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Recently reviewed restaurants:

Xicohténcatl, 50 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 528-2002. The name is nearly impossible to pronounce, so most just say shee-ko, but the flavors require no translation if you like regional Mexican cuisine with plenty of cilantro, chipotle, molé and other bold accents. Serving dinner daily 5-10, brunch Sat-Sun 11-3. AE, MC, V.

Patroon House, 614 Route 9W, Glenmont, 463-5130. Fine dining in an elegant house just south of Albany, with a tasting menu featured at dinner. Chef Richard Toth has a way with the steaks and seafood that make them exceptional. Serving lunch Mon-Fri 11:30-2, dinner Mon-Thu 4:30-9:30, Fri-Sat 4:30-10. AE, D, DC, MC, V

Restaurant Saigon, 307 Central Ave., Albany, 426-0203. An impressively varied (and hard-to-read) menu offers a wide variety of excellently prepared Vietnamese fare, with noodle soups a specialty. Serving Mon-Thu 10:30-10, Fri-Sat 10:30-11, Sun 10:30-9. AE, MC, V.

Pearl, 1 Steuben Place, Albany, 433-0011. Fine dining at the Steuben Club under the aegis of chef Kevin Conway, who brings out the best in an entrée. Try Sophie’s Duck with its apricot glaze for a flavor treat. Serving lunch Mon-Fri 11-4, dinner Mon-Wed 5-9, Thu-Sat 5-10. AE, MC, V. www.pearlalbany.com.

Bongiorno’s, 23 Dove St., Albany, 462-9176. Classic Italian fare presented in a comfortable house; the fettuccine dishes and veal preparations are among the specialties, with fettuccine primavera a particularly satisfying meal. Serving lunch Mon-Fri 11:30-2, dinner Mon-Wed 5-9, Thu-Sat 5-10. AE, MC, V.

Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub, 107 Wolf Road, Colonie, 446-9909. Chain restaurant food in a noisy set of dining rooms decorated with faux antiques and many TVs. Serving Mon-Wed 11:30-11, Thu-Sat 11:30-midnight, Sun 4:30-11. AE, D, MC, V.

Riley’s American Grill, 15 Watervliet Ave., Albany, 438-1118. It’s a menu of American fare with a twist or two, including Cajun spiced meat loaf and the best chili in town. Good seafood entrées, too. Serving lunch Mon-Sat 11:30-3, dinner Mon-Thu 4-9, Fri 4-10, Sat 2-10. AE, D, MC, V.

The Purple Pepper, 3350 Route 9, Valatie, 784-5298. An eclectic menu of delightfully international food from chef Lisa Miller, who coats lamb chops with pesto and offers chicken dishes in Asian, Cajun, Indian, Italian and Thai variations. Serving dinner daily from 4 PM. AE, D, MC, V. www.thepurplepepper.com.

Douglas Anthony’s Italian Steakhouse & Pub, 1839 Van Vranken Ave., Schenectady, 382-3286. Classic Italian fare alongside a selection of steaks, including the DeMarco Special: a generous array of London broil over “smashed” potatoes. Serving Mon-Thu 11:30-9, Fri 11:30-10, Sat 5-10, Sun 4-9. AE, D, MC, V.

Emperor’s, 10 Wolf Road, Colonie, 591-0628. A Hong Kong menu by way of Chinatown, with an eclectic range of items as well as all the favorites. Serving Sun-Thu 11-11, Fri-Sat 11-midnight. MC, V.

Cripple Creek Restaurant, 22 Garden St., Rhinebeck, (845) 876-4355. Extra-
ordinary dining in a small, elegant bistro just off the main drag. Chef Benjamin Mauk and manager Patrick Hays offer an unparallelled experience. Serving dinner Wed-Mon from 5 PM. AE, MC, V.

Morrissey’s, 3246 S. Broadway (Route 9), Saratoga Springs, 584-8200. The old Joe Collins has been refurbished and offers an array of steak and seafood along with wood-fired pizzas. Serving dinner daily 4-11. AE, MC, V.

Mo’s Bar-B-Q, 107 Mill St., Troy, 266-7227. Slow-smoked ribs and chicken and pulled pork, with all the attendant sides, served in an out-of-the-way diner in south Troy. Serving Tue-Sun 10-10. MC, V.

