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Top Choice Architecture in Buffalo

Martin House Complex

This 15,000-sq-ft house, built between 1903 and 1905, was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for his friend and patron Darwin D Martin. Representing Wright's Prairie House ideal, it consists of six interconnected buildi…
Top Choice Museum in Buffalo

Albright-Knox Art Gallery

The gallery's superb collection, which ranges from Degas and Picasso to Ruscha, Rauschenberg and other abstract expressionists, occupies a neoclassical building planned for Buffalo's 1905 Pan American Expo. Its temp…
Top Choice Viewpoint in Niagara Falls

Cave of the Winds

On the north corner of Goat Island, don a souvenir rain poncho and sandals (provided) and take an elevator down to walkways just 25ft from the crashing water at the base of Bridal Veil Falls. (Despite the name, the …
Top Choice Architecture in Buffalo

Buffalo City Hall

This 32-story art-deco masterpiece, beautifully detailed inside and out and opened in 1931, towers over downtown. It's worth joining the free tour at noon that includes access to the mayor's office, the council cham…
Top Choice Microbrewery in Buffalo

Resurgence Brewing Company

Housed in a former engine factory that was later to became the city's dog pound, Resurgence typifies Buffalo's skill at adaptive reuse of its infrastructure. The beers ($8 for a tasting flight) are excellent, with s…
Top Choice American in Buffalo

Cole's

Since 1934 this atmospheric restaurant and bar has been dishing up local favorites such as beef on weck (roast beef on a caraway-seed roll) – try it with a side of spicy Buffalo chicken wings, or go for one of the j…
Top Choice International in Buffalo

Black Sheep

Black Sheep likes to describe its style of western New York farm-to-table cuisine as 'global nomad,' which means you might find pig-head stew alongside chef Steve Gedra's grandma's recipe for chicken paprikash (reco…
Top Choice American in Buffalo

Betty's

On a quiet Allentown corner, bohemian Betty's does flavorful, fresh interpretations of American comfort food such as meatloaf. Brunch is deservedly popular and there's a pleasant bar.
Museum in Niagara Falls

Old Fort Niagara

This 1726 French-built fortress, restored in the 1930s, defends the once very strategic point where the Niagara River flows into Lake Ontario. It has engaging displays of Native American artifacts, small weapons, fu…
Architecture in Buffalo

Guaranty Building

Completed in 1896 for the Guaranty Construction company, this gorgeous piece of architecture has a facade covered in detailed terra-cotta tiles and a superb stained-glass ceiling in its lobby. The interpretative cen…