Spring 2013 Restaurant Week in Downtown Albany

Affordable Dining April 20-26, 2013

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ALBANY, NY (03/25/2013)(readMedia)-- Albany, NY...The Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID) announces the 9th bi-annual Downtown Albany Restaurant Week slated for Saturday, April 20, 2013 through Friday, April 26, 2013. This spring, fourteen Downtown Albany restaurants will offer a three-course meal valued at a minimum of $35.00 for the price $20.13. Diners are encouraged to make advance reservations with specific restaurants after 2:00 PM daily.

"Since its inception in 2004, Downtown Albany's Restaurant Weeks have had a combined economic impact of over $5 million," explained Mayor Gerald D. Jennings, "Whether coming out to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Jack's Oyster House or spend an evening at a favorite café, patrons have the opportunity to explore a variety of culinary offerings at exceptional prices during Restaurant Week."

Four different promotions will be offered to Restaurant Week participants including:

Student Night - Monday, April 22, 2013 (must show a valid college ID)

During Restaurant Week, area college students are encouraged to come out and dine the 3-course menu for only $15.13. Five restaurants are participating in Student Night: Jack's Oyster House, La Serre, V&R Italian Ristorante, Victory Cafe and Wolf's 1-11 Arena Sports Grill.

Date Night - Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The first 10 couples to dine at one of the Restaurant Week locations will receive a complimentary rose. Applies to parties of two only.

Capital Ticket - Wednesday, April 24 and Thursday, April 25, 2013

Parties of (4) or more participating in Restaurant Week will have a chance to win a $200 gift certificate to any business located within Downtown Albany Business Improvement District. One winner will be awarded on Wednesday and one on Thursday night.

Eat Great. Win Great.

Surveys - In addition to the 3-course dining promotion, Restaurant Week patrons can enter to win hundreds of dollars in Downtown dining gift certificates by filling out a brief survey about their dining experience at their chosen restaurant. Winners will be chosen at random from all completed surveys.

Survey Prizes include: (1) Downtown Albany winner (a Grand Prize winner to receive 4 gift certificates totaling $200), (2) I Love Downtown winners (Second Prize winner to receive 2 gift certificates totaling $100) and (4) Illuminate Downtown winners (Third Prize winners to receive (1) gift certificate totaling $50).

Participating restaurants in the 2013 Spring Restaurant Week include: Wolf's 1-11 Arena Sports Grill, Victory Café, V & R Italian Ristorante, Taste, La Serre, The Merry Monk, Katrinella's Bistro, Jack's Oyster House, Hudson Harbor Steak and Seafood, The Hollow Bar + Kitchen (Formerly The Bayou Café), Franklin's Tower, Charter (Hilton Albany), Cafe Capriccio and The Albany Pump Station.

Special offerings from participating restaurants include:

• 2 for 1 drink specials at Wolf's One-11 (near the Times Union Center)

Charter (Hilton Albany) featuring a newly renovated, upscale casual venue with over 200 seats and a private dining room for 70 people.

The Hollow Bar + Kitchen (formerly The Bayou Café) previewing a sneak peek of their forthcoming menu.

"Restaurant Week is an invitation to the residents of the Capital Region to come and experience an evening in the heart of our city," explains Georgette Steffens, Executive Director, Downtown Albany BID, "Every night of the event can be paired with vibrant activity in Downtown whether that be cheering at a sporting event, visiting a local gallery or museum or taking in a concert or show."

More information on downtown Albany events can be found on the BID's website at www.downtownalbany.org/events.

While many restaurants offer valet parking service, there are additional parking options in downtown Albany including the Albany Parking Authority's (APA) parking initiative titled 2 Blocks, 2 Bucks, 2 Easy. The parking program features a $2 evening parking rate to make parking in Downtown easier and less expensive. All three Albany Parking Authority garages (RiverFront, Green-Hudson and Quackenbush) charge $2 for all-night parking when entering after 6:00 PM. This offer is not available when special event rates are in effect. Visit www.parkalbany.com for additional information.

The Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID) is an organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the character, vitality, and possibility of downtown Albany. Through its many programs and events, the Downtown Albany BID works to enhance the image of Albany and further its reputation as a prosperous and exciting city to live, work, and visit. For more information on the BID please visit www.downtownalbany.org | @downtownalbany or call 518.465.2143 x11 for more information.