About Us


My bubbie and zaida (Rose and Frank Sandler) started our first restaurant in downtown Buffalo over 50 years ago. From there my mother and father (Anna and “Stumpy” Gengo) opened the quintessential New York deli on Hertel Avenue for 35 years. Since 2003 it has been my privilege to carry on the family legacy of great New York deli food. All of us at Risa’s hope you enjoy your dining experience with us.

Open Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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285 Delaware Avenue

(716) 842-6860

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“The wonderfully unpretentious authentic New York style deli fits in admirably among a diverse and more than a few of the heavy hitters in the Buffalo restaurant community.” –’s The Hot Spot

“…Family recipes, great value, patronized by ‘regulars’ – it is like being invited to a friend’s home for a meal.” – Al & Deb Warner, Buffalo Rising

“…is one of the most recognizable names in Buffalo’s food dynasty…. Risa’s wisecracks are as legendary as her sandwiches.” – Ben Siegel, Block Club