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elagniz Jan 22, 2014 01:19 PM

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.

Thanks

  1. financialdistrictresident Jan 22, 2014 02:58 PM

    You might want to do a search of this Board.

    This is a thread on Thai:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/672892#6650771

    Chinese (there is another thread with the best Chinese in Albany . . .only a few):

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/919890#8375325

    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:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/681122#5330082

    http://www.phoeniciansofalbany.com/

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      faith Jan 22, 2014 03:02 PM

      Karavalli for Indian is great. Ala Shanghai for Chinese.

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        AmyH Jan 22, 2014 04:32 PM

        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.

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          financialdistrictresident Jan 22, 2014 05:15 PM

          Second Tara Kitchen in Schenectady. A thread re: Tara Kitchen:

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/912487

          1. re: AmyH
            financialdistrictresident Jan 22, 2014 05:23 PM

            Ali Baba gets a lot of love on this Board. I can't believe I still haven't been . . .

        2. financialdistrictresident Jan 22, 2014 05:23 PM

          If you want to schlepp to Clifton Park, Saigon Spring. The Yelp perspective:

          http://www.yelp.com/biz/saigon-spring...

          In Albany for Vietnamese there is Van's or My Linh's.

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            Roger K Jan 22, 2014 10:35 PM

            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.

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              financialdistrictresident Jan 23, 2014 03:42 AM

              Thanks, Roger K. I thought I read somewhere that Ocean Palace changed their name. Still Ocean Palace on their Facebook page :)

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                Roger K Jan 23, 2014 07:17 AM

                I believe what you are recalling, FDR, is when Peter Chan left CCK to take over Manhattan Fish Fry and subsequently renamed it to Ocean Palace, the name of the restaurant he operated before CCK. Simple to understand the confusion. ;-)

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                AmyH Jan 23, 2014 08:56 AM

                There's also Seoul Korean restaurant in Latham at the Peter Harris Plaza.

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              BuildingMyBento Jan 22, 2014 10:41 PM

              Isn't there an Indonesian restaurant tucked away in a hotel in Albany?

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                Roger K Jan 22, 2014 10:45 PM

                Yes, it's called Yono's at 25 Chapel St. in the Hampton Inn & Suites. Expensive and usually not open for lunch.

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                  financialdistrictresident Jan 23, 2014 03:37 AM

                  DP (Yono's more casual restaurant) is open for lunch:

                  http://www.dpbrasserie.com/

                  There's an Indonesian salad and a noodle dish.

              2. Motosport Jan 23, 2014 07:12 AM

                I've not been there in a while but I always liked Mamoun's. Very authentic Lebanese/Syrian food.

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                  fisher Jan 23, 2014 09:37 AM

                  I second (or is it 3rd or 4th?) the recommendations for Ala Shanghai, Ali Baba, Tara Kitchen, Taiwan Noodle, Van's and Kinnaree.

                  1. AmyH Jan 24, 2014 05:30 AM

                    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
                    http://rainalbany.com/
                    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).
                    http://hkbakerybistro.us/

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