Embracing the pleasures of life through food, drink and dance; that's the concept behind Boem. But the restaurant's sunshine motto is a serious contrast to its dour exterior. Two large, tinted windows seem to say "mind your own business," and the enormous chamber door is equally uninviting. This is one time, however, when you should let your curiosity take over.
Boem's dining room is filled with huge round tables. Plush booths line the lava-colored walls and black leather sofas create a loungy area near the stage. Drab carpet with a leafy pattern, red sconces and low ceilings add to the outdated atmosphere. But when Serbian bands take over the small stage (call ahead for performance times), the melancholy air seems to fade. Those who were just at the bar downing shots and gnawing on sticks of meat are now caught in a melodic reverie.
Meaty skewers are just one of Boem's specialties. The Eastern European restaurant also offers schnitzel, grilled pork loin, stuffed meatballs and sauerkraut. And let's not forget the hearty bowls of veal goulash, just the fix you need on a biting cold night.
Average cost: $10-$20
Centerstage Reviewer: Stacy Warden