Restaurant Opening: The Sinclair in Harvard Square, Cambridge

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Sinclair Cambridge

Photo by Emily Knudsen

Since competing on the Food Network show Chopped, Marcellus Coleman has decamped from New York to head up the kitchen at the Sinclair, a live-music venue/eatery in Harvard Square. The restaurant side of the space, which was developed in conjunction with the local chef Michael Schlow, offers a smart mix of preconcert grub and more sophisticated fare (not to mention a killer cocktail list) in an industrial-chic atmosphere. On the appetizer menu, “Disco fries” ($7, pictured above)—waffle fries dotted with chorizo and poblanos and smothered in cheese sauce—mingle with a refined spinach-and-ricotta gnudi in brown butter ($9). Entrées, meanwhile, range from branzino with bacon and white beans ($18) and steak frites ($21) to a pork sandwich ($12) and a burger dressed up with basil aioli and fried onions ($12). It’s a mix that promises to be a great fit for the Harvard Square crowd—students, professors, visiting parents, hipster twentysomethings, and everyone in between.

52 Church St., Cambridge, 617-547-5200,

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