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The Merry Monk

Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
American, Belgian, Bar, Pub, European
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90 N Pearl St, Albany, NY 12210
+1 518-463-6665
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun 11:30 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 00:00
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Lima, Peru
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58 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We are traveling thru the US on vacation and made an overnight stopover in Albany. Walking around we saw The Merry Monk and got in. Even though the pricing is a bit high, we really spent a great time there with very good food. We had the Sriracha mussels -the recommendation of the chef- duck sticks, duck sandwich, caesar salad... More 

Thank Luis M H
Jersey City, New Jersey
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99 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Came here for a quick bite and drink before they closed after an event at the Times Union Center. This seemed to be the only bar in the area that wasn't packed to the windows and obnoxiously loud, so in we went. The beer list is extensive, albeit a little bit expensive. With the selections they had, the price was... More 

Thank Craig C
Marietta, Georgia
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301 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

This place is located in DT Albany. They have a great beer menu and the space is inviting and warm. The menu is ok. Had a good Caesar salad, but you can't really mess that up. No soups and not a ton of healthy options. Service was a bit slow, but friendly. Interesting Belgian dishes to try.

Thank Runnerny2244
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Great food! Great service! Great beer! Portions were huge, so we have done for another night. Beer selection was outstanding. Great stop for before the theater.

Thank Krista F
Albany, New York
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34 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

An undistinguished looking exterior - best Belgian beer in the state capital. Also noted for clams and oysters.

Thank rfalteri
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

My wife an I got burgers and some drinks and the burgers were great. Also quiet atmosphere when everywhere else was very loud and no seating.

Thank Connor G
Albany, NY
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24 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

Comfortable very Albany joint. Good neighborhood place to go when looking for something easy and unassuming. INCREDIBLE Brussels sprouts. I also hear they are known for mussels. Good burger. Great beer selection. You may get lucky and score the table near the fire!

Thank FunseekerAlbany_NY
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

Get the meuniere mussels and dip your bread in it you'll thank me. Get some wine and order the local cheese plate it's fantastic. Love this place.

Thank Sara P
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54 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

We came here because of the ratings & the food is pretty disappointing - don't get the Brussels sprouts or the cod. But the Leffe Blonde on draft is fantastic. Mussels are good though and free on your bday!

Thank TXCottageMama
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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731 reviews
412 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

The menu was great but not everything was served as expected. Pomme frites should be crisp and they weren't. There was also a lot of oil on the Brussels sprouts and they were not caramelized but desperately needed to be. The fried duck drums were very good and the endive was perfectly caramelized yet still firm.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Belgian, Bar, Pub, European
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 90 N Pearl St, Albany, NY 12210
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Albany
  • Phone Number: +1 518-463-6665

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?