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8 Must-Try Brunch Spots in Albany, NY

Albany has so many great breakfast and brunch spots, whether you're looking for traditional scrambled eggs and hash browns, or maybe a boozy brunch with a Bloody Mary or mimosa. However you take your eggs - and whatever your ideal brunch experience is - Albany has it all! The next time you're looking to go out for brunch, consider one of these 8 must-try spots below.

Please Note: Hours and menus are subject to change. It's always safe to contact the restaurant ahead of time for details.

Enjoy a Classic Sunday Brunch at the City Beer Hall

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Editor's Note (9/4/2020 8AM): The City Beer Hall is open for outdoor and indoor dining. Brunch is available on Sundays.

The City Beer Hall has an extensive brunch menu ranging from classic breakfast items to exceptional sandwiches and salads. You can satisfy your sweet tooth with French toast or waffles, or order an omelet filled with fresh veggies and cheese.

Brunch at the City Beer Hall is currently held on Sundays from 11:00AM - 3:00PM. Pair your meal with a mimosa or your favorite drink. Cheers!

Feast on Fantastic Brunch Specials at Lost & Found

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Editor's Note (9/4/2020 8AM): Lost & Found is open with a limited menu. You can enjoy brunch on the patio on Sundays from 11:00am-3:00pm. Takeout is also available.

Lost & Found Bar & Kitchen in Albany is a top patio dining spot and restaurant for good food, drinks, and company. Their menu features delicious dishes made with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. On Sundays, you can look forward to an amazing brunch with various specials, such as breakfast burritos and smoked short rib hash.

Raise a Glass to Weekend Brunch at Risotto

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Editor's Note (9/4/2020 8AM): Risotto is open for patio dining, and table reservations are available.

Popularly known for their Italian and Mediterranean cuisine, Risotto in Albany hosts a Saturday and Sunday brunch each week from 11:00AM - 2:00PM. Take a look at the brunch specials, and if you're in the mood, order bottomless mimosas or a Bloody Mary with Risotto's secret house-made mix.

Try Creative & Delicious Options at the Iron Gate Cafe

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Editor's Note (9/4/2020 8AM): Iron Gate Cafe is open for dine-in and takeout. Brunch is available throughout the week.

Vegetarians and veggie enthusiasts might want to try the Iron Gate Cafe for brunch, although they certainly have enough options to suit all palates. There's the Phoenix Rising (black bean sliders with poached eggs, avocado, and pepper jack hollandaise sauce), stuffed French toast, granola parfaits, and a variety of salads and bowls.

Opt for a Sweet or Savory Brunch at Cafe Madison

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Editor's Note (9/4/2020 8AM): Cafe Madison is open for eat-in and takeout, and brunch is available. Make sure you check out their weekend brunch specials on Facebook.

Cafe Madison on Madison Avenue in Albany truly has it all for brunch and breakfast. Their menu includes a number of appealing omelettes, "eggs and stuff," sweet treats, bread sides, and breakfast sides, so you can build the perfect meal. They also have options for specialty mimosas, Bloody Marys, and seasonal brunch cocktails. Or, opt for a succulent burger or delicious sandwich with brunch, as pictured above. This brunch hotspot is open daily from 7:30am - 2:00pm.

Have a Mexican Inspired Brunch at ama cocina

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Editor's Note (9/18/2020 8AM): ama cocina is currently operating with a limited menu and a very limited schedule. Takeout and outdoor dining are available, but brunch food is not yet available. We will update the details below as info is announced.

Attention Mexican food lovers! You must make it a priority to visit ama cocina, known for their authentic Mexican street food, that yes, you can eat for brunch. Try their savory steak poutine, pictured above, with yucca fries, white pepper sawmill gravy, bacon, and eggs sunnyside up.

They also offer Mexican morning delights like huevos rancheros, mama's morning burrito, cheesy eggs enchiladas, and much more. You'll want to try everything on their diverse brunch menu.

Keep It Local With Regional Foods & Ingredients at Wellington's

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Editor's Note (9/18/2020 8AM): Wellington's has reopened for indoor dining, but they have not restarted their brunch menu yet. We will update the details below as info is announced.

Wellington's, located at the Renaissance Albany Hotel, has a strong focus on supporting area farmers and growers, so you can expect locally grown and produced ingredients in their meals. Because of this commitment to keeping it local, menu items and ingredients are subject to change based on the season and availability.

This restaurant even keeps it local in the names of several menu items, like the scrumptious Hudson Valley apple pancakes and the Capitol burger. Try their delectable brunch from 11am to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Bite Into Something Scrumptious at The Olde English Pub

Editor's Note (9/18/2020 8AM): The Olde English Pub is currently open for outdoor dining only.

The perfect way to start a Sunday is by having someone else cook for you. Plan a trip to The Olde English Pub in Albany for a great selection of brunch food and drinks. They offer soup and salads, starters, classic brunch entrees, lunch items, handcrafted cocktails, and more. No reservation is needed, and brunch typically runs from 11:00AM - 4:00PM on Sundays.

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