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ALbany, New York restaurant week

Mella2 Oct 8, 2013 02:15 PM

will be traveling to Albany this October during Restaurant Week. ANY suggestions of must go to restaurants with regional favorites in the area? I prefer to avoid fast food places.

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  1. PSZaas RE: Mella2 Oct 8, 2013 02:31 PM

    The "Old Albany" choices in the Restaurant Week list are Jack's (2nd oldest restaurant in the country under the same ownership?), LaSerre, and Cafe Capriccio. Capriccio is the best, if Italian is ok with you, all are good. Lots of discussion of Albany restaurants on this board if you scroll down; local posters have tried to keep 'em up to date.

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      Fred19 RE: PSZaas Oct 11, 2013 06:05 AM

      I like Jack's. Nothing like a plate of fresh oysters for an appetizer followed with a slice of their prime rib, rare.


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      Mella2 RE: Mella2 Oct 8, 2013 02:34 PM

      thank you. I could only find a long thread with mostly fast food ( ie fried food) when I first searched.
      Per my MD, have to avoid fried to avoid cholesterol meds..

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        PSZaas RE: Mella2 Oct 8, 2013 02:38 PM

        http://www.chow.com/topics/349608#208... is the master thread for Albany dining, and it's been kept up to date. Except for fish fries, a local thing, fried food is not the strong suit around here, anyway. Where will you be staying?

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        Mella2 RE: Mella2 Oct 8, 2013 03:01 PM

        will be in Troy mostly, but want to host a dinner for three ( students that I am visiting) during restaurant week.
        Will be wandering around the area -- at large-- while the younger crowd is busy.

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          PSZaas RE: Mella2 Oct 8, 2013 03:33 PM

          A great new spot in Troy is Lucas Confectionary, wine bar, patisserie, light meals, very cool scene. Troy has a fantastic Turkish restaurant, Ali Baba, near the RPI campus, excellent wood-fired pizza at DeFazio's.

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          Mella2 RE: Mella2 Oct 8, 2013 03:52 PM

          i thank you for your suggestions.
          What about a place to hang out and enjoy a cup of coffee around Troy? Healthy breakfast places anyone?
          This will be my first trip into upper state new york, :) !!

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            financialdistrictresident RE: Mella2 Oct 9, 2013 04:47 AM

            I don't know Troy that well. Been to Brown's Brewing Co., Daisy Baker's (across from Troy Music Hall) and DeFazio's :)

            Albany has DP (Yono's casual restaurant/downtown Albany), New World Bistro Bar (Chef Ric Orlando won Chopped twice) and The Ginger Man. We plan to check out Ocean Palace (Asian food okay re: salt content?) soon. Jack's is old school. An institution in downtown Albany near the Capitol. I prefer it for lunch or on a holiday (they are open EVERY day).

            We go to Merry Monk in Saratoga Springs. Have not been to their downtown Albany location.

            We will be returning to Taste (downtown Albany) this month.

            Second PSZaas Cafe Capriccio (downtown Albany near the Capitol) suggestion. We go to Capriccio Saratoga.


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              PSZaas RE: Mella2 Oct 9, 2013 07:05 PM

              Illium Cafe is your place for breakfast, lunch, mid-morning coffee, mid-afternoon coffee, late afternoon glasses of wine. Healthy and homemade. There's also the Placid Baker for breakfasts and lunches, very good bread. These two places and Lucas Confectonary make a great trifecta, within a few blocks of each other, all first-rate.

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                financialdistrictresident RE: PSZaas Oct 13, 2013 04:39 AM

                Lucas Confectionary's Chef Rachel "Starla" Bradshaw is a finalist for Rising Star Chef 2014.

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                fisher RE: Mella2 Oct 10, 2013 09:38 AM

                I've heard good things about Carmen's Café in Troy, especially for breakfast. It's Cuban/Spanish/American.

              3. davmar77 RE: Mella2 Oct 9, 2013 05:58 AM

                honestly, i'd say avoid restaurant week specials. just go to better places and spend a little more. nothing wrong with the suggestions but the busy places don't always put their best foot forward during that week especially if they are only offering a limited menu.

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                  davmar77 RE: davmar77 Oct 9, 2013 06:12 AM

                  of course this will vary from place to place. i'm just talking from experience.

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                    jaylhorner RE: davmar77 Oct 9, 2013 09:05 AM

                    I agree !

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                      financialdistrictresident RE: jaylhorner Oct 9, 2013 09:35 AM

                      That makes three :)

                      PS Lunch instead of dinner when you're on a budget/per diem/in an expensive city also works well based on my experience. Just don't tip like a Rachel Ray!

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                  Mella2 RE: Mella2 Oct 12, 2013 03:05 PM

                  Well I am counting down the days, I leave next Friday! Looking forward to visiting everyone's recommendations. Set up a reservation online with Cafe Capriccio... and am thinking about checking out New World Bistro Bar, esp. with a vegetarian! Will report back.

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                    AmyH RE: Mella2 Oct 13, 2013 11:12 AM

                    Your vegetarian will love New World Bistro Bar. Fantastic menu.

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