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1028 Route 146 at 146A (Clifton Park Plaza), Clifton Park, 383-1209. Vegetarian-friendly restaurant with a Mediterranean accent, serving gourmet specialty salads, homemade vegetarian soups, gourmet pizzas and pasta; creative gourmet specials featured weekly. Extensive wine and beer list includes 40 wines by the glass and more than 40 beers and ales by the bottle. Takeout available; catering for any event. Light bar menu. Serving 4:30-8:30 Sun-Mon, 4:30-9 Tue, 4:30-10 Wed-Sat. Wine bar open Fri-Sat until 11 PM. Reservations suggested for large parties. Cash and checks only. $$$

The Deli at Honest Weight Food Co-op

Honest Weight Food Co-op, 484 Central Ave., Albany, 482-2667. Fresh homemade soups, salads, sandwiches, baked goods and ethnic specialties made daily. All-organic juice bar served until one hour prior to close. Serving 7 AM-8 PM Mon-Sat, 9-7 Sun. Hot lunch entrée 11-2 daily. AE, D, MC, V, ATM, personal checks. $

Four Seasons

33 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 584-4670. Natural-food restaurant and store offering a vegetarian buffet featuring healthful, flavorful whole foods, soups, desserts and breads. No alcohol. Off-premises catering. Serving 11:30-8 daily; store open 9-8 daily. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $

Moon & River Café

115 S. Ferry St., Schenectady, 382-1938, Chef-owner Richard Genest (of Half Moon and Mother Earth’s fame) is back with his healthy cuisine from around the world. Menu is 90-percent vegetarian and vegan-friendly. Greek gyro, Hawiian chicken, grilled eggplant sandwiches, large Mexican section includes the ultimate nachos and the big enchilada. Breakfast anytime includes Paris bistro omelet, Moroccan eggs and turkey sausage. Ginger chicken (soy chicken) to die for; try the avocado salad topped with fresh lime and cilantro. Large drink and dessert list includes smoothies, iced chai and homemade carrot cake. No alcohol served; BYOB for responsible parties. Serving 9 AM-11 PM daily. Cash only. $

Shake Shake Mamas

258 Broadway, Troy, 272-MAMA (6262). Vegetarian- and vegan-friendly café, featuring antibiotic- and hormone-free meats, sandwiches, wraps, salads and soups. Also, all-natural fruit smoothies and herbal supplements. Takeout available. Serving 9:30-4:30 Mon-Fri. Closed Sat-Sun. Cash, MC, V. $


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