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Enjoy Bos­ton’s best restau­rants, sorted al­pha­bet­i­cally and by neigh­bor­hood. Prices re­flect av­er­age cost of a three-course din­ner for one, ex­clud­ing drinks, tax and tip. Note: Menus change fre­quently and sea­son­ally, so not all items men­tioned may be availa

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Abe & Louie’s A clas­sic Amer­i­can steak­house, this el­e­gant Back Bay eatery com­ple­ments its prime Del­moni­cos and New York Strips with an ex­ten­sive wine list. In­sider tip: If there’s one must-or­der, it’s Abe & Louie’s sig­na­ture side of fresh creamed corn with ba­con. 793 Boyl­ston St., 617.536.6300, abe­and­louies.com Alden & Har­low Alden & Har­low serves creative and thought­fully sourced New Amer­i­can food. Ask for the Se­cret Burger—in­gre­di­ents in­clude 8 ounces of House Creek­stone beef, a home­made roll, and “faith.” 40 Brat­tle St., Cam­bridge, 617.864.2100, alden­har­low.com Asta This con­stantly evolv­ing menu brings some­thing new ev­ery night of the week. Watch the chef cre­ate this in­gre­di­ent driven cui­sine from the counter that faces the open kitchen— you can enjoy an up close and per­sonal view of the cooks and can in­ter­act with the chef. 47 Mas­sachusetts Ave, Bos­ton, 617.585.9575, asta­boston.com Avery Bar This in­ti­mate, mod­ern cock­tail lounge at the Ritz sports dra­matic dé­cor—wood-pan­eled walls, vin­tage light­ing and an el­e­vated mar­ble fire­place. With the kitchen’s small bites, it’s the per­fect mid-day or post-the­ater gath­er­ing spot. 10 Avery St., 617.574.7100, ritz­carl­ton.com/bos­ton B&G Oys­ter Bar This is Bos­ton’s mod­ern take on the clas­sic oys­ter bar. Grab a bar stool and watch the chef shuck your meal in front of you—or, or­der B&G’s famed Maine lob­ster roll to go. 550 Tre­mont St., 617.423.0550, band­goys­ters.com Babbo Pizze­ria e Enoteca Who says pizza is a ca­sual food? Lo­cated in Bos­ton’s Fan Pier, Babbo Pizze­ria e Enoteca takes pie to the next level with spe­cial­ties such as pancetta, a pizza with grilled egg­plant and smoked moz­zarella. Wood-burn­ing brick oven piz­zas, heap­ing pasta dishes, gelati, and an ex­ten­sive list of wine op­tions are just some of the de­li­cious op­tions at the mod­ern kitchen and bar. 11 Fan Pier Blvd., 617.421.4466, bab­bopizze­ria.com Banyan Bar + Refuge This mod­ern, open­con­cept Asian gas­tropub sports a chef’s counter fea­tur­ing a view of the kitchen ac­tion, while large win­dows be­hind pro­vide an ex­pan­sive view of the

pic­turesque South End. Menu must-have: roasted cau­li­flower with a toasted co­conut sauce and yel­lowcurry raisin com­pote. 553 Tre­mont St., 617.556.4211, banyan­boston.com Bar Boulud Fine-din­ing her­itage meets French café fare at this Daniel Boulud bistro and wine bar. Slip into a comfy booth or watch Boyl­ston Street go by from a ta­ble by the win­dows. Lo­cated in­side the Man­darin Ori­en­tal Ho­tel, the restau­rant ac­com­mo­dates to each guest and has spe­cial events hap­pen­ing in­side the ho­tel year-round. 776 Boyl­ston St., 617.535.8800, bar­boulud.com/bos­ton Bar Mez­zana This coastal Italian restau­rant, tucked away into a warm and invit­ing space in Bos­ton’s su­pertrendy Ink Block, brings so­phis­ti­ca­tion and re­fine­ment to clas­sic Italian dishes. 360 Har­ri­son Ave., 617.530.1770, barmez­zana.com Bastille Kitchen Bistro cui­sine meets its mod­ern twist at this beloved French restau­rant, which fea­tures a beau­ti­ful, long quartz bar. IN­SIDER TIP: The best steak frites in town! 49 Melcher St., 617.556.8000, bastillek­itchen.net Benedetto Lo­cated in the heart of Har­vard Square, chef Michael Pagliarini is of­fer­ing a di­verse and au­then­tic Italian jour­ney for guests with stand­out dishes such as the tagli­atelle alla bolog­nese and spicy grilled oc­to­pus. In­sider Tip: Benedetto has two pri­vate din­ing rooms and a pasta ta­ble for spe­cial seat­ing 12-16 guests. 