Located inside Louis, Boston's Mecca of all things fashionable, Boston Public successfully caters to the boutique's moneyed, well-dressed clientele. The main dining room maintains a chic atmosphere with dim lighting and stark, minimalist color scheme. Come summertime, lunching ladies fill the outdoor patio's sun-splashed tables for fantastic views of bustling Newbury Street. When not delivering selections from the bar's impressive wine and beer lists, impeccably groomed waiters and busboys practice their modeling techniques.
The forward-thinking menu succeeds by featuring wildly offbeat flavors (cinnamon pickles, yuzu vinaigrette) and high-end ingredients (king crab, Kobe beef). Natural sirloins and Black Angus filets are broiled at 1,800 degrees, ensuring a pleasing char. From sauteed bok choy and crab wontons to buttered edamame, Asian touches dot the menu. Light, airy cheesecake and refreshing homemade sorbets lead the list of desserts available.
Top-notch raw bar offerings (artfully presented oysters, huge shrimp cocktail) provide a not-too-filling complement to the heavy steakhouse fare on offer.
Space is at a premium in the dining room, and those dining in pairs may end up taking in their neighbors' conversations, whether they want to or not.