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  1. We went to Barcelona which I remembered learning about on this Board. Barcelona is Spanish Meditterranean but has a variety of dishes including chicken and eggplant parmesan and chicken enchildas. If you are looking for small plates and traditional Spanish tapas this probably isn't the place.

    We called to get the address and the host suggested we make reservations. We were really glad we did because shortly after we arrived all the tables started to fill up quickly. Barcelona is a good place to keep in mind for private parties because they have a private room upstairs. Atmosphere was casual and had a Meditteranean flair. Barcelona also has a nice bar area.

    We started with the mussels in cream accompanied with grilled bread. Very good. For entrees we had the chicken paella (entries come with a salad and bread service) with chorizio sausage, onions, sweet peppers and peas mixed with saffron rice.

    I was torn between the shrimp in tomatillo cilantro sauce OR drunken fish sauteed and topped with tomato, onion, garlic finished in a chili pepper tequila lime sauce served over saffron rice with vegetables. Our excellent server, Laura suggested the drunken fish. We appreciate the chef accomodating my request for a fish other than swordfish. The fish was cooked perfectly. The drunken fish was good, even better with the fresh lime squeezed over the sauce. Nice and spicy.

    Both entrees were good. We had espresso and shared a tres leches cake.

    This was our first time at Barcelona and we will go back when we're in the area. Nice to have an option besides Provence and Creo' (both in Stuyvesant Plaza) or heading to the restaurants near the Spectrum or toward/in downtown Albany.

    www.barcelona-albany.com