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MIDDLE EASTERN

Afghan Grill

952 Troy Schenectady Road (Peter Harris Plaza), Latham, 783-5553. A variety of kebabs and curry-redolent palow dishes are part of the fare, but try the okra and the butternut squash for exciting flavors. The $8 weekday lunch buffet is a good introduction. Serving 11-10 daily; lunch buffet 11-2 Mon-Fri, 12-9 Sun. D, MC, V. $

Al-Baraki

185 1/2 Lark St. Albany, 445-0445 This storefront Lebanese restaurant (and sister restaurant of Troy’s Beirut) 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! Take-out and catering available. Serving 11-8:30 Mon-Fri, 11-2 Sat, closed Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

Ali Baba

2243 15th St., Troy, 273-1170. Offering Turkish cuisine and pizza, which means you can get seasoned lamb on your pie. Most meals come with puffy lavash bread. The kebabs are terrific; best of all is the durum-wrapped kebab, a Turkish gyro. Try the baklava. 10-9:15 Sun-Thu, 10-9:15 Fri-Sat. Closed Sun. AE, MC, V. $

Beirut

184 River St., Troy (Antique District), 270-9404. beirutrestauranttroyny.com This storefront Lebanese restaurant (and sister restaurant of Albany’s Al-Baraki) 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! Take-out and catering available. Serving 11-8 Mon-Sat, 11-9 Fri. AE, D, MC, V. $

Kabul Night

402 Union St., Schenectady, 346-0202, kabulnightcuisine.com. Serving traditional Afghan cuisine, including kebab entrees, rice, seafood and vegetarian dishes. Also featuring traditional Afghan pasta, salads, soups and desserts. Weekly lunch buffet served from 11:30-2. On- and off-premises catering. Takeout available. Serving 11:30-9 PM Mon-Sat, closed Sun. Reservations recommended. D, MC, V, ATM. $$$

Mamoun’s Mideast Café

206 Washington Ave., Albany, 434-3901. Serving such Middle Eastern dishes, such as shish kebab, tabbouleh, falafel, hummus and stuffed grape leaves. Special vegetarian menu. Takeout available. No alcohol. Serving 11:30-10 daily. MC, V. $$

Marmora Café

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. Enjoy a casual dining room lunch, and don’t forget the baklava. No Reservations. Serving 8-6 Tue-Thu, 8-5 Fri-Sat. MC, V. $

Phoenicians Restaurant

1686 Central Ave., Colonie, 464-4444, phoeniciansofalbany.com. Lebanese-themed fare—kebabs, hummus, tabouleh, babaganouj and much more—served in a delightful space with a friendly, family feeling about the place. Serving 11-10 daily. AE, 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. $

 

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