Cozy new restaurant 75 on Liberty Wharf opened just two days ago in the Seaport District, forging new territory in a neighborhood dominated by mega restaurants like neighbors Jerry Remy's and Del Frisco's. The 35-seat space (plus patio, at least in the warmer months) takes full advantage of the harbor view with floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides, and the menu and ambiance seem to take a middle ground between older siblings Cheers and 75 Chestnut - a somewhat swankier version of a pub where everyone might eventually come to know your name. "The staff is really friendly here," assured one employee, also noting that the restaurant hasn't been too crowded these first few days. Better get in now before the wait times start to rival the other restaurants in the neighborhood, many of which are perpetually packed.
In a logical connection to the location, the menu is heavy on the seafood, although not all of it is sourced locally. There's a Nantucket seafood stew and an Atlantic salmon dish, for example, but diners will also find PEI mussels and Monterey Bay calamari. Non-seafood dishes include sirloin tips, pumpkin ravioli, and a turkey panini.
The cocktail list features a lot of seasonal martinis, so lovers of pumpkin and cranberry are in for a treat. The most interesting thing about the drink offerings, though, is a dedicated list of "green libations," seven cocktails either made with certified organic liquors or containing other organic ingredients. The Green Line, for example, features Bully Boy organic vodka with Pernod, muddled basil, and lime juice.
It's a shame that 75 on Liberty Wharf opened just in time for the cold weather to bluster in, as the outdoor patio practically doubles the available seating, but hopefully the torches will keep it open at least for a little while. In any case, even those who snag indoor seats have plenty to stare at from the plentiful windows.