Is there ANY good ethnic restaurant food in Albany?
I'm looking for good Middle-Eastern or Asian and we'll be going for a lunch. It can be just some oustanding dish or buffet at a restaurant.
I've eaten at Mamoun's which was kind of disappointing (compared to it's NY location).
Though I checked out Google and Yelp reviews, there's nowhere that appears obvious to go to, and clearly most reviews are by people who have had little experience with that type of food. I'm hoping for a recommendation from someone who really knows the cuisine.
You might want to do a search of this Board.
This is a thread on Thai:
Chinese (there is another thread with the best Chinese in Albany . . .only a few):
I believe Ocean Palace has changed their name.
Phoenicians (Lebanese) on Central Avenue if that's not too far from downtown Albany for you. I have not been recently so I defer to others for more recent experiences:
I absolutely agree with faith and will also add the new Hong Kong Bistro and Bakery on Wolf Rd (at the bottom near Central). Also Taiwan Noodle on Central. If you don't mind going to Troy, try Ali Baba for middle eastern (Turkish actually). And in Schenectady go to Tara Kitchen for amazing Moroccan.
My Linh's is not open for lunch. But the same folks own Pho Yum on Central Av just west of I 87 and it is open for lunch.
Ocean Palace is correct as the current name for the Chinese restaurant at 68 Central Av.
If you can judge the quality of an ethnic restaurant by the number of ethnics eating there, then you might want to try Kinnaree Asian on Lark St. Primarily Thai and Korean dishes.
Mingle on Delaware Av serves Korean fusion.
If you have the opportunity to travel out of Albany for lunch, I second Ala Shanghai in Latham as a good choice.
I've not been there in a while but I always liked Mamoun's. Very authentic Lebanese/Syrian food.
I second (or is it 3rd or 4th?) the recommendations for Ala Shanghai, Ali Baba, Tara Kitchen, Taiwan Noodle, Van's and Kinnaree.
Also, there's a new Chinese place on Lark that's supposed to be quite good (I honestly haven't gotten there yet) called Rain
If you're going on a Sat or Sun for lunch, they have dim sum that's made in-house and served on carts.
The dim sum at Hong Kong Bistro is also made in-house but cooked to order (not on carts).