Al-Baraki, the popular Lebanese restaurant on River St in Troy, opened a second location this week on Lark St in Albany. After being beckoned in off the sidewalk Tuesday evening for a few samples, we asked owner Paul Chedrawee why he set up shop on Lark. "Because it seemed like half my customers over in Troy were from this neighborhood," he told us.
And sure enough, not two minutes later, in walked a regular customer from the Troy location who lives just around the block from the new place.
Al-Baraki II is in the space formerly occupied by Peas and Beans. It's tiny -- there are McMansions with bigger walk-in closets -- with just two stools in the front. The menu seems very take-out friendly, though. With a few exceptions, pretty much everything is $4-$7.
If you're in the neighborhood and looking for a snack, give the pita chips with garlic a try. Chedrawee creates a creamy garlic paste, made only of garlic, for the chips. We figured there had to be yogurt or something else mixed in, but he assured us it was only garlic. We'd never tried anything like it.
Here's a pdf of the Al-Baraki II menu.
185 Lark St
Albany, NY 12210
Mon - Fri 11 am - 9 pm
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