Buffalo Restaurant Guide
There are many dining possibilities in walking distance from the Hyatt or within a two mile radius (accessible by foot or by a $5.00 cab ride). The following list is not exhaustive so much as a guide to some of the distinctive places for brunch, lunch, dinner, drinks or coffee).
Price Guide $ average price for two course dinner, wine not included under $15 $$ $30 $$$ above $30
Rue Franklin // 341 Franklin St. // $$$
Elegant, expensive, French cuisine. One of the best restaurants in Buffalo. Reservations encouraged (716-852-4416). A ten-minute walk from the Hyatt.
Bacchus Wine Bar and Restaurant / / 54 West Chippewa // $-$$$
A sophisticated and imaginative menu complemented by a first-rate wine list. Try the roasted beets or tuna tartar. A five-minute walk from the Hyatt.
Trattoria Aroma // 307 Bryant Street // $$$
Italian Trattoria with many house-made items including breads, sausage, pastas, and desserts, and an all-Italian wine list. Rated at 3 ½ stars by The Buffalo News, and given the Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator. A 30 minute walk or 7 minute cab ride from the Hyatt.
Sea Bar City // 475 Ellicott Street // $$
One of the best seafood restaurants in the city, serving sushi as well as entrees like Hawaiian butter fish and caramelized pork. Sea Bar has a very modern atmosphere. Reservations recommended. A seven-minute walk from the Hyatt.
Papaya // 118 W Chippewa St // $$$
Papaya offers pan-Asian dishes such as pad thai and pot stickers, but also serves up NY Strip steak. With a pleasant atmosphere conducive to lingering over dinner and drinks, Papaya is a seven-minute walk from the Hyatt.
Chocolate Bar // 114 West Chippewa Street // $$
Sip chocolate martinis at this bar and restaurant located a convenient seven-minute walk from the Hyatt. Try a "flight" of three liqueurs.
Blue Monk // // $$
Belgian-focused menu with vast array of great beers and Belgian pub food.
Mother’s Restaurant // 33 Virginia Pl // $$
Bare brick walls and a lively bar flank the seating area. Known for serving steak into the wee hours of the night.
Century Grill // 320 Pearl Street // $$
Featuring a good fish fry, pasta dishes and, of course, burgers, this restaurant is very conveniently located across the street from the Hyatt. A favorite of conference goers, this restaurant has a wide range of appetizers, soups, sandwiches and main courses, with a kitchen open until midnight.
Spot Coffee // 225 Delaware Avenue // $
Spot started as a locally owned coffee shop with a coffee house atmosphere. It is open for breakfast starting at 6 am on Friday and at 7 am on Saturday and Sunday. Besides high quality coffee, it serves a wide selection of breakfast foods including pastries, granola and eggs; lunch salads, sandwiches, and personal pizzas, and stays open with light dinner fare until midnight. Don’t miss the omelletes.
2nd Cup // 36 Broadway / $
Located in the heart of Downtown Buffalo right across the street from the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, The 2nd Cup is locally owned and operated. Muffins, danishes, cakes, salads, smoothies, and sandwiches are available.
Buffalo Coffee Roastery // 350 Main Street // $
Located in the in the Main Place Mall, Buffalo Coffee Roastery has been roasting coffee for more than two decades. You’ll find good coffee and friendly staff.
Fat Bob’s Smokehouse // 41 Virginia Place // $$
If you are in the mood for some messy food, including ribs, pulled pork sandwiches, BBQ, or brisket, check out Fat Bob’s. The bar is often boisterous.
Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina // 110 West Chippewa Street // $
Salsaritas is a “fast food” style Mexican eatery, but all the food is made to order. It is similar to chains like Baja Fresh or Chipotle.
Merge // 439 Delaware Avenue // $$
Merge opened with the idea of blending creativity and eating, and contains a vibrant and eclectic atmosphere. The menu is vegetarian/vegan friendly (while also including meat dishes) and the restaurant prides itself on the use of fresh, local ingredients.
Betty’s // 370 Virginia Street // $$
A 15-20 minute walk from the Hyatt, Betty’s serves brunches and breakfasts in a bustling and sunny dining room. The atmosphere is bright and the yellow walls feature the work of local Buffalo artists. Betty’s serves lunch and dinner options which are vegan and vegetarian friendly.
