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Mediterranean Made Simple

by Caroline Barrett October 29, 2015


  Mamoun's Falafel 206 Washington Ave Ave, Albany, 434-3901, mamounsalbany.com. Serving 11:30 AM-10 PM Mon-Fri, noon-10 PM Sat-Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V Cuisine: Mediterranean, Syrian and Lebanese specialties Entrée price range: $4.95 (falafel sandwich) to $17.95 (shish combo) Ambience: ...

Mamoun's Falafel

The Curd Is the Word

by Caroline Barrett October 8, 2015

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  The Cheese Traveler 540 Delaware Ave, Albany, 443-0440, thecheesetraveler.com. Serving 11 AM-7 PM Tue-Fri, 10 AM-5 PM Sat, noon-5 PM Sun. Closed Monday. AE, MC, V Cuisine: creative grilled cheese sandwiches and homemade soup Entreé price range: $5 ...

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Warms You Up

by Caroline Barrett September 10, 2015


  Taiwan Noodle 218 Central Ave., Albany, 436-1328. Serving 11:30 AM-10 PM Mon, Wed-Sat; 11:30 AM-9:30 PM Sun; closed Tuesday. AE, MC, V.   Cuisine: Taiwanese noodles, lo main and other Chinese specialties Entreé price range: $5.95 (won ton soup) ...

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Thank You for Sharing

by Caroline Barrett August 27, 2015


  The Shop, 135 4th St., Troy, 874-1899. Serving 4 PM-midnight Mon-Wed, 4 PM-1 AM Thurs-Sat, 11 AM-9 PM Sun. AE, MC, V. Cuisine: worldly comfort food, great sharing dishes Entreé price range: $9 (pork posole verde) ...

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No Shortcuts Here

by B.A. Nilsson August 20, 2015


  Elizabeth’s 1264 East St, Pittsfield, MA, 413-448-8244. Cuisine: Italian farm-to-table Entreé price range: $22.50 (menu items) to $24.50 (specials) Ambience: your grandmother’s house Seek the soul of an onion and you’re easily led astray. Its pungency is distracting and ...

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You Can Always Go Downtown

by Caroline Barrett August 13, 2015


  Cuisine: salads, burgers and creative vegetarian Entreé price range: $9 (the standard burger) to $21 (house pesto grilled steak) Ambience: exposed brick and artsy lighting set among a restaurant, concert hall and bar scene When I moved to ...

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Now That’s Summer!

by Caroline Barrett July 30, 2015

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Pirates Lakeside Grill, 266 County Rd. 7, Nassau, 265-7087. Serving noon-8 PM Wed-Sun; closed Mon-Tues. Cash only. Open May 6-Sept. 6. Cuisine: burgers, hot dogs and ice cream Entreé price range: $2.99 (Nathan's hot dog) to ...

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Mexican Sunshine

by Caroline Barrett July 9, 2015


  El Mariachi 289 Hamilton St., Albany, 432-7580. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Thurs, 11:30-11 Fri, 1-11 Sat, 1-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: Mexican, Tex-Mex and Spanish Entreé price range: $10.95 (bean and cheese burrito) to $29.95 (Langosta Mariach— a ...

El Mariachi

Small Wonders

by Caroline Barrett June 25, 2015


  Slidin’ Dirty 9 1st St., Troy, 326-8492. Serving 11-11 Mon-Tue, 11 AM-midnight Wed-Thu, 11 AM-2 AM Fri-Sat, 11-10 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: creative sliders, crispy appetizers, salads Entrée price range: $5 (single slider) to $15 (dirty ...

Slidin' Dirty

Vietnam Spring

by Caroline Barrett June 11, 2015


Saigon Pearl 791 Madison Ave., Albany, 451-9251. Serving 11-9 Sun-Tues, Thu; 10-10 Fri-Sat; closed Wednesday. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: fresh Vietnamese Entrée price range: $8 (beef eye round pho) to $14 (grilled salmon with ginger) Ambiance: upscale fast ...

Saigon Pearl

Splashes of Flavor

by Caroline Barrett May 4, 2015


  Rain Modern Chinese 259 Lark St., Albany, 729-4827. Serving 11-10 Mon-Thurs, 11-11 Fri-Sat, 11-10 Sun, dim sum 11-4 Sat-Sun. AE, D, MC, V Cuisine: traditional and modern Chinese Entrée price range: $12 (sweet and sour chicken) to $30 ...

Rain Modern Chinese

Warming Trend

by Caroline Barrett February 26, 2015


  Mexican Radio, 325 State St., Schenectady, 621-3700. Serving Sun-Thu 11:30-11, Fri-Sat 11:30 AM-midnight. Sunday brunch 11:30-3. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: Mexican Entrée price range: $14 (huevos rancheros) to $20 (Cajun burrito) Ambiance: festively casual Mexican Radio stood, green ...

