Salvatore Grand and Russell’s Steakhouse will change the way you feel about upstate New York. Right now most people wouldn’t book Buffalo, NY as a holiday destination unless they’re visiting Niagara Falls or if they’re Canadians doing a little cross border retail therapy. But Buffalo has a lot to offer. Now stop laughing, it really does!
Let me tell you a story.
I found a hotel that takes you back in time. It is like the Royal Hotel San Remo but in the heart of New York State. It’s a classic and it’s worth visiting because getting to Buffalo is easy. The flight from LGA, JFK or Newark is only 30 minutes, Detroit in less than an hour and if you travel in the summer, Buffalo is lovely. And that’s also the best time to visit the Falls.
Only 10 minutes to Buffalo Airport, the Salvatore Grand is owned by a gentleman named Russell. It is a privately owned hotel which you’ll figure out right away. You will not only see Russell all over the hotel 24/7 but there are menus, pictures and awards with his smiling face plastered throughout. He reminds me of Ernest Borgnine. He does much for local charity and has a passion for his guests. He is a great Ambassador for the city.
The hotel has an Americanized Italian décor. Rooms are filled with large pieces of furniture and heavy drapes and carpet, so every room is extremely quiet. Some rooms have a Jacuzzi and are quite large. There is even a royal suite for those traveling with families. It is not a huge hotel with only five floors so you feel a true sense of personal service, which of course makes sense because the boss is always around.
Now let’s get to Russell’s. This is the steakhouse that’s in the hotel but it’s not what you would expect in any hotel these days. It offers really fine dining and brings in a local crowd every night. The place is buzzing. There is not a night that it’s not filled. Even a quite Tuesday night is jammed with customers as dinner is only $15. Yes you read that correctly.
The steakhouse presents an old world service. Large round spacious tables with white table cloths. Wait staffs are dressed in dinner jackets and it is quite formal. The bar is packed and wine and cocktails flow.
The menu is fabulous. Steak tartar my favorite to start, big salads, and shrimp cocktail served in a magnificent opulent raised bowl. Mains have a huge focus on steaks, like flank, sirloin, fillet minion and burgers. There’s plenty of seafood and a killer roast chicken dish with big portions and no rush at the table. You can eat at the bar too or the nearby booth while watching sports on an absolutely gigantic TV. This is a great place to eat and hang out. It is really a class act which stands out these days as it is hard to find hotel with such an unique restaurant.
Breakfast is free for every room and there are eggs, bagels, cereal and minimal fruit. If there could be any improvement, breakfast is the only thing that could use a boost.
Rooms start at only $199 per night so it’s a great place to put on your quickie get away list. Enjoy your stay!
Daniel Green, the Model Cook is a Celebrity Chef known for his healthy approach to food and living well. With TV, books, magazines and live appearances, Daniel spends his time helping fans to cook better, feel better and live better. He’s also an avid traveler and a self-confessed Foodie.