Nowadays, there’s definitely no shortage of new restaurants throughout Western New York. From vintage diners to basement brewpubs, these new spots provide more options than ever for the perfect Valentine’s Day date. Here are five different options for you to try:
1. Rowhouse Bakery and Restaurant, 483 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14202
Rowhouse Bakery & Restaurant is serving everything from juices and coffees to artisan dishes and pizzas inside their historical brownstone building dating back to the 1800s. Their bar backdrop is a sun filled window, the staircases and exposed brick resemble the streets of Soho in NYC, the elegant chandeliers and seating areas make you feel like you’re in someone’s home for a dinner party, and there’s an adorable little library that you need on your Instagram page.
2. SATO Brewpub, 110 Pearl St. Buffalo, NY 14202
Yet another cool location is the Sato Brewpub located in the basement of the Dun Building, the very first skyscraper in the city. Setting the scene of an Izakaya, also known as low key gastropubs throughout Japan, they serve the traditional favorites, small plates, and their freshly brewed beers made with traditional Japanese ingredients and local hops grown right in Niagara County.
3. 100 Acres: The Kitchens at Hotel Henry, 444 Forest Ave, Buffalo, NY 14213
The Richardson Olmsted Campus was the talk of the city when it emerged after years of sitting vacant as the new and improved Hotel Henry. You can take a self-guided tour through the hotel before visiting 100 Acres, which serves as a coffee bar in the morning and full restaurant and bar in the afternoon and evening with a wide-ranging menu of burgers, steaks, wood-fired pizzas, pastas and more that focus on sourcing local ingredients.
4. Chez Ami, 210 Franklin St, Buffalo, NY 14202
At yet another historic landmark in Buffalo, the new Curtiss Hotel is built inside the century-old Harlow C. Curtiss Building downtown. Curtiss Hotel has grabbed the attention of locals for having the only revolving bar and year round patio in the city. Chez Ami Restaurant has a fancy ambiance, but you can enjoy filling dishes that won’t break the bank. I recommend their artisan pastas like their pappardelle made with pork sauce, rosemary, and pecorino romano.
5. Swan Street Diner, 700 Swan St, Buffalo, NY 14210
Looking for the perfect breakfast or lunch date? Located inside of a diner car dating back to the 1930s, the Swan Street Diner is bringing back the vibe of an old school breakfast eatery to the city. When you walk through the doors, you feel like you stepped back in time while still having access to all of the classic breakfast favorites.