The Palm – Boston, Massachusetts

First Taste: Keep Palm and Carry On

Suits rejoice—the power lunch is back. But it’s moved from Back Bay to the Financial District. The Palm, which closed its doors nearly two years ago, is set to reopen on May 16 in its new location at One International Place.

The restaurant’s brand is modernizing, with its Boston location representing the first of what general manager Brian Brosnihan calls “a new generation of the Palm.” He cites the 30-foot ceilings as one of a few changes guests can expect to see from the 87-year-old establishment. The iconic framed caricatures are going to be scaled back since the new space features granite throughout and an entire wall of windows.

The 8,300-square-foot space also features two function rooms and a 75-seat enclosed patio that Brosnihan hopes will open for three full seasons. “It’s just a really nice setting,” he says.

Though the look of the brand may be changing, the taste isn’t. “The menu that’s already been established is such an important part of who we are,” says executive chef Karen Mitchell, a veteran of Legal Sea Foods. “So I don’t want to touch a thing. With that being said, we know what things are important to New Englanders, and with my experience working with seafood for so long, I feel that I can bring some New England-focused features.”

Mitchell hints that this could mean a raw bar and weekend clambakes during the summer. For now, guests can order the Palm’s traditional Power Lunch, a three-course meal that includes choices such as filet mignon medallions with a Bordelaise sauce or Atlantic salmon fillet with red pepper sauce and mango salsa.

Other items include the classic Palm sides—creamed spinach, asparagus fritti with lemon garlic butter—as well as newer ones like three-cheese potatoes au gratin and beefsteak tomato capri with fresh basil and imported mozzarella. There’s also the Cloak & Dagger, a grilled variation on a Rachel sandwich. It’s sure to slay you.

The Palm One International Place, Boston (617-867-9292)

This article originally appeared in the April 24, 2013, issue of The Improper Bostonian.