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Every New Bar & Restaurant That Opened in 2022 in Buffalo & WNY

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Written by Step Out Staff

Published on December 13, 2022
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We’ve officially come to the end of 2022 but before we close the door, let’s take a look back at all the exciting new openings that have popped up across our region. From restaurants and bars to bakeries, breweries, coffee shops, and more, these places are the latest expansion to Buffalo and WNY’s food and drink scene. If you haven’t had the chance to try out these places yet, be sure to put these places on your bucket list for the new year.

Also as a friendly reminder, make sure to visit the places you love (old and new) and want to see remain open for the long haul – you never know when it’ll be too late to support your neighborhood spot or favorite destination.

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New Restaurants, Bars & More That Opened in 2022

Bar

12 Gates of EVL

14 Washington St Ellicottville , NY 14731 • $$$$$

Southern Tier

  • Deli-Sandwiches
  • Beer Bar/Hall

12 Gates of EVL is 12 Gates Brewing Company's new Ellicottville Taproom which features beer, wine, and deli-styled sandwiches as well as live music on ...

Take Out

A’mano – Fresh Pasta Kitchen

5429 Main St, Williamsville, NY 14221 • $$$$$

North Towns

  • Italian

Fresh locally sourced ingredients, combined to create delectable made-to-order pasta dishes in a fast casual setting. Read Our Article About Their Opening [sm_anypost ...

  • Lunch
  • Order Online
Fast Casual

Alibaba Kebab – Kenmore

827 Military Rd. Kenmore, NY 14217 • $$$$$

North Buffalo

  • Middle Eastern
  • Indian
  • Mediterranean

Authentic Indian and Mediterranean Food. We serve Authentic Kebabs from around the world. 100% Halal Cuisine. Read Our Article About Their Opening [sm_anypost ...

  • Lunch
  • Take-out
Full Service

Andale Cantina

6850 Main St Buffalo, NY 14221 • $$$$$

North Towns

  • Mexican

The previous My Dad's Restaurant on Transit Rd now houses a third Andale Mexican Restaurant. The new space is larger providing more seating space and an ...

Bar

Bella Rose Tasting Room

300 3rd St Niagara Falls, NY 14303 • $$$$$

Niagara County

  • Wine Bar

Bella Rose Vineyard & Winery now has a tasting room located on Old Falls Street in Downtown Niagara Falls. As a sister store to the main location in ...

  • Patio
Tasting Menu

Black Iron Bystro – Kenmore

3067 Delaware Ave Kenmore, NY 14217 • $$$$$

North Buffalo

  • New American

Our new Delaware Ave location will feature a cocktail bar - offering small plates and a la carte items from a rotating cast of seasonally driven menu items. ...

  • Tasting Menu

Blue Cave

128 Genesee St Buffalo, NY 14203 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Italian

Contemporary Italian Cuisine which offers a variety of modern Italian/European dishes as well as Sicilian style offerings prepared by Chef/Owner Mario ...

  • Bar Area
  • Patio
Fast Casual

Brazen Brewing

5839 Genesee St Lancaster, NY 14086 • $$$$$

Cheektowaga and East

  • Brewery

Brazen Brewing, as the name would suggest, was born of a desire to do whatever it takes to strike out on our own and build a unique venue in the beer community. We’re ...

  • Good for Beer Lovers
  • Patio
Bar

BriarBrothers Brewing Company

50 Elk St Buffalo, NY 14210 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Beer Bar/Hall

A craft brewery with a passion for quality beer and a love for Buffalo, NY! Read Our Article About Their Opening [sm_anypost columns="1" posts="1" ...

  • Bar Area
  • Dog-Friendly Patio
  • Patio
Full Service

Buffalo Kitchen Club

431 Elmwood Ave Buffalo, NY 14222 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • American

Our mission is to bring our love of delicious food and good times to the Buffalo community. Serving brunch, lunch, and dinner! ...

