Monday, June 6, 2016

around DTX

Today I'm giving a little shoutout to some staples around my office. Whether you're looking to switch up the after work routine or happen to be Downtown or Financial District bound, here are four fun bars to check out. The happy hour eats are highlighted where applicable!

Les Zygomates | 129 South St | Leather District

A classy wine bar and bistro with a relaxed vibe, Les Z has definitely earned her spot as a favorite. With 1$ Oysters on weekdays from 3-7 pm, live jazz and an outstanding wine list, you can't go wrong. 

Townsman | 120 Kingston Street | Financial District / Chinatown Border
Townsman's Cider Shrub ($11) made simply with vodka, a cider reduction and black salt (photo above, far right) is one of the best cocktails to hit the scene as of late. There's something about a shrub that is fresh, dazzling and really speaks to me. And that black sea salted rim is brilliant. Another exciting rendition of an old school cocktail to try at Townsman is their Dry Martini Service ($12) combining Plymouth gin, Dolin dry vermouth, Chambery and Fees Orange Bitters, served resting in an iced carafe garnished with a lemon twist, pickled onion and a Castelvetrano olive. Alongside, nosh on tasty plates like Brussels Sprouts ($8) with malt vinegar aioli, harissa spice and pork fat croutons and the Spring Carrot Creste di Gallo ($24) an exceptional pasta dish with chicken sugo and toasted breadcrumbs.

Central Bistro | 101 Arch Street | Downtown Crossing
Central Bistro (formerly Petit Robert Central) exudes a warm, tasteful Parisian inspired atmosphere that livens up the midday workweek lunch. Pictured above is the Central BLT ($10) and their black raspberry and vanilla ice cream Baked Alaska ($9). After work it's easy to find a spot at their sprawling wraparound bar, where a solid beer and cocktail program and the Rendezvous menu: $5 appetizers from 4-6 pm await you. 

Yvonne's | 2 Winter Place | Downtown Crossing
So all I've got to show from Yvonne's is this bedazzled chandelier from the women's bathroom. The space in its entirety is luxe, opulent and worth checking out. It's almost always packed but if you've snagged a seat or standing room at one of two bars, give the Bairdly Legal ($11) with mezcal, cynar, passionfruit, and grapefruit soda a try. On the contrary, one to steer clear of is the 1989 ($13) with Ketle 1, lavender, elderflower, celery and champagne. I had to question the bartender if this was actually a cocktail...or straight champagne. I ended up sending it back because it was bland compared to what I was expecting. My only experience with the food has been passed appetizers at events here, but if they are any indication, it's seriously good!

Where else do I need to check out?!

6 comments:

  1. I love Townsman! If I worked closer, I'd be there every night. I still have to get to Yvonne's!

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  2. Love all three of these places! So glad you are a fan too :)
    xoxo, Jenna
    Boston Chic Party

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  3. Townsman and Yvonne's are on my list to try ASAP!

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  4. Love Les Zyg and now you are making want to revisit Townsman. I havent been since it first openend!

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  5. Les Zyg is our classic, go-to date night spot. Love it, let's meet there soon!

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  6. Fun post! I've heard such good things about Yvonne's and Townsman- i need to try them out! I had been to Petit Robert's Bistro a few times and loved the decor (and food) and the new place looks just as good!!

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