Friday was Ribelle's second birthday, and the Brookline restaurant is keeping things interesting with a couple new features. First, there's a new set menu — six "casual and fun" courses, with optional beverage pairings, available nightly in the dining room (not at the bar or on the patio). While the dishes will always be changing, it'll always be six courses for $65 (plus $30 for wine pairings). The restaurant requests that the whole table participate, and dietary accommodations can be made if requested in advance.
As an example of what to expect from Ribelle's set menu, here's what it looked like when it debuted on Friday:
Alla carte options are still available, but according to the above Instagram post, "the set menu is what [the Ribelle team is] pumped about!!!"
Another new debut: nightly off-menu "Bravado" burgers for $16 each. They've been making late-night appearances recently, but now burgers are available every night (except Monday and Tuesday, when the restaurant is closed), from 5 p.m. until they run out. The details: there are only 12 burgers each night, and they're not listed on the menu, so just ask. They come one way and one way only: two dry-aged Double Z Farm beef patties, clothbound cheddar, griddled onion, and sliced heirloom tomato on a kewpie-toasted togarashi milk roll. Each burger is served with a side of "crab fries," which are fries dusted in Old Bay.
In non-nightly news, Ribelle is also continuing its Rabble Rouser guest chef dinner series, a collaboration among Ribelle's Tim Maslow, Brandon Baltzley, and team, along with guests from elsewhere. Tickets went on sale this afternoon for the second installment, which features David Barzelay of Lazy Bear in San Francisco, Eater SF's 2014 Restaurant of the Year. The "Dinner Party"-themed event is occurring on August 24 and 25 with two seatings each night (6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.) Tickets are $125, which includes a 10-course dinner, tax, and gratuity; beverages will be available for purchase at the event. (Are you intrigued by the phrase "large-format punch bowl"?) To discuss whether your dietary restrictions can be accommodated, contact firstname.lastname@example.org at least three days prior to the event.
Future Rabble Rouser dinners will feature some other notable chefs from far-off places, including at least one of Maslow's fellow Food & Wine Best New Chefs. Keep an eye on the Ribelle Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook accounts for updates and announcements.