May 11, 2018
There’s a Parisian glimmer to this Boston bistro. Eastern Standard is an attractive space, with its red leather booths and long marble bar ideal for a liaison, illicit or otherwise. The large, high-ceilinged dining room is invariably humming with the well-heeled and hungry, enjoying the pairing of comfort food with well-made cocktails. Grab a seat at the 46 foot bar and try one of the drinks courtesy of bar manager Jackson Cannon and his team. The bar specializes in ‘heritage’ drinks, precisely executed Friscos, Mai Tais, Negronis and the like being writers and all, we’d go for the Pulitzer, which mixes rye whiskey, vermouth and Aperol. They also serve more contemporary tipples, the pick of which is the Bohemian Cooler. They also do a whole selection called Oeuf, which come with the witty warning ‘consuming raw egg may increase the risk of being held in high regard by the bar’ but sorry, we’ll pass, though the Cold Weather range , which includes a London Toddy (gin, vanilla, cardamom) and the Hot Cider, is right up our alley. A decent choice of mocktails is on offer for the teetotallers, as well. Should you care to dine, dinner is a very meat and seafood heavy selection that includes Applewood Smoked Pork Porterhouse, Grilled Flat Iron Steak and Baked Atlantic Cod, with a raw bar to tempt your taste buds (vegetarians might struggle a tad). It’s a big, popular space and a lively, buzzing atmosphere is the norm. Those in the mood for romance should make their way to the Ann Corlo Lounge. Named after the 1940s burlesque dancer whose portrait dominates the space, it offers red leather banquettes and plenty of space to snuggle up to your date. There’s also a large patio area for summertime lounging and lingering.