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Soho Pizza’s menu allows diners to create their own pizza-topping ensemble or summon a prearranged gourmet food disc. The teriyaki chicken pizza is a mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce dojo in which teriyaki chicken breast senseis train with green-belt green peppers, white-belt mushrooms, and translucent-belt onions ($13.99 for a medium). Non-saucer noshings include ziti, ravioli, and stuffed shells ($6.49 and up), boneless and buffalo wings ($7.99 per dozen), hot subs with al dente pasta sauce and melted mozzarella cheese, and crisp, cool sandwiches. Soho's Pizza spins saucy LPs out of its record playing brick oven until 2 a.m. 364 days a year.

269 Lark St
Albany,
NY
US

Bare tends to each client's skin needs with services that include full-body waxing, facials, peels, and eyelash and eyebrow tinting. Bare's skin professionals employ the Rhonda Allison skincare line, which helps optimize the look, feel, and health of skin without resorting to the antiquated approach of whispering daily affirmations to pores.

255 Lark St
Albany,
NY
US

At From the Garden, chefs are constantly dreaming up dishes and drafting new five-course tasting menus. One week, the chefs will feature watermelon gazpacho and duck confit; the next, they will extend their culinary expertise toward chilled cucumber soup and spiced-mushroom pasta. But regardless of the dish they are preparing, the chefs always use locally sourced produce, meats, and dairy. Diners await meals in the bright and cozy dining room, sipping glasses of wine from a carefully curated selection.

227 Lark Street
Albany,
NY
US

From the Garden's menus are small for a reason. The restaurant is truly committed to only using seasonal, locally sourced ingredients, featured in weekly five-course meals. A recent "Autumn Flavors" menu, for instance, highlighted savory-sweet butternut squash in ravioli with brown-butter sauce, and finished with a cranberry-apple cake with a cherry drizzle. There are typically two available entrees?one with meat and one without?as well as thoughtful, moderately priced wine selections. Wednesday nights are devoted to wine dinners, during which From the Garden's sommeliers discuss food pairings and which grapes are the cutest.

227 Lark Street
Albany,
NY
US

Legends Express Car Wash bathes begrimed buggies in a step-ladder of comprehensive car wash services. Starting with the most basic service, each subsequent ride rinse comes with everything offered by the service directly below it, plus more. Start off with a spray wax, rust preventer, and ultimate dry ($5), ensuring your fine fendered friend leaves looking sleek and swimsuit ready. Or, trade up to the protect and shine wash, which comes accompanied by Blue Coral protectant and triple-foam polish to protect vehicles from road salt and all weather elements ($8). Boasting Black Magic tire dressing to varnish the tires, the wheel deal wash ($10) also comes with a rim shine and wheel brightener to ensure a vibrant vehicular visage from any angle. Last but not least, the ultimate wash ($12) offers an extensive and exhaustive exterior expunging, starting with everything included in the wheel deal wash, and then adding a water-busting Rain-X glass treatment, increasing wet-weather visibility by repelling rain, sleet, snow, and all other matter of cloud tears from perambulator portholes.

286 Lark St
Albany,
NY
US

Each day, McGuire's chefs seek out seasonal vegetables and greens from local vendors to pair with their high-quality cuts of beef, fresh seafood, free-range organic chicken, and rich, saucy pastas. They then get to work preparing a champagne mignonette for oysters on the half shell, drizzling truffle honey on cheese plates, grilling Maine lobster tails to place in the risotto, and cooking Himalayan red rice to pair with the Chilean sea bass.

The restaurant's stately stone-and-brick building is nestled in the heart of Albany's Center Square district, a short walk away from the New York State Capitol building and mere steps from crowds of confused tourists who thought the capital was in Manhattan. On clear days and balmy nights, patrons dine al fresco on the sidewalk seating that wraps around the corner of State and Lark streets, enjoying their meals and fine wine as they watch scenes of city life unfold around them.

353 State St.
Albany,
NY
US