Boston Nightlife Ventures has opened Wink & Nod in the former Noche space in the South End. The spot has been completely renovated and now is more reminiscent of a "craft cocktail speakeasy" with its loungy atmosphere, sumptuous couches and drinks named after musicians. As for the food, black pasta with baby octopus and super yaki served in a mason jar is the norm. Dinner nightly. Wink & Nod, 3 Appleton St., Boston, MA 02116, 617-482-0117.
Headed up by chef/owner Todd Winer, Pastoral is located in an industrial mill style space complete with brick front and high ceilings. The focus is on wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas, hearty pasta dishes (like ricotta dumplings) and classic dishes like a daily roasted whole fish. Dinner nightly. Pastoral, 345 Congress St., Boston, MA 02210, 617-345-0005.
Legal Sea Foods has added another restaurant to its roster --- this one in Downtown Crossing. Located across the street from the Boston Opera House, the concept at Legal Crossing is similar to all Legal's --- fresh seafood in every form, including tempura mussels, cast iron seared calamari and lobster soup. Main dishes include citrus grey sole, rainbow trout almondine and everything tuna. Lunch & Dinner daily. Legal Crossing, 558 Washington St., Boston, MA 02111, 617-692-8888.
M.C. Spiedo has taken over the former space of 606 Congress in the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel. Brought to you by the duo behind Arrows Restaurant and MC Perkins Cove in Maine, this is the first Massachusetts venture for Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier. The venue was initially going to be called MC Medici Ristorante & Bar. M.C. Spiedo, 606 Congress St., Boston, MA 02210, 617-338-4111.
Chopps American Bar and Grill opened at the Boston Marriott Burlington. Chef Daniel Bruce of Boston's Meritage fame is the consulting chef alongside Chopps chef David Verdo. Starters feature fritto misto cornflour fried scallops, shrimp and calamari, crispy pork belly and sirloin carpaccio. For main dishes, look for a 10-ounce flatiron steak, eight-ounce filet and 14-ounce boneless ribeye. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Chopps American Bar and Grill, Boston Marriott Burlington, One Burlington Mall Rd., Burlington, MA 01803, 781-221-6643.
Alden & Harlow has opened in the former Casablanca space in Harvard Square. Chef Michael Scelfo's menu focuses on shared plates like smoked cashews, currants and rosemary as well as chips with a three-onion dip. Main entrées include adventurous dishes like chicken fried local rabbit, wood roasted beef neck, pickled corn pancakes and hickory smoked blood pudding. Dinner nightly. Alden & Harlow, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA 02138, 617-864-2100.
State Park has opened at One Kendall Square in Cambridge by the same folks behind Hungry Mother, focusing on small plates and a fun drink list. Snack on tapas of fried pickled okra, beer nuts and pickled eggs or try the heartier fried chicken, cornmeal catfish or the barbecue smoked pork sandwich. Dinner Tues.-Sun. State Park, 1 Kendall Sq. Lower Level, Cambridge, MA 02139, 617-848-4355.
Chef and owner Ana Sortun of Olena and her chef de cuisine Cassie Piuma have opened Sarma in the Winter Hill neighborhood of Somerville. The Turkish-inspired restaurant serves up small plates like seven-layer hummus, spiced jerky with date molasses, fava bean paté and grilled eggplant salad. Heartier dishes include Moroccan fried shrimp, lamb souvlaki with Greek-style potatoes and harissa barbecue duck. There is also a full liquor license here (the first for Sortun). Dinner nightly. Sarma, 249 Pearl St., Somerville, MA 02145, 617-764-4464.
Stephanie Sokolove of Stephanie's on Newbury comfort fare fame has opened her third location in South Boston (the second is in the South End). The menu at Stephi's in Southie features hearty dishess like grilled marinated lamb chops, slow roasted half chicken and creamy baked four-cheese mac and cheese. Lighter fare includes a crunchy veggie salad, chunky chicken salad and seared sea scallops. Lunch Mon.-Fri, Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat. & Sun. Stephi's in Southie, 130 Dorchester Ave., South Boston, MA 02127, 617-345-5495.
Half Off Oysters at Marliave
From 4 p.m.-6 p.m. and 9 p.m.-10 p.m. daily, Marliave offers 3-4 different types of oysters for half the price ($1.50 each). Marliave, 10 Bosworth St., Boston, MA 02108, 617-422-0004.
Del Frisco's Weekly Happy Hour Series
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse is offering a weekly happy hour series running through April 25. On Friday evenings from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., complimentary liquor tastings, from sponsors like Remy Martin, Ketel One and Glenlivet, will be paired up with a happy hour menu of cheap bites such as beef satay and mini crab cakes. Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse, 250 Northern Ave., Boston, MA 02210, 617-439-3502.
Strega Waterfront Now Offers Sunday Brunch
Strega Waterfront is offering a Sunday brunch menu that includes breakfast dishes like Nutella croissants and lemon and ricotta French toast as well as lunch entrées, including a Caesar salad, rolled eggplant with layers of ricotta, spinach, mozzarella and tomatoes and their "famous" meatballs made with beef and veal. Cocktails include bellinis, bloody marys and mimosas. Strega Waterfront, 56 Northern Ave., Boston, MA 02210, 617-345-3992.
Leo Asaro has taken over the kitchen at Tico working alongside owner Michael Schlow. Tico's staples still remain, like crispy fried manchego cheese and shredded cabbage salad, but some additions include duck tacos with charred serranos, Spanish octopus and local scallops with blood orange aioli. Tico, 222 Berkeley St., Boston, MA 02116, 617-351-0400.
Menton's chef de cuisine Kristen Kish is leaving the kitchen on March 8, 2014, to pursue other options. The former winner of Bravo's "Top Chef" Season 10 is handing over the reins to Scott Jones, the current chef de cuisine at Barbara Lynch's No. 9 Park, who will take over in April. Menton, 354 Congress St., Boston, MA 02210, 617-737-0099.
Jaime Davis, previously the pastry chef at No. 9 Park, has joined the team at Deuxave Restaurant & Bar, the upscale neighborhood restaurant that focuses on contemporary French cuisine grounded in American sensibilities. Deuxave Restaurant & Bar, 371 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215, 617-517-5915.
Audubon Circle Bar in Kenmore Square has closed. The team behind Trina's Starlite Lounge will open a new restaurant called Audubon in the space. Audubon Circle Bar, 838 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02215, no phone.
After more than 30 years at The Westin Copley Place, Boston, Turner Fisheries Restaurant & Bar closed on December 21, 2013. The Copley Place restaurant was known for its "hall of fame" clam chowder and seafood dishes with an international flair. A new restaurant will be opening in its place at a later date. Turner Fisheries Restaurant & Bar, The Westin Copley Place, 10 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02116, no phone.
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