The Merry Monk | Albany, New York
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The Merry Monk
Excellent based on 10 ratings
Type: Restaurant

90 N Pearl St
Albany, New York United States 12210 [ print map ]
518 463 6665 | facebook

Hours: Mon - Thu 11:30 AM -12:00 AM; Fri - Sat 11:30 AM - 2:00 AM; Sun 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Mayor: Jow (1) | Taps: 16 | Bottles: 70

The Merry Monk

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10 reviews for The Merry Monk
 Ambiance  76%
 Service  77%
 Selection  83%
 Food  84%
 Value  78%
 Overall  86%
 Rating  88%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
Jow  (197) New York | November 29, 2014
Stopped in for quick beer after city beer hall which I prefer over here. This is nice spot all belgian themed. Very standard Belgian list of beers but a few local options to mix up. Staff was nice. No complaints just not all that exciting.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976  (33) Albany, New York | July 9, 2014
Itís amazing that an all-Belgian themed beer bar and restaurant can survive in downtown Albany. All they have is Belgian and Belgian-style beer and food. I almost always order a pound or two of mussels, they have a variety of sauces and seasonings.

Beer selection is good. Youíll see a lot of Ommegang, Allagash and plenty of Trappist and Abbey beers here. Prices are a bit high, but itís understandable considering most beers are at least 7% ABV. They do offer a flight of four or five short pours for $12 (I think).. Itís a good deal and I almost always do that instead of getting a full pour (unless Iím not driving).

Service has always been very friendly and remarkably fast.

My only major complaint is that you have to walk past the extremely hot kitchen and down to the basement to get to the bathrooms. Thereís a unisex bathroom next to the kitchen, but itís almost always occupied.

Great place for a date and a great place to drink beer and watch a game because itís so overlooked. Definitely the best bar on Pearl Street.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
mfp13jr  (45) Glenville, New York | April 5, 2014
Service is usually fast, but donít expect the waitresses to know much about what you order. I ordered a Mon Ton Deu.....Yeah, a mountain dew and she took the order. Selection is all belgian, and a very nice selection. Food is very meat and cheese plate, mussels....not a place if you are looking for dinner. Prices are very fair. Overall, love coming here for drinks and fun.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Mep3222  (51) East Greenbush, New York | December 5, 2013
Nice little Belgian bar in downtown Albany. Decent tap selection which was for the most part reasonably priced. Fairly large bottle selection but I didn't really look deeply at it. Food was very good. We were all very happy with our meal. Great little bar for Albany. Will for sure be back.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
LadySusan  (104) Ste-Therese, Quebec | October 26, 2013
Visited 3 times.2 times Sept.2012 and once June 2013.All 3 times great service, super great choice of beers either tap or bottles.As for the food good choice fresh,geat crabe cakes plus a lot more.We had a lot of fun at The Merry Monk and will go again.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
Gueuzedude82  (13) Colorado | October 1, 2012
Sat down for some happy hour tap and mussels. Very good mussels. Nice Tap selection and good variety. Some American craft too. Also, some rare Belgian Lambics. I would definitely check it out if youíre in downtown Albany.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
Quevillon  (248) Boisbriand, Quebec | September 23, 2012
Visited for the first time September 17, 2012. I wanted to visit the next day, but because Ommegang was closed on 17 (I did not know before arriving), so there has been a change in plans. This restaurant bar must not be old, Iíd say about a year or two, it was a brewpub there for at least 4 years ago and changed its name to the Skyline Lounge. So between 2007 and 2012, it became The Merry Monk. A nice restaurant with Belgian inspiration, not big but comfortable. There are three large TV, but itís not always the sport. The beer selection, all Belgian style is very good and the price is reasonable, it is the same for the food. The service was top notch! In short, this is a good place for lovers of Belgian beers!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 18/20
MaBeer1972  (101) Taunton, Massachusetts | September 13, 2012
Stopped here since the City Beer Hall is closed on Mondays... Great find! The tap list is 100% Belgian or Belgian-style beers, plus a large bottle list. Got there in time for happy hour = $2 off on all Ommegang drafts. Got a Witte to start. Food was fantastic. Got the wild boar ribs app. with a cherry reduction sauce. Yummy!. Then ordered an Ommegang Abbey ale on draft. I have had it many times from the bottle, but on draft is super! All beers served in proper glassware. Nice detail. Got the Flemish cod for the entree. Very good also, served with tasty fresh cut fries and a chipotle dipping sauce instead of catsup. Bar staff very friendly and helpful. Great place worth checking out if you are in the area.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
AleWife725  (66) Albany, New York | July 4, 2012
If you are into Belgian beer and food- this is a must stop. Their mussels are incredible, and so are their frites. Yum! As far as beer selection, they offer a reasonable sampler, and a happy hour on select beers for as cheap as $3!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Boliv  (35) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | April 16, 2012
Stopped by after work with some lab-mates to try some moules and frites. Got a sampler of some of the beers; the majority of these are Belgian, as it is a Belgian-style restaurant. The service was pretty slow, although we did have a large group. Seems like they only have one bartender and one server, as well as one chef in the back to prep food. So we waited for some time for our food. The moules were really quite delicious; I got the chipotle tequila moules, which were somewhat spicy and had nice flavor. One pound of mussels is mostly shell, however, so I strongly recommend getting a side of frites to go with the meal, or you may leave hungry. All in all, a nice spot with some good beers and good food. Iíd definitely return.

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