch on weekends)

Pub and tavern fare

CENTRE STREET PUBLIC HOUSE AND BEER GARDEN Gastropub with outdoor dining and live music 308 Union St.; (518) 393-2337; centrestreetpub.com (L/D) $$

CITY SQUIRE ALE HOUSE Neighborhood tavern serving a variety of pub fare and craft cocktails. 1018 Keyes Ave.; (518) 382-1800; citysquirepub.com (L/D) $$ (closed Mondays, Tuesdays)

CLINTON'S DITCH Wings, wraps, pizza, quesadillas, sandwiches, salads and more. 112 S. College St., off Erie Blvd.; (518) 346-8376; onefortheditch.com (L/D) $$

DRUTHERS Brewery featuring scratch-made comfort food with seasonal menus. 221 Harborside Drive; (518) 357-8640; druthersbrewing.com (L/D) $$

HUNTER'S ON JAY Wings, sandwiches, burgers and more. 50 North Jay St.; (518) 630-6166; huntersonjay.com (L/D) $$ (closed Mondays)

KATIE O’BYRNE'S Irish pub featuring wraps, salads, entrees and pizza. 121 Wall St.; (518) 395-5999; katieobyrnespub.com (L/D) $$

PINHEAD SUSAN'S Family-owned Irish pub featuring casual fare. 38-40 North Broadway; (518) 346-6431; (L/D) $$

THE SHAKER AND VINE Waterfront self-service wine bar with a full-service menu of grilled cheese sandwiches, flatbread pizzas, charcuterie boards, and chocolate and cheese fondue. 221 Harborside Drive; (518) 630-6318; theshakerandvine.com (D) $$$ (closed Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays)

WOLFF'S BIERGARTEN Authentic German beer garden. 165 Erie Blvd.; (518) 631-9517; hwolffsbiergarten.com (L/D) $$

151 BAR AND RESTAURANT Transformed old warehouse serving wings, pizza, salads and more, with large outdoor seating area. 151 Lafayette St.; (518) 280-7841; 151barandrestaurant.com (L/D) $$

20 NORTH BROADWAY TAVERN American pub serving sandwiches, salads, burgers and wings. 20 North Broadway; (518) 357-8992 (L/D) $ (No lunch on Mondays)

Sandwiches + to-go

AMBITION Sandwich and coffee house. 154 Jay St.; (518) 382-9277; ambitionbistro.com (B/L) $$

ARTHUR'S MARKET Iconic market offering specialty coffee, house-made baked goods, soups, salads and sandwiches. 35 North Ferry St.; (518) 709-0019; arthurs1795.com (B/L) $$ (closed Tuesdays)

BOUNTIFUL BREAD Scratch kitchen and bakery featuring specialty sandwiches, soups, salads and desserts. 108 State St.;(518) 387-9997; bountifulbread.com (B/L) $$

DILLY BEAN Home-style cooking with a Jewish flair, featuring hand-crafted fermented vegetables and drinks, local confections, and organic and gluten free offerings; located on a pedestrian street. 133 Jay St.; (518) 894-7911; shopthedillybean.com (B/L) $$

GERSHON'S New York-style deli featuring extensive menu of Old World favorites, with outdoor patio. 1600 Union St.; (518) 393-0617; gershonsdeli.com (B/L) $$ (closed Sundays)

MIKE'S (FIRST PRIZE) HOT DOGS Family restaurant serving hot dogs, burgers, breakfast items and more. 1135 Erie Blvd.; (518) 382-9213 (B/L/D) $

OFF THE HOOK FISH FRY Fish and chips restaurant. 1599 Union St.; (518) 280-5972; offthehookfishfry.com (L/D) $$ (closed Sundays; only dinner on Saturdays)

UNION BONCON CHICKEN & CAJUN SEAFOOD Assorted wings, fried rice dishes, fried fish, bubble teas and more; take-out or delivery only. 1638 Union St.; (518) 901-0033; unionwingseafood.com (L/D) $$ (closed Mondays)

A few miles away

JUMPIN' JACKS Riverside drive-in with fish fry, burgers, ice cream. 5 Schonowee Ave., Scotia; (518) 393-6101; jumpinjacksdriveininc.com (L/D) (seasonal) $

WATER'S EDGE LIGHTHOUSE Casual American fare with outdoor dining along the Mohawk River. 2 Freemans Bridge Rd., Glenville; (518) 370-5300; thewatersedgelighthouse.com (L/D) $$$