Here's Where to Get the Best Brunch in Albany

Whether you're in search of a morning meal that's boujee or boozy, Albany has it all.


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Capital City Gastropub

โ€‹261 New Scotland Ave., Albany; 518.459.5077

 

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โ€‹Brunch at Capital City Gastropub is a one-day affair (Sunday’s only), but with $18 bottomless mimosas, a trip to this elevated bistro-style standout makes for a great finish to your weekend. Sizable menu offerings like the Teddy deluxe (fried chicken with biscuits, bacon, egg, and potatoes), steak and eggs, and two varieties of breakfast pizza will keep you satiated through the next few rounds.  

 

Risotto

320 Northern Blvd., Albany; 518.747.6886

Located in Loudon Plaza, variety reigns supreme at this stellar Capital City brunch favorite. 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-avocado with sriracha hollandaise, or gyro with caramelized onions and tzatziki). All weekend long, Risotto is serving up the good stuff.

 

Junior’s Bar & Grill

1094 Madison Ave., Albany; 518.935.2025

Perhaps the area’s best brunch deal, Junior’s offers a bottomless mimosa add-on to any brunch entrée for just $20.99. But if you’d rather skip the sweet stuff and kick your meal in overdrive, grab yourself Junior’s famed Bloody Mary, infused with house-made moonshine and garnished with a pickled egg, pepperoncini, and bacon.

 

 

Casual

City Beer Hall

42 Howard St.Albany; 518.449.2337

 

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Well known for its great late night eats, City Beer Hall is equally popular among the early crowd. Brunch-goers rave about the garbage bowl (we promise it’s more appetizing than it sounds) with apple brandy gravy, maple sausage, cheddar scramble, and rosemary hollandaise. 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.

 

Jack’s Diner

547 Central Ave., Albany; 518.482.9807

 

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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.

 

Savoy Taproom

301 Lark St., Albany; 518.599.5140

 

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This menu satiates practically every craving, from a breakfast banh mi, to a ginger and turmeric akoori omelet, and even matzo brei a la Florentine. And though Savoy is known for their 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 their Facebook page to see who’s playing.    

 

 

Fine Dining

Wellington’s

144 State St., Albany; 518.992.2432

Downtown meets down home with brunch favorites like French toast, eggs Benedict, corned-beef 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 their brunch cocktail menu for updates on classics, like the 518 Mimosa, made from prosecco, Cappelletti, St. Germaine, and grapefruit juice.

 

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 they do best, like a serving of shrimp and grits with garlic polenta, or the lobster benedict with roasted tomato hollandaise. And of course, no brunch would be complete without a good drink, so treat yourself to the ultimate Bloody Mary, topped with a crab cake slider, Alaskan king crab leg, plus shrimp and scallops, both wrapped in bacon.

 

 

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 a 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, while vegans should definitely go for Joey’s seitan special sandwich, made from smokey maple seitan sausage and daiya cheese. But 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

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 raspberry oatmeal pancakes (be sure to add chocolate chips!), 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 if you’re in dire need of coffee, they'll serve it with almond milk.

 

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