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Recently reviewed restaurants:

Anatolia, 880 2nd Ave. (at 125th Street), Troy, 237-8888. Classic Turkish- Mediterranean fare, including falafel, gyros and kabobs of all kinds as well as pizza and wings and Italian dinners. Serving daily 11-10. MC, V

JG Roman Villa, 61 Duanesburg Road (Route 7), Schenectady, 355-2090. A neighborhood Italian restaurant doing well by its neighbors with traditional fare, great pizza, and nightly specials. Serving dinner daily 4-10. MC, V.

New World Home Cooking Co., 1411 Route 212, Saugerties, (845) 246-0900. Ric Orlando’s excellent, innovative eatery endures in its eighth year at the Saugerties spot, offering boldly flavored crap-free food that sets a new standard in casually fine dining. Serving lunch Sat noon-3, Sun 11-2:30, dinner Mon-Sat 5-11, Sun 4-10. AE, D, DC, MC, V.

Rodizio, Turning Stone Resort, 5218 Patrick Road, Verona, (800) 771-7711. A Brazilian-style churrascaria, where an endless succession of marinated, grilled or barbecued meats is presented by a superb waitstaff, along with a creative salad bar and a dessert selection, all for $37.50. Serving lunch Sat-Sun 11-2, dinner Sun-Thu 5-10, Fri-Sat 5-11. AE, D, DC, MC, V.

Gaffney’s, 16 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 587-7359. Three separate rooms and an outdoor dining area allow this to be a pub, restaurant and sports bar without one intruding on the other. The dinner menu is eclectic and tasty, with pork roulade a deserved favorite. Serving lunch Mon-Fri 11:30-3, Sat 11-3, dinner Sun-Thu 5-10:30, Fri-Sat 5-11, brunch Sun 10:30-3. AE, MC, V.

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.

 


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