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Bombay Grill

571 Watervliet Shaker Road (Route 155), Latham, 783-7838. Naeem Yousuf has moved his Colonie Center food court operation to an accommodating building where he’s offering Afghan kababs in addition to traditional Indian-Pakistani fare. Takeout available. Serving buffet lunch 11:30-3 Tue-Fri, noon-3 Sat-Sun, dinner 5-10 Mon, 5-10:30 Tue-Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$

Curry House

1112 Madison Ave., Albany, 438-2265. This Northern Indian restaurant features a large selection of appetizers, curries, shish kebabs, tandoori entrées and Indian breads. Lunch buffet daily 11:30-2:30 Mon-Fri, Sat-Sun noon-3. Off-premises catering and takeout available. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri, noon-11 Sat, noon-10 Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $

Gandhi Indian Restaurant

1 Central Ave., Albany, 449-5577. At the epicenter of Albany’s Indian-restaurant neighborhood, serving Northern Indian food and offering a weekday lunch buffet from 11:30 to 2. Serving 11:30-10:30 Mon-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri, noon-11 Sat, noon-10 Sun. AE, DC, MC, V. $


9B Johnson Road, Latham, 785-7600; 47 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 580-1144. Specializing in regional dishes from all over India. Daily lunch buffet, weekend brunch. Full bar, off-premises catering, takeout available, reservations accepted. Serving lunch 11:30-2:30 Mon-Fri; brunch noon-3 Sat-Sun; dinner 5-10 Sun-Thu, 5-11 Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V, personal checks. $$

Latham Biryani

638 Loudon Road, Latham, 782-1510. You’ll find lots of traditional Indian/Pakistani cuisine here, including lamb curry, chicken curry, rice dishes and tandoori chicken. On/off-premises catering, takeout available. Serving 11:30-10:30 Tue-Fri, noon-10:30 Sat, noon-10 Sun; lunch buffet 11:30-2:30 Tue-Fri. Closed Mon. AE, D, MC, V. $

Little India

60 Court St., Saratoga Springs, 583-4151. Standard Indian fare, including curries and other stews, tandoori dishes and a wide array of vegetarian items. Wine and beer, including Indian beer. Takeout available. Serving lunch 11:30-3 Tue-Sat; dinner 5-10 Sun-Thu, 5-11 Fri-Sat. AE, MC, V. $

Royal India

519 Central Ave., Albany, 482-4555, The unusual interior belies its former life as Club Aquatica; now this downtown space hosts a restaurant with an emphasis on southern India (varieties of dosa a highlight), plenty of vegetarian fare, a tandoor oven, and a popular lunchtime buffet. Full bar. Catering and takeout available. Serving a lunch buffet 11:30-3 daily; dinner 5-10 Mon-Sat, 5-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$

Shalimar Restaurant

35 Central Ave., Albany 434-0890; 15 Park Ave., Shoppers Plaza, Clifton Park 348-1494; 405 Fulton St., Troy, 273-8744. Inexpensive, flavorful Indian fare to eat in or take out. Serving a variety of vegetarian, meat and chicken dishes, fresh-baked tandoori bread and other stuffed breads. BYOB, catering available. Lunch buffet daily 11:30-2:30. Serving 11:30-2:30 Mon-Fri, noon-3 Sat-Sun. Clifton Park location closed Mon, Troy closed Sun. Reservations accepted. Banquet hall at Albany location accommodating up to 85 people. AE, D, DC, MC, V, travelers’ checks. $


1929 Central Ave., Colonie, 456-6670, A variety of chicken, lamb, shrimp and vegetable dishes and always-sizzling tandoori ovens. “Sun Room” dining area open on weekends and for special parties. Full bar, catering and banquet facilities. Serving lunch 11:30-2 Tue-Fri; dinner 5-10 Tue-Sat, 5-9 Sun. Closed Mon. Sunday buffet noon-3 through Father’s Day. Takeout available. Reservations suggested. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

Taj Mahal Indian Restaurant

118 Jay St. (across from City Hall), Schenectady, 370-3664, tajmahalindian An assortment of Indian/Pakistani/Bangladeshi cuisine, with meat, halal meat, seafood and vegetarian dishes available; Takeout and delivery available; banquet facilities for 88 people. On/off-premises catering. Serving 11-10 Mon-Fri, Sat noon-10, dinner buffet 5-9 Thu-Sat, lunch buffet 11-2:30 Mon-Fri, Sat lunch noon-3. Closed Sunday. Reservations accepted. MC, V. $

Tandoor Palace

423 Madison Ave. (at Lark Street), Albany, 463-4123. Traditional northern Indian fare, served in a lunch buffet daily and from a full menu for dinner. Tandoor dishes and lots of vegetarian fare, with low prices an added attraction. Enjoy your meal indoors or outside on the patio. Hookah patio open through Oct. Full bar, catering. Delivery ($15 min) 11-3 Mon-Fri. Takeout available. Serving 11-10:30 Mon-Thu, 11-11 Fri, noon-11 Sat, noon-10 Sun. D, MC, V. No cards after 5 PM Mon-Fri. $


54 Clifton Country Road, Clifton Park, 688-1548, zaika-anindian restaurant .com. The Zaika Sampler Dinner gives a great overview, with tandoori chicken, reshmi kabab and sheek kabab, a curry, naan and more. Both northern and southern Indian fare are offered, and there’s outdoor dining, often with music, during the warm months. Full bar. Catering and takeout available. Reservations suggested for parties of six or more. Serving a lunch buffet 11:45-2:30 Mon-Fri, 12-3 Sat-Sun; dinner 5-10 Mon-Sat, 5-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$


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