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Our GO & DINE Program Is Full

The overwhelming response to the groundbreaking pilot Go & Dine program shows the need for more progressive, self-driven services for older adults in Albany County. Please visit our congregate meal services page or contact New York Connects at (518) 447-7177 information about other dining out options.

About this effort

Go & Dine is an innovative program sponsored by Albany County Department for Aging in collaboration with Erie County. The program is designed to provide older adults with the opportunity to have breakfast, lunch, or dinner at a participating Albany County restaurant.

How does the program work?

Each participant is assigned a keytag and voucher that will be used at the participating restaurants. Once the individual has signed up, vouchers will be distributed each month to be used in conjunction with the keytag.

Who is eligible?

Participants must be 60 years or older and an Albany County resident.

Can I order anything on the menu?

The Go & Dine program uses a prix-fixe menu developed in accordance with the Innovations in Nutrition Grant. This means each restaurant will offer a specific choice of items that your voucher covers. Items not on this menu must be paid for by the participant.

Are there any other requirements?

  • Prior to receiving the vouchers, a registration form must be completed. 
  • The meal price is covered but tips are not. You are encouraged to leave a tip.
  • This is a "Dine-In" program. Meals take place at the eatery. 
  • NO Take-out service is permitted. Diners may take leftovers home. 
  • Vouchers and keytags MUST BE PRESENTED at time of service. 
  • You may be asked to respond periodically to program surveys.

Can my children and grandchildren join me?

Certainly. However, only registered participants of the program will have their meal paid by the County. Participants are not allowed to use their meal to cover the cost of any other person's meal. 

This sounds great but what’s the purpose?

Along with testing feasibility of a restaurant model dining program to meet the nutritional needs of older adults, the pilot program is meant to address a number of growing issues as aging services' networks move towards self-direction.

The restaurant congregate dining program will provide a new choice for individuals to eat well-balanced meals at their convenience. Participants may wish to use their benefit with others such as friends, family, and neighbors, thereby helping to minimize the prevalence of social isolation.

This modernization decreases barriers to access, while increasing choice, which are critical components of Albany County's Age Friendly Community Initiatives.

We anticipate this type of service will be very popular among both older adults and businesses. For older adults, it provides a casual and self-driven experience, while local restaurants will benefit from an increased customer base and the opportunity to play a vital role in supporting an age-friendly community.

Who are the participating restaurants?

The following restaurants offer a special menu of Go & Dine meals at the noted times.

  • Allie B's Cozy Kitchen
    353 Clinton Ave, Albany
    Wednesday–Friday & Sunday | 12:30–6:30pm
    Saturday | 2:00–6:30pm
  • Bob's Diner
    929 19th St, Watervliet
  • Elevation Burger
    664 New Loudon Rd, Latham
  • Emma Cleary's
    1926 New Scotland Rd, Slingerlands
  • Hungerford Market and Café
    106 Maple Ave, Altamont
  • Lazeez
    35 Central Ave, Albany
  • Mamoun's
    206 Washington Ave, Albany
  • Martel's
    65 O'Neil Rd, Albany
    Monday–Saturday | 11:00am–1:00pm & 4:00–6:00pm
  • Shaker Pointe Restaurant
    1 Bell Tower Dr, Watervliet
    Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday | Breakfast & Lunch
    Saturday | Dinner
  • Tesoro's
    2080 Western Ave, Guilderland
    Monday–Friday | 11:30am–2:00pm
    Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday | 4:00–7:00pm
  • Trackside Pizza & More
    1 Railroad Ave, Ravena

How many vouchers can I receive each month?

Two (2) vouchers will be distributed to each individual monthly for the period October 1, 2019 through May 31, 2020.

Will there be additional restaurants added?

As the program develops, we anticipate more dining options will be made available.

Are there restrictions by the restaurants?
Who can i call for more information?

The Department for Aging will be updating the information as we get it. It's a new program. We want you to be partners in this new endeavor. Your feedback is so important. The department's number is (518) 447-7198.

What do i do when my vouchers run out for the month?

The Go & Dine program is an enhancement of our congregate meal program. We encourage you to visit one of our congregate meal sites sponsored by our many providers through the Albany County Department for Aging.

More Questions?

Please feel free to call us at (518) 447-7198.

Our mailing address is 162 Washington Ave., Floor 6, Albany NY, 12210 

Or mail deborah.riitano@albanycountyny.gov