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Barcelona raises the bar for Mediterranean fare
ALBANY

Barcelona raises the bar for Mediterranean fare

Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015
Mediterranean cuisine is a melting pot of cultures from Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East. Barcelona takes the best and adds an American twist, resulting in spirited and enduring flavors.
 
Focus on quality makes lunch sublime at Bella Napoli
LATHAM

Focus on quality makes lunch sublime at Bella Napoli

Sunday, July 26, 2015
Bella Naopi has homemade soup, terrific sandwiches and a great bakery.
 
Chen’s flavorful fusion makes Ninja worth a visit

Chen’s flavorful fusion makes Ninja worth a visit

Sunday, July 19, 2015
Ninja, on North Broadway in Schenectady, is among a boom in Asian Fusion eateries in the area.
 
I-Go-Inn offers big margaritas to go with OK tacos

I-Go-Inn offers big margaritas to go with OK tacos

Sunday, July 12, 2015
The I-Go-Inn has a laid-back, tropical vibe. About 200 feet from the Great Sacandaga, it has an enormous elevated deck topped with a cheerful yellow-and-white awning and ringed with tiki torches.
 
City Line has upscale feel but needs seasoning

City Line has upscale feel but needs seasoning

Sunday, July 5, 2015
City Line Grill looks sharp. The new from scratch, modern industrial-inspired building houses two large rooms, and the bar opens out onto a large patio in good weather. City Line positions itself as a traditional sports bar with an upscale, fashionable ambiance, serving classic bar fare along with new continental dishes. It satisfies those requirements, but falls short of excellence.
 
Backstage Pub a good bet before or after show
SCHENECTADY

Backstage Pub a good bet before or after show

Sunday, June 28, 2015
The Backstage Pub & Grill is a modestly priced, casual restaurant that will harm your waistline more than your wallet.
 
Diners feel like part of family at Nonna Maria’s

Diners feel like part of family at Nonna Maria’s

Sunday, June 21, 2015
The heady scent of spring lilacs was replaced by the complex aroma of Italian cooking as we entered the door of Nonna Maria’s Italian Kitchen in Halfmoon.
 
The meatballs stand out at Saratoga’s Three Vines Bistro

The meatballs stand out at Saratoga’s Three Vines Bistro

Sunday, June 14, 2015
At Three Vines Bistro in Saratoga Springs, the first meatball bar in the Capital Region, they call their creations “meet balls” because you can eat them at a extra-long tables near the bar in a casual atmosphere that encourages mingling and casual conversation.
 
The Shop’s varied menu includes to-die-for corn fritters

The Shop’s varied menu includes to-die-for corn fritters

Sunday, June 7, 2015
They had me at the corn fritters, but lost me on the kale. The Shop, on Fourth Street in Troy, is in the old Trojan Hardware store and retains its spirit in the decor.
 
Hidden Café offers sampling of Mediterranean fare
DELMAR

Hidden Café offers sampling of Mediterranean fare

Sunday, May 31, 2015
Tucked away in the quiet interior of the Delaware Plaza in a short tunnel, away from annoying traffic, reminiscent of off the beaten path shops and restaurants on a small Caribbean Island is the aptly named Hidden Café.

 
LATHAM

Bull & Barrel serves barbecue in casual setting

Saturday, May 23, 2015
The Bull & Barrel Smokehouse Grill turns out everything you’d expect from a barbecue place, and not-to-be-missed mac and cheese.
 
Henry’s Tavern offers comfortable food, setting

Henry’s Tavern offers comfortable food, setting

Sunday, May 17, 2015
Our recent visit to Henry’s Irish Tavern, a bar and restaurant that opened more than a month ago across the street from The Whistling Kettle in Ballston Spa, was the ultimate in weekend relaxation.
 
Impressive Morgan & Co serves up unusual flavors
GLENS FALLS

Impressive Morgan & Co serves up unusual flavors

Sunday, May 10, 2015
Morgan & Co. feels more like a rollicking English pub than a stuffy, high-end restaurant.
 
Zinc Bistro offers classic cuisine in an elegant setting

Zinc Bistro offers classic cuisine in an elegant setting

Sunday, May 3, 2015
On a quiet street in Lenox, Massachusetts, we visited a gray clapboard building with white trim and bright blue sign reading “bistro zinc.” The restaurant had received high praise from dinner guest Rob, who had dined there several times.
 
Rustic American fare in a stylish suburban setting
SLINGERLANDS

Rustic American fare in a stylish suburban setting

Sunday, April 26, 2015
Roux is a stylish suburban restaurant that is working hard. There are many bright spots, including the bar, which was in demand during our visit, and the desserts, which are homemade and well chosen.
 
 

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