Thursday Dine Around

Participating Albany Restaurants Offer 3-Course Meals on January 6th

Kick off the Albany Chefs' Food and Wine Festival by "Dining Around" at the Capital city's top restaurants! January 6th, from 5:30pm to 10:00pm, enjoy a 3-course dinner paired with wines and spirits at thirteen participating restaurants in downtown Albany.

Prices will range from $50 - $100 per person, plus tax and tip. Seating is limited. Please call and make reservations before hand as tables will be in high demand.

Participating Restaurants

Angelo's 677 Prime: $67.70 per person
677 Broadway, Albany - (518) 427-7463

  • Seared diver scallop, braised veal cheek canneloni, sweet corn shiitake cream; St. Francis chardonnay.
  • Seared filet mignon, lobster spring roll, baby vegetables, celeriac potato puree, sweet sherry onions, bone marrow veal jus; Sequoia Grove cabernet.
  • Chocolate-pistachio financier, warm berries, salty caramel ice cream; Fonseca Bin 27.

The Brown Derby: $75 per person
22 Clinton Avenue, Albany - (518) 463-1945

  • Lobster bisque, tarragon pistou, lobster coral, wilted snow-pea shoots; Casa Lapostelle sauvignon blanc.
  • Roquefort-encrusted filet mignon, Alaskan king crab cake, habanera-mango aioli, seasonal vegetables, wild mushroom-cipollini pommes duchess; Green
  • Point cabernet-shiraz and Termes by Numanthia.
  • Warm chocolate ganache tartlet, pistachio short-dough crust, pistachio gelato, apricot crème Anglaise; Chandon Riche.

Café Capriccio: $75 per person
49 Grand Street, Albany - (518) 465-0439

  • House-cured sopressata, capocollo and finocchiona, with fruit and Tuscan cheeses; Banfi Centine bianco and rosso.
  • Galantine of pheasant in pastry shell; Banfi Centine Bianco and Rosso.
  • Pappardelle with mushroom ragu; Masi Campofiorin (ripasso).
  • Tuscan braised beef shanks, polenta, Tuscan kale; Tenuta Ornellaia le Volte (super tuscan).
  • Dessert TBD.

Creo: $75 per person
1475 Western Avenue, Guilderland - (518) 482-8000

  • Crab Napoleon, white peach beurre blanc, crispy prosciutto; 2009 Etude pinot gris.
  • Hudson Valley chicken coq au vin, braised apples; 2008 Etude chardonnay.
  • Thai-marinated prime culotte, soy-ginger demiglace, shiitake potatoes; 2008 Etude pinot noir.

Dale Miller: $50 per person
30 South Pearl Street, Albany - (518) 694-3322

  • Hors d'oeuvres; Joseph Carr Dijon clone chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2008, Joseph Carr pinot noir Central Coast 2008.
  • Citrus-crusted scallops, asparagus ribbons, confit shallots, squash nectar purée; Joseph Carr sauvignon blanc Napa Valley 2009.
  • Grilled hamachi, grilled pineapple salad, parsnip sauce, tobiko caviar; Joseph Carr chardonnay reserve Sonoma Coast 200.
  • Thai-braised bison short ribs, grilled salsify, wild mushroom ragout; Joseph Carr Ancienne Cuvée meritage Howell Mountain 2004.

Jack's Oyster House: $49.99 per person
42 State Street, Albany - (518) 465-8854

  • Amuse bouche selection; Cragganmore whiskey.
  • Gold Band oyster Rockefeller, Blue Point oyster on the half shell, dried apricot-Talisker pearl; Talisker whiskey.
  • Local Ocean sea bream, vanilla beurre blanc, ostrich filet mignon medallion, mushroom and white truffle oil, green peppercorn sauce, winter vegetables, potato gratin; Oban whiskey.
  • Molten chocolate ganache, raspberry coulis; Johnnie Walker Gold whiskey.

Kelsey's at the Crowne Plaza: $65 per person
State & Lodge Streets, Albany - (518) 462-6611

  • Halibut, parsnip-apple purée, red wine beurre rouge, microgreen salad; Laetitia chardonnay.
  • Loin of venison, garlic-honey flan, roasted Brussels sprouts, black pepper-Beaujolais sauce; Nadia Bordeaux blend.
  • Dark chocolate soufflé, raspberry crème Anglaise.

