New: Streetlight Brasserie Brings an All-Day Café & Bar Downtown

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Written by Brett Llenos Smith

Published on March 29, 2023
Street Light Brasserie / Photo courtesy of Street Light Brasserie

Is it just us, or are post-COVID restaurant hours as hard to figure out as the Twitter feed of your average Bills player? Between Stefon Diggs’ cryptic posts and bars closing at 11 p.m. on the weekend, we’re getting irritable scalp syndrome from all that head scratching.

Thankfully, the new Streetlight Brasserie on East Huron Street in Buffalo is here to put some certainty into our lives. Open from the morning until late in the evening, the new downtown restaurant is there when your need it. Can’t find a decent cup of coffee in the afternoon? Streetlight Brasserie’s got you. Getting out of second shift and need something to eat? Streetlight’s got you.


The final menu will be served all day and it is still being adjusted. However, reports are indicating the final menu will include foods you could eat at any time of day: burgers, chicken-and-waffles, steak-and-eggs, and pancakes. Also featuring two full-service bars, the all-day format of Streetlight is especially friendly to those in the hospitality industry. That’s no accident. Co-owner Danny Lettieri is a veteran of the industry and he is also co-owner of the cocktail bar Savoy on Elmwood Avenue in Allentown. But the all-day nature of Street Light is also ideal for all kinds of people, from evening theater-goers to downtown workers looking to go out for lunch.

The restaurant is built to accommodate several service formats. People on-the-go can get takeout orders via counter service, while there’s also table seating to accommodate larger groups. Downtown workers can set up shop along large bay windows with in counter seating providing some of the best street level views in Buffalo. If you’re really on-the-go, there’s also a takeout window for delivery drivers and call-ahead pick-ups.


Set to open in April, the restaurant is still tweaking the menu, but once released, it’ll be available from 10 a.m. A full bar will also be available all day, serving last call at 1 a.m. on the weekends. When we stopped in on a recent Saturday afternoon, it was definitely a bare-bones operation, low-key serving cocktails at the bar. After an initial soft opening phase, the restaurant will start café-style service that includes a range of baked goods and classic cafe options.

Streetlight is the latest restaurant in an historic Art Deco building on East Huron Street that used to house the Waldorf Astoria luncheonette. The space is brilliantly lit by its massive bay windows and the décor reinforces this natural lighting with lots of hanging plants, light-stained wood and a minimalist motif. There are also several TVs that will show everything from news broadcasts to live sports.

All in all, it’s a great place to chill no matter who you are, or what time of day it happens to be.

Cafe / Coffee Shop
Temporarily Closed

Street Light Brasserie

5 E Huron St Buffalo, NY 14203 • $$$$$


Street Light Brasserie offers food, coffee, and cocktails and is open late for a light evening drink or meal. Read Our Article About Their Opening [sm_anypost ...

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Written by <a href="" target="_self">Brett Llenos Smith</a>

Written by Brett Llenos Smith

Brett Llenos Smith is a freelance writer based in Buffalo’s Allentown neighborhood who has been covering local food and culture for Step Out Buffalo over the past six years. As someone with a multi-ethnic background, he has a passion for exploring and understand the many diverse corners of Western New York.


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