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Amazing Desserts Our award-winning desserts are unlike anything served elsewhere in Buffalo. From gold-splashed, pearl-laden chocolates to flower-decorated flan, silky housemade ice creams, and ethereally light churros, our desserts celebrate both classic and modern Spanish recipes. If you’re celebrating a special occasion, our pastry team can make you a custom cake with mouthwatering flavors and beautiful designs.
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Experience Spanish Dining Authentic Spanish Tapas-style dining is about trying a wide variety of small dishes, hording or sharing each plate as you prefer. Aro’s dinner menu includes world-class hams, cheeses, vegetables, seafood, meat and poultry. On your first visit, we recommend that each guest selects one dish from four or five of the six categories, along with a beverage and a dessert. Two Chef’s Tasting Menus offer chef-guided tours through our menu on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
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Your reservation enables us to guarantee you a table during our busiest hours, and customize your experience, particularly ideal for special occasions. You’ll also have increased access to limited-quantity specials, including off-menu dishes and desserts.
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Aro serves dinner from 5-9PM Tuesday through Thursday, and 5-10PM Friday and Saturday. Our bar and lounge open at 4PM with our Bar Menu and full drink menus before dinner. Free, ample parking is available for all of our guests immediately outside our front doors.
The cuisine of Spain is breathtakingly beautiful, rich in flavors, and complex in textures. Aro brings authentic Spanish dining to Western New York for the first time. Winner of Buffalo Spree’s 2016 Best New Restaurant (Suburbs) & Best Dessert Awards, as well as 2016 Diners’ Choice Best Food & Best Overall Awards, Aro features delicacies and decor that transport guests to Spain's culinary capitals, Barcelona and San Sebastián. Reservations are strongly recommended. Located at 5415 Sheridan Drive in Amherst, NY, Aro (Spanish for “ring”) combines two dining rooms with America’s first gintoneria - a bar specializing in Spanish-style gin & tonics, craft cocktails, and wines. We feature food and drinks by Executive Chef Scott Kollig, and desserts by Pastry Chef Monica Kollig, CIA graduates who have worked for America’s top chefs. Dinner starts at 5pm Tuesday through Saturday. Our bar opens at 4pm.  We look forward to serving you at Aro.
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Premium Cocktails & Wines Aro offers a sommelier-selected wine list, excellent beers, and craft cocktails developed right at our bar. We proudly use local seasonal fruits, housemade bitters, and leading local spirits (including Lockhouse + Tommyrotter Gins), as well as top national and Spanish products. Best of all, our famous gintoneria is the first in the United States, featuring over 100 different gins, a dozen unique tonics, and much more.
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Scott Kollig, Executive Chef Head of Aro’s kitchen and front of house, Scott has over a decade of experience in noted restaurants. He served as Chef de Partie at José Andrés’s minibar in Washington, D.C., Pastry Sous Chef at Wylie Dufresne’s WD-50 in NYC, and Junior Sommelier at Michael Mina’s Wit & Wisdom in Baltimore. Aro fulfills Scott’s dream of returning home to Western NY and opening a Spanish restaurant, noted in The Buffalo News when he completed high school. Scott is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, and a Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers.
Monica Kollig, Pastry Chef Leading Aro's pastry department in the creation of awesome desserts, Monica has already developed some of the most stunning sweet treats in Western NY’s history. Trained in top restaurants including Daniel Boulud’s Cafe Boulud, Patrick O’Connell's Inn at Little Washington, Bryan Voltaggio's Aggio, and Cindy Wolf’s Cinghiale, Monica has personally been responsible for bringing national- and international-caliber ingredients to Buffalo for the first time. She is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park.
Aro’s team is locally unique, led by two nationally-experienced chefs and two restaurateurs who spent years studying Western NY’s dining scene. We are thankful for the hard work and humanity of our professional associates, including cooks, servers, bartenders, assistants, dishwashers and cleaners - all of whom contribute to making Aro a wonderful culinary destination.
Aro Bar de Tapas  |  5415 Sheridan Drive  |  Amherst NY 14221  |  716.631.1000  |  hola@arotapas.com
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Join Our Award-Winning Team Aro is looking for great people to join our team. We’re hiring additional bartenders, a Floor Manager, and evening cooks, particularly with Monday availability. Prior experience, talent, a positive attitude, and a history of reliable attendance at earlier employers are requirements for applicants. Please send your resume and cover letter to scott@arotapas.com.
