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Recently reviewed restaurants:

Tortillas, 138 Broadway, Rensselaer, 434-1080. A low-priced variety of terrific food, including burritos, tacos, gyros, burgers and more. Takeout and delivery, too. Serving Mon-Sat 11-8:30. D, MC, V.

Envy Lounge, 99 Pine St. (at S. Pearl), Albany, 694-3689. Chef James Demers offers an innovative and delicious menu that includes bison hangar steak, risotto-stuffed quail and his own dry-aged beef. Serving lunch Tue-Fri 11-2, dinner Tue-Sat 5-9. AE, D, MC, V.

The Butcher Block Grill, 1632A Central Ave., Colonie, 456-1653. An area mainstay, the classic steak and seafood restaurant with a generous salad bar. Prime rib available daily; fresh fish is also a feature. Serving Mon-Thu 11:30-9:30, Fri 11:30-10, Sat 4-10, Sun 4-9. AE, D, DC, MC, V.

Cella Bistro, 2015 Rosa Road, Schenectady, 381-2080. Northern Italian-inspired continental cooking, with homemade pasta dishes, and excellent duck and a tapas bar for lighter fare. Serving dinner Tue-Sat 5-9. AE, MC, V.

Plum Blossom, 685 Hoosick Road (Route 7), Brunswick, 272-0036. A sweeping array of Chinese, Thai, Korean, Vietnamese and other Asian fare served in the most beautifully appointed restaurant in the region. Serving Mon-Thu 11-10, Fri-Sat 11-11, Sun noon-10. AE, D, MC. V.

Vin Santo, 579 Troy-Schenectady Road (Latham Farms), Latham, 786-8272. Small platesóboth traditional tapas and innovative fare from chef Chris Sisinniódefine this menu, with an excellent wine selection to accompany your meal. Serving lunch Mon-Sat 11:30-3:30, dinner Mon-Wed: 5-11, Thu 5-midnight, Fri-Sat 5-1. AE, D, DC, MC, V.

El Loco Mexican Cafť, 465 Madison Ave., Albany, 436-1855. After more than 20 years serving creative Tex-Mex fare, this place still offers a good, festive meal and makes sure you donít leave hungry. Good vegetarian items, too. Serving Tue 4-10, Wed-Thu 11:30-10, Fri 1:30-11, Sat noon-11, Sun 4:30-10. AE, MC. V.

Inferno Restaurant & Pizzeria, 496 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville, 459-2121. The original and now newly rebuilt unit of this popular Albany eatery, with excellent pizza the specialty but also a full menu of classic Italian fare. Serving Mon-Thu 11-10, Fri-Sun 11-11. AE, MC, V.

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