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Recently reviewed restaurants:

Al-Baraki, 184 River St., Troy, 270-9404. Delicious Lebanese fare for the budget minded, with many explosions of garlic to keep the palate happy. Serving Mon-Sat 10:30-8. AE, D, MC, V.

Ali Baba, 2243 15th St., Troy, 273-1170. Enjoy a real gyro, terrific shish kebab, and curried chicken pizza at this popular Turkish restaurant. Serving Mon-Thu 11-11, Fri-Sat 11-midnight. AE, MC. V.

Marmora Café, 203 River St., Troy, 266-9300. Traditional or exotic lunch in a handsome surrounding, with Egyptian specials and tasty baklava. Serving Tue-Sat 8-5. D, MC, V.

Forno Toscano Bistro, 541 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 581-2401. Personal pizzas emerge from the wood-fired oven; salads, pasta dishes (the carbonara is especially good) and some traditional meaty entrées define this handsome eatery’s Tuscan style. Serving lunch Mon-Fri 11:30-3, dinner Mon-Sat 5-9:30. AE, MC, V.

Angelo’s 677 Prime, 677 Broadway, Albany, 427-7463. Steak is the specialty here, with a half-dozen or so cuts to choose from—and they take it very seriously. Also seafood, veal, gourmet pizzas and salads, an enticing assortment of starters and a la carte sides, and sinful desserts. Serving lunch 11:30-2 Mon-Fri; dinner 5-10 Mon-Sat; bar menu 2-10 Mon-Sat. Closed Sun. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V.

Santino’s Italian-American Restaurant, 183 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham, 220-9900. Friendly, accommodating place for classic fare, with good veal and seafood dishes among the many entrées and a lighter sandwich menu as well. Serving dinner Tue-Thu, Sun 3-10, Fri-Sat 3-11. AE, D, DC, MC, V.

The Water’s Edge Lighthouse, 2 Freeman’s Bridge Road, Scotia, 370-5300. Classic Italian dining with continental side notes, with lots of good seafood and steaks. A light fare menu is available as well. Serving light fare daily 11 AM-midnight, dinner daily 5-10. AE, MC, V.

Karavalli, 9B Johnson Road (Route 9R), Latham, 785-7600. Not your usual Indian fare. Here you’ll find dishes from all over the country, all of it sparkling with flavor, in a friendly and comfortable setting. Serving lunch Mon-Fri 11:30-2:30, dinner Sun-Thu 5-10, Fri-Sat 5-11, brunch Sat-Sun noon-2. AE, MC, V.

The Whistling Kettle, 24 Front St., Ballston Spa, 884-2664. Tea—more than 80 varieties of loose tea in all colors and flavors—with a menu of salads, panini, scones, cakes, and more, including a classic high tea menu. And it’s a handsome, relaxing place. Serving Sun-Mon 11-5, Tue-Wed 11-6, Thu-Sat 11-7. AE, D, MC, V.

The Hidden Café, Delaware Plaza, 180 Delaware Ave., Delmar, 439-8800. Fine continental cuisine with a Mediterranean flavor, served in a comfortable if out-of-the-way setting. Serving Tue-Sat 11-3, 4:30-9. MC, V.


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