Paradiso il Ristorante, 129 S. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 580-1717. Family-style Mediterranean Italian fare means that portions are large (and it’s priced accordingly). Try the chicken scarpariello for a taste of good sausage, too; you won’t believe how well the garlic is employed throughout the meal. Serving dinner daily 5 until close. AE, MC, V.

Royal Palace, Scottish Inn, 2788 Hamburg St., Rotterdam. 355-1111. A $9 lunch buffet is more expansive than usual, and dinner items include standard Indian fare with a few surprises like the duck masala. Serving lunch daily 11:30-3, dinner Sun-Thu 5-10, Fri-Sat 5-11. MC, V.

Saratoga Polo Club, Whitney Field, Bloomfield Road, Saratoga Springs, 581-1085. Enjoy high-stakes polo and a high-end meal by “Lily and the Rose” catering’s Kim Klopstock. Serving dinner Fri and Sun 5-10 through Sept. 7. AE, D, MC, V.

Eleven, 1111 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, Mass., (413) 662-2004. You’ll find pad thai and roasted chicken as part of an international panoply of offerings served in what might as well be another of this facility’s many galleries. Serving lunch daily 11:30-3, dinner Sun-Thu 5-9, Fri-Sat 5-10 (closed Sun between Columbus Day and Memorial Day). AE, MC, V.

Red Onion, 1654 Route 212, Saugerties, (845) 679-1223. Enjoy a burger or a full-fledged fancy meal at a place that features bold flavors and familiar ingredients. Chef Kevin Katz has a special touch with seafood. Serving dinner Mon-Thu 5-10, Fri-Sat 5-10:30, Sun 5-9. Sunday brunch 11-3. AE, MC, V.

Vendors in the Park, Capitol Park, Albany. Get your hot dogs, pizza slices, sandwich wraps, homemade quiche and even curried goat here when the weather is nice. Serving lunch Mon-Fri 11-2 every reasonably nice day during the summer. Cash only.

New Amsterdam Diner, 234 State Highway 30 (just south of Thruway Exit 27), Amsterdam, 842-1522. Breakfast is always available, and the entrées are generally superb. Great meat loaf, Greek and Italian dishes, and vegetarian features. Serving daily from 6 AM to midnight. Brunch buffet Sat-Sun 9-2. AE, D, MC, V..

Famous Lunch, 111 Congress St., Troy, 272-9481. Order a slew of mini hot dogs with meat sauce, or try the breakfast items. A bowl of homemade rice pudding is a suitable finale. Serving Mon-Sat 7-10. Cash only.

Gus’s Hot Dogs, 212 25th St., Watervliet, 273-8743. Mini hot dogs, burgers (the Greekburger has onions and meat sauce) or a sausage sandwich. It’s difficult to spend more than three bucks here. Serving Mon-Sat 10:30-10. Cash only.

D’Raymond’s, 269 Osborne Road, Loudonville, 459-6364. Popular strip-mall spot serving Italian-American classics with freshness and flair, along with prodigious salads and appropriately decadent desserts. Serving Mon-Fri 11:30-2:15 and 5-10; Sat 4-10. AE, CB, DC, MC, V.

Sushi Art Japanese Cuisine, 2025 State St., Schenectady, 388-8600. Along with excellent sushi and standard Japanese fare, enjoy tableside barbecue (cook your own meat) at this elegantly decorated eatery. Serving Tue-Thu 11-10, Fri-Sat 11-11, Sun noon-10. AE, V, MC.

dine, 26 Henry St., Saratoga Springs, 587-9463. A melding of classic French with Mediterranean and Asian influences that swirls together into excellent meals with attentive service in what bids fair to be one of the area’s best restaurants. Serving dinner from 5:30 Wed-Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V.

Romano’s Family Restaurant, 1475 Route 9, Clifton Park, 371-1650. Traditional Italian fare featuring large portions and a salad bar; lots of seafood specials. Serving Sun-Thu 11-9, Fri-Sat 11-10. AE, MC. V.

Martin’s, 49 Railroad St., Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 528-5455. Order breakfast all day (well, until 3 PM closing time) at this popular Berkshire mainstay that catersff equally to locals and weekenders. Basic breakfast and lunch staples complemented by more contemporary fare, all at affordable prices. Serving daily 6 AM-3 PM. Cash only.

