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H&l On The Hudson
100/100 (51 ratings)
Restaurants
American
American
Lunch
Breakfast
American
Breakfast
Lunch
"They close at 2 pm so hurry over for the best hot dogs and Michigan sauce. The fries are excellent every time, and I’m fussy about fries. ..."
Christine Jackowski
"Awesome food. Breakfast sandwich’s are huge. Great friendly..."
Francine Wilkinson
"What a great lunch! Right on the water, this place does it right! Will be stopping in for breakfast real soon b/c the coffee is local and it's..."
Patrick J Martin Jr
"Great spot for breakfast. You better hurry, they are open until..."
Patrick J Culligan
"Great food, great view, great price. Going to be a long winter waiting for them to reopen in..."
Cindy Schriner Miller
"Great chicken sandwich...and that mayo pesto is..."
Ijunanya Holder
"Been there many times Great food love the the philly..."
Gary Secord
"Food is all great and just had those sweet heat chips and they are..."
Matthew Papero
"Hand formed hamburgers on homemade rolls: Exceptionally high quality, delicious food, motherly affectionate service, clean, attractive tablecloths on..."
Janet Reilly
"Excellent food!!! beautiful place to grab a bite and..."
Rebe Cca Marie
"I had lunch at H&L and it was terrific! The fish fry is fantastic! The light homemade seasoned breading on super fresh haddock made this fish fry a..."
Linda Gamello
"Best burgers in the area. Staff is fantastic, very clean establishment. I have them make a specialty burger called " the Johnny burger" and every..."
John Glassbrenner
"Great Marina, great people. Wouldn’t put my boat anywhere..."
Kevin Zenner
"Egg sandwich is amazing ! Great food and great people!! Love the atmosphere by the..."
Alton Frederick
Iron Gate Cafe
95/100 (397 ratings)
Restaurants
American
Cafe
American
Vegetarian Friendly
Cafe
Gluten Free Options
Vegan Options
Vegan Options
Vegetarian Friendly
Gluten Free Options
Lunch
Brunch
Breakfast
Eggs Benedict
French Toast
Burger
Toasts
Roast Beef
Omelette
Shrimp
Cakes
Pancakes
Salad
Sit down
American
Café
Serves Alcohol
Highchairs Available
Outdoor Seating
Takeout
Seating
Table Service
Wheelchair Accessible
Brunch
Breakfast
Lunch
Mid-range
"Ate breakfast here two days in a row. Excellent food, great music and a wonderful staff. Highly..."
Nora Gregro
"I love this spot! Been here many times and I'm never disappointed! The staff is fantastic and always on point! The food is exceptionally good and the..."
Tina Marie
"We enjoyed a lovely lunch at The Iron Gate Cafe this week. Wonderful menu with gluten-free and vegan options. They know food! Great service and a..."
Katherine Marsh Wolfram
"I was there yesterday with 2 old college buddies. Food was phenomenal! I got an amazing salad special and my friends got the Vermonster and Turkey..."
Joanne Ekstrom
"An awesome lunch spot in the heart of downtown Albany. We detoured here on the way to Lake George. It was our best meal of the weekend, we liked it..."
Daisy Panasside
"My dog and I were welcomed and had a lovey brunch at the Iron Gate Cafe. The setting was lovely in the outdoor patio and the Benny Goodman was..."
Laurie McDonough Greaney
"We love Sunday morning brunch. The atmosphere is good, the food is delicious, and the staff is very accommodating. We really like when the patio is..."
Greg Jensen
"Great food and great staff. Eating lunch on the patio was really..."
Robert Eaton
"Great breakfast. Inventive menu. Great service. Expect a wait, but turns over pretty..."
Tammi Williams
"A very nice spot for lunch if you're in the center of Albany (by the state capital complex). They serve breakfast items all day. The courtyard is a..."
Naree W.S. Viner
"Excellent food to eat in or take out. Small outdoor patio is wonderful in warmer weather. Often packed at lunchtime and Sunday brunch. I like the..."
