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Troy’s Lit­tle Rice Ball fea­tures name­sake Ja­panese treats, more.

6 Franklin Place (cor­ner of Fourth and Lib­erty streets) Troy

■ Phone: 518-953-0200

■ Web: the­lit­t­lerice­ball.com, In­sta­gram: @the­lit­t­lerice­ballny

■ Hours: 4:30 to 11 p.m. Mon­day to Thurs­day, 4:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fri­day and Satur­day, closed Sun­day.

■ Cost: Bud­get-friendly Ja­panese street food, $2.50 to $13. Soju-based cock­tails, $10. Sake by the glass, can, bot­tle, $12 to $120.

■ Food: Mod­ern twist on Ja­panese street food (oni­giri, takoy­aki, gy­oza, street desserts). Veg­e­tar­ian, ve­gan and gluten-free op­tions.

■ Drink: Mix of tra­di­tional sake and pop­u­lar “new sake” (sparkling mango, cu­cum­ber sake), un­pas­teur­ized na­mazake and nig­ori. Hand­crafted soju cock­tails. Cof­fee, fruit teas, iced tea.

■ Am­biance: Ca­sual, stylish cor­ner bar with a cock­tail crowd and fre­quent to-go or­ders. Counter ser­vice; all food or­ders are placed at the bar.

■ Noise level:

■ Good for: : Take­out, cock­tails and light bites, dates, small groups, side­walk din­ing. (Noise rat­ing: 1— quiet; 2 — com­fort­able/con­ver­sa­tional; 3 — loud; 4 — dis­rup­tive.)

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