Lanie’s Café, 471 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville, 438-5005. A varied menu that ranges from bar appetizers, sandwiches and pizza to fancier fare like veal Française and seafood fra diavolo. If you’re really hungry, try the stuffed steak, but beware: Portions are huge. Serving Mon-Thu 11 AM-midnight, Fri-Sat 11 AM-2 AM, Sun noon-midnight. AE, D, DC, MC, V.

The Cat’s Meow, 14 Karner Road (Route 155), Guilderland, 456-1895. Classic pub fare—fried lots-of-stuff, burgers, fish—with an emphasis on homemade. If it’s a meatloaf day, you have no other choice. Serving Mon-Sat 11:30-11. AE MC, V.

McGuire’s, 353 State Street, Albany, 463-2100. Andrew Plummer is back in this casually elegent Center Sqaure grill serving progressive American food, including consistently excellent seafood, beef and sides, with adventurous wine listings and knowledgeable staff. Serving Mon-Sat 5-10 PM. AE, D, MC, V.

Chili’s, 60 Wolf Rd., Colonie, 489-4664. Burgers, ribs and lots of chicken dishes cooked and presented quickly, as you’d expect from this successful chain. Serving Sun-Thu 11-11, Fri-Sat 11-Midnight. AE, D, DC, MC, V. www.chilis.com

Aromi d’Italia, 2050 Western Ave., Guilderland, 452-9200. Inventive Italian fare (great soups and sauces) with focaccia-based pizza and an amazing gelato selection. Serving Sun-Thu 10-9, Fri-Sat 10-10. AE, D, DC, MC, V.

Leon’s Mexican Restaurant, 135 Crescent St., Saratoga Springs, 587-2346. Jockey Filiberto Leon is chef-owner, offering superb burritos, quesadillas and more, all homemade. Serving Wed-Mon 11-10. AE, MC, V.

The Van Dyck Restaurant, 237 Union St., Schenectady, 381-1111. Schenectady’s lovely Stockade-area eatery offers a fine-dining menu and pub fare, with live music on weekends. Serving Tue-Wed 11:30-10, Thu 11:30-11, Fri-Sat 11:30-midnight. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V.

My Way Café, Routes 9 and 67E, Malta, 899-4196. A warm and winning combo of pleasant ambience and excellent, Italian-inspired food, with all entrées priced at $17. Sinatra-inspired decor. Serving dinner Tue-Sun 4-close. AE, D, MC, V.

Ta-Ke Restaurant, 500 Northern Blvd, Albany, 465-5511. Tableside cooking in the Benihana (teppanyaki) style, along with a sushi bar and some Korean entrées. Serving daily noon-10:30. AE, MC, V.

Petta’s, 134 Duane Ave., Schenectady, 346-7324. Classic Italian fare as it’s been served here for over 50 years. Steaks and veal dishes a specialty, and the homemade desserts are a must. Serving lunch Mon-Fri 11-2, dinner daily 4-9. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V.

Crabapple Farm Restaurant, 857 Main St., Clifton Park, 877-8202. A historic grist mill has been modeled into a lovely restaurant with such specialties as tenderloin en croute, poached salmon in a vanilla cream sauce and pistachio-crusted pork tenderloin with a spicy plum sauce. Serving dinner Tue-Sat, 5-9. AE, D, MC, V.

Mercato’s Restaurant & Pizzeria, 155 Delaware Ave., Delmar, 475-7777. A fine example of the neighborhood Italian restaurant, with original pizza recipes, inexpensive veal entrées and a general sense of bonhomie. Serving Mon-Thu 11-10, Fri-Sat 11-11, Sun Noon-9. AE, DC, MC, V.

Carney’s Tavern, 17 Main St., Ballston Lake, 399-9926. Comfort food with an Irish touch, featuring sandwiches, steaks, salads and pasta. The Gaelic steak is topped with creamy whisky. Serving Sun noon-9, Mon 11-9, Tue-Sat 11-10. AE, D, MC, V.

Biryani, 638 Loudon Road, Latham, 782-1510. Traditional Indian-Pakistani fare with a number of meat-rice (biryani) dishes, creamy qorma preparations and tandoor meats. Serving Tue-Sun 11-10. AE, D, DC, MC, V.

The Hungry Horseman Grill, 1610 Central Ave., Colonie, 464-5050. Dinner includes such fare as pot roast and roast turkey; pasta, steaks and salads are also available, with a generous sandwich menu for lunch. Serving Mon-Thu 11:30-10, Fri-Sat 11:30-11; Sunday brunch 11:30-2, then dinner 3-10. AE, D, DC, MC, V.

