We literally stumbled upon The Merry Monk in-between high school basketball games at the Times Union Center. There aren't a whole lot of choices in walking distance and we only chose this because there were actually living people sitting down eating at 5pm on a Saturday afternoon. Boy were we surprised at what a cool little place this is. Scored the table right by the wood stove and enjoyed our dinners with a nice craft beer. The place filled up quick and we realized quickly that we had stumbled upon a place we plan to go on purpose next time!