The Saint Austere
613 Grand St.
Saint Austere has taken the narrow space that was formerly Wombat and turned it into a dimly lit bar featuring high-end small plates. Beyond the ample stools along the bar, communal tables encourage casual and social dining. Enjoy the complimentary collection of pickled vegetables (cauliflower, carrots, olives, gerkins) while you peruse the menu of small plates, housemade pastas, and a handful of entrees. Cheese plates are thoughtfully paired with candied pecans or a red onion marmalade, along with an Italian-style meat selection, including a sopressata from San Francisco. A broccoli rabe and boiled egg dish topped with anchovies and Parmesan is the owners’ inspired reconstruction of a traditional Caesar salad. Creamy polenta covers sausage in chicken jus for a heavy, flavorful mixture. The vealwurst sandwich is braised in Oktoberfest beer and served on bread from the Sullivan Street Bakery.