ALBANY’s BEST ●Restaurants
China Village 1335 Solano Ave./Ramona Ave. Recently recovered from a devastating fire, this formerly simple Chinese restaurant with a bargain menu is now a lot more sleek and a tad more expensive. The main dining room has some comfy banquette seating, and a smaller back room features a striking yellow mural wall with 3-D dragons. Large windows bring in plenty of light, and you can order a cocktail to sip while you wait. The menu specialty is hot Sichuan, but milder Mandarin and even milder Cantonese dishes are also available. House specialties include delicious dry-fried cumin lamb spiced with plenty of hot red and green peppers, a saucy Szechuan hot bean paste fish fillet, and XO-sauce beef. More winners include tea-smoked duck with half-moon steamed buns and plum sauce; chow mien made with housemade hand-cut noodles (they are flat and a little curly) with barbecue pork and veggies; spicy cold noodles with chicken in a sweet sesame paste sauce; Mandarin fish (a whole, deep-fried fish covered with sweet bean paste sauce, garlic, and ginger). Dishes are prepared with MSG. In 2016, Bernie Sanders stopped in here for a late night meal during his presidential candidate campaign.