The Capital Region


The Rest of NY   

  The Spotted dog in Mt. Tremper, NY, home of the worlds largest kalaidescope.

New Rochelle, NY

New Roc City-Entertainment complex with Movie theaters, skating rinks, video game rooms and a space shot freefall type ride.

Rye, NY
Rye Playland amusement park-one of only 2 historic landmark amusement parks that also operate currently.  Great blend of the old and the new.  Antique Carousel and Carousel Type ride called the derby racer which is only one of 3 left in existance.  Okay coaster, unique old mill ride (old fashioned tunnel of love) and many other rides.  Check with the MTA for ride and rail packages from NYC.  Playland Parkway, Rye, NY 10580
Phone Number: (914) 921-0370

Albany, NY
The Alt weekly for the Capital area is Metroland.
A couple of Albany area blogs, the Ridiculous Food Society andAll over Albany.

Record Store-
Music Shack, 65 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206

Gus’s Hot Dogs, 212 25th Street, Watervliet (Albany area), 273-8743 Small old timey burger and dog joint
Famous Lunch-Mini hots dogs!  4 inches long and served with Zippy Sauce. (Troy, NY-Greater Albany area)

Bogie’s-297 Ontario St-Albany, NY 12208 (518) 482-4393
Fuze Box 12 Central Ave Albany, NY 12210-1305 – (518) 432-8866-Rock club housed in a former white tower hamburger joint.  They still have the burger joint signs.

The Low Beat-335 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206  (518) 432-6572
Valentine’s 17 New Scotland Ave Albany, NY 12208 – (518) 432-6572

Burnt Hills, NY (near ALBANY)
DONUT ALERT!  Get a world class CIDER DONUT at Fo’Castle Farms, 166 Kingsley Road, Burnt Hills, NY

Armonk, NY
Schultz’s Cider Mill  -103 Old Route 22  , Armonk  Phone: 914-273-3521Schultz’s Cider Mill offers seasonally fresh fruits and vegetables daily, But have the MOST AMAZING  doughnuts every Saturday and Sunday. They are open daily from 8am-5:30pm, closed on Tuesdays.

Beacon, NY

an art Museum worthy of Hipster Travel, Dia:Beacon is a huge 240,000 square foot space filled with huge mammoth pieces.
3 Beekman street
Beacon, NY 12508
T: 845.440.0100

Buffalo, NY

Buffalos alternative weeklies are the ARTVOICE and Buffalo Beat.

Local specialty drink-Loganberry soda


When in Buffalo, visit the birthplace of the Buffalo Wing at theAnchor Bar, 1047 Main Street, Buffalo
Other Regional specialites are MIGHTY TACO, with many locations.
Then there is Beef on Weck at Charlie the Butcher, 1065 Wehrle Dr., Buffalo, NY ,716-633-8330 – Slow-roasted beef, sliced thin and piled on a hard roll that is crusted with pretzel salt and caraway seeds. The top half of the roll gets dipped briefly in beef juice.
You can also get Beef on Weck at Schwabls, a hundred and fifty year old joint serving many Roast beef delights.  789 Center Rd, Buffalo, NY 14224, (716) 674-9821
They also love their hot dogs, like the red hots served at Ted’s Jumbo Red Hots – 2351 Niagra Falls Blvd in Amherst, Outside the City   716-691-7883  served plain, with cheese, and/or chili.  charcoal grilled, also, other locations.

Also, for beef on Weck, Charlie the Butchers, 295 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14203-2408  (in Historic Ellicott Square Building) plus other locations
Bar Bill Tavern-185 Main St, East Aurora, NY – (716) 652-7959  Some people claim that this place has the best wings AND the best beef on weck
 Blackthorn Restaurant & Pub, 2134 Seneca St, Buffalo, NY 14210-2365
(716) 825-9327-Beef on weck, and crab cakesDrive In-Transit Drive In-6655 Transit Rd., Lockport, NY (Outside of Buffalo), 14094 (716) 625-8535Live Music-Mohawk Place-47 East Mohawk Street Buffalo, New York (716) 855-3931
Nietzsche’s -248 Allen St., Buffalo, NY 14201  (716) 886-8539-Regional acts play here.Record Store-
New World, 512 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222


Brooks House of BBQ-In the town of Oneonta, 24 miles south of Cooperstown-607-432-1782, 5560 State Highway 7, Oneonta, New York-Famous for bbq chicken.Darien, NY (near Buffalo)

Cortland Manor, NY
Popeyes Pub-Bar in a historic building with love bands, usually punk and metal-

2056 East Main Street Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567-2622 – (914) 737-9325



Amusement Park-
Six Flags Darien Lake-9963 Allegheny Road, Darien Center, (716) 599-4641Clifton Park, NY(greater Albany area)
Venue-Northern Lights-1208 Rte 146. Clifton Park, NY 12065. Phone: 518.371.0012.
Venue in a strip mall that looks like it might have been a supermarket at some time.  Odd, big space, with relatively low ceilings.  Intimate show experiences can be had..

