Alfresco Dining near The MarkAug 17, 2020 Blog Neoscape
With fall soon approaching, clear skies and glorious weather are beckoning Bostonians to dine alfresco. Of course, residents of The Mark can whip up their home-cooked delicacies in their state-of-the-art kitchens, equipped with top-of-the-line stainless-steel appliances, or enjoy takeout over the oversized kitchen island.
But there’s no better way to take advantage of the neighborhood than visiting the wealth of outdoor dining options close by. From Mamma Maria to Pier 6 and Cunard Tavern, several of the neighborhood’s best restaurants are continuing to offer outdoor dining, with social-distancing protocols in place to ensure that patrons can relax and enjoy a carefree evening of fine dining.
Mamma Maria oozes Old World charm, set in a 19th-century row house in cobblestoned North Square atop a small hill that allows for striking views of the Boston skyline. North Square is itself an American historical destination and former home of the likes of Paul Revere and Charles Dickens (during his American tours). The homey feel extends to Mamma Maria’s menu of Italian favorites, with standouts that include the rabbit pasta with pappardelle and pancetta and the ossobuco with pasture-raised veal served with saffron risotto. The entire menu is focused on locally sourced foods, grown and raised in New England, like the clams from Falmouth, MA, and pork from Chickering Farm in Westmoreland, NH (though some additions are imported straight from the source, like the artisanal mozzarella burrata from Campania, Italy). The sustainable ingredients make each dish the freshest take on classic staples, best paired with a glass from their extensive selection of Italian wines.
Of course, residents of The Mark know that spectacular sights abound close to the harbor. Pier 6 in Charlestown sits on the waterfront and offers panoramic views of the harbor and the city, and, like Mamma Maria, is located next to a piece of American history: the USS Constitution naval ship. This scenic spot matches views with its menu of New England classics focused on seafood specialties, like littleneck clams, shrimp cocktail, and swordfish tacos, and takes advantage of seasonal, local ingredients. Pier 6 has enacted additional safety protocols, including enhanced cleaning, sanitation, and ventilation maintenance, and has spaced seating at the patio six feet apart to make the dining experience safe and relaxing for patrons.
The self-declared “authentically Eastie” Cunard Tavern is another local stalwart. This bustling eatery pays homage to the East Boston Shipyard and Cunard Wharf—a gateway for generations of immigrants—with everything from its carefully curated decor outfitted with repurposed industrial design elements to its seafood-inspired menu. House specialties include the Samuel Cunard Burger, which tops a beef patty with fried clams and tarter sauce for a satisfying blend of American classics, while the Cunard Tavern Bourbon Sour features their house-exclusive single barrel Knob Creek whiskey, egg white, and lime. The menu also offers classic dishes, like chicken and waffles, fried sea bass, and fish tacos. Outdoor distanced seating is now open on their Top Deck roof deck, with its sweeping water and city views, as well as their sidewalk patio on Orleans Street—perfect for people-watching in the Jeffries Point neighborhood that inspired this neighborhood favorite.
Wherever residents of the East Boston luxury condos at The Mark decide to dine, they can enjoy spectacular views and fresh summer fare, all a short walk away in the neighborhood. Contact the sales team to learn more about East Boston and the current availabilities at The Mark.