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What to Eat at Outlook Kitchen and Bar, Now Open in the Seaport

By Scott Kearnan  |  October 15, 2015

Over the summer, Bostonians had a chance to soak up the harbor breeze (and plenty of cocktails) at Lookout, the rooftop bar and lounge at the Seaport's recently opened Envoy Hotel. (It's one of our picks for the 10 Hottest Bars Right Now, by the way.) But it was only two weeks ago that Envoy's full restaurant, Outlook Kitchen and Bar, finally started serving. With the Seaport continuing to be a neighborhood bursting with new openings, we took a look around Outlook to see the space — and some standout plates. 

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  • As befitting its Seaport location, Outlook employs some nautical style within its 123-seat dining room. The chic setting features teak wood recycled from shipping vessels and a floor-to-ceiling rope wall. (Please don't try to show off your knot tying skills.) There's also a 48-seat harbor side patio and a bar with power outlets at each of the 28 seats. You will never be caught stranded with a dead iPhone battery again!

  • Chef David Verdo, former sous at Miel and executive chef at CHOPPS American Bar and Grill, focuses on Modern American plates from breakfast to dinner, with some intriguing global accents scattered about. The menu is divided into several sections and includes a trio of flatbreads like the the Iberico Ham ($14), also topped with peppered ricotta, heirloom tomatoes and arugula.

  • Next up: some light, fresh salads like the 2-Grain ($11), a flavor-filled but sensible combo of quinoia and farro with goat cheese, olives, kumquat and kale served with a mustard-citrus vinaigrette. 

  • A glass wall partitions the "open" kitchen, so you can watch the team at work. To one side is a two-seat chef's table with the best view; there's no charge to reserve it, but be sure to do so. 

  • There's plenty of seafood on the small plates-half of the menu, including the salmon & tuna sashimi ($16) plated with seaweed, togarashi, ginger, radish and creme fraiche, accompanied by a seaweed vinaigrette. 
     

  • And although the mains have plenty of modern American plates — from NY strip steak with to roasted Maine chicken with celery apple-mash — there are a number of international inflections. Take the Moroccan-spiced lamb chops ($35), served with eggplant, harissa, stewed tomatoes and cipollini. 

  • Craving a sweet finish? Behold: the steaming Campfire torte ($8), brûléed meringue accompanied by chocolate ganache with a graham cracker crust, hazelnut lace and marshmallow. 

  • An abstract light fixture across one wall "represents the city lights reflected across the bridge," according to a press release. We say: "They're pretty."