Off-Campus Dining

Albany, NY
Tuition (in-state)
$15,335 ($7,525)
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4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: The food at my dining hall is the best! I can't complain. Different food every day, every week!

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Around SUNY Albany most off campus dining is take out food. The pizza is pretty bad, as is the wings. With that said chicken Joes is a great spot for those looking for good, unhealthy, junk food! Beware though... the delivery wait could be upwards of 2 hours!

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The weekends have a lot more restaurants open later. Students are roaming the streets at 3am looking for pizza and sure enough they can get it. The prices are fair for the quality of the food.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There's food delivery available almost anytime and there's always places to get downtown when you're out. The downside is food delivery like wings over and pizza places can be pretty expensive.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: If you're a vegetarian.....Im not to sure on what you would order from places. Other than that if you like burgers, wings, pizza, chinese food, etc. you'll enjoy the food. Other than might be out of luck.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 11th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost
  • 541st
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Amanda Lobo
Hicksville, New York
Grad Year
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For all of you food critics out there, you certainly won’t be disappointed with the variety of food options within a close vicinity of campus. Whether you prefer fine wining and dining or a big greasy burger and milkshake, there are endless opportunities for a night out for dinner with friends or a big hearty breakfast. Some examples include (but are not limited to) Five Guys, Moe’s, McDonald’s, Taco Bell, The Cheesecake Factory, Olive Garden, IHOP, and many others. All of these options are within driving distance. Establishments such as Chipotle, Starbucks, TGI Fridays, and Cold Stone are located in Stuyvesant Plaza, a five-minute walk from campus. These are very popular with students because of the close proximity.

If you venture farther downtown, you can find a wider variety of eateries, ranging from Mexican to Japanese to Thai. You’ll find an abundance of little corner cafés and delicious diners. Jillian’s is also located deeper downtown, an exciting sports bar enjoyed by many hungry students hoping to catch the game. If you don’t feel like driving or you crave a midnight snack, there are endless takeout options that deliver right to your building. Wings Over Albany, Domino's, Madison’s Pizza, Chang’s Garden, Dragon City, DP Dough, and many other places make deliveries at 3 a.m., curing the late-night munchies for many a hungry student.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
  • Denny's
  • IHOP (Friday & Saturday)
Best Asian
Dragon City
Best Breakfast
Country Corner Café
Best Coffee
Daily Grind
Best Dessert
Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shop
Best Healthy
Peaches Café
Best Late-Night
DP Dough
Best Mexican
Moe's Southwest Grill
Best Pizza
Paesan's Pizza
Best Wings
Wings Over Albany
Best Place to Take a Date
Bombers Burrito Bar
Best Place to Take Your Parents
Buca di Beppo
Other Places to Check Out
  • Applebee's Neighborhood Grill
  • Auntie Anne's Pretzels
  • The Cheesecake Factory
  • Chili's Grill & Bar
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • Creo Restaurant
  • Domino's Pizza
  • Five Guys Burger & Fries
  • Friendly's
  • Hudson River Coffee House
  • Lam's Chinese Kitchen
  • McDonald's
  • Melting Pot Restaurant
  • Mild Wally's
  • Olive Garden
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Panera Bread
  • Red Lobster
  • Romona's
  • Ruby Tuesday
  • Sbarro
  • Shun's Kitchen
  • Soho Pizzeria
  • The Standard Restaurant & Lounge
  • Starbucks
  • Taco Bell
  • TGI Friday's
  • Uncommon Grounds Coffee & Bagels
  • Uno Chicago Grill

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

900 Central Ave.
(518) 438-7296
Daily 24 hours
Price Chopper
1706 Western Ave.
(518) 482-0280
Daily 24 hours

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Bayou Café
Food: Cajun
79 N. Pearl St.
(518) 426-8550
Price: $10-$20
Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shop
Food: Ice cream
250 Lark St.
(518) 463-7182
Price: $3-$8
Bombers Burrito Bar
Food: Mexican
258 Lark St.
(518) 463-9636
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: You can order online.
Buca di Beppo
Food: Italian
44 Wolf Road, Colonie
(518) 459-2822
Price: $10-$20
CH Evans Brewing Company at the Albany Pump Station
Food: Beer, burgers, nachos, pasta, steaks
19 Quackenbush Sq.
(518) 447-9000
Price: $15-$25
Cool Features: The original brewery was built in Hudson, N.Y. in 1786.
Chang's Garden Chinese Restaurant
Food: Asian
215 Western Ave.
(518) 427-7170
Price: $10-$15
Country Corner Café
Food: Diner, breakfast
25 Church St., Saratoga Springs
(518) 583-7889
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Breakfast served all day!
Daily Grind
Food: Coffee
204 Lark St.
(518) 427-0464
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Sunday brunch with music
Food: American
114 Wolf Road
(518) 458-1194
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Open 24 hours
DP Dough
Food: Italian
212 Western Ave.
(518) 396-3900
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Open pretty late
Dragon City
Food: Asian
1174 Western Ave.
(518) 489-4503
Price: $10-$15
Gandhi Indian Restaurant
Food: Indian, Pakistani
1 Central Ave.
(518) 449-5577
Price: $5-$10
The Ginger Man
Food: American, pasta, seafood
234 Western Ave.
(518) 427-5963
Price: $20-$25
Cool Features: Reservations are recommended.
Food: American, breakfast
16 Wolf Road
(518) 459-7540
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Open 24 hours on Friday & Saturday
Jack's Oyster House
Food: American, clubby New York City-style
42 State St.
(518) 465-8854
Price: $20-$30
Cool Features: Valet parking is available on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Madison's Pizza
Food: Pizza, subs, wings
846 Madison Ave.
(518) 437-0001
Price: $10-$15
Moe's Southwest Grill
Food: Mexican fast food
1704 Western Ave.
(518) 452-2777
Price: $3-$8
Paesan's Pizza
Food: Italian
289 Ontario St.
(518) 435-0312
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: You can order online.
Peaches Café
Food: American, café
1475 Western Ave./Stuyvesant Plaza
(518) 482-3677
Price: $10-$15
Pepper Jack's
Food: Wraps
192 N. Allen St.
(518) 426-5505
Price: $15-$20
Cool Features: You can order online.
Provence Restaurant
Food: French
1475 Western Ave./Stuyvesant Plaza
(518) 689-7777
Price: $20-$30
Wings Over Albany
Food: American
1704 Western Ave.
(518) 862-9464
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: You can order online.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 84 responses

Very poor
  • Cost
  • Convenience
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Student discounts
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

How would you rate the diversity of off-campus dining options?    Based on 91 responses

  • 5% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 16% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 49% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 29% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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