Midtown Kitchen (MTK) opened late May with a contemporary uptown look on a reinvigorated stretch of Elmwood in a repurposed space that was once Nektar.
The atmosphere is kind of nightclub meets restaurant with beautiful wall murals, plenty of background music and interesting lighting at the bar. The flat screens above the bar throw in a dash of sports bar.
The Nektar footprint was expanded sideways with a sun room/enclosed patio – dining room of sorts with roughly a dozen or more tables that are surrounded by large working windows bringing in plenty of natural light and fresh air. The main room is pretty much wide open with a large bar, more seating and abundant space. Picnic tables outside were unused on a cool evening, but foreshadow the coming of more outdoor seating and what might one day be a garden.
The beer options are solid with about a dozen craft beers on tap and plenty by the bottle. The wine list is decent with a few on tap, and a creative selection of red, white and bubbly by the bottle. The wine by the glass list is pretty average.
Food – A nice selection with enough variety to keep people interested and not so much that the kitchen gets bogged down. Choices range from the casual burger to fried chicken to pasta to Hanger Steak or Short Ribs. In addition to the menu they had two appetizer special, one of which was the Scallops, and 3 entrees, one of which was the Monchong (fish).
Our server told us up front your orders come out when they are ready. A trend I have seen more and more which probably makes sense. There is no salt or pepper on the tables, a tradition that never made sense.
As a group we were all pretty well impressed with the quality of the food, service and the place looks great. We could have lived with a little less background music. A few of the standouts were a great crust on the chicken, The collard greens with black eyed peas, beautiful fresh local beets, house-made ketchup and the PBJ dessert.
Tip– MTK is now open for brunch Saturday and Sunday (10-3), just in time for Father’s Day (hint-hint)
1/2 dozen Grilled Oysters on the half shell – $12
MTK Salad $8
Local Beets $9
Fried Chicken Sandwich $15
Fried Chicken Plate $20
Hanger Steak Plate $28
Scallops seared with bacon and onion – $17
Fried PBJ with Ice Cream $5
451 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo
Mon-Thu: 4:00 pm – 1:00 am; Fri:4:00 pm – 2:00 am; Sat: 10:00 am – 3:00 am Sun: 10:00 am – 12:00 am
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