  • Lunch
  • Bar Area
  • Brunch
Full Service

Cataract House Restaurant

310 Rainbow Blvd Niagara Falls, NY 14303 • $$$$$

Niagara County

Established in 1825 along the banks of the Niagara River, the historic Cataract House was a world-renowned luxury hotel that became one of the most important ...

  • Take-out
  • Family Friendly
Bar

Ciao Ciao

1368 Hertel Ave Buffalo, NY 14216 • $$$$$

North Buffalo

  • Italian
  • Beer Bar/Hall

Italian cocktail lounge located on Hertel avenue in the heart of North Buffalo! ...

  • Bar Area

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Bar

Club Marcella

106 Michigan Avenue Buffalo , NY 14204 • $$$$$

Buffalo

After closing their location in the Theatre District, Club Marcella has moved to the Cobblestone District with a more Miami-like nightclub. While it still ...

Cafe / Coffee Shop

Coffee & Stone Cafe

54 Webster Street North Tonawanda, NY 14120 • $$$$$

Niagara County

  • Cafe-Coffee

We are a local Veteran owned coffee shop in the heart of North Tonawanda! Menu consists of coffee and espresso options as well as baked goods, house made ...

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Order Online
Full Service

Compass Run

500 Seneca Street Suite 119 Buffalo, NY 14204 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Southern
  • Seafood

Compass Run, located on 500 Seneca, is taking place of Dobutsu. Under the same ownership, Compass Run focuses on southern comfort food as well as southern ...

  • Bar Area
  • Patio
Fast Casual

Crazy Good Eatz

2285 Main St Buffalo, NY 14214 • $$$$$

North Buffalo

  • American
  • Southern
  • Soul Food

Fast casual lunch restaurant offering a variety of scratch-made soups, salads, sandwiches, specials, and amazing desserts provided by Cake Crazy Bakery. Read ...

  • Lunch
  • Patio
Bar

Culbert’s Pub

8735 Buffalo Ave Niagara Falls, NY 14304 • $$$$$

Niagara County

  • Pub Food

Come check out our list of craft and classic cocktails, beer on tap, and our food menu. See you soon! ...

Da Afrospot

265 Kenmore Avenue Buffalo, NY 14223 • $$$$$

North Towns

  • African

Mother-daughter duo bringing authentic, delicious Ghanaian food to the Buffalo community. Quality and freshness are our guaranteed trademark and we pride ...

Full Service

Days Park Tavern

253 Allen Street Buffalo, NY 14201 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • American
  • Southern

Allentown's newest Dining and Drinking establishment featuring Tavern/Bistro fare with a Southern accent and live piano bar music. The kitchen is led ...

  • Bar Area
  • Happy Hour
  • Live Music
Take Out Only

Dopest Dough

695 Main St East Aurora, NY 14052 • $$$$$

South Towns

  • Bakery
  • Cafe-Coffee

Dopest Dough specializes in naturally leavened, long fermented bread and bagels. Currently pre-order for pick up only but plans to move into an eat-in ...

  • Take-out
Fast Casual

Eden Cafe

242 Ellicott St. Batavia, NY 14020 • $$$$$

Genesee County

  • American
  • Cafe-Coffee

Batavia, NYs first 100% vegan establishment! Offering full refrigerated case dedicated to grab and go meals and snacks for when you’re on the run. ...

  • Gluten Free Menu
  • Family Friendly
  • Take-out
Bar

Extra Extra Pizza

549 W Utica St Buffalo, NY 14213 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Pizza

Extra Extra Pizza is a cooperatively owned American style pizzeria and wine bar. We are focused on creating intentionally equitable spaces for guests and ...

  • Bar Area
  • Good for Wine Connoisseurs
  • Non-Alcoholic Menu
Fast Casual

F BITES Coffee & Kitchen – East Amherst

6545 Transit Rd, East Amherst, NY 14051 • $$$$$

North Towns

  • Cafe-Coffee

Located in the Alden State Bank in East Amherst is F BITES, a student run coffee shop. ...

