Perhaps on his days off, Rick Moonen swaps his chef’s jacket and toque for a tailcoat and top hat. Is there any other explanation for the pseudo-Victorian flavor of Rx Boiler Room, which just might be the first gastropub in America that capitalizes on the popularity of steampunk?
The concept may leave some guests scratching their heads, but the burger here is a fine one. A patty of dry-aged beef is gussied up with “999 Island” dressing, balsamic caramelized onions, and house-made pickles. Just be warned that it comes without fries. And if you want cheese with that, be prepared to spend an extra four dollars per slice. You could always supplement with a “flight” of onion rings. Stacked on an airplane-shaped wire display, they’re just the kind of gimmicky side dish that will have tourists and foodies talking. – D.L.