Niagara Falls and Western New York Restaurants

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  • 1. Anchor Bar and Restaurant

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    Anchor claims to have originated Buffalo wings. Some people dispute that, but many come to sample the groundbreaking invention in bar food. Try them hot for the full experience. A buffalo's head hanging on the wall is about all the atmosphere you need.

    1047 Main St., Buffalo, New York, 14209, USA
    716-842–8920

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted
  • 2. Beef 'N' Barrel

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    This casual restaurant with round-back chairs and low-hung stained-glass lamps is known for its generous portions, in-house bakery, and friendly staff. The menu is beef focused, with a special emphasis on roast-beef sandwiches (including the beloved French dip, with a side of au jus) and platters. Juicy roast beef is carved up and served on hard rolls; accompaniments may include German or American potato salad, baked beans, salad, mashed potatoes, fries, or coleslaw. Burgers, salads, and soups round out the menu.

    146 N. Union St., Olean, New York, 14760, USA
    716-372–2985

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    Rate Includes: Closed Sun., Credit cards accepted
  • 3. Bemus Point Inn

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    The tablecloths are plastic, the floors are linoleum, and everyone seems to know everyone else at this no-frills greasy spoon, famed locally for its huge cinnamon rolls. The all-American menu includes sandwiches (e.g., grilled cheese and bacon) served with chips and a pickle, breakfast all day, and homemade pies. It closes at 2 pm.

    4958 Main St., Bemus Point, New York, 14712, USA
    716-386–2221

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No dinner, No credit cards
  • 4. Brickyard Pub & B.B.Q

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    The polished-wood dining room and bar, decorated with vintage signs, are separated, which helps with noise control during Buffalo Bills games at this Southern-inspired neighborhood joint. Slip into a booth and order a rack of baby back ribs, a chicken-and-rib platter with homemade corn bread, fried Cajun-spice catfish, or a po'boy sandwich, and choose from a long list of bourbons and beers. Locals say that everything, from the stew to the fish fry to the barbecue, is top-notch.

    432 Center St., Lewiston, New York, 14092, USA
    716-754–7227

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted
  • 5. Buffalo Chophouse

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    Meat lovers splurge on what some rate the best steaks in western New York. Expensive but not stuffy, the two-level wood-paneled dining room with red-satin banquettes and warm lighting buzzes with conversation and Sinatra. Start your meal with fresh raw oysters or tuna tartare, and move on to the main event: succulent rib eye, filet mignon, prime rib, and chateaubriand. Non-beef entrées include free-range chicken breast in a lemon-thyme sauce, grilled salmon, and steamed king crab legs.

    282 Franklin St., Buffalo, New York, 14202, USA
    716-842–6900

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted, Reservations essential
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  • 6. Buzzy's

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    Many say the Buffalo-style wings at Buzzy's are better than those at Buffalo's Anchor Bar. An institution since 1953, this no-frills place with bland decor and windows facing Route 62 serves build-your-own pizzas, eight specialty pies, calzones, and a dozen or so subs and hoagies. The wings and chicken fingers—fresh, not frozen—come with blue-cheese dip and a choice of 10 sauces, including one called Suicide, which the menu warns is "very hot—no refunds or exchanges."

    7617 Niagara Falls Blvd., Niagara Falls, New York, 14304, USA
    716-283–5333

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted
  • 7. Carmelo's Ristorante

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    On Lewiston's historic main street (Center Street), Carmelo's has a classy small dining room with an oiled wooden bar, dark-wood beamed ceiling, partial stone walls, and white tablecloths. Fresh and often local ingredients are used in pastas, like homemade ricotta gnocchi with rapini and sweet sausage or slow-cooked veal, pork, and pancetta Bolognese, and in entrées, such as peppercorn-encrusted ahi tuna with a ginger-soy glaze.

