Brookline welcomes a new neighborhood spot, Hamilton, to Beacon Street in the heart of Coolidge Corner. The space is sophisticated-yet-casual with a tavern-y feel (stained glass windows were flown over from Ireland), which is exactly what owner Greg Johnston aimed to build: a gathering place that’s warm & welcoming, laid-back but reliably delicious. Yep, the restaurant is named after Alexander Hamilton (and the wildly successful Broadway musical, which coincidentally is coming to Boston on Tuesday, September 18th), and the American Revolution theme doesn’t stop there. In fact, there’s a neat vintage table in the joint made from actual wood used on the USS Constitution.
The menu from Executive Chef Paul Alphonse (formerly of Ocean Prime and MINA) is full of American eats — like blackened salmon tacos, crispy quinoa & kale salad and Guinness braised bone-in baby back ribs — with a focus on local sourcing (local meaning not just the Greater Boston area, but Brookline itself: breads are from nearby Clear Flour Bakery; many vegetables are purchased at the Coolidge Corner Farmers Market). At the bar, you’ll find more nods to other Founding Fathers with libations like John Adams (Ketel One Citrus, Triple Sec, lemon juice, honey simple syrup, pink peppercorns), James Madison (Pama Pomegranate, Triple Eight Blueberry Vodka, Champagne) and Thomas Jefferson (Cucumber Vodka, Elderflower Liqueur, Sauvignon Blanc, lemon juice).
They’re open daily from 4:30pm through 1:30am. Visit their website for more details, and call 617.232.0033 with any questions.