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

kallisti Dec 16, 2013 07:46 AM

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. davmar77 RE: kallisti Dec 16, 2013 10:45 AM

    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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      trakman RE: davmar77 Dec 16, 2013 09:02 PM

      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
        Roger K RE: trakman Dec 16, 2013 09:11 PM

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

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          davmar77 RE: Roger K Dec 17, 2013 05:24 AM

          yes, that was my thought. :-)

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            trakman RE: davmar77 Dec 17, 2013 09:32 AM

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

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        AmyH RE: davmar77 Dec 17, 2013 07:02 AM

        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).

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          faith RE: AmyH Dec 17, 2013 03:27 PM

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

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        Roger K RE: kallisti Dec 16, 2013 05:03 PM

        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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          financialdistrictresident RE: Roger K Dec 18, 2013 07:53 AM

          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
            Roger K RE: financialdistrictresident Dec 18, 2013 08:44 AM

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

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          kallisti RE: kallisti Dec 17, 2013 07:33 PM

          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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            PSZaas RE: kallisti Dec 17, 2013 07:44 PM

            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.

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              Roger K RE: kallisti Dec 17, 2013 07:47 PM

              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.

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                AmyH RE: Roger K Dec 24, 2013 01:28 PM

                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.

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                  faith RE: AmyH Dec 25, 2013 05:55 PM

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

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                    PSZaas RE: faith Dec 25, 2013 08:50 PM

                    There are currently two locations.

            2. Fred19 RE: kallisti Dec 18, 2013 02:12 PM

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


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                kallisti RE: kallisti Dec 18, 2013 02:48 PM

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

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