On Friday night my husband and I met my parents for dinner. My mom and I arrived early and decided to walk around the neighborhood. We came upon a new bar with one of the most stunning ceilings in the city. Over 9,000 wine glasses hung above our heads and softened the light as it bounced its way through them to the floor.
We quickly realized we were in The Boarding House, a new restaurant and bar created by the owners of Bistronomic. The bar and the cellar, on the lower level, were enjoying a soft opening that night. We sipped some champagne in the bar while skimming the menu of small plates such as charcuterie and sandwiches. The bar was a bit noisy, but would serve well as a spot for an after-work drink.
Before we finished our glasses we were fortunate to be offered a tour of the facilities. We started on the second floor which houses private dining rooms. The third floor will open later this week and is the location of the main dining room. It has a lofted area for semi-private dining and from the ceiling hangs over 4,000 green wine bottles for another stunning chandelier effect like in the bar on the main level. The third floor also has giant windows offering a unique view of the city streets. Unlike the bar levels the dining room will offer a full menu catering to a relaxed three course meals, just like Bistronomic food selections are divided by the plate size.
The lower level is called the cellar and offers 450 wines by the bottle. A wine cellar complete with dumb waiters to send bottles to the dining room greets you as you enter the space. Bench seating is ample and the wide curved ceiling joints make you feel like you are in a European wine cellar. We came back to the Cellar for dessert and enjoyed Almond Financiers, tea cakes with a trio of dipping sauces; Sugar Pie, a pie made with pear, pecan, and lemon that was not very sweet; and It’s Your Birthday Cake, a moist chocolate layer cake served with ice cream.
The service was quick, friendly, and attentive. We are eager to try the dining room after it opens and introduce our friends to the Cellar and bar.
See my review of Bistronomic on our Facebook Page here.