  • Take-out
Bottle Shop

Fattey Beer – Kenmore

3119 Delaware Ave Kenmore, NY 14217 • $$$$$

North Buffalo

  • Beer Bar/Hall

Founded in 2017, Fattey Beer Company is a bottle shop, tap room and a craft community experience. We are dog friendly, people friendly and feature a ...

  • Patio
  • Dog-Friendly Patio

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Fast Food

Feature Meals and Eatery

9310 Transit Rd. East Amherst, NY 14051 • $$$$$

North Towns

  • American
  • Health Food

Providing Downtown Buffalo with a hearty and healthy Breakfast and Lunch to go. Featuring daily gluten free, paleo, keto, or vegan options made with all ...

  • Lunch
Full Service

Flavor Restaurant and Bar

6432 Genesee St Lancaster, NY • $$$$$

Other

  • American

American casual dining menu with Buffalo classics such as chicken wings and beef on weck. Or try our original Flavor recipe items like the Famous Chicken ...

  • Bar Area
Fast Casual

Flip Burger

105 Portage Rd, Lewiston, NY 14092 • $$$$$

Niagara County

  • Burgers
  • American

Home of Handcrafted Fresh Made-to-Order Burgers. We start with only the freshest ingredients including 100% pure beef. We only use the best ingredients ...

  • Patio
Fast Casual

Forno e Gelato +39

18 Webster Street North Tonawanda, NY 14120 • $$$$$

Niagara County

  • Ice Cream
  • Bakery

Forno e Gelato offers fresh gelato and baked goods. We offer grab and go desserts daily. We also supply both locations of Frankie Primo's +39 and Soho ...

Fast Casual

Gabrielle’s Bakery

19 West Main St. Lancaster, NY 14086 • $$$$$

Cheektowaga and East

  • Bakery

Cookies, tea cakes, scones, breads & more! Vegan and gluten free options will be available! We are committed to meeting all dietary needs. ...

Fast Casual

Ghada Have It! Mediterranean Home Cooking

2117 Military Road Niagara Falls, NY 14304 • $$$$$

Niagara County

  • Mediterranean
  • American

I want to share my culture with the community and honor my mother, Ghada. All the recipes are passed down from generation to generation. After all, what's ...

  • Family Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Take-out
Cafe / Coffee Shop

Ginger Snap Patisserie

6572 E Quaker St. Orchard Park, NY 14127 • $$$$$

South Towns

  • Bakery

A unique high-quality pastry experience. Offering French and American-inspired pastries, custom cakes, a full espresso bar, and light breakfast and lunch. ...

  • Patio
  • Lunch
  • Breakfast
Fast Casual

Golden Hour Treats & Things

735 Sycamore Street Buffalo, NY 14212 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Dessert

Ice Cream.Shakes.Cakes.Crepes.&.More! Dine in or Take out! Best Go-To Treat Spot in the 716! ...

  • Take-out
Full Service

Griffon Brewery and Gastropub

115 S Water St Lewiston , NY 14092 • $$$$$

Niagara County

  • Pub Food
  • American
  • Brewery

The Griffon House in Lewiston is moving to the former Water Street Landing location along the village's waterfront. They are looking to open the new location ...

  • Patio
  • Bar Area
  • Good for Beer Lovers
  • Waterfront
Cafe / Coffee Shop

Gypsy Kitchen’s Espresso Bar

272 East Ave Lockport, NY 14094 • $$$$$

Niagara County

  • Cafe-Coffee

Gypsy Kitchen Espresso Bar is a coffee shop located in the City of Lockport offering coffee, teas, and hand crafted espresso drinks. Drinks here are made ...

Bar

High Violet Cocktail Lounge

710 Elmwood Ave Buffalo, NY 14222 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Small Plates

Located down a blind alley in the Elmwood Village, High Violet is a big city cocktail bar that transports guests to another place, maybe another time. ...

