Expo Market: Newest Buffalo Hot Spot

Finally! Expo Market hit the ground running today, 2/18/16, with its open-market style and five eateries inside for you to grab ‘n go or sit ‘n stay. The newest hotspot to open in downtown Buffalo is located in the 600 block of Main St., diagonally across from Shea’s and connected to the Market Arcade. We are extra excited because it’s a 10 minute walk from our home and offers a healthier option for not only for a quick lunch but also for a later dinner in downtown.

inside EXPO
We’ve been watching and peering in over the past few months and knew it would be a very small version of girl bird’s favorite food markets in Europe but, hey, we’ll take it. Here is the run down of what we experienced:

We walked in to happy hour vibes at the bar, classic 80’s music pumping out, pockets of people laughing and taking pictures, and smiling pop-ups ready to serve. You can park on Main St. or Washington St. or if you’re coming in from the Northtowns and do not wanna drive- make sure to park at UB and take the subway in. It will drop you off at Fountain Plaza and you walk one block to Expo.

Let’s talk who’s here:

Newbury St. 

The original location makes home in Elmwood Village and is, in our opinion, one of the best salad joints in the area. Build your own or grab one of their specialty items. Perfect for lunch or to take outside and bask in the sun (when the heat comes back to WNY).

newbury st.
GBGB’s (Gypsy Bohemian Grove Bar)

Here is where you’ll want to grab your drinks and hang with friends. No food here (that we noticed) but is definitely where you’ll want to pop in to for your happy hour. Craft beer and specialty cocktails. In the morning, espresso and coffee will be served. Yes, please!


Sun Roll

This child comes from Sun on Niagara St.- home of Black Rice and a local favorite on the West Side. Rolls, Thai iced tea, and Mango Black Rice pudding are at your fingertips here and it is nothing short of amazing.


sun roll

Crush Juicery**as of December 2016, Crush is no longer at Expo and instead set up with Newbury St. on Elmwood***

The little sister of Newbury St., Crush is the juice and smoothie bar that concocts up wheatgrass shots and oatmeal bowls for breakfast. They’re opening at 8am for those pulling in to the city in the morning.

Osteria 166’s ‘Mercato’

Create your own pasta, gourmet sandwiches, and meatballs. We ‘built’ a tortelli alfredo and continued to salivate after we had finished. This is the child of Osteria 166 on Franklin in downtown- which never ever disappoints.

Mercato’s pasta station

Bobby Alfman’s Old World Deli

An old world deli perfect for those looking to grab and go. Classics that are sure to leave you satisfied. We can’t wait to try the Number Three: porcetta, sauteed greens, gravy. Guy bird took home an Italian Trio.

While there, we went for a Nickel City roll at Sun and a create-your-own pasta at Mercato. Grabbing a sandwich to go and ending with black rice pudding- we commented on how great this is for Main St., the lunch crowd, and for those who tend to finish their day later and sometimes want something quick to eat that isn’t fried fast food.


pasta from Mercato
nickel city roll from Sun Roll

We ran in to Ashley, the General Manager, who we knew from the Hotel Lafayette and helped us with our wedding guests last summer. She was thrilled to be part of this new downtown adventure. Make sure while you’re taking it all in that you scope out Casey Milbrand‘s colorful murals throughout the space. Thank you to Sinatra & Company Real Estate and Paul Tsouflidis (Crush Hospitality- which brought us Acropolis and Newbury St.) for making this concept a realty and adding on to the nonstop growth of our city. We’ll be back again and again.


617 Main St. Buffalo 14202


M-F 11am-9pm (Crush & GBGB’s start at 8am for breakfast & espresso)

Sat 11am-8pm

Sunday: closed

cash/credit at all

There in the day time? Shop local at two of our favorites inside Market Arcade: Buffalo Adore and Rust Belt Love. 

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Weekend Bash 4/4 – 4/6

March went in like a lion and came out like….t-rex.

But April is already showing some love- and that is just what you need to hold on to with your lovebird this weekend!



