Area Four opened in late May in Kendall Square. By day it serves people who work in the labs and technology offices in the neighborhood, and by night it attracts a young, hip crowd.
Following a popular trend, Area Four strives to incorporate a sustainable model, serving locally grown food which causes it to change its menu regularly. However, the menu always includes a fair number of small plates, salads, and pizzas as well as a few main dishes. Area Four has a full liquor license. Beer drinkers will be happy to see a number of tempting locally crafted beers.Dinner for two including two shared small plates / salad, pizza and a shared dessert will cost approximately $50 (drinks and tip not included). For our meal we started with the arugula salad with apples, beets, candied walnuts, and a cider vinaigrette, which was crisp and delicious. The meal followed with a decadently rich and creamy mac & cheese topped with croissant crumbs (mmm)…The two starters were my favorite part of the meal, but the thin crust pizza served from the restaurant’s wood fired oven was delicious too. We opted for the mushroom and fontina pizza.I normally skip dessert, preferring to imbibe my calories but tonight we splurged and tried the sundae made from homemade soft serve ice cream with marshmallow and candied nuts as well as an olive oil chocolate cake with creme fraiche, salted caramel sauce and cookie crumble and some deliciously rich coffee, which comes from a local roasting company called Barrington Coffee.Area Four is at 500 Technology Square (Kendall Square) in Cambridge Tel: (617) 758-4444 Reservations only available for parties of 8 or more.