Jeremy & Christina Horwitz, Co-Owners A shared passion for Spanish cuisine led Jeremy and Christina to build Aro in Amherst, where they live with their two daughters and dog Pintxo. With a background in law (Cornell Law School J.D., cum laude), business (Canisius College, M.B.A.), and restaurant reviewing (Buffalo Chow, 2008-2011), Jeremy was uniquely positioned to open Western NY’s first Spanish restaurant. As co-founder of Buffalo Chow, Christina’s love for interior decoration and travel led to Aro’s beautiful, authentically Spanish design.
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Your reservation enables us to guarantee you a table during our busiest hours, and customize your experience, particularly ideal for special occasions. You’ll also have increased access to limited- quantity specials, including off-menu dishes and desserts.
Aro serves dinner from 5-9PM Tuesday through Thursday, and 5-10PM Friday and Saturday. Our bar and lounge open at 4PM with our Bar Menu and full drink menus before dinner. Free, ample parking is available for all of our guests immediately outside our front doors.
Premium Cocktails & Wines Aro offers a sommelier-selected wine list, excellent beers, and craft cocktails developed right at our bar. We proudly use local seasonal fruits, housemade bitters, and leading local spirits (including Lockhouse + Tommyrotter Gins), as well as top national and Spanish products. Best of all, our famous gintoneria is the first in the United States, featuring over 100 different gins, a dozen unique tonics, and much more.
Amazing Desserts Our award-winning desserts are unlike anything served elsewhere in Buffalo. From gold-splashed, pearl-laden chocolates to flower-decorated flan, silky housemade ice creams, and ethereally light churros, our desserts celebrate both classic and modern Spanish recipes. If you’re celebrating a special occasion, our pastry team can make you a custom cake with mouthwatering flavors and beautiful designs.
The cuisine of Spain is breathtakingly beautiful, rich in flavors, and complex in textures. Aro brings authentic Spanish dining to Western New York for the first time.  Winner of Buffalo Spree’s 2016 Best New Restaurant (Suburbs) & Best Dessert Awards, as well as 2016 Diners’ Choice Best Food & Best Overall Awards, Aro features delicacies and decor that transport guests to Spain's culinary capitals, Barcelona and San Sebastián. Reservations are strongly recommended. Located at 5415 Sheridan Drive in Amherst, NY, Aro (Spanish for “ring”) combines dining rooms with America’s first gintoneria - a bar specializing in Spanish-style gin & tonics, craft cocktails, and wines. We feature food and drinks by Executive Chef Scott Kollig, and desserts by Pastry Chef Monica Kollig, CIA graduates who have worked for America’s top chefs.  Dinner starts at 5pm Tuesday through Saturday. Our bar opens at 4pm.  We look forward to  serving you at Aro.
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Experience Spanish Dining Authentic Spanish Tapas-style dining is about trying a wide variety of small dishes, hording or sharing each plate as you prefer. Aro’s dinner menu includes world-class hams, cheeses, vegetables, seafood, meat and poultry. On your first visit, we recommend that each guest selects one dish from four or five of the six categories, along with a beverage and a dessert. Two Chef’s Tasting Menus offer chef-guided tours through our menu on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
Aro Bar de Tapas5415 Sheridan, Amherst NY 14221716.631.1000    hola@arotapas.com© 2016   All Rights Reserved
Join Our Award-Winning Team Aro is looking for great people to join our team. We’re hiring additional bartenders, a Floor Manager, and evening cooks, particularly with Monday availability. Prior experience, talent, a positive attitude, and a history of reliable attendance at earlier employers are requirements for applicants. Please send your resume and cover letter to scott@arotapas.com.
Scott Kollig, Executive Chef Head of Aro’s kitchen and front of house, Scott has over a decade of experience in noted restaurants. He served as Chef de Partie at José Andrés’s minibar in Washington, D.C., Pastry Sous Chef at Wylie Dufresne’s WD-50 in NYC, and Junior Sommelier at Michael Mina’s Wit & Wisdom in Baltimore. Aro fulfills Scott’s dream of returning home to Western NY and opening a Spanish restaurant, noted in The Buffalo News when he completed high school. Scott is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, and a Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers.
Aro Bar de Tapas5415 Sheridan, Amherst NY 14221716.631.1000    hola@arotapas.com
Jeremy & Christina Horwitz, Co-Owners A shared passion for Spain and Spanish cuisine led Jeremy and Christina to build Aro in Amherst, where they live with their two daughters and dog Pintxo. Between his extensive travels and background in law (Cornell Law School J.D., cum laude), business (Canisius College, M.B.A.), and restaurant reviewing (Buffalo Chow, 2008-2011), Jeremy was uniquely positioned to open Western NY’s first Spanish restaurant. Christina’s background in interior decoration led to Aro’s beautiful, authentically Spanish design.