Pearl Street Grill & Brewing Co // 76 Pearl Street Buffalo // $$
Pearl Street stretches its dining space over three stories and offers a wide selection of grill food, including pizza, burgers, pasta and sandwiches and brews its own set of lagers, porters, stouts, and ales. This restaurant is two for the price of one, with “Brawler’s Back Alley Deli” located in the basement as a quick sandwich shop.
Ulrich’s Tavern // 674 Ellicott Street // $$
While the front of Ulrich’s houses a cozy bar atmosphere, its restaurant features some of the most popular German cuisine in Buffalo, with wiener schnitzel and stuffed potato pancakes. Ulrich’s has the distinction of being Buffalo’s longest running and continuously operating tavern in the city (est. 1868). Open for lunch and dinner. Easy walking distance from Hyatt.
Hardware Café 245 Allen Street // $$
Darkly cozy inside, with patrons lining both bars, and a few people seated, Hardware is a great place for a drink and or dinner, Hardware Café has live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Options range from baked brie, crab cakes, veggie burgers, caesar salads, BBQ chicken, NY strip steak, lobster tail to hunter’s stew. 20-minute walk from Hyatt.
Founding Fathers Restaurant & Bar // 75 Edward Street // $$
Featuring typical pub grub, Founding Father’s is themed after the history of the American presidency, the barmaster / owner is a fount of trivia knowledge, and the restaurant itself is bedazzled with memorabilia. A good go-to spot for a good pint, Founding Fathers also supplies gratis nachos and popcorn, available at all times. 10-minute walk from Hyatt.
Anchor Bar // 1047 Main St // $$
The Hard Rock Café equivalent for Buffalo, the Anchor bar is the birthplace of Buffalo wings, deep fried spicy chicken wings that are served with blue cheese, carrots, and celery. Buffalonians refer to them simply as “wings.” Anchor also serves other mid-American favorites including Roast Beef on Weck and stuffed hot peppers, all under twelve dollars. Open for lunch and dinner. Take the metro to Summer/Best Station, and walk to 1047 Main, or 5-minute cab ride.
Gabriel’s Gate // 145 Allen Street / $$
Gabe’s Gate has become a fixture on Allen St. for its great bar setting and reasonably priced food, most notably its wings. Locals argue about whether Anchor Bar or Gabriel’s Gate serves tastier wings. Typical dishes include NY strip steak, shrimp and broccoli Alfredo, and BBQ ribs. Notable on tap is Gabriel’s Brown Ale, an English-style nut brown ale brewed out of Honeoye Falls. 20-minute walk from the Hyatt.
Other Allentown Restaurants and Bars
The Allentown Historic Preservation District is bound by North Street to the north, Main Street to the East, Edward Street to the South, and Plymouth to the West, and is walking distance from the Hyatt. From the Hyatt, walk north on Delaware about a mile. Turn right or left onto Allen Street for a variety of restaurants and bars. The NFTA #25B bus runs north and south on Delaware Avenue.
La Tee Da // 206 Allen Street // $$$
Specializes in Italian dishes.
Scarlet // 26 Virginia Pl / $$$
This renovated Allentown carriage house was honored with a building beautification award by the Allentown Historic Society in 2007.
Café 59 // 59 Allen Street / $
Cafe 59 serves breakfast and lunch and is earth-friendly initiative, with a local purchasing policy (it composts food scraps and spent coffee grounds in a West Side community garden). Regional products are identified on the back of the menu, including Costanzo's rolls, Weber's mustard and Mineo and Sapio sausages.
Lagniappes 244 Allen Street // $
Lagniappes (pronounced LAN-yaps), Cajun talk for “a little something extra” — offers some of the most authentic New Orleans cuisine served hereabouts. A cup of gumbo is $4.35 and chock full of vegetables, chicken and andouille sausage.
Between Erie Canal Harbor and Theater stops, NFTA provides a free fare zone. North of Theater, the NFTA operates on an "exact fare" system, in which drivers and operators do not make change.
There are three types of payments a passenger may make to ride the bus.
Single boarding charge of $1.75 may be made, per boarding ($.75 for seniors, disabled, and children under 12).
Day pass (allowing unlimited boardings per day) can be purchased for $4.00 per day ($2.00 for seniors, disabled and children).