The Capital Region

New Yorks Capital Region

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

Mac’s Drive-In -648 3rd Ave, Watervliet, NY 12189  (518) 279-7899-Great burgers in classic style joint

Ted’s Fish Fry -203 Wolf Rd, Albany, NY 12205  (518) 454-9490-fish and chips and other locations


Eden Advisory Services LLC and Cafe – 269 Osborne Rd #3, Albany, NY 12211 (518) 977-3771-Researching this place is making my head hurt.  So this is a cafe….but its also a financial planners office?  And it has poetry and live music too.


Paulys Hotel-337 Central Ave -Albany, New York 12206 (518) 426-0828-Since the 1880s, tavern with punk shows and other music
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

Albany Social Justice Center-33 Central Ave Albany, New York 12210-Community Center with occasional DIY style punk shows.

(518) 434-4037

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

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

Clifton 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..

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

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.
Schenectady, NY
Jumpin’ Jack’s Drive-In –
5 Schonowee Ave, Schenectady – (518) 393-6101-old timey drive in burger joint.  Only open in the summer.
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.
Troy, NY
A couple of Blogs about the Troy area.  Bath on Hudson and Troy Night Out-Troy night out is actually an event.  The Super Dark Collective does shows.
ground zero-Ground Zero is a student-run music club at RPI in Troy, NY

Troy, NY


Famous Lunch-Mini hots dogs!  4 inches long and served with Zippy Sauce. (Troy, NY-Greater Albany area)


No Fun– 275 River St, Troy, NY 12180-Great venue with lots of garage rock and rockabilly options

Hangar on the Hudson– 675 River St, Troy, New York, NY 12180 (518) 272-9740-Huge warehouse type space

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
Ted’s Fish Fry-447 3rd Ave, Watervliet, NY 12189  (518) 273-0232-Counter serve location of mini chain since 1949.  Fish fry served on hot dog buns with red sauce and great onion rings.   This location has a great sign too. Plus chili dogs!
Wynantskill, NY
Jack’s Drive-In -24 Main Ave, Wynantskill, NY 12198  (518) 283-5110-80 year old joint with chili dogs and burgers, mini dogs of the regional variety.