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Bagel Bite

544 Delaware Ave., Albany, 449-1214. Bagels are just the beginning at this locally owned establishment, which serves up omelettes, triple-decker sandwiches and a New York- and Middle Eastern-style dinner menu. Takeout available. On/off-premises catering for private parties. Serving 8-3 PM Tue-Wed, 8-8 Thu-Sun. Closed Mondays. MC, V. $

BFS Restaurant & Catering

1736 Western Ave., Guilderland. 452-6342, Fine Mediterranean cuisine. Falafels, spanakopita, kebabs, baba ghanouj, tabbouleh, veggie platters and many other Lebanese, Moroccan, Egyptian, Greek and Italian dishes. Beer and wine. Eat in or take out; on/off-premises catering available. Serving 8 AM-9 PM Mon-Sat. AE, MC, V. $$

Chameleon on the Lake

251 Country Route 67, Saratoga Springs, 581-3928. Richard Rodriguez, former co-owner of the Springwater Bistro, returns June 1 with a tri-level eatery on the shores of Saratoga Lake, including a lounge, a seafood restaurant with a Mediterraneam flair, and a decktop shrimp and oyster bar. The chef is Dominic Colose, formerly of Cafe Capriccio. Full bar, extensive wine list, 30-seat outdoor deck looking onto the waterfront. Catering and takeout available. Welcoming boaters and others dressed for the outdoors. Serving 4-10 daily. MC, V. $$

Hidden Café

Delaware Plaza, Delaware Avenue, Delmar, 439-8800. Falafel, souvlaki—the classics are here and they’re very inexpensive, wonderful salads and innovative entrées created by chef-owner Joseph Soliman. Serving 11-3, 4:30-9 PM Mon-Fri, Sat 4:30-9, Closed Sun. MC, V. $

Mediterranean Garden Grill

1903 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands, 439-3800, 253-4427. Mediterranean cuisine. Office and home delivery available. Outdoor dining, catering. Serving 11-3 daily. MC, V. $

Monument Square Café

254 Broadway, Troy, 274-0167. Serving continental cuisine with Italian and Mediterranean influences, using fresh ingredients with a strong focus on presentation. Appetizers, salads, pastas, small plates and entrées such as seafood paella and pork shank; desserts include bananas Foster crepes. Full bar. Serving dinner 5-10 Mon-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $$


80 Main St., Lenox, Mass., (413) 637-4455. Intimate dining in a cozy, 200-year-old house with a wraparound porch in the village of Lenox. Creative and colorful Mediterranean-inspired cooking featuring fresh seasonal ingredients; every entrée has its own unique starch and sauce. Signature appetizer is warm goat cheese surrounded by shredded phyllo dough, fried, atop a salad of dried cranberries, walnuts, almonds and mesclun. Entrées include pastas, risottos, Spanish seafood stew, grilled meats. Full bar, takeout available, reservations suggested. Serving 5-9 Thu-Mon; closed Tue-Wed (open seven days July and August). AE, D, MC, V $$$$


Metroland's Fall/Winter Dining Guide 2004
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