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Click here to see dishes, drinks & other treats at Aro’s Instagram feed, @arotapas
Strawberry-Basil Mule, Gin & Tonics, White Vermouth
Queso a la Parrilla (4-cheese sandwich), Vieiras (scallops), Hangover Burger
Aro’s menu evolves throughout the year, incorporating fresh local produce and other seasonally available ingredients. The images below represent only a small sampling of the dishes, desserts, and drinks we offer. Our latest creations can be seen at instagram.com/arotapas.
Quesos (cheeses), Burrata Toast, Boquerones (white anchovies), Pulpo a la Plancha (octopus)
Churros con Chocolate y Caramelo, Flan For The Lovers + Haters, Boca Negra (blackout cake)
Gambas al Ajillo (shrimp in garlic), Albondigas (meatballs), Jamón Ibérico (famous cured ham)
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Gambas al Ajillo (shrimp in garlic), Quesos (cheeses), Albondigas (meatballs), Jamón Ibérico (famous cured ham)
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Queso a la Parrilla (4-cheese sandwich), Hangover Burger, Vieiras (scallops), Pulpo a la Plancha (octopus)
Boca Negra (blackout cake),  Flan For The Lovers + Haters, Churros con Chocolate y Caramelo 
Aro’s menu evolves throughout the year, incorporating fresh local produce and other seasonally available ingredients. The images below represent only a small sampling of the dishes, desserts, and drinks we offer. Our latest creations can be seen at instagram.com/arotapas.
Lago/Último/Casa Gin & Tonics, Strawberry-Basil Mule, White Vermouth
Aro’s Executive Private Dining Room is a dedicated space for meetings and small private events. Available for a minimum of 8 guests, it comfortably seats 12, and can handle up to 14 in a pinch, if reserved in advance with a special private dining menu. Aro regularly hosts private dining events in the EPDR, and our chefs will gladly craft an amazing experience for a group of any size.
With advance notice, our pastry team is ready to create a beautiful custom cake for your event. Choose from several unique flavors, or specify a filling of your choice - we can do it all.
In addition to our main dining room’s seating for nearly 70 guests, our bar and lounge seat up to 32 people, with generous bar counters and tables that accommodate full-meal dining. We welcome groups from local businesses for both dining and drinking, offering a special bar menu daily at 4PM, and dinner at 5PM.
The Executive Private Dining Room features a 110” video projector, dedicated audio system, wireless speakerphone, and the option of discreet direct access through our kitchen for VIPs. Whether you’re hosting a birthday party, a small awards ceremony, or a professional meeting, our servers will provide individual attention tailored to your needs.
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Whether you’re hosting an event or celebrating a special occasion, Aro has a space that’s right for you. We can seat approximately 120 guests at once, with mixed standing and seating capacity for 150 - ideal for events where a partial- or full-restaurant buy-out makes sense. Most of our tables seat couples, families, and small groups, with several options for larger groups.
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Aro’s main dining room seats around 65 guests, while a private dining room comfortably seats 12
In addition to our main dining room’s seating for nearly 70 guests, our bar and lounge seat up to 32 people, with generous bar counters and tables that accommodate full-meal dining. We welcome groups from local businesses for both dining and drinking, offering a special bar menu daily at 4PM, and dinner at 5PM.
Aro’s Executive Private Dining Room is a dedicated space for meetings and small private events. Available for a minimum of 8 guests, it comfortably seats 12, and can handle up to 14 in a pinch, if reserved in advance with a special private dining menu. Aro regularly hosts private dining events in the EPDR, and our chefs will gladly craft an amazing experience for a group of any size.
Our Story & Space
Aro was created by the Horwitz and Kollig families after a providential first meeting. Amherst’s Jeremy and Christina Horwitz were headed to Spain when Hurricane Sandy hit, grounding their NYC flight and cancelling their trip. Taking a train to Washington, they dined that night at D.C.’s top Spanish restaurant, minibar by José Andrés, where Clarence's Scott Kollig was a chef. The incredible meal was unlike anything in Buffalo, using avant garde techniques to enhance flavors, textures, and presentation.
Construction began in 2015 and ended in February 2016. Aro’s space was created from a former greeting card shop and cellular phone store. M&T Bank was a loyal, supportive partner during the extended building process.
