The heart and soul of North Buffalo and another one of the city’s happening neighborhoods is Hertel Avenue. The street earned the title as Buffalo’s “Little Italy” for its collection of long-time Italian restaurants, bakeries and grocers. In recent years, Hertel has also become home to retailers selling Halal meat, shish kebabs and other Middle Eastern goods. Add to that a series of well-liked bars, boutiques, coffee houses and a theater recently restored to its original grandeur, and it’s no wonder Hertel is such a draw.
The center point of the Hertel district is the historic North Park Theatre, a classic 1920s movie theatre boasting the old fashioned marquee, painted dome ceilings and some amazing popcorn. A show at the North Park, which underwent a historic restoration in 2014 is a must – catch the latest indie film or a retro classic.
Within the “main drag” you’ll find food. A lot of it. Greek, Italian, Thai, Mexican, Indian, more Italian, American, Middle Eastern. You want it, you’re likely to find it on Hertel. Fancy: Lombardo’s, Fusion: CRAving. Family-friendly: Kostas. Pub fare: The Wellington Pub.
With all this, it’s certain you won’t find a better place – anywhere – for dinner and a movie.
If shopping needs to be part of every excursion of yours, there are some great, trendy fashion shops on Hertel (Modern Nostalgia, PS Accessories and MODA Vintage to name a few). But what Hertel may be most known for in terms of shopping is furniture and décor. Places like room, Michael Donnelly Interiors and Conley Furniture will help spruce up any abode.
Staggered between all of this, you’ll also find countless pizza shops, a few delis, a great butcher shop if you want to make your own feast, and of course, drinking establishments. And if you’re a fan of the pitch, the place to watch any soccer game, at any time, is Mes Que.
Hertel really has it all!
— Charlie Fashana