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Alden & Harlow

Alden & Harlow

New American Restaurant and Cocktail Bar$$$$
Harvard Square, Cambridge
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    Ricky S.
    "The best items were the "Pork Belly" and the "Secret Burger"."(23 Tips)
    Aaron W.
    "Kale salad, corn pancakes, and grilled minty beans were so good."(12 Tips)
    Kelly R.
    "Get the ubiquitous kale salad, 60 degree egg, and pork belly."(17 Tips)
    Keri G.
    "Forever in love with the charred broccoli and the corn pancakes."(8 Tips)
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  • burgers
  • good for dates
  • trendy
  • kale salad
  • charred broccoli
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  • Alexa S.heart icon on user image
    Alexa SternAugust 12, 2017
    This is my FAVORITE restaurant in harvard square. Everything is amazing. If you get there early you have a shot at snagging one of the burgers (not overrated). I like to get a bunch of plates to share
  • Dan R.heart icon on user image
    Dan RobertsJuly 4, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the best Cambridge spots: the menu changes often + everything is excellent. However, the leftish side of the menu is probably best; the appetizer-type things are more exciting than the entrees.
  • Eater
    EaterFebruary 6, 2014
    Its opening week went off impressively well, from an already-popular "secret" burger to a lively bar scene. Try it right away before the lines are perpetually out the door. Read more
  • Chris W.heart icon on user image
    Chris WheatonFebruary 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Best burger in Boston. Seriously rivals my favorite burger at Spotted Pig in NYC... But I can walk to Alden & Harlow. I will inevitably be a regular here. Sorry in advance.
  • Becky
    BeckyOctober 17, 2015
    charred broccoli with pumpkin hummus and the pickled corn pancakes were delish. the wait to get seats at the bar (since those are also reserved) is not quite as delish.
  • Jonathan Y.heart icon on user image
    Jonathan YuJanuary 2, 2016
    Great environment with tapas style dishes. Two dishes per person works out pretty well. The secret burger is amazing and large.
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 2, 2014
    The "secret" burger has already garnered plenty of local and national media chatter. Offers truly beautiful & creative vegetable-focused dishes that shine a light on the local bounty.[Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Alex H.heart icon on user image
    Alex HeathNovember 27, 2016
    Bold flavorful dishes to share. Super experimental and fun. Cocktails aren't cheap at $14 but they're different and worth trying.
  • Chris E.heart icon on user image
    Chris EOctober 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    All the cocktails are excellent. We also sampled at least half the menu. Pork belly, pumpkin salad (surprisingly), pork shoulder, burrata crostino were standouts.
  • Kathrineheart icon on user image
    KathrineJune 5, 2015
    The charred octopus with quinoa was awesome! Also love love loved the NY strip - amazing flavor. Great cocktails at the bar, too. Oh! And we ended up ordering a second of the kofta - so good.
  • Minnie K.heart icon on user image
    Minnie KimNovember 23, 2014
    Their "Secret" Burger is definitely overhyped. Bartley's has better burgers. The food was very interesting, a wide range of unexpected combos, like popcorn and pancakes. Overall, great ambiance!
  • Morgan M.
    Morgan McKeeJuly 15, 2017
    They call it shared plates, but bring an eater if you go that direction. Definitely try the crab, avocado toast and get come sweets as well. Pancakes are delicious!
  • Lizzy S.heart icon on user image
    Lizzy SaxeNovember 28, 2016
    Delicious food, a comfortable vibe, and a beautifully presented plates with good service. Pictured is the venison crepinette with housemade tahini.
  • Cameron R.heart icon on user image
    Cameron RyanMay 1, 2017
    I recommend the chips & 3onion dip, chicken fried local rabbit, & the salt roasted beets. Delicious. The menu changes seasonally too, so be on the lookout for new yummy bites.
  • Aaron W.heart icon on user image
    Aaron WheelerJune 29, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Kale salad, corn pancakes, and grilled minty beans were so good. The blueberry pie special was killer! Also get the Turncoat cocktail, mmm.
  • Reserve
    ReserveMay 5, 2016
    Alden & Harlow’s Burger — offered with limited availability — is made with an 8oz Creekstone patty, a house-made roll, and “your faith” in the chef. Read more
  • Sofia P.heart icon on user image
    Sofia PapastamelosMay 25, 2015
    Great foods and cocktails. Loved the mackerel and corn cakes! Beware of the price label because these are "small plates" which means you will need to order several (ie it's pricey).
  • Marc
    MarcJanuary 19, 2016
    OffMenuBurger: tweets out secret burger code word every Friday. Current SecBur: blend of ground brisket, short rib & beef plate, lettuce, a Cabot cheese tuille + salted onions, dressed w/No-Name sauce
  • Yuval Z.heart icon on user image
    Yuval ZukermanDecember 22, 2022
    The best restaurant in Harvard Square. Great service and cocktails. Try the braised beef or the pork belly. Just phenomenal.
  • Jessica C.heart icon on user image
    Jessica ChuAugust 31, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The secret burger is solid, but don't overlook their daily specials. Also get the kale salad and popcorn pancakes to start.
  • Luke H.heart icon on user image
    Luke HenryFebruary 5, 2016
    Burger (go early for it), pancakes, kale salad and then a random crazy choice.
  • Jessica S.
    Jessica ShimSeptember 21, 2014
    Don't leave without getting the Charred Broccoli, Squash Hummus, Montasio & Cashew Crumble! Seriously, amazing! The TRENNE NERO is also not to be missed!
