1047 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14209 // Good for: the “original” Buffalo wing
Anchor Bar is the proud home of “The Original Buffalo Wing,” and they are served extra crispy with a light, but nevertheless flavorful “secret” sauce. If you’ve never been to Buffalo and want to taste what all the hype is about, Anchor Bar is a no-brainer.
3651 Sheridan Dr, Amherst, NY 14226 // Good for: Buffalo’s sauciest wings
Also crowned with the “best wings” title, Duff’s is ALL about the sauce. Contrary to Anchor Bar, Duff’s wings will be dripping from your fingers and leave your lips tingling by the time you finish. They’re wings are so good that even Obama had to check them out for himself!
PRO TIP: if you like your wings hot, ask for medium (you will thank us later).
145 Allen St, Buffalo, NY 14201 // Good for: local’s favorite wings in a cozy pub atmosphere
Perhaps you’ve already done the whole “Anchor Bar and Duff’s” thing, or maybe you’d like to try some awesome wings at a place only locals know about. If this sounds like you, Gabriel’s Gate is the place to be! Gabe’s wings are the best of both worlds: super crispy texture, and just the right amount of sauce. On top of that, it has a rustic neighborhood charm and plenty of other delicious menu items for the non-wing lovers out there (if they even exist?!).
561 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14202 // Good for: classic pub food in Buffalo’s art district
Located in the heart of Allentown - Buffalo’s historic art district - Colter Bay is a cozy tavern that offers high end pub food and an extensive beverage list. Their mac and cheese and soft pretzels are to DIE for, although anything on their reasonably-priced menu is sure to hit the spot.
175 Allen St, Buffalo, NY 14201 // Good for: hipster vibes and the best burger in town
ABV is a popular spot in Allentown - Buffalo’s historic art district - with an upbeat urban vibe and rustic-industrial decor. Their incredible burger menu includes nothing but fresh, dry-aged, grass-fed, hormone and antibiotic free angus beef, sourced from verified humane and sustainable ranches. Herbivores, don’t be discouraged - ABV has a wide selection of alternative veggie and vegan burgers to choose from as well!
PRO TIP: call ahead to reserve a spot on their outdoor patio!
79 Perry St, Buffalo, NY 14203 // Good for: upscale pub food in a modern downtown brewery
Labatt Blue Canadian pilsner is perhaps the most popular beer consumed by Buffalonians (not to mention a staple at Bill’s and Sabre’s games), so it’s only natural our neighbors to the north would open up a brewery in the heart of downtown. Located inside a century-old building, the Draft Room offers a twist on classic pub fare, from homemade pretzels served with Bavarian mustard and queso, to beer BBQ ribs made in a spicy dry rub and Genesee Cream Ale-infused barbecue sauce.
444 Forest Ave, Buffalo, NY 14213 // Good for: a delicious meal right next to campus
Ask your waiter or waitress what’s in your food, and they’ll most likely jump into a detailed explanation about all its locally sourced, home-grown, or freshly harvested ingredients. Located in a sprawling hall on the second floor of Hotel Henry, the opportunity to explore this psychiatric-center-turned-hotel is worth the short walk from campus alone. While each of the menus at 100 Acres is impressive, their brunch is unparalleled, from mouth-watering breakfast pizza to anything-but-ordinary eggs served with double-fried breakfast potatoes topped in roasted jalapeno aioli.
199 Lincoln Pkwy, Buffalo, NY 14222 // Good for: fine dining with a view
The view from the balcony at the Terrace is one of the finest in the city, showcasing the calm waters of Hoyt Lake, Albright-Knox art gallery and Buffalo History Museum. Inspired by the majestic houses surrounding Delaware Park, this 116-year old building features early 20th-century decor and a creative menu that includes a raw seafood bar, crushable bar snacks, fresh salads, and a good selection of large plates suitable for sharing.
1104 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 // Good for: a classic Irish pub experience
Coles is an Irish pub at its finest, with its 28-foot mahogany bar, seven-foot chandeliers, and ageless popularity. Located in walking distance from Buffalo State’s campus, this 84-year old tavern offers an extensive beer menu and classic, comforting pub food. Their brunch is also one of the best in Buffalo, but be sure to get there early if you want a table (they don’t take reservations for Sunday brunch - that’s how popular it is!).
PRO TIP: if noise and crowds aren’t your thing, you might want to avoid going to Coles, or at least go earlier in the evening, before the bar area fills up.
220 Lexington Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 // Good for: high-end cocktails and Neapolitan-style pizza
From exposed brick walls to black-and-white films playing on flat screens, the ambiance at Vera will take you back in time. Their light and airy Neapolitan-style pizzas are always cooked to perfection, and their seasonally-updated drink menu is unlike any other, offering flavorful modern takes on pre-prohibition cocktails.
PRO TIP: their space is small with limited seating options, so be sure to call ahead or visit their website to make a reservation.
727 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 // Good for: elevated pub fare on a sidewalk patio
With a laidback, rustic-industrial vibe, Forty Thieves is an ode to Buffalo’s Irish community. Take the walk or short ride from campus down Elmwood Avenue to dine on their sidewalk patio, sip on a beverage from their extensive beer menu, or enjoy their famous “Smitty-style” wings.
708 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 // Good for: an authentic Greek experience
Acropolis’ website declares that all their dishes are “made with love,” and the atmosphere and quality of food certainly proves this to be true. Offering Greek classics for brunch and dinner, Acropolis is a super popular spot in the heart of the Elmwood Village, conveniently down the street from Buffalo State.
765 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 // Good for: sit down or takeout coffee, bagels, sandwiches and pizza
937 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 // Good for: quick meal, takeout or drive-thru Mexican food
220 Grant St, Buffalo, NY 14213 // Good for: quick (ish) breakfast and lunch
94 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 // Good for: Buffalo-style pizza for takeout or delivery
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