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Recently reviewed restaurants:

Sergio’s Italian Restaurant, 780 Route 9, Saratoga Springs, 583-8877. Family-style Italian dining, which means you should bring a bunch of friends and share the large portions. Serving Wed-Sat 5-10, Sun 1-9. AE, CD, DC, MC, V. ***˝

Lake Ridge, 35 Burlington Ave., Round Lake, 899-6000. Former Olde Dater chef Scott Ringwood offers fine dining at reasonable cost at the former Sweet Nothings building; try the pork rack or the duck breast for fresh takes on old favorites. Serving lunch Mon-Sat 11:30-2:30, dinner Mon-Sat 5-8:45. AE, MC, V. ****˝

Chia Bob’s Bistro, 1036 Crane St., Schenectady, 386-2200. An intimate, friendly spot in which to relax and enjoy a meal presented with the flair of excellent home cooking. Filet mignon for traditionalists; quesadillas, quiche, even hot dogs and burgers are available. Serving dinner Wed-Sun 5-1. AE, MC, V. ***˝

Daniel’s Café and Restaurant, 144 Washington Ave., Albany, 694-5320. Impressive mix of continental and Israeli fare, with bold flavors and sharp service. The Greek baked salmon in phyllo is a knockout. Serving lunch Mon-Fri 11-3, dinner Mon-Sun 5-10. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. ****˝

Great Bay Clam Co., 2149 Doubleday Ave. (Route 50), Ballston Spa, 885-0583. Solid, unsurprising seafood served fried, broiled, baked—you name it. Steaks, chicken and pasta as well, with daily specials that tend to be more interesting. Serving Tue-Fri 11:30-9, Sat 4-9, Sun 12:30-8:30. AE, D, DC, MC, V. ***

The Raindancer Restaurant, 4582 Route 30, Amsterdam, 842-2606. An old-fashioned steak house with chicken, pasta, and other such items, and a generous salad bar with dinner. Serving lunch (light fare) Mon-Sat 1-10, Sun 1-8; dinner Mon-Sat 4:30-10, Sun 1-8. AE, D, DC, MC, V. *** ˝

Ali Baba, 2243 15th St., Troy, 273-1170. Terrific kabobs, and the $5 durum (wrapped) kabob is the best gyro in the area. Wood-fired oven pizzas, casseroles and more at great prices. Serving Mon-Sat 11 AM-2 AM. AE, D, DC, MC, V. ****

The Springwater Bistro, 139 Union Ave., Saratoga, 584-6440. Excellent food and eager service in a casual setting with formal food; the menu changes daily, but try the lamb shank when it’s available. Serving dinner Wed-Mon 5:30-9:30. AE, DC, MC, V. ****˝

Pat Russo’s Dugout, 43 Main St., So. Glens Falls, 793-9560. Dine amidst vintage sports memorabilia and enjoy selections from a wide-ranging menu of Italian and continental fare at great prices, with a legendary wine list. Serving Mon, Wed-Thu 11:30-10:30, Fri 11:30-11:30, Sat 3:30-11:30, Sun 11:30-10. MC, V. ****

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