My wife and I stumbled across an Afghan restaurant in Schenectady recently: Kabul Night on Union street.
It was AWESOME!
The food reminded me of Indian or even Persian food, but with very little oil or grease and very subtle spices (not really hot like some Indian food.) The service was extremely good and they even gave me an extra dessert in a "to go" box when I told them the kids were at home with a babysitter. A real classy act.
The only minor downside is that they do not serve wine or beer.
I had some Latin food from Mr. Pio Pio in Albany today. The delivery took FOREVER, but the food was excellent. Next time, I'll eat there.. as good as it was I can imagine it would be even better hot out of the kitchen. Breaded steak, rice, beans, plantains and a small salad for 8.95. I still have a whole meal as leftovers too.
If you're looking for good Indian food in Albany, you have to visit Aashiana on Central Ave. I believe its a block above Lark. The food is amazing and the price is super affordable. Plus, the owner Salim will greet you as you come in the door...what service!?