Chow in Albany
After reviewing these boards, we didn't have very high hopes of finding much decent chow in Albany for a recent business trip. We had a quick dinner at Jack's, which has been highly recommended on the chowhound boards. We found it very good in an old-school, oak-panelled, power-dinner kind of way. My husband is a discerning oyster man and he raved about the oysters there. Our other food was well-executed and we would definitely recommend it as a solid choice in the downtown area.
We also had an outstanding lunch at Envy Lounge, also downtown, which we hear is fairly new. I had an excellent grilled chicken, asparagus and cranberry sandwich and husband had a croque monsieur which was pretty good. There was a nice attention to the extras on the plate, such as the side salad, which was carefully made with interesting ingredients and an easy hand on the dressing. Service was very good and the atmosphere was hipper than most of the other places we have seen downtown. We will probably try it out for dinner as well - the menu looks interesting.
If anyone has any other recommendations in the downtown, we'd love to hear them!
Capriccio is truly a high spot in Albany dining. I dined early this past autumn and chose from the specials of the day - excellent. And from what I hear from friends and aquaintances the specials are the items to focus on. The menu is limited in number of items which is not a bad thing. McGuire's has been recommended to me also by friends and it is on the list for a visit soon (probably this week end as we have visitors scheduled who also appreciate good food well presented. I will post my opinion after the visit.