Attached Brownstone houses are a common feature of many East Coast cities and are a staple architectural style in New York City’s Upper West Side and Brooklyn among other neighborhoods. Buffalo’s rich architectural landscape includes a huge variety of housing styles, from Queen Anne Victorians to Frank Lloyd Wright Prairies Houses, but the Brownstone that is so common elsewhere is actually unusual in The Queen City. Delaware Avenue is home to a rare grouping of beautiful old Brownstones, that until recently had sat vacant for several years.
But not anymore! Now three of these buildings are home to the spectacular Rowhouse Bakery and Restaurant, a multistory restaurant, casual cafe, bakery, coffee house, cocktail bar and market all housed together in these meticulously designed and restored spaces, at 483 Delaware Avenue.
Downstairs you find the sparkling white tiled bakery and coffee house, selling pastries, muffins, cookies, pressed juices, and specialty coffees to take out or eat in. You can also order lunch items from the counter and then sit near the huge pizza oven and watch the chefs work while you enjoy their wood fired creations and admire the gorgeous cobblestone floors, wrought iron balconies and spiral staircases, that lead up to the restaurant.
Here you have table service and a expanded lunch and dinner menu (hint: get the amazing butternut squash soup!) which is very very locally sourced as it includes herbs from the in house vertical herb garden. The high ceilings and elaborate moldings and fireplaces (there is more than one!) are all wonderful reminders that you are visiting an unusual architectural gem built in the 1890’s and still retaining the grandeur of the gilded age.
Don’t have time to eat? Stop in for cocktail hour and enjoy a specialty cocktail while you admire the huge two story windows that face Delaware Avenue. Or visit the marketplace downstairs to find cold pressed juices, salads, soups and sandwiches packaged to go. And check out the restrooms, because they’re beautiful and you’ll want to start a remodeling project at home. (Ok maybe that’s just me)
A great addition to the local restaurant scene, the Rowhouse Bakery and Restaurant has also rescued and restored one of Buffalo’s architectural marvels. It’s a feast for the eyes and the tastebuds! Check out more of Rowhouse in the gallery below: