A restaurant for regular group meetings?

fork on tableAnne emails:

I am a member of a service group that meets 2 evenings a month, during the week. We are looking for a restaurant/food venue that is reasonably priced and can accommodate 10-20 people, preferably with a separate meeting area or space that is not too loud. Since our members come from all over the capital district, we are looking for something in the Colonie/Latham area. Looking forward to hearing your ideas!

That Anne included "food venue" with restaurant makes us think there might some flexibility here, so we're curious if maybe there are some other options beyond just a straight-up restaurant.

Got a suggestion for Anne and her group? Please share!

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I meet with a 15-20 person group at Salty's Pub in Clifton Park. We have people coming from Albany, Guilderland, Troy, and Saratoga so that's pretty much in the middle. It has a back room they put us in and staff is great about separate checks. The food is decent, well priced, and there's something for even the pickiest eater.

It's been really, really hard for us to find another place to rotate through so I'm glad you asked this question! I'm looking forward to others recommendations.

Why not the back dining room of the '76? It's quiet back there and I'm sure the staff would be more than happy to shove a few tables together to accommodate your group!

I belong to a big book group, and we've found the following places to be excellent with large groups: Risotto, Brown's (they have a separate room upstairs), the Whistling Kettle in Troy, the Century House, and the Tailored Tea. Hope this helps!

How about Blue Ribbon Diner and Johnny's both in Schenectady. Johnny's is across from Proctors and Blue Ribbon Diner is on State St near Mohawk Commons. They both have great food as well as a meeting room.

Professor Java's in Colonie has a back room with comfy chairs that can be closed off, I think. You should call them.

The Blu Stone Bistro in Loudonville offers excellent spaces for group meetings. The restaurant, food and venue are rated quite good across the board.

http://www.blustonebistro.com/privateevents/facilities.aspx

Hello!

Good luck in your search. When I needed a venue for a large foodie oriented group for my book club, I reached out to the Co-Op. Their teaching kitchen is fantastic place for discussion, especially around food related topics. Perhaps your group could all chip in money and get a chef to come (pricey i know) or you could have a group cooking session then eat together together in the teaching kitchen!

I don't know if this is up your alley, but it was an incredible venue for my food related book club.

Anyway, that is my 2 cents. :)

Try the Orchard Tavern in West Albany/Colonie, right off I-90 Everett road exit. Has two private rooms for groups and great food.

(what feels like) a thousand years ago I worked my way through college at Peaches Cafe, in Stuyvesant Plaza. There is a private back room that would be used in the evenings by various groups. I know it's a little outside of your desired area, but it's convenient to get to. Good luck!

Phoenicians Mediterranean Palace has a separate room that can easily hold 40 people; the food is amazing and there is literally something for everyone - vegetarian, gluten free, vegan, and carnivores will go home happy! They are at 71 Fuller Road, so they are easy to reach and their number is 464-4444. I am sure Robert and his staff would be so happy to help you.

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