Paolo Lombardi’s Ristorante, 104 West Sand Lake Road (Route 150), Wynantskill, 283-0202. A favorite for 16 years, offering gourmet Italian fare in a pleasant setting. Traditional and inventive dishes abound—the scalloppine alla asparagi combines veal and asparagus in a wonderfully rich way. Serving dinner Mon-Thu 4-10, Fri-Sat 4-11, Sun 1-9. AE, D, MC, V.

Beverly’s, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-2755. Breakfast and lunch served throughout the day in a pleasant downtown café. Omelette, quiche and frittata specials along with homemade soup and gourmet coffee. Serving daily 8 AM-3 PM. AE, D, DC, MC, V.

Bellini’s Italian Eatery, 1365 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands, 439-6022. Italian fare, plain and fancy, with wood-fired pizzas, a terrific saltimbocca, homemade desserts and very comfortable ambiance. Serving lunch daily 11-4, dinner Sun-Thu 11-10, Fri-Sat 11-11. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V.

Center Stage Deli, 2678 Hamburg St., Schenectady, 355-7791. Any sandwich you can imagine, with great Reubens, massive subs, chopped liver and even dinner specials later in the day. Serving Mon-Sat 8-8. AE, MC, V.

Ravenous, 21 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 581-0560. A crêperie that serves savory and sweet concoctions for brunch, lunch and dinner, with true-to-tradition Belgian pommes frites as well. Serving Tue-Thu 11:30-8, Fri 11:30-9, Sat 10-9, brunch Sat-Sun 10-3. MC, V. (Closing Tuesdays for the winter beginning Oct. 29.

Mario’s Restaurant & Pizzeria, 2850 River Rd., Niskayuna, 347-0002. Search out this popular, family-friendly eatery for fresh, tasty pizzas, pasta dishes and other Italian specials; the veal Mario is rich and filling. Serving Tue-Fri 11-10, Sat 4-10. AE, D, DC, MC, V.

Monument Square Café, 254 Broadway, Troy, 274-0167. The former Capehouse is now a well-staffed café serving continental fare with a Mediterranean touch: lots of good pasta and fish, with many inventive appetizers. Serving lunch Mon-Fri 11:30-2:30; dinner Mon-Sat 5-10. AE, D, MC, V.

Montcalm Restaurant, 1415 Route 9 (Northway Exit 20), Lake George, 793-6601. An area staple, serving for more than 45 years, with a solid menu of seafood and steaks (prime rib a specialty) and excellent service. Serving lunch daily 11:45-2:30, dinner Mon-Thu 5-9, Fri-Sat 9:30, Sun 2-9. AE, D, DC, MC, V.

The Sedgwick Inn and Restaurant, 17971 Route 22, Berlin, 658-2334, www.sedgwickinn.com. An excellent autumn destination, with a fine-dining restaurant specializing in game and fish (the grilled venison is superb) and comfortable, antiques-laden guest rooms. Serving dinner Wed-Sat 5-9 PM, Sun 1-8. AE, D, MC, V.

The Hidden Café, Delaware Plaza, Delmar, 439-8800. Burgers, salads and wraps, yes, but the prize here is the Mediterranean menu with great hummus, kebabs and spanakopita. Serving daily 11-10. MC, V.

The Mexican Connection, 41 Nelson Ave., Saratoga Springs, 584-4466. A reliable, homey, comfortable source of Southwestern fare—big portions, nice flavors and a great selection of tequila. Serving daily from 4 PM. (Closed Mon-Tue as racing season winds down.) D, DC, MC, V.

The Vanilla Bean, 521 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham, 782-2326. The excellent bakery is here augmented with a menu that promises more than the kitchen and floor staff deliver. Serving Sun-Thu 7 AM-9 PM, Fri-Sat 7 AM-10 PM. AE, MC, V.

Sargo’s at the Saratoga National Golf Club, 485 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, 583-4653. Wonderful dinner menu with familiar items given exotic touches; try lunch on the veranda or the famous Sunday brunch. Serving lunch Sun-Fri 11:30-4, Sat 11:30-3, dinner Sun-Thu 5-10, Fri-Sat 5-11, brunch Sun 10-3. AE, D, MC, V.

