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Albany, New York

Quackenbush, Rennsalaer, Van Alstine, Genessee, and Knickerbocker. Good Dutch names inherited from Albany’s early history, which began in 1609 with the explorations of Captain Henry Hudson. A commercial hub since its settlement by fur trading Dutch merchants (long before the British arrived), Albany’s economic destiny was cemented when the Erie Canal opened in 1825 linking the Hudson River with points west. As the hub of New York State’s capitol district, the town is home to politicos, lawyers, and lobbyists, as well as “regular people.” Dining options reflect the same spectrum, ranging from the Miss Albany Diner with its classic diner décor and menu, to two downtown Albany favorites: Marche, serving a fresh, sophisticated, seasonal menu, and Jack’s Oyster House, established in 1913. Successive waves of immigrants mean there’s great Greek food, Italian, and Chinese in the area, too. Follow the locals when you want hearty, made-to-order sandwiches, soups, and decadent desserts, and head for Grandma’s Country Pies and Restaurant out on Central Avenue, or Peaches Café and Bountiful Bread in Stuyvesant Plaza.

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