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Barcelona Restaurant

1192 Western Ave., Albany, 438-1144, barcelona-albany.com. Mediterranean fare served in comfortable surroundings. Spanish and Italian specialties include veal and pasta specials, rack of lamb, chicken vodka, grilled portobello with penne, and three kinds of paella: vegetable, chicken and the traditional seafood. Full bar offering an assortment of tapas. Reservations recommended. Serving lunch 11-2 Mon-Fri; dinner 4-10 Mon-Thu, 4-11 Fri-Sat, 4-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$


Mr. Pio Pio

160 Quail St., Albany, 463-2800. The Ecuadorean tradition of rotisserie-cooked chicken is celebrated here—and the Feast, a platter with a quarter-chicken, fried plantains, rice and beans, is less than $8. Preparations of beef and pork also are available, and there’s bandeja tipica, a bounty of plantain, fried egg, pork rind and avocado with a grilled steak underneath. Takeout available. Serving 11-10 Mon-Thu, 11-11 Fri-Sat, 11-9 Sun. MC, V. $$


Panzur Restaurant and Wine Bar

69 Broadway, Tivoli, 845-757-1071, panzur.com. Here the pig is king, with an array of ham and sausage to choose from as well as matching cheese; tapas like gambas al ajillo, (shrimp, garlic, guandilla chilis) and migas (intense pork and bacon with tomato and poached egg in red eye gravy essence) and full plates of crisp sweetbreads, steak frites and more. Full bar. Serving dinner Tue-Thu 5:30-9, Fri-Sat 5:30-10, Sun 5:30-9. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

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