|The Farmhouse upon opening|
The Farmhouse, a farm-to-table contemporary American, opened quietly on March 1 in Downtown Needham. The menu showcases simple, upscale comfort fare such as Maine mussels, white wine and garlic ($11); and braised beef shortribs, mashed potatoes and haricots verts ($25). Entrees run $16-$29.
The restaurant, which seats 100 people, is owned and operated by husband and wife team Dora Tavel-Sanchez Luz and chef Gabriel Sanchez. The couple took over the space formerly occupied by the Midtown Smokehouse and Grill, gutted it, painted it in cream and light green, and has created an elegant yet rustic dining room. A long 16-seat communal table stands adjacent to the 12-seat bar, which features cockitals, beer and wine; banquettes and table seating are throughout the restaurant.
Tavel-Sanchez Luz operates the front of the house while Sanchez, who hails from Mexico, cooks; the couple met while working in the restaurant business and moved from New York to Boston in 2003. This is their first restaurant.
The Farmhouse is open Tuesday through Saturday 5-10 PM, and Sunday 5-9 PM.
970 Great Plain Ave., Needham; 781-449-6200