Jim Ketcham
"Cool spot. Food was great. Staff was on point, didn't have to ask for a coffee refill, cup was always..."
Lance Sabia
"Best breakfast in Albany. Home fries were amazing.......good mix of options- especially for gluten free, vegan, and..."
Sara DelRusso
Corner Stone Restaurant
94/100 (79 ratings)
Restaurants
American
"We just live this place. Great food and Great people . Joyce and Sam are very friendly . They have always taken great care if us and our family when..."
Melissa Graves
"Delicious food! The owners and staff are super nice and friendly! Will definitely return and recommend to..."
Amy Sue Decker-East
"Excellent food and excellent service!! If you haven’t tried it you definitely..."
Jason Little
"A very nice hometown place to eat. We were travelling from Central Kentucky to Gatlinburg via US-127. Spotted the Cornerstone and circled the block..."
DC Keesling
"Good food...good price...good services. Just be careful with the one way..."
Kim Dobbs-Daffron
"Awesome little place..very good service and atmosphere ..food was..."
Wendy Urban
"Good to find a good place to eat with friendly people and excellent..."
Naomi Hamm
"If you're looking for good food with a great staff, this is the place. Joyce & Sam do it..."
Chris White
"The food was great. I had the fish special and it was cooked just right. Extremely..."
Mike Beard
"great food and service, thanks..."
Jan Shipman
"Friendly service and a great family friendly..."
Jennifer Coop
"Great food but most of all Great service. Your treated like a friend not a customer. Try the fried pickles..."
Norman Dufault
"Great country cookin' and the pie will make your tongue slap your brains out!..."
Angelia Flowers Coleman
"This place is AWESOME! Great service, Amazing food! Love love love!..."
Poison-iman Allen
"My family was there for the funeral of my grandma and this was right across the street. Most of my family ate there several times over the 2 days we..."
Becky Sund
"Great food, great service, great atmosphere. Two thumbs way, way..."
Randy Speck
Eggs Up Grill
93/100 (1093 ratings)
Restaurants
American
Vegetarian Friendly
Gluten Free Options
American
Vegan Options
Vegetarian Friendly
Gluten Free Options
Vegan Options
Lunch
Brunch
Breakfast
Pancakes
Omelette
Corned Beef
Sit down
American
Seating
Table Service
Wheelchair Accessible
Highchairs Available
Takeout
Brunch
Breakfast
Lunch
Cheap Eats
"This was my first time here and I was here with my mom, when we first got there the wait was only two minutes or so and we got asked for drinks. We..."
Coco Brown
"This is my husband and I’s favorite spot for brunch in town. We’ve been here 5 times so far, and the food and service are always wonderful! My..."
ArieAnna P.
"First time visiting and the experience was great. The food was delicious and I definitely will drive another 32 miles one-way to dine again. Rachel..."
Rebecca Walker
"Charming diner with lots of room, very bright and clean area. Service was efficient and friendly. Food was served quickly and was absolutely..."
Kimberly Kramp
"Eggs Up Grill is pretty good. Very clean even the restroom is clean. Prompt professional service breakfast was delicious they made my omelet just the..."
Monique Butler
"The food was very good. I would recommend stopping in if you are looking for some good breakfast. The staff is also very..."
Roberto Mezquia Jr
"First time trying this place and everything was pretty dang good and I see myself coming back to try other..."
James Jefferson
"Absolutely loved this place!!!!! I'm normally not a big breakfast eater, but this breakfast was phenomenal!!!!!!! It was my first visit. If I didn't..."
Shannon Sharp
Berben And Wolff's Vegan Delicatessen
93/100 (397 ratings)
Restaurants
American
Vegetarian Friendly
Vegan Options
Cafe
Vegetarian Friendly
Vegan Options
Dinner
Lunch
Brunch
Breakfast
Sandwiches
Burger
Salad
"Thank you so much. It's a struggle to find good vegan options around Albany sometimes, and it was nice not having to worry about having animal..."
