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An Albanian New York-style pizza specialist has started serving up slices, stromboli and more from his renovated University Plaza restaurant. Afrim Rexhepi has opened Gino's NY Pizza at 3500 Main St., Amherst, across Main Street from the University at Buffalo. Pizza, pasta, sandwiches, salads and tacos are also on the menu. Since arriving from Kosovo in 1999, Rexhepi…

Falley Allen opened on March 24, and by March 26 the new restaurant was so full of boisterous people it gave Cantina Loco a run for the title of Allentown's Loudest Restaurant. Once the North Carolina versus Kentucky NCAA basketball game ended with one last Tar Heel jumper, the crowd thinned and the sound level dropped to tolerable levels. The folks drawn to 204 All…

By any scientific, straw or sidewalk poll, Duke University men's basketball is annually rated as one of the most disliked entities in college sports. So it could rankle plenty of hoops fans to watch any NCAA Tournament action inside Sidelines Sports Bar & Grill, a downtown Buffalo ballgame bastion that prominently displays a framed Christian Laettner Duke jersey in…

Knockout Kid. 6 p.m. Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St. 312-9279. buffalosmohawkplace.com. $10-$15. If you like pop-punk and metal, you're in luck. Knockout Kid, who blends those genres, will be joined by a host of other bands sure to satiate your appetite. Artist Talk with Frani Evedon. 6:30 p.m. The Blue Plate Studio: A Creativity Lab for Writers and Artists, 69 Keil St.,…

New four-packs from Resurgence Resurgence Brewing Company (1250 Niagara St.) is releasing its second round of 16-ounce can four-packs with its CitMo (Citra Mosaic IPA) on April 1. The amount produced is similar to the first release (Irish Breakfast Stout, about 200 cases), and the four-packs are expected to hit the area retail market around the same time of the brewery…

When the Significant Other’s Mother recommends a good cheap eats we listen (for many reasons). The French View Family Restaurant, not to be confused with the nearby French Pub, is easy to miss in the small plaza. Yet the restaurant is just the right size, and clean. SigO Mom was right about the friendly staff. Our lovely waitress Shannon couldn’t have been nicer.…

Learn to cook healthy food, dine out for a good cause, and move with yoga or fitness classes with some of the WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family in the region. To see this week’s complete calendar, click here. MONDAY Taijiquan (tai chi): Improve postures, build strength, refresh the mind at 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.…

1) Messfest, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 25 in the Buffalo Museum of Science (1020 Humboldt Pkwy.). Tickets are included in admission to the museum, which runs $11 for adults and $8 for kids ages 2-17. Specific Commentary: Making a mess usually invites scorn, a trip to "timeout" or, at the very least, a reminder that cleaning up is required. The Buffalo Museum of Science…

Working under the guise of meeting the SigO’s Irish coworker Ann and husband Bruce over St. Patrick’s Day weekend, we headed to Buffalo Distilling Co.’s newly opened tasting room in Larkinville for a wee bit o'wicked day drinking. Buffalo Distilling’s original operation began in 2012, in a barn in Bennington. At the time, the location was strictly for productio…

Toutant owners Connie and James Roberts are opening a second restaurant featuring American and Pacific seafood, Asian street food and ramen noodle soup. The restaurant, called Dobutsu, will be part of the 500 Seneca project. The first-floor space will offer 80 seats and 20 more at a sit-down food bar. A patio should seat 20 more. If all goes well, it should open in J…

A Mexican cook is opening a Genesee Street taqueria with the goal of bringing authentic Mexican flavors to Cheektowaga. Jorge Anguiano, who worked at Niagara Falls' La Galera restaurant for 10 years, said he wanted something more in his own place. "I want to do something really authentic, like a small hole-in-the-wall kind of place you would find in California or Mexico…

Thanks to a sustained burst of enthusiasm and investment, Buffalo is a better town to eat in today than it was a decade ago. The breadth and depth of the city's collective menu, the finesse applied to everything from french fries to foie gras, makes this a golden age of eating. But dining? Not necessarily. Dining well requires the complete package: effective service and…

Three young Buffalo culinarians will offer the fourth edition of their pop-up dinner series on April 3. Manuel Ocasio cooks at The Black Sheep, and David Roque cooks at Marble + Rye. They have been collaborating with Frederick Polone, a sommelier-in-training who works at Tommyrotter Distillery, in a project dubbed The Crucible. In the pop-up style, they have offered car…

Falley Allen, a restaurant named after Allentown namesake Lewis Falley Allen, opens tonight. The 50-seat restaurant at 204 Allen St. was built into spaces formerly occupied by La Tee Da and Rust Belt Books. The menu from veteran chef Chris Daigler mixes standard casual fare like burgers ($12-13), salads ($8-10) and flatbread pizzas ($10) with larger plates (roasted h…

Buffalo International Jewish Film Festival. 3:30 to 8 p.m. Amherst Dipson Theatre, 3500 Main St. 834-7655; $10-$50. In the mood for great film and an enriching cultural experience? The 32nd annual Buffalo International Jewish Film Festival continues through March 23. Here is today's schedule: 3:30 pm, "The Little Dictator" and "The Ambassador's Wife"; 6 p.m. "The Women's B…