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Angelica Tea Room Comes to Life!

Anyone trying to imagine the Angelica Tea Room would probably have a tough time. When we wrote about the concept this past November, the lavish descriptors were all well and good, but at the same time, when there is so much going on, we figured that it was going to be much more of a wait and see.

So we waited, and now we are seeing the results of the tea room amalgamation brought together by restaurateurs Harry Zemsky (Hydraulic Hearth) and Jon Karel (Buffalo Proper). 

Angelica Tea Room is a cocktail bar like no other. With grace, poise, strength, and charm she ushers Buffalo’s ombibulous downtown into a new era of tippling— The era of refinement.

As we alluded to in the fall, the tea room will has an air of finessed “pleasure and comfort” due to the colorful-yet-refined aesthetic atmosphere, which will allow for no more than one guest per chair.

This means that everyone inside the establishment will have plenty of room to be catered to by the attentive staff, while enjoying the variations of scenery.

“She’s whiskey in a tea cup.” –Tom Waits

Guests will find plenty to indulge their culinary senses, from the cocktails (American classics with European flair) to the bar snacks (tuna belly, boquerones, ibérico chorizo) to the tea sandwiches (blue cheese & grape, ham & brie, curried chicken salad) to the desserts (scones & chocolates & macarons), there’s certainly a wild assortment of flavorful offerings to explore. At the same time, every last little detail harkens back to the tea room concept. In the end, the owners wanted to bring something to downtown Buffalo that did not exist, and it looks as if they have accomplished their goal.

To be added to the guest list, or to make reservations in advance, please contact or call 716.259.9025. Or just swing by anytime for a platter of tea sandwiches and a julep and call it a day. 

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to step back in time, when this city had countless clubs with larger than life imaginations… you have just found one.

The custom wallpaper in the unisex bathrooms are custom designed by Leslie Zemsky.

From the custom wallpaper in the bathrooms to the retro glassware to the old school drinks, this place is dynamite. It’s perfect for date nights. Or to impress some friends from out of town. Or to simply relax at the bar and let your fingers do the walking through the countless bottles of booze. The place is sophisticated, without being pretentious. It’s relaxing, engaging, and is a refreshing addition to the downtown restaurant and bar scene.

Angelica is a far cry from the former establishment, Club Diablo

Angelica Tea Room | 517 Washington Street | Buffalo, New York, NY 14203 | (716) 259-9025 | Facebook

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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