While locally inspired, Aro authentically recreates the look and feel of tapas restaurants in Spain. Dark woods, bull heads, and photographs of Spanish cities work together to create an elegant, “smart casual” atmosphere. Similarly, our bar and lounge were designed using elements from our favorite San Sebastián pintxo bars, with additional space to increase our guests' comfort. 
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Authentic Spaces, Local Materials Jeremy and Christina sought out re-usable materials from historic barns, churches, and factories in Erie and Niagara Counties to use in both functional and decorative ways throughout Aro. Wooden doors became chandeliers, wall decor, and the entrance to a closet. Church pews turned into banquettes. And a gigantic metal factory gear was transformed into Aro’s most interesting table.
Scott mentioned that he hoped to move back to Western NY one day, and Jeremy saw an opportunity to work together. In 2014, they visited Spain with plans to open an authentic Spanish restaurant back home. Over drinks at a gintoneria in San Sebastián, they saw a tavern puzzle magically linking an “aro,” a metal ring, to a chain. The magic trick perfectly symbolized their goal: uniting people to create an amazing new dining destination in Amherst. Scott and his talented wife Monica joined Aro as chefs. 
On the first day we debuted our brand new Spanish Muffuletta sandwich, Aro won the “Best Entree” Award at the 2016 Taste of Clarence. Inspired by New Orleans' famous Italian/Sicilian sandwich, our version uses premium Spanish Chorizo de Bellota and Salchichón de Bellota, one-year aged Manchego cheese, a Manzanilla olive tapenade, pickled peppadews, and Tom Cat bread.
The Buffalo News Aro Bar de Tapas Brings Spanish Pleasures to Amherst
"Exploring what Aro has brought to the table will reward even mildly adventurous diners,” said The Buffalo News. Calling Aro "a principled emulation of a northern Spanish restaurant,” the newspaper raved about dishes such as the Jamón Ibérico de Bellota. “ 'The world’s best ham,' the menu calls it, and I couldn’t disagree after letting some paper-thin shavings melt on my tongue… a masterpiece of pig.” The News also praised Aro’s desserts, noting that their "finesse and flavors were remarkable." 
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"The décor is full of dark stained reclaimed wood, modern lighting and vivid Spanish imagery along the walls... The menu is focused on Spanish tapas, with tons of options for sharing and a variety of familiar and exotic ingredients... Make sure that you don’t skip dessert; it’s some of the best in all of WNY."
Step Out Buffalo Aro Bar de Tapas Is Superb
"Aro Bar de Tapas has become locally famous for its fresh Gintonics,” notes photographer Robert Kirkham in a behind-the-scenes photo gallery, and "specializes in shareable small plates with aggressive Spanish flavors and an obsessive attention to detail."
"[A]s authentic Spanish Tapas as I’ve eaten outside of Spain and as good as you’ll get there. The food is flat out delicious. Just when you think it can’t get any better they bring out the dessert. If you love to eat, try new things, think of yourself as an bold, adventurous, devil-may-care Buffalonian... you need to eat here... like now."
“Besides serving the best desserts in the area, Aro Bar de Tapas has brought an exciting new cuisine to WNY. Never, to our knowledge, has someone tried to replicate authentic Spanish tapas to the degree Aro has accomplished... Modern techniques and creative flavor combinations [result] in desserts that not only taste great but are so beautiful, you’ll feel guilty marring their perfection by eating them."
Buffalo Spree: Best of WNY 2016 Award Winner  Best New Restaurant (Suburbs) and Best Desserts
The Buffalo News Photo Gallery, Aro Bar de Tapas
Taste of Clarence 2016 Best Entree Award
We appreciate the writers and photographers who have covered Aro, as well as the awards we have received from both publications and our guests. Here’s a sampling.
Best Food (WNY)  Best Overall (WNY) Spanish Cuisine (NY/Tri-State Area) Fit For Foodies (WNY) Good For Groups Special Occasion
OpenTable 2016 Diners’ Choice Awards
Visit Buffalo Niagara 5 Must-Try New Eats Around Buffalo
On the first day we debuted our brand new Spanish Muffuletta sandwich, Aro won the “Best Entree” Award at the 2016 Taste of Clarence. Inspired by New Orleans' famous Italian/Sicilian sandwich, our version uses premium Spanish Chorizo de Bellota and Salchichón de Bellota, one-year aged Manchego cheese, a Manzanilla olive tapenade, pickled peppadews, and Tom Cat bread.
OpenTable 2016 Diners’ Choice Awards
Visit Buffalo Niagara 5 Must-Try New Eats Around Buffalo