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There are so many fantastic places to dine, to party, and to visit when you are in Albany, NY. These are our absolute top picks for restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in the zip codes of 12201, 12202, 12203., 12204, 12205, 12206, 12207, 12208, 12209, 12210. 12211, 12212, 12214, 12220, 12222, 12223, 12224, 12225, 12226, 12227, 12228, 12229, 12230, 12231, and 12232!

Grappa '72 Ristorante is a stellar Italian dining establishment that we have visited many times when we have been in the Albany area. We've had both lunch and dinner here, and it has always been a really great experience. Though it's upscale and decorated very nicely, it's still relaxed and very comfortable. The food is the true gem here, with delicious imported cheese plates and fantastic sea bass. Also be sure to try the portobello mushroom appetizer, it's to die for! The service is truly excellent here, and the chef/owner has greeted us personally several times, making sure that our meal was top notch.


Address:

818 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206

Phone:

(518) 482-7200

Yono's Restaurant is a true Indonesian treasure located conveniently on Chapel Street. It's a gorgeous and intimate location for romantic dates and casual dinners alike. We love their wonderful wine list, and they have a wide array of appetizers to please even the most finicky palates. The hot sauce is always great to kick up the heat of any of the dishes, and we'd recommend the chicken sate as well as the truly delish crab cakes. Our friends all agree with us that this is one of the best restaurants to visit when you are in the Albany area. Be sure to try them out the next time you're traveling with us.


Address:

25 Chapel St, Albany, NY 12210

Phone:

(518) 436-7747

Shining Rainbow Restaurant is a funky little Japanese dim sum restaurant that we simply cannot get enough of when we are in the Albany area! It's very casual and the ambiance is very understated, so you don't have to wear your Sunday best, just bring your hearty appetite and dig in! Despite the low key vibe, the atmosphere is very nice, and they keep it exceptionally clean here. The staff is always friendly and inviting too. We love the chive and shrimp dumplings, and the beef triple with scallions and ginger is really out of this world. Try the taro wrapped fried shrimp balls too! And the lotus wrapped sticky rice is essential.


Address:

209 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206

Phone:

(518) 396-3881

When you are craving delicious Vietnamese food in Albany, there is only one place that we'd recommend and even rave about, and that's Van's Vietnamese Restaurant. We are so hooked on their fried tofu pho, and the tofu steak and spring rolls are also very highly recommended. For nonvegetarians, the beef dishes are especially delicious. We have found that the prices are a bit higher here than at other Vietnamese restaurants in the area, but the food is just wonderful and we believe it's worth the higher price. The service can be a bit hit or miss here, but overall we have had mostly positive dining experiences here, and the food is always the star of the show.


Address:

307 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206

Phone:

(518) 436-1868

The Ginger Man gets such rave reviews from everyone that goes there, and we finally had to try it for ourselves! At the time of this writing, they've got happy hour specials on the weekdays from 5PM to 7PM, which will shave a buck off all their well drinks, draft beer, and house wine. They also have wonderful appetizers at this time that are just $3.00 to $5.00. This is such a great place to quench your thirst and satisfy your appetite at the same time. What's our favorite thing on the menu here? We'd have to say it's the lobster mac and cheese. The French onion soup is also to die for.


Address:

234 Western Ave, Albany, NY 12206

Phone:

(518) 427-5963

Looking for a new spot to get your drink on in the Albany area? Give Wolff's Biergarten a try. We have fallen in love with the authentic Bavarian atmosphere. They've got a massive amount of German beers on draft, and all the peanuts you can eat. Just throw the shells right on the floor! Who doesn't love that? We really enjoy coming here for Oktoberfest, but any day of the week will do. We're very much addicted to their delicious bratwurst, knockwurst, and of course those amazing mashed potatoes. All the traditional favorites are just amazing here. It's like you've stepped back in time. Don't miss this place when you're in Albany!


Address:

885 Broadway, Albany, NY 12206

Phone:

(518) 427-2461

Another great place to drink and dine in the Albany area is McGeary's Pub. The live music is always great here, and we really enjoy the more mature crowds that gather here. We're talking about behavior and mindset here, not necessarily age. Just very cool people who know how to enjoy a great pub! Happy hour, at the time of this writing, is from 3PM to 7:30PM and the specials are worth coming in for... Two and three buck drafts plus three buck single liquor well drinks. Fantastic! They're known for their beef on weck sandwiches, and we'd recommend it very highly!


Address:

4 Clinton Sq, Albany, NY 12206

Phone:

(518) 463-1455

Appletinis Cafe is one of our favorite late night hangouts in Albany, with great live music and DJs, great drink prices, and really good food. This isn't anything fancy, just a great neighborhood bar, and that's exactly why we love it so much. If you're from the area it can quickly turn into a high school reunion, but we see that as a good thing! The food is incredibly inexpensive yet really delicious. The barbecued ribs are really out of this world! Of course the specialty martinis are the big plus here, and we also enjoy their great selection of beer that's both in bottles and on draft.


Address:

1118 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206

Phone:

(518) 489-2990

We just had to list Fuze Box here, especially for the dance lovers. Of all the clubs that we have visited in Albany, this one stands out among the crowd. Coming in on a Friday or Saturday night always results in a great time, and 80s Night is a must. We especially love the huge mix of ages and races here. Definitely a celebration of diversity and we love it. Though the place is small, we love the ambiance, and we especially enjoy that retro vibe. The booths are very comfortable and we love sitting at the bar because you can tell it used to be a counter for an old fashioned diner. Retro cool at its best.


Address:

12 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206

Phone:

(518) 432-8866

It seems like there's a bar or nightclub called Envy in just about every city we've been to, but Envy Lounge in Albany has definitely made a name for itself even among all the echoes. In the daytime it's an upscale restaurant, and in the night time it's a wild club where you can dance the night away. Gorgeous staff, hot crowds that gather... there's a reason that they call it Envy. It really is the place to be in Albany. Moderately priced and just an all around cool spot to hang out on a weekend evening. We recommend Envy for both a delicious lunch in the daytime and a wild party with your friends at night!


Address:

55 North Pearl Street, Albany, NY 12206

Phone:

(518) 694-3689