ALBANY, NY… The Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID) announces the return of Downtown Albany Restaurant Week Saturday, April 9-Friday, April 15, 2016. The 17 participating restaurants will offer a three-course meal valued at a minimum of $35.00 for the price of $20.16. The first Restaurant Week in the Capital Region, this marks the 12th year of showcasing many of Downtown’s best culinary offerings and given the popularity of the event, diners are encouraged to make reservations early and directly with the restaurants.
“This is a great way for visitors and Albany residents to get a taste of the wide variety of quality culinary choices in Downtown Albany,” said Mayor Kathy Sheehan, “and it’s an opportunity to see the transformation that is occurring including the hundreds of new residential units in our City Center.”
Two new eateries join this year’s lineup: upscale Asian restaurant Aji Steak Stone & Sushi and modern Mexican restaurant ama cocina, both of which opened in 2015. Additionally, two Downtown retailers will offer deals available only during Restaurant Week: Salon 109, located at 109 State Street, will offer a $25 shampoo and blowout or 25% off any product, and B Lodge & Company, located at 75 N Pearl Street, will offer a 10% discount to all customers who show their Restaurant Week receipt at checkout.
The full list of participating restaurants for the 12th annual Restaurant Week is: Aji Steak Stone & Sushi, ama cocina, C.H. Evans Brewing at the Albany Pump Station, Café Capriccio, The Capital American Eatery & Lounge, Charter (Hilton), City Beer Hall, Dawn’s Victory Sports Café, The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Hudson Harbor Steak & Seafood, Jack’s Oyster House, La Serre, The Merry Monk, Olde English Pub & Pantry, Parish Public House, Public House 42, and V&R Italian Ristorante.
Serving up a taste of the growing cuisine options available in the heart of the Capital City’s business district, this year patrons can indulge in everything from Tomato Ginger Seafood Bisque or Steak Frites to Banana and Milk Chocolate Bread Pudding or Sweet Potato Layered Maple Cheesecake, and more. Menus are available online at downtownalbany.org.
“This is one event people get really excited to sink their teeth into,” says Georgette Steffens, executive director of the Downtown Albany BID. “As Downtown continues to see growth in the residential, business, and tourism sectors, Restaurant Week offers one more opportunity for people to experience the high level of amenities offered in our District.”
For those who prefer to dine out during the day, the following venues will offer the full Restaurant Week menu during lunch: Aji Steak Stone & Sushi, ama cocina, C.H. Evans Brewing at the Albany Pump Station (Sunday only), The Capital American Eatery & Lounge (Sunday only), Dawn’s Victory Sports Café, Jack’s Oyster House, La Serre (weekdays only), and V&R Italian Ristorante (weekdays only).
A Student Night will be held on Monday, April 11, 2016 as an extra incentive for college students to come out and dine for $15.16 at select venues. Restaurants participating in Student Night are: Aji Steak Stone & Sushi, The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Jack’s Oyster House, La Serre, Olde English Pub & Pantry, and V&R Italian Ristorante.
Visitors to Downtown can take advantage of FREE on-street parking 5:00 PM-8:00 AM Monday-Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday. In addition, free parking is available in the following Albany Parking Authority garages:
- Riverfront Parking Garage: Monday – Friday | 5:00 PM – 5:00 AM | All day Saturday and Sunday
- Quackenbush and Green-Hudson Garages: Monday – Friday | 5:00 PM – Midnight