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Great Prime Rib in Albany?

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I'm thinking of taking my mom out for dinner as a holiday treat, and she L.O.V.E.S. prime rib. I've dragged her to the Barnsider once, and she was pretty pleased with it, but her favorite place to get prime rib is currently Laney's or Lanie's (can't remember the spelling, sorry!) out in Loudonville. I don't think it's the most amazing thing ever, especially since they tend to overcook it and don't take it back, even if it is their mistake. But she really loves the place, so is there somewhere with really great prime rib I could take her to to knock her socks off?

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  1. The Bears' - Wonderful but a 30m drive

    Kirkers - consistently great IMO and closer

    Angelo's 677 Prime - I have heard great things about it but never eat there.

    The first 2 are better than the Barnsider - I expect the 3rd is also

    Check this site for exploring Albany restaurants

    http://www.timesunion.com/entertainme...

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    1. re: swarttav

      I did not have a great meal at the Bears on my first try a few weeks ago. (boneless!) rib eye was so-so and sides were pathetically mediocre.

      I would try 677 Prime next time I'm craving a steak out. It should impress your mom.

      1. re: NYchowcook

        That's too bad - I have heard this several times on various posts. I tend to attribute one bad review of a favored restaurant as an errant datum. Multiple reports too often indicate a sad demise.
        Papa Bear must be hibernating too much.

        1. re: swarttav

          Papa Bear is socializing, not cooking! Figured it was not a good sign that he spent practically the whole time I was there sitting at various people's tables. Hey! I wanted to say: get back in the kitchen!

    2. The best beef rib I've had in the area is at Cliff's, on Saratoga Lake. It's a fun, low-key place, with just fantastic beef.

      1. Dakota in Latham used to be good (nice ambiance and fresh salad bar).