The Hollow Bistro and Brew Facts
10641 Main St. Clarence NY, 14031 / (716) 759-7351
Lunch: Mon – Sat. 11:30a–4:00p
Dinner: Mon – Sat. 4:00p–10:00p
Brunch: Regular brunch every Saturday from 11-2pm
Jazz Brunch: first Saturday of the month 11:30 – 1:30
In 1992 the Yu family purchased the Clarence Deli and shortly after moved the deli next door to where it is currently located. In 1994 Kathy Yu opened the Heart of the Hollow ice cream parlor in the old Clarence Deli building. After 13 years as The Heart of the Hollow and quite a bit of remodeling they opened what is now The Hollow Bistro & Brew. The Bistro was opened in 2010 by Katie Yu, the daughter of Simon and Kathy Yu. The Hollow Bistro recently expanded the small bar/bistro by adding a new dining room, front patio, private party room and new bar.
The Hollow Bistro and Brew is the type of absolutely adorable little spot that every village should be lucky enough to call their local gathering place. It is a beautifully balanced local tavern meets Asian fusion restaurant – and that’s not a combination you hear a lot. We love the out-of-the-box, creative menu choices. The food is delicious, the kitchen is talented and the people/staff delightful. Our only regret is we couldn’t eat more and stay longer.
A brilliantly eclectic mix of comfort foods and Asian fusion with a side of country. They offer a great selection of soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches and full blown dinners, plus specials nightly. Almost everything is house made, including the chips that come with sandwiches. There’s something for everyone – vegetarian, gluten free options and a children’s menu, most of it house-made. They also have BYOB Mondays (no corkage fee), Wine Wednesday’s, and first Saturday Jazz Brunch.
The beers on tap listed 13 local brews plus Guinness, and they change it up regularly, a testament to the fact that management “gets it”. The wine list is modest but well designed.
We stopped in on a Monday, Halloween night. Lucky for us most of the families were out trick-or-treating and we had the place mostly to ourselves. We grabbed a nice table in front of the fireplace to warm up and peruse the menus. Our server Jodi was a huge help and as pleasant as could be.
As I mentioned Hollow Bistro and Brew underwent an addition and some remodeling last May. The addition is so nice you can hardly tell it was an add on. New is a spacious dining room, front porch and a meeting room that can hold ~ 50 people. They tell me the front porch is very popular in the summer. The place is full of small details and extra effort. The decor is a warm and comfortable soft colors and wood tones with subtle hints to an Asian heritage.
We started out with some drinks. A Four Mile Black IPA from Olean ($6.50) and a Raspberry Lemon Martini ($8.75). Awesome! Theyn also broght us a basket of freshly baked bread with their house made strawberry butter.
Steamed Edamame Soy Beans ($5.50)
These were nice, and the women in the group loved them. I personally was pushing the Hollow Spinach Bread – $8 (garlic butter/ three cheese mix/fresh spinach/ house red dipping sauce) or the Charcuterie Plate – $14 (Proscuitto/ cappicola/smoked salmon/ roasted red pepper tapenade/ olives/crostini/assortment of cheese). Clearly the beans were the sensible choice 🙁 uhg!
Pork Potstickers ($10) – Asian sesame red cabbage slaw/soy scallion dipping sauce/spicy sriracha sauce.
I could eat 50 of these, and we loved the cabbage slaw. Two dipping sauces, how nice. Beware the siracha – HOT!
Grilled Portobello Mushroom Salad ($10) – Mixed greens/ balsamic red onion marmalade/ gorgonzola cheese/ honey balsamic vinaigrette.
A salad comes with your dinner, this was a $5 up-charge. A really nice mix of blue cheese and grilled mushroom with a great house made vinaigrette.
Porcini Mushroom Truffle Ravioli ($19) – Creamy white wine portobello mushroom sauce/ garlic/ herbs/ goat cheese.
Robust ravioli’s in a beautiful cream sauce with a great combination of flavors and textures with the goat cheese and mushrooms.
Vegetable Lomein W/Steak ($19) – Shiitake mushrooms/ soy sauce/ green onions/ red bell peppers/ fresh ginger.
Don’t let the “vegetable” scare you. This dish has a nice balance between the delicate Asian soy and ginger flavors and the heartiness of the steak. With or withour protien this is a fulfilling meal. They even asked how we wanted the steak cooked, better yet they pulled it off.
Ahi Tuna Steak ($22) – 8 oz. Sesame crusted tuna steak/ pan seared rare/ topped with sweet and spicy chili sauce/ jasmine rice/ stir fried vegetables.
The pictures probably don’t do it justice but this was the best cooked tuna I have ever laid eyes on. A beautifully thin sear on the outside, gorgeously rare in the middle yet perfectly warm throughout. Outstanding.
Creme Brulee ($6.50) – a nice creamy dish perfectly bruleed with some whipped cream on top. The perfect finale.
What is Healthy Options Buffalo?
Hollow Bistro & Brew is a member of the Independent Health Foundation’s Healthy Options Buffalo program. The Healthy Options program was designed to help our community make informed decisions about healthy eating, and as a result, help address the high rates of stroke and heart disease prevalent in Western New York. Through this program, the Foundation works with area restaurants to offer heart-healthy food options that are considered lower in fat, saturated fat cholesterol, and sodium. To learn more about the Healthy Options program and to check out more great participating Healthy Options restaurants visit healthyoptionsbuffalo.com.