Times Union restaurant critic Bryan Fitzgerald reviewed Istanblue Mediterranean Restaurant in Congress Plaza. The review was a very good one, which may be the shot in the arm the restaurant needs because as Fitzgerald noted, the place does not seem to attract too many customers. The review can be found here, and the Times Union Table Hopping post about it, which includes reader comments, can be found here.
My wife and I dined at Istanblue last August, and we were disappointed. That may have been just my lack of appreciation of the cuisine, or perhaps it is because we went when the restaurant was relatively new, and maybe it has since found its sea legs by now and is delivering a good experience. I should also note that I have seen good comments about it on Tripadvisor. Let's hope it can get through the rest of the winter.