1 Kendall Sq., Cambridge
The cool atmosphere at this quirky Kendall Square locale, opened by the owners of neighboring restaurant The Blue Room and Cambridge’s Central Bottle shop, is emphasized with low lighting and rockin’ music.
To encourage guests to explore their wines, Belly offers glasses in both half and full sizes, starting around $8 and going up. “Wine yo” proclaims the top of the wine list, which offers selections like “sparkling” and “a wee bit sparkling,” along with a smattering of orange wines, white wines made from grape skins, and some topically rotating choices.
There are also plenty of tasty small plates, which are meant to complement the drink options, said owner and wine director Liz Vilardi. “The food is designed to pair perfectly with Belly’s extensive wine list, which runs the gamut from the off-beat, to the geeky and the classics,” she said.
Appetizer options include a duck breast prosciutto, and the salumi chef’s platter (pictured).