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 brainchild of Chris Dobson, Weinkeller is a blend between a gourmet restaurant and winery in Niagara Falls. Sporting a classic wine-cellar decor, replete with wooden themes, walls stacked with bottles of vintage wines and wooden-barrel tables, this restaurants evokes a rather sophisticated ambiance. Choose from a variety of old-school favorites like pork chops, pastas and barbecued chicken and wash it 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 an imported one.
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.
Sandstone Grillhouse is known for its delightful Italian delicacies as well as its array of perfectly-cooked Angus beef steaks. Surf and turf options are only a small part of the menu which includes dishes like Caesar salad, Tuscan Linguine, Mediterranean Goat Cheese Chicken and Chicken Cordon Bleu. Special menus are available for kids and for groups consisting or more than ten members. All in all, the elegant restaurant with its artfully arranged potted plants and plush, classy furniture, is perfect for a family celebration.
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.
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.
Located conveniently in the heart of Downtown, Berrafato’s Prima Pizza and Pasta is a great take out, delivery and dine in Italian restaurant that offers everything from pizza to spaghetti and meatballs. Upon entering, there is a bar seating against the window and a spacious dining area. The dining space has an old charm and a warm atmosphere. A fun place to hang out with friends after school, college or work. Make sure you try the Cheese and Pepperoni Pizza – A classic hit among the masses. It comes with a generous layer of cheese that simply melts in your mouth along with some thick slices of Ronnie.
Tappo features contemporary design and a vibrant, warm atmosphere. The restaurant's main attraction is the rooftop bar, perfect for pleasant weather offering lovely views of downtown Buffalo, especially the Niagara Mohawk building right next door. The menu features American Italian favorites like the Lasagne, Eggplant Parmesan, Panzanella Salad and Meatballs. A nice place to stop by for an after work drink with friends or a weekend family lunch. For reservations, give them a call.
With its downtown location not far from Dunn Tire Park and HSBC Arena, this pub is a favorite spot for sports fans looking for a cold brew and solid pub food before or after the game. Pearl Street also has its regular customers who come just for their micro-brews with names like Lake Effect Pale Ale, Trainwreck and Lotus. There are four levels, eight bars, a basement cellar bar area for live music, and a sit-down restaurant that is perfect for the whole family.
Darcy McGee's hosts a fun and friendly atmosphere with the Irish hospitality you'd expect from an authentic pub. Enjoy a pitcher or two of any of their imported or domestic beers while lounging in the comfy, wood-panelled surroundings. The bar itself was crafted in and imported from Ireland! They also offer a hearty menu of classic Irish home-cooking. Locals keep coming back for the Dublin City Fish-n-Chips, and D'arcy's Famous Corned Beef & Cabbage is a favorite of regular and new patrons. Cap off the night with a brew and live performance.