Quality Inn Central
1632 Central Ave.
Albany, NY 12205
Phone: (518) 456-8811
Fax: (518) 456-0811
A cozy place for the family to gorge on Italian dishes in a casual ambiance is what Buca di Beppo offers its guests. This outlet in Albany, set on Wolf Road, is nestled among various hotels; so if you are staying at any of these places, drop in at Buca di Beppo for an Italian lunch or dinner. Guests can feast on salads, bruschetta, calamari, mozarella, garlic bread, pizzas and a variety of tantalizing entrees. Pasta lovers can choose from a range of traditional Italian pastas or Buca di Beppo's specialty ones.
Wolf's has two locations, one downtown and this one in the suburb of Colonie. This one serves the familiar pub-grub items like burgers, sandwiches, salads and a few entrees, yet the difference between the location downtown is that here you'll find an arcade. The arcade is small, similar to a Chuck-E-Cheese, but most come for the food, drinks and convivial atmosphere. On occasion, there is live music and Wolf's provides its space for banquets and other events.
Kurver Kreme has been an Albany favorite since 1953 thanks to its loyal customers that return summer after summer for delicious soft serve ice cream and loaded hot dogs. There is an overwhelming menu of Signature Sundaes, thick milkshakes, Boston Shakes, Italian Ice, ice cream floats and great hot dogs with meat sauce. Can't decide? You can bring home a pint or quart, or order an ice cream cake or pie to indulge in later on. Make sure that you come early in the evening to avoid the post-dinner rush, but worry not - the four windows can run through lines in a jiffy. Located near the Colonie Center in the suburb of Colonie.
This trendy place is located inside Crossgates Mall and it has a kitschy, retro 50's ambiance great for American favorites out of the kitchen. Steaks, seafood, chops, pasta, almost everything on the menu is familiar and delectable. Some of the items that diners rave about are the small plates, with Buffalo Chicken Spring Rolls, Lobster Bisque, and the Filet Mignon Carpaccio, the entree almost seems optional. The Standard also provides its space for private events and functions.
This Albany restaurant features live performances, Sunday specials, tropical drinks and more.
For some of the most artistically presented and great tasting sushi and steaks in the neighborhood, head to the Hana Japanese Steakhouse. The ambiance is casual and fun, and the service here is extraordinary. Some of the dishes that are a must try here are the Angry Dragons roll, pork dumplings, Honolulu roll and the Shrimp teriyaki. This is a great place to host your private events and functions, especially with the amazing sushi and steaks. A must visit! Call ahead for bookings and more information.
Athos is one of the very few restaurants in the Capital District that serves authentic Greek cuisine. The restaurant prides itself on providing the very best of Greek hospitality or Philoxonia in the native tongue, with an amiable staff and warm interior design. As many diners already know, Greek food is one of the healthiest and most delectable on the planet, with appetizers like Dolmathakia (stuffed grape leaves), skordalia (potatoes, almonds and garlic) and of course, spanakopita (spinach, leeks and feta in phylo), it's no wonder the Mediterranean diet is so highly revered. The owners provide vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and prix-fixe menus as well.
If French and Mediterranean cuisines are what you prefer, you will love Provence. The decor is charming, the prices are just right, and the food is great. Items like the Bouillabaisse, Duck, and Steak Frites come highly recommended. You can also go in for one of the daily specials, or catch a before-dinner drink at the impressive all-zinc bar. Outdoor seating is also available between May and October, and the staff is very friendly.
Across the Street Pub gets its name from its location, which is opposite the University at Albany. This unpretentious bar and restaurant is frequented by college students and families. On offer are a delicious range of burgers, sandwiches, salads and light fares, which can be accompanied by refreshing beers. But the real must-have here are the buffalo wings, which are always crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. The place is decked with 14 flat screen televisions, making it an ideal spot to catch a game with like minded fans. On weekdays, post 11p, they offer a special menu of limited dishes for those who would like to indulge in a late-night feast. Call ahead for hours and further information.
This Mediterranean restaurant focuses on the dishes and delicacies of Spain and Italy. From small tapas plates to large chicken, seafood and pasta dishes, the menu has plenty of different options. The Sopa de Almejas is often recommended to begin, it is a dozen clams sauteed in garlic, olive oil and marinara served with toasted bread. Some of the entrees include Paella, Drunken Swordfish and Veal Parmesan, each one is large, so bring your appetite. If you have a smaller appetite or are here to share with friends or family, try the tapas menu. It's filled with traditional classics like caracoles (snails), sauteed artichokes and the popular Patatas Bravas (potatoes in spicy ketchup), just to name a few.
Dorato's Restaurant & Bar is a casual haven in Guilderland, to feast on delicious American cuisine. They offer a nice range of beers on tap, along with a good array of bottled varieties. The food is good and quantity satisfying, these are sure to keep your palate and pocket happy. Dorato's opens its doors for longer hours in comparison to other eateries in the area, making it an ideal late-night binge spot. Call ahead before visiting.
Named after the convivial libation native to the Mediterranean, this ristorante offers classic Italian dishes like Osso Bucco, Risotto Funghi and calamari. Open for lunch and dinner, Grappa's menus feature a wide selection of dishes and an extensive wine list. Additionally, on certain nights, diners will find live jazz alongside their antipasti and entrees. This is a great place to both take the family and for a charming date night.