Alcove Opens in Boston’s West End – Eater Boston requirements for west point academy

A corner of boston’s west end tucked between the zakim and charlestown bridges is home to a new restaurant from a longtime industry veteran: tom schlesinger-guidelli debuts his first restaurant as an owner, alcove, on wednesday, october 17, at 5 p.M. The restaurant is located at 50 lovejoy wharf, at the lovejoy wharf condominium building, with a menu heavy on vegetables, seafood, and seasonal ingredients.

“the space itself from an architectural standpoint is loosely based off the materials you’d find in the back of a distillery or a winery or a farm,” schlesinger-guidelli said. West point military academy ny meanwhile, “from a graphics perspective, we wanted to take different pieces of the neighborhood and weave that into what we were pulling from architecturally.”

Schlesinger-guidelli is no stranger to the boston restaurant world: he spent years working in the restaurants of his uncle chris schlesinger, the founder of east coast grill, including summers at schlesinger’s westport restaurant, back eddy.

Later, schlesinger-guidelli served five years as general manager of island creek oyster bar, in addition to time spent at sister restaurant eastern standard, plus craigie on main. He also consulted with tracy chang for the opening of her cambridge restaurant, pagu.

For alcove, schlesinger-guidelli is building upon his time at back eddy, in particular. It’s located on the southern massachusetts “farm coast,” which he described as a robust agricultural region. West point military academy there are farming communities, fishing communities, and wineries, and alcove’s menu will draw upon all three.

Diners will find the opening menu heavy on vegetables, with a bend toward seafood, but, as schlesinger-guidelli said, “nowhere near as dramatic as my history.” alcove pulls in strategically sourced meat for its charcuterie, and there are raw bar items as well.

After the charcuterie, raw bar, and cheeses, the menu moves into snacks like beef carpaccio and brussels sprouts that fit a traditional appetizer size. Main courses include a roasted half chicken, seafood dishes, and charred maitake mushrooms. Schlesinger-guidelli said the menu gives alcove a chance “to highlight incredible farmers through simply executed dishes.”

“we designed the menu to be the kind of place where if you want to come in and have a burger and a beer for $20 bucks on a tuesday night, you could do that,” he said. West point military academy emblem but, there’s also room to have a special-occasion meal with multiple courses.

The cocktail and spirit menu, for example, is intended to be read like a book, according to schlesinger-guidelli. The outside is a deep blue and the paper inside has texture and warmth, he said. The menus are modeled after the design and materials in the restaurant, with very little gloss and mostly matte finishes and texture. The alcove dinner menu marlo marketing [official photo]

“when we started we knew that the neighborhood and the region was really important to tom. Visiting west point military academy it’s incredible to have the zakim bridge in alcove’s front yard,” said drew katz, the chief creative officer at marlo marketing. (schlesinger-guidelli worked with the marlo creative services team on alcove’s branding and design.) the bridge had a huge influence on the logo and branding of the restaurant, said katz.

Alcove will ultimately have somewhere between six and 10 menus for various meal services and beverages, and katz said that he and the design team aimed to lay out the menus almost like a map of boston, with the larger city in the picture and each neighborhood or region visible: “we laid out the menu in a similar way with smaller distinct sections that kind of create a bigger picture.”

Alcove is open for dinner from 5 to 11 p.M. Monday through thursday, with the bar open until 12 a.M. On friday and saturday, dinner service runs from 5 p.M. To 12 a.M., with the bar open until 1 a.M. Sunday service runs from 4:30 p.M. To 10:30 p.M., with the bar open until midnight. West point military academy buildings alcove will eventually add lunch and brunch.