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Where to Stay, Play and Invest in Albany

The Worth guide to businesses, hotels, restaurants and experiences in Albany, NY.

One of the most dynamic cities in America, Albany, NY is packed with buzzing businesses, charming hotels, upscale dining options and a host of attractions. Here, Worth highlights some of the capital’s most captivating sites.

Businesses

Brown & Weinraub

The lobbying firm, founded in 2000 by Patrick Brown and David Weinraub, has experienced recent growth due to an increasing number of healthcare clients, straying beyond its usual sectors of finance, energy and human resources. Some of their major clients include Airbnb, Goldman Sachs, Dell, Mount Sinai Hospital and MetLife. 50 State St., 4th Floor, 518.427.7350, cunser@brownweinraub.com, brownweinraub.com

GCOM Software

This business and technology consulting firm is nationally recognized for its services in government regulation and inspection automation, customer engagement and criminal justice solutions. 24 Madison Ave. Extension, 518.869.1671, info@gcomsoft.com, gcomsoft.com

New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services

For over three decades, this criminal justice support agency has been the leading provider of training to law enforcement and other criminal justice professionals and coordinator of juvenile justice policy. 80 S. Swan St., 518.457.5837, criminaljustice.ny.gov

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Hotels

The Hilton Albany

Located in the center of downtown, travelers come to this upscale Hilton for consistent quality and service. Check out the Charter Restaurant for light American fare by an award-winning chef. 40 Lodge St., 518.462.6611, hilton.com

The Morgan State House

This restored 1884 New York–style mansion is located on beautiful Washington Park, central to Albany’s most exciting offerings. Business and political leaders, celebrities and upscale travelers are among the guests that stay here for the luxurious rooms and studios and impeccable service. 393 State St., 888.427.6063, statehouse.com

The Renaissance Albany

A combination of old-world charm and contemporary elegance, this luxury hotel is within walking distance of the Empire State Plaza, the New York State Legislative Office Building and the Hudson River. Head to Wellington’s, the hotel restaurant, for high-end American fare with stunning views of the capitol. 144 State St., 518.992.2500, renaissance-hotels.marriott.com/renaissance-albany-hotel

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Restaurants

Capriccio

This authentic Tuscan restaurant has been a city favorite since its inception 35 years ago. The menu remains current and innovative while maintaining true Italian cuisine traditions. 49 Grand St., 518.465.0439, cafecapriccio.com

Jack’s Oyster House

Famed as Albany’s dining destination for prominent figures, such as John F. Kennedy, Jack’s Oyster House has been a city icon for over a century. 42 State St., 518.465.8854, jacksoysterhouse.com

Yono’s

Chef Yono Purnomo began Yono’s with his family in 1986, and it has since been critically acclaimed as one of the city’s premier restaurants. Expect upscale American cuisine with an Indonesian influence. The menu features seasonal produce mostly from farms in upstate New York, with a wine list surpassing 700 pairing options. 25 Chapel St., 518.436.7747, yonos.com  

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Experiences

The Egg

The Empire State Plaza’s Center for the Performing Arts has a rich history of hosting many of the most spectacular performing artists from across the country and around the world. Its proximity to Albany’s finest restaurants makes it a popular date-night destination. Empire State Plaza, 518.473.1845, theegg.org

Empire State Plaza Art Tour

The state capitol has one of the greatest collections of modern American art in any non-museum public site, with 92 pieces of Abstract Expressionist art on display. Tours of the Plaza Art Collection are available on Mondays at 1pm or by appointment between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday to Friday. Empire State Plaza, 518.474.3899, empirestateplaza.ny.gov/tours/art-collection

Washington Park

This beautifully maintained park is frequented by locals and is lined with brownstones built as early as the 1860s. Spectacular outdoor theater under the stars is available in the summer months through Park Playhouse. 518.992.6152, washingtonparkconservancy.org 

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