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Recently reviewed restaurants:

Karavalli, Quality Inn, 2788 Hamburg St., Rotterdam, 355-9495. A new location for this impressive restaurant, offering a wider-than-usual variety of Indian fare, a nice weekday lunch buffet, and a more lavish buffet on weekends. Serving lunch Tue-Fri 11:30-2:30; dinner Sun, Tue-Thu 5-9:30, Fri-Sat 5-10; brunch Sat-Sun noon-3. AE, D, MC, V.

Charlie’s Restaurant, Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort, 150 Main St., Lake Placid, 523-9886. Fine dining overlooking Mirror Lake, with an inspired menu of locally sourced produce and organic meat and poultry. Pan-seared scallops and marinated duck breast are among the excellent entrées. Serving breakfast daily 6:30-11:30, lunch daily noon-2:30, dinner daily 5-10, light menu also available. AE, D, MC, V.

Midtown Tap & Tea Room, 289 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 435-0202. An inventive array of tapas, soup and salad to accompany a good wine list, lots of fancy tea or whatever beverage you fancy, served in handsomely appointed rooms. Serving Tue-Sat 11-11, Sun 11-6. AE, D, MC, V.

Azteca, 4 Central Ave., Albany, 436-4795. Standard Mexican fare with a number of innovative additions, all at bargain prices. Good mole poblano available here! Serving Mon-Thu 11-10, Fri 11-11, Sat noon-11, Sun noon-9. AE, D, MC, V.

Tops American Grill, Bakery & Bar, 351 Duanesburg Road (Route 7), Schenectady, 356-0697. A 70-year fixture has a new look, new menu, and reliably good food, including such comfort fare as meatloaf and fried chicken and an extensive array of homemade baked goods. Serving Mon-Thu 6 AM-midnight, Fri-Sat 6 AM-1 AM, Sun 6 AM-11 PM. AE, D, MC, V.

Anthony’s Canalside Restaurant, 1 Riverside Road, Rotterdam, 887-3100. Pizza, burgers, pasta and more in a pleasant family-run restaurant, with $7 Mon-Wed dinner specials. Try the steak pizzaiola! Serving Mon-Thu 11-9, Fri-Sat 11-10, Sun noon-9. AE, D, MC, V.

Marché, 74 State St., Albany, 434-7410. Contemporary French-American cuisine exquisitely prepared and elegantly served in the handsome, soft-lit dining room of downtown Albany’s new boutique hotel. Serving breakfast 7-10 Mon-Sat, lunch 11:30-2 Mon-Sat, dinner 6-10 Mon-Sat, brunch 10-2 Sunday. AE, D, MC, V.

Afghan Grill, 952 Troy Schenectady Road (Peter Harris Plaza), Latham, 783-5553. Kababs, curries, vegetarian entrées, rice dishes—and pizza, in this newly refurbished eatery that gives our area its first taste of the delicious Afghan cuisine. Serving daily 10-10; lunch buffet Mon-Fri 11-2. AE, D, MC, V.

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