City Dining Cards

City Dining Cards has arrived in the Capitol Region! For $20 you get a fat stack of cards worth $10 off of $30 or more of food purchases at a bunch of local restaurants. 5% of all sales of the decks of cards in the Albany region will benefit the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern NY.

City Dining Cards sent me a stack of cards to try out. They have a nice design to them, and I figure I’ll buy at least one or two more packs to give to my family and friends in the area since gift-giving season is upon us. There’s a nice variety of restaurants, with prices that range from cheap eats to upscale.

There are a few restaurants in the area I’ve been meaning to try (like Athos) and City Dining Cards are a nice little push to get me in the door. If you’ve got a few restaurants on your to-eat list in the somewhat near future, it’s not a bad little discount to add to your tab (well, if you eat like I do) and you’ll pretty much break even on two restaurants if you’d planned on going there anyway.

Their press release is below:



Deck of cards offers 50 $10 discount cards to locally owned restaurants.

Proceeds to benefit Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York


ALBANY, NY — Grab some local grub, help fight hunger, and save a few bucks—all with a deck of cards. City Dining Cards has arrived in Albany and its hyper-local focus is encouraging people to support their community by eating locally.

The concept is simple. Each deck of City Dining Cards contains 50 $10 discount cards with savings to locally owned restaurants —each worth $10 off a food bill of $30 or more (tax, tip, and alcohol not included). Restaurants include Albany favorites such as DeJohn’s, Albany Pump Station, Creo’, The Point, and Bombers Burrito Bar. Two wildcards hidden in the deck offer freebies at Bountiful Bread and Honest Weight Food Co-op.

“We wanted to create an easy and affordable way for people to discover new restaurants while helping to support and build their community,” says Patrick Finan, founder of City Dining Cards. “City Dining Cards provides a great opportunity for food lovers to discover those flavors and experiences you can only find in locally owned restaurants.”

Demonstrating their pro-community mantra, City Dining Cards will donate five percent of all sales of the Albany edition to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, which distributed 25.6 million pounds of food to 1,000 feeding programs in 2011.

A deck of City Dining Cards costs $20 and can be purchased online at  and Albany-area retailers including Honest Weight Food Co-op, Mary Jane Books, and Bountiful Bread. Cards are valid now through December 31, 2013.

City Dining Cards is a pro-local marketing company that’s passionate about building relationships between small businesses and locally minded customers. Started in Buffalo, New York in 2010, they have grown into eight cities across the Northeast. Find out more at, or follow along on Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr.

The Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York alleviates hunger and prevents food waste by collecting donated food from the food industry and distributing it to charitable agencies in 23 upstate counties. In 2011, the Food Bank distributed 25.6 million pounds of food to 1,000 feeding programs. Learn more at

  1. Amy said:

    Thanks for sharing. My aunt works for the Food Bank and my parents now get food or food related gifts so this will be perfect for Xmas!

    PS Been a while since I have been on your blog and I like the new look 😉

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