Lombardo's: $49.99 per person
121 Madison Avenue, Albany - (518) 462-9180

  • Green salad or eggplant with roasted red peppers, prosciutto, mozzarella, marinara.
  • Pollo francese (egg-battered boneless breast of chicken, sautéed in butter, lemon and garlic) or pesce posillipo (white fish, marinara, clams, mussels); both served with pasta.
  • Tiramisu or a cannoli with coffee or tea.
  • Wine: Choice of two glasses of Fontana Candida Frascati, Fontana Candida Pinot Grigio, Bolla Amarone or Banfi "Centine" Baby Super Tuscan.

Marché: $40 per person
74 State Street, Albany - (518) 434-7410

  • Belgian endive, apples, Berkshire blue cheese, candied walnuts, champagne-walnut vinaigrette; Arctic Fox, Fox Run Vineyards, Seneca Lake.
  • Roasted black cod, butter-roasted fingerling potatoes, celery-root purée, roasted beets chardonnay reserve, Fox Run Vineyards, Seneca Lake 2007.
  • Chocolate cheesecake, pecan praline crust, caramel ice cream; ruby port, Fox Run Vineyards, Seneca Lake NV.

McGuire's: $150 per person
353 State Street, Albany - (518) 463-2100

  • Lobster bisque with jumbo lump crabmeat, or fried oysters with spicy Asian dipping sauce; Sonoma Cutrer Russian River chardonnay.
  • Lamb chop with risotto and blueberry-pork demi, or pan-seared foie gras with roasted pecans, kalamata figs, greens; Sanctuary zinfandel.
  • 16-ounce grilled prime New York strip steak grilled with golden chanterelle demi, or 26-ounce grilled rib-eye grilled with toasted-garlic demi, or 8-ounce pan-seared filet mignon with Danish blue cheese and Madeira demi; Sanctuary cabernet.
  • Artisan chocolates with Remy Martin cognacs - V.S.O.P., XO, Louis XIII - presented by Remy Martin's world brand ambassador, Remi Brabrant.

MezzaNotte Ristorante: $50 per person
2026 Western Avenue, Guilderland - (518) 689-4433

  • Salmon carpaccio, roasted beets, radish and Bibb lettuce; Marques Casa Concha chardonnay.
  • Pumpkin-stuffed agnolotti, caramelized cipollini onion, prosciutto, apple -sage broth; Marques Casa Concha chardonnay.
  • Slow-roasted boneless lamb loin, braised tomato, fennel bulb fondue, honey-garlic demiglace; Barbera D'Asti, Le Orme, Michele Chiarlo.
  • Fig-pine nut tart, Bershire blue cheese, honey gelato; Nivole Moscato D'Asti, Michele Chiarlo.

Panza's on the Green: $60 per person
Normanside Country Club, 150 Salisbury Road, Delmar - (518) 584-6882

  • Warm potato salad, Gentleman Jack's cider vinaigrette; Earthquake Eddie's Hot Stuff Caesar salad; cast iron skillet-seared wild mushrooms, crispy pancetta, garden spinach and shredded asiago.
  • Old No. 7 drunken meatloaf with Indu's chutney jus; sour mashed turkey and biscuits with barrel-cured onions; Miss Sydney's-marinated salmon filet; creamed corn, mashed green beans almandine.
  • Apple dumplings, tipsy sauce, fried dough, pickled cranberry relish.

Yono's: $85 per person
25 Chapel Street, Albany - (518) 436-7747

  • Hors d'oeuvres; sauvignon blanc, Cakebread Cellars, Napa Valley 2008.
  • Crispy skin Local Ocean black bass á la plancha, kabocha squash purée, truffle yogurt, toasted granola; chardonnay, Cakebread Cellars, Napa Valley 2008.
  • Roasted rougie magret duck breast, duck sausage, roasted winter vegetables, pomegranate gastrique, foie gras, pinot noir demiglace; pinot noir, Cakebread Cellars, Anderson Valley 2007.
  • Oscar's Smokehouse bacon-wrapped lamb loin, braised lamb neck agnolotti, melted baby fennel and celeriac, gremolata; cabernet cauvignon, Cakebread Cellars, Napa Valley 2007.
  • Praline bread pudding, sticky caramel and toffee crème Anglais.
  • Mignardises.

For more information please contact the restuarant of your choice at the phone number listed.

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