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Capitol House Chinese Kitchen

35 N. Pearl St., Albany, 434-5422 or 434-5423. Offering a full menu of Chinese specialties, including Hunan, Szechuan and Cantonese dishes. Also featuring an express lunch and a low-cal, low-fat menu. Takeout available; free delivery to Capitol area in downtown Albany. Serving 10-10 Mon-Fri, noon-10 Sat-Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

Dragon Buffet

1881 Central Ave., Colonie, 452-6963; 710 New Loudon Road, Latham, 783-1505; 15 Park Ave., Clifton Park, 383-2033; 1828 Altamont Ave., Rotterdam, 356-1890. Along with a daily choice of more than 150 buffet items from Chinese, Japanese and American cuisine, the Mongolian Barbecue allows diners to quickly create their own stir-fried meals using a combination of vegetables, meats and sauces. Private-party, takeout and catering services available. Serving 11-10 Sun-Thu, 11 AM-11:30 PM Fri-Sat. D, MC, V. $$

Dumpling House

120 Everett Road, Colonie, 458-7044. Dumplings come steamed or fried with a variety of fillings along with various regional offerings. Full bar, banquet facilities. Takeout available. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri-Sat, noon-10 Sun. Reservations suggested on weekends. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$


10 Wolf Road, Colonie, 591-0628. Comfortable dining area. Dim sum brunch daily (11-3), vegetarian menu and a large selection of fish, lobster and oysters in addition to all the traditional fare. Wine and beer. Takeout available. Large parking area. Serving 11-10:30 Sun-Thu, 11 AM-11:30 PM Fri-Sat. MC, V. $

Golden Phoenix Buffet

St. James Square Plaza, 2309 Nott St. E., Niskayuna, 344-7518. A classic Chinese buffet, with an attractive space and a Mongolian barbecue station that’s worth the visit. Serving lunch Mon-Sat 11-3:30, dinner Mon-Thu 3:30-9:30, Fri-Sat 3:30-10:30, Sun noon-9:30. AE, D, MC, V. $$


See listing under “Japanese.”

Ocean Palace

855 Central Ave., Albany, 453-6258. As the name would imply, seafood is a specialty—you can choose your entrée from the aquarium on your way in—on a menu featuring some 200 items. Daily dim sum made to order. Full bar. Serving 11-11 Mon-Thu, 11 AM-midnight Fri-Sat, 11-10 Sun. D, MC, V. $$

Pearl of the Orient

471 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville, 459-0903. The menu is a collection of different styles of Chinese food (Hunan, Szechuan, Cantonese, Chinatown). Full bar, on/off-premises catering. Takeout available. Lunch buffets Mon-Fri. Serving 11-10 Mon-Thu, 11-11 Fri, noon-11 Sat, noon-10 Sun. Reservations accepted for groups of five or more. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $

Peking Restaurant

1100 Madison Ave., Albany, 489-0606. Specializing in Chinese, Thai and sushi. Favorites include Peking duck, General Tso’s chicken and crispy orange beef. On/off-premises catering and banquet facilities. Delivery and takeout available. Serving 11:30-10 Sun-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri-Sat. Reservations suggested for parties of five or more. AE, D, MC, V. $$

Plum Blossom Restaurant

685 Hoosick Road, Troy, 272-0036. Cantonese and Hong Kong fare, with other Asian food. On-premises catering and banquet facilities. Serving 11-10 Mon-Thu, 11-11 Fri-Sat, noon-10 Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

Tai Pan

1519 Route 9, Halfmoon, 383-8581. All-Asian cuisine, concentrating on Southeast Asian and Hong Kong foods. Dim sum brunch Sat-Sun 11-3. Full bar and banquet facilities and cocktail lounge. Takeout available. Serving 11-10 Mon-Thu, 11-11 Fri-Sat, 11-10:30 Sun. AE, MC, D, V. $$


117 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush, 449-2030, 449-2031. The Cantonese cuisine features seafood wor bar and moo shu pork; Szechuan selections are also available. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving 11-10:30 Mon-Sat, noon-10:30 Sun. Reservations suggested for parties of six or more. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$


Metroland's Fall/Winter Dining Guide 2004
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