Kitchen Step is from the same chef as Battello, but besides the great burger topped with onion compote and bacon, it doesn’t have much in common with that special occasion Italian spot on the water. The food here is seasonal American, like celery root lasagna and baked chicken with chive oil, and rather than a place to celebrate wedding parties, the narrow space here should be used for brunch or weeknight dates. And it’s one of your best options in the area for both of those situations thanks to food like seared scallops with lobster-harissa sauce, and seasonal cocktails like the “not chocolate” with mezcal and dark chocolate consommé.
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