Date Night: The Best View of Buffalo Is Here

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Last Friday night was date night, as always. It’s one of my favorite nights because it is usually a guarantee that Beau and I will go out to eat somewhere new. We are tired from the week, know we have a packed weekend, and realize we will only have a couple of hours to hang out before it’s witching hour…aka- bedtime for 10 month old parents.

I secretly like when Beau makes reservations and doesn’t tell me where. Chloe would be coming with us (the norm) and he said we would be downtown. Hmmm. Then he said Panorama on Seven inside the Marriott Harborcenter. Wahoo! I had only been to events in their rooms the past two years so I was excited to eat there FINALLY. But with Chloe?

Right off the bat, Panorama was accommodating. We chose our table on the semi-quiet evening and they had a high chair for Chloe. A baby in a nicer place? You cray, Buffalovebirds. Yes and no. Chloe is a super chill and happy baby so we have been able to take her everywhere without a peep. Will that change? I’m sure. But for now we’re using it to our advantage. The lights were dim and the view of Canalside was so fun. You can see the ice skaters on the rink- it’s like watching one of those Christmas snow globes your grandma had where there’s little tiny ice skaters on a pond.

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We first ordered the Butternut Bisque and a Beet Salad. Well, dang. Simple and delicious. Chloe got to try the bisque, which she approved of tenfold. She ate most of our beets, which is fine. Baby munchkin prefers eating what we do now. Her book was in hand and she grinned ear to ear when we gave her bits of dinner.

Beau had the Prime Rib Grilled Cheese and I opted for the Bolognese- both of which were wonderful. Our server Yonis was excellent- always checking in on us and making sure any food Chloe was going to test did not have pepper or spices in it. We didn’t even ask- he just took the reigns. Service!

We ordered a side of Sweet Potato Mash for Chloe, which they even garnished for her. She had been quiet and smiley the whole evening. If she could have, she would have eaten the whole bowl of mash. It was delicious, we don’t blame ya kid.

Get it, girl

We made brief conversation with an older couple nearby who commented on how well-behaved Chloe is. (Yay, now don’t fail us Chloe!) Our tiny trick we do now when we are out to eat with her is requesting the bill right before we are finished. Beau makes sure to explain everything is great but we just prepare to exit before any malfunction. LOL Yonis scurried, mentioning he had something to bring for us.

Out comes a to-go box of their Sponge Candy Cheesecake for us to take home. Omg, someone knows the secret to our hearts! It was so nice of Panorama to send this off with us! I could tell Beau was thinking he could eat all of it before I even took a bite. There were pieces of sponge candy and dried cherries inside too and we informed Chloe she couldn’t have any. Luckily, she’s language-less right now.

As we packed up Chloe, I ran in to a co-worker and his friends so we said hello and did intros. He brought his crew to eat at (716) and brought them up to Panorama to show off the view. Rightly so, cause it may be the best in Buffalo right now. During daylight, you can see the city, Canalside, and the water. Love.

Before heading out, we inquired about their meeting spaces since Beau hosts clients and colleagues for events periodically at work. They have their M Lounge which is more casual for Marriott guests and beside their large event venues they have a great Boardroom capable of holding 12-14 people. Great view to show off to people!

We had a truly wonderful experience at Panorama and that was makes us want to return again and again and also to share with people what it is like. It’s a great spot for date night, hanging out for a drink or two with friends at the bar, and if you have a super well-behaved Baby then absolutely. (*if Chloe was not that way, we would not be taking her to places. not everywhere is for the two foot tall humans)

Chloe waiting for the elevator. Clearly something is funny.

Thanks, Panorama! We had a great night and can’t wait to visit again!

DETAILS:

Panorama on Seven // inside Harborcenter Marriott // 95 Main St. Buffalo

Parking: use valet! A tip given to us for next time. We had parked inside the Harborcenter ramp ($3)

Great for date night, friends, brunch // Business casual & clean

Follow them on social: @panoramaonseven

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The Archer Grilled Meats & Aquatics **PERMANENTLY CLOSED AS OF 2016

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

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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…

sunflower bread with whipped maple cinnamon butter
sunflower bread with whipped maple cinnamon butter
Nilgai antelope with whipped potatoes and broccoli
Nilgai antelope with whipped potatoes and broccoli
Axis venison burger with potato salad
Axis venison burger with potato salad
downstairs angle of the arched brick kitchen windows and dining
downstairs angle of the arched brick kitchen windows and dining

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

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the entrance to The Archer from the 268 Main St. lobby
the entrance to The Archer from the 268 Main St. lobby
the bar which looks out to Main St.
the bar which looks out to Main St.
mezzanine dining
mezzanine dining
downstairs
downstairs
bar from mezzanine
bar from mezzanine