  • Bar Area
  • Late Night

Honey Bear Bubble Tea

2806 Sheridan Drive Tonawanda, NY 14150 • $$$$$

North Towns

Specialty Bubble Tea, Hong Kong Bubble Waffles, Homemade Ice Cream (Ube, Sake, Thai Tea) and Chinese Five Spice Popcorn Chicken ...


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Full Service

Hustler’s Tavern

800 Center Street Lewiston, NY 14092 • $$$$$

Niagara County

  • Pizza

Pizzeria and cocktail bar located in Lewiston, NY! ...

  • Bar Area
Fast Casual

Iva Ann’s on Main

29 East Main St. Cuba, NY 14727 • $$$$$

Southern Tier

  • American
  • Southern

We are a small, cozy 39 seat fast casual restaurant offering a variety of food options featuring southern comfort food. Read Our Article About Their ...

Fast Casual

Jacks Corner Cafe

111 Genesee St, 100 Buffalo , NY 14203 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Cafe-Coffee
  • American

Coffee shop located in downtown Buffalo serving coffee, breakfast, juice, lunch and boutique coffee merchandise. Read Our Article About Their Opening [sm_anypost ...

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Healthy Options
Fast Casual
Temporarily Closed

Juicery at The Hatch

329 Erie St Buffalo, NY 14202 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • American
  • Burgers
  • Hot Dogs
  • Ice Cream

SEASONAL - See you next summer! The Hatch is now "Juicery at The Hatch. Under a new operator, they  still serve concession like food and ice cream, and ...

  • Take-out
  • Waterfront
  • Boat Friendly
Full Service

K:DARA Noodle Bar

110 Pearl Street (The Dun Building) Buffalo, NY 14202 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Vietnamese

South East Asian Restaurant Located at 110 Pearl Street in the heart of the City of Buffalo, within the historic Dun Building, currently only open for ...

  • Take-out
  • Lunch
Cafe / Coffee Shop

Kaylena Marie’s Artisan Bakery + Cafe – East Amherst

9320 Transit Rd. Suite 100 East Amherst, NY 14051 • $$$$$

North Towns

  • Cafe-Coffee
  • Bakery
  • Dessert

Kaylena Marie's Bakery is an artisan bakery specializing in rustic baked goods, gourmet desserts. We serve homemade dishes for breakfast and lunch that ...

  • Breakfast
  • Take-out
  • Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Family Friendly
Fast Casual

La Vista Bella Hispanic Cuisine

6429 Dysinger Rd Lockport, NY 14094 • $$$$$

Niagara County

  • Puerto Rican

The restaurant will offer traditional dishes such as empanadas, pastelillos and pinchos. ...

Bar

Left Coast Taco

54 Elm St East Aurora, New York 14052 • $$$$$

South Towns

  • Mexican

A Word from Left Coast Taco: We like tacos. We hope you do too. Left Coast Taco specializes in Cal-Mex cuisine in their storefront out of East Aurora. Read ...

  • Patio
  • Family Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Take-out
  • Bar Area
Full Service

Lex 220

220 Lexington Ave Buffalo, NY 14222 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • American

Creative cocktail bar in the lower Elmwood village. Read Our Article About Their Opening [sm_anypost columns="1" posts="1" include="1112527" type="post" ...

  • Patio
  • Bar Area
  • Family Friendly
  • Happy Hour
  • Take-out
Fast Casual

Lime House – Hamburg

5 Lake St Hamburg, NY 14075 • $$$$$

South Towns

  • Japanese-Sushi

Lime House is specializing in sushi and ramen at their fast casual location in Hamburg. Read Our Article About Their Opening [sm_anypost columns="1" ...

  • Catering
  • Order Online
  • Take-out
Fast Casual

Lloyal’s Famous Lasagna with a touch of soul

1122 Elmwood Avenue Buffalo, NY 14222 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Italian
  • Soul Food

Lloyal’s Famous Lasagna with a touch of soul is focused on creating unique lasagna dishes but plans to expand into more soul food options. Lasagna is ...

