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Vegetarian Delight

Looking for advice: Some old friends of mine, Paul and Katrina, are stopping in town tonight for dinner before taking the train down to NYC. I'm looking for a restaurant that fits the following description:

1) In the general vicinity of the Rensselaer train station - time is tight between when they are arriving and when their train leaves, so something in downtownish Albany or across the river would work best.

2) Reasonably fast service - see reason #1.

3) Is acceptable to vegetarians - both Paul and Katrina eat no meat, not even fish. We don't need a vegetarian place, but it's got to have some veggie-friendly options.

4) Reasonable prices - even if we had the money, we wouldn't try to rush through a dinner at La Serre. So something moderate.

My first instinct was something like El Mariachi or maybe that new Sushi place on Lark, which is reputed to have lots of veggie rolls. Is there a good Indian restaurant downtown that I don't know about? Definitely looking for some suggestions here...

UPDATE [11:10 AM]: Thank you to all who emailed in advice. One emailer directed me to VegAlbany, a website dedicated to living as a vegetarian locally. It's not a great site, but it's definitely worth checking out - the restuarant reviews detail the vegetarian and vegan options for quite a few places. And it's perfect for my purposes today.
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