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Sam and Jennifer Marabella met in 2001, got married, had a son, and got divorced. Now, 13 years later, they’re getting back together again – but it’s not all about love. Sam Marabella was looking for a new chef for Yoshi, his East Aurora restaurant. Jennifer was looking for a new gig after leaving Snyder’s Siena, where she was executive chef for eight years. Their…

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From its first announcement, Waves promised to offer a kind of dining new to the Buffalo restaurant scene. In the former Papaya spot on Chippewa Street, it would combine the offerings of a pan-Asian place, classic Vietnamese, Thai and sushi, with the lure of all-you-can-eat restaurant, while still offering standard by-the-dish ordering. Since the current all-you-can-eat…

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Cheap sushi shouldn't have to be avoided. It's smart to be cautious, but ruling the venture out entirely would mean missing out on a quick, cheap, healthy and tasty lunch. Man-aung Sushi opened in the Rand Building, at 14 Lafayette Square next to the Hilton Garden Inn, in June. Burmese immigrant Za Nyo, who came to America in 2010, is joined by sushi chef, business part…

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A few generations ago, a preponderance of the families immigrating to Buffalo arrived from Italy, Germany and Greece. As they settled in and opened business to support their families and feed their new community, the city’s restaurant landscape evolved. In the last decade, Burmese immigrants, more than any other nationality, have added new flavors to the Queen City’s me…

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Mia Hwang, owner of MoMo's Mongolian Grill since 2016 and Shogun, its predecessor at 7590 Transit Road, Amherst, for more than 25 years, has closed her restaurant. Shogun was long known for the showmanship, family-friendly nature and variety of its hibachi dinners, before a 2016 concept change involved both a new name and a menu geared more toward Mongolian barbecue - r…

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If the phrase “Chinese buffet” conjures vats of egg rolls and potstickers, prepare to be surprised by Sukishi Buffet, which opened in Amherst Oct. 21. For $20 during dinner, and $11 during lunch, the bright, high-ceilinged restaurant lays out a vast spread of pan-Asian dumplings, soups, sushi, stir-fries and seafoods -- including lobster, crawfish, blue crab, clams and …

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Chippewa Street revelers can enjoy a different sort of excess at the new all-you-can-eat, pan-Asian joint that opened downtown Sept. 27. For $29 during dinner, and $19 during lunch, Waves Restaurant promises bottomless sushi, noodles, soups, salads and sides, all ordered from the iPads placed at each table. The portions are generally small — some only a bite or two —…

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Misuta Chow's, the downtown bar and arcade, opened last month before its food program was under way. The food has started flowing at 521 Main St. Though there's more to come, Dunbar Berdine's menu of dishes inspired by Japanese street cuisine has more than 20 options. An open kitchen runs along the side of the first floor of the two-story space. Customers can grab…

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If you’re a fan of sushi but have found yourself wishing your go-to order was a little, well, heftier, you’re in luck. Taichi Bubble Tea, the newest tenant of Sheridan Plaza in the Town of Tonawanda, is supersizing sushi for the Western New York masses in the form of girth-blessed, handheld burritos. As you may have guessed, the playful name comes from their semblanc…

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At first, SeaBar’s menu reads like the chef has attention deficit disorder. There’s sushi, both Japanese style and Westernized rolls with bacon and barbecue sauce. Then dishes featuring Asian flavors. Then Mexican (pork enchiladas), Italian (meatballs) and French (duck with lentils). Yet this menu anchors one of Buffalo’s best restaurants. Mike Andrzejewski opened SeaBar …

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When Kuni Sato cut his first piece of raw tuna at Saki’s, the Guaranty Building basement was the only place in town you could buy sushi. Now that supermarkets stock sushi next to the cold cuts, that seems as old-fashioned as asking an operator to connect your call. Saki’s opened in 1992, before he arrived, so it might not be accurate to call Sato “Buffalo’s first sushi che…

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We came out of the shattering cold into a warm room alive with the chatter of crowded tables and the aroma of sizzling beefsteak. Steak Stone & Sushi has a largely routine Japanese menu with the exception of its hot stone entrees, which offer customers do-it-yourself kits of protein on searingly hot slabs of rock. I found the atmosphere that it creates instantly com…

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Sakura is nominally a Japanese restaurant, but after eating there, I left wondering what a Japanese person would make of it. There is raw fish on rice, to be sure, miso soup and seaweed salad. But like most Japanese restaurants in the area, its definition of sushi has been broadened with crunchy deep-fried ingredients and spicy mayonnaise applied with abandon. Can a poutin…