1 Ben­nett St., Cam­bridge, 617.661.5050, ben­det­to­cam­bridge.com Bistro du Midi Provençal cui­sine goes mod­ern at this FrenchMediter­ranean eatery. Tuck into the “bouil­l­abaisse du midi” at the cor­ner roundtable with a view of the Public Gar­den. 272 Boyl­ston St., 617.426.7878, bistro­du­midi.com Bris­tol Restau­rant and Bar No mat­ter which way you look here, you’ll have a spec­tac­u­lar view of the Public Gar­den. This restau­rant is lo­cated in­side the Four Sea­sons Ho­tel, and per­fect for a fam­ily break­fast or a busi­ness din­ner. The menu con­sists of lo­cal, sea­sonal in­gre­di­ents, cre­at­ing an up­scale com­fort food des­ti­na­tion, in­clud­ing burg­ers, sal­ads, steaks, home­made pasta, and seafood. 200 Boyl­ston St., 617.351.2037, foursea­sons.com/bos­ton But­ter­milk & Bour­bon South­ern hos­pi­tal­ity makes its way to the Back Bay thanks to chef Ja­son San­tos, of­fer­ing a cozy at­mos­phere and a mod­ern take on tra­di­tional New Or­leans dishes with menu items in­clud­ing But­ter­milk Fried Chicken and beignets. 160 Com­mon­wealth Ave., 617.266.1122, but­ter­milk­bour­bon.com Café Artscience Enjoy the avant-garde French fare by the soar­ing win­dows that look out onto in­dus­trial-chic Ken­dall Square or ex­pe­ri­ence the bar—and its sci­en­tific cock­tails!—that make this fu­tur­is­tic restau­rant fa­mous. 650 E. Ken­dall St., Cam­bridge, 857.999.2193, cafeartscience.com City Bar This ca­sual up­scale neigh­bor­hood bar, at the Lenox Ho­tel, fea­tures craft cock­tails and kitchen clas­sics, such as steak frites. IN­SIDER TIP: Ask for the se­cret cock­tail menu, which has been passed down since the ho­tel opened. 61 Ex­eter St., 617.933.4800, city­bar­boston.com Com­mit­tee This Mediter­ranean hot spot lo­cated in the Sea­port is in­spired by the kasseri found through­out Greece. Com­mit­tee is known for its tapas in­clud­ing the tzatziki trio and shrimp sko­rko, its tiki-in­spired cock­tails, and eclec­tic dé­cor with a penny-tiled bath­room floor and pipe chan­de­liers. 50 North­ern Ave., 617.737.5051, com­mit­tee­boston.com Coppa Fea­tur­ing Italian small plates, wood-fired piz­zas, and home­made pas­tas and char­cu­terie, this mod­ern enoteca de­liv­ers the ro­mana goods. 253 Shaw­mut Ave., 617.391.0902, cop­pa­boston.com Craigie on Main Chef Tony Maws cooks up a French-in­spired menu us­ing the best lo­cal, sea­sonal and or­ganic in­gre­di­ents. Be sure to check out some of the restau­rant’s weekly events and spe­cials tak­ing you on a food and drink ad­ven­ture. 853 Main St., Cam­bridge, 617.497.5511, craigieon­main.com Dante Fresh Italian cui­sine meets an ex­ten­sive and Italian-heavy wine list at this el­e­gant restau­rant and pa­tio with panoramic views of the Charles River and Bos­ton sky­line. 40 Ed­win H. Land Blvd., Cam­bridge, 617.497.4200, restau­rant­dante.com Davio’s The best views in this spa­cious, re­laxed din­ing room full of white table­cloths are at the chef’s ta­ble, in the heart of the ac­tion in the kitchen, which spe­cial­izes in hearty, high-end North­ern Italian fare such as beef steaks, veal chops and fresh hand­made pas­tas. 75 Ar­ling­ton St., 617.357.4810, davios.com Del Frisco’s Dou­ble Eagle Steak House Nes­tled in the lav­ish Sea­port District’s Lib­erty Wharf, find spec­tac­u­lar har­bor views, a sprawl­ing wa­ter­front pa­tio and grand cir­cu­lar bar serv­ing up a va­ri­ety of ex­clu­sive pours and sig­na­ture cock­tails such as the “VIP.” Seated in the lounge or in­side the sleek mod­ern din­ing room is where pa­trons will enjoy USDA Prime beef, chops and the fresh­est seafood, in­clud­ing Aus­tralian cold-wa­ter lob­ster tails, fla­vor­ful sides and irresistible desserts. Late-night bites are avail­able Thurs.-Sat. and con­cert nights (at the Blue Hills Bank Pav­il­ion) un­til 12:30am. 250 North­ern Ave., 617.951.1368, del­friscos.com/bos­ton Deux­ave The French­in­flu­enced fare is served in an op­u­lent, yet rus­tic Back Bay din­ing room that fea­tures Alice in Won­der­land–like wing­back chairs and a cozy fire­place. 371 Com­mon­wealth Ave., 617.517.5915, deux­ave.com

ap­proach­able, fresh, bold fla­vors of Greek cui­sine. Any­thing with lamb is rec­om­mended. IN­SIDER TIP: The walls sur­round­ing Ta­ble 303, which is tucked pri­vately away in a cor­ner (talk about power lunch per­fec­tion), fea­tures works by lo­cal artist Adri­enne Schlow, wife of chefowner Michael Schlow. 79 Park Plz., 617.422.0008, doret­ta­boston.com Drink En­tirely ded­i­cated to the craft of the cock­tail, the bar weaves through­out the room so you’re never with­out a place to set your drink. IN­SIDER TIP: They serve one of the best burg­ers in town. 348 Congress St., 617.695.1806, drink­fort­point.com East­ern Stan­dard This neigh­bor­hood brasserie serves creative twists on clas­sic French fare and shakes up top-level craft cock­tails. IN­SIDER TIP: The bar’s once-sig­na­ture whiskey smash hasn’t been on the menu for sev­eral years, but cus­tomers still ask for it—you can, too. 528 Com­mon­wealth Ave., 617.532.9100, east­ern­stan­dard­boston.com Eataly Bos­ton The fa­mous Italian mar­ket­place run by celebrity chefs Mario Batali and Lidia Bas­tianich, and restau­ra­teur Joe Bas­tianich fea­tures gro­ceries, seafood and meat mar­kets, eater­ies along with a cook­ing school to give food lovers the chance to ex­pe­ri­ence au­then­tic Italian cui­sine. Terra restau­rant is in­spired by earth and fire and ac­claimed Bos­ton chef Bar­bara Lynch’s Il Pesce fea­tures seafood. 800 Boyl­ston St., Pru­den­tial Cen­ter, 617.807.7300, eataly.com Er­baluce This hid­den gem in Bay Vil­lage fea­tures fa­mil­iar Italian dishes cre­ated with lo­cal New Eng­land in­gre­di­ents. Chef Charles Draghi has been known to uti­lize fresh dan­de­lion greens from his back­yard and wild beach arugula grown from Cape Cod. You can’t get more lo­cal than that! 69 Church St., 617.426.6969, er­baluce­boston.com Gaslight Brasserie Get the gold-stan­dard Gal­lic treat­ment at Gaslight, lo­cated in the artsy sec­tion of the South End. Try the clas­sics, such as steak frites with béar­naise sauce or maître d’hô­tel but­ter. 560 Har­ri­son Ave., 617.422.0224, gaslight560.com Grill 23 & Bar It’s good to be grand! Grill 23 was awarded by Wine Spec­ta­tor the 2017 Grand-Award win­ner, one of only 89 restau­rants in the world to hold the dis­tinc­tion! This lo­cal fam­ily-owned clas­sic steak­house has been open for more than 30 years—a place with food of the high­est qual­ity and su­pe­rior ser­vice. Berkeley St., 617.542.2255, grill23.com Gi­u­lia The per­fect des­ti­na­tion for din­ers look­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence high qual­ity and au­then­tic Italian meals pre­pared by chef Michael Pagliarini to be en­joyed in a warm en­vi­ron­ment with ex­posed bricks and wooden ta­bles. IN­SIDER TIP: If you’re cel­e­brat­ing a spe­cial oc­ca­sion with a large group, re­serve the Pasta Ta­ble and enjoy a fam­ily-style tast­ing menu. 1682 Mas­sachusetts Ave., 617.441.2800, giu­liarestau­rant.com Ha­ley.Henry Lo­cated in the heart of Down­town Cross­ing, chef-owner Ha­ley Fortier wants peo­ple to have a good time at her wine bar. Enjoy this unique wine ex­pe­ri­ence with a se­lec­tion of 40 to 50 wines to be paired with Euro­peanin­spired small plates such as tinned fish and ce­viche. 45 Prov­ince St., 617.208.6000, ha­ley­henry.com Har­vest Har­vest of­fers con­tem­po­rary New Eng­land cui­sine in the heart of Har­vard Square. The out­door pa­tio is so­phis­ti­cated yet re­lax­ing— for both day­time and night­time. 44 Brat­tle St., Cam­bridge, 617.868.2255, har­vest­cam­bridge.com Il Molo This el­e­gant seafood spot lo­cated in the North End of­fers Ital­ian­in­spired cre­ations by chef Pino Maf­feo and will give din­ers an un­der­wa­ter feel with the shell-like blue tiles and aquatic-styled art­work and dé­cor. 326 Com­mer­cial St., 857.277.1895, il­molo­boston.com Is­land Creek Oys­ter Bar The menu at this Amer­i­can seafood restau­rant changes daily, fea­tur­ing the likes of lob­ster-roe noo­dles with braised short rib, grilled lob­ster, and oys­ter mush­rooms. 500 Com­mon­wealth Ave., 617.532.5300, is­land­creekoys­ter­bar.com Juliet Juliet is a place for the Union Square com­mu­nity to in­ter­act through de­li­cious food with a Mediter­ranean flare and good hos­pi­tal­ity thanks to Josh Lewin and Ka­t­rina Jaza­y­eri. Com­muter­friendly menus, as well as leisurely stay-in op­tions has Juliet’s be­ing a des­ti­na­tion for just about any­body. IN­SIDER TIP: Juliet of­fers a prix-fixe menu for lunch from 11am to 3pm. 257 Wash­ing­ton St.,Somerville, 617.718.0958, juli­et­somerville.com Kava Neo-Tav­erna Im­ported wines and Greek small plates take the stage at this South End neigh­bor­hood

hot spot. 315 Shaw­mut Ave., 617.356.1100, ka­va­neo­tav­erna.com La Brasa La Brasa’s cui­sine draws on chef Daniel Bo­jorquez’s cul­tural in­flu­ences as well as the makeup of the restau­rant’s East Somerville neigh­bor­hood—Mex­i­can, Peru­vian and Mid­dle East­ern. 124 Broad­way, Somerville, 617.764.1412, labrasa­somerville.com La Morra This tra­di­tional North­ern Italian kitchen spe­cial­izes in home­made pas­tas, with gluten-free avail­able on re­quest. IN­SIDER TIP: The tagli­atelle bolog­nese is Tom Brady’s fa­vorite. 48 Boyl­ston St., Brook­line, 617.739.0007, lam­orra.com La Voile The au­then­tic dé­cor at La Voile is a Fran­cophile’s dream: Ev­ery­thing from the zinc bar to the wooden wine fridge and vin­tage chan­de­liers are im­ported from France. 261 New­bury St., 617.587.4200, lavoile­boston.net Les Sablons Lo­cated in the his­toric con­duc­tor’s build­ing, Les Sablons is named after a Paris metro sta­tion. Some­where be­tween Lon­don and Paris, chefs Jeremy Se­wall and Brian Rae are cre­at­ing a culi­nary world­view both bold and clas­sic. 2 Ben­nett St., Cam­bridge, 617.268.6800, lscam­bridge.com Lit­tle Don­key Take a trip around the world with Ken Oringer and Jamie Bis­son­nette’s glob­al­lyin­spired small plates. 505 Mas­sachusetts Ave., Cam­bridge, 617.945.1008, lit­tle­don­key­bos.com Liq­uid Art House In­dulge your­self in cre­ativ­ity and de­li­cious eats at Liq­uid Art House, a gallery-restau­rant con­cept con­ceived by Ruta Laukien. The space it­self, lo­cated in Back Bay, is enough of a rea­son for a visit, but add in cock­tails at the bar and en­trées like duck assi­ette and lamb sad­dle for a per­fect ex­pe­ri­ence. 100 Ar­ling­ton St., 617.457.8130, liq­uidart­house.com LoLa 42 Dreams do come true; we now have a piece of Nan­tucket in Bos­ton! This sis­ter location is perched on Fan Pier, of­fer­ing sushi, Ja­panese iza­kaya-style bites and global dishes. The vibe of the restau­rant is in­spired by the coun­tries that pass through the 42nd par­al­lel, from the food to the drinks to the mu­sic—wel­come to Lola 42! 22 Lib­erty Dr., 617.951.4002, lola42.com Lolita Cocina & Tequila There is a sec­ond bar in the back of this play­ful Mex­i­can restau­rant where guests can grab a drink and enjoy a more in­ti­mate, lounge set­ting. 271 Dart­mouth St., 617.369.5609, loli­tate­qui­l­abars.com/bos­ton Lucca At Lucca, North­ern Italian clas­sics com­bine with creative in­no­va­tions to pro­duce the likes of a goat cheese and spinach tart, the sig­na­ture ap­pe­tizer. 226 Hanover St., 617.742.9200, luc­ca­boston.com Mas­tro’s Ocean Club Mas­tro’s Ocean Club has wa­ter­front views and fea­tures steak, seafood and sushi at this up­scale na­tional restau­rant. The set­ting is so­phis­ti­cated and of­fers live en­ter­tain­ment nightly in the Piano Bar Lounge. 25 Fan Pier Blvd., 617.530.1925, mas­tros­restau­rants.com Men­ton At culi­nary star Bar­bara Lynch’s fine din­ing ode to Italy and France, ask to sit at the Gold Bar, a smaller, more in­ti­mate set­ting than the main din­ing room. 354 Congress St., 617.737.009, men­ton­boston.com Mer­itage At the Bos­ton Har­bor Ho­tel, the wi­neob­sessed Mer­itage serves up “vine­yard-to-ta­ble” fare. IN­SIDER TIP: Ask Gen­eral Man­ager and Wine Direc­tor Ni­cholas Dad­dona, one of only a few ad­vanced Som­me­liers in Bos­ton, for pair­ing rec­om­men­da­tions. 70 Rowes Wharf, 617.439.3995, mer­itageth­er­estau­rant.com Met Back Bay If you are search­ing for the per­fect brunch spot, make sure to book a reser­va­tion at Met Back Bay, an el­e­gant, his­toric din­ing location with views of New­bury Street. Met Back Bay of­fers New Eng­land fa­vorites like clam chow­der, as well as trend­set­ting dishes like av­o­cado toast and rice bowls. Re­fresh­ing cock­tails like the Basil No. 2 and Front Porch pair well with any dish. 279 Dart­mouth St., 617.267.0451, met­back­bay.com Mida Cel­e­brat­ing Italian culi­nary tra­di­tions in the South End, chef Dou­glass Wil­liams is com­mit­ted to bring­ing high qual­ity in­gre­di­ents to life through “cre­ativ­ity, cu­rios­ity and skill” in his dishes, in­clud­ing the arancini, ri­cotta gnoc­chi and caponata toast. 782 Tre­mont St., 617.936.3490, mida­boston.com Mis­tral Lo­cated in the South End, lo­cals’ fa­vorite Mis­tral has been pro­vid­ing clas­sic FrenchMediter­ranean fare in a ca­su­ally el­e­gant set­ting for 20 years. Try one of their many must-try dishes in­clud­ing tuna tartare, the beef ten­der­loin pizza with mashed potato and white truf­fle oil, or a rack of lamb. 223 Colum­bus Ave., 617.867.9300, mis­tral­bistro.com Mooo Restau­rant This mod­ern steak­house boasts a for­mi­da­ble wine cel­lar. Come thirsty! 15 Bea­con St., 617.670.2515, mooorestau­rant.com My­ers + Chang My­ers + Chang is the place to go for funky am­biance with a creative blend of Chi­nese, Thai and Viet­namese cuisines. Chefs Joanne Chang and Karen Akunow­icz are a dynamic duo of­fer­ing creative and au­then­tic Asian-style dishes us­ing ex­otic herbs, great spices and fresh food. 1145 Wash­ing­ton St., 617.542.5200, my­er­sand­chang.com Nebo Cucina & Enoteca Sis­ters Carla and Chris­tine Pal­lotta serve up an au­then­tic Italian menu that cap­tures the true essence of din­ing in an Italian home with dishes in­clud­ing zuc­chini lasagna and pap­pardelle alla bolog­nese, and dé­cor that pays homage to a tra­di­tional Italian neigh­bor­hood. 520 At­lantic Ave., 617.723.06326, ne­borestau­rant.com Nep­tune Oys­ter Nep­tune serves sim­ple Amer­i­can seafood in a cozy, in­ti­mate set­ting.

Try the Maine hot lob­ster roll, served with fresh-cut french fries. 63 Salem St., 617.742.3474, nep­tu­neoys­ter.com No. 9 Park The re­gion­ally in­spired Italian and French dishes at No. 9 Park have been charm­ing lo­cals and tourists for years. IN­SIDER TIP: Ask to be seated in the in­ti­mate leather-and-vel­vet ban­quettes in the back­din­ing room. 9 Park St., 617.423.4800, no9­park.com Oak and Rowan Oak and Rowan is known for of­fer­ing some of the finest seafood in­clud­ing caviar and de­li­cious hand­made pasta. The story be­hind each dish is also of­fered, pro­vid­ing a per­sonal din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence thanks to restau­ra­teur Nancy Batista-Caswell and chef Justin Shoults. IN­SIDER TIP: Check out the restau­rant’s caviar pro­gram, ta­ble­side cock­tail cart, and pasta tast­ing menu avail­able on Thurs­days. 321 A St., 857.284.7742, oakandrowan.com Oak Long Bar + Kitchen OAK comes alive at night to the hum of spir­ited con­ver­sa­tion as guests gather around the copper-top bar to dive into salt-and-vine­gar fries and smoked blue­fish toast. 138 St. James Ave., 617.585.7222, oak­long­bark­itchen.com Ocean House The Re­lais & Chateau rank­ing is the first mas­sive clue that Watch Hill’s Ocean House is no or­di­nary re­sort. State-of-the-art lux­ury suites, cook­ing classes, wine tast­ings and brand-spank­ing new Mercedes-Benz road­sters on hand for guests are just some of the posh pick­ings at this Rhode Is­land mas­ter­piece. 1 Bluff Ave., West­erly, RI, 401.584.7000, ocean­houseri.com Ocean Prime Ocean Prime fea­tures clas­sic steak house and seafood fare crafted with a mod­ern sen­si­bil­ity and an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for in­gre­di­ents. Enjoy the im­pec­ca­ble ser­vice. 140 Sea­port Blvd., 617.670.1345, ocean-prime.com Off­site Cater­ing An im­promptu mar­tini cock­tail party? 100 peo­ple? At your pad... tonight? No prob­lem. Off­site Cater­ing has your back. The Bos­ton-based party event com­pany can pro­duce, de­sign and staff the soiree of your dreams, so you—bon vi­vant that you are—can greet your guests oh-so coolly... mar­tini in hand. getoff site.com Oishii In the South End, high-con­cept sushi is artfully ar­ranged and com­posed of the sea’s fresh­est bounty. 1166 Wash­ing­ton St., 617.482.8868, oishi­i­boston.com Os­tra New Eng­land seafood is given a Mediter­ranean touch at this clas­sic restau­rant known for its saltcrust branzino for two. 1 Charles St. S., 617.421.1200, os­tra­boston.com Out­look Kitchen and Bar This Amer­i­can restau­rant on the wa­ter­front finds in­spi­ra­tion from Bos­ton with sea­sonal vari­a­tions in its menu, lo­cally sourced food, and a new out­look to ev­ery­thing else. The bar menu has hand­made craft cock­tails, draught beer, a wisely cho­sen wine menu, and in-house so­das as well. The food menu cov­ers break­fast, brunch, lunch and din­ner, each menu with an ex­quis­ite spin on Amer­i­can fa­vorites. 70 Sleeper St., 617.338.3030, theen­voy­ho­tel.com O Ya O Ya was the first in Bos­ton to rein­ter­pret tra­di­tional Ja­panese fla­vors and in­gre­di­ents with a mod­ern touch. Their con­tem­po­rary and creative iza­kaya aims to sur­prise and de­light. 