August 4, 2022

Five new restaurants to discover in the Buffalo food scene

Buffalo has experienced a renaissance in many ways, and the burgeoning restaurant scene is no exception. Led in recent years by places like Black Sheep, Las Puertas, Marble + Rye and Toutant, the region continues to see new and enthusiastic places.

We’ve been excited about the recent entries (or is it the entrees!), From Dobutsu, Prescott’s Provisions, and Root & Bloom, and look forward to Vault 237 in the former Navy headquarters Midland Bank. There’s also the highly anticipated Waxlight, a partnership with Joseph Fenush (Toutant), Edward Forster (Dapper Goose), Jessica Railey (Toutant / Dobutsu), Tony Rials (Billy Club) and Jeff Yannuzzi (Toutant), which will open its doors. in the developing district of Chandler Street.

Here are a few newcomers to the restaurant business who are off to a promising start.

Buffalo Tikka House

23 Allen Street

Buffalo, New York 14202

(716) 240-9324

We wonder if their confidence in their food inspired the owners of Buffalo Tikka House to open in the middle of a construction zone. Intrepid diners love this Allentown restaurant; many already call it the best Indian food in Buffalo. And as construction progresses, more and more diners are discovering this exciting newcomer.

BTH offers authentic Indian Halal Zabihah cuisine. Choose from a wide selection of lamb, chicken, seafood and vegetarian specialties. We love the chicken biryani with mint sauce, and veg classics like saag paneer (spinach with homemade cheese) and channa masala (chickpeas with masala sauce) are always satisfying. Explore a wide variety of tasty naan (bread) to help you make savory sauces. There’s the Bullet Naan, a spicy tandoori naan stuffed with freshly chopped green peppers, or the Onion Naan, stuffed with onions and cumin seeds, all cooked to order. Warm and satisfying, we say.


387 forest avenue

Buffalo, New York 14213

(716) 235-8598

After running a successful catering and event organization business for over a decade, Daniela Kayser opened her own restaurant in 2019. Kayser discovered a style of pizza with ancient roots called pinsa. Pinsa derives from the Latin word “pinsere” which means “to press”. His pies, which come in small appetizers and in larger and shareable versions, are light, slightly chewy and lovingly garnished with beautiful ingredients. We love the Funghi e Rucola, a fragrant, earthy blend of mascarpone cheese, mozzarella, and sautéed shiitake mushrooms, topped with fresh arugula for a crisp green finish.

The space is relaxed. Order at the counter and sit at a table in the warm, dark wood-lined dining room and windows, if available. Your food is delivered to you when it is ready. Or sit at the bar and receive the undivided attention of the bartenders / waiters there.


5010 Main Street

Amherst, New York 14226

(716) 839-2220

The large and modern Jazzboline recently opened with great fanfare and attracted large and noisy crowds. We can’t wait to see where it all goes.

Chef Brian Mahony previously ran his own venue, The Mahony-Fairmont, an ambitious business that closed in 2018. Prior to that, he spent eight years as Executive Culinary Director at the Seneca Allegany Resort Casino in Salamanca, NY.

Jazzboline, named after a novelty instrument created by a Vaudevillian artist who lived in the area for years, offers menu items that include creative salads, sandwiches, brick oven flatbreads, and home-made platters. chief. Large parties are encouraged; the menu even lists a “family gathering and sharing” section with large plates to share.

The interior features a bar of almost 15 meters and an adjacent lounge offering handcrafted and classic cocktails as well as a wide selection of wines. Over two dozen beers are available on tap with many featured local breweries.


1448 avenue Hertel

Buffalo, New York 14216

(716) 322-0037

While it can’t buy vowels before they open, SZND (pronounced “seasoned”) doesn’t skimp on the environment or high-quality ingredients when serving Western New York diners looking for a more thoughtful dining experience.

This casual / fine dining spot, with a side entrance, quickly made a name for itself with beautifully presented dishes, handcrafted cocktails, chic decor, and friendly service.

The items are made from scratch and the menu is updated seasonally. Recent highlights have included an appetizer of Korean hot chicken dumplings, kimchi, and chili aioli, as well as a barbecue pork chop with house dry, peach and bourbon sauce, and corn risotto. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Mexican cuisine Maizal and Mezcaleria

4840 Chemin de la France Nord

Amherst East, NY 14051

(716) 428-5683

This is the real deal. The newest location in our roundup, Maizal is run by a team that includes Leonel Rosario. Rosario started off with a taco trailer next to the Monte Alban Mexican grocery store in Medina, NY, an hour from Buffalo. In 2011, he and his family opened the sit-down restaurant, Mariachi de Oro, nearby. Word of mouth and great reviews followed. Mariachi de Oro has become a destination, with many visitors traveling miles away.

Now, Buffalonians and tourists alike need only head to North Amherst, NY (about half an hour from downtown Buffalo) to enjoy their authentic Mexican offerings and their specialties. Oaxaca. We bet the growing food scene here is ready for delicacies like their chapulin tacos (Oaxacan grasshoppers) or their chicatanas (ants) salsa.

If you’re not quite ready, you’ll always find outstanding traditional Mexican food here – look no further than their tamales, tacos, and burritos. There’s the Burrito Americano, a twelve-inch tortilla stuffed with seasoned ground beef, rice, beans, lettuce and cheese, smothered in queso and served with a guacamole salad. Classic.

There are weekly dishes and happy hour lunch and dinner. A wide selection of well-prepared native adult drinks is also available.


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