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Recently reviewed restaurants:

Recently reviewed restaurants

Fifty South, 2128 Doubleday Ave. (Route 50), Ballston Spa, 884-2926. Kim Klopstock, of “The Lily and the Rose” catering, offers her eclectic fare at this former diner with all-day breakfasts, appealing lunch specials and a tapas approach to her late-in-the-week dinners. Serving breakfast daily 8 AM-3 PM, dinner Wed-Sat 4:30-10, Sunday brunch 8-3. AE, D, MC, V.

The Restaurant at the Italian American Community Center, 257 Washington Ave. Ext., Albany, 456-0292. Traditional Italian fare from the Mallozzi family, including a Grand Italian Buffet on Mondays. Serving lunch Mon-Fri 11:30-2:30, dinner Tue-Sat 5-9, Sun 3-8. Dinner buffet Mon 5-9. AE, D, MC, V.

Kirker’s Steak & Seafood, 959 New Loudon Road (Route 9), Latham, 785-3653. The 55-year-old steakhouse continues to excel in its straightforward offerings, with excellent prime rib a staple. Serving lunch Mon-Fri 11:30-3, dinner Mon-Sat 4-10, Sun 1-8. AE, D, MC, V.

Capital Thai Restaurant, 997 Central Ave., Albany, 489-4840. Classic Thai dishes and other Asian fare, including sushi, with bargain-priced noodle soups like the exotic khao soi. Serving Mon-Fri 11-10, Sat-Sun noon-10. AE, D, MC, V.

The Garlic Lover’s Corner, 235 North Greenbush Road, North Greenbush, 283-1621. Kebabs, stews, Middle Eastern takes on meat and fish and even some pasta dishes are featured in this friendly, out-of-the-way place. Serving lunch Mon-Fri 11-3, dinner Mon-Sat 4:30-9. MC, V.

Daisy Baker’s/Bacchus, 33 2nd St., Troy, 266-9200 / 687-0345. Daisy Baker’s offers fine-dining lunches and dinners in a large, handsome space (lunch Mon-Fri 11:30-3, dinner Mon-Thu 5-9, Sat-Sun 5-10); Bacchus offers pasta and wood-fired pizza in a belowground retreat (Tue-Thu 11-10, Fri 11-midnight, Sat 4-midnight, Sun 4-10). AE, D, MC, V.

The Corner Well Pub, 698 N. Pearl St., Menands, 427-9355. Friendly, out-of-the-way pub serving sandwiches, salads, pizzas and full dinners, with live music and a good beer selection. Serving Mon 11:30-3, Tue-Wed 11:30-9, Thu-Sat 11:30-10. AE, D, MC, V.

Albany Pump Station, 19 Quackenbush Square, Albany, 447-9000. Upscale bar fare with a good variety of home brews, great burgers and fish and chips, and variety of salads, pasta dishes and other entrées. Serving Mon-Thu 11:30-10, Fri-Sat 11:30-11, Sun noon-8. AE, D, MC, V.


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