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Looking for a nice place for Thanksgiving dinner in the city. Lark St/Washington Park area.
Prefer non-traditional Thanksgiving menu.
Any info will be appreciated.

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  1. Boy, that's a tough one. I know few restaurant owners who won't be doing the traditional turkey dinner stuff. As one very successful large scale restaurant owner told me years ago, Thanksgiving and Easter are the two biggest revenue producers for a restaurant. I wish I could help you on your request, but I have absolutely no clue. Perhaps some other poster can. Sorry about that. And I am very familiar with the neighborhood your are looking at, but am coming up blank

    1. By non-traditional do you mean vegetarian? Or just choices beyond turkey, stuffing and gravy?

      Price range?

      You might have to compromise on location. There is a vegetarian restaurant, Antipasto's (Clifton Park) or vegetarian friendly New World Bistro Bar (Albany) that might have non-traditional choices. The Wine Bar on lark is another possibility.


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      1. re: financialdistrictresident

        One Thanksgiving we went to Jack's Oyster House so that one person in our party could have a traditional dinner and others could have non-traditional, e.g., fish, duck. It's worth checking with them to see if they can tell you what might be available besides turkey.

        Jack's Oyster House
        42-44 State Street, Albany, NY 12207

        1. re: Roger K

          We went to Jack's one Thanksgiving . . .IMHO, better for lunch. There was an article about Jack's in the Times Union recently. They are open every day and might meet the OP's requirements :)

          Maybe Cafe Madison (or something like that)?

          1. re: financialdistrictresident

            I'll check out Cafe Madison. Found that Taste is open on Thanksgiving. Anyone been??

            Cafe Madison
            1108 Madison Ave # 1, Albany, NY

            1. re: Motosport

              Cafe Madison no longer serves dinner, not since they opened The Point next door. My experience at The Point has been nowhere near as pleasurable as at the more intimate Cafe Madison, so unless they've made a serious turnaround, I wouldn't recommend it.

              Cafe Madison
              1108 Madison Ave # 1, Albany, NY

              1. re: Motosport

                The T.U. TH blog will soon be listing places that will be serving Thanksgiving meals. Maybe some will be close enough to meet your needs.

                1. re: Roger K

                  Roger, Thanks for the info. We will have a car and can travel a bit but wanted to stay close to home if possible.

          2. re: financialdistrictresident

            Non-traditional meaning alternatives to turkey and sweet potatoes. Wine bar is not open on Turkey Day. I'll contact the others. Thank you for the help.