Beacon St. Tavern
Had dinner at BST last night.
Comments in order of importance:
1) The wine list is superb. Along the lines of the Franklin Cafe, Silvertone, and Washington Square Tavern... but even better. If you are into wine, you must check this place out.
2) There are still service kinks to work out. I think it would help if Gerry hired a very professional front-of-house person to manage the crowds that are sure to come. He is a great host and very wine knowledgeable -- he should focus. I am sure he is just trying to get the ship in order, so I withhold any judgments.
3) The food was 90% there. Highlights were the eggplant napoleon, lobster chowder, quail appetizer, and goat cheese appetizer. The carpaccio and sirloin were serviceable. The steak tips I would not order again... but I was eating with someone who had already tried the steak tips twice before and declared mine were not up to par... next time, I will either order the eggplant or try the burger.
4) Did I mention the wine?
Good luck to them.
Beacon St. Tavern may have an excellent chef and owner, but my wife and I wouldn’t know.
As Brookline residents, we have eaten at WST. As a Beacon St. commuter, I have been interested in BST, literally, since Via Via “left the building.”
On July 3rd, my wife and I decided to go check out the fare. We arrived at 7:30, and it was crowed. The front man said, “20 minutes.” No problem. We could wait...and we did.
As we sat near the bar, several groups left, including several couples, and a four top or two. As I type, it was mostly two tops leaving. The couple who signed in before us asked about their “status”. One of the four tops that left actually returned, had some words with the front man, and waited at the bar. A seven top was seated, requiring 3 tables for 2 tops to be combined.
Around 8:45, there were a couple of make or break moments, do or die, be seated or leave, you know, a couple has to make a choice.
That four top, the one that left, and later returned, actually was seated outside on a four top (which could easily be ‘adapted’ to seat two) around 8:45. The couple that arrived immediately before us was seated...we were next...right? No. Not the case. A couple that came in 30 minutes after us was seated in, oh, a 4 top booth. Nice.
Wow, that was it.
First, find a better way to keep track of names and numbers in each party (chronological order would be a plus). Second, if you want BST to be a “couples” destination, DON’T leave your tables configured as 4 tops when 80% of the queue is 2 tops, and the last 4 top was just seated.
Needless to say, my wife and I left at 9, and we bid adieu to the front man. Get straight, seriously...Hosanyi had a nice stay at the St. Mary’s T-stop, too!