Albany and Central New York Restaurants

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  • 1. Brown's Brewing Company

    $ | American

    The brewpub occupies a circa-1850 riverside warehouse. In warm weather, locals linger on the outdoor deck overlooking the Hudson; inside, exposed...Read More

  • 2. Bull's Head Inn

    $$ | Steakhouse

    In the center of this college town, the Bull's Head Inn—in operation since 1802—is considered the grande dame of steak houses in these parts...Read More

  • 3. Cornell's

    $ | Italian

    Locals love this place and have savored its Italian specialties since 1943. Start with the clams in wine, butter, oil, and garlic, or a hot...Read More

  • 4. Delmonico's

    $$$ | Italian

    Utica's Italian community has gathered for years at Delmonico's, which bills itself as a steak house but really dishes up some of the region...Read More

  • 5. Raindancer Steak Parlour

    $$$ | Steakhouse

    Everyone knows this big, busy restaurant 3 mi north of Amsterdam—including Hillary Clinton, who lunched here during her 1999 Senate campaign...Read More

  • 6. Savoy

    $$$ | Italian

    At this Italian restaurant you can enjoy an intimate meal or just sip cocktails at the bar and listen to live piano music. The walls are covered...Read More

  • 7. Sushi Thai Garden

    $$ | Japanese

    A hostess dressed in a kimono is likely to greet you at this bright and airy restaurant with pale wood furnishings. A sushi bar serves a large...Read More

  • 8. Yono's

    $$$$ | American

    This intimate restaurant draws mostly business executives who come to savor curry and coconut-milk dishes. The menu, a blend of Indonesian and...Read More

  • 9. Beardslee Castle

    $$$ | American

    Thanks to the meticulous owners, you'd never know that this 1860 castle, now a fine American restaurant, had survived fires and years of abandonment...Read More

  • 10. Café Capriccioban

    $$$$ | Italian

    A favorite of local politicos, this intimate, wood-paneled eatery serves northern Italian and Mediterranean food. The breads and pastas are...Read More

  • 11. Dominique's Chesterfield Restaurant

    $$$ | Italian

    This family restaurant, a favorite for two decades, occupies a brick storefront with tin ceilings and Tiffany lamps. The kitchen serves traditional...Read More

  • 12. Esperanto

    $ | Pizza

    The menu of this tiny basement eatery offers a smattering of inexpensive dishes from Thailand, Mexico, England, Italy, and the Middle East....Read More

  • 13. Hattie's

    $$ | American

    Since 1938 this casual restaurant has been serving such Southern favorites as fried chicken, ribs, pork chops, and jambalaya—a warm welcome...Read More

  • 14. Jack's Oyster House

    $$$$ | American

    For great seafood, this Albany establishment with tiled floors, white tablecloths, dark wood, and polite service is the place to go. Two menus...Read More

  • 15. Lo Porto's

    $$ | Italian

    Veal Scorsese, one of the more popular entrées at this northern Italian restaurant, is named for Martin Scorsese, who dined here regularly while...Read More

  • 16. Lombardo's

    $$$ | Italian

    Young professionals, important legislators, and out-of-towners flock here to eat northern and southern Italian fare in a dining room where casual...Read More

  • 17. McGuire's

    $$$$ | American

    Whether you're looking for drinks or an interesting meal, this always-crowded spot is the place to see and be seen in Albany. The innovative...Read More

  • 18. Michelina's

    $$$ | American

    The restaurant is part of the Beeches, an estate with a lovely manor house. The place serves top-quality Continental fare that's full of flavor...Read More

  • 19. Peter Pause

    $ | American

    Shirt-and-tie wearers mix with jeans-and-sneakers types at this tiny Italian diner across the street from Union College. The best seats are...Read More

  • 20. PJ's Saratoga Style Bar-B-Q

    $$$ | Barbecue

    You can smell the smoke pit for miles before you pass this '50s-style drive-in. Seating at this seasonal local favorite just south of Spa State...Read More

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