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New restaurants let guests celebrate Buffalo's past

If you have guests coming home for the long Thanksgiving weekend, you can impress them with the remarkable restaurants that have opened since their last visit, inhabiting spaces whose eye candy – in flavors such as restored historic grandeur and Nouveau Vegas swank – are a meal by themselves.

*Chez Ami (210 Franklin St.), the spiritual successor to the famed Buffalo nightclub, opened in Mark Croce's Curtiss Hotel. People walk through the hotel just to marvel at the décor and the revolving bar that hearkens to the original.

The menu is unrepentant fine dining, with dishes like compressed melon with smoked prosciutto and mint. Peruse some of these options in this Starters.

*100 Acres (Rockwell Road at Cleveland Circle) is built into the renovated former Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane.

Part of that complex was extensively refinished and refitted, becoming Hotel Henry, anchoring a 42-acre campus famously designed by H.H. Richardson and Frederick Law Olmsted.

The cuisine is approachable, locally sourced and presented with style.

*Rowhouse (483 Delaware Ave.) is inside the conjoined rowhouses that once held Stillwater, and for decades before that, Lord Chumley's. The new owners spent two years updating and refreshing the vaulting three-story interior, and its menu is the most ambitiously broad in Buffalo.

Croissants and long-fermented breads, farm-to-table cuisine, and artisanal cocktails are just the start. Browse a Starters post on Rowhouse, below.

Starters: Pain au chocolat, clams with bacon and toast at Rowhouse

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