9 East St., 617.654.990, o-ya.restau­rant Pabu Bos­ton Chefs Michael Mina and Ken Tom­i­naga are serv­ing up a mod­ern take on iza­kayastyle din­ing at Pabu lo­cated on the sec­ond floor of the lux­u­ri­ous and up­scale Mil­len­nium Tower. With tra­di­tional, yet chic Ja­panese dé­cor, and a menu with award-win­ning sushi and sashimi, the din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence is un­like any other. IN­SIDER TIP: Pabu has a pri­vate din­ing room, which is the per­fect set­ting to cel­e­brate a spe­cial oc­ca­sion or host a pri­vate event. 3 Franklin St., 857.327.7228, michaelmina.net Parsnip Restau­rant & Lounge This stylish, two-story restau­rant serves in­gre­di­ent-driven, Euro­pean-in­flu­enced fare—think borscht salad, quail roulade, and cod polon­aise. 91 Winthrop St., Cam­bridge, 617.714.3206, parsniprestau­rant.com Porto Chef Jody Adams is an ex­pert when it comes to Mediter­raneanin­spired cui­sine. Her menu at Porto is largely fo­cused on seafood with out­stand­ing sea­sonal dishes in­clud­ing the Striped Bass a la Plan­cha caught fresh in New Eng­land. Ring Rd., 617.536.1234, porto-bos­ton.com Post 390 Post 390 fea­tures farm-to-ta­ble tav­ern fare with a con­tem­po­rary twist. Check out the restau­rant’s monthly “Farm to Post” spot­light on some of New Eng­land’s finest farms and fish­er­men. 406 Stu­art St., 617.399.0015, post390restau­rant.com Precinct Kitchen & Bar Tried-and-true New Eng­land sta­ples hold pride of place in this for­mer po­lice head­quar­ters on Berkeley Street. IN­SIDER TIP: A happy hour spe­cial on oys­ters is of­fered ev­ery day. 154 Berkeley St., 617.532.3827, precinc­tk­itchenand­bar.com Publico Street Bistro & Gar­den With the name mean­ing “for the public good,” Publico prides it­self on let­ting the cus­tomers ex­plore fla­vors from Europe, South and North Amer­ica. The sim­ple plates of­fered are made with lo­cal goods from New Eng­land farms, and should be a go-to for any­one look­ing to in­dulge in a lit­tle some­thing ex­tra. 11 Dorchester St., 617.622.5700, pub­li­co­boston.com Pu­ri­tan & Com­pany Lo­cated in Cam­bridge, Pu­ri­tan & Com­pany uses

New Eng­land-sourced in­gre­di­ents to cre­ate mod­ern Amer­i­can cui­sine. Unique dishes such as roasted duck breast and squid ink lin­guine bal­ance out Prime Rib Sun­days, where the restau­rant fea­tures ribs for a clas­sic treat. 1166 Cam­bridge St., Cam­bridge, 617.615.6195, pu­ri­tan­cam­bridge.com Puro Ce­viche Bar This Latin-in­spired con­cept boosts a cool-edgy vibe fea­tur­ing ce­viche, crudo, grilled meat and seafood along with sal­ads and small plates. The Puro way of life is to have fun with friends! 264 New­bury St., 617.266.0707, puro­ce­vichebar.com Row 34 Row 34 is an ap­proach­able and con­vivial neigh­bor­hood restau­rant and bar that cel­e­brates New Eng­land’s rich seafood tra­di­tions. IN­SIDER TIP: When din­ner ser­vice is packed, the stand­ing-only rails around in­dus­trial wood pil­lars are an easy place to enjoy drinks and snacks. 383 Congress St., 617.553.5900, row34.com Ruka Lo­cated in the God­frey Ho­tel, Culi­nary Direc­tor and Chef Tom Berry is serv­ing up a Peru­vian menu that in­cor­po­rates Nikkei and Chifa cuisines with stand­outs in­clud­ing col­or­ful Green Noo­dles, Lima-style Fried Cala­mari with leche de ti­gre gar­lic but­ter, hal­ibut ce­viche, and a vi­brant and stylish scene that can’t be missed. 505 Wash­ing­ton St., 617.266. 0102, rukaresto­bar.com Saltie Girl Saltie Girl is known for hav­ing one of largest tinned seafood col­lec­tions in New Eng­land, and for its ex­quis­ite seafood dishes like lob­ster and waf­fles and French bur­gundy snails pre­pared by chef Kyle McClel­land. Cu­rated wines, beer and spir­its make up the cock­tail menu, so­lid­i­fy­ing a de­li­cious ex­pe­ri­ence with some of New Eng­land’s best seafood. 