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Recently reviewed restaurants:

Lorenzo’s, 1733 Van Vranken Ave., Schenectady, 370-5455. Chef-owner Daniel DeLorenzo gives an upscale spin to Italian cookery right in the heart of Schenectady’s Italian-restaurant district. Try the Veal DeLorenzo or any of the wonderful pasta dishes. Serving Sun, Tue-Thu 5-10, Fri-Sat 5-11. AE, MC, V.

First Choice Caribbean American Cuisine, 451 Fulton St., Troy, 272-4544. Jerk or curried chicken, Jamaican pepper steak, callaloo—it’s the real thing here, with a bargain ($5.50) lunch buffet to boot. Serving lunch Mon-Fri 11:30-2, dinner Mon-Sat 11-9. MC, V.

The Artisan, 38 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 226-6111. A brief but innovative menu of well-crafted gourmet fare (try the scallops and lobster over cappellini) served in an art-rich room. Outdoor dining also is available. Serving dinner Wed-Mon, 5-close. D, MC, V.

Jacks Grill, Main Street, Housatonic, Mass., (413) 274-1000. Old-fashioned comfort food such as meat loaf, pot roast and spaghetti in homey surroundings in a sleepy (and lately artsy) Berkshire hamlet. Affordable, and all the more so if you order the $34 family-style dinner for four. Serving dinner Sun-Mon and Wed-Thu 5-9, Fri-Sat 5-10; brunch Sun 11-2. AE, MC, V.

Hattie’s, 45 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 584-4790. The classic fried chick’en—along with a menu of gumbo, jambalaya, ribs and more—offered in the refurbished but nostalgic place that’s been at the same location for nearly 40 years. Serving daily through the summer 5-10, then Wed-Sun 5-10. Buffet night Tuesday. AE, DC, MC, V.

Fortune’s, Saratoga Gaming and Raceway, Crescent Avenue, Saratoga Springs, 581-5790. Order off the menu, which offers original takes on continental favorites, or visit the well-stocked buffet in this newly revamped fine-dining facility. Serving dinner Tue-Fri 5-10, Sat 3-5. AE, MC, V.

Mama’s Family Restaurant, Routes 146 & 146A, Clifton Park, 371-7313. A long-thriving middle-of-the-road pizza restaurant with good, low-priced entrées and a salad bar as well. You can dine here on any budget. Serving Sun noon-9, Mon 11-9, Tue-Thu 11-10, Fri 11-11, Sat 11-10. AE, D, MC, V.

Justin’s, 301 Lark St., Albany, 436-7008. The Lark Street stalwart, now under the assured ownership of John DeJohn, continues to offer some of the city’s best dining, with signature dishes like jerk chicken intact. Serving lunch Mon-Sat 11:30-4, dinner Sun-Thu 5-10, Fri-Sat 5-10:30, brunch Sat-Sun 11-4. AE, DC, MC, V.

The Bear’s Steakhouse, Route 7, Duanesburg, 895-2509. Quite simply, the ne plus ultra of area steakhouses, where the excellent food is matched by exemplary service. Serving dinner Wed-Fri 5:30-8, Sat seatings at 5:30 and 8:30. MC, V.

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