Post 390 – Downstairs in The Clarendon

post 390I had the pleasure of dining last night at one of Boston’s newest hot spots –   At Post 390 located in the all new Clarendon Luxury Condominium and at the corner of Clarendon St and Stuart St, Executive chef Eric Brennan keeps things light with very moderately priced American classics.

Despite having just opened in October, the place feels like it’s been open for years.  As part of the Himmel Hospitality Group, the people behind Grill 23, Harvest, and the former Excelsior (and now partners in the new Bistro du Midi located in what used to be the Excelsior on Boylston St.), Post 390 is located at the new Clarendon building which is a new luxury condo development on the site of the old Back Bay Post Office Annex (the new structure also now houses the new Back Bay Post Office Annex).

The atmosphere is polished, warm and inviting.  The two exposed kitchens give the ambience and warmth worth experiencing.  The overall space is designed on two levels that features black glazed columns, dark wood-slatted walls, a four-sided fireplace that feels like a ski-lodge, a private, glass enclosed dining room (where I was lucky enough to sit), and open views of Copley Square from many different angles.

Personally I felt the service was truly phenomenal, particularly for a restaurant open less than three months.  The waiters were attentive, but did not hover and were very knowledgeable about the menu.

As for the menu…One word: Meatloaf.  Yes, meatloaf.  Not like any meatloaf you’ve ever had, mind you.  Stuffed with ham and fontina cheese melted in the middle this dish was unbelievable.  In addition, you’ll find amazing selections like crab cakes, steamed lobster, turkey pot pie, steak; comfort food…The overall intention behind the menu has been to put a creative flair to your standard fare.

Care to pair your dish with the right wine?  Wine director Brahm Callahan has you covered.  Whether it’s a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc by Joel Gott for $26, or a French Rhone from Chateauneuf-du-Pape for $74, they’ve got it all.

The hard part?  Making sure you have enough energy to match the crowds that end up with a much sought after reservation.  Hip crowds and cool, relaxed atmosphere.  I put this one high up on the radar screen.  (Don’t believe me – check out the 50+ reviews already on YELP)

A must try…check out Post 390 and if you love the location…let me know and I can show you a gorgeous unit right upstairs @ The Clarendon!

Jessica Quirk

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