We recently had dinner here, a group of 8 for a birthday party. We had not been at this "new" location, but had eaten at UpStairs at the Pudding years ago. It is very sad that the owners are going to be closing up shop for good, this coming New Year's Eve. Harvard Square will be at a loss without it as it's presence has been a constant for 31 years. The vibe and the decor are truly special, unique, one of a kind - the pink, the zebra stripes, the super fun light fixtures! I think the food is very good, well prepared, creative. And I was very impressed with the bar tender who made for me one of the best side car cocktails I have ever had (he had to check his drink recipe book, executed it perfectly). As far as specific dishes, honestly, between the 8 of us we had a very wide sampling and we were all very pleased with what was prepared. The service however was definitely spotty - we never all received our plates at one time, so we had to wait for others at the table to be served their dishes before eating. Once, one of us had to get physically up and track down a server to find out if the duck she had ordered had escaped the kitchen! But still, this is a Harvard Square institution and before it's gone for good, I hope you can go - either for the first time or to say goodbye. Being inside just makes you feel good - the lighting, the decorations, very eclectic yet comfortable. It will be missed.
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