Today marks the beginning of another Local Restaurant Week WNY (Mon, March 31-Sun, April 6). That means that you should be on the prowl for new restaurants to check out, with great dining deals for both lunch and dinner. After all, there are so many new restaurants out there these days that it can be tough to decide which ones to go to.
Last week, for the first time, I discovered that The Archer (Downtown Buffalo) serves lunchtime fare. All along I assumed that it was just a dinner spot, but happened to pick up a lunch menu when I stopped in after a March Madness game. The Archer turns out to be the perfect place to host lunch meetings in Downtown Buffalo. The atmosphere is comfortable and contemporary, with lots of natural light, clean and spacious, with excellent service. The offerings range from lighter meals such as a bright Moroccan chick pea salad, to juicy bison burgers (there is a new lunch menu starting tomorrow).
There might be plenty of pub-style dives to choose from for lunch, but when it comes to something a bit more sophisticated, The Archer has got the entire package. I was already sold on the dinner offerings, and now it’s on my go-to list for lunch as well. The Archer brings with it a completely different atmosphere from which we are accustomed to for lunch (Downtown) – if you’re looking to celebrate a co-worker’s birthday, or impress a business client, then you need look no further. It’s the kind of place where you can sit and talk without shouting, enjoy a cocktail, and impress your friends with the food. It also has a fun patio and is along the Metro Rail route. Stop in for lunch or dinner this week (Tues-Fri) and see for yourself.
The Archer | Grilled Meats & Aquatics | 268 Main Street | Buffalo, NY 14202 | 716-768-4661 | www.thearcherbuffalo.com
All told, the Restaurant Week website does a good job in breaking down each restaurant (see The Archer’s example) for people who might not be aware of the different mealtime offerings. This becomes a handy little restaurant guide that is useful far beyond the deals during Restaurant Week.
*Celebrate Buffalo’s regional food culture by going out with friends and grabbing a bite to eat. Local Restaurant Week’s $20.14 dining features makes it a great opportunity to try new restaurants. So skip the national chains and eat at local, independently owned restaurants so that the profits stay right here in WNY and help make our community stronger.
Western New York Local Restaurant Week
March 31st – April 6th, 2014
- Includes 200 participating restaurants: casual, fine dining, ethnic and eclectic!
- $8 million annual local economic impact
- Local food service industry is the region’s second largest employer
- Local independent restaurants contribute immeasurably to our regional culture
- Encourages participating restaurants to support local vendors