The dining room at Marlowe, the perfect setting for brunch. Photo by Eric Wolfinger.
Pea pancakes at Marlowe. Photo by Eric Wolfinger.
Marlowe’s new bar. Photo by Eric Wolfinger.
Just last week, Anna Weinberg, James Nicholas, and chef-partner Jennifer Puccio got to welcome ~MARLOWE~ into its new home in Loretta Keller’s former Coco500 space (it just moved up 4th Street from Townsend). The space has doubled in size to 80 seats, gained a cute enclosed patio, and now has a full bar.
Another big addition is pastry chef Emily Luchetti, who is now chief pastry officer for the Big Night restaurant group, which includes Marlowe, Park Tavern, and the Cavalier. The COCOcup may be gone, but just wait until you try Luchetti’s chocolate-dipped peanut butter nuggets, rolled in Guittard sprinkles. (Paying homage to Coco500, Marlowe will keep the almond coffee vacherin on the menu.)
You can take a look at chef Jennifer Puccio’s savory lunch and dinner menus, which includes more bar bites than the original location (perfect to go with that cocktail you’re sippin’), like English pea pancakes with smoked salmon and chive crème fraîche, or grilled calamari and chorizo. Classics like the warm deviled egg (with aged provolone, pickled jalapeño, and bacon) fortunately remain. Mains range from pan-seared scallops with bacon-wrapped asparagus, English peas, and wild mushrooms in a white wine cream sauce to that fab burger of theirs (of course).
Designer Ken Fulk has continued with the restaurant’s original “butcher shop” inspiration (the restaurant was named after Weinberg’s great-grandfather’s butcher shop in Boston). There are a variety of seating areas, from the tables with bistro chairs and a tobacco leather banquette to marble tables with brushed industrial-looking chairs (and vintage cookware hanging from an overhead rack). It’s full of tiled surfaces, with a bright and crisp look during the day. At night, the marble bar shimmers, and the clean look reminded me a bit of Schiller’s in New York. The patio is damn cute; try to snag a spot during this warm weather we’re having.
Lunch is served Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, dinner Sun-Wed 5:30pm-10pm and Thu-Sat 5:30pm-11pm. The bar is open with a limited menu Mon-Fri 2:30pm-5:30pm. Coming soon: weekend brunch, and a late-night burger window!