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Recently reviewed restaurants:

Cabernet Café, 1814 Western Ave., Albany, 452-5670. Elegant dining with a casual feel, and a menu that does terrific things with favorite ingredients. The rack of lamb is a winner; the paella is superb. Serving Mon-Sat 11:30-11, Sun 11-10. Brunch Sunday 11-3. AE, D, MC, V.

Franklin’s Tower, 414 Broadway, Albany, 431-1920. Enjoy sandwiches and wraps in the downstairs pub and elegant, eclectic dinners upstairs. An impressive rebirth for the old Plaza Grill. Pub menu available Mon-Thu 11:30-9, Fri 11:30-10, dinner Mon-Thu 5-9, Fri-Sat 5-10. AE, D, MC, V.

Anselmo’s, 95 Ferry St., Troy, 272-6100. Sam Zolio’s renowned Mediterranean Italian cuisine, once again served at a location he made famous. The pasta Anselmo is a worthy signature dish. Serving dinner Wed-Sat from 4 PM. MC, V.

BFS Restaurant & Catering, 1736 Western Ave., Guilderland, 452-6342. From deli sandwiches to wonderful configurations of hummus, falafel and all your Mediterranean favorites, this eat-in-or-take-out restaurant offers elegant and, when desired, heart-healthy meals. Serving lunch Mon-Sat 11-4, dinner Mon-Sat 4-9. AE, D, MC, V.

Bangkok Thai Bistro, 268 State St., Schenectady, 374-3048. Albany’s Wolf Road mainstay now has a Schenectady branch in the old Maurice’s building, serving an impressive array of classic and unusual Thai dishes. The crazy bowls are an entrée highlight. Serving Mon-Thu 11-10:30, Fri 11-11, Sat noon-11, Sun noon-10. AE, MC, V.

Casa Mia Ristorante, 385 Route 9W, Glenmont, 463-4331. One of the Cecunjanin family’s several area restaurants, with a consistently good offering of classic Italian fare. Excellent veal and seafood dishes. Serving Tue-Fri 11-10, Sat 4-11, Sun 4-9. AE, DC, MC, V.

Turf House Grille, Holiday Inn Turf, 205 Wolf Road, Colonie, 458-7250. An upscale but unsurprising oasis in the midst of Wolf Road’s chain-restaurant frenzy, with a $20 prime rib buffet on Saturdays as a feature. Serving lunch Mon-Fri 11:30-2:30, dinner daily 5-10, brunch Sun 10-2 (except holidays, which have dinner menus). AE, D, MC, V.

The Manhattan Exchange, 607 Union St., Schenectady, 374-5930. The dining room is an undiscovered feature of this friendly pub; food is unambitious but well prepared, with good sandwiches and pasta dishes. Serving Mon-Thu 11:30-10, Fri-Sat 11:30-11. AE, D, DC, MC, V.

Tiznow, 84 Henry St., Saratoga Springs, 226-0655. Named for a two-time Breeders Cup winner, the restaurant features Asian-influenced French bistro cuisine, exemplified by Burmese orange chicken and roasted duck pancakes. Good beer and a busy bar. Serving dinner Tue-Thu 5-9, Fri-Sat 5-10. Hours to expand in April. AE, MC, V.

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