Just came from dinner at Union Bar & Grill in the South End, a great evening out. I've decided that the complimentary miniature cornbread skillet is a little too sweet for my taste; excellent butter helps a bit. We have starters of spaghettini with rock crab and macherroni with sausage (repeats: they are wonderful).
Despite the fact that the apps are the real bargain, I opt for the priciest entree, the $34 rack of lamb, which is stunning: 4 smallish chops of superb-quality lamb with a nice wood-fire char on it, plus a panzanella with gorgeous baby plum tomatoes and a very creamy polenta side with an EVOO drizzle.
The Renwood Nebbiolo is a good surprise (I'm familiar with their Zins, had never seen this varietal): kind of a bargain-priced Barolo knockoff. I'm not crazy about the all-American wine concept here, but this wine is chewy and delicious, and at $46 about half to a third of what I might have paid for a comparable real Barolo.
What cracks me up is a nearby table where two guys are also having the rack of lamb, except they're picking up the chops with their fingers and gnawing on them like spare ribs. Classy!
Good milk chocolate pot de creme for dessert, plus excellent espresso and chai tea. Very fine service (one main waiter helped by at least three service waiters) on a very busy night. We've decided we really like the simplicity of the decor. I suspect it won't be long before we're only coming here on weeknights due to crowds. So far, a really welcome addition to the neighborhood.