Kuni is gone, but Kuni remains in Elmwood Village.
Earlier this summer, when rumors spread that Kuni Sato had closed, many customers who had come to rely on his principled Japanese cuisine were skeptical that Lexington Avenue’s Sushi Hall of Fame Kuni’s would end. I was worried.
Kuni is gone, but his restaurant is back in business, spending formative years by Kuni’s side, making rice, cutting fish, and bringing customers back to 226 Lexington Avenue. It is run by a young chef who learned
Born in Rochester to Laotian parents, Thavisak “Vic” Nachanpathak is the new operator. Concerns about significant change have so far proven unfounded, and for good reason. For those of you who have eaten at Kuni’s in the last five years, you’ve probably already eaten some of his food, as Nachanpasak prepared some or all of your meals almost every day the restaurant was open. There will be
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Nachanpathak told Buffalo-based food blogger Buffalo Geek that changing nothing is not a priority. “I didn’t want Kuni to be my thing,” he says. “It was about continuing the Buffalo tradition for the benefit of the community.”
From Japanese coleslaw to tender salads, Kuni’s continues its efforts with chefs young enough to pass on to the next generation. As ever, this restaurant isn’t about putting BBQ sauce and bacon on sushi rolls. Just simple Japanese classics and buffalo nods to Japanese aesthetics. Such as clam mandolin napas slaw breaded fish fry.
One thing that hasn’t changed is Kuni’s no-booking policy. Show up, put your name down, and if the patio is full, head over to The Place for a few drinks like any Kuni regular out front.
See the menu at kunisbuffalo.com. Hours of Operation: Tuesday to Saturday from 5pm to 9:30pm. Phone: 716-881-3800. Read the December 2020 review
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Thin Man Elmwood is closed: Thin Man Brewery’s Elmwood Village Taproom has announced it will close on July 10.
“The past seven years at Elmwood have been filled with great times, great people and so much more. It’s written on the restaurant’s Instagram.
“We will address questions and concerns as best we can. We are working hard on the back end to reach out to everyone affected by this news.” Thinman employs approximately 60 people. has lost his job.
Thinman’s former warehouse taproom, adjacent to the manufacturing space at 166 Chandler Street, will remain open for in-person dining and Neapolitan tappo pizza.
Thin Man Brewery opened its former flagship in 2016, replacing Flaherty’s and Toro with a built-in skydeck and two floors of grounds where you can watch the game while blowing the whistle. A post-pandemic renovation and updated tasting room menu debuted earlier this year.read more
The Vault will temporarily close: A new multi-story restaurant at 237 Main Street has been given a timeout.
Housed in a former bank building, the luxury hotel opened on March 31st. On July 8th, the operating company was suspended.
Vault@237 Managing Partner Andrew J. Schabel said the restaurant was “fully booked on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.”
However, running a restaurant kitchen in a space not designed for that role required additional mechanical work, which during the first three months of Vault @ 237 “impacted the ideal guest experience.” “There are also problems,” Shevell said.
“We regret the impact this suspension will have on our employees, our suppliers and any guests who may be inconvenienced,” said Shevell. The restaurant plans to reopen “as soon as possible.”
Details of Manakeesh: On June 28th, Middle Eastern Flavors opened at 3289 Delaware Avenue in the space formerly Ramon’s Pizza Heaven.
Chicken and beef shawarma wraps, rice platters, falafel, hummus, roasted eggplant baba ghanoush, tomato, bulgur and parsley salad tabouli are all available.
The same is true for freshly baked specialties such as spinach triangular pies and manakeesh, which are made to order and baked with toppings. Also included is za’atar, a Levantine spice blend of spiced beef, cheese, thyme, sumac and sesame seeds.
See middleeasternflavors.com for menu. Hours of Operation: Daily from 10am to 9:30pm. Phone: 716-322-5301.
Falls Food Truck Thursday: The Amtrak station parking lot at 825 Depot Avenue in Niagara Falls will host food trucks, live music and free vegetable giveaways on July 13 from 11am to 2pm. Jazz combos Custodo and Parisi provide the tunes, while Phat his Bobs and Caribbean his Flava serve. BBQ and jerk up. Veggie Van of Niagara County provides attendees with the freshest produce of Niagara County.read more
Cider Carnival: The Steampunk Cider Carnival welcomes visitors on July 15th from 6pm to 10pm. Head to Lake Ontario until the trees turn into apple orchards for an evening of costumed revelry, live music, burlesque, sideshow, tarot readings, artists and more. The event will be held at the Tasting Room of the Leonard Oaks Estate Winery, 10609 Ridge Road, Medina. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased from oakeswinerylocal.com.read more
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