Using custom built Texas smokers, this restaurant in the heart of Allentown boasts the most succulent barbecued meats in the city. Run by restaurateur par excellence Bob Mollot, the sports bar features pork, beef and poultry slow-cooked over low heat to produce that tell-tale red ring around the meat. It is a laid-back kind of place with pool tables, dartboards, and three TVs showing your favorite games. A daily happy-hour gets folks in the mood and the weekend live entertainment keeps them that way.
This is one place you should not judge by its cover. Located in Buffalo's historic Allentown district, the restaurant looks like a dive. However, it has one of the best inexpensive wine lists in the city, not to mention excellent food and service. In the kitchen, the chefs feature dishes like a traditional 'surf 'n turf' and steamed mussels in a Scotch Bonnet Pepper broth. As a bonus, Mother's Restaurant the restaurant is open late, and there's an outdoor patio for warm summer evenings.
You've likely heard of Buffalo wings and may even know that Frank and Teressa's Anchor Bar is where they originated in 1964. Here they consider them to be 'the best in the world' and if you can't actually come to Buffalo, you can still order them online as well as their signature sauce. If wings aren't your thing, you can choose from made-to-order pub-grub. Minutes from the Buffalo Theater District, this casual, unpretentious bar features live jazz on certain nights also. The decor inside features walls plastered with awards and articles extolling their famous and ubiquitous wings.
The decor is not exactly upscale and the dress code is very informal, but the food in this North Buffalo restaurant is outstanding. Basically, it's a pizzeria with pasta, wings, subs and other munchies that will force you to loosen your belt a notch or two. It is an affordable blue-jeans joint—no pretentiousness here—a great place to bring the kids. Nearby attractions include Delaware Park, the Buffalo Zoological Gardens and the Anderson Gallery.
The brainchild of Chris Dobson, Weinkeller is a blend between a gourmet restaurant and winery in Niagara Falls. Sporting a classic wine-cellar décor, this establishment is replete with wooden themes, barrels stacked against walls, and sleek tables, evoking a rather sophisticated ambiance. Choose from a variety of old-school favorites like pork chops, pastas and barbecued chicken and wash them down with a fine glass of wine. If picking the perfect wine seems hard, the sommelier can help you make a choice from one of the in-house wines or the imported ones.
Well-known chef Robert Beaulieu does his magic in the kitchen as his wife Ann greets guests at this downtown Lockport restaurant. The fabulous food has earned the restaurant an enviable reputation as among the best, if not the best in the city. Though Irish in name, the restaurant doesn't specialize in Irish offerings (except on Saint Patty's Day), but offers a wide range of contemporary cuisine, with particular emphasis on fresh vegetables and soups. Situated in a charming old building, the restaurant caters to families, romantic couples and business people.
Casual and friendly, Osteria 166 is a nice place to stop by for a quick lunch or a leisurely, fun meal out with friends. The atmosphere is lively and vibrant, with plenty of groups and couples enjoying a meal out. The restaurant has a buzzing bar section, as well as a quieter restaurant dining area. The bar often features live music and is great for an after work drink with colleagues. The menu is largely Italian featuring comfort favorites like Fresh Mussel Stew, Burrata with Charred Bread, Veal, Spaghetti and Meatballs and Classic Pizza.
Placed in the Greenhouse Food Court of the Main Place Mall, this place serves some mouth watering sandwiches and wraps all in Deli style. The baked potatoes are worth giving a try. Though on an expensive side, this place is good to grab a bite after a long day of shopping. Make sure you inquire about the happy hours and other offer related coupons provided.
Occupying a first floor space in the swank Avant Building in Downtown Buffalo, SEAR introduces an inventive take on the classic New York steakhouse. This modern restaurant offers an exquisite chef-driven menu that features brilliantly plated creations of Wagyu Beef Carapaccio, Pork Belly, Prime Ribeye, and the Kansas City strip. There is also a small plates menu, and a customary seafood menu serving staples like Seared Sea Bass, and Seared Ahi Tuna. An impressive wine list featuring nearly 350 wines complements the flavors wonderfully. With respect to the decor, SEARS sports a chic, modern layout, replete with dark mahogany wood furniture, sleek banquette seating, and a delicate crystal ceiling to dine under. The restaurant also provides a room for private dining, as well as a separate bar counter, distinct from the main dining area.
Located in the center of the city, within the Hotel @ The Lafayette, Public Espresso + Coffee is a great choice if you are looking for some of the finest coffee drinks in Buffalo. The elegant decor of the place is perfect for a business conversation or simply reading a book, while sipping a steaming cup of coffee. The drinks here are prepared using the finest of coffee beans and other ingredients. Matcha Green Tea Latte, Cappuccino, Strawberry Pop Tart are some of the local favorites on the menu. You can also enjoy a Revolution Roast or an Emoji Cookie along with your drink. The service here is quick with friendly staff members as well. If at Buffalo and you are a coffee lover, Public Espresso + Coffee must definitely be tried.
This locally-owned coffeehouse offers a welcomed alternative to corporate shops and is the place to relax while enjoying a delicious cup of joe. The large two-room cafe has become a gallery for local artists and a stage for local musicians. The menu includes several baked goods and other food items. In addition, you'll find a wide selection of coffee products and machines for sale. The Calumet Arts Club is a hop, skip and a jump from this Delaware location.
Originally a nightclub, Soho has been transformed to be Buffalo's first gourmet burger bar. All of the food on the menu is freshly made. Featured are locally baked buns and locally ground beef. The classic burgers are made from beef made to Soho's specifications and ground locally at Johnny's Meats. Their signature sweet brioche buns are baked at Romeo and Juliet's Bakery. Some of their signature burgers include the red hot chili burger, a bison beef on weck, and a maytag stuffed burger. Other menu items include salads, like a cheeseburger cobb salad and a chop salad. Wash your meal down with a classic milkshake, or if you are over 21, try one of their spiked shakes. However, the place is also family-friendly, as they have a kid's menu.-Christine A. Smyczynski