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While dining in Irvington recently, Cassandra Salimeno noted one glaring omission in the community’s culinary landscape: an ice-cream shop.
On weekend evenings, the Mass Ave crowd queues up at the hostess stand of this posh two-level eatery, a member of the Cunningham Restaurant family, to dine in either the sprawling main-level bar, the upstairs loft, or the twinkle-lit alley-side patio that abuts the Cultural Trail.
This small restaurant, located inside a frame house on the edge of the downtown Lilly campus, has a sister cafe, The Bosphorus Hookah Bar, next door.
Like most outposts of this popular steakhouse, the darkened basement location lends to the clubby, secret-society feel. Showmanship plays a big part here, as servers carry around big trays of plastic-wrapped meat for diners to view. The happy-hour bar menu, with steak sandwiches, mini crabcakes, and clever miniature wedge salads, is a hit.