  • Ben B.heart icon on user image
    Ben BearnotMarch 11, 2015
    Grilled chicken hearts and head cheese fritter off snack menu are awesome. Order ~3 dishes per person and they will arrive as soon as they're ready. First dish can hit your table minutes after you sit
  • Xavier
    XavierJanuary 31, 2016
    Some of the most bizarre food i found in Boston. Very good and tasty. But if you are hungry order more than to dishes. Summ good, small and expensive.
  • Gianna N.heart icon on user image
    Gianna NebbiaDecember 16, 2014
    The most unique and delicious food I've ever had... Also, the Embayed vessel is the best drink I've ever had. (Picture is of pork belly)
  • Lauren C.heart icon on user image
    Lauren ChristopherMarch 30, 2019
    Excellent snack menu! For meals, favorite small plate was the trout! You also have to stay for dessert. The olive oil cake is to die for!
  • Jessica S.
    Jessica ShimAugust 13, 2014
    Bon Appetit says: Get the restaurant’s coveted “secret” burger ; Stone fruit and house pancetta; beef heart tartare; chicken-fried rabbit with celery, apple, blue cheese, and chile oil
  • Oliver H.
    Oliver HoJune 13, 2014
    Tasty small plates (especially the pork belly), but with an emphasis on small. If you've got a big appetite, you might want to do 3 plates/person rather than the 2 or 2.5 the waiter might recommend.
  • Tom W.heart icon on user image
    Tom WangSeptember 5, 2014
    Kale aalad was the best. Also the "secret burger" runs out around 7:00 so get there earlier! Pancakes are an awesome substitute though
  • Irinaheart icon on user image
    IrinaJuly 7, 2016
    Cocktail Prima firma is really tasty, on a sweet-and-sour side. However, it would be useful to ask for a straw cause otherwise small pieces of ice go into your mouth.
  • Sandra R.
    Sandra RubinchikJuly 25, 2015
    They have something called crispy bok choy where they just burn the crap out of a perfectly good vegetable and serve it with a poached egg so you won't notice.
  • Keri G.heart icon on user image
    Keri GarelApril 5, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Outstanding food and cocktails. Forever in love with the charred broccoli and the corn pancakes.
  • Anna T.heart icon on user image
    Anna TyzikMarch 23, 2014
    Ubiquitous Kale Salad, Grilled Point Judith Bluefish, Lamb Sirloin, Pan Roasted Clams. And wash it all down with a dirty martini!
  • Mary L.heart icon on user image
    Mary LyonsOctober 17, 2021
    Roasted pumpkin raviolo, pickled corn pancakes, & grilled broccoli were delicious! Kale salad was good but not as unique as the other dishes.
  • Liam N.
    Liam NeeDecember 30, 2016
    Best of Boston 2016: Restaurant, General Excellence 🏆 :: Try the chicken-fried rabbit, roasted carrots over romesco sauce or chef Michael Scelfo’s scandalously smoky burger.
  • Irinaheart icon on user image
    IrinaJuly 7, 2016
    Pâté appetizer is amazing. Rich dynamic taste. Pair with some of their sour cocktails.
  • Michal P.heart icon on user image
    Michal PalmonAugust 6, 2021
    Amazing and creative food. Great flavors. We loved the focaccia, the smoked carrots, hamburger, potatoes and pancakes. Great service.
  • Alex M.heart icon on user image
    Alex MasseSeptember 16, 2023
    Get the local burrata, maybe get two.. to die for. Exquisite drinks and a great atmosphere
  • Eater
    EaterAugust 15, 2014
    From Bill Addison's review: "Beef neck, roasted to tender submission, collapses over parsnip puree." Read more
  • Dan T.
    Dan ThompsonSeptember 1, 2014
    The dishes are meant for sharing and the waiters advise you to order 2-3 per person. We didn't realize this before and so ended up spending more than we had expected. The food was delicious though.
  • DxbM
    DxbMApril 5, 2019
    Weird menu.. thought it would be a disaster.. the friend Brussels sprouts were great and the T bone yummy.. busy with students in Harvard square..
  • Ricky S.heart icon on user image
    Ricky SherrillMay 19, 2016
    Good food & drinks are awaiting you in this Harvard Square spot. The best items were the "Pork Belly" and the "Secret Burger".
  • Kim P.heart icon on user image
    Kim PhamMarch 30, 2016
    Absolutely gorgeous small plates. The kale and duck & pork campagna are perfect!
  • Mike G.
    Mike GFebruary 10, 2015
    Secret burger is great, burratta dishes are incredible, cocktail selection is fantastic and crafted with care and precision.
  • Anton S.heart icon on user image
    Anton ShusterDecember 5, 2016
    Layout of this place is confusing. The bar wraps around the back, so if you don't see room when you come in, walk to the back and make a left. "That'll Do" cocktail tastes like meat, in a good way.
  • Andrew C.heart icon on user image
    Andrew CNovember 14, 2017
    Great food in a cool space. You may leave inspired by the optimistic world-changing conversations of the Harvard kids around you.
  • Kevin M.heart icon on user image
    Kevin MacApril 29, 2016
    Can't go wrong with any of the dishes. Don't let the eclectic descriptions on the menu fool you. Your palette will appreciate your decision.
  • Adam S.heart icon on user image
    Adam SigelFebruary 21, 2015
    The charred broccoli was outstanding. Kale salad with pistachio dressing was great too. Fresh food creatively prepared.
  • Brett C.
    Brett CarneiroMarch 18, 2014
    Everything here was amazing, including service. I will certainly be coming back with a group of friends, or for date night. Cocktails were superb.
  • Adam P.heart icon on user image
    Adam PalmerMay 15, 2015
    Everything is fantastic! Great place for sharing - some fantastic flavour combinations - plus mystic table beer is fantastic!
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