Cook in Newton, is a modern American restaurant with a really fun atmosphere. It’s menu is classic fare dressed up, but it is casual enough so diners feel comfortable. It serves dinner, lunch, and brunch on the weekends. I’ve been to dinner a couple of times, and brunch after my half marathon this past fall. My most recent visit was dinner on a Thursday night, and the place was hopping. They take reservations so I suggest calling ahead, especially if you have a larger party.
I ordered the Fattoush Salad with added salmon, and it was delicious. The salad consisted of spinach, cucumber, tomato, olives, feta, pita chips, and a sumac vinaigrette. The olives and feta both added a briny element to contrast the cool cucumber and tomatoes, and the pita chips provided a necessary crunch. The salmon was cooked perfectly at medium rare, and flaked apart when I cut into it. As a side note, the truffle fries are a definite must. Cook has a whole section of “Snacks” that are perfect to order and share with the table.
Lastly, for dessert I had the cheesecake bites. Two frozen squares of cheesecake were enrobed in a chocolate shell with a chocolate chip cookie crust. The cheesecake was very light, and did not have that strong of a flavor, which made it almost taste like ice cream.
Cook is a wonderful place to go to with friends. Not only is the food delicious, but the menu is also expansive, so everyone will find something to order. The environment is energetic and vibrant, and the staff are welcoming from the start. Definitely give it a go.