Blue Monk Belgian beer bar in Buffalo, NY
It's the latest, trendiest place to open up on Elmwood Ave., it has 30 taps of delicious brews with a large focus on Belgians!
I've been there a few times ad it is always packed. seven o'clock on a Wednesday...packed! But it is worth the trip and the wait.
Promoting itself as a Belgian beer bar, I expected the beer to be great, the variety to not leave me wanting and the glassware to be proper, and it all was spot on; the thing that blew me away was the food, it was absolutely spectacular.
Featuring a refreshingly small menu with daily specials, Blue Monk serves up a lot of dishes featuring Abby Ale in the recipe, and let me tell you it lends a sweet, savory layer that take the food to the next level. The Carbonnara something or other over egg noodles seems simply, but is a true gem of mouth-watering aroma and flavor.
My current fave, however, are the Duck Frites with choice of sauce. The bowl comes and it looks like any regular bowl of fries with a couple dipping suaces, but man o man. Frying the spuds in duck fat lends a splendous savory, almost roasty character to the fries that makes them better than you could imagine. The sauces really steal the show. Offering, iirc, seven different sauces (two with each order) you can customize the duck fry experience. Honey Cipotle aioli was my favorite, but from what I've heard, they are all delicious.
Cram your way in the door and wait for a table (they don't take reservations) and while you do, have a beer.