Tradition and innovation come together at Blake’s Kitchen + Bar in Boston’s historic Crescent Alley, softly opening this week. Paying homage to the moments of well-deserved gluttony, Blake’s will offer a straight-up, fresh take on hearty pub fare, embellished with a local New England sensibility. Proudly serving breakfast and dinner, you’ll also find a well-stocked liquor bar open late.  Blake’s Kitchen + Bar opens to the public on January 17th, at 276 Friend Street in Boston’s bustling West End neighborhood. The upcoming weeks will act as a soft opening while final interior décor touches are completed.

Blake's Kitchen + Bar in Boston's West End (Submitted)

Blake’s brings a unique mix of classic New England and delectable international dishes to life with fresh, locally sourced ingredients such as hand-picked shellfish directly from the docks, fine blue cheese provided by Cricket Creek Farms, and world-renowned local lobster, provided by Cambridge Packing. The dinner menu includes a New England Clam Bake, Lobster Roll, the infamous Blake’s Burger, Lacquered Chicken with Brown Butter Jus, Maple Rosemary Steak Tips, Quinoa and Heirloom Bean Crisp, a Featured Local Catch, a Raw Bar, and various small plates.The breakfast menu includes dishes like a signature New England Breakfast, Lobster Benedict, Avocado Toast, and more; accompany breakfast with Fazenda coffee and your favorite morning cocktails.

In addition to the food menu, Blake’s cocktails and spirits bring the dining experience full circle. Whether you are looking for a pick-me-up elixir, a late evening nightcap, a sophisticated glass of wine, or a bottled brew, Blake’s liquor bar is just as much of a highlight as the food itself. Blake’s wide selection of cocktails and craft beer perfectly compliment the flavors found in the venue’s unforgettable fare. Well-known favorites are given a sophisticated twist with a menu that includes a Bloody Mary with spicy Grillo’s pickle, barrel-aged Negroni, Lawleys Dark Rum Peach Daiquiri, Wirework Grandten Old Fashioned, and of course, a variety of fine wine and beer. One of the most exciting drinks on the menu, however, is the Honey Blond Saison beer. 

Made by Cambridge Brewing Co., the Honey Blond Saison beer was made exclusively for Blake’s and has a refreshingly crisp, dry taste. Traditionally brewed in the French-speaking Southern region of Belgium known as Wallonia, this beer is typically brewed for the summer months, however, it has grown into a year-round staple loved by craft-beer fans. With Styrian Aurora hops and a touch of Chinook hops, Blake’s provides their own take on this beer by infusing a bright straw-gold from complex grist of Massachusetts-grown wheat, malt from Valley Malt, plus barley, oats, and rye.

Proprietor, Atit Jariwala says “Blake’s menu was thoughtfully prepared, embracing Boston’s culinary history and seaside location. We’re excited about its debut. The menu combines rich flavors and fresh ingredients for a twist on traditional, served up in a crowd-pleasing way. Whether it’s our Clambake with Chorizo and Corn, the quintessential Lobster Roll or our must-have Burger topped with Hot Italian Pickles, our goal is for guests to really get comfortable here, and stay a while.”  

When the décor is completed, the interior will reflect a traditional English pub, where you can find delicious food and great drinks. Blake’s pub-styled design is nostalgic of a time period within the industrial revolution, including craftsman styled details and delicate accents like rich, velvet curtains. Blake’s exterior will also reveal a newly situated main entrance located on the historic Crescent Alley, meant to inspire a journey tied to its rich history.