  • Lunch
Take Out

Macy’s Place Pizzeria – Kenmore

3100 Delaware Ave Kenmore, NY 14217 • $$$$$

North Buffalo

  • Pizza
  • Buffalo Food

Buffalo Style Pizza, Wings, Subs & as well as wonky viral creations like no other! Read Our Article About Their Opening [sm_anypost columns="1" ...

  • Lunch
  • Order Online

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Cafe / Coffee Shop

Miller’s Thumb Bakery & Cafe

258 Highland Parkway Tonawanda, NY 14223 • $$$$$

North Towns

  • Cafe-Coffee
  • Bakery

Bakery & cafe offering bread, pastries, sandwiches, espresso drinks and more. Classes, events, equipment and ingredients for home baking enthusiasts. ...

Bar

Mint Cocktails & Kitchen

1225 Niagara St Buffalo, NY 14213 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Mexican

Opening in the spring, Mint is a place for people to gather, to enjoy each other's company as much as our quality food & drink. A celebration of ...

  • Patio
  • Bar Area
Full Service

Munch Buffalo

700 Military Road Buffalo, NY 14207 • $$$$$

North Buffalo

  • Pub Food
  • Beer Bar/Hall

At Munch Buffalo, located in Froth brewing, has a goal is to provide customers with the highest quality food. Chefs will be creating some of the most unique ...

  • Bar Area
Fast Casual

Newbury Salads – Buffalo General

1st Floor, 100 High Street Buffalo, NY 14203 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Deli-Sandwiches
  • Vegetarian
  • Health Food

We love food and people! We’re committed to not just providing you with healthy, affordable and quick options but also educating our customers on the ...

  • Healthy Options
  • Lunch
  • Take-out
Fast Casual

Newbury Salads – Harbor Center

75 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14203 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Deli-Sandwiches
  • Vegetarian
  • Health Food

We love food and people! We’re committed to not just providing you with healthy, affordable and quick options but also educating our customers on the ...

  • Healthy Options
  • Lunch
  • Take-out
Bar

Nowhere Lounge

3115 Delaware Ave Kenmore, NY 14217 • $$$$$

North Buffalo

  • American

We are a small cocktail lounge with a comfortable 70s vibe (think your grandpas basement bar). Our mission is to keep it seating room only so we can give ...

  • Late Night
Bar

One-Eyed Cat Brewing

5893 Main Street Williamsville, NY 14221 • $$$$$

North Towns

  • Brewery
  • BBQ

One-Eyed Cat Brewing specializes in lovingly brewed craft beer in a variety of traditional styles.  This neighborhood brewery located on Main Street ...

  • Bar Area
  • Brunch
  • Dog-Friendly Patio
  • Lunch
  • Live Music
  • Family Friendly
  • Good for Beer Lovers
  • Patio
Full Service

Oscar’s Hollywood Arts Café

31 Johnson Park, Buffalo, NY 14201 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • International
  • Cafe-Coffee

Hollywood Arts Cafe Oscar’s is inspired by a little slice of heaven in Hollywood California called the Petit Ermitage. it will be the epicenter ...

  • Bar Area
  • Patio
  • Late Night
  • Happy Hour
Cafe / Coffee Shop

Owl Eyes Cafe

162 Allen Street Buffalo, NY 14201 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Cafe-Coffee

Owl Eyes Café, located in the heart of the historic Allentown district of Buffalo, has been serving the neighborhood since October of 2022. Our kitchen ...

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Fast Casual

Panxin Express

485 Oliver St North Tonawanda, NY 14120 • $$$$$

Niagara County

  • Chinese

...

  • Take-out
Full Service
Temporarily Closed

Papi’s Waterfront + Beach Bar

301 Ohio St Buffalo, NY 14204 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Mexican

SEASONAL - See you next summer! Papi Grande's has opened a waterfront location with an outdoor patio. The second location features freshly-squeezed ...