Mallory Wolfe
"I have to be entirely honest. I was a skeptic and I’m not vegan. My sister took me out to lunch and I was a little nervous about the menu, but I..."
Karen Duker
"At the Albany VegFest, the vegan Swedish meatball slider was honestly one of the best things I've ever eaten. And I've eaten a lot of meatballs,..."
Michael Mah
"This place is a diamond in the rough. I’ve had the wingburger the last couple days and I can’t get enough! Even had some of the garlic parm..."
Ryan Lailer
"I highly recommend this restaurant. I had the sunflower burger. It was fabulous. Wonderful, fresh ingredients...generous sandwiches. Sit by the..."
Sheila Smith
"I drove from western mass to Albany to try this. I first modestly ordered the buffalo chic sandwich and the Big Mac. Promptly finished these with my..."
Kat Newman
"Absolutely love this place. Great staff, super friendly and informative. I'm a meat eater but their food can satisfy even the most carnivorous of..."
Andrew J. Mirabile
"Was with my family shopping in the area.. found this place online and went to check it out. The BBQ burger was amaaaazing! So were the wings! We also..."
April Kaufman
"I took my son to B & W's for dinner and their burgers are to die for! My son raved about his "Big Max" and I indulged in the "BBQutioner". ..."
Tracey Ruck Stegemann
"I will be eating here regularly! Totally worth the half hour drive! Have tried the BBQ Wings, Mushroom Po' Boy & BBQ Pulled Jackfruit - all..."
Jessica Kanciruk
"This place is Vegan Heaven! My friends and I were sooo impressed and happy to find you guys! Had an incredible Jack Fruit Sandwich! Sooo DELICIOUS!..."
Juliet Seer Pazera
"OMG... I LOVE this place! Everything is excellent here.... the food, the service, the vibe! A must visit for vegans and non vegans..."
Heather Paris
"The breakfast sandwich was absolutely amazing! I'd eat it every day! The watermelon was a great..."
Sarah Dean
Bake For You
93/100 (142 ratings)
Bakeries
American
Cafe
American
Cafe
Café
American
"I first discovered this area when my son came here to do an internship at the NY State Assembly in January 2018. We drove around looking for a..."
Karen Ann
"This neighborhood is growing in what it offers to residents, business owners and those throughout the Capital District. The library is a wonderful..."
Debra Marie Britt
"It's my old neighborhood! Great place back in the day.glad to see you all bring it..."
Bob Barile
"I like this facebook very..."
Linda Tremante
"Hmmmmm Good!!! I had a breakfast sandwich and my wife had Avocado toast. Both were excellent! We also shared a cinnamon stick which was also..."
John Parker
"Nice vibe, great coffee and..."
Michalina Scorzelli
"Absolutely phenomenal cookies, I could live off these! Beautiful space and a great place to hangout. Lots of good snacks, desserts, and light..."
Jacob Day
"Small place with big flavor. Their baked goods are always delicious. The raspberry bars are the best. The raspberry filling has good flavor and the..."
Lisa Dwyer
"Thank you Justin and staff for making a cake that tasted great! I’ve been to a lot of places trying to get a decent cake in the capital region and..."
John McDonald
"Best scones and macaroons I've ever had (outside my grandmother's..."
Carolyn Capern
"My husband and I went to Bake For You this Sunday morning and we are so glad we did!! The place is so clean and open. We each ordered a scone. I had..."
Michelle Marcello
Raw Juice & Smoothie Bar
91/100 (925 ratings)
Restaurants
American
American
Lunch
Breakfast
American
Breakfast
Lunch
"Always loved this place but just had the deluxe acai bowl and found out what heaven on earth really..."
Kara Panetta
"It was amazing. The bowls were really fresh! It’s very small inside but really cute. Can get very busy. It was worth the 25 minute drive. ..."
