Phantom Gourmet: Beat Hotel In Harvard Square, Cambridge

CBS Boston

CAMBRIDGE – The lights are low, the music smooth, and the vibe is more than mellow at The Beat Hotel.

Named for the Parisian hotel famous for housing writers and artists back in 1950s, this underground bohemian brasserie is the latest addition to Harvard Square, Cambridge. The enormous dining room is decked out in trippy art and funky lighting, with a laid back staff that seem a bit like beatniks themselves.

“It’s an atmosphere for everyone to come in and relax and listen to the music and have a great meal,” said Chef Rebecca Newell. “It’s unlike any other restaurant in the city.”

While the front of house is certainly a sultry space where you can catch soulful, live jazz nightly, back in the kitchen the vibe is much different.

Newell is the culinary task master shouting orders backstage, to make sure every plate served is absolute perfection, and all…

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