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Build your own Man­hat­tan at Free­p­oint Kitchen

Boston Common - - FOOD & DRINK - By Jes­sica Kas­par­ian

Typ­i­cally, you or­der a cock­tail and it soon ap­pears with an olive, maybe a sugar-coated rim. But chef Matthew Gaudet of Cam­bridge’s Free­p­oint Kitchen & Cock­tails wants you to em­bark on an ad­ven­ture. He wants you to ex­plore the wide world of whiskey and ex­per­i­ment with drinks like the “21st Cen­tury Cock­tail” which pays homage to a sim­i­lar cock­tail from NYC’s Please Don’t Tell. Then, you’ll be ready for the big­gest chal­lenge: Make your own Man­hat­tan. “We want our guests to pair their whiskeys with all the dif­fer­ent styles of ver­mouth and bit­ters that make a great cock­tail,” says Gaudet. There’s some two dozen bour­bon and rye op­tions alone with nine house vari­a­tions. As for the meals, Gaudet takes it from there: “I think the bright and re­fresh­ing whisky­cured sal­mon and cu­cum­ber would pair with any of these. Or per­haps a chilled and crisp shrimp cock­tail,” Gaudet says his menu re­flects the restau­rant’s at­mos­phere. “The ho­tel took care of the de­sign aes­thetic, which has a lot of sub­tle ref­er­ences to Cam­bridge and its unique his­tory,” he says. “I looked over ar­chi­tec­tural ren­der­ings and I knew then it would be the at­mos­phere I could see my food be­ing a part of.” 220 Alewife Brook Pkwy., Cam­bridge, 617.491.8000, free­p­ointho­tel.com

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