When it comes to well-known streets in the Buffalo, New York area, many will think of the golden age of Main St. or the fast paced nightlife of Chippewa St. But there is another street thriving in the downtown area, with shops, restaurants, bars, and cultural activities. That street is Elmwood Avenue.
The Elmwood Village Association was founded in 1994. Its goal is to preserve the uniqueness of the street and its surrounding neighborhoods, as well as its historic relevance. Another goal of the organization is to strengthen competition among its stores and restaurants, and bring about economic growth for the area.
The top cultural attraction on the Elmwood strip is the Albright Knox Art Gallery, located at 1285 Elmwood Ave. Governed by the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy (founded in 1862), the gallery has a world-renowned reputation as a center of modern art. The gallery hosts a number of special events and exhibits throughout the year, and has hosted the annual Music Is Art Festival as well as special Friday night programs offered free of charge to the public. In addition to educational opportunities and exhibits, the gallery is home to AK Café, the perfect place for a quick lunch date or dessert with friends.
One of the top restaurants in the Elmwood Village is Cecelia’s Ristorante and Martini Bar, at 716 Elmwood Ave. Cecelia’s features Italian specialties, seafood, and steak, and the martini menu is absolutely amazing – there are literally dozens of concoctions available, from classic martinis to dessert-style martinis. Mondays are two-for-one martini nights at the bar from 5 to 8 p.m. (perfect for Happy Hour), and Tuesdays feature dinner for two for $20 off a select menu. Summer finds the patio open for business as well as the clam bar.
Lotions and Potions, located at 798 Elmwood Ave., is a fun store that sells clothing, jewelry, handbags, and bath and body products. Many of the bath and body products available are customized, and visitors can pick their own scents to blend. Lotions and Potions also offers organic teas and wellness books, and the store can be booked for private parties.
Pano’s Restaurant is another popular place on Elmwood. Located at 1081 Elmwood Ave., Pano’s serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and features a wide variety of Greek dishes, American cuisine, and steak dinners. For a lighter meal, check out their appetizer menu, or try one of their vegetarian specialties.
Source: “About EVA,” elmwoodvillage.org