Belt line 3 at Albany has a shaky start
Your experience at Belt Line 3 will depend on your nostalgia for the sunny days of the Center Square neighborhoods in Albany. If you remember Lulu’s on Lark, Yono’s on Hamilton, Chef Ric Orlando at Justin’s, or the Lionheart serving food, you’ll likely feel excitement for the rebirth of 340 Hamilton St., a busy townhouse for the last time on Mezzo Marketplace in 2008.
If you like a classic dining room with vintage patterned wallpaper and sepia maps of Albany’s historic streetcar routes – including Belt Line 3, which ran over Hamilton Street, was the last streetcar line in Albany and is the source of the restaurant name – you ‘I’ll go in a good mood. (Spot the original cart pole still in place across the street.) If you like to sip sidecars and watch brownstones in the rain, you’ll love the tight menu, with three times as many cocktails as main courses and the intimate proportions of the new Italian on the block.