    425 Center St., Lewiston, New York, 14092, USA
    716-754–2311

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun.--Mon., Credit cards accepted, Reservations essential
  • 8. Coles

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    Since 1934, this pubby place has served up its specialty sandwiches, among them a stack of ham, turkey, and Swiss with onions and Russian dressing on marble rye. Also on the menu: pot roast on a roll with caramelized onions and cheddar; sesame-encrusted yellowfin tuna salad; and, for dinner, lobster ravioli in a crab-vodka sauce and barbecue ribs. It's a huge space, with two dining rooms—one a true pub with wooden booths, checkerboard floors, and '50s-era sports pennants, and the other a sunroom with a fireplace at one end. Sidewalk seating is available in summer. The gigantic, multipage beer menu, with rare brews from around the world, is sure to impress.

    1104 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, New York, 14222, USA
    716-886–1449

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    Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted
  • 9. Como Restaurant

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    Since 1927, the Antonacci family has been serving traditional dishes from the south of Italy like veal à la Francesca, chicken cacciatore, and veal Parmesan. The interior is an explosion of floral wallpaper, pastoral-scene murals, glitzy chandeliers, and faux grapevines.

    2220 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls, New York, 14301, USA
    716-285–9341

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    Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted
  • 10. Demetri's on the Lake

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    The deck overlooking Lake Erie and much-loved Greek-American comfort food are the reasons to eat at this diner that serves three meals daily. (The scruffy dining room lacks atmosphere—it's best to go when the weather is cooperating so you can dine alfresco.) Lamb, chicken souvlaki, prime rib, steak, and seafood entrées go well with the extensive wine list.

    6 Lake Shore Dr. W, Dunkirk, New York, 14048, USA
    716-366–4187

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted
  • 11. Dina's

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    This relaxed space has a rustic elegance exemplified by a long polished-wood bar, pressed-tin ceiling, unfinished-wood columns and bare beams, antler chandeliers, banquette seating, and an exposed-brick wall with artfully peeling cream-color paint. Hearty fare like dry-rub ribs with a side of mac-and-cheese are joined on the menu by pasta and pizzas, including one with red-pepper pesto, prosciutto, cappicola, fresh mozzarella, goat cheese, and basil. Locals frequently stop in just for the cakes, pies, and oversize cookies, which you can savor with a cappuccino. Breakfast is served daily.

    15 Washington St., Ellicottville, New York, 14731, USA
    716-699–5330

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    Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted
  • 12. Ellicottville Brewing Company

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    The trendy, rough-hewn microbrewery restaurant draws a young crowd. The shepherd's pie is popular, and the menu also includes English-style fish-and-chips and assorted grilled steaks. You may eat outside in the German beer garden, which has a brick patio and vines climbing the walls. Tours of the brewery are available. This is the original; there's a Fredonia offshoot as well.

    28A Monroe St., Ellicottville, New York, 14731, USA
    716-699–2537

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon. in May, June, and Sept.–Nov., Credit cards accepted
  • 13. Hutch's

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    The menu and 20 or so nightly specials, handwritten on a card and delivered to your table, consists of an equal number of small and large plates: grilled prawns with linguine, fresh zucchini, and Parmesan; pan-seared beef tenderloin au poivre with a brandy-cream sauce; tomato-mozzarella-prosciutto salad; smoked salmon with capers and horseradish. The wine list is long, with many good options. The small, two-room dining space hums with conversation; it's traditional, with exposed-brick-and-cream walls with black trim, but livened up by colorful art and unobtrusively defiant leopard-print carpeting. Some tables are in the attached, brick-walled bar.

    1375 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, New York, 14209, USA
    716-885–0074

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No lunch, Credit cards accepted, Reservations essential
  • 14. Italian Fisherman

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    Eat indoors or outside on the multilevel covered deck overlooking Chautauqua Lake. (Heat torches warm deck diners up on cool days.) The eatery is known for seafood and Italian dishes—cioppino, large sautéed shrimp with spicy tomato sauce over pasta, grilled catch of the day. The drinks list is extensive, and the place often hosts live music and other entertainment.

    61 Lakeside Dr., Bemus Point, New York, 14712, USA
    716-386–7000

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed late Sept.–Apr. No lunch in Sept., Credit cards accepted
  • 15. MacDuff's

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    An intimate and elegant dining experience awaits you at this eight-table restaurant in an 1873 town house with red-clothed tables, upholstered Queen Anne chairs, and brass chandeliers and sconces. The menu leans French in preparation, but Continental in substance: the twin tenderloin fillets with port, Stilton cheese, and green-peppercorn sauce is the signature dish, or you might try veal scaloppine in a blackberry cream sauce. Desserts include lavender crème brûlée and homemade orange ice cream served in a bittersweet chocolate shell. The extensive wine and liquor selection includes 40 single-malt Scotches.

