New Restaurant Asta to Open in Back Bay
He’s done it all—elaborate cuisine at L’Espalier, burgers at Atwood’s Tavern, and wood-oven-roasted dishes at Lineage, all the while apprenticing at some of the world’s finest restaurants, such as Copenhagan’s Noma. This fall, though, Alex Crabb will finally do things his way: His first restaurant, Asta, is scheduled to open in the Back Bay by October—and it will do so with a daring and exciting twist. Not only has Crabb bypassed the zeitgeisty gastropub concept, he’s also opted to offer a prix-fixe-only format. A three-course menu will feature simpler dishes, while five- and eight-course feasts will showcase elegant fare. How will the chef keep the ideas coming for all three menus? “At Noma, they have a whole research and development [department],” he says. “To stay relevant, you have to develop new recipes and always progress forward.”
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