As first world problems go, having so many new Buffalo restaurants open that it’s hard to keep up is one of the best to have. The struggle is real. Our pants are tight, our wallets slim, but there’s food to be devoured and so we trek on. Now that the madness of summer has settled, here’s a list of recently opened restaurants (June 2016 or later) to add to your must try list this fall.
402 Connecticut St, Buffalo
Open: Breakfast, Lunch
The power of collaboration is the driving force at Buffalo’s new Breadhive Café on Connecticut Street on the West Side. Started just two years ago, Breadhive has gone from a hobby among friends to a retail/wholesale outlet and now to a full-blown restaurant café. The menu consists of Breadhive baked goods like bagels, cookies, scones, and loafs of bread which are sold on their own and used in sandwiches featuring other local producers like Barrel + Brine, and First Light Creamery.
Bica e Vinho
261 Mill Road, East Aurora
Open: Lunch, Dinner
Is it just me, or does this kind of random good fortune happen to East Aurorians on the reg? Bica e Vinho is Western New York’s first Portuguese Coffee and Wine Bar set on Mill Road featuring a one-of-a-kind view. After countless hours of first-hand research Urban Design’s husband/wife team Lisa De-Carlo and Dan Buscaglia have created a space in which the art of lingering can be practiced. Come, shop, sit, wander, drink, eat, enjoy – these are all experiences you can and probably will have at this new Southtown gem.
61 Buffalo St, Hamburg
Carte Blanche is one of a few new openings to get excited about south of the city. Chef Andrew Murtha’s upscale casual restaurant aims to put Hamburg on the map using fresh, local ingredients to create a thoughtful cuisine. Expect warm popovers in your bread basket, a relaxing atmosphere full of wood and stone, friendly service and clientele, and tasty food to top it off.
454 Pearl St, Buffalo
Open: Lunch, Dinner
Cuba Rosa is a family owned and operated Cuban restaurant that hits all the right notes when it comes to authentic Cuban cuisine. The space isn’t trendy, it doesn’t feature copious amounts of exposed brick or reclaimed wood like you’ve seen all over town. It’s clean and enjoyable and the food is outstanding. Head here for a night out whether it’s before a show or not and save room for flan.
9 Genesee St, Buffalo
This new-ish french fry shop sticks to what they’re good at. You guessed it – fries. They’re only open for lunch and you’ll have to take out because there’s no inside seating, but still it’s worth a visit. Basically they’re taking air fried french fries (25% less calories, 30% less fat) and topping them with anything and everything Think fries loaded with toppings to make dishes such as Beef on Weck (sliced beef, horseradish aioli), Farmhouse Fries (chicken, bacon, ranch), Cobb Fries (avocado, bacon, bleu cheese, tomato), Reubenesque (corned beef, thousand island, kraut), and more.
Grange Community Kitchen
22 Main St, Hamburg
Open: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Simply put we could eat here for breakfast, lunch, and dinner – and sometimes we do. No matter what meal you enjoy at The Grange in Hamburg, you absolutely won’t be disappointed. From indulgent pastries and breakfast sandwiches to refreshing lunch options and ridiculously satisfying dinner dishes made with high quality ingredients, you can’t go wrong. Did we mention their cocktails are bomb too? Just go, now.
Lait Cru Brasserie
346 Connecticut St, Buffalo
Open: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Thursday through Saturday
A nice addition to the Horsefeathers Building where Martin Cooks used to be, this combo restaurant / cheese shop is by Nickel City Cheese & Mercantile. They opened the new space after closing their Elmwood location this summer. Reviews are in and it’s a must try for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s also a major plus that you can stock up on cheese while you’re there.
250 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo
Open: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Patina 250 is located in the massive new Delaware North Building and has a “big city” feel to it, with high ceilings, a large lounge area, minimalist artwork, modern furnishings, and an open kitchen. The menu is best described as New American with a Buffalo flair and includes crispy cauliflower, Buffalo popcorn, housemade pierogi, and a poke bowl. If this doesn’t class up the Chip Strip, nothing will.
The Dapper Goose
491 Amherst St, Buffalo
Open: Dinner, Sunday Brunch
TBH we’re kind of obsessed with this new bar and restaurant on Amherst Street. The vibes, food, cocktails, service, and even their glassware are just that good. Expect a large drink menu and a somewhat smallish food menu that compliments the libations well. One thing you have to try – the Burger, and the Korean Fried Chicken, and the Esquites. Just do it.
Thin Man Brewery
492 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo
Open: Dinner, Weekend Lunch
While it’s probably unlikely that you have yet to check out Thin Man, we simply couldn’t leave it off this list. Depending on what you’re in the mood for Thin Man is good for a meal, a drink, a night out, and now even a local beer brewed on site. They went hard with the remodel and decked the place out, which we really respect.
The Tewksbury Lodge
249 Ohio St, Buffalo
Open: Brunch (Sat & Sun), Lunch (Wed – Fri), Dinner on Fridays only
The Tewksbury Lodge opened this summer as part of River Fest Park on Ohio Street. First came the park, then came a long list of outdoor events. What they needed next were bathrooms, event and banquet space, and food of course. The Lodge provides just that, offering a somewhat confusing schedule including brunch on Saturday and Sunday, lunch Wednesday through Friday, and dinner on Friday only. We have yet to eat here, but from what we hear the casual family-friendly setting and food are worth checking out – especially before the cold weather comes!
580 South Park Ave., Buffalo
Open: Breakfast, Lunch
This new cafe and coffee roastery in the Old First Ward was opened in a former Funeral Home on South Park Ave. Undergrounds is a collaboration among three big supporters of the Old First Ward, Bill Metzger, Sara Heidinger, and Bridget Morris. After seeing a need for a family-friendly neighborhood coffee shop they got to work on the space, embracing death and rebirth and using inspiration from Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos and the funerary culture found in New Orleans for their decor. The menu consists of plain old coffee as well as items coffee nerds would be proud of using house-roasted beans and pour-over technique.