31 Central Ave., Albany, 463-4161. Serving a variety of
Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food such as falafels,
hummus and baba ghanouj. The menu includes a large selection
of vegetarian options. On/off-premises catering. Takeout
and delivery available. Reservations not accepted. Open
11:30-10 Mon-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri, 12-11 Sat. Closed Sunday.
AE, D, MC, V. $
952 Troy-Schenectady Road (Peter Harris Plaza), Latham,
783-5553. A variety of kababs and curry-redolent palow
dishes are part of the fare, but try the okra and the
butternut squash for exciting flavors. And there’s pizza!
A $7 weekday lunch buffet is a good introduction. Serving
10-10 daily; lunch buffet 11-2 Mon-Fri. AE, D, MC, V. $
184 River St., Troy, 270-9404. This storefront Lebanese
restaurant offers a wonderful array of choices. The sampler
plate will get you started (the falafel is excellent) and
there are wraps and salads as well. Don’t forget the miracle
garlic! Serving 11-8 Mon-Sat, 11-9 Fri. AE, D, MC, V. $
2243 15th St., Troy, 273-1170. Turkish cuisine and pizza,
which means you can get seasoned lamb on your pie. Most
meals come with puffy lavash bread. The kabobs are terrific;
best of all is the durum-wrapped kabob, a Turkish gyro.
Try the baklava. Serving 11 AM-midnight Mon-Sat. Closed
Sun. AE, MC, V. $
Mamoun’s Mideast Café
206 Washington Ave., Albany, 434-3901. Serving such Middle
Eastern dishes as shish kebab, tabbouleh, falafel, hummus
and stuffed grape leaves. Special vegetarian menu. Takeout
available. No alcohol. Serving 11:30-10 daily. MC, V. $$
203 River St., Troy, 266-9300. Try chef-owner Moheb Habib’s
homemade Egyptian specialties, such as his variations on
hummus, baba ganouj and falafel. Also grape leaves and gyros.
A casual dining room lunch, and don’t forget the baklava.
No Reservations. Serving 8-5 Tue-Thu, 8-8 Fri-Sat. MC, V.
Rita’s Lebanese Café
188 N. Allen St., Albany, 437-3537. Sandwiches include falafel,
marinated beef, chicken, kafta or kibbeh;
dinner selections include hummus, baba ghanouj and
tabouli. It’s well-crafted Lebanese fare with tasty
kebabs as well as an extensive selection of vegetarian items.
Serving 11-8 Tue-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $