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Out and About: TRADE

February 14, 2012

Today’s post is courtesy of Suzanne King, business development coordinator at Mass. Electric Construction Co. For questions or recommendations for her next review, e-mail her at sking@masselec.com.

My original intention in writing this article was to review a new, casual (and possibly romantic) dining location for a Valentine’s dinner. After going to Trade , it became apparent that while the food was delicious, it was not a good location for an intimate dinner – at least not on a Friday evening.

Located on the ground floor of the newly renovated Atlantic Wharf building (LEED Gold-Certified) in Boston’s Waterfront District, Trade has an open layout with high ceilings and front glass windows which face Atlantic Avenue and Congress Street. The atmosphere is inviting and warm. However, one thing to keep in mind is that it is loud with customer conversation, which could make it difficult to carry on a discussion.

In the bar/lounge area there are several high tops, seats at the long, wraparound bar, and some comfy lounge chairs with low tables – all of which were occupied on this unusually warm winter night. While there isn’t much of an area to queue, there is room to wait near the entrance. The dining room is separated from the bar by some high-backed, cushioned chairs, which helps keep the noise down during dinner.

After we were seated (reservations are recommended), our waiter came over to take our drink order and let us know about the evening specials. Trade has a well-stocked bar, and custom cocktails including Bully Day, Russia Wharf, and Easy Fashion.

Working with the suggestion that the menu was tapas style and that all ingredients are locally purchased, we ordered an appetizer and one of the flatbreads to start. We each ordered our own meal, a bottle of wine, and dessert to share – and went home with a small bag of leftovers. The wait staff was efficient and very friendly, working as a team to bring customers their drinks and food.

Trade seems like it would be a fun spot for an after-work drink, and then a light dinner. There is a private dining room available. While it is noisy, it manages to be cozy. If you can, request a seat by the window as you will be very happy. Parking is complimentary with validation after 5 p.m. in the Atlantic Wharf Garage at 280 Congress Street. Alternatively, you can take the Red Line to South Station and walk up two blocks.

I’m looking forward to stopping in during the summer to watch the crowds on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy.

Trade is located at 540 Atlantic Avenue in Boston. For reservations, call (617) 451-1234.

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