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Professor M. Barley’s bustles with activity every night of the week, from Wednesday night trivia contests to Saturday night DJ dance parties. Amidst the hullabaloo, servers divvy out plates of hearty sandwiches mounded with homemade meatballs, pulled pork, or buffalo chicken. They also transport cooked-to-order 8-ounce burgers, nestled beneath unique toppings such as fried ravioli, guacamole, blue cheese, and fried jalapeños. Beneath the dim glow of hanging lamps and the vibrant gleam of neon signs, bartenders dole out draft beers and mixed drinks. Nearby, rows of flat-screen TVs line the dining room walls, broadcasting the latest sports games and competitive quilting bees. Tabletops scatter on an indoor patio, where breezes drift in through wall-to-wall windows during the summer, and a fireplace blazes during colder months.

198 Quail Street
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

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

At Ship's Pub, friends and neighbors gather for fun feastings from a menu of mouthwatering seafood, hearty hamburgers, and delicious grill fare. Steamed littleneck clams ($10.99) daydream about concealing their flaws beneath thick scarves as they lounge in garlic-white-wine broth, and wings ($8.99) electrify various regions of the tongue with zesty flavors, including lemon pepper, barbecue, and teriyaki. Meaty pub burgers ($8.99) flaunt 8 ounces of grilled beef chaperoned by an entourage of lettuce, tomato, onion, and cheese, and main courses, such as the glazed bourbon sirloin ($18.99) or seafood lasagna ($17.99), combine flavors of land and sea in an unholy union of deliciousness. As guests rigorously chew every bite 30 times, they can ogle the venue's nautical-theme décor, which consists of old naval charts, ships' wheels, and mythical Sirens covering '80s power ballads.

350 Northern Boulevard
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

Diners at Legends on Pearl dig into a menu of juicy burgers and fried appetizers as sports coverage buzzes on several large flat-screen TVs. After patrons go to bat with the golden spears of fried pickle ($6), oven-baked bread slices and fearless foam fingers can take a swan dive into the gooey salsa queso of a fondue bowl ($8). The ranch-seasoned cowboy burger ($10) stacks a juicy, half-pound patty with bubbling pepper jack and crispy onion rings, and the Draft Pick cheese panini ($7) gives grilled cheese a facelift with a choice of fillings such as mozzarella and crumbled blue.

84 North Pearl Street
Albany,
NY
US