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INDIAN/PAKISTANI

Aashiana Restaurant

31 Central Ave., Albany, 463-4161. Serving a variety of Indian, Pakistani and Middle Eastern food such as falafels, hummus and baba ghanouj. The menu includes a large selection of vegetarian options. On- and off-premises catering and takeout. Lunch buffet 11:30-3 Mon-Fri and noon-3 Sat. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri, 12-11 Sat. Closed Sunday. Reservations accepted. AE, D, MC, V. $

Aroma Bar & Grill

485 Main St., Great Barrington, MA, 413-528-3116, aromabarandgrill.com. The six-page menu offers the expected gamut of traditional Indian fare, with masalas and biryanis noted as signature dishes. Try the rasam, a light, tamarind-scented lentil soup or the chicken madras, a curry enhanced with pepper and lemon. Takeout available. Full bar. Serving lunch noon-3 Tue-Sun, dinner 5-9:30 Sun-Thu, 5-10 Fri-Sat, buffet noon-3 Sunday. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

Bombay Grill

571 Watervliet Shaker Road (Route 155), Latham, 783-7838. Naeem Yousuf has moved his Colonie Center food court operation to an accommodating building where he’s offering Afghan kababs in addition to traditional Indian-Pakistani fare. Takeout available. Serving buffet lunch 11:30-3 Tue-Fri, noon-3 Sat-Sun, 5-10:30 Tue-Sun, closed Mon. AE, D, MC, V. $$

Curry House

1112 Madison Ave., Albany, 438-2265. This Northern Indian restaurant features a large selection of appetizers, curries, shish kebabs, tandoori entrées and Indian breads. Lunch buffet daily 11:30-2:30 Mon-Fri, Sat-Sun noon-3. Off-premises catering and takeout available. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri, noon-11 Sat, noon-10 Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $

Gandhi Indian Restaurant

1 Central Ave., Albany, 449-5577. At the epicenter of Albany’s Indian-restaurant neighborhood, serving Northern Indian food and offering a lunch buffet from 11:30 to 2 all-week. Serving 11:30-10:30 Mon-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri, noon-11 Sat, noon-10 Sun. AE, DC, MC, V. $

Karavalli

9B Johnson Road, Latham, 785-7600; 47 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 580-1144, karavalli.com. Specializing in regional dishes from all over India. Daily lunch buffet, weekend brunch. Full bar, off-premises catering, takeout available, reservations accepted. Serving lunch 11:30-2:30 Mon-Fri; brunch noon-3 Sat-Sun; dinner 5-10 Sun-Thu, 5-11 Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V, personal checks. $$

Latham Biryani

638 Loudon Road, Latham, 782-1510. You’ll find lots of traditional Indian/Pakistani cuisine here, including lamb curry, chicken curry, rice dishes and tandoori chicken. Specializing in briyani. On/off-premises catering, takeout available. Serving 11:30-10:30 Tue-Fri, brunch buffet 12-3 Sat-Sun, noon-10:30 Sat, noon-10 Sun; lunch buffet 11:30-2:30 Tue-Fri. Closed Mon. AE, D, MC, V. $

Lazeez

35 Central Ave., Albany, 465-0333. Albany’s newest Pakistani-Indian restaurant, serving lunch and dinner. Lunch buffet seven days a week. Takeout, delivery, on- and off-premises catering. No reservations. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri, noon-11 Sat, noon-10 Sun. $

Little India

60 Court St., Saratoga Springs, 583-4151. Standard Indian fare, including curries and other stews, tandoori dishes and a wide array of vegetarian items. Wine and beer, including Indian beer. Takeout available. Serving lunch 11:30-3 Tue-Sat; dinner 5-10 Sun-Thu, 5-11 Fri-Sat. AE, MC, V. $

Shalimar

952 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham, 389-2500. Latham’s newest Pakistani-Indian restaurant, serving lunch and dinner. Lunch buffet seven days a week. On- and off-premises catering. Takeout. No reservations. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Fri, noon-10 Sat-Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

Shalimar Restaurant

35 Central Ave., Albany, 434-0890; 15 Park Ave., Shoppers Plaza, Clifton Park, 348-1494; 180 Delaware Ave., Delmar, 439-4200. Inexpensive, flavorful Indian fare to eat in or take out. Serving a variety of vegetarian, meat and chicken dishes, fresh-baked tandoori bread and other stuffed breads. BYOB, catering available. Lunch buffet daily 11:30-2:30. Serving 11:30-2:30 Mon-Fri, noon-3 Sat-Sun. Clifton Park location closed Sun. Reservations accepted. AE, D, DC, MC, V, travelers’ checks. $

Sitar

1929 Central Ave., Colonie, 456-6670, sitarindianrestaurant.com. A variety of chicken, lamb, shrimp and vegetable dishes and always-sizzling tandoori ovens. “Sun Room” dining area open on weekends and for special parties. Full bar, catering and banquet facilities. Serving lunch 11:30-2 Tue-Fri; dinner 5-10 Tue-Sat, 5-9 Sun. Closed Mon. Sunday buffet noon-3 through Father’s Day. Takeout available. Reservations suggested. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

Taj Mahal Indian Restaurant

118 Jay St. (across from City Hall), Schenectady, 370-3664, tajmahalindian food.com. An assortment of Indian cuisine, with meat, halal meat, seafood and vegetarian dishes available; takeout and delivery available; banquet facilities for 100 people. On/off-premises catering. Serving 11-10 Mon-Sat, lunch buffet 11-2:30 Mon-Sat. Open for parties only on Sunday. Reservations accepted. MC, V. $

Tandoor Palace

423 Madison Ave. (at Lark Street), Albany, 463-4123. Traditional northern Indian fare, served in a lunch buffet daily and from a full menu for dinner. Tandoor dishes and lots of vegetarian fare, with low price an added attraction. Enjoy your meal indoors or outside on the patio. Hookah patio open through October. Late night Indian Lounge. Full bar, catering. $15 min lunch delivery. Takeout available. Serving 11-10 Mon-Sat, Lunch buffet 11-3 Mon-Fri, late night menu 10 PM-2 AM Fri-Sat, closed Sun. D, MC, V. $

Zaika

54 Clifton Country Road, Clifton Park, 688-1548, zaikany.com. The Zaika Sampler Dinner gives a great overview, with tandoori chicken, reshmi kabab and sheek kabab, a curry, naan and more. Both northern and southern Indian fare are offered, and there’s outdoor dining, often with music, during the warm months. Full bar. Catering and takeout available. Reservations suggested for parties of six or more. Serving a lunch buffet 11:45-2:30 Tue-Fri, noon-3 Sat-Sun; dinner 5-10 Mon-Sat, 5-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

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