Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Lunch at Jack's

Jack's Oyster House is an Albany institution. Opened in 1913, the restaurant has been in continuous operation since, meaning that it's open seven days a week, three hundred sixty-five days a year. In nearly ninety years, the restaurant has only closed its doors once: for the funeral of its founder Jack Rosenstein in 1987.

The main dining room at Jack's.

When looking for a place to have lunch after our wedding, Ken and I decided that Jack's would be just right. And it was. I had been to Jack's a couple of times for events, but never to actually sit down and eat a meal. We enjoyed a convivial lunch with Lorraine, Lou, Evelyn, Lewis, Pat, and Richard. Our waiter John treated us very well.

The downtown setting. You can see Jack's sign on the right.

Many of us ordered broiled scrod for the main course and it was delicious. The calf's liver got Ken's attention and he had that. My Aunt Kathy told us later that Jack's had always been famous for their liver. I took photos of all of us at the table, but I don't like the way they turned out, so I won't post them.

The view through Jack's window on State Street.

Here's an exterior shot of Jack's that I took in 2009.


  1. OK Walt.... what on earth is "Boiled Scrod?"
    You are going to have to post the photo of that... even if it is the "POTW"

    1. polly (or tim?), that's BROILED scrod. There's an "r" in there. I checked. :)

  2. Well, I can definitely do just fine with the liver, but I love the look of the place!

  3. I love the picture of the outside, especially. I've never been to Albany and just remember my mother's descriptions of staying there for one day on the way to New York on her honeymoon in 1936. They liked it, but I can see it must have changed a lot! The restaurant looks very nice. Perhaps my parents saw it.

  4. Jacks looks the THE place for a special dinner. Elegant, historical and a place where the IT people dine in Albany. And with good service.
    Too bad the photo of the dinner party didn't turn out to your liking.

    Mary in Oregon

  5. Albany, like so many New England-ish cities, has a very European 'feel' to it.

  6. mitch, do you mean withOUT the liver?

    kristi, the city has certainly seen better days. I hope it will again.

    mary, we had a very good time. We were the IT people that day!

    starman, I like that about the northeast.


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