    317 Pine St., Jamestown, New York, 14701, USA
    716-664–9414

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun. No lunch, Credit cards accepted
  • 16. Old Library Restaurant

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    In a National Historic Landmark building, what was the town library, built in 1910 with funds from Andrew Carnegie, was converted to a restaurant in 1983. It retains most of its original architecture—parquet flooring, stained-glass windows, inlaid ceilings. Dining is in hushed, bookshelf-lined, front "library" rooms or a mezzanine overlooking a central atrium. The menu is diverse, with Italian, French, and American dishes. Six-cheese ravioli is served with pesto cream and sautéed spinach; sautéed antelope medallions come with peppercorn sauce; a surf-and-turn combo joins New York strip steak and jumbo scampi. Sunday brunch is served.

    120 S. Union St., Olean, New York, 14760, USA
    716-373–9804

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No lunch, Credit cards accepted
  • 17. Olive's

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    In the Chautauqua Suites hotel, this restaurant puts a twist on traditional in northern Italian dishes such as seared salmon in a pinot grigio–butter sauce and slow-roasted pork served in the style of osso buco with an herb-reduction-and-mascarpone polenta. Lunches consist of pasta, paninis, and pizzas—the Calvatore is topped with cremini and portobello mushrooms, truffle oil, and fontina. Chef Andrew Culver has worked at Washington, D.C.'s Mandarin Oriental, and at the White House. Some pastries—such as a lemon butter-cream tart—are imports from the owners' Bonjour Cafe & Patisserie, on Mayville's main street.

    215 W. Lake Rd., Mayville, New York, 14757, USA
    716-753–2331

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted
  • 18. Roycroft Inn Restaurant

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    Several cozy rooms with fireplaces and wood beams and pillars are furnished with Arts and Crafts pieces and embellished with arched stained-glass windows. An enclosed sunroom with wicker chairs looks out onto the viney covered patio, open in warm weather. The fare is American: duck confit with apricot chutney, smoked mozzarella ravioli in a garlic–white wine sauce, oven-roasted salmon in a puff pastry with wild mushrooms, leeks, and roasted-red-pepper sour cream. Breakfast is served daily (brunch on Sunday).

    40 S. Grove St., East Aurora, New York, 14052, USA
    716-652–5552

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted
  • 19. Sapore Restaurant, Coffee & Wine Bar

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    With its Italian–Latin American fusion menu focusing on simple dishes made with local, fresh, and organic ingredients, and an Old-World-meets-urban-café decor—exposed-brick walls, local art, a gleaming cappuccino machine on the bar—this place is quite the cosmopolitan departure in this pocket of the state. The San Francisco–trained chef might whip up seared scallops over ginger-marinated cabbage or pappardelle topped with tomatoes and cracked-pepper mascarpone. Sapore is open all day as a café, and also serves breakfast.

    7 E. Main St., Westfield, New York, 14787, USA
    716-326–7707

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon. in Nov.–Apr., Credit cards accepted, Reservations not accepted
  • 20. Scallion Bistro

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    A 5-mi drive west of town (and easily accessible from Chautauqua) on a block-long cobblestone street ending at the lake, Scallion Bistro is a favorite of locals in the know. Try citrus-glazed salmon over fruit salsa, topped with horseradish butter and fried parsnips; or pan-seared chicken breast wrapped with Italian ham, over lobster succotash. There's a Tuscan feel, with faux-finish walls and hanging colored-glass lamps and an "arcaded" wall separating the dining room from bar. It's nice enough for a romantic dinner, but low-key enough to foster boisterous conversation and to have a (low- to-no-volume) flat-screen TV in the bar.

    60 Chautauqua Ave., Lakewood, New York, 14750, USA
    716-763–0051

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon. No lunch, Credit cards accepted, Reservations essential

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