Interview: Harry Zemsky

Today our Buffalo Foodie article features Harry Zemsky, a talented guy who’s doing some pretty cool stuff in the Larkin area. After running Square 1 Sandwiches for a year, Harry put together the incredibly popular Tuesdays at Larkin which has exploded. We went to the first Tuesday this year and found over 20 food trucks from Rochester and Buffalo serving food to thousands of people. Harry’s latest project that he’s working on is Hydraulic Hearth, a wood fire pizza place that’s opening across the street from the Larkin building. In addition to pizza, the restaurant will also have a designated food truck parking spot, live music and specialty craft brews from Community Beer Works.

We’ve known Harry for almost a year now and thought he was long overdue for a Buffalo Foodie article on the site. Here’s where he likes to grab a bite to eat, get a drink and more….

Right now, where are your favorite places to eat in WNY?

Harry: For breakfast, Betty’s has a great burrito. I eat at the Filling Station almost everyday for lunch (full disclosure, family business). Spot has a great grilled cheese. Cuban sandwich from Joe’s Deli. I just went to Tabree for the first time and it was excellent. Tonight I’m going to Ristorante Lombardo with my parents which is always great (Happy birthday Dad). Late night I’ve had more Lloyd chicken tacos than I can count, or remember

Where do you like to grab a drink with friends after work or on the weekends?

Harry: Cantina Loco and Blue Monk are my go-to’s for happy hour, especially when you can sit outside.

If you had a friend visiting from out of town, where would you take them for a good “Buffalo” time?

Harry: Depends on the time. Ellicottville in the winter, Chautauqua Lake in the summer. Rent a Kayak and check out the grain silos. Cruise around to see the architecture and lack of traffic. See a concert, whether it’s a local band at Nietzsche’s or a free show at Art Park. Then we’d cap it off with a stick race through the creek of Forest Lawn.

What are some food memories that you have from your childhood?

Harry: Family trip to Florence. Every night for dinner we walked around and picked a restaurant based on the menu outside, and it never disappointed. That made me a lover of Italian food.

What types of restaurants or cuisines would you like to see more of in WNY?

Harry: I’d love to see a soup dumpling/ sake bar open in Allentown.

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