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hopegoode Oct 5, 2009 06:48 PM

We will be in the area and would like to try some Indian food if you have a special place to recommend. Thank you, in advance, for your suggestions.

  1. Daniel B. Oct 8, 2009 09:03 PM

    There is a newish place called Tandoori on Wolf Road across the street from Colonie Center.

    It's Pakastani, and they serve Pakastani style Chinese food. Which is really a bit mind blowing if you've never had it before. I'm not going to say it's wonderful, because it isn't. But it was a new taste experience for me, and that is the basis of my recommendation.

    Apparently in Pakistan the second most popular cuisine is Chinese. And like in America, they have bastardized the cuisine to suit their own tastes. So Pakistani Chinese includes a dish called Sesame Chicken. Which is nothing like American Sesame Chicken. And like nothing you would actually find in China.

    Who would think a place like this would exist in Albany?

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      JackG79 Oct 9, 2009 09:11 AM

      A lot of stuff like this has turned up in Albany over the years. Trust me, it won't last. There was a Jordanian Lady who had a deli over in the wold rd shoppers plaza that was popular for about 4 months. Then she was paying her bills with a credit card. Last time I'd heard her and her husband were moving back to Jordan. Sucks but things like this don't usually take real well, and rarely ever last in the Albany area. Albany is an OLD city with roots much deeper than the exterior shows at times. I grew up in the Albany area and have a love/hate relationship with the city.

      1. re: JackG79
        Daniel B. Oct 9, 2009 12:54 PM

        Nothing ever lasts. Except maybe Jack's. And even Jack's changes over the eras. We should enjoy it while we have it.

        By suggesting it's doomed to fail, one starts a self fulfilling prophecy in motion. I'm not naive, but rather a prisoner of hope.

        I wish I was around for the Jordanian lady. But then again I wish I could have been around to try Albany Beef, before the fishery was trashed by pollution from progress. I wish I was around before the plaza was built and downtown was allegedly a thriving place. But I am here now. And now we have this really interesting place.

        It would be great if people went.
        Because naturally it won't be around forever.

    2. AmyH Oct 6, 2009 10:46 AM

      The best Indian food, by far, in the capital region is at Karavalli. I've only been to the Latham location but they have one in Saratoga Springs, too. And one in Nanuet.

      http://www.karavallilatham.com/index.htm

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      1. re: AmyH
        PSZaas Oct 6, 2009 07:31 PM

        Sitar is a venerable and reliable restaurant, maybe the oldest Indian restaurant in the area. But Karavalli is the best.

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        Karavalli
        9 Johnson Rd, Latham, NY 12110

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