Much as we hate to admit it because we hate clichés, August is traditionally a slow month in the restaurant opening business.
But just because you're sitting around waiting for the Pats season to start doesn't mean the rest of the world has been standing still.
Case-in-point: Ribelle, one of this year's most anticipated new restaurants, just made its debut in Brookline.
Turns out chef Tim Maslow (of Strip T's) hates clichés too, as evidenced by his eclectic Italian menu that's not all pasta and red sauce. More like scallops and eggplant...with chocolate. Or baby beets with yogurt and pistachios.
While everyone else sleeps through August, take that pretty new-to-Boston grad student out for some fast times in Brookline, which should start with a few Lion's Tails (bourbon, allspice, lime) or "Mongo" IPAs.
After a drink, it's up to you to set the pace. We suggest going from slow (lamb tartare and conversation) to faster (sweet blackberry polenta and footsies) to full speed ahead (a taxi home and breakfast tomorrow morning).
OK, so maybe just one cliché at a time.
Price: 3 (out of 4)
Noise: 2 (out of 4)
Subway: Green Line to Tappan St
Best bets: Rigatoni & octopus; lamb tartare; sweetbread milanese
Nearby: Barcelona Wine Bar; The Publick House; Washington Square Tavern