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In the 1940s there were two places to spot Babe Ruth: knocking homers out of baseball parks around the country and knocking back cold ones at Albany Baseball Club meetings held in the upstairs room of what is now Franklin's Tower. Chefs commemorate his frequent appearances with their Babe Ruth Bubby Burger, a Swiss cheese- and bacon-topped patty that diners can eat with two hands or whack into their mouths with a bat. Burgers are one of many American-style items on Franklin Tower's massive menu, which includes grilled cheese sandwiches with homemade pesto and wraps with grilled chicken breast and homemade Caesar dressing. Wine, beer, and whiskey wash down each feast, which unfold in a dining room that maintains the building's 1920s atmosphere with art deco flourishes.
414 Broadway
Albany,
NY
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Find great food in a comfortable setting at The City Beer Hall — pizza lovers flock to this tasty joint. Catch the sports highlights on one of the TVs at The City Beer Hall. At The City Beer Hall, the prime seating is on the patio. Come check out what all the buzz is about. The large dining space at The City Beer Hall provides quick and easy seating options for large groups. Don't get stuck waiting for a table — the pizzeria accepts reservations. The City Beer Hall is centrally located near many parking lot options. Bike parking is also available outside the pizzeria. When you need great food that is not going to cost an arm and a leg, stop by The City Beer Hall. The City Beer Hall happily accepts all major credit cards as a form of payment.
42 Howard St
Albany,
NY
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Pearl Street Pub’s classic fare complements its elegant, simple setting accented with a wood-paneled bar, warm lighting, and an outdoor patio. Pre- or post-meal, join in on one of the pub’s weekly events, which include comedy nights, trivia nights, and happy hours featuring live bands.
1 Steuben Pl
Albany,
NY
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From lunch until late at night, Blue 82's contemporary lounge fosters delicious moments of synesthesia. Bartenders artfully decorate glasses by pouring bold strokes of specialty drinks such as bright green-tea martinis or Cha Cha mojitos with hints of raspberry, mimicking the green-to-magenta fade of the illuminated wall behind the bar, which doubles as a stoplight for overaggressive segway riders. More than 15 varieties of scotch add distinguished flair to evenings spent on a velvety sofa, and the tunes of live music or those spun by weekend DJs permeate aural canals with mellifluous sustenance. Slider burgers wedded to bacon and Boursin cheese or chicken flatbread pizza with sweet-and-spicy brazilian mustard treat palates to comfort food augmented by gourmet overtones, like a Stephen Foster melody played on a Stradivarius violin. The eatery also presents daily specials, and induces or nurtures merriment by hosting parties.
80 North Pearl Street
Albany,
NY
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Craving a burger and fries? Swing in Albany Pump Station and enjoy a tasty meal in a casual setting. Those looking for a meal that s low in fat won t find it at Albany Pump Station, where hearty, tasty meals come first. Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on Albany Pump Station's menu. Bring the whole family to Albany Pump Station, where kiddos are welcomed with open arms. With plenty of room to go around, Albany Pump Station also offers a private area perfect for large groups. Not to be overlooked is Albany Pump Station's no-charge wifi. Albany Pump Station is completely informal — dress as you see fit (and are most comfortable). Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy Albany Pump Station's cooking from the comfort of their own home. A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the patrons at your next shindig. At Albany Pump Station, you can easily find parking in the lot next door. Cyclists will love the spacious bike racks outside of Albany Pump Station. Checks are bigger than average at the restaurant, so prepare your wallet. At Albany Pump Station, you can pay with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or any other major credit card.
19 Quackenbush Sq
Albany,
NY
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In the mid-18th century, distillers at Albany's first distillery, the Quackenbush Still House, crafted rum from Caribbean molasses, Hudson River water, and wild yeast. Instead of Quackenbush's large wooden fermenting vessels, The Albany Distilling Company's distilling duo, Matt Jager and John Curtin, rely on sleek, modern equipment to create their Quackenbush Still House rum. Updated gear, yeast, and water aside, Matt and John stick to Quackenbush's original recipe to yield the rum's smooth, butterscotch-flavored finish. Their other small-batch spirits likewise pay homage to recipes of old, from the slowly processed Coal Yard New Make whiskey to Ironweed, a Prohibition-style whiskey aged in oak. Available throughout New York state, The Albany Distilling Company's libations are also served twice weekly at the distillery's very own tasting room.
78 Montgomery St
Albany,
NY
US
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