“Join us at OAK Long Bar + Kitchen, a stunning new Boston restaurant in the heart of Back Bay. Sip a hand crafted cocktail. Sample a farm to table American menu featuring local ingredients and purveyors. Savor the dramatic results of an extensive restoration and each thoughtfully curated detail. With simple elegance complemented by contemporary spirit and style, our downtown Boston restaurant was designed to inspire.” -from their website
Extensive restoration indeed, this place is very old and very handsome.
The windows flood the restaurant with copious amounts of sunlight. No worries if you haven’t had your daily dose of vitamin D yet, they’ve got you covered.
Did you catch that pun?
We started with a delightful Hearth Baked Bread served in a cast iron skillet (that I had a hard time sharing with the table and nearly scolded the waitstaff for offering to take the remainder away), and their flatbread special: smoked salmon with cream cheese and capers.
Now I’m what you might call a Bloody Mary snob, so bare with me. My jaw dropped when it was placed on the table, clearly being the size of Jessica as you can see represented above. It was good, but not as spicy as I had hoped, and missing the olives. There are two things that I require in my Bloody Mary: lots of fresh horseradish and a handful of very salty olives.
No biggie though, down my gullet it went.
Onto the Chocolate Hazelnut French Toast. So very decadent and so very rich, thus I recommend it being an item to share. But get it. Definitely get it.
The OAK Burger was juicy and just check out that gorgeous toasted bun! JUST LOOK AT IT.
At $21, the Short Rib Quesadilla was lacking something. It was flavorful, but I think I was expecting it to not be so… flat. Or that it should have a side of jambalaya. Or beans and rice.
Or a heaping mound of fresh guacamole. Or you know, something.
I feel the same way about the Eggs Benedict. I love love LOVED the grilled Wolferman’s english muffin, but a scoop of hash or diced potato would be a nice accompaniment.
I’ll definitely go back to grab a classy post-work cocktail with a friend. Aaand more of that Hearth Baked Bread… all to myself and only 5 dollars!
OAK Long Bar + Kitchen is located at 138 St. James Ave. Boston, MA and is a short walk from the T.