B Street and Tres Gatos are becoming two becoming restaurants

B Street was once Pie Cafe.

Be it casual, posh or funky, a great restaurant’s success is in providing a place to commune around inspiring food. Two very different restaurants recently celebrating their first year in business have that down: Both Newton’s B Street and Jamaica Plain’s Tres Gatos are small, neighborhood hangs with incredible kitchen know-how. Oh, and cool music, too.

Elli Kaplansky switched her Pie Cafe to B Street, a smart, warm-hued bistro with live music (mostly jazz). Music plays second fiddle to chef Scott Keith’s beautifully balanced dishes, though. The menu might read as standard, but Keith is an artful hand at subtly accentuating such things as hummus (his is laced with pumpkin) or a duck confit flatbread (Keith delicately seasons it with gorgonzola cheese and brightens with fig jam) and reinvigorating them.

Over in Jamaica Plain, David Doyle turned his indie book and music emporium Rhythm & Muse into Tres Gatos Tapas Bar. He wisely kept the music and literature offerings; the venue is now a store within a restaurant where DJs spin, say, some Django Reinhardt. The restaurant centers around a bar and is cozy and soothing. Chef Marcos Sanchez offers nibble-sized pinchos and Spanish cheese and cured meats plates. His smartly arranged tapas are finessed combinations, such as a soft EVOO-poached tuna atop spicy mustard greens spiked with refreshing fennel. A warm, welcoming atmosphere counts for a lot, but B Street and Tres Gatos have their culinary endgame down too.

If you go

B Street
796 Beacon St., Newton
617-332-8743
www.bstreetnewton.com

Tres Gatos
470 Centre St., Jamaica Plain
617-477-4851
www.tresgatosjp.com



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

City Council to vote on bill banning anonymous…

One of the two bills would make it so any type of communication paid for or okayed by a campaign disclose that they are involved in any way.

National

At 91, Marvel creator Stan Lee continues to…

By Piya Sinha-RoyLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Marvel Entertainment's chief emeritus Stan Lee may be in his ninth decade, but it hasn't stopped him from adding…

National

Islamic State says beheads U.S. journalist, holds another

Islamic State insurgents released a video purportedly showing the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley, who had gone missing in Syria nearly two years ago.

Local

VIDEO: NYPD seeks shooter in East New York…

Cops are on the lookout for an unknown shooter who aimed and missed hitting a man on a bicycle, instead nearly striking a nearby officer in East New York.

Television

TV watch list, Wednesday, Aug. 20: 'Extant,' 'Legends'…

See a two hour block of Halle Berry's scifi show, "Extant."

The Word

The Word: Mischa Barton in trouble, not that…

  People are really, really worried about Mischa Barton. Again. The former "O.C." star is reportedly in deep financial trouble and can't seem to get…

Movies

Review: 'The One I Love' has a top…

Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass play a frayed couple who happen on something mysterious in "The One I Love," which we can't spoil.

Movies

Review: The semi-good times don't last in the…

Despite the occasional blast of Iggy Pop and The Buzzcocks, the YA move "If I Stay" — with a near-dead Chloe Grace Moretz — soon turns maudlin.

NFL

Jace Amaro continues to deal with issue dropping…

Jets second-round pick Jace Amaro has been plagued by drops since minicamp in June.

MLB

Shane Greene travels unlikely road to Yankees stardom

Shane Greene was throwing a bullpen session on a quiet field at Daytona Beach Community College one day when the ball started moving.

NFL

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL…

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL tight ends (TE)

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: Angels supplant A's, Nationals climb

MLB Power Rankings: Angels supplant A's, Nationals climb

Parenting

Fun family activity: Off-Broadway show for pre-teens

"The Love Note" is an off-Broadway musical your pre-teen won't roll his or her eyes at.

Parenting

Barnes & Noble partners with Samsung to release…

Barnes & Noble releases the first full android tablet optimized for reading.

Style

11 timeless gifts for registries or just because

Gifts to prove you're a style maven once and for all.

Food

The Chic Wife tells us how to use…

Kris Schoels, aka The Chic Wife, grew up on a farm with peach trees. August is National Peach Month, but Kris Schoels doesn’t need a reason…