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October 26, 2005
Some truly famous people have reportedly visited Sonsie during the prime time business hours, though I have yet to see any celebrities there for myself. Of the Boston elite, Matt Damon and Steven Tyler have been rumored to stop by during home stays.
As you might expect with the hotter-than-thou attitude, Sonsie is a truly swanky bar and restaurant. The richly decorated interior is the perfect place for after-work drinks or to meet some pals for brunch on Sunday mornings. Even if you don't get a coveted window seat, the other seats in the restaurant are well appointed and catered to.
Though sometimes the hostess can be a bit snooty, the friendly bartenders here more than make up for any attitude you encounter at the door. They are very knowledgeable about their craft, too; there isn't a drink that you can order that doesn't come perfectly prepared.
The menu at Sonsie has an unexpected broad range of American fare. Dishes range from the fairly inexpensive (pizza for about $10) to the pricey (steak for about $50), but there is truly something for everyone on the menu. All dishes, regardless of price, are well prepared and artfully presented by the servers. Brunch here is extremely popular due to the versatile menu and alfresco atmosphere. Come early or expect to wait!
Sonsie is a bit overrated due to the scenesters that frequent this joint, but it is worth the trip for a good meal and excellent service. To get the experience but avoid the crowds, go on weeknights in the beginning of the week.
From journal Boston: Adventures on Newbury Street
July 13, 2005
During the nicer days of spring and summer on Newbury Street, Sonsie opens up their floor-to-ceiling windows, allowing for customers who sit in the "cafe" part of the restaurant to feel like they're actually sitting outdoors. The tables are a bit small and maybe too cozy for some, but for a brunch for two, this place is intimate, yet casual enough for friends or lovers to brunch together.
It may be a bit too heavy for some people to have appetizers, main course, and dessert for brunch - but if you are a big eater, I'd say go for the steamed black mussels or the vietnamese spring rolls. Or if you don't find those appealing, the Asian Spinach Salad is perfect for two to share or one to eat as their main dish. It comes with fresh spinach, carrots, and shiitake nori rolls. The salad runs about 15 dollars and is very tasty.
If salads aren't your thing, go for their hot cubano. Definitely not a sandwich for dieters, but this comes with spicy pork, ham and cheese, and fried plantains that are cut very thinly. This sandwich is greasy but so good and decently priced at about 9 dollars. They have other sandwiches, such as the tuna melt, crabmeat sandwich, and veggie wrap. They also offer pastas and eggs served in almost every imaginable style.
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