Restaurants in Downtown Boston: Bogie’s Place

Posted January 30, 2013 by Rachel Leah Blumenthal in Eat & Drink
You could opt for the sidewalk view at jm Curley, but you'd miss downtown's new dining experience hidden inside at Bogie's Place.

One of the newest restaurants in downtown Boston is also one of the most intriguing, particularly in terms of location. Bogie’s Place opened in mid-January at 25 Temple Place, right inside of the popular bar and restaurant jm Curley, which itself is barely more than one year old. Named after legendary actor Humphrey Bogart, Bogie’s Place is a not-so-secret inner sanctum of jm Curley that evokes the hush-hush intimacy of a Prohibition-era speakeasy.

While Temple Place is full of historic buildings, jm Curley and little sibling Bogie’s Place join another relative newcomer, Stoddard’s Food & Ale, which opened in late 2009. Another destination will soon join the ranks of new restaurants in downtown Boston: Windsor Button, the sewing and craft store established in 1936, is closing its doors, but the proprietor of two popular Somerville restaurants, The Painted Burro and Posto, will open up something in its place.

Bogie’s Place was highly anticipated, as jm Curley has already built up a solid following since opening in late 2011. Featuring a killer beer and cocktail list and an affordable menu—mostly consisting of snacks and shareable plates with a bit of a Southern flair—jm Curley also supplements late-night drinking with an “adults only” collection of “concretes”: vanilla ice cream whipped with “tasty treats” and alcohol.

The adults-only theme carries over to the new restaurant within a restaurant. While jm Curley is fun and casual, Bogie’s Place is a steakhouse with an old-fashioned elegance that conjures up memories of smoky, secret dinner dates. To get there, walk to the end of the jm Curley bar and look to the left, just before the foosball table. There, you’ll find a curtained entryway into Bogie’s Place. The rules are painted on the wall before you go in: “Adults Only. Please No Cell Phone Use.”

Chef Samuel Monsour

If you can follow the rules, and if you come with a reservation (highly recommended), you will be rewarded with a trip to the past. Think leather banquettes, dim lighting, and classic cocktails. Overseen by executive chef Samuel Monsour, the menu features old-time steakhouse classics with some delicious twists. The beef choices range from an IPA-marinated hanger to a gargantuan cowboy cut ($18-$39). There’s even a four-grain “t-bone” so that vegetarians “don’t feel left out,” according to the menu. Any steak can be amplified with toppings such as melted blue cheese or foie gras butter, and among other sides, there’s a traditional wedge salad and shoestring fries. You can’t go wrong with any of the options. The perfectly cooked steaks put many higher-end steakhouses to shame.

While most would argue that the best way to experience a steakhouse is to order a steak, the rest of the menu is worth exploring as well. An ever-changing collection of seven specials supplements the regular items, and connoisseurs may want to try the American sturgeon caviar presentation ($120), done in the Russian style and complete with chilled vodka.

The cocktail selection also harks back to the olden days with classics such as French 75, an old-fashioned, and a white Russian, made here with a quinoa vodka. For martinis, drinkers can choose from various brands of vodka, gin, and vermouth. Add-ons such as blue cheese olives and lemon verbena oil are also available.

To finish your meal, don’t miss the molten chocolate lava cake, a concoction that often gets bored stares from modern audiences. Here, though, it’s irresistibly dressed up with Grand Marnier caramel and orange zest ice cream. Alternatively, make a stop at the jm Curley bar on your way out to try the daily assortment of fresh-baked cookies.

Classic jazz winds through Bogie’s Place, and the intimate size lends itself to thoroughly attentive service (with the added bonus of no crying children or ringing phones). Despite the speakeasy feel, the secret’s out: Bogie’s Place is already making its mark on the landscape of restaurants in downtown Boston. With just 20 seats, it’s the perfect spot for a date or a small party, but don’t forget to make a reservation.



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