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Great spot near Albany Times Union Center for Dinner PLEASE HELP!!!!!

gremlin608 Aug 30, 2009 02:35 PM

Hi Fellow Hounders! I am looking for a non Italian spot for a family of 5 (all adults ranging in age from 34-77) that would satisfy 2 female foodies who love wine, and 3 guys who think burgers, fish and chips and beer were made by the Gods near the Times Union Center. I was given a recommendation of Albany Pump Station but I looked at the menu and while great for the guys...not so great for my mom and I. We are about to throw up our hands and head to Cheesecake factory up in Colonie because it has something to satisfy everyone, but I'd love to try something in downtown Albany...Any suggestions???

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  1. financialdistrictresident RE: gremlin608 Aug 30, 2009 02:54 PM

    Price range?

    Yono's (the cafe, not the upscale restaurant). Have not been to Jack's in ages not sure how it is with the new chef. You said no Italian or I'd suggest Cafe Capriccio. Dale Miller? I believe he has a more casual restaurant to complement the upscale fine dining restaurant. Marche? We have not been since their menu changed. I believe it's more bistro fare now. CCK on Central Avenue for Chinese. You might want to check out those menus and see if any of them work for you.

    Wolf Road has nothing but chains. If you're willing to go that far you might want to think about New World Home Cooking.

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      gremlin608 RE: financialdistrictresident Aug 31, 2009 04:27 PM

      Price range no more than $25 for Entree...We love Yono's (the upscale restaurant) Hubbies weren't that impressed (oh well)...I will look up Marche. I will also look up New World Home Cooking and Lark Street. Thanks!

    2. TonyO RE: gremlin608 Aug 30, 2009 07:58 PM


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        financialdistrictresident RE: TonyO Aug 31, 2009 08:50 AM

        TonyO, how is McGuire's since the chef went to Creo'?

        PS gremlin608 you might want to check out other options on Lark Street as well.

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          jaylhorner RE: financialdistrictresident Aug 31, 2009 09:10 AM

          I've been there a few times since he left. You wouldn't notice a difference, except missing a few classy people!

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            financialdistrictresident RE: jaylhorner Aug 31, 2009 09:17 AM

            Thanks, jaylhorner. I still have not been. For some reason SO doesn't seem to have an interest in going there . . .

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        Pinnacle RE: gremlin608 Aug 31, 2009 09:58 AM

        Knock yourself out. Feel free to pick your own.


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          gremlin608 RE: Pinnacle Aug 31, 2009 04:43 PM

          Pinnacle Thank you so much this review site is great!

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          nancy531 RE: gremlin608 Aug 31, 2009 10:37 AM

          I love the Gingerman for the wine selection - it's not walking distance from the TU but it's closer than Colonie. http://www.albanygingerman.com

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            gremlin608 RE: nancy531 Aug 31, 2009 04:28 PM

            Thanks everyone...I'm doing my homework now will ask questions as I have them.

          2. PSZaas RE: gremlin608 Aug 31, 2009 06:49 PM

            Le Canard Enchaine is in your price range; classic French and walking distance; historic building.


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              kailin RE: gremlin608 Sep 1, 2009 05:04 AM

              I would try Franklin Towers, I've never been let down there. It is a short walk from the TU Center on Broadway and might work if you are looking for something more casual than Jack's, 677, Dale Miller etc...

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                gremlin608 RE: kailin Sep 1, 2009 08:45 PM

                Dale Miller looks really wonderful, once again I don't think so for the guys...I think my mother and I are going to do McGuires and Dale Miller by ourselves and suck it up and do something more traditional with the men (they are the fish and chips, pork chops and mashed potatoes type)...someone today that I was speaking to while shopping at For the Love of Wine at Crossgates said that the Thai/Japanese on Central Ave that just opened is pretty good...I'm afraid to try it, very afraid.

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                  financialdistrictresident RE: gremlin608 Sep 2, 2009 05:26 AM

                  My favorite sushi place is in Latham, Yoshi's. The Thai place might be across from Christina's on Central Avenue. I think I have seen it but have not been. The Thai place on Lark Street is okay. I thought Dale Miller was going to have some kind of kiosk . . .are you looking at the upscale restaurant or the kiosk (assuming it has opened). I will finally be getting to Dale Miller's in a few weeks. I have not been to Franklin Towers but kailin's suggestion might work . . .

                  Creo' in Stuyvesant Plaza?

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                    kailin RE: financialdistrictresident Sep 2, 2009 04:46 PM

                    The kiosk at Dale Miller's was supposed to open but as of a week ago when I was there it wasn't. When you get there, if they have a summer berry trifle with a lemon scented pound cake you must try it, it was the best thing I have ever tasted.

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                      financialdistrictresident RE: kailin Sep 2, 2009 04:52 PM

                      Thanks, kailin.

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