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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!!

  1. davmar77 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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    1. re: davmar77
      trakman 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 Dec 16, 2013 09:11 PM

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

        1. re: Roger K
          davmar77 Dec 17, 2013 05:24 AM

          yes, that was my thought. :-)

          1. re: davmar77
            trakman 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

      2. re: davmar77
        AmyH 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).

        1. re: AmyH
          faith Dec 17, 2013 03:27 PM

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

      3. r
        Roger K 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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        1. re: Roger K
          financialdistrictresident 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 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?

        2. k
          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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          1. re: kallisti
            PSZaas 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.

            1. re: kallisti
              Roger K 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.

              1. re: Roger K
                AmyH 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.

                1. re: AmyH
                  faith 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?

                  1. re: faith
                    PSZaas Dec 25, 2013 08:50 PM

                    There are currently two locations.

            2. Fred19 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.


              1. k
                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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