Just before Thanksgiving, Jason Santos opened his second restaurant, Abby Lane, in the heart of Boston's Theatre District. This area has only just recently been seeing the opening of non-chain restaurants, which can sometimes make dinner and a show a bit more special. When Nick's family came to town to celebrate the holiday, we decided it would be fun to see what Santos' new place had to offer.
Even though it was right before the holiday, I was surprised to see how empty it was. We had reservations, but could have walked right in. The space is lofty with beamed ceilings and distinctive cage light fixtures. The atmosphere is warm but still light because of the wall of windows in the front. While we did not check it out, the upstairs has a nice bar and lounge area with brick walls and couches.
|First Floor Dinging Area|
|First Floor Bar Area|
|Spiced Sangria Roja|
|Fried Chicken Sandwich|
|(Blurry) Baked Mac and Cheese|
|The Tremont Cheeseburger|
|Lemon Meringue Pie|
Another thing I found odd was that Jason Santos was there in the kitchen, keeping an eye on everything. However, other than a couple who came in off the street, asked for a photo and then left (i.e ordered NO food or drinks), he did not interact with any other customers. As we were eating our dessert he changed out of his chef clothes and went directly to the bar. Seeing as the place only had two tables, I thought maybe he would come over and see how things were - but nothing. It's not like I announced that I was a blogger, or that I expected him to come by because I was going to be writing a review, but I thought since it was the first week of operation for a new restaurant that it would have made sense (am I crazy for thinking that?!)
Overall, the food at Abby Lane is a welcomed addition to the theatre district, with its comfort food that is affordable. The price point is not bad, and with sandwiches for only $13-$17 and entrees ranging from $16 to $28, there is something for everyone.
I think the issues I had with the evening are common for a brand new spot will work themselves out quickly. I would recommend Abby Lane for someone looking for an easy meal over in that area.