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El Platano

198 1st St., Troy, 272-3011. A neighborhood cafe specializing in Latin America-inspired dishes open for lunch and dinner, and breakfast on the weekends. Classic dishes including Cuban fried chicken, picadillo, homemade empanadas, and huevos Cubanos. Lunch 11-4, dinner 5-10 Tue-Sun, breakfast 9-4 Sat-Sun. $

Casa Dominicana

260 Central Ave., Albany, 427-1290. Authentic cuisine from Northern Dominican Republic. House specialties include rice and beans, mofongo (mashed green plantains with choice of pork, chicken or cheese), goat, chicken, pork and seafood dishes, soups, salads and appetizers. Desserts and more. Beer, takeout available. Serving noon-10 Mon-Fri. 1-10 Sat. Closed Sun. MC, V. $

First Choice

451 Fulton St., Troy, 272-4544. Authentic Caribbean-American cuisine, including an extensive vegetarian menu. Selections range from chicken, oxtail, fish, and soy dinners to traditional island fare such as ital stew, callaloo and ackee. Meals are made to order in ample portions with traditional island spices like jerk and curry. On-premises catering, takeout and delivery available. Serving 11:30-9 Mon-Thu, 11:30-10 Fri, 11:30-9 Sat. Lunch buffet from 11:30-2:30 Mon-Sat. Closed Sunday. AE, D, MC, V. $

Kenneth’s Tastebud

177-179 Henry Johnson Blvd., Albany, 463-1824. Jerk chicken, curried goat, ackee with salt cod—a wide variety of Jamaican and American fare, including beef and shrimp dishes. Comfortable dining room, with banquet facilities, private dining and full bar. Serving 11 AM-midnight Sun-Thu, 11 AM-4 AM Fri-Sat. MC, V. $$


7 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 584-4315, It’s Caribbean cooking with a twist, using ideas from all over the world. Serving 5-close Mon-Sat. AE, MC, V. $$$

Roy’s Restaurant and Groceries

185 Henry Johnson Blvd., Albany, 433-1343. Specializing in Jamaican food. American menu available. Off-premises catering. Serving 9 AM-11 Mon-Thu, 9 AM-midnight Fri-Sat, 10-9 Sun. MC, V. $


Metroland's Fall / Winter Dining Guide 2008
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