A brand new member of the Grafton Group in Boston’s historic Long Wharf, State Street Provisions (255 State Street) is a spacious modern tavern with rustic flare. We visited on a brisk Saturday to sample the popular brunch menu.
The menu focused on local, seasonal ingredients with an extensive raw bar. The majority of items were house-made from the fresh baked breads, to sausages, cured meats, fruit preserves, and brined pickles. We were a bit overzealous with our selections:
Butter Poached Lobster Benny - Tarragon-Lemon Hollandaise, Home Fries, English Muffin
Today’s Farmer Omelette (changes daily, on Saturday goat cheese, onions, tomato, asparagus were folded in) - Fresh Herbs, Home Fries, Biscuit and House-made Preserves
Apricot Mascarpone Stuffed French Toast - Candied Hazelnuts, Maple Molasses Syrup
Preserved Berry and Yogurt Parfait - House-made Granola, Wild Flower Honey
The drink menu featured some signature cocktails along with a lengthy beer and wine list. Instead of a classic Bloody Mary, we both opted to kick it up a notch with bone broth blended into the cocktail: Caucas Club - Vodka, House-made Bloody Mix, Bone Broth
On a Saturday morning, the setting attracted pre-New England Aquarium families with baby strollers, tourists, and locals from the North End and surrounding neighborhoods. At night we assume the eatery appeals to a younger post-work crowd from the neighboring Financial District.
An 80s mix of The Cure, Devo, Talking Heads
Our server was extremely friendly and charming clad in a crisp orange checkered button down with jeans and a rustic gray apron. He informed us that basically everything is made from scratch, and suggested dishes that met our tastes. He mentioned the Tuna Crudo is incredibly fresh and vibrant. We’ll be sure to order it on our next visit.
View from the window:
The welcoming, expansive windows allowed us to people watch on the Rose Kennedy Greenway across the street. Around the corner was Boston’s Long Wharf extending across the shoreline. A few steps away was the New England Aquarium and ferries docked for the Boston Harbor Islands.
The overall nautical design had vintage touches and modern notes like a hanging orb chandelier in the main dining room. Wide-paneled wooden floors extended throughout the space with thick, wooden tables surrounded by tan leather booths and Captains-style chairs accented with patterned upholstery. The expansive wrap-around bar with vintage accents had an original mural depicting the Boston harbor during the early 19th century behind it. Each lacquered table was set with rustic white, kitchen napkins, no tablecloths.
The cocktails were served in mason jars, and water was poured from big old-fashioned milk bottles. Classic silverware was wrapped in white kitchen napkins.. The parfaits and preserves were served in mason jars and positioned atop square wooden slabs. All entrees were served on white plates except the French Toast served on an oval black platter.
We are excited to return to State Street Provisions to sample the dinner menu and look forward to seeing outdoor seating available when the weather is warmer. Can’t come soon enough!