Small Bite: Longfellow Bar

Michael Scelfo is bringing molecular mixology and finger foods to the space above his flagship Alden & Harlow.

Photograph by Toan Trinh

Go ahead, use your hands. From smoked chicken wings to short-rib tartare on injera bread, chef Michael Scelfo designed everything on the menu at his forthcoming Longfellow Bar to be enjoyed sans utensils. “It’s not meant to be a gimmick,” he says. “I love the tactile experience of eating.” The inventive snacks are the perfect complement to the bar’s “geeky” cocktail program—staffers will be playing with science-derived techniques such as spherification and centrifuge clarification—and a wine list filled with off-the-beaten-path varietals. For bigger appetites, there will be two burgers on the menu, including the “secret” one popularized downstairs at Alden & Harlow. “It’s going to be fun, and maybe a little messy,” the chef says of his third venture.

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