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Recently reviewed restaurants:

Bloomers: An American Bistro, 2853 Route 9, Malta, 584-4484. An eclectic menu in the excellent hands of chef Mark Lawrence, accessibly priced and served in a former silver diner. Serving dinner Tue-Thu 5-9, Fri-Sat 5-10. AE, D, MC, V.

BEFF’s, 95 Everett Road, Albany, 482-2333. Pizzas and plenty of pub fare, including great wings and burgers and lots of daily specials. And Guinness on tap. Serving Mon-Thu 1-10, Fri 11-11, Sat noon-10, Sun 4-9. AE, MC, V.

Maggie’s Café, 1186 Western Ave., Albany, 935-2661. Now reopened after a thorough rebuild, Maggie’s is a sports pub with a plethora of high-definition TVs and a menu of appropriate pub fare. Serving daily 11-10:30 (dinner entrées from 4:30). AE, D, MC, V.

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.

LT’s 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.

Testo’s, 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. It’s 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.


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