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Recently reviewed restaurants:

The Factory Eatery & Spirits, 20 Prospect St., Ballston Spa, 885-0500. This neighborhood joint-cum-sports bar has a varied, casual menu with burgers, sandwiches, salads, a few choice entrées, and a very welcoming personality. Serving breakfast Mon-Fri 8-11, Sat-Sun 8-1, lunch and dinner daily 11-midnight. MC, V.

Spa Brauhaus, 200 E. High St., Ballston Spa, 885-4311. Classic German fare, including excellent sauerbraten and a sausage- and smoked-pork-intense schlacht platter, at a welcoming mainstay that has thrives for over half a century. Serving dinner 4-9 Wed-Sat, 12-8 Sun. CB, DC, MC, V.

Deacon Blues, 806 25th St., Watervliet, 273-9888. Burgers, sandwiches and great, thin-crust pizza are served along with full dinners at this long-lived (27 years!) neighborhood eatery. Serving lunch and dinner Tue-Thu 11-11, Fri-Sat 11-11:30. AE, MC, V.

Ocean Palace, 855 Central Ave., Albany, 453-6258. A generous selection of seafood specials and other not-so-usual Chinese items, served at a long-lived midtown mainstay. Serving Sun-Thu 11-11, Fri-Sat 11-midnight. D, MC, V.

Tuscan’s Grill, Parkwood Plaza, 1760 Route 9, Clifton Park, 371-5672. Imaginative versions of Italian classics along with a menu of steaks and seafood. Excellent veal dishes, among many others. Serving lunch Mon-Fri 11:30-2:30, dinner Mon-Thu 4-10, Fri 4-11, Sat 2-11, Sun 1-9. AE, MC, V.

The Londonderry Café, Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany, 489-4288. A varied menu of inventive continental items is offered, with sandwiches galore for lunch and dinner entrées that include many seafood specials. Dine outside when the weather is good. Serving lunch daily 11-4, dinner daily 4:30-9, brunch Sunday 10:30-3. AE, D, DC, MC, V.

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.

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