  • How much more ‘in love’ can you get with the story of Romeo and Juliet? The Buffalo Philharmonic and Neglia Ballet Artists take stage for this beautiful classic at Shea’s Performing Arts Center. 7:30pm. Northtowners- park at UB and take the subway in. (check subway schedule online, as the rail is now running on ONE) Or drive it downtown and reserve dinner at Cabaret, Encore, or Coco.
  • Local Restaurant Week continues through this weekend and we cannot express enough how important it is! Not only are you supporting local business and our economy, you are giving yourself an indulgent treat and date night with your lovebird. (man dates and ladies night is in that category, too)
  • Today is the LAST DAY to pledge to Mercado Revolution on kickstarter. This can be an ultimate food and market destination in Buffalo, but we need to work as a community to make it happen! Go NOW and support this amazing revolution. It is easy and quick! (we are just hoping it will be downtown!) 😀
  • Do something DIFFERENT. African griot, Alassane Sarr’s N’Dias, takes the stage with dancers and musicians tonight at Kleinhans, 6pm. A griot is a traditional African storyteller- these were the people who would carry messages and also pass along stories for generations to come. $15
  • It’s that time again to cross off some of those Bucket List bullets. Unyts hosts their 3rd Annual Bucket List Bash at Statler City tonight, beginning at 5:30pm. Walk the red carpet…perhaps get a tattoo…learn a new language…or peer in to the future! $25/person, $200/10 (take a group! double date…all the girls, all the guys) Ticket includes the ultimate cocktail party: food, drinks, & music from The Soul Providers. 21+
  • It’s the first Friday of April- that means First Fridays Allentown. Here we have galleries, restaurants, and local businesses staying open late for you to peruse art, music, and other eccentric finds. Grab an umbrella and wellies and walk hand in hand along Allen! We suggest Melting Point (holy cheezus, this is good!), Crust Pizza Bar, and Allen Street Hardware for noshing.



  • The Buffalo Small Press Book Fair occurs Saturday and Sunday at the Karpeles Manuscript Museum at 453 Porter Ave. Buffalo. Book lovers can chat with regional booksellers, authors, bookmakers, small presses, artists, poets etc….Free date!**
  • Jay Leno is already touring? Yep. He will be at Seneca Niagara Events Center at 8pm in Niagara Falls, NY.Tickets run $56.50-$125.50…click above link to purchase!
  • The ultimate tribute to Ray Charles is happening at Kleinhans with Ellis Hall on the keys. One lovebird attended Hall’s performance a few years ago and met with him after the show- she claims, ‘He is the kindest musician- humble and hilarious! We kept taking selfies and redoing pictures so he would ‘get his best angle’. **Ellis Hall lost his eyesight fully at the age of 18. This Ray Charles protege is NOT to be missed- his energy and smile is contagious. Get tickets now!



  • Nickel City Chef.

Oh wait.

Sold out.

Sorry, guys. We feel like we get you pumped up every week. Remember to follow their Twitter @NickelCityChef for Sunday’s play-by-play with Bacchus’ Chef Brian Mietus and Rue Franklin’s Chef Corey Kley. We can’t make a bet here, folks.

  • Sunday shouts temperature at 50. Heatwave!!! Get out and walk around. Wherever you may be.

Date Night Weekend Bash: 9/27-9/29

Here are the top picks we chose for you this weekend!

Fri. 9/27

The opening of Buffalo Iron Works in the Cobblestone District happens tonight with live music at 6pm & 10pm. Their menu shows off poutine, hot dogs, wings…you don’t want to miss out! In a historic building, partnered with Lagerhaus95- this is a top addition to downtown Buffalo. 49 Illinois St. Buffalo 14203

Charlie Murphy at Helium Comedy Club– since you’re in the Cobblestone District! Eddie Murphy’s brother takes the stage at 7:30 pm & 10pm tonight and tomorrow. Call for details! 30 Mississippi St. Buffalo 14203 716-853-1211

Sat. 9/28

Central Terminal Mini Fest happening at the Central Terminal from 2pm-8pm: free and offers a chance to win a Mini, take a tour for $10, vendors & arts.

Happening during Blo’s Beer Week, the Buffalo Beer Geek Festival occurs at Artisans Kitchens & Baths in two sessions: 1-4pm, 6-9pm $40 or $45 at door. Specialty craft brews from local and international geeks. 200 Amherst St. Buffalo. A must for the beer lovers!

Lewiston Arts Council presents Earth Voices of the Great Spirit at the Lewiston Peace Garden 476 Center St. Lewiston from 11am-5pm featuring Native American music, drumming and arts. A wonderful way to learn and experience the first people of our nations’ rich hertiage & culture.