Colleen Kelly Murtagh
"Love this place! The make your own açaí bowls are my absolute favorite. I always get the organic peanut butter and granola to go along with it :)..."
Kyla Alexis Day
"I'm addicted to the place . Absolutely love the acai bowls !!! I'm there three to four times a week..."
Kerri Ann
"This place is awesome! The bowls are so good and the fruit is always..."
Nichole Johnson
"this place is amazing, love everything on the menu. The girls who work here are soo sweet and nice to talk too..."
Celena Maliszewski
"Deluxe bowl was amazing..the acai melted super quick, but still really good..will definitely be back..wish their hours were extended though..hard to..."
Danielle Christina
"Absolutely amazing! Was in town for my daughters dance competition and was lucky to have found Raw. Great place with great people. Thank..."
Vinny Oppedisano
"Cannot stop thinking of this place! The only complaint I have is I crave açaí bowls for dinner and you’re not open then! � great..."
Shannon La Mora
"My absolute favorite place on earth! everything is so fresh and healthy! great..."
Cierra Wolfgram
"A great place to make sure you get your daily dose of antioxidants - made quick and..."
Sarah-Jane Fawcett
"Great place! Great food! The women working were very nice even when I wanted to switch drinks! Love the decor! Everyone should..."
Larissa Sherman
"My favorite new spot! Finally a place I can get an acai Bowl..."
Sarah Emma Burkus
"So delicious. I'm here weekly and if you're a coffee craver like myself try the Mocha Joe smoothie. I've never been disappointed and the owner &..."
Megan D'Ambrosio
"Outstanding and friendly service with a great selection from top to..."
Gregg Russo
"Great place, so happy Schenectady finally has a place like this. Great juice options, especially the Beet..."
Lenny Geraci
"I was lucky to be in the neighborhood when they were open. They close everyday at 2pm so it's hard for me to get there. I got the "wake me up" juice..."
Susan Rice
"Came in here Tuesday morning and my build a bowl was perfect. freshest açaí bowl I’ve had in..."
ethan ehrlich
"I was hungry for a bec or sec and decided that I would stop in and check out what this place was about. I asked a young woman behind the cash..."
Stephen L. Guarneri, Jr
"Me and my husband were in Albany during our usual summer visit, and I stumbled upon this place. I’m wanting to make changes in my diet and more..."
Brenda Sanders
"Every time I come here it’s a great vibe. They are super friendly and great at what they do. This will forever be my go-to smoothie..."
Kashawna Williams
"Though the wait is usually long after ordering, the smoothie bowls are delicious and made with fresh, local ingredients. My reasoning for giving 4..."
John-Paul Lafata
"I love this place!!!! The smoothie bowls are so yummy and you can customize them/build your..."
Amanda Johnson
"The best! Most of the time they have my smoothie ready when I walk..."
Chris Wessell
Cheesecake Machismo
91/100 (895 ratings)
Dessert
American
Cheesecake
Cheesecakes
Cakes
Café
Takeout
Cheap Eats
"My now wife and I ordered three cheesecakes from the Cheesecake Machismo for our rehearsal dinner. We were so happy with our experience with this..."
Daniel Sean
"Honestly before I discovered this place I never really liked cheesecake. I only tried this out cause my roommate loved cheesecake. After trying this..."
Erik Simpson
"Truly unique flavors that fit any mood. It's obvious they take pride in what they do. Cool ambience as with the comic book/ action figures on the..."
Eric Burkhartt
"Cheesecake Machismo has the best cheesecake in the world. Bottom line. Trust me, I have a Ph.D in cheesecake..."
Nicolas Hansen
"Today I purchased a toasted almond hazelnut cheesecake from Cheesecake machismo again they never fail....always a plus in your life if you love..."
Florence Nugent
"By far the absolute cheesecake I’ve ever had! In addition, to the quaint shop and very friendly owners! I’ll be..."