Farmingdale, NYAmusement ParkAdventureland-2245 Route 110, Farmingdale,  (516) 694-6868- Small family park.Live Music-



The downtown-190 main street , Farmingdale Long island-accessable from NYC via LIRR.Fire Island

For info on Fire Island Clubs and events go to

Mr. Ladybug.Garrison, NY

The Bird & Bottle Inn 1123 Old Albany Post Road Garrison, NY 10524 (800) 782-6837.  Nice dinners served in this 18th Century House.  They have rooms which are pricey, but really not because they include a credit for dinner.Hillburn, NY


Mount Fuji-Route 17 North, Hillburn, New York-845-357-4270-Hibachi style japanese steakhouse in a giant pagoda, with a tiki bar.Hudson, NY
Live Music

The Hudson River Theater, 521 Warren Street.  Hudson, NY-Odd collection of shows here, like Marshall Crenshaw or Graham Parker, then things like Monade, a Stereolab side project.

Helsinki Hudson-405 Columbia Street, Hudson, New York 12534

Huntington, NY



Herrell’s Ice Cream Huntington-46L Gerard Street, Huntington, NY  11743 631-673-1100

Ithaca, NY

Ithacas alternative weekly is the Ithaca Times.

Lake George, NY-Lake George is a resort area in Upstate NY. You can take a train to Albany from Penn Station and take a cab to Lake George Village for about $90 rt.  While in the Neighborhood, you can also drive up to Lake Champlain and take a ferry to Burlington, VT.

The Boardwalk-518-668-5324-Burgers
The Sagamore Club Grille-800-358-3585-pricey restaurant in 115+ year old hotel in Bolton Landing, 10 miles from Lake George.

King Neptunes Pub-518-668-2017-Bar with live music.

Amusement Park-
Great Escape Fun Park-Route 9, , Lake George,  (518) 792-3500 -excellent park with amazing Comet rollercoaster.

Lake Placid, NY
One of the last 2 howard johnsons restaurants is in lake placid.  98 Saranac Avenue, Lake Placid. 1-800-858-4656


Liverpool, NY (near Syracuse)
Heid’s of Liverpool: 305 Oswego Street, Liverpool NY-Hot dog Joint-white dogs topped “coney” style or with mustard and pepper relish

Long Island, NY

Long Island has a local version of the Village Voice.

Record Stores-
Music Den, 4950 Nesconset Hwy, Port Jefferson Station, NY
Vinyl Solution, 33 N. Main St., Port Chester, NY 10573


Long Island City, Queens, NY
Elevator Museum -21-03 44th Ave, St 206, Long Island City -917-748-2328
Mamaroneck, NYEats-
Walter’s -937 Palmer Ave. Mamaroneck, NY-Hot dog shack in a Pagoda.  Must try.  They serve their hot dogs split on grilled buns.
Medford, NY
First National Franks, 3147 Rte. 112 Medford, NY 11772 631-696-1900, giant dogs on giant buns, plus burgers and fries.  Giant dog on the sign

Montauk, NY
Duryeas Lobster Deck, Tuthill Road, Montauk, Phone: (631) 668-2410. Old fashioned lobster shack.

The unusual-
The Montague Bookmill is a used bookstore housed in an 1842 gristmill, and has some occasional events as well.

Mount Kisko, NY

Record Store
Exile on Main St., 131 Main St, Mount Kisco, NY 10549


Indoor Go Kart Track-Grand Prix New York Racing, 333 North Bedford Road, Mount Kisco – (914) 241-3131

Mount Tremper, NY
The Spotted Dog-Firehouse themed restaurant next to the worlds largest kaliedescope.  Spotted Dog Restaurant –
5340 Route 28, Mt Tremper – (845) 688-7700

New Paltz, New York

6 Mohonk-House where they put on parties….

New Paltz, NY
38 Main Street New Paltz, NY 12561- (845) 255-9800 stuff-TrapezeSchool has moved. You can call 845-658-8540 for info on trapeze flying in New Paltz.  Learn how to fly through the air with the greatest of ease.


