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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
US
Since opening with a Frank Sinatra performance in 1990, the stadium now known as Times Union Center has seen more than 15 million guests pass through its turnstiles. That’s only slightly smaller than the population of the Netherlands and roughly equal to the number of people worldwide who enjoy candy corn. Besides attracting such entertainment titans as the Rolling Stones, U2, Disney’s “On Ice” series, and the Harlem Globetrotters, the multifunction arena is also home to the AHL’s Albany Devils and college basketball’s Siena Saints.
51 S Pearl St.
Albany,
NY
US
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
US
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
US
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
US
Angelo's 677 Prime in Albany offers a wide selection of prime steak choices, including sirloin and filet mignon. Healthy eaters will enjoy Angelo's 677 Prime, a local restaurant filled with healthy eats and gluten-free options. Angelo's 677 Prime also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question. Little guys and gals will also love dining at Angelo's 677 Prime, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu). There's no need to cram the whole gang into a booth — with the private room at Angelo's 677 Prime, you'll find a wonderful option for big groups looking for a place to celebrate. Angelo's 677 Prime offers a free wifi hot spot — perfect for surfing the web or getting a little work done. Patio tables and chairs are ready for Angelo's 677 Prime diners who prefer their meals al fresco. Whether it's just you and a date or you're bringing the whole gang, it's best to call ahead and make a reservation. Great place to bring the whole family with great food and a business casual dress code. Or, take your food to go. Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from Angelo's 677 Prime to create the perfect night. The restaurant is adjacent to a parking lot, where optional valet is also provided. Street parking is readily available as well. Angelo's 677 Prime is a bit of a splurge at around $50 to $75 for a meal. Paying with your major credit card is one payment option at Angelo's 677 Prime. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but the dinner menu is the real standout.
677 Broadway
Albany,
NY
US
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