There’s a certain allure to Newbury Street. That’s why a stroll down this notorious boulevard on any afternoon will put you in contact with all types of people. There’s the guitar strumming Berklee hipsters hanging outside JP Licks. There’s the European crowd chain-smoking and drinking wine in the middle of a weekday (designer sunglasses are mandatory). And of course, the fanny pack-clad tourists, carrying souvenirs from Cheers. But one of Newbury Street’s most famous restaurants can please every demographic. Sonsie, located near the top of Newbury, is notorious for its open sidewalk cafe that provides a million dollar view of passersby. But if privacy is your idea of a good time, then have no fear. Sonsie is much larger than it looks from the outside. A mahogany bar provides a relaxed space to sit for a drink after work, or even to watch a sports game. Tucked away in the back are luxurious leather couches and booths to sink into. There’s also a secret wine room in the basement which can be rented out for special occasions.
While we’re great fans of Sonsie’s atmosphere, we have to admit the food is nothing to shake your head at, either. Weekend brunch with a group of friends is a delicious treat. The menu offers everything from diverse egg dishes to smoked salmon and bagels coated in cream cheese. If you’re looking to avoid breakfast food, the personal pizzas are rich and cheesy. We suggest the butternut squash pizza with walnuts for a fun variation on a classic meal. That’s the great part about Sonsie; no matter what meal you’re looking for or what time of day it is, there’s always a place for patrons to relax and enjoy themselves. The sidewalk may end where the open tables are placed, but that satisfied feeling will last long after you leave Sonsie.
[Photo: Newbury Open]