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Recently reviewed restaurants:

Avenue A, 544 Delaware Ave., Albany. 434-2832. Asian-inspired international fare is the heart of this menu; look for a special of lobster and macaroni with five cheeses. Panini and sandwiches also are offered. Serving Tue-Fri 11:30-10, Sat 4:30-10, Sunday brunch 11-3. AE, D, MC, V.

Sakura, 468 Troy Schenectady Road (Route 7), Latham, 783-8188. Enjoy fresh sushi, a traditional array of Japanese items such as tempura and noodle soup, and the high-energy theater of hibachi table meals. Serving lunch Tue-Sat 11-3, dinner Tue-Thu 4:30-10, Fri-Sat 4:30-11, Sun 1-10. AE, D, MC, V.

LTís Grill, 2305 Nott St. (St. James Square), Niskayuna, 372-8610. Real Southern-style barbecue, including ribs, chicken and pulled pork, in a fun and friendly setting. Serving Mon 11-2, Tue-Sat 11-9. AE, D, MC, V.

Testoís, 853 4th Ave. (corner of 124th St.), Troy, 235-0444. A 31-year-old Troy institution famous for its sauce and its pizza, offering traditional Italian fare in a very friendly setting. Serving Tue-Sat 11:30-9. D, MC, V.

Lime, 7 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 584-4315. Itís Caribbean cooking with a twist, using ideas from all over the world. Bajan tilapia will wake up your palate; grilled portobello steak gets jerk seasoning. Serving lunch Mon-Fri noon-3, dinner Mon-Sat from 5. AE, MC, V.

Yipís Chinese Restaurant, 117 Columbia Turnpike, Rensselaer, 449-2030. A throwback to the classic Cantonese-American restaurant, with terrific bargains on favorite items and a warm, fun personality to the place. Serving Mon-Fri 11-10:30, Sat 11:30-10:30, Sun noon-10:30. AE, D, MC, V.

Cafť Madison, 1108 Madison Ave., Albany, 935-1094. Newly remodeled, with chef Jennifer Hewes helming dinner service, your favorite breakfast spot now offers excellent evening fine dining. Serving breakfast and lunch Mon-Thu 7:30-2, Fri-Sun 7:30-3, dinner Sun-Thu 5:30-10, Fri-Sat 5:30-11. AE, DC, MC, V.

Village Pizzeria & Ristorante, 2727 Route 29, East Galway, 882-9431. Family-run, family-friendly Italian dining with an expansive, not-too-expensive menu that runs a gamut from pizza to cioppino. Serving Mon 4-10, Wed-Sun 11:30-10. D, MC, V.

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