Nanny P Fine
"The BEST cheesecake around, so delicious!!! Lynn and Bam are always both friendly and helpful!! You can get a cheesecake with all individual pieces..."
Gina Allegra-Moscatello
"Outstanding cheesecakes. So many delicious flavors to choose from, It's hard to decide. Each one has its own distinct flavor and type of crust to..."
Kimberly Choi
"Absolutely the best cheesecake hands down! Worth the drive from..."
Kelly Preston
"The best cheesecake there is. Sorry NYC peeps. PBJ is my all time FLAvorite. Get..."
George Normandin
"The best cheesecake ever!! Just tried the gingerbread and it’s..."
Katie Michalak Decker
"The best cheesecake! They have the most amazing flavors from complex to..."
Lindsey Hladchuk
"Excellent little spot to grab a unquie flavor. Must go again..."
Jennifer Lee
Cornerstone At The Plaza
91/100 (42 ratings)
Restaurants
American
Contemporary
Italian
American
Contemporary
Italian
Sit down
Italian
American
Contemporary
Mid-range
"I was the DJ at the wedding last night (7/7/18). It was my first time working at this venue and Katelyn is hands down the best banquet manager I've..."
Dave Barmen
"We had our day after wedding brunch at Cornerstone and we were so happy with how everything turned out! Vanessa, Jamie, and the rest of the staff..."
Devlyn Tedesco
"Had no idea this gem on the Plaza had reopened but today's lunch was sure to bring me back. The burger with mushrooms and fresh ramp pesto was..."
Bert Pagano
"What better place then the Beautiful Empire State Plaza. This restaurant brings the Plaza back to life...."
Madeline Rizzo
"Amazing venue with Stefany from Mazzone Catering is the BEST! She will make sure your event is classy and..."
Anna Maria
"I came in for lunch - wasn't sure if it was open but I had some time to kill and happened to be in the plaza around lunchtime. On offer today for..."
Mandy Sheridan
"I can't say enough about this venue and the level of hospitality that Mazzone provided for us. The view is amazing, and the people are..."
Anthony Montemorano
"It has been a great experience living at Cornerstone location, wonderful gym facility, best food stores around like Whole Foods, Trader's Joes ect...."
JEAN CLAUDE Simille
"Food and banquet location was nice (I'm referring to above ground only) and the glass enclosed restaurant area was beautiful. However, our older..."
Kyle Schoonmaker
"Enjoyed the spring flowers and beautiful..."
Lynn Ceraldi
"Great Thursday buffet with delicious Italian specialties. Friendly staff & tasty desserts in the former "Sign of the Tree"..."
David Bulnes
"Every Thursday they have a lunch buffet. Always meatless options for vegetarians. Really good food, soda and dessert..."
Kayla Tortorelli
Druthers Brewing Company
90/100 (2943 ratings)
Restaurants
American
Gluten Free Options
Bar
Vegan Options
Pub
Vegetarian Friendly
Bar
Pub
American
Brew Pub
Brew Pub
Gluten Free Options
Vegan Options
Vegetarian Friendly
Dinner
Lunch
Late Night
Drinks
Pork
Salad
Wings
Mac and cheese
Calamari
Calamares
Sandwiches
Burger
Tapas
Grilled cheese
Tacos
Ribs
Pretzel
Veggie Burger
Pasta
Pesto
Meatloaf
Bar
Pub
American
Brew Pub
Parking Available
Free off-street parking
Highchairs Available
Full Bar
Free Wifi
Accepts Credit Cards
Reservations
Takeout
Seating
Television
Table Service
Wheelchair Accessible
Street Parking
Serves Alcohol
Gift Cards Available
Drinks
Dinner
Lunch
Late Night
Mid-range
"This place was incredibly!!! Truly some of the best food I’ve ever had. The appetizers and beer were the best. Don’t remember the name of what I..."
