Virtual Tour
WHAT TO DO IN TOWN

Proctors Theater
Enjoy the likes of Kinky Boots, Newsies, Blue Man Group and other Broadway and theatrical hits in this vaudeville gem, only minutes from campus.

Schenectady Greenmarket
Shop and eat local. Hit this weekender favorite for non-GMO veggies, artisanal cheeses, funky crafts and more.

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Where Union Goes to Eat


Our local restaurant scene stretches from kosher-style deli to modern Mexican. You’ll find terrific bistros, coffee shops and restaurants in all price ranges just minutes away by foot or car.

So if you're not having a meal on campus, why not head to town? Here is a list of some local restaurants to try while you’re visiting. All area codes are (518). Bon appétit!

Some of our Admissions staff's favorite places to eat:

Ann Fleming Brown, director:
"I love Ambition for its delicious sandwich and local coffee shop flavor, and Cella Bistro for tapas or dinner."

Vernon Castillo, senior associate director:
"Cornell's good, traditional Italian food, perfect for a special occasion or any time."

Susan Hanks, senior associate dean:
"For lunch, Aperitivo Bistro has such interesting sandwiches and salads, and the ambience is modern, urban, airy, relaxing."

Matt Malatesta '91, vice president:
"Café Nola is a great lunch stop for New Orleans cuisine, and Gershon's is the best deli North of New York City."

Abbey Massoud-Tastor '07, senior assistant dean:
"I enjoy the Van Dyck for its large menu, fresh food and good service. Plus, the Stockade is a great location for a walk."

Aaron Ray '10, assistant dean:
"Marotta's Bar-Risto, just a few blocks from campus, is new to the area and serves gourmet, brick oven pizza. The Il Greco is a must try."