Eating is necessary for human survival, along with breathing, sleeping, and remaining still while a curious velociraptor rummages through your closet. Practice survival tactics with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of steak, seafood, and more at Empire Grill.
Proprietor Nick Kotrides's lunch and dinner menus amp up traditional diner cuisine with modern panache. An exposed kitchen affords patrons line-of-harpoon access to the grill where skilled chefs pan-sear lunchtime crab cakes ($12) served with zesty chipotle mayonnaise and fry up crispy calamari ($11.50) with sweet-chili-lime dressing. A caribbean shrimp and mango salad ($10) strums taste buds with black-bean-and-pineapple salsa on a stage of mixed greens as waiters weave past booths with stacks of burgers, forever awaiting the arrival of Wimpy. Empire Grill’s dinner menu sees the 12-ounce hand cut new york strip steak ($20) outstrip a steaming baked potato as spicy sausage and shrimp penne pasta ($17) passes the lips at the same moment as its spicy tomato-cream sauce.
Modern light fixtures dangle from the high ceilings of Empire Grill's central dining room, where semicircle booths and cushioned banquettes flank a fully stocked bar (today's Groupon is not valid for alcohol). Flat-screen HD televisions and free WiFi entertain patrons bored of making faces at the chefs.
Proprietor Nick Kotrides’s open-kitchen concept offers Empire Grill patrons a low-flying bird’s-eye view of chefs plating hand-cut 12-ounce steaks and Cajun shrimp alfredo. Modern light fixtures and floor-to-ceiling windows keep the two-story diner bright and welcoming, and semicircle booths surround a stocked bar. Flat-screen high-definition televisions and free WiFi let patrons tweet their most up-to-date thoughts on big games and sated stomachs inhibiting their ability to digest the importance of big games.
1435 Hertel Ave.
Buffalo, New York 14216