Just because you're from a tough neighborhood doesn't mean you can't make something of yourself: George Jefferson rose from Harlem to a deluxe apartment on the East Side, while Chris Herren rose from the rough streets of Fall River to...ok, bad example. Hoping to at least follow in the footsteps of Sherman Hemsley, the guys behind Deuxave Restaurant & Bar, opening Labor Day weekend
Taking their game from the gritty streets of DOT to the decidedly non-gritty streets of Back Bay, Deuxave (from the team behind dBar and named "en francais" for its two-avenue locale) rocks an upscale, locally sourced new American menu in an elegant 90-seat dining room replete with a giant framed vintage map of Boston in the 1800s, a slat stone fireplace, and a front bar and lounge area that's so heavily mirrored, you might as well have "Brady" on the back of your jersey. Tasty farm fare includes a Kurabuta "Milanese" pan fried black hog pork chop that's been herb brined/breaded and served w/ a ginger-tomato stew, pork fennel sausage, and garlic-wilted arugula; a Bordelaise sauce'd and cast iron-roasted 12oz aged prime black angus NY Strip w/ goat cheese and potato croquette; and a Moroccan Spiced Colorado Lamb Saddle w/ pistachio breadcrumb coating, which you can get for much cheaper at Burlington Coat Factory, if you don't mind the pistachio's being frayed and irregular. Sea-grub highlights include Lemon-Vodka syrup'd and seared Scituate divers scallops w/ potato rösti, shaved black truffles, and a leek & parsley fondue; a peppercorn crusted Hawaiian Ahi Tuna w/ sea beans and a lobster red curry emulsion; and a pan roasted line caught Atlantic halibut w/ sweet corn succotash and a type of shrimp called the laughing bird, so named because you're eating a shrimp. Go birds!
Deuxave's also dropping small bites like Peking duck confit w/ an heirloom tomato/frisee salad and a beef tartare/wagyu carpaccio duet to accompany a healthy selection of craft cocktails, a 250-bottle wine list, and brews like Troubadour Blond Ale that skew Belgian, a country that has no tough neighborhoods, now that Jean Claude Van Damme lives in Florida
Photo Credit: William Horne