Keeping up with the hot new restaurant openings in Buffalo has practically become sport. Here’s a scorecard of this summer’s places to try before your foodie brother-in-law beats you to it.
500 Seneca St., Buffalo
The scoop: Due to open this month in the trendy 500 Seneca Street building, this new concept by the much buzzed-about owners of Toutant is a departure from the Southern-inspired food of their first successful venture. Instead, Dobutsu will feature regional American and Asian Pacific cuisine in a minimalist setting, with a focus on fresh fish and globally-inspired noodle dishes.
The Terrace at
199 Lincoln Pkwy.
The scoop: For everyone who’s wondered for the last 20 years why there wasn’t a restaurant in the Marcy Casino, the wait is over. Opened in late March, the Terrace at Delaware Park is run by seemingly can’t-go-wrong restaurateur Mike Shatzel (Thin Man, Allen Burger Venture, Colter Bay) and partner Jason Davidson (Liberty Hound). They’re serving up a creative menu of small plates, full entrees, salads, sandwiches and a raw bar, along with 16 beers on tap and a custom cocktail menu. All in a newly renovated space, smack dab in the middle of Delaware Park overlooking lovely Hoyt Lake.
Chez Ami (Curtiss Hotel)
210 Franklin St., Buffalo
The scoop: Taking its name from the many-years-bygone restaurant on Delaware Avenue, this may be the summer’s hottest ticket. Enclosed within uber-decadent new digs — the Curtiss Hotel — and adjacent to the hotel lobby’s revolving bar (yes!), this place has an accomplished team of restaurant veterans at its helm, including Mark Warren (Warren’s, Zuzon), Mike Andrzejewski (Seabar, Cantina Loco), and chef Vincent Thompson (Buffalo Chophouse). Hotel / restaurant owner Mark Croce said no expense will be spared to make this the city’s finest dining destination.
Lucky Day Whiskey Bar
318 Pearl St., Buffalo
The scoop: Ballyhoo, the old blue-collar Malamute, has become a hipster hangout known for its cocktails and sausage. Now, husband and wife owners Tim and Morgan Stevens are taking over the former Century Grille for something a bit more ambitious.
The restaurant will feature more than 400 whiskies (to start) and will serve around 85 diners for lunch and dinner. Featured for lunch: hand pies, pastries surrounding savory fillings.
521 Main St., Buffalo
For what promises to be a completely new concept in WNY, Misuta Chow’s is a planned “barcade” (bar and arcade) that will offer drinks, Asian-inspired food and classic video games like Space Invaders, Donkey Kong and Centipede. There will also be pool and pinball to round out your experiential eating. The menu, still under development, will include bento boxes, dumplings and lettuce wraps, and the bar will feature draft beers, classic cocktails and sake drinks.