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May 29, 2009 07:51 AM

Corner Tavern and Cafe 47 Back Bay

So, they aren't doing a very good job of advertising the Corner Tavern at all so I figured I'd post something encourage people to check it out. This place was formerly the Last Drop and reopened a little while ago with a full menu and much nicer vibe. It is more of a wine bar now. It opened around the same time as Cafe 47 (which is about 2 doors over) and I had high expectations for Cafe 47 and low for Corner Tavern...much to my surprise I have been to Cafe 47 twice and Corner Tavern is just about a weekly habit now. The menu at Cafe 47 has many reasonable options that sound decent but once you see it infront of you it screams cheap on your plate. The ingredients just tast like someone took them out of a prepackaged carton...from the salads to the salmon. Although the pizza is decent the rest of the menu is no better than a chain spot. Infact, I'd say it was worse than a chain because some items we ordered were striaght up inedible-the risotto tasted like it had been mixed with cream cheese...enough said. Anyway, last drop is doing it right, I think. They kept the menu simple but solid. They have little snacks you can mix (olives, nuts, etc) and match if you just want bar bites but also have entrees like schwarma wrapped in warm fresh pita with a nice yogurt sauce. I am not snobby about food, clearly I just look for quality ingredients and I found it ironic that the newly opened bar is doing it better than the newly opened restaurant. I will warn you Corner Tavern is def a BAR so don't go expecting a nice sitdown meal. Anyone else been yet?

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  1. Not yet, but it looks like a nice cozy place to watch a ball game on a drizzly afternoon.

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    1. re: BostonCookieMonster

      Forgot to report that I finally checked it out. Very nice! Something about a bar with no music is so gemutlich to me. The food was pretty good, especially the roasted potatoes that came on the side. Excellent for Sox watching.

    2. Yeah - we've been in a couple of times pre-Fenway. Below is an excerpt from my first post on Corner Tavern. Our second time was even better. We had the three bar bites (spiced, curried nuts; pickled veggies, and Berkshire blue cheese - all were wonderful). We also had something else that I can't remember for the life of me, but it, too, was tasty. I think one is better off sticking with a bunch of appetizers. Nice wine by the glass and beer selection. The chef/owner came out to chat with us - he gave us a little taste of the new French blue cheese he was going to feature - wow! That cheese had some zing to it! Nice guy and everyone else working there seems sincerely nice. The place has been empty both times we've been there. When we don't want to deal with the crowds at Lower Depths, we stop into Corner Tavern.

      This past Friday, we had a better than expected pre-game meal at the Corner Tavern (formerly the Last Drop at Marlborough and Mass Ave). They are definitely trying to do more than pub food - no french fries, but roasted fingerlings. I had a delicious pressed roasted veggie and goat cheese sandwich and B had a too-big and too-salty (and he loves the NaCl) muffelatta. But at least it was an option. It was empty at 6pm on a Friday.

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      1. re: digga

        I am glad to hear other people have enjoyed the food here too!

      2. I love this bar - great location (in back bay but away from the obnoxious whiskey's crowd), great beer list, friendly staff, and the food pairs really well with the aforementioned great beer. i walked by yesterday and noticed they have a big special on apps going on every day until 8 - all apps and sandwiches are $2-$4.50. i'm going back tonight for their bean dip and an abita!

        1. Corner Tavern has definitely been overlooked for some reason. I just mentioned in another posting today, that my post of a few months ago generated absolutely no interest. So, guess I'll repeat myself, nice staff, decent wine, good chef. Breads are from Iggy's, the baked scallops topped with pistachio are delicious as are the Thai wings. People, you are missing out. This is a great little spot.

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          1. re: Pegmeister

            I definitely want to try it. I used to live down near there when it was Last Drop. My friend still lives down that way, so I'll suggest it for our next time out. Thanks for reminding me. :-)

          2. Anyone know what they're charging for a Cutty or J&B on the rocks?

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            1. re: Taralli

              cutty or j&b? are you bringing your grandpa?

              1. re: hotoynoodle

                Lol, no, but I have a DC who won't drink much else. Dewars or some such would be just fine.