Local Restaurant Week is almost upon us! This Western New York tradition will be taking place March 9th-15th. The popularity of Local Restaurant Week has skyrocketed since its 2009 beginning, from 60 participating restaurants to nearly 200. It’s a week that allows us to celebrate the local, independently owned restaurants in Western New York, and to promote our unique cultural scene.
Dining Features for Local Restaurant Week start at $20.15, so get out there, be adventurous, and make our local communities stronger. Skip the chain restaurants - try something new!
If you’re struggling to decide on which participating restaurant to try first, we’re here to help make your decision easier. Based on a combination of Yelp and Urbanspoon ratings (i.e. 100% Urban Spoon + 5 star Yelp rating = 105), here are 10 of the best NY restaurants on the list:
D’Avolio’s Kitchen - Williamsville, NY - Score: 104.5
Specializing in vinegars and oils, D’Avolio’s Kitchen gives the ultimate customer experience in healthy dining. Did you know that you can actually create your own salad dressing here? We recommend trying it.
Mr. Bill’s Restaurant & Bar - Buffalo, NY - Score: 97
Mr. Bill’s has a little bit of everything: sandwiches, steaks, chicken, pasta, and seafood. You can’t go wrong no matter what you choose. Enjoy a night out with the family, because Mr. Bill’s has plenty of options for children in the “Kid’s Corner” section of the menu.
Polish Villa Part II - Cheektowaga, NY - Score: 95.5
Classic Polish cuisine in a casual dining experience. Need we say more? Just look at all that sausage! Try out Polish Villa Part II and enjoy kielbasa, and pierogies, and golabki - Oh my!
The Hollow Bistro & Brew - Clarence, NY - Score: 95
Located in the heart of the historic Clarence Hollow, the Hollow Bistro & Brew serves up American comfort food with an Asian flair. Come check out this hidden gem of WNY.
Saigon Bangkok - Williamsville, NY - Score: 95
Saigon Bangkok offers a luxurious, intimate dining experience without breaking the bank. Where else can you find sizzling duck for under $17?
Savor - Niagara Falls, NY - Score: 94
Savor is the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute’s fine dining restaurant. Have you ever had a five star dining experience where you could actually watch your food being made? And were the chefs you were watching New York’s finest students/up-and-coming chefs? Now is your chance!
Sun Restaurant - Buffalo, NY - Score: 92.5
Sun Restaurant is Buffalo’s first innovative Burmese and Thai restaurant featuring an exclusive Black Rice menu. Black rice (or “forbidden rice”) is a rare and nutritious grain offering many of the same health benefits found in blueberries, grapes, and acai. And did we mention that the Sun Restaurant is co-run by a Master Sushi Chef? Stop in and let Kevin Lin and his wife Stephanie know you appreciate the innovation!
Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant - Blasdell, NY - Score: 92
Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant has been a staple in Western New York since 1965. Ilio’s offers authentic Italian favorites topped with their famous House Sauce, steaks grilled to perfection, as well as fresh cut veal and delicious seafood dishes. Come for the food; stay for the hand-painted murals of Ilio’s hometown of Introdacqua, Italy.
Dick & Jenny’s - Grand Island, NY - Score: 91.5
After years of success as a locals’ favorite in New Orleans, Dick and Jenny Benz were evacuated to Grand Island following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. While the New Orleans location lives on under different management, the Benz’s decided to stay in Grand Island to support their new investment. Dick & Jenny’s offers a wide-selection of cajun staples, and hosts live music every Thursday night.
Betty’s - Buffalo, NY - Score: 91
If you’re looking for a can’t-miss brunch in Buffalo, then look no further than Betty’s. From french toast casserole to tofu hash, Betty’s draws on American and international influences that result in simple, creative comfort food.
Now you have a starting point, so start planning out your week and support your local restaurants!