Food & Drink

New Restaurant

2014 Winner: Alden & Harlow

Photo Credit: Gretchen Devine


After years as a mercenary chef, Michael Scelfo finally added “owner” to his title, and his overdue solo debut is a smash. Alden’s array of shareable plates leans heavily on bold flavors, especially smoke, and achieves stunning effects even with (gasp!) vegetables: Few chefs could make charred broccoli on winter-squash hummus feel like a revelation. A cozy redo of Harvard Square’s old Casablanca space and a first-rate beverage program nudge the year’s freshest debut ahead of a very competitive field.

Alden & Harlow

40 Brattle St., Cambridge • (617) 864-2100

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