University Heights

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O'Connell's Clothing

Lake Effect Diner

Parkside Candy

Home to the oldest of three University at Buffalo campuses, this northeastern Buffalo neighborhood has long had a “college town” vibe to it.

The UB South Campus serves as the anchor to the district and the main hub to the city’s subway and bus lines. It’s accessible and convenient, and as the college continues to thrive, the neighborhood is following suit.

The typical college town amenities dot both sides of Main Street, including book stores, restaurants, bars and the requisite tattoo parlors.

Unique Eats:

Lake Effect Diner, the retro-inspired diner offers classic American plates within the confines of a chrome-and-neon diner car.

Amy’s Place, a low-key, cash-only restaurant provides Lebanese and American inspired food, with a number of vegan and vegetarian options.

Shango Bistro, based on the soulful cuisine of New Orleans, turns your ordinary meals into creole infused works of art.

The Ol’ Standby:

The longtime mainstay restaurant for the strip is The Steer; the wood cabin inspired restaurant and saloon serves up great food but is also the place to be for UB students.

Shopping:

Pick up some sweets for your sweet at Parkside Candy. This popular local confectioner has been delighting folks and keeping dentists in business since 1927. Its magnificent old-time interior will delight chocolate and architecture aficionados alike.

O’Connell’s Clothing, around since 1959 and nationally recognized, has some of the finest men’s and women’s fashions and accessories.

— Charlie Fashana