Café Lucia, 90 Church St., Lenox, Mass., 413-637-2640. A Lenox standby, bringing out the best in fresh ingredients served in spare, northern Italian styles. Somewhat hurried during the Tanglewood season. Serving dinner Tue-Sun 5:30-10. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V.

The Prospect Restaurant, Scribner Hollow Lodge, Route 23A, Hunter, 263-4211. Take the hour drive from Albany and enjoy the sunset to a superior, inventive meal. Game and fish and local produce are among the features. Serving dinner Sun-Thu 5-10, Fri-Sat 5-11. AE, D, MC, V.

Sushi Thai Garden, 44 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 580-0900. A harmonious marriage of cultures, with tempura and sashimi served alongside red curry and pad thai. Try the basil and chili for a terrific sautéed dish. Serving lunch daily 11:30-3, dinner Sun-Thu 5-10, Fri-Sat 5-10:30. AE, D, MC, V.

The Cambridge Hotel, 4 W. Main St., Cambridge, 677-5626, www.cambridgehotel.com. A remarkable job of restoration has turned this place gorgeous; innkeeper-chef John LaPosta has made the dining room a culinary triumph. Serving lunch Tue-Sun 11-3, dinner Tue-Sun 5-9, breakfast buffet Sun 9-1. AE, CB, DC, MC, V.

Chez Sophie Bistro, 2853 Route 9, Malta Ridge, 583-3538. One of the area’s absolutely finest restaurants, with a menu of classic French fare brought up-to-date by chef Tonya Mahar. Serving dinner Tue-Sat 5:30-closing. AE, DC, MC, V. www.chezsophie.com.

Golden Phoenix Buffet, St. James Square Plaza, 2309 Nott St. E., Niskayuna, 344-7518. Two hundred items on seven buffet tables, as good as can be expected from chafing-dish fare, but the Mongolian barbecue station lets you make your own meal. Serving lunch Mon-Sat 11-3:30, dinner Mon-Thu 3:30-10, Fri-Sat 3:30-11, Sun noon-10. AE, D, MC, V.

The American Hotel, Main Street, Sharon Springs, 284-2105. An inventive array of continental fare served in the elegant surroundings of a handsome hotel in a historic resort town busily making a comeback. Serving lunch Wed-Fri 11-2, dinner Wed-Thu 5-8, Fri-Sat 5-9, Sun 5-7; brunch Sat-Sun 8-2. AE, D, MC, V.

Uncle Milty’s Diner, Route 9W, Glenmont, 434-3761. A classic silver diner with a big breakfast and lunch menu along with frequent specials like eggs Benedict, cheese blintzes and potato pancakes. And the burgers are good, too. Serving Tue-Sun 7 AM-2 PM. Cash and personal checks.

Sushi House, 6 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 935-2270. Terrific sushi—some of the area’s best—along with a menu of other Japanese fare (tempura, yakitori, noodles) served in a handsome teahouse setting. Serving Mon-Thu 11-10, Fri-Sat 11-11, Sun 11:30-9:30. AE, D, MC, V.

The Olde Kristel’s Inn, 654 Saratoga Road, Burnt Hills, 399-7398. New chef-owner Bill Clark brings back the old Kristel’s traditions with fare such as chicken and biscuits, pot roast, meatloaf and a fancy chicken cordon bleu. Serving lunch Mon-Sat 11-4, dinner Mon-Sat 4-9, Sun 3-8. Brunch buffet Sunday 8-2. AE, D, DC, MC, V.

Giffy’s Bar-B-Q, 1739 Route 9, Clifton Park, 373-9800. Grilled chicken and ribs are the specialty, with mixed results: Good chicken, boring ribs. Serving Tue-Sun 11-9. AE, D, MC, V.

V & R Italian Ristorante, 136 Madison Ave., Albany, 626-0001. No-surprises Italian fare, nicely done (try the rigatoni cantadina), served in a very attractive dining room. The cheesecake is outstanding. Serving Mon-Fri 11-11 Sat-Sun 3-11. AE, D, DC, MC, V.

Pearl’s, 47 Railroad St., Great Barrington, Mass., 413-528-7767. Steaks, fish and game are the offerings, with superior items ranging from meat loaf and fried chicken to spit-roasted duck and venison sausage. Serving Mon-Thu 5-10, Fri-Sat 5-11, Sun 5:30-10; brunch Sun 11-3. AE, MC, V.

