Monday, December 20, 2010

City Table

A contemporary neighborhood spot tucked away in Back Bay's historic and luxury boutique Lenox Hotel is City Table serving creative American comfort food and signature libations. Located at 61 Exeter Street just around the corner from bustling Boylston, City Table provided for a cozy impromptu gathering with friends last Thursday night.Before I met the ladies I relaxed for a few moments in the lobby where clean smells of earthy incense wafted and ornate Christmas decorations filled a mantle above a crackling fire.Megan, Alicia and I gathered for a send off dinner in Alicia's honor. The evening marked her last official night as a Boston resident. Comfortable dining nooks are sectioned off in corners of the restaurant, housing modern dark brown woods and leather booths. Large windows true to form overlook the grand city scape. The central bar is set a glow by warm yellow lighting backed by a wall of rich blue and gray slate tiles.As we settled in and got to eyeing the extensive cocktail menu, it felt like a champagne kind of evening. While the martini list sparked intrigue, I sipped on what is now one of my favorite champagne drinks to date, affirming my latest infatuation with bitters to be well justified. Served in a wide rimmed champagne glass with a zig zag stirrer, the Champagne Cocktail ($8) boasted an angostura bitters soaked sugar cube, giving the bubbly a deep topaz glow and just a slightly pungent finish. Whoever thought of a bitter soaked sugercube should be praised for it is possibly best thing to happen to champagne drinks!The appetizers looked promising so once we finally narrowed it down to three choices and a salad, it wasn't long before the dishes graced the table and we played the usual pass-the-plates game before digging in.
Hangar Steak Tacos ($11) ancho rubbed, spicy tomatoes, guacamole. Tacos with a twist! The mini frajtas were the first of its kind (that I've encountered), an inventive play on a classic entree. Well seasoned slices of tender steak accompanied fresh diced tomatoes topped with julienned radishes and a flavorful guacamole served inside an exotic leaf.

Roasted Pumpkin Agnolotti ($10) brown butter, spicy walnuts, bosc pears. Agnolotti is a thinner flatter version of ravioli. The pumpkin is complimented by the crunch of the bold at times (one of us got a spicy bite, others not as much) walnuts and that sweet-spice bite of the tender bosc pear. Finished in a warm brown butter sauce, the Angolotti proves a delicate and delicious appetizer plate.

Sweet Potato Gnocchi ($12) duck confit, savory red wine sauce, parmesan. Duck confit is a favorite as of late, so it is no wonder I was still dreaming about this savory sweet appetizer on the T ride home. The pillows of sweet potato gnocchi proved an exciting pairing with the tender duck meat and sharp parmesan cheese.
House-Made Burrata Cheese & Prosciutto di Parma Salad arugula, grapefruit, white balsamic and fig reduction ($13) You can never go wrong when a salad includes house made cheese. Buratta meaning buttered in Italian is fresh mozzarella and cream, lending a soft silky palate and a rich sweet buttery taste. Tart juicy grapefruits, peppery arugula and crispy prosciutto mingled with an inventive dressing that combined a reduction of white wine balsamic with figs. Wishing Alicia well as she officially embraces new life in Connecticut, another round of cocktails were in order! I'm looking forward to sharing in her discoveries as she scopes out the Hartford and local CT food scene!!
Please note the man in the background in the below shot. Embracing upscale comfort as whole from the appetizers pairing unique ingredients in classic dishes to the casually elegant atmosphere, City Table makes for an intimate gathering with friends (or perhaps a more rowdy evening at the bar!)
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19 comments:

Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic said...

I've never been to City Tables on a quiet weeknight (always during loud weekends!) I had no idea it could actually be a nice, intimate venue! Good review :)

Kirsten said...

OMG those tacos look friggin amazing...MUST go eat there soon!

PS Yay for fellow Boston bloggers! Just came across your blog and am following...feel free to check mine out and follow if you like it! :)

~Kirsten
http://triplemaxtons.blogspot.com

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

yummy. those gnocchi look good! did that used to be called city bar? if so, ive been there and i loved a delish drink called the southside something..so good! haha

Megan said...

I miss those tacos... soo good. Had a lovely evening with you... just wish we weren't sending Alicia off... maybe we can come up with a plan to lure her back. :)

I love that you gave a shoutout to St. Germain.

MelissaNibbles said...

I love those guys in the background. Photobomb!
The decor is very festive, but not over the top. Very pretty.
Everything looks delicious. What a great send off for Alicia!

Amber Blue Bird said...

fun place. Just checked her blog out and its really cute. Since i live in CT I am looking froward to seeing what she thinks of our little place :)

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

Sorry I missed the dinner but everything looked lovely! I love, love, love CityTable and CityBar's champagne cocktails!

Elizabeth said...

That gnocchi sounds intense and the pumpkin agnolotti looks delightful. I tried City Table over the summer. My meal was just okay. I thought they did a better job with the less fancy bar-type food rather than the upscale dishes.

meesh said...

hahaha that guy behind you guys in the last picture is hilarious

Meghan@travelwinedine said...

Sad that I missed this. I like City Table except for the horrible, overwhelming perfume aroma in the lobby. I asked last time, and I guess it is their signature scent, but I thought it was waaaaaay too much. I want to taste my drink, not a mouth full of perfume!

Melissa said...

I've been wanting to go to City Table; the apps look delicious! Looks like a fun night!

shari @ little blue deer said...

Pretty restaurant, nice menu, reasonable prices (oh, and champagne!!). Looks like a winner! XX!

The Small Boston Kitchen said...

That looks really great! Will have to make it over there. So many places to try and so little time (and money!) Great review, loved the pictures!

Betsy said...

Great review!!! :-)

MichellePC said...

Bahaha! That person in the background of the last photo is saweet. This place looks crazy awesome - great review!

Emily said...

I love anywhere with a fireplace. Looks cozy!

Ella said...

Wonderful review - love all the photos of the room and food. I agree City Table is a great place to go in the neighborhood. We are there every other week.

Ella said...

Ever since we saw that The Lenox is rated number 1 on Trip Advisor for the whole city of Boston, we tell all of our friends from out of town to stay there.

Alicia said...

This was a great last meal - I'm so glad you could come!