A hidden experience
Larkin Square offers food-truck service, free concerts, outdoor activities and more
Published: Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 22:10
There is an interesting space nestled in the heart of Buffalo right inside the Larkin District. Larkin Square, a Western New York favorite that is home to a smorgasbord of events, is located at 745 Seneca Street in downtown Buffalo.
Run by Leslie Zemsky, who calls herself “Director of Fun,” and her husband Howard, the square was built to create a gathering spot for Buffalonians to enjoy fun activities.
On Tuesdays, for example, food trucks fill the lot and give eating enthusiasts a creative option for curbing their hunger while having fun. After grabbing dinner, patrons can enjoy a treat from Larkinville Ice Cream.
“The community has really embraced it,” Zemsky said. “[We’ve had] between 1,500 and 2,000 people here for concerts and food truck night. And now food trucks have come from Rochester. Food trucks have even embraced it.”
The venue has appeal – at least partially because if offers vibrant furniture, indoor and outdoor dining, retail market stalls, state-of-the-art lighting and sounds, food trucks, public sculptures and free concerts.
Consumers can enjoy a casual sit-down meal at the Larkin Filling Station, an artisan sandwich from a 1964 Airstream trailer or food from The Grill.
But that is not all.
You can learn how to play a classic, easy fun game called ‘pickleball’ that is played on a badminton court. The game is similar to tennis, but there is a slight difference: The ball is a smaller version of a wiffleball and the court is under one-third of the total area of a tennis court.
“It’s a quirky game that anyone can pick up really quickly,” Leslie said. “When we learned about it, we thought, it’s perfect for here. Because it’s all ages, you can play in your sneakers or your office clothes. Or you can play official pickleball rules or just get out there and hit the ball.”
The spontaneity and variety of Larkinville Square makes it another gem of Buffalo.