Albany Journals

Some of the Fun Unknowns in Albany

A travel journal to Albany by gexx

Quote: So, I used to live in Albany, NY... but I still visit often, and it keeps getting better. This journal is still under construction, but here are plenty of entries to get you going.

Some of the Fun Unknowns in Albany

Overview

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Albany was founded in the 1600s and passed from Dutch to British hands. Then came the immigrants, adding more culture to the city. The diversity of the architecture is amazing. And plenty of fun can be had, if you know where to look. After all, the town hosts four and a half colleges (one is just across the river).Quick Tips: Being a capital setting, the government buildings are free. Tours of the capital and a visit to the State Museum are highly recommended. Pick up a copy of the Metroland (a local independent newspaper found all over) for shows and events.Best Way To Get Around: I always use the bus. Find a place to park (the mall sometimes works well) and just hop on...Read More

Jacks

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Restaurant | "Jack's Oyster House"

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http://www.jacksoysterhouse.com/ Jack's Oyster House, or "Jack's" as anyone who's been there will call it for there is nothing else like it, has been in Albany since before Prohibition. And it's been a favorite of politicos and locals since. I went with my mother, and we started off the meal with a dozen oysters on the half shell. I mean, when something is an oyster house, you must have the oysters,no? So, it was one very fun first. The menu was, well, I had to keep from drooling. We finally decided; my mother loosened up after a few gin and tonics, and I had the salmon with a basil-pine nut crust, and she the crab cakes (or maybe it was lobster). Well, the salm...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 20, 2004

Jacks
42 State Street
Albany, New York 12207
(518) 465-8854

Ghandi's

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Restaurant

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Ghandi's is a red plywood building sitting where Central Avenue and Washington Avenue join. It looks a little shady from the outside: kitschy curtains, odd smells, and a dark interior. You ask yourself, "Can they really fit a restaurant in that . . . hovel?" Yes. I've gone with one person, and I've gone as a group of 10. We were all welcomed in this restaurant (which seats maybe 30 people total as long as they promise not to fart) by the servers. They have a buffet at lunch, but I much prefer to order á la carte. And I get the whole shebang. You just have to. A lassi (a yogurt drink, to cool the spiciness), naan (bread, for eating), a samosa ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 20, 2004

Ghandi's
1 Central Avenue
Albany, New York

Hooters Restaurant

Restaurant | "Hooters"

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Reservations are only recommended for nights of major sporting events. Well, Hooters is Hooters - scantily clad females and a J. Buffet-esque decor. I think they are the only ones ever able to get away with orange hot pants. So, yes, I'm a female, and I like Hooters, mostly for two dishes - the gumbo and the fish sammich. Don't get me wrong, the wings are good, but you're in upstate New York. You can get good wings anywhere. I normally ate here after I got out of my mall shift. And my boyfriend would join me. He could have a beer and a hamburger while stealing glances at the game between talking to me. (I never caught him looking at the waitresses.) And there were no wo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 20, 2004

Hooters Restaurant
1 Crossgates Mall Road
Albany, New York 12203
(518) 862-9000

Bombers Burrito Bar

Restaurant | "Bomber's Burritto Bar"

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Menu available at http://www.bombersburritobar.com/ Bomber's is the perfect place to stop for lunch while exploring downtown Albany, Lark Street, or Center Square. For $7, you and a friend can split a burrito, get a soda, and still have food left over. The restaurant is below street level, so it has a great out-of-the-way feel to it. Vinyl booths line the walls, and an old Pac-man table sits in the middle, waiting for anyone with a quarter. My favorites from the menu are the BBQ tofu burrito and the vegetarian burrito. It's hard to go wrong with anything, though. I've heard that since I left Albany, they turned the upstairs into a rather chic bar and that the stairs are inside Bombers....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 23, 2004

Bombers Burrito Bar
258 Lark Street
Albany, New York 12210
(518) 463-9636

The Fuze Box Lounge

Attraction

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Website: http://www.fuzeboxlounge.com/ The website includes a schedule of the different theme nights, as this is a very eclectic/alternative club. The club is in an old White Tower Hamburger restaurant (not White Castle). Interesting characters can be seen hanging out outside. Often, they're smoking (since smoking in bars is not allowed in New York). The inside is a black-and-white checkerboard floor with red puffy Naugahyde booths. Up in the balcony is the DJ booth and a few tables with stools. The dance floor is fronted by a stage, which attendees are welcome to dance on. The chrome bar (can't forget that!) is checker-and-red-Naugahyde heaven. The bartenders are nice enough, but as...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 20, 2004

The Fuze Box Lounge
12 Central Avenue
Albany, New York 12210
(518) 432-8866

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