Nestled in the West End at the confluence of the bridges, train tracks, and waterways that carry so much diversity into the city of Boston is Alcove, a neighborhood eatery offering a diverse dining experience. Overlooking the water on Lovejoy Wharf (look for the Converse logo) and just a stone’s throw from the TD Garden, Alcove marries the bounty of Massachusetts’ farm coast with fresh Mediterranean flavors and a brasserie sensibility to bring upscale-casual American cuisine to diners of all stripes, from pre-game snacks to special occasions.
The menu offers a range of options in both flavor and scope, all leaning heavily on local farms, fisheries, and purveyors. On the dinner menu, locally-sourced raw bar, charcuterie, and cheese are suggested To Start, followed by veggie- and seafood-heavy Snacks and shareables. The Mains stick to their source, divided into Field, Sea, and Land, with a range of traditional-ish side dishes to round things off. Lunch keeps things light with a Fresh section devoted to salads and a few sandwiches for those on a schedule, and Brunch brings the always-welcome addition of house-made pastries along with the usual suspects. Whatever meal you’re going for, it’s the kind of place you’ll be just as comfortable with a beer and a bite as with a four-course feast.
The restaurant’s design evokes the stormy seacoast farms where much of what’s on your plate came from. One wall boasts a blue-grey mural of a twisting topographical map, and this foggy palette dominates the space, with pops of brightness from reclaimed brass and vibrant paintings. Looking over the water, you’ll be dining under the blue light of the Zakim Bridge, from which the design team also took industrial cues. The room manages to feel farmhouse-cozy and industrially open at the same time, helped by the 35-seat limestone bar that takes the spotlight in the center of the room.
What’s happening behind that bar is just as important as what’s going on in the kitchen. The drinks list reads like a book, with the first chapter featuring high-concept cocktails divided by theme rather than flavor or spirit. Chapter II moves on to beer and cider from craft brewers near and far, and Chapters III and IV covering wine by the glass and half bottle. The wine program at Alcove isn’t anchored to a particular region, but rather focuses on makers that reflect the restaurant’s ethos of supporting small-scale, passionate producers who have a relationship with their land. The book ends with a chapter full of thoughtful non-alcoholic options, including house-made sodas and mocktails.
If plane, train, or automobile isn’t your thing, you can arrive at Alcove by water taxi (check the website for details). The restaurant offers a number of private dining options in addition to regular seating.
50 Lovejoy Wharf
Boston, MA 02114