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Hi all--

I'm going to be in Albany on a Sunday night, and won't make the Albany Pump Station--it closes at 8 PM. All I really want is a decent place to get a salad and/or a burger and a couple of beers, someplace that's open until 10 or 11. It ain't very houndy, but that's sort of my preference.

Any idears? Love to hear from you.

And thanks.

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  1. My advice, from memory, would be Ralph's Tavern on Central Ave (near Wolf Rd). Open about as late as anywhere in Albany with a big, basic, and cheap menu. About 10 minutes form downtown Albany. There is also BEFF's which is on______________ (I can't remember but want to say Watervliet Ave. off Central Ave.

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    1. re: TonyO

      BEFF's is no longer on Watervliet Ave Ext. off Central. It moved years ago to Everett Road. Not sure what time it closes on Sundays, though.

    2. If you'd like something downtown, try the hudson river barge. Right on the Hudson, only open in the summer, located in the Corning preserve and very near the Albany Pump Station. Open to 2 am, I believe. Website is: www.riverfrontbarge.com. It's not fine dining, but neither is your first choice (Albany Pump Station), and definitely open late. It's a little confusing to drive to, some people just walk the pedestrian bridge from downtown, but that's not the restaurant's fault - it's the crummy design of the streets next to 787.

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      1. re: salvador

        The streets pre-date 787, unless you mean the entrance and exit ramps. 787 did a great job of cutting off a city from it's river.

        1. re: pturner1

          Not sure if 787, which has it's pluses and minuses, is to blame. Access to the Corning Preserve is confusing, and that's an understatement. Dunno what the riverfront looked like prior to 787. Also, I don't believe there are any signs directing people into the correct (and small) parking lot of the Hudson River Barge restaurant. The restaurant is visible from 787 but not easily from the road leading into the Corning preserve. I'll bet most people miss the correct parking lot the first time they try to find the place.

      2. Forgot to add: for really really really late dining, 76 Diner on Route 9 in Latham is always open. Never closes. When the owner built it (one of them unfortunately passed away recently), he had the keys to the front door mixed into the cement of the front steps - so they could never lock the front door. It's been open, 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, since the 70's. One exception - that snow storm in the 80' (I think), that dumped 5 feet or so of snow in Albany and paralyzed the city.

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        1. re: salvador

          Oh yes, I can remember plenty of late nights at the 76'er. A personal favorite was ordering a brear claw pastry, grilled on the flat top with butter and topped with ice cream. To prove how good it was I ordered it while sober and it was still amazing ! Gotta give credit to a place that never closes.

          1. re: TonyO

            You're all great. Thanks for the tips. What I love most is the locals info. Really, really much appreciated