Sunday, February 1, 2015


Champagne and Israeli caviar await at Ostra


You're great at finding reasons to celebrate. 

The Pats' playoff win. Your hard-earned bonus. Your frostbite-free survival of the Polar Vortex.

And now, the opening of Ostra in Bay Village, because, well, any time you can indulge in Israeli Osetra caviar is reason enough to celebrate. 

Delicacies like these are best enjoyed in a properly sophisticated space, i.e. inside Ostra's piano lounge or the dining room, an elegant vision of white tablecloths and toasted brown leather. The open kitchen is great too, just don't celebrate in there. There are people working. 

Here's a better plan. Come up with your reason (no A-Rod in 2014!), pick a day, and reserve the private dining room for up to 40 of your favorite party animals. Appetizers of the aforementioned Isreali caviar, plus a few dozen Mayflower oysters, and a bottle of Pol Roger champagne, should help set the tone. 

By the time you're an hour in, your old friends will be toasting whiskey shots in your name. By the time you're two hours in, your new (and newly single) friend in the black dress will be feeding you tender pieces of the salt-crusted branzino, served conspicuously for two. 

Looks like you just got yet another reason to celebrate.

1 Charles Street South, Bay Village
(617) 421-1200

Price: 3 (out of 4)
Noise: 2 (out of 4)
Subway: Green Line to Arlington or Boylston
Best bets: Salt-crusted branzino; paella; grilled king salmon
Nearby: Whiskey Saigon; Back Bay Harry's'; Revere Hotel

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