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8 Must-Try Brunch Spots in Albany, NY

Kickstart Your Day With a Delicious Brunch

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 (how does a build-your-own Bloody Mary or mimosa brunch sound?).

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 the 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 Brunch, Beer & Bloody Marys at the City Beer Hall

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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.

Brunches at the City Beer Hall happen every Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 3pm. Your sandwich or brunch entree includes your choice of either a Bloody Mary, mimosa, screwdriver, or juice. Cheers!

Dive Into Brunch Bowls & Cocktails at New World Bistro Bar

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Brunch cocktails, brunch bowls, brunch latkes - you can have it all at New World Bistro Bar! The brunch menu is divided into NWBB Bennies, Legendary Latkes, Brunch Bowls, Hash, Plates, Pika's Belgian Liege Waffles, and more.

There are also delectable side orders, tempting brunch cocktails, and a variety of Bloody Marys. You can check out brunch at New World Bistro Bar every Sunday from 11am to 3pm.

Build Your Own Brunch Cocktail at the Savoy Taproom

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Savoy Taproom really steps brunch up a notch with amazing cocktails! They host a Build Your Own Mimosa Brunch on the first Sunday of each month and a Build Your Own Bloody Mary Brunch on the third Sunday of the month.

Food-wise, you can expect choices like fluffy Belgian waffles, breakfast platters, classic buttermilk biscuits and gravy, chimichurri braised short rib, and other great items.

Try Creative & Delicious Options at the Iron Gate Cafe

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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, or the West Jersey wrap with scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, peppers, onions, American cheese, and Frank's Red Hot, just to name a few - and they have vegan options too.

Bite Into Something Scrumptious at Better Bite

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You'll find a variety of egg sandwiches and omelettes at Better Bite in Albany. Keep your brunch traditional with an egg sandwich like egg and cheese with ham, bacon, or sausage, or try something different with a choice like Tel Aviv - egg, tomato, Zahtar spice, and imported Greek feta cheese. They even have amazing French toast!

Stop by Better Bite from Monday through Friday, 7am to 11:30am, or Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 4pm.

Make Your Brunch Mexican at ama cocina

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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.

Opt for a Classic Brunch at Cafe Madison

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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 for brunch, breakfast, and lunch Monday through Thursday 7:30am to 2pm, and Friday and Sunday 7:30am to 3pm. And, they have a second location in Loudon Plaza in addition to Madison Avenue that offers the same hours.

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

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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.

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