From Our Editors
Backbar: A User’s Guide
- Small Plate: soy-braised pork belly with daikon slaw on a bun
- Dessert: gourmet ice cream sandwiched between housemade cookies
- Drink: a variety of modern spins on classic cocktails
When to Go Backbar's open seven days a week, and each day is filled with a different special event. Here's the breakdown:
- Genius Hour: The bar's spin on happy hour, it offers Internet specials instead of drink discounts. Free WiFi is available daily from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. so workers can skedaddle from their cubicles a bit early and finish up sending emails, compiling spreadsheets, and organizing the office softball league from within the sanctuary of the bar.
- Ramen: Noodles are added to the bar's small menu for a few hours each week. In addition to being served during Genius Hour Wednesday–Sunday, ramen is also served 4–10:30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday.
- Test Pilot Dinner: Sister restaurant and next-door neighbor Journeyman (9 Sanborn Court) tests out new dishes at Backbar before adding them to its New American menu.
- Omakase: The semi-secret omakase dinner only takes place on Sunday nights and requires a reservation, allowing guests who are lucky enough to snag a spot to taste the collaboration between Backbar and Journeyman. Backbar will concoct three cocktails that Journeyman will pair with three of their small, seasonal New American dishes.
Insider Tip: A downsized version of omakase, Backbar's bartenders will whip up an individualized drink—all they need to know is your favorite liquor and what fruit, if any, you want added.
Omakase: chef-selected multicourse dinner, typically focusing on sushi. The word can be approximately translated as "I trust you"—a sign of confidence in the chef's craft.
While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Backbar doesn't open until 4 p.m., so eat lunch at The Neighborhood Restaurant & Bakery (25 Bow Street) instead. Gayot called this Portuguese restaurant "a hidden gem."
After: Browse work by an eclectic group of 20 artists at Gallery at Washington Street (321 Washington Street). Their art ranges from painting and sculpting to paper cutting and bookbinding.