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Here's Where to Get the Best Brunch in Albany





The Local 217 Taproom & Kitchen

12 1/2 Delaware Ave, Albany; 518.462.0050

The brunch menu at The Local 217 isn’t ten pages long, but it doesn’t have to be. After all, the name of the game here is the stuffed Bloody Mary, a next-level concoction loaded with shrimp, a pickle, bacon, stuffed jalapeño garlic olives, or an egg. There are mimosas, too, in case you want a bit of citrus to sip alongside your sausage and egg stuffed acorn squash or pumpkin stuffed French toast.




320 Northern Blvd, Albany; 518.747.6886

Located in Loudon Plaza, this stellar Capital City brunch favorite lets variety reign supreme. Take your pick between bottomless beverages like classic mimosas or poinsettias, then dive into one of three kinds of chicken and waffles, or half-a-dozen omelet variations (think bacon egg-acado with sriracha hollandaise or gyro with caramelized onions and tzatziki). All weekend long, Risotto serves up the good stuff.



Junior’s Bar & Grill

1094 Madison Ave, Albany; 518.935.2025

Junior’s might be known for its finger-licking wings and juicy burgers, but its weekend brunch spread is the real deal. Go for the OTT specialty cocktails, which vary by season and could be anything from a bourbon milkshake with a spiked cherry on top to an Aperol frosé with prickly pear juice. To go alongside them, no frills grub like breakfast nachos, burritos, and pizza (scrambled eggs and bacon included) hit the spot after a long Saturday night.




City Beer Hall

42 Howard StAlbany; 518.449.2337

Well known for its great late night eats, City Beer Hall is equally popular among the early crowd. Brunch-goers rave about the shrimp and grits benedict, which hits all the flavor cravings with a shrimp and jalapeño scramble, poached eggs, summer herb hollandaise, and coconut grits. And sure, you could go for a classic breakfast cocktail, but you’re definitely going to want to check out the tap list at this beer-slinging spot.



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Jack’s Diner

547 Central Ave, Albany; 518.482.9807

If you’re looking for a good, but unpretentious meal, this is your go-to brunch destination. Feel-good diner dishes like eggs made your way and old-fashioned pancakes create an eclectic menu, while the retro-style interior begs to be photographed. So fear not if $18 for a Benedict seems out of your budget. Instead, follow the likes of frequent visitors like Albany politicians and even the famed Jurassic Park actor, Jeff Goldblum.



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Savoy Taproom

301 Lark St, Albany; 518.599.5140

This menu satiates practically every craving, from a breakfast banh mi to shaksuka and even matzo brei à la Florentine. And though Savoy is known for its craft cocktails, be sure to visit on the first Sunday of every month for build-your-own mimosas, or the third Sunday of every month for a killer Bloody Mary bar. The spot often hosts live entertainment so, before you go, be sure to check its Facebook page to see who’s playing.    

Fine Dining




144 State St, Albany; 518.992.2432

Downtown meets down home with posh twists on brunch favorites like oatmeal pancakes, lobster benedict, house-made pastrami hash, and many more. The swanky Capital Region restaurant pays homage to local farms, using fresh ingredients sourced from sustainable practices. If you go, check out the brunch cocktail menu for updates on classics, like the Irish Breakfast made with Prize Fighter, Earl Grey tea syrup, lemon juice, and raspberry preserves.



Reel Seafood Co.

195 Wolf Rd, Albany; 518.458.2068

French toast at a seafood restaurant? You bet. But if you go, be sure to order up some of what Reel does best, like a lobster roll with Maine lobster and basil mayonnaise or the Reel benedict with crab cakes on a toasted English muffin. Of course, no brunch would be complete without a good drink, so treat yourself to the Sunberry Mojito, swirled with rum, fresh berries, mint, and lime simple syrup and topped with club soda.

Great for Vegans/Vegetarians



Iron Gate Cafe

182A Washington Ave, Albany; 518.445.3555

A part of the historic James Holroyd Mansion property, Iron Gate’s quirky memorabilia and antiquated charm make for a memorable meal. The Elvis room offers an eccentric setting, but when weather permits, a meal on the garden patio is a great way to get your daily serving of vitamin D.

Vegetarians will love the avocado toast with poached eggs from a local farm, while vegans should definitely go for the ultimate vegan breakfast sandwich, made with tempeh, tofu, Daiya, tomato, and avocado on an English muffin. If you’re in the mood for meat, the cafe has plenty of options for you, too.



Café Madison

1108 Madison Ave, Albany; 518.935.1094
359 Northern Blvd, Albany; 518.898.9630

With a menu devoted entirely to brunch provisions, it’s no wonder why Café Madison is a morning favorite among Albany-ites. Vegetarians should go for the crowd-pleasing royal berry crepe with roasted forest berries or one of the many meat-free varieties of omelets and frittatas. Vegans have their own variety-filled menu of breakfast sandwiches, scrambles, and burritos, and, for anyone in dire need of coffee, the café can serve it with almond milk.

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