At Alden & Harlow, Chef Michael Scelfo extended the concept of the domestic kitchen table into his first owned and operated restaurant. Located in the iconic Casablanca restaurant space in Harvard Square, Alden & Harlow pays homage to its chef’s roots by making each ingredient shine, and ultimately, cooking from his heart.
The success of this formula is proven in the attention the restaurant has received. In 2014, Boston Globe restaurant critic Devra First awarded Alden & Harlow a three-star review. They were honored to be the Best New Restaurant by Boston magazine and The Improper Bostonian as well as being chosen as “The Best of the New” in the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine. Bon Appetit magazine nominated Alden &Harlow as one of 50 nominees for “America’s Best New Restaurants.” Michael was also highlighted as one of the Best Restaurants in the Northeast by Arrive magazine. In 2015, Alden & Harlow was a semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation Awards in the Best New Restaurant category and Chef Michael Scelfo was a semifinalist in the category of Best Chef Northeast in 2016. Additionally, in the 2016 Best of Boston awards, Boston magazine honored Alden & Harlow with Best Restaurant: General Excellence.
Chef Scelfo’s career path has never been a linear one – twists, turns and many travels in between have brought him to this moment. Located at the gateway to Harvard Square at 1030 Massachusetts Avenue, “waypoint” often means a plot point on a map. As his second restaurant project, Waypoint signals a natural next step along his culinary journey. The menu reflects his forward-thinking approach to coastally-inspired fare – marrying his time spent along the Atlantic and Pacific shores.