The newest and best thing to happen in Harvard Square in decades is the recent opening of Beat Hotel. The cocktails are good, the live music nightly is wonderful, and the food is reliable and getting better. I’ve been dropping in weekly. The ribs I had this week were delicious (but then, folks, it’s pork and if you can’t cook pork, give it up, it’s the scrambled eggs of the meat world): they tasted as if they had been sous-vide prepared, then marinated in brown sugar and cumin and salt and pepper, and then placed under a Salamander. Anyway, great with gin or an IPA.
And all over Boston there are pizza places popping up: Otto from Portland, Maine; a new place owned by Michael Leviton just opened in Somerville; Locale in the North End; and, soon, Pastoral in Fort Point Channel. Everyone loves pizza. Can’t go wrong with pizza. Take dough, tomato sauce, and cheese, add toppings, and bake at high heat. Kind of like a more nutritious doughnut.
And over in NYC, well, it seems as if there’s more focus on food than on pork and pizza. This year has Sushi Nakazawa, Betony, Rotisserie Georgette, and in the recent past there are Perla, Il Buco, and Lafayette.