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!

 

GBGB’s
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.

EXPO 

617 Main St. Buffalo 14202

716.220.8468 

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

Sat 11am-8pm

Sunday: closed

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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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Queen City Pop-Up

Both of us Buffalovebirds live & work in the heart of downtown Buffalo. So whenever there is a new restaurant opening, construction happening, or new local shops popping up- we are there. Recently, Queen City Pop-Up has returned to Main Street. A creation molded by the Buffalo Urban Development Corporation, this pop up was an effort to test the waters on how we can bring shops back on to Main St. and showed much success in its first round this past fall inside Market Arcade.

The concept: retailers submit an application to receive free rental space in a Main St. building for a certain amount of time. This is to coincide with ‘Cars Sharing Main Street’ and the revival of downtown. This spring, the pop-ups are located inside the Pierce Building (directly across from Shea’s) and have 5 local retailers to browse.

On Monday, girl bird popped in to the Pierce Building and perused the retailers. The 5 pop-ups this spring are: Life & Love Events (an events coordinator with gifting and events goods for sale)…Survival of the Gear (outdoor-sports items)…Yar Mo’s Muse (apparel)…MMW Style Studio (apparel)…and Ginametrical (graphic arts/paper goods).

  
(the front of the Pierce Building with the Pop-Ups)

Here is what girl bird left with:

   
 

After spotting the seed bombs from Love by Bean on Instagram, she quickly discovered they would be for sale at Life & Love Events at the pop-up. And who doesn’t love Buffalo-inspired cards? These are at Ginametrical‘s shop and she has every occasion, thank you packs, and prints. 

So if you live or work downtown, head over to 653 Main St. to pick up some gifts for yourself or for Mother’s Day and support locally owned small businesses! 

open: Monday-Friday 10-6; Saturday noon-5 // now thru June 30th

   

     

*we are out [seed]bombing the city. watch for random daisies as part of our ‘pop-up’!