|Chris Damian, chef/co-owner of Sip Wine Bar & Kitchen at the bar.|
Sip Wine Bar & Kitchen will be open for lunch and dinner, while Avery Provision Co., the retail component, will be be open 8 AM-8 PM. The two are scheduled to open this month.
A quick walk-through with Damian recently led us to believe this is just what this part of Boston needs. Sip is located in Downtown Crossing abutting the Theater District; it's a burgeoning residential area (condos above) with the Ritz-Carlton Boston Common hotel and residences next door and newly renovated theaters a block away. The area is really an extension of Boston’s proper Theater District. Sip will offer pre- and post-theater menus.
Avery Provision Co. will offer up to 24 prepared dishes, including: stuffed shells and meatballs; artisanal salads; grab-and-go foods like sandwiches; and sushi. Provisions such as tomato sauce, pasta - basic groceries including fresh breads and mac ’n’ cheese kits (the kind made famous at Max & Dylans) - will also be available. Folks can sit at a stool in the window or at the 16-seat butcher-block communal table with high-top stools, which will also be used for tastings and chef demos.
Sip next door (separate entrance and also accessible through the store) aims to be a warm and welcoming neighborhood hang with creative American-Eclectic fare of mostly small plates, cocktails and a variety of wines available in various size pours.
The bar and floor made with Italian tile is softened with wood tables, dark blue walls, mirrors and yellow-tint pendant lights. The bar/lounge is the perfect spot to grab a drink and bite before or after a show. The dining room seats about 80, and the patio overlooking Washington and Avery Streets seats up to 70.
Wine will be offered in two-oz. pours, half glasses (six ounces, which is considered a regular size glass in the trade), 10-oz. full glasses and bottles. “We’ll open a bottle for a customer if they commit to drinking two full glasses,” says Damian, executive chef and co-owner. A variety of Bellinis made with fresh fruit purees such as mango, blood orange and blueberry, will be a trademark of the bar.
The menu, which is still being nailed down, focuses on small plates ($7-$12) with items like flash-fried broccolini, skillet-roasted mussels, hand-hacked guac, and pretzel bites with provolone fondue; entrees ($16-$23) include Murray Hill cider-braisd chicken and filet mignon. Damien is considering adding rice bowls and maki. But nothing is set in stone. Not yet. We'll let you know when it is.
Sip: 581 Washington St.
Avery Provision: 571 Washington St.
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