May 11, 2018
Surrounded by the glass- and steel towers of the financial district, the overwhelming clientele of Liberty Exchange should come as no surprise: bankers. It’s a banker-ish kind of place, with pints and sliders for a hungry (in more ways than one) after-work crowd. When it opened in 2010 it did so with no little fanfare: Chef Makoto Ono had done well with his private kitchen of the same name and it was assumed that this success would translate effortlessly. While it remains a popular spot, especially for the finance guys and girls, it hasn’t set the town alight in the way that it might have. Certainly it is seen primarily as a bar (and an after-works one at that) with the restaurant, most of which is located on the upper floor, mercifully easy to get seated in. Downstairs, where giant patio doors spread open to allow the indoor and outdoor spaces (the latter of which is just a thoroughfare through Exchange Square, dotted with a few tables) to merge. It is a shame, as the food at Liberty Exchange is well done and, although perhaps unambitious in scope (Canadian comfort food, anyone?) it does exhibit little flourishes and is worth the trip to the.It is at its busiest on Wednesday to Friday nights, usually after the markets close, so depending on your choice of drinking companions, this would be the ideal time (or otherwise) to show up.