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A string thing

Do you hear a piano? Yes! Here are a few places you can go to taste that old-fashioned romance. Call for updated info.

Amy's Place, 3234 Main St., 832-6666. Remember that cute old upright that used to sit in the old Coffee Bean Cafe, and, more recently, Shango? One snowy recent afternoon, it was wheeled down the block to this well-known diner. The pianist on duty? You! Give people some Ellington with their eggs, over easy.

Daffodils Restaurant, 930 Maple Road, Williamsville, 688-5413. A pricy restaurant where people eat duck and lobster, Daffodil's has a bar area that looks like an old-fashioned British gentleman's club, with bookshelves, a roaring fireplace and occasional entertainment.

E.B. Green's Steakhouse, Hyatt Regency Buffalo, 2 Fountain Plaza, 855-4870. Jackie Jocko holds court here Tuesdays through Saturdays, combining a staggering technique with a motormouthed wit.

Fanny's, 3500 Sheridan Drive, Williamsville, 834-0400. This highly rated supper club has a mirrored lounge, companiable bartenders, convivial regulars and Friday night live music resuming in March.

The Roycroft Inn, 40 S. Grove St., East Aurora, 652-5552. The venerable arts-and-crafts complex in East Aurora has quaint spinets or uprights in almost every room. They're not usually used in their live jazz performances, but if you're prepared to toss off a bit of Chopin or Hoagy Carmichael, experience tells me no one will tell you to stop.

Shanghai Red's, 2 Templeton Terrace, 852-7337. Intimate piano lounge with bar, tables and an enchanting view of the lake.

Sidebar, 1459 Hertel Ave., 835-1995. Plush seats, big, curving bar, pianist on duty Saturdays and every other Friday.

Oliver's, 2095 Delaware Ave., 877-9662. George Jones, who plays here Friday and Saturday evenings, not only takes requests, he also solicits them. Much-praised dinners, or you're welcome to sit at the bar.

The Anchor Bar, 1047 Main St., 886-8920. This historic tavern's musical tradition is as impressive as its chicken wings. Dance among the tables. Enjoy.

-- Mary Kunz Goldman

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