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Thai to Come Back To

by Caroline Barrett February 12, 2015


  Delmar Thai Sushi, 155 Delaware Ave, Delmar, 915-1907. Serving Mon-Fri 11:30 AM-3 PM and 4.30 PM-10 PM; Sat noon-10 PM; closed Sunday. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: Thai and sushi Entrée price range: $12 (fried rice,  curry ...

Delmar Thai Sushi

The Dinner Dance

by Caroline Barrett January 22, 2015


  Tala American Bistro, 626 New Loudon Road, Latham, 486-8252. Serving lunch 11:30-2:30 Mon-Sat; dinner 5:30-10 Mon-Sat, 4-9 Sunday; brunch 11-3 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: eclectic upscale bistro Entrée price range: $15 (Angus burger) to $38 (Grilled ...

Tala American Bistro

The Year in Dining

by B.A. Nilsson December 31, 2014


  It’s not just community support that necessitates the pursuit of locally grown and raised food. It’s the health of it. Try to get a medium-rare burger in any of the chain eateries. Food-service people know ...


by The Staff December 4, 2014

  Recently reviewed restaurants. Mohawk Taproom & Grill, 153 Mohawk Ave., Scotia, 357-8005, mohawktaproom.com. The 50/50 burger mixes bacon and beef; also traditional burgers and other pub fare and a great craft beer selection. Serving Tue-Thu 11-10, ...

A Pub of Flavor

by B.A. Nilsson October 2, 2014


  Mohawk Taproom & Grill, 153 Mohawk Ave., Scotia, 357-8005, mohawktaproom.com. Serving Tue-Thu 11-10, Fri-Sat 11-11, Sun noon-9. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: pub fare Entrée price range: $8 (two hot dogs) to $19 (steak frites) Ambiance: classic pub I ...

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In the Lebanese Kitchen

by B.A. Nilsson September 25, 2014


  The Phoenicians, 1686 Central Ave, Colonie, 464-4444, phoeniciansofalbany.com. Serving Tue-Sat noon-9. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: Lebanese Entrée price range: $8 (shawarma pita wrap) to $20 (lamb kebab platter) Ambiance: colorful and lively Allspice. Black Pepper. Cinnamon. Cloves. Fenugreek. ...

The Phoenicians

All Good in Altamont

by B.A. Nilsson September 11, 2014


  Mio Vino Wine Bar & Bistro, 186 Main St., Altamont, 595-5095, miovinowinebar.com. Serving dinner Tue-Thu 5-9, Fri-Sat 5-10, Sun 5-9; brunch Sun 10-3. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: gourmet Italian Entrée price range: $10 (sausage & peppers ...

Mio Vino Wine Bar & Bistro

A Bar-B-Q Tour

by B.A. Nilsson September 4, 2014


PJ’s Bar-B-QSA, 1 Kaydeross Ave. West (at Route 9), Saratoga Springs, 583-RIBS (7427), 583-CHIK (2445), pjsbarbqsa.com. Serving Mon-Thu 11-8:30, Fri-Sat 11-9, Sun noon-8. AE, D. MC. V. Cuisine: barbecue, grilled and smoked Entrée price range: $3.25 (slider) ...


by B.A. Nilsson August 28, 2014


Man of Kent Tavern, 4452 Route 7, Hoosick Falls, 686-9917, manofkenttavern.com. Serving 11-10 Mon-Thu, 11-11 Fri, 11-10 Sat, noon-10 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: ambitious pub fare Entrée price range: $7 (cheeseburger) to $13 (fish and ...

Market to Cafe

by B.A. Nilsson August 21, 2014

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The Local Flavor Café, 620 19th St., Watervliet, 270-1880, thelocalflavorcaafe.com. Open 7-8 Mon-Fri, 7-5 Sat. AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: soup, salads, sandwiches Entrée price range: $5 (Ultimate PB&J) to $9 (Caesar salad with chicken) Ambiance: small and ...

Hall of Family

by B.A. Nilsson August 7, 2014


Nicoletta’s Italian Café, 96 Main St., Cooperstown, 607-547-7499, nicolettasitaliancafe.com. Serving dinner daily 4-10 (later if warranted). AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: traditional Italian Entrée Price Range: $13 (spaghetti with sausage) to $26 (filet mignon gorgonzola) Ambiance: classic café What ...

For the New American

by B.A. Nilsson July 31, 2014


Public Eat + Drink, 34 Holden St, North Adams, Mass., 413-664-4444, publiceatanddrink.com. Serving daily 11:30-10 (later when warranted). AE, D, MC, V. Cuisine: new American Entrée price range: $7 (Caesar salad) to $24 (steak frites) Ambiance: industrially artistic MASS ...

Old School for Real

by B.A. Nilsson July 10, 2014


Saltsman’s Hotel, Route 10, Ephratah, 993-4412, saltsmans.com. Serving dinner 5-8 Thu-Fri, 5-9 Sat, 12:30-7 Sun. Hours change after Labor Day. The restaurant closes the last day of October and reopens in the following Easter weekend. ...