For the last two weeks I've been walking by a new restaurant in Downtown Crossing called Back Deck. I noticed it immediately because all of its windows are open to the street. As my regular readers know, I am all about the prime people watching spots.
Last week I went with a friend to Back Deck after work. As you approach the restaurant you notice the giant grilling spatula above the windows.
We spent quite a bit of time reviewing the cocktail menu. Eventually, my dinner date decided on the Berkshire Summer cocktail. It arrived in a perfect shade of cucumber green, which happened to match her manicure! She said the drink was refreshing and exactly what she wanted.
Our waitress, who was amazing, spotted my full drink and came by to see how I liked it. I confessed that it wasn't what I was expecting and that it was pretty undrinkable. With zero hesitation she whisked it away and demanded to know what else she could bring me.
After much consideration, I went with the Arnold Palmer cocktail. When it arrived, I took a big sip and nearly choked on the bourbon. Strike two.
This time, our waitress asked what I normally like in a cocktail. I described my usual ingredients and we both agreed I should try the Cape Cod Fizz, which is vodka, cranberry and lime. This drink wasn't amazing, but it certainly was the best one yet. Our waitress was my hero. She was willing to do anything to make sure I had a positive experience.
For her entree, my friend ordered the lamb skewer which came topped with yogurt sauce. She said the meat was moist and the yogurt sauce was exactly the right amount and a great compliment to the dish.
I had significantly less choices on the vegetarian front. I had checked out Back Deck's menu earlier in the day and on the lunch menu they had three incredible sounding varieties of grilled cheese. Those sandwiches weren't on the dinner menu, but I was hoping they would make an exception.
I asked our waitress if the grilled cheese sandwiches I'd seen could be ordered for dinner (you know, testing my limits with her to the absolute max) and she pouted and said, "I'm so sorry, but this is our first week open and we're really trying to stick to the menu items as they are listed. Hopefully in a few weeks our kitchen can take customs orders, but not quite yet."
With grilled cheese off the table, I decided to order the garden salad with the green goddess dressing. The dressing was yummy, but the salad was definitely missing something. I wish it had something more - cheese, croutons, avocado - just a little something extra.
When our waitress came by to ask if we'd like to see the dessert menu, we dove right in with the questions, "We hear you have s'mores. Tell us more." We were hoping the s'mores would be the kind you could cook yourself at the table (like Cosi in Union Square in New York City), but unfortunately, we learned they are pre-made.
We'd been looking forward to this all day, so went ahead with the s'mores anyway. Back Deck's s'more is a housemade graham cracker sandwiching an espresso infused marshmallow and an entire Hershey's chocolate bar.
Visit Back Deck at 2 West Street in Downtown Crossing.