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Dec 16, 2013 07:46 AM

Quiet(er) restaurant in Albany with not-too-adventurous food?

Hi everyone! A family member lives in Albany, and I'd like to get her a gift certificate to a local restaurant for the holidays. She is in her 60's, and is not a particularly adventurous eater, and prefers a quieter atmosphere (ie, not places where you have to yell to be heard). Any solid recommendations for consistent, quality food that fits the bill? Thanks!!

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  1. i think lanie's would do. nice place with outdoor seating if you like. big menu and an included salad bar.

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    1. re: davmar77

      Davmar. I have not eaten at lanies, so have no comment on your food recommendation. However, since, as I write this comment, the temperature outside is zero degrees, I'm not sure your "outdoor seating if you like" is really relevant,

      1. re: trakman

        Trakman, of course Gift Certificates can be used in warm weather too! ;-)

          1. re: davmar77

            It was my thought also, but unfortunately after I hit the submit button. Never said I was the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree

      2. re: davmar77

        While the food is good at Lanie's, it's hardly what I would call a quiet place.

        I think Jack's would be good for someone who likes quiet and isn't very adventurous.

        Or Garden Bistro 24 (now with 2 locations).

        1. re: AmyH

          Yes I agree, my mother has always said Lanie's is too loud for her.

      3. I'd suggest The Ginger Man. There is a very broad age range of people who dine here. The food is very good and they offer familiar, standard dishes along with some that have a bit of a twist to their preparation. Excellent atmosphere too. Private parking lot behind the restaurant.

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        1. re: Roger K

          The Ginger Man is a good suggestion.

          I didn't find it too lively when I went there last.

          Ditto Cafe Capriccio.

          I haven't been to Jack's in a long time.

          What about Cafe Madison? I haven't been but hear good things. Especially about their brunch.

          1. re: financialdistrictresident

            Cafe Madison would have to be for breakfast, lunch or weekend brunch. Don't know if that works for the gift recipient. Maybe?

        2. Thanks everyone for the help thus far!

          Okay so Ginger Man, Jack's, Garden Bistro 24? Is there any consensus other than not Lanie's? :)

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          1. re: kallisti

            2nd Jack's. Quiet, classy. Any of the old-school downtown Albany joints would fit your description, really, LaSerre, Angelo's, Capriccio, they're all pretty sedate, really.

            1. re: kallisti

              I honestly think she would be pleased with any of those three. Food choices and service might be a bit better at either the Ginger Man or Jack's. There is more likely to be some less experienced servers at Garden Bistro 24.

              1. re: Roger K

                We had dinner at the new Slingerlands Garden Bistro 24 the other night. It was very crowded and MUCH noisier than the Central Ave one. The service wasn't too great, either. I shouldn't have to ask twice for my glass of wine or scan the room numerous times to find our server. But the food was excellent as always.

                1. re: AmyH

                  I don't live in the area...did it move from the Central Ave location? or are there 2 of them now?

                  1. re: faith

                    There are currently two locations.

            2. I like Jack's Oyster House. Good food at reasonable prices. I especially like their oysters and their prime rib.


              1. Okay, sounds like Ginger Man or Jack's... I will consult with my family and then decide. Thanks everyone for the help!