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Recently reviewed restaurants:

Recently reviewed restaurants

Bambino’s Ristorante, 154 Erie Blvd., Schenectady, 347-2782. Classic family-Italian fare brought to you by ace restaurateur Michelle Geloso and chef Joe Pisano, with outsized portions at bargain prices. The steak pizzaiola is a charbroiled wonder. Serving lunch Mon-Fri 11-3, dinner Mon-Thu 11-9, Fri 11-10, Sat 4-10, Sun 1-8. D, MC, V.

Shalimar, Shopper’s World Plaza, 15 Park Ave., Clifton Park, 348-1494. The same great food as at the Albany location, but in a strip mall with plenty of parking. Tandoor dishes, the usual array of meat and fish, and plenty for vegetarians. Serving a buffet lunch Mon-Fri 11:30-2, Sat noon-3; dinner Mon-Thu 11:30-10, Fri 11:30-11, Sat noon-11. AE, D, MC, V.

The Beekman Street Bistro, 62 Beekman St., Saratoga Springs, 581-1816. Local meat and produce get extraordinary cooking in this off-the-track eatery, located in a burgeoning arts district. Be sure to try the rabbit. Serving dinner Tue-Sat 5-9. AE, MC, V.

Park 54, 54 Clifton Country Road, Clifton Park, 688-1548. Chef Mike Pietrocola is back in business, offering elegant new American fare at this newly remodeled location. The potato-wrapped sea bass is a killer. Serving dinner Tue-Sun from 4:30. AE, D, MC, V.

La Familia, 54 Philip St. (at Madison Avenue), Albany, 462-2190. An unassuming eatery with terrific Oaxacan food, along with burgers and such as gringo fare. Try the enchiladas rojas for its great mole sauce. Serving Sun-Thu 11-9:30, Fri 11-7. Closed Saturday! MC, V.

Mino: Sushi & Thai Restaurant, 1558 Central Ave., Colonie, 452-6878. Watch virtuoso sushi chef Mino at work slicing and presenting your fresh fish, or try one of the amazing curries or other Thai dishes. Serving lunch daily 11:30-2:30, dinner Sun-Thu 5-10, Fri-Sat 5-10:30. AE, MC, V.

Jack’s Oyster House, 42 State St., Albany, 465-8854. Certified master chef Dale Miller oversees a menu of classic fare and his own inspiration at downtown Albany’s most famous restaurant—still going strong after 93 years. Serving daily 11:30-10. AE, DC, D, MC, V.

The Barnsider, 480 Sand Creek Road, Colonie, 869-2448. A 40-year-old success presenting matchless, home-butchered steaks as well as seafood and other meatstuffs, and a big, bustling salad bar to boot. Serving dinner Mon-Thu 4-10, Fri-Sat 4-10:30, Sun 4-9. AE, D, DC, MC, V.

Bruno’s, 237 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, 583-3333. The venerable home of wood-fired pizza has reopened with streamlined decor, a pared-down menu, but the same great pizza along with sandwiches, wings, and some Italian-inspired fare. Serving Sun-Wed 5-9, Thu-Sat 5-10 (and later daily as warranted). AE, D, MC, V.

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