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Recently reviewed restaurants:

Rita’s Lebanese Café, 188 N. Allen St., Albany, 437-3537. A concise menu of compelling Lebanese fare, with hummus and falafel alongside more enterprising dishes like kibbeh sineyeh. Serving Tue-Wed 11-6, Thu-Sat 11-9. AE, D, MC, V.

The Washington Tavern, 250 Western Ave., Albany, 427-0091. Classic pub fare served in a newly refurbished mainstay of Albany’s uptown area. This is the place for a burger and beer. Serving daily 11:30 AM-1 AM. AE, MC, V.

Trattoria Rustica, 26 McKay St., Pittsfield, Mass., (413) 499-1192. Chef-owner Davide Manzo explores the flavors of ancient Italian cooking with a big brick oven as his principal tool. Excellent pasta, superb roasts and a wonderful atmosphere. Serving dinner Wed-Mon 5-9. AE, D, MC, V.

El Mariachi III, 2955 Route 9, Ballston Spa, 581-5901. A generous menu of Mexican fare that goes beyond burritos by offering mole poblano, pipian de pollo, and much in the way of Spanish fare. Serving Mon-Fri 11:30-10, Sat 3-10, Sun 4-10. AE, MC, V.

Chez Sophie, the Saratoga Hotel, 534 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 583-3538. The best restaurant in the Saratoga area is now moved to downtown, in a beautiful custom-built space where owners Paul Parker and Cheryl Clark offer fabulous dining. Serving breakfast Mon-Fri 7-10:30, lunch Mon-Fri noon-2, dinner nightly 5-11, brunch Sun 10-2. AE, D, MC, V.

Gotchya’s Trattoria, 68 Beekman St., Saratoga Springs, 584-5772. Enjoy chef Dominic Colose’s homemade pasta and a menu of Tuscan-inspired meals of which the excellent porcetta is but one example. Serving dinner Tue-Sat 5-10. AE, MC, V.

Hobson’s Choice, 159 Water St., Williamstown, Mass., (413) 458-9101. A rustic-looking dining with an open kitchen, salad bar, and a menu of excellent preparations of traditional fare, with beef and chicken and seafood the stars. Serving dinner nightly from 5 PM. AE, D, MC, V.

The Publik House Pub and Restaurant, Routes 9 and 9P, Malta, 587-7479. Pizza is the speciality, but there’s also a full menu of sandwiches, pasta, some seafood and daily specials, in a friendly, publike place. Serving Sun-Thu 11 AM-11:30 PM, Fri-Sat 11 AM-12:30 AM. Serving pasta until 9:30, full menu until 11, light menu thereafter. AE, MC, V.

The Card Lake Inn, 29 Main St., W. Stockbridge, Mass., (413) 232-0272. Fine or casual dining in a friendly place that offers three different dining areas, including an expansive covered patio. Serving lunch daily noon-3 PM, dinner daily 5-10. MC, V.

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