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5 places to eat among art

Go out to look at beautiful pieces of art or go out to have a beautiful meal? Why not do both? Read more

AK Cafe / Albright-Knox Art Gallery / 1285 Elmwood Ave. / Buffalo

If you’re after a more sophisticated vibe, you can’t do much better than reserving a seat near the window in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s restaurant and gazing out at Jim Hodges’ massive sculpture in the outdoor sculpture court. A rotating selection of work from the gallery’s renowned collection also appears on the restaurant’s walls.

Wine on Third / 501 3rd St. / Niagara Falls

A haven for wine and art for the Niagara Falls community, this popular joint serving up small plates and big ideas on a resurgent block of Third Street is a vital stop on the itinerary of any Western New York art fan.

Spot Coffee / Various locations

Art is an essential part of the vibe in Spot’s Western New York locations on Delaware Avenue, Elmwood Avenue, Hertel Avenue and on Main Street in Williamsville. There’s nothing quite like sinking into one of the vintage sofas in Spot’s Delaware Avenue location and looking up to discover paintings or photographs by an up-and-coming local artist hanging on the walls. Like the espresso, the art Spot’s staff chooses to hang is fuel for conversation.

Betty's / 370 Virginia St. / Buffalo

With constantly rotating exhibitions of paintings, mixed media pieces and other artwork curated by local artist Kathleen Sherin, this popular breakfast and brunch spot is a haven for art lovers.

Allen Street Hardware / 245 Allen St. / Buffalo

Mark Goldman’s restaurant in a former Allen Street hardware shop is a go-to hangout for plenty of local artists, so it only makes sense that you can find some mind-twisting art on its brick walls. And its Backroom space opened in 2012, there’s even more art – including screenings and installations – to take in.

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