Press | Rue Franklin | Buffalo, NY
Where the Locals Eat: Top CitiesBoasting the look and feel of an intimate Parisian cafe, Buffalo's premier French eatery Rue Franklin has garnered high praise from the likes of Esquire magazine and The New York Times, where Barbara Ireland wrote: "[Its] reputation as Buffalo's best restaurant is rarely challenged." Located in a converted row house with long windows and a courtyard dining area, fountain, and garden, Rue Franklin was perhaps the city's first restaurant to offer seasonal menusBuffalo Rising, 21 October 2005Rue Franklin's been around for about 20 years now. In that time it has experienced a transformation from a coffeehouse (Rue Franklin West) to one of Buffalo's most incredible fine dining restaurants. Other than that early-on drastic change, everything else has remained the same. It is that consistency that has propelled The Rue into the upper echelon of French restaurants not only in Buffalo, but throughout the country.
New York Times, 13 August 2004The Rue Franklin is a restaurant whose reputation as Buffalo's best restaurant is rarely challenged . . . Read the entire New York Times article Buffalo in 36 Hours emained the same. It is that consistency that has propelled The Rue into the upper echelon of French restaurants not only in Buffalo, but throughout the country. - Download the entire Buffalo in 36 Hours article hereBuffalo News, 30 April 2004An evening at Rue Franklin, a longtime contender for the title of best restaurant in Western New York, can make you feel as if you are in Paris. Now, restaurants are ephemeral things, and Joel and Deedee Lippes' ability to stay atop a very competitive heap is nothing short of remarkable. They have owned the restaurant for decades, and I should say that I've known them for many years. Sophisticated, understated in decor, this is an intimate place. Enter to a small barroom, dining rooms opening from each side.Esquire MagazineThis has become the premier restaurant of Buffalo and indeed of the whole region around the Lake and Falls. Small and inviiting, with all the details suggesting an owner who is expressing a viewpoint, Rue Franklin is the kind of place you cannot fail to return to when you are in the area