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Dinner spot in Albany near Palace Theater?

edub23 Sep 6, 2010 05:17 PM

We'll be going to the Palace Theater for a 7:30 show soon - any recommendations for a bite before the show? We're coming from western MA and can't leave til after work, so we can't really do anything too leisurely.

  1. MisterBill2 Sep 6, 2010 09:30 PM

    I really like the Albany Pump Station. Their peanut wings are excellent and while I have not had them I think their burgers are as well. We used to eat there when my daughter went to school at U of Albany. It should be walking distance to the theater.

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      rwalley211 Sep 7, 2010 06:22 PM

      Not walking distance - just a short 10 min drive out Delaware (off 87/787 also) - is New World Bistro. Relatively new. Great urban scene, good local use of foods, somewhat inventive in their menu. Small plates so you can try many things.

      I don't think you would be disappointed if you are in any way a foodie.


      New World Bistro Bar
      300 Delaware Ave, Albany, NY

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      1. re: rwalley211
        MisterBill2 Sep 8, 2010 10:05 PM

        He's got a 7:30 show and he's going to have to drive to the theater. I don't think he'll have time for a meal like that, especially ordering lots of things. If it were me, I'd go to Pump Station and get the peanut wings, but I really like them (and can't get them here in Westchester) so I am biased.

      2. PSZaas Sep 7, 2010 06:28 PM

        Parking is a bitch; suggest you park once and walk to the theater. Pump Station recommendation below is good; Hollywood Brown Derby is less than a minute's walk to the theater. McGeary's (decent pub grub) is just as close and has reopened with a new manager. Angelo's 677 Prime is a high-end recommendation right across the street; Dale Mller is close, so is Yono's.

        Yono's Restaurant
        25 Chapel Street, Albany, NY 12210

        Angelo's 677 Prime
        677 Broadway, Albany, NY 12207

        Hollywood Brown Derby
        22 Clinton Avenue, Albany, NY 12207

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          edub23 Sep 9, 2010 06:37 PM

          Thanks for the suggestions. I'm really intrigued by the New World Bistro, but I think because of time constraints we'll probably look at another option. I think we've eaten at the Pump Station before, on our way back from Cooperstown. Large airy space with lots of glass and an open kitchen area? That might be the ticket - I had no idea it was so close to the theater.

          New World Bistro Bar
          300 Delaware Ave, Albany, NY

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          1. re: edub23
            MisterBill2 Sep 9, 2010 09:09 PM

            I don't think they have an open kitchen. Lots of brick, some windows (it really is an old pump station building, I believe). Maybe you are thinking of something different.

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            edub23 Sep 27, 2010 04:21 PM

            We ate at the Pump Station, and it was indeed the place I was remembering from a few years back. No tables for an hour, so we found seats at the bar and had a very nice experience. I had the fish & chips that I was craving since I saw them coming out of the kitchen last time. GF had a veggie burger that she wasn't thrilled with, but overall the experience was just fine. Would go back anytime I'm in that section of Albany. We'll be traveling to Clinton NY in a few weeks, and might try the New World Bistro then on the way back to Western MA.

            New World Bistro Bar
            300 Delaware Ave, Albany, NY

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            1. re: edub23
              MisterBill2 Sep 27, 2010 09:13 PM

              Glad you enjoyed it. You probably should have called for a reservation since it was a theater night. I remember we ate there a couple of years ago when my daughter was graduating from SUNY Albany and had my mother-in-law with us the night before graduation. I didn't think to call ahead because we weren't really sure what time we'd be eating and when we got there (plus I thought we had gotten there early enough, wrong), they had a 30+ minute wait. There's no good place for an 80 year old person to sit comfortably while waiting for a table so it was unpleasant for all involved.

              1. re: edub23
                davmar77 Sep 28, 2010 07:22 AM

                now that new world's owner/chef has won 2 times on the food network's chopped, you might need a reservation. i have been to the saugerties location and liked it a lot. have yet to try albany.

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