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My husband and I will be spending a night outside Albany in late August. We'll be driving to Saratoga the next morning so will probably stay somewhere off I-87. I realize there's a mall nearby and therefore lots of chain restaurants, but would rather eat somewhere more interesting. Any suggestions? We'd prefer not too expensive, but our tastes are eclectic.

It will be a Friday night and I know fish fry is a possibility, but we wouldn't be up for waiting in line!

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Ala Shanghai.... best Chinese north of NYC.

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    1. re: jaylhorner

      Have you tried Ocean Palace yet? I miss CCK, especially after a recent dinner at Big Wong's. . .

      http://blog.timesunion.com/tablehoppi...

      1. re: financialdistrictresident

        So glad to learn that Ocean Palace has risen again!

    2. jaylhorner's suggestion of Ala Shanghai is a good one, if you want Chinese, or Karavelli, if you want Indian. For more middle-of-the-road fare, Century House in Latham is an independent restaurant with nice service and moderate prices. Milano, in Newtonville/Latham is a reliable northern Italian place, and Tala Bistro has just opened; haven't been there, but people seem to like it, the most expensive recommendation here. Good sushi at Yoshi Sushi, also in Latham.

      1. Unfortunately, your comment that there is a mall nearby is pretty broad. Lots of malls off of I-87. My quick recommendation would be D'Raymonds, which is pretty accessible from most of the possible malls you are going to light near. Veal dishes are to die for.

        http://www.draymonds.com/ordereze/def...

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        1. re: trakman

          D'Raymonds is a great recommendation. Reservations are a must most nights, especially Fridays and Saturdays.

          1. re: PSZaas

            have any of you tried the Chaat joint in Colonie...called Annpurrna Chaat King....? it's right near my mom's, on Albany-Shaker Rd. attached to an Indian grocery. I really enjoyed a samosa chaat I had there in July...$5. they have no website but there is a facebook page with their menu.

            and I second the rec's for Karavalli, D'Raymonds and Ala Shanghai!

            1. re: faith

              I live right near there, too. The food is great and the people are so nice.

              And I third (fourth?) the recs above.

              1. re: AmyH

                thanks Amy, I'm happy to hear from someone who likes the place. seems like it's kind of low on the radar though ...maybe due to the location and 'hole in the wall' -ness. but I wish I lived near it now. I'm in western Mass. no chaat around here! except maybe one place that is overpriced and gets bad reviews...

                1. re: faith

                  I think their business is primarily from the Hindu Temple just down the street. It's really hard to notice for most people driving by. Plus I would think a lot of people around here (the non-Chow types) would be put off by a menu that didn't include tandoori chicken.

                  1. re: AmyH

                    lol on the tandoori chicken. yes I'm vegetarian so I guess I'm not one of those types. wait, isn't it chicken tikka masala? I would think a chaat bar would be an interesting and new thing to try out even if there isn't meat in it. I did go to a place in Philly like this, but they did also have meat in the chaat menu.

                    1. re: faith

                      Let me know when you're back in the area and we can meet there and have a chaat.

                      1. re: AmyH

                        that would be great, thanks... my email flubitz@hotmail.com

                        1. re: faith

                          and mine is hahna@mail.amc.edu

              2. re: faith

                Stopped Annpurrna Chaat King today and, coincidentally, had the samosa chaat. Very tasty and inexpensive. The proprietor was very friendly and welcoming. He helped me navigate the menu as I was unfamiliar with most of the offerings. I'll be stopping in again soon with the family for a full meal.

                1. re: fisher

                  Great news! thanks fisher... and when you get the full meals I'd love to know details as well.

          2. I agree about D' Raymonds. They do Italian right and are priced very reasonably. They are also very close to I-787.

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            1. re: sagetom

              Also very easy to get there coming from the other direction, from Wolf Rd and I-87. I just love their sauce!