12/17/2012 05:37:00 PM

Sycamore Opens in Newton Centre

Sycamore in Newton Centre
Sycamore in Newton Centre opened quietly Sunday for dinner. “We got a nice pop,” said general manager Zach Lieberman.

The New American menu, put together by owner/operator David Punch (formerly of Ten Tables) and co-chef Lydia Reichert (Craigie on MainBergamotQuince in San Francisco), is a creative ode to the seasons, with snacks, starters, mains and desserts. Eventually there will be daily blackboard specials that are “very rustic,” says Punch. Items include house-salted cod croquetas, Vermont rabbit terrine, housemade agnolotti and among the mains: seared scallops and grilled Vermont lamb.

There’ll also be a featured “whole animal” special, such as the Hudson Valley Duck entree for two ($58), a whole duck prepared as roasted breast, leg confit, grilled sausage and duck liver (“innards”) on toast, presented on reclaimed wood “duck boards.” Entrees range from $19 to $26.

The place seats about 48 people, including a dozen or so at the oak bar. The exposed brick and rustic chandelier give it a laidback charm. As far as seating, guests can enjoy a cocktail at the bar or have dinner in the dining room with a windowed view of the kitchen.

Punch co-owns Sycamore with Shane Smyth. The hours are Sunday through Thursday 5-10 PM; Friday and Saturday 5-10:30 PM.

755 Beacon St; Newton Centre; 617-244-4445


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