Chef shuffles at beloved neighborhood joints tend to be a gamble for loyal patrons — often as not new blood at the kitchen’s helm results in unwelcome changes on the menu. If you’re Jeremy Sewall — the culinary mastermind behind Eastern Standard, Island Creek Oyster Bar, the imminent Row 34, and Coolidge Corner’s Lineage — you have a knack for matching chefs with kitchens. Proof of this is Alex Sáenz, Sewall’s latest pick for chef de cuisine at Lineage.
Oh hai Spring, there you are. We sort of felt like you’d been avoiding us for awhile. Called your cell, and it went straight to voicemail. Heard you were hanging around with some hussies from out of town. But you’re here now, and that’s all that matters. We totally forgive you for giving us the cold (so, so cold) shoulder this past month because the minute you come around, we just feel all warm and happy and better about life in general. Damn, you know how to play it, Spring. And while we know we really should be playing hard to get, we’re just way too excited that it might actually be getting balmy around these parts. Which is why we went ahead and rounded up some of our favorite places in this town to eat and booze alfresco. Which are basically our two favorite things to do alfresco.