Food & Drink

Your new South End safe haven for single-batch spirits

Even though it's not the culinary division of the Hub's popular Building Owners & Managers Association, BoMA still runs sh** thanks to its mod American eats served in a rustic "gastro bar" from a dude behind several 'burb eateries (Wakefield's Bellino's, Sudbury's Bistro 20), all set in the South End's former Bombay Club/Pho Republique and actually named for an African word that means "fortified enclosure".

Sit: Now touting retractable floor-to-ceiling windows that allow you to gaze longingly upon Washington Street, the exposed brick & wood-friendly 80-seater comes complete with vintage stainless ceiling fans, custom atomic sputnik chandeliers, a long granite bar, and heavy beams, also what Cyclops shoots out of his eyes right after he's watched a particularly depressing documentary about rhino poaching.

Drink: Put down that Ssips Cherry Berry Fruit Drink juice box, then pick it back up and finish it, then ask the bartender to throw it away, then order a pint of one of their 16 draft suds (Narragansett, Long Trail, Shipyard), or cocktails like the Ryeoni (rye, Campari & sweet vermouth), the mezcal, agave & muddled jalapeno Smoking Margarita, or a Jack Daniels & canton ginger number dubbed the Urban Honey

Gorge: Plates grow exponentially from "tiny" (one oyster “Bloody Mary” shooter & crispy shrimp w/ pickled heat), to "small" (slow-cooked short rib tacos w/ queso anejo; roasted clams & chorizo) to "large" (chili-garlic-buttered hanger steak w/ Texas hash, and grilled swordfish in a lobster jus), to the ironically misnomed "lighter", which includes lobster mac & cheese and a VT-cheddar-topped grass fed burger w/ duck fat fries, though post-consumption, you won't be running anything.