Dave Van
"The wife and I stoped at the Albany location on a Sunday afternoon on our way home from Maine . The server was very polite and helpful . Wife got the..."
Michael Stutz
"I had the Beer Sampler, and just about all them were great. Especially the Passion Fruit Double Dare. I took a growler to go, plus a six pack of the..."
John Zion
"Great food, great atmosphere, great service. Unique and delicious beer selection. Loved the dark lager and currant beer. Hoping they will bring back..."
Clare CG
"Great service. My burger was delicious, everything came out fast and fresh. Def will be back and always recommend..."
Cierra Hanczaryk
"Great food and great service! We drive 2 hours for the loaded mac and cheese, it is so good! Love the look of the Albany..."
Jennifer Stebbins Lis
"Great food and atmosphere. Excellent choice of different brews. Highly recommend if in the Albany..."
Chris Breitenbucher
"The food was great the atmosphere was awesome also are waiter Dave was..."
Brian John Paeglow
"We arrived for a late lunch. Started with a sampler from the bar and the pretzel bites. For lunch we enjoyed the Druthers Mac and the steak tips over..."
Mike Bourgeois
"I've been here twice and I was very pleased both times! Service is prompt and friendly, food is delicious, and there are always meatless options for..."
Larissa Børglum
New World Bistro Bar
90/100 (2240 ratings)
Restaurants
American
Vegan Options
Bar
Asian
Gluten Free Options
Vegetarian Friendly
Vegan Options
Gluten Free Options
Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch
Dinner
Lunch
Late Night
Ceviche
Cheesecake
Eggplant
Tapas
Cod
Pasta
Ribs
Meatloaf
Salad
Curry
Wings
Sandwiches
Duck
Burger
Oyster
Hummus
Calamari
Burrito
Nachos
Risotto
Mussels
Tuna
Noodle
Waffles
Calamares
Shrimp
Meatballs
Salmon
Beef
Cheesecakes
Bolognese
"I am a vegan and this was the first time trying the restaurant and I was quite pleased. After eating at many amazing vegan restaurants in major..."
Topher Miller
"Enjoyed a scrumptious dinner starting off with a blood orange cosmo and the chicken liver pate appetizer (beyond delicious!). Salad with grilled..."
Eileen McCaffery Zilberman
"We stopped in on a whim after googling "Best Bloody Mary near me". And we were not disappointed. Your staff is extremely friendly and welcoming. ..."
Jennifer Bushika
"Great fusion menu with so many GF options! Gluten free and vegan eaters will be thrilled as well as meat and gluten..."
Ruth A Crane
"If it’s slow they are open to an off the menu tasting menu. We just had it. They offered 5 courses including dessert. We were given a bonus course...."
Jonathan R Salinas
"Everything we had was perfect! Fantastic wedge salad, better than Mom's meatloaf, a quintessential clam and spaghetti dish.Woody, our waiter, was so..."
Danna Dubno
"Everything was great! Very friendly service, patient and accommodating. We had candied pork belly, calamari, and charcuterie to start and each was..."
Chris Lyon
"AMAZING food. The pumpkin hummus and eggplant "meatballs" were to die for. The service was great; we ended up eating our dinner at the bar instead of..."
Michelle DeNatale
"We had a wonderful time at NWB tonight. I had the best hamburger I have ever had. The ice cream sandwich was delicious! And our waiter Noah was..."
Isabel Daggett
"The best restaurant, by far, in the Capitol district, in my opinion. I had a private party here and all guests were as impressed by the food as I am!..."
Eileen Peck
"First time there...went with my daughter for my birthday...great ambiance...our tabel was ready when we got there...our server was Rory and she was..."
Kenny Hart
"One of my favorite 518 spots! The food is excellent, creative, and locally sourced. And the staff are..."
Angela D. Ledford
"We really enjoy this restaurant! Each time we try new dishes & they are always so tasty! Love the calamari, Brussels sprouts & eggplant meatballs...."
Jacki Baker