A friend will take you out for a drink.
A good friend will take you out for a drink and some blood pudding.
And a great friend will throw in an order of clams. And smoked pig tail. And grilled foie gras.
We'd like to think Alden & Harlow were tight like that and are sharing the love at their namesake restaurant, now open under chef Michael Scheflo in Harvard Square.
When you go, tell your homies to meet you at the old Casablanca space on Brattle Street. If they find themselves in a room adorned in golden brass and wood beams, white tile bricks, and soft lighting, they're in the right place.
Like any true male bonding experience, some beer should be involved. With six draft lines and an extensive bottled list (Slumbrew Attic & Eve's Brown Ale, Mystic Day of Doom Quad), that shouldn't be a problem.
Then there's the menu, a veritable spread of farm-to-table goodness, starting from the snacks and all the way through the fried rabbit and wood roasted beef neck. And yes, the blood pudding, which is hickory smoked.
By the time the check comes, it may be time to make some new friends. Female ones. Like specifically those over at the bar sipping on Chinook Hop infused Mezcal.