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The Merry Monk

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€€ - €€€
American, Belgian, Bar, Pub, European
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90 N Pearl St, Albany, NY 12207-2207
+1 518-463-6665
11:30 - 21:00
Closed now
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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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Albany, New York
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 27 April 2016

We go there every Christmas Eve lunch. Service is great. The food is outstanding. The beers are excellent.

Thank Ginny B
Springfield, VA
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41 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2016

If you like beer they always have a rotating variety well worth checking out. While you are there, check out some of the food. Much of the bar food is average to above average but their Mussels and Entrees are fantastic. You can't go wrong with the Steak Frites if you don't like mussels. Dessert was also great. When this... More 

Thank burnboy
Nashua, New Hampshire
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2016

Wanted to try a fun sounding place for a quick lunch on our way through Albany this past Sunday so hubby and I found this place on Trip Advisor, read through a few good reviews and decided it would be a fun place. A Belgian-ish bar/restaurant that sells wild boar ribs and duck wings?! Yes please! Street parking only, unless... More 

2 Thank Robin v
Highland Mills, NY
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293 reviews
207 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2016 via mobile

First of all, our server was great!! When we admired the beer glass, she inquired & got us one, for a reasonable price. The mussels were very good, & we tried all of the recipes! The beer menu is fun, as well, and we enjoyed that as well! A fun place for a snack or a dinner!!

Thank Mmmquigs
Albany, New York
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2016

The service was poor enough that I most likely won't go back, disappointing. The servers were nice/friendly, but not the least bit attentive. We had to call out across the room to order a 2nd drink, which we had to ask for 2x and ended up coming well after our meal arrived, and had to call out a 2nd time... More 

2 Thank Sally O
Albany, New York
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34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2016

A cozy bistro in downtown Albany. The beers found on tap are mostly from Belgium and craft brewers both local and area wide. Noted for their mussels which are served with various sauces and a nice piece half of a baguette. Also their frites come with a variey of dipping sauces from which to choose. The wine list is adequate,... More 

Thank john k
Queensbury, New York
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52 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2016 via mobile

Kind of looks like a dive when you walk in, but the food is great. Our waitress was awesome. Nice street view from many of the window tables. They do a great cinnamon sugar pretzel donut desert that is To Die For.

Thank AndreaTheGreat
Rochester, NY
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90 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2016

Arrived here on a Monday night as the City Brew House was packed. We walked over, and were happy to take the last high-top table. Our food was terrific and I'm glad our first choice didn't work out!

Thank ninjagenie
Midland Park, New Jersey, United States
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2016 via mobile

In town for the holiday and wanted a good restaurant with great food and beer choices. This is the place. Our group had a variety of beers and enjoyed all of them. Belgium endive au gratin was fantastic and did not mind our first choice was sold out. Dinner was excellent and all were enjoyed!

1 Thank Carrie M
Albany, New York
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18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2016 via mobile

Been coming here and the Saratoga location for years. The mussels and the broths they are in never disappoint. Wish they would bring the French onion one back. Had it as a special and still the best one yet. Add the fries to your order with 2 dipping sauces you won't be disappointed and they have a nice happy hour... More 

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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 12207-2207
  • 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?