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Recently reviewed restaurants:

Recently reviewed restaurants

Grappa ’72 Ristorante, 818 Central Ave., Albany, 482-7200. Regional Italian classics served with flair in the subtly reimagined space that formerly housed Carmine’s. Serving lunch 11:30-3 Mon Fri; dinner 4:30-9:30 Mon-Thu, 4:30-10 Fri-Sat, noon-8 Sun. AE, MC, V.

Casablanca Café, 14 Central Ave., Albany, 463-1111. Traditional Moroccan fare like couscous and tajines made with care and served in unprepossessing surroundings. Serving 11-9 Tue-Sat. MC, V.

Shalimar, Delaware Plaza, 180 Delaware Ave., Delmar, 439-4200, goshalimar.com. An economically priced menu of Indian-Pakistani favorites, with an extra vibrancy to the flavors. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Fri, noon-10 Sat-Sun. Shali lunch buffet served 11:30-2:30 Mon-Fri, noon-3 Sat-Sun. AE, D, MC, V.

Swoon Kitchenbar, 340 Warren St., Hudson, 822-8938, swoon kitchenbar .com. Delicious, innovative takes on locally obtained ingredients, with an added emphasis on fresh seafood. The pan-roasted bluefish is masterful. Serving lunch noon-3:30 Fri-Sun, dinner 5-10 Mon, Thu, Sun, 5-11 Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V.

The Chuck Wagon Diner, 653 Route 20, Duanesburg, 356-3003. Unremarkable diner fare served in a handsomely rebuilt silver diner with chrome and neon and a 1956 Seeburg jukebox inside. Serving 6 AM-8 PM daily. D, MC, V.

Jake Moon Restaurant and Café, 2082 Delaware Turnpike, Clarksville, 768-2570, jakemoon.net. Chef Daniel E. Smith serves up from-scratch meals, heavy on the local meat and produce. The Cuban pulled pork sandwich is a specialty. Serving 7 AM-3 PM Tue-Thu, 7 AM-9 PM Fri-Sat, 8 AM-3 PM Sun. D, MC, V.

Quintessence, 11 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 434-8186, quintessenceny.com. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and entertainment, thanks to a brief but varied menu and a roster of guests. German night on Wednesdays, Mexican night on Sundays. Serving 7 AM-midnight Mon-Thu, 7 AM-2 AM Fri, 8 AM-2 AM Sat, 8 AM-midnight Sun. AE, D, MC, V.


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