Niagara Falls, NY
The Silo-in an old Coal Silo, have The Silo Haystack: a full pound of rib eye blanketed with melted mozzarella, onions, peppers mushrooms and a mound of crispy shredded hash browns.
115 North Water St, Lewiston, NY 14092
Tacky Activities-across the border in Clifton Hills, it is loaded with tacky like the wonderful
Galaxy Golf-
4960 Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3N4-indoor glow in the dark mini golf
Plattsburgh NY
Clare & Carl’s: 4727 U.S. 9, Plattsburgh NY-hot dog stand Open April through October-Old timey hot dog joint serving up Michigans, which are hot dogs with meat sauceRochester, NY
CheckCentral New York for regional concert dates.Live Music-
Bug Jar-219 Monroe Ave, Rochester NY (716)454-2966-oddly named music venue with great regional touring bands.Eats-
Local specialty, The Zwiebel white hot, a brat usually served with a meat sauce on top, like a sweet meatless chili.

Dinosaur BBQ-99 Court Street, Rochester, NY
Sticky Lips Pit BBQ, 625 Culver Road, 585-288-1910. Rochester
(In VICTOR, NY) The Village Pig and it’s full of pork plus
smoked chicken, ribs and Creole dishes.    Interestingly, they don’t allow customers under the age of 25.  Jim Andres, owner of the new barbecue eatery and bar at 75 Coville St., set the unusual age restriction to avoid the undesirable behaviors of two subsets of customers: screaming or crying children and irresponsible younger drinkers. “We simply don’t want to deal with it.”Hours are 3:00 p.m. to midnight, Tuesday through Sunday.  Located at 75 Colville Street (585-924-3590).
Spot Coffee-a coffee theme park, 200 East Ave @ Matthews 585.613.4600, Rochester, NY 14604 (in the “hip” east end of town)

Also check out regional chains DiBellas Sub Shops, and the Red Osier Landmark Restaurant whose Red Osier Roast Beef, is available at local sports stadiums.Record Stores-
Fantastic Records, 3400 Monroe Ave., Rochester, NY 14618
Ultra Sonic Sound, 635 Monroe Ave., Rochester, NY 14607Other stores-
House of Guitars-8 floors of New and Used Musical Instruments-645 Titus Ave, Rochester, NY. 585-544-3500
You have got to see this store- It is the most amazing music store.Amusement park

Seabreeze Amusement Park-4600 Culver Road, Rochester, NY  (716) 323-1900 (800) 395-2500Schenectady, NY

Jumpin’ Jack’s Drive-In –
5 Schonowee Ave, Schenectady – (518) 393-6101-old timey drive in burger joint.  Only open in the summer.
Smithtown, LI  You can’t just eat there though, as it there is an etiquette guide.
Mike’s Restaurant (518) 382-9213, 1135 Erie Blvd ,
Schenectady, NY 12305-the sign says, “finest ever made FIRST PRIZE Mikes Frankfurts-first prize with our sauce” which is a chili sauce.  Also burgers and battered rings.
Dairy Circus-1 Lyric St , Scotia, NY 12302 (518) 374-5725- Because you can’t get a dip at Jumpin Jacks

Morrette’s ?-since 1947-1126 Erie Blvd, Schenectady, NY 12305 (518) 370-0555 Steak Sandwich Old timey joint.  Seems they put a tomato sauce on many of them.

Saints&Sinners 558 smithtown bypass smithtown, new york (on the corner of rt.111/347)Syracuse, NY

Syracuse’s local alternative weekly is the

New Times.Venue-

Happy Endings Cake and Coffeehouse-317 S. Clinton St.
Syracuse, New YorkEats-

Dinosaur Bar-b-que – 246 W. Willow Street, Syracuse, NY 315-476-4937-Dry rubbed and smoked BBQ ribsTroy, NY
A couple of Blogs about the Troy area.  Bath on Hudson and Troy Night Out-Troy night out is actually an event

ground zero-Ground Zero is a student-run music club at RPI in Troy, NY


Watervliet, NY (Albany area)
Gus’s Hot Dogs: 212 25th Street, Watervliet NY 12189-like the nearby Troy lunch, they serve tiny 3 inch dogs with a chili sauce

Westchester, NY

Record Store-
Music Arcade, 1077 Old Country Rd, Westbury, NY 11590

Yorkville, NY

Voss’ Bar-B-Q -Route 5A, Yorkville, NY -Not what you think of as BBQ, this place serves upstate style bbq which is slice roasted meat with BBQ sauce.  However, the hot dogs here are unusual overflowing gut bombs of amazing toppings.

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