Located in the historic Ladd Carriage House, Raven & Rose's grand exterior is as fantastic and dramatic as the theater crowd that is its normal clientele. It's a building that the Brothers Grimm would have rented for a weekend getaway, lingering over potted shrimp while the Cousins Grimm played pool, lounged in leather chairs and sipped gin at the bar. The restaurant got off to a troubled, slightly muddled start last year, but seems to have dialed in its focus. While the kitchen offers an array of seasonal farmers market selections, like the summer berry lemonade and heirloom tomato salad, Raven & Rose's main draw is its British and Irish country fare, and its upstairs bar, the Rookery, a much livelier place than the staid dining room filled with a fireplace, cavernous ceilings and a rarefied selection of liquors put to use in mostly classic concoctions.
Happy hour: 4-6 pm Tuesday-Friday. Food specials, $7 wines, $5 select beers.