There is nothing more that we love than a new business opening in downtown Buffalo! Now at the year and half mark of living at the Hotel Lafayette, the Renaissance that has taken over the city has been incredible! When we got wind of a new place on Main St., we jumped at the opportunity to make it a date night.
Where: The Archer Grilled Meats & Aquatics (or just: The Archer)
Location: downtown Buffalo! So simple: you can either walk there if you’re a city dweller, park along Washington or Swan and make a brief walk, or (if you come from the northtowns and above)- park your car at University and ride the subway to Seneca Station. It drops you off right in front!
Status: New American; boasting a few wild game plates
Once we realized the exact address of The Archer, we jumped for joy: it had been the very same glass front, outdoor patio space we always commented on while walking to Canalside. Great front, easy access, outdoor seating. Formerly the City Grill (which closed May 2012…), it is exciting to see a revamp of the great spot- and a risk taken during Buffalo’s facelift. Within a ten minute walk, we arrived at The Archer from the Hotel. **note: the entrance is thru the 268 Main St. doors. We were seated immediately in the mezzanine dining which is spacious and overlooks the bar and Main St. windows. It was quiet but still had adventurous guests filling in tables. Our server, Shaun, greeted us immediately and was very professional and knowledgeable the entire evening. He did not hesitate with any questions and offered advice on how certain meats should be prepared for perfected taste. (a ha! he passed our test!)
Playing the standard classics of Buble and Caillat, the restaurant is dimly-lit and comfortable. Perusing the specials and menu, we had a hard time deciding what we would try first. (the ultimate goal: someone gets the antelope) In honor of the polar vortex, we went with soup to begin: Broccoli & Cheese and Lobster Bisque. Don’t be fooled: these soups alone could make an entire meal! The creamy bowls were delicious and hefty in portion. The sunflower seed bread with maple cinnamon butter was also a wonderful preface of what was yet to come.
Our main course arrived with great presentation: medallion-sliced antelope (medium rare) with wild mushroom sauce, a volcanic whipped mashed potato topped with a vertical rosemary sprig and the other an open bun venison burger, and potato salad on romaine. Well, Chef Josh won us over that is for sure. The Nilgai antelope was tender and melted in our mouths…the Axis venison was hearty and flavorful (one lovebird did not share!). It was only a matter of minutes before our silence ended and our plates were empty. It was a successful date night. We skipped dessert, but that just means we have to make another trip…
Why is it a great date night?: It’s new, it’s downtown, it’s cozy. Be part of Buffalo’s uprising! Adventurous? Great! You have a wonderful menu to get excited about. Want to be adventurous but not really? You can be! Chef Josh prepares this menu in an approachable way- stepping outside of the box with offering wild game yet also keeping it at a home-like comfort level.
Highlights: Antelope, Texas quail, bison, venison…many dishes can be made gluten free. They have an enticing Sabres game special, weekday happy hours from 4-6pm, and offer lunch (including a soup station).
Another amazing restaurant has opened its arms to the Queen City. Take your lovebird, have a girls night, call the guys to watch the game at the bar, woo your in-laws, impress your out-of-town guests…The Archer will leave you planning your second city trip and dreaming about what you should try next.
Check out their site: The Archer
268 Main St. Buffalo, NY 14202
(716) 768-4661 for reservations
lunch, dinner | Monday thru Saturday | 11am-10pm
happy hour | M-F | 4-6pm