Vice Restaurant: Buffalo’s popular new spot

Vice Restaurant, located at 500 Pearl St. is a popular new eatery among Buffalo residents. With an expansive menu, it has been the newest place for Buffalonians to try with friends. Story by @juliabarth86

The newest restaurant to emerge in the Buffalo food scene is Vice, an eatery that already has a wide range of entreés and is perfect to try with a group of friends or family. Located at 500 Pearl St., Vice makes for a great night out and provides its customers with a pleasant atmosphere for socializing as well as an appetizing meal. 

Although it has only been open for a few weeks, Vice already has the makings of an established restaurant, providing an array of options for any type of eater. From tasteful appetizers to entreés that would make anyone stuffed to the brim, Vice offers photo-worthy dishes sure to make for an unforgettable evening.

Vice is not only a restaurant, but has an extensive bar ready to serve up customers with the finest drinks and cocktails. There is plentiful seating around the bar and enough elbow room to ensure proper social distancing. On any given night, a group of friends could comfortably socialize and enjoy a few drinks at Vice.

As it becomes more popular, customers might want to make a reservation with the restaurant in order to secure a table during the Friday or Saturday rush. Since it has opened, Vice has seen more customers each week as Buffalonians experience the newest restaurant to hit the city and are increasingly raving to friends about it being a breath of fresh air. 

With the pandemic putting a halt on everyone’s social lives for the last year, Vice is a great way to jump back into society in a safe and entertaining way. Not only does Vice serve great food and drinks, but they even have murals on display created by local artists and Bocce Ball for groups to play during a night out. 

The food options at Vice honestly seem endless for a newly established restaurant, and all dishes look spectacular and have been received with praise by the customers. Appetizer options include the ever-popular charcuterie board, as well as pickings like arancini balls and stuffed peppers.

A variety of soups and salads are also offered, including an award-winning braised short rib soup. Popular among customers include the various selections of burgers, sandwiches and other handhelds, as well as extremely filling entreés like pasta, seafood and steak dinners. 

But describing the food at Vice is completely different than having a look and taste for it yourself. Not only are the options endless, but each selection has unique traits that differentiate it from any other typical restaurant menu. Whether it’s by spicing up a classic, shared starter like hummus by adding beets, or by creating a dish so unique that it can’t be found anywhere else — like roasted butternut squash salad or spicy sausage and honey pizza — Vice has choices for everyone. 

After a year of missing restaurants and not being able to go out with friends, Vice offers the perfect opportunity to plan a night out with people you haven’t been able to catch up with in person. Vice will bring your group a much-needed new scene, and you can follow up with a nice sit-down dinner or just for casual drinks and Bocce Ball.  

The atmosphere of Vice is extremely refreshing and coming in as the new addition to 500 Pearl, it is the perfect new spot to go out in the city and start safely enjoying the nightlife that Buffalo has to offer. 

Vice is open Monday through Thursday 4–11 p.m., Friday 3–11 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Vice also has a popular presence on social media: you can find them as “Vice Restaurant” on Facebook as well as on Instagram @vicebuffalo. 

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