  • Boat Friendly
  • Patio
Full Service

Parivaar Pub

708 Elmwood Ave Buffalo, NY 14222 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Indian

Taking the place of the former Acropolis restaurant on Elmwood Parivaar is focused on bringing Indian fusion cuisine to Buffalo. Read Our Article About ...

  • Bar Area

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Fine Dining

Perla Seafood Bistro

6461 Transit Road Buffalo, NY 14043 • $$$$$

Cheektowaga and East

  • Seafood
  • American
  • Pizza

Perla, an all new dining experience by Salvatore’s Hospitality. Featured entrées include artisan pizza, fresh oysters and more! Relaxed and refined ...

  • Bar Area
  • Patio
Fast Casual

Pork Bellies BBQ

5893 Main Street Williamsville, NY 14221 • $$$$$

North Towns

  • BBQ
  • Small Plates

Pork Bellies BBQ specializes in Texas-style barbecue with lots of rub and spices.  The business started with a mobile trailer in 2019 that traveled ...

  • Bar Area
  • Brunch
  • Catering
  • Dog-Friendly Patio
  • Family Friendly
  • Good for Beer Lovers
  • Patio
  • Private Parties
  • Lunch
Fast Casual

Postscript Cafe

710 Elmwood Ave Buffalo, NY 14222 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Cafe-Coffee

Serves crepes, breakfast sandwiches, and salads as well as beer wine and cocktails. Read Our Article About Their Opening [sm_anypost columns="1" ...

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Bar

Pressure Drop Brewing Tasting Room

1672 Elmwood Avenue Buffalo, New York 14213 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Brewery
  • Beer Bar/Hall

Pressure Drop Brewing on Elmwood will serve Pressure Drop beers on tap, as well as New York state cider, wine, and liquor. They have a full kitchen that ...

  • Good for Beer Lovers
  • Bar Area
Bar
Temporarily Closed

Resurgence Brewing Company – Parkside Lodge

84 Parkside Ave Buffalo, NY 14214 • $$$$$

North Buffalo

  • Beer Bar/Hall

SEASONAL - CLOSED FOR SEASON, SEE YOU NEXT SUMMER! Resurgence Brewing Company and Beer Garden brews high-quality craft beer to be enjoyed in our taproom, ...

Full Service

Rush Creek Alehouse

5381 Abbott Road Hamburg, NY 14075 • $$$$$

South Towns

  • American
  • Pub Food

Come see us for Scrumptious Eats, amazing drinks, a variety of entertainment with an engaging staff. We know you'll be back again and again! Whether ...

  • Patio
Fine Dining

Sēvā – Tapas Bar & Lounge

200 Rainbow Boulevard Niagara Falls, NY 14303 • $$$$$

Niagara County

  • Tapas

Sēvā Tapas Bar & Lounge. Named after the Hindi term for ‘selfless service’ and pronounced “say-vah”, the new restaurant features small plates ...

  • Live Music
  • Bar Area
  • Romantic
  • Patio
  • Special Occasion
Cafe / Coffee Shop

Socotra Café

671 Ridge Rd Lackawana, NY 14218 • $$$$$

South Towns

  • Cafe-Coffee

Yemeni cafe with friendly staff and a variety of tea and coffee options available. ...

Bar

South City Tavern

1345 S Park Ave Buffalo, NY 14220 • $$$$$

South Buffalo

  • Pub Food

South City Tavern is a newly remodeled Tavern located on South Park in Buffalo. We offer a variety of bottled beer and liquor and good food, banquets, ...

  • Bar Area
Bar

Spotted Octopus Brewing

41 Edward Street Buffalo, NY 14202 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Brewery

New Nano-brewery, Spotted Octopus focuses on experimental brews and constantly rotating flavors and styles. Read Our Article About Their Opening [sm_anypost ...

  • Good for Beer Lovers