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Casual dining near SUNY Albany

TonyO Mar 4, 2009 03:30 PM

I haven't lived in the Capital District for about a dozen years and am looking for recs for a friend travelling to the area this weekend for a college hoops tourney. As they are unfamiliar with the area, the closer the bettter to SUNY. I think Cleo is a bit to upscale, maybe a pub with really good food would be a better choice. Thanks in advance.

  1. jspear Mar 4, 2009 03:59 PM

    Beff's on Everett road, right down 90 is a great pub spot. We do the orchard sometimes as well.

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    1. re: jspear
      TonyO Mar 4, 2009 05:01 PM

      I have been to Big Ed Fat Fields (aka BEFF's) . Is Hurley's still open ? Thye used to be a great place for wings.

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      AkL Mar 4, 2009 04:00 PM

      lol my inlaws live in Troy (just across the river) and love Cheesecake Factory. :(

      We did convince them to try a local eatery once and we did like the Albany Pump Station -- its a brewpub in an old building (maybe a former factory?) The food is ok, pub grub type stuff. Its in the capitol district but its right off the highway/waterfront so its pretty accessible.

      Horrible food but good fun: Jillian's (w games etc)

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      1. re: AkL
        jspear Mar 5, 2009 09:25 AM

        Actually a pump house originally, very cool interior and good microbrew, avoid Jillian's bad food and way too crowded.

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        trakman Mar 4, 2009 07:17 PM

        Sutters across from the Western Avenue entrance to SUNY has to have the best burgers in Albany. Buy a burger, and dress it from their condiment bar. Also other pub food.

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        1. re: trakman
          TonyO Mar 4, 2009 07:27 PM

          Glad to hear Sutters is still there. I'll add that to Dorato's and the Across the Street Pub.

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          hudsonvalleyfoodblog Mar 5, 2009 09:49 AM

          It's a couple of miles down the road but Washington Tavern on Western has great wings. It's very crowded at night so I'd only recommend it for lunch.

          Also I second Sutters plus it's literally across the street.

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