Once a month I have dinner with a group of five girls. Given all of our schedules, finding a date that works for everyone is nothing short of a miracle.
For June we decided to have our monthly dinner at ArtBar in the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge. Not sure where that is? I wasn't either.
ArtBar (and the Royal Sonesta) is behind the Museum of Science and across the street from the Cambridgeside Galleria.
The night that we went was the first night of the intense summer heat wave that kicked off about two weeks ago. It was a Wednesday. I remember because it was the hottest Wednesday of my life.
As you approach the entrance to the hotel, the sign for ArtBar is prominently displayed against the brick exterior of the building.
We ordered the French Standard which was vodka, lillet, St. Germain, lemon and grapefruit bitters. It came in a giant serving piece with a spigot! Each of the glasses that came with the punch had a scoop of ice cubes, a fresh cherry and a lemon rind. Yum!
For an appetizer we ordered the fried mac and cheese. The mac and cheese came stuffed into crispy wontons and served with a cheese fondue for dipping.
For the entree course the friend sitting across from me ordered the Caesar salad. It was the perfect ratio of lettuce to parmesan to dressing.
The veggie burger came topped with a pickle that was speared to the bun. The French fries came poking out of a wire, silver basket. I also received a delivery of three, small condiment bottles for my burger and fries.
If I worked in the neighborhood (like the hundreds of employees across the street at EF) I think I'd love ArtBar for after work drinks with a view. The patio is a delightful urban oasis and that punch really was superb.
Have you been to ArtBar? Should I give it another chance?