Dinner at Union

Birthday celebration, part three! On Saturday night, two of my friends took me out for my girls’ night out birthday celebration. Since I had been eyeing up their winter menu, I chose Union Bar and Grille in the South End. I’ve had great brunch, dinner, and cocktails at Union before, and I was looking forward to a repeat visit.

Once we got settled, a piping hot skillet of cornbread with salted butter was placed on the table.

Union Boston cornbread

The combination of sweet cornbread with salty butter was fantastic. And for some reason, I was incredibly hungry so this hit the spot. We decided to start off with a round of cocktails from Union’s creative cocktail menu. I had a Honeysuckle, which I think is the same drink I had earlier this winter.

Union Boston cocktails

We decided to start with their East vs. West oysters and the mussels, steamed in wine with Tasso ham and smoked tomatoes. The oysters were shucked really badly with lots of grit and pieces of shell, but the mussels were great. I love the addition of a smoky meat with mussels, whether it be sausage or ham. They were perfectly cooked and delicious.

Union Boston oysters

After our appetizers and cocktails, we decided to toast with some Prosecco while we eagerly anticipated our entrees.



I knew exactly what I was going to have for dinner, ever since I saw it on the menu in January, hand rolled gnocchi with wild mushrooms, chard, and truffle porcini cream.

gnocchi at Union Boston

The gnocchi were pillowy, melt-in-your-mouth perfection with a fragrant, creamy truffle-laced sauce. I would have liked a little bit more chard to balance out the dish, but otherwise, it was absolutely perfect, and I could eat it again and again.

creme brulee

I was pretty stuffed after completely cleaning up the bowl of gnocchi, but I couldn’t help but eat several large spoons of vanilla crème brulee which was incredible. Sweet and creamy with real vanilla bean flavors, it paired perfectly with the shot of espresso that kept me awake for the rest of the night.

espresso at Union Boston

Our leisurely dinner at Union was followed by drinks at Gaslight and another drink at my neighborhood bar, The Banshee. It ended up being a late night that was a ton of fun. We don’t get together nearly enough because of how busy life can be, and I love hanging out with these girls!

Do you have a hard time scheduling in time to see friends and family? When was your last really fun girls’ (or guys) night out?

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  1. Raija’s avatar

    :) we love hanging out with you too!


  2. Daisy’s avatar

    the gnocchi look amazing! what a fun girls night dinner.


  3. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

    That sounds like a fun night with the girls!

    I’ve been dying to go to Union. The bread sounds delicious!


  4. Brian @ A Thought For Food’s avatar

    What a meal! It’s been a while since I’ve been to Union… but I have always enjoyed it. Makes me want to go back!


  5. Kelly’s avatar

    I’ve seriously got to go to that place- possibly for the cornbread alone hahaha :) Glad you had fun!


  6. Emily’s avatar

    Girl’s nights are the best. Happy birthday!


  7. Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)’s avatar

    I love that the cornbread comes out in a skillet – that is a very cool presentation.

    The creme brulee looks UH-MAZE-ING.


  8. Michelle’s avatar

    That gnocchi looks divine! It sounds like you had a wonderful belated birthday dinner!


  9. Megan’s avatar

    Can you believe I still have not eaten there? I know the cocktails are fabulous though!

    I just got together for dinner on Saturday with one of my friends who I’d been trying to make plans with for a while and had dinner last Tuesday with two other friends I hadn’t seen in about a month.


  10. alicia’s avatar

    I love the cornbread at Union!
    Having such a hard time making plans lately – between Easter, Passover and Birthdays I’ve been spending a lot of time with family rather than friends.


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