4 Essential New Restaurants to Try This Spring 2019

City Guide, Food & Drink, Food & Drink Guides


Written by Emily Morrow

Published on March 25, 2019
Belt Line Brewery / Photo x Step Out Buffalo

Belt Line Brewery / Photo x Step Out Buffalo

Every season we round up the most noteworthy new restaurants that have opened in the past few months.

Sure our pants are tight, our wallets slim, but there’s food to be devoured and so we trek on. Here’s a list of recently opened restaurants/bars/breweries/bakeries/cafes/you name it to add to your must-try list this spring.

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Belt Line Brewery

Belt Line Brewery / Photo x Step Out Buffalo

1. Belt Line Brewery

545 Swan St, Buffalo

According to prevailing wisdom, new craft breweries are just too late to the game to get shelf or tap space, and therefore, newbies should just get a pat on the head and focus on being a good little brewpub.

If that wisdom is true, it would be just fine with the folks over at Buffalo’s new Belt Line Brewery & Kitchen, which opened its doors, near Larkinville, in early 2019. Co-owner Matthew Myers recently told us Belt Line is in fact perfectly happy to focus on serving the surrounding neighborhood, near Larkinville, and being a stop on local brewery tours.

Keep Reading “New: Belt Line Brewery & Kitchen Checks Off All Our Boxes” >



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PK Eats

PK Eats / Photo by Christopher Lestak for Step Out Buffalo

2. PK Eats

1488 Hertel Ave, Buffalo

PK Eats, the new food hall on Hertel Avenue has a parking lot, you guys. A parking lot. For your car. To park in.

It probably seems ridiculous to mention parking right off the top when profiling a new restaurant, but here we are, City of Buffalo: The Powers that Be have us all searching for free parking like Game of Thrones fans googling that guy that came back to life, no not that guy, the old guy, in the cave.

The parking lot at PK Eats is key because people are going to want to come here; whether it’s for a ‘new year, new me’ healthy salad, a build-your-own poke bowl or an expertly-calibrated craft cocktail.

Like any food hall, PK Eats features multiple restaurant concepts under one roof. You can get salads, grain bowls, wraps and smoothies from Newbury Salads. There’s also Japanese, Chinese, Thai and Burmese food from Sun Cuisines. And then there’s the local craft cocktail standard-bearer known as Vera – or barVera as it’s now called.

Keep Reading “New: Hertel’s Latest Opening is PK Eats, a Micro Food Hall” >



Naan-tastic / Photo x Christopher Lestak

3. Naan-tastic

1565 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst

Do you like Chipotle? Do you like Indian food? Have you ever had the late-night idea that someone should make a restaurant like a Chipotle, but with, “Indian” tacos?

Well, that muniches-fueled pipedream is now a reality, friend. Naan-tastic is a fast-casual (read: Chipotle-style) restaurant where rice bowls and a flatbreads are topped with the various sauced-up proteins typically found in your favorite Indian buffet. (Side note: If you haven’t tried Indian food before, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!?)

Located on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst just south of the I-290 thruway exit, Naan-tastic was started in Rochester by two brothers Aman and Ajay Singh, with the first location opening just last year. The new Amherst location is the second iteration of Naan-tastic.

Keep Reading “New: Naan-tastic is Doing Fast Casual Indian Food with Bowls, Rolls, and Naan-tacos” >



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Imperial Pizza / Photo x Christopher Lestak for Step Out Buffalo

4. Imperial Pizza

1035 Abbott Rd, Buffalo

Like a dating relationship, if a restaurant is successful enough, for long enough, there comes a time when the question must be asked: “Are we taking this to the next level?”

After 26 years of going steady with South Buffalo, Imperial Pizza has answered that question with a big “Hell yes.”

Imperial has built a SoBuff empire on fluffy dough, sweet sauce, melted cheese and cup-n-char pepperoni. In February, the venerable pizzeria flung open the doors on a massive expansion. No longer primarily a takeout joint, Imperial is a proper bar-restaurant now, allowing patrons the chance to sit and enjoy their pizza-wings, maybe with a glass of red wine or a local craft beer.

Keep Reading “New: Imperial’s Pizza Empire Grows with It’s Massive Expansion” >


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Written by <a href="" target="_self">Emily Morrow</a>

Written by Emily Morrow

Emily is co-founder and Director of Storytelling at Step Out Buffalo. Her favorite things to do are eat, travel, and think up business ideas. Emily is originally from Hamburg, NY and her out of town friends will tell you that she loves to talk about Buffalo any chance she gets.

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