Astronaut cooks have made numerous attempts to wrangle hamburgers into space-ready meals, from dehydrated-pickle disks to vacuum-sealed burger bottles. Enjoy what our starry-eyed brethren never can with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of steaks, seafood, and more at Empire Grill on Hertel Avenue.
Proprietor Nick Kotrides concocted menus littered with classic diner fare sprinkled with sophistication. Inside the loft-style restaurant, lunchtime sandwiches prance around tongues wearing costumes of barbecue pulled pork with fried onions and melted cheddar cheese ($9) or steak with stuffed banana peppers and melted provolone ($11). Juicy, handcrafted burgers, such as the Jiffy burger's mix of fresh ground beef, smoked bacon, peanut butter, cheddar cheese, and slaw ($9.25), pave flavor trails down tongues. After 4 p.m., full entrees are allowed out of their cages, led by the 10-ounce strip steak adorned with port-wine-dijon sauce and a choice of two sides ($17) and Mediterranean seafood pasta, a dish swimming with shrimp, langoustines, artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, and black olives ($19).
Inside the vibrant space, light fixtures glow while chatter bounces off high ceilings and full-story windows. The Grill is outfitted with a sprawling bar, at which libations wait to be called upon to work inside throat canals.
- [F]or the first time in ages, there was absolutely nothing about the experience that did not exceed my expectations. If they are capable of making what could have been an ordinary run of the mill turkey club so memorable, I am determined now to work my way through the menu and have every expectation that it will be a delicious enjoyable experience. – Blendings
- This is right in our neighborhood and a favorite. Good food and pricing. Love the atmosphere, even on a cold night. – kathleen h., Insider Pages
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 14216Get Directions