Sun. 9/29

Happening all weekend is The Village of Williamsville Oktoberfest from 10am-10pm. Parades, markets, live music, & lots of restaurant deals.

Want to watch the Bills game? Our top picks on where to go are: Pan-Am in the Hotel Lafayette, The Lodge on Chippewa, Lagerhaus95, Buffalo Iron Works, and Amherst Ale House!

Date Night Weekend Bash: 8/30-9/1

FRI. 8/30

Pat Benatar at Buffalo Place Rocks Canalside. Did you catch her at Lafayette Square in ’01? A couple summers ago at Artpark? She’s back to rock! Take the subway to get down there. It’s easier. And cooler.

Niagara Falls Blues Festival runs Fri-Sun. on Old Falls Street. Free! Live music, drinks, sunshine. Get out and sing the blues.

SAT. 8/31

Chicken Wing Festival at Coca-Cola Field, Sat.&Sun. It’s what we are known for! Wings! We dare you to ride the mechanical wing while you’re covered in blue cheese…$5 admission, $1/ticket for your wings, cash for beverages. Thank you, Osmosis Jones!

Beer, Bacon, and Boobs noon-6pm 5565 Main St. Williamsville 14221. Did you make it to the 1st one last year? If not, make sure you do this year to support the Breast Cancer Network of WNY. $30 presale, $40 at door. Craft beer and bring your $1s to check out all the different bacon!

SUN. 9/1

Yoga at Canalside, 10am. Bring your mat & water and go do some yoga together when the sun is shining on Canalside. Who is more flexible?

Silo City Paddle & Hike with BFLO Harbor Kayak from 11:30-2pm. Kayak & hike around the silos in the end-of-summer sun. Perfect end to your Labor Day weekend. Check their site for other times, too.

Tuesday Date: Seabar & a movie

If you live or work downtown, finding a date spot has endless opportunities! We have a great Tuesday night option: dinner at Seabar and a walk over to Market Arcade Theater.

Chef's Special
Chef’s Special


SEABAR 475 Ellicott St. Buffalo 14203


Lunch hours: M-F 11:30-2:30

Dinner Hours: M-Th 4:30- 9:30; Fri & Sat 4:30-10:30

closed Sunday

sushi, sashimi, sake, cocktails

If you arrive fairly early to Seabar, you are able to find a spot at the coveted sushi bar or table in the dining space. It’s best to call ahead (maybe on your lunch break, perhaps?) and make a dinner reservation since it fills up quite quickly with young professionals, businessmen, and social gatherings. The beauty of Seabar is its minimalist style with ever-changing lighting and warehouse-like feel. The contemporary take on sushi and sashimi will leave you with cravings at any given moment through out the days following. Given that Seabar is a Mike Andrzejewski creation, there is no hesitation to dig in.


We suggest:

The Chef’s Special (sashimi)

Beef on Weck Roll (an amazing Buffalo take on sushi)

Volcano Noodles

Pork & Shrimp Shu Mai

a bottle of Nigori to share (unfiltered sake)

Pork & Shrimp Shu Mai
Pork & Shrimp Shu Mai
Beef on Weck roll
Beef on Weck roll
Nigori, unfiltered sake
Nigori, unfiltered sake

You can also call and order for takeout which makes this an ideal spot for lunch if you work downtown, are in a rush, or if you wish to stay in at home. If you are making an evening of it, keep the car parked and walked across the street to Market Arcade on Washington Street (entrance on Main St. as well). Run by Dipson Theaters, this small 6 screen theater is quaint and quiet, albeit lack of the modern-day stadium seating we are all accustomed to. We find it to be very low key on Tuesdays so if you prefer a smaller movie crowd, it is the best night to go. Also, Tuesday is their ‘Ultimate Bargain Day’ which means half price popcorn and pop and sometimes a lower movie ticket price.


MARKET ARCADE THEATER physical address: 639 Main St. Buffalo 14203 (Washington St. entrance clearly visible)


*we suggest using the ‘Poynt’ free app to find movie times

Another easy yet wonderful downtown date night! Sushi & a movie! Who said there’s nothing to do downtown?

chef's pick at the sushi bar
chef’s pick at the sushi bar