The rustic, Italian-style pizzas are good, but the creative (and, at $10, startlingly affordable) classic cocktails are what draw the crowds to this cozy Elmwood Village nightspot.
Any questions about American history? Ask the knowledgeable owner of this laid-back neighborhood bar with a presidential theme. You'll also find free popcorn and nachos and good sandwiches ($9).
One of the more sophisticated options in Allentown, with a good restaurant (mains $17 to $22) and eclectic local music which usually begins around 9pm.
On Buffalo's edgier west side, this indie cafe is known for its coffee, freshly baked goods and other light meals. The atmosphere is relaxed and arty.