Malt River Brewing Company, Latham Circle Mall, Latham, 786-6258. Excellent beer and a varied menu are highlights of this comfortable eatery, where you can have a religious experience if you ask for the spicy version of the award-winning chili. Serving Sun-Mon 11:30-9:30, Tue-Thu 11:30-11, Fri-Sat noon-midnight. AE, D, DC, MC, V.

Olde 499 House, 499 Second Ave., Troy, 238-0499. A revitalized local landmark with a wonderfully gracious staff and a classic steakhouse menu enlivened by the talent of youthful chef Brian Hinckley. Serving Tue-Sat 4-10, Sun 4-9. AE, MC, D, V.

Jake’s Round-Up, 23 Main St., South Glens Falls, 761-0015. An eclectic approach to Southwestern fare, served in a fun-to-look-at emporium of different dining areas. The Pancho Villa quesadilla combines chipotle pork, dilled Havarti and asparagus! Serving Mon-Wed 4-9, Thu noon-9, Fri-Sat noon-10, Sun 2:30-9; Sun brunch 10-2. AE, D, MC, V.

O’Leary’s Pub & Grill, 153 Mohawk Ave., Scotia, 382-8909. Pub fare with lots of sandwiches, hot and cold, and even vegetarian items. The burrito el grande will fill you for a week, and for only $7! Serving Mon-Thu 11-9, Fri-Sat 11-11, Sun 4-9. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V.

Sergio’s Italian Restaurant, 780 Route 9, Saratoga Springs, 583-8877. Family-style Italian dining, which means you should bring a bunch of friends and share the large portions. Serving Wed-Sat 5-10, Sun 1-9. AE, CD, DC, MC, V.

Lake Ridge, 35 Burlington Ave., Round Lake, 899-6000. Former Olde Dater chef Scott Ringwood offers fine dining at reasonable cost at the former Sweet Nothings building; try the pork rack or the duck breast for fresh takes on old favorites. Serving lunch Mon-Sat 11:30-2:30, dinner Mon-Sat 5-8:45. AE, MC, V.

Chia Bob’s Bistro, 1036 Crane St., Schenectady, 386-2200. An intimate, friendly spot in which to relax and enjoy a meal presented with the flair of excellent home cooking. Filet mignon for traditionalists; quesadillas, quiche, even hot dogs and burgers are available. Serving dinner Wed-Sun 5-1. AE, MC, V.

Daniel’s Café and Restaurant, 144 Washington Ave., Albany, 694-5320. Impressive mix of continental and Israeli fare, with bold flavors and sharp service. The Greek baked salmon in phyllo is a knockout. Serving lunch Mon-Fri 11-3, dinner Mon-Sun 5-10. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V.

Great Bay Clam Co., 2149 Doubleday Ave. (Route 50), Ballston Spa, 885-0583. Solid, unsurprising seafood served fried, broiled, baked—you name it. Steaks, chicken and pasta as well, with daily specials that tend to be more interesting. www.greatbayclamco.com. Serving Tue-Fri 11:30-9, Sat 4-9, Sun 12:30-8:30. AE, D, DC, MC, V.

The Raindancer Restaurant, 4582 Route 30, Amsterdam, 842-2606. An old-fashioned steak house with chicken, pasta, and other such items, and a generous salad bar with dinner. Serving lunch (light fare) Mon-Sat 1-10, Sun 1-8; dinner Mon-Sat 4:30-10, Sun 1-8. AE, D, DC, MC, V.

Ali Baba, 2243 15th St., Troy, 273-1170. Terrific kabobs, and the $5 durum (wrapped) kabob is the best gyro in the area. Wood-fired oven pizzas, casseroles and more at great prices. Serving Mon-Sat 11 AM-2 AM. AE, D, DC, MC, V.

The Springwater Bistro, 139 Union Ave., Saratoga, 584-6440. Excellent food and eager service in a casual setting with formal food; the menu changes daily, but try the lamb shank when it’s available. Serving dinner Wed-Mon 5:30-9:30. AE, DC, MC, V.

Pat Russo’s Dugout, 43 Main St., So. Glens Falls, 793-9560. Dine amidst vintage sports memorabilia and enjoy selections from a wide-ranging menu of Italian and continental fare at great prices, with a legendary wine list. Serving Mon, Wed-Thu 11:30-10:30, Fri 11:30-11:30, Sat 3:30-11:30, Sun 11:30-10. MC, V.


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