281 Dart­mouth Street., 617.267.0691, saltiegirl.com Sarma Restau­rant Modeled after the tra­di­tional mey­hanes of Turkey, Sarma of­fers a large se­lec­tion of small, sea­sonal plates de­signed to be shared. 249 Pearl St., Somerville, 617.764.4464, sar­marestau­rant.com Scampo Chef Ly­dia Shire’s Italian-in­spired cui­sine draws on fla­vors from the Mediter­ranean and Mid­dle East. IN­SIDER TIP: Cre­ate the ul­ti­mate pri­vate event with the help of party co­or­di­na­tor Carah McLaugh­lin. 15 Charles St., 617.536.2100, scam­po­boston.com Se­lect Oys­ter Bar Bi­valves are at the heart of Se­lect’s menu. Try the cu­rated list of oys­ter op­tions out­side on the pa­tio, sur­rounded by har­bor lights and hang­ing herb gar­dens. 50 Glouces­ter St., 857-2398064, se­lect­boston.com Ser­a­fina Bos­ton You may want to take a glance at Ser­a­fina’s menu be­fore head­ing to the restau­rant since ev­ery dish looks over­whelm­ingly de­li­cious. You can find a dish to sat­isfy any crav­ing. Off of the gourmet menu, octo-pie fea­tures oc­to­pus, moz­zarella, mar­i­nated toma­toes, olives and oregano or the branzino al sale, a dish with wholeroasted Mediter­ranean sea bass and roasted pota­toes off of the chef’s spe­cial menu. 10 High St., 617.426.1234, ser­a­fin­a­boston.com Shojo The mod­ern share­able plates at Shōjō al­low din­ers to try a va­ri­ety of dishes, com­ple­mented by an equally unique and dar­ing cock­tail menu. 9 Tyler St., 617.423.7888, sho­jo­boston.com Smith & Wol­len­sky Nes­tled into The Castle at Park Plaza, this fine din­ing steak house serves up clas­sics like a bone-in sir­loin and Prime rib eye. If you’re look­ing for bonus fun, ask for a be­hind-thescenes tour of the castle. 101 Ar­ling­ton St., 617.423.1112, smithand­wol­len­sky.com/ bos­ton-back-bay Sorel­lina Sorel­lina’s con­tem­po­rary take on Ital­ianMediter­ranean pro­duces dishes like gnoc­chi with Maine lob­ster. IN­SIDER TIP: The round ta­ble in the front win­dows, which seats up to seven, pro­vides a spec­tac­u­lar view of Co­p­ley Square. 1 Hunt­ing­ton Ave., 617.412.4600, sorel­lina­boston.com Sportello Take ad­van­tage of the kitchen­fac­ing counter seat­ing at this mod­ern in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the clas­sic diner. 348 Congress St., 617.737.1234, sportel­lo­boston.com SRV Chefs Michael Lom­bardi and Kevin O’Don­nell cre­ated Bos­ton’s first Vene­tian-style Bac­aro and wine bar spe­cial­iz­ing in small bites, home­made pasta, and risotto, adding a more mod­ern in­ter­pre­ta­tion to tra­di­tional Vene­tian food. 569 Colum­bus Ave., 617.536.9500, srv­boston.com Stephanie’s on New­bury The so­phis­ti­cated New Eng­land­style com­fort food starts off with a tuna tartare or clas­sic mac and cheese and crescen­does with but­tery At­lantic sal­mon. 190 New­bury St., 617.236.0990, stepha­nies­restau­rant­group.com STRIP by Strega Mod­ern steak house STRIP by Strega is a high-en­ergy, uber-mod­ern tri­fecta of ex­cep­tional cui­sine, creative cock­tails and up­scale nightlife. 64 Ar­ling­ton St., 617.456.5300, strip­bystrega.com Sup­per Club at Capo Capo Restau­rant, a rus­tic gath­er­ing place serv­ing fine Italian food and spir­its from chef Tony Susi and cel­e­brated bev­er­age maven Kevin Mabry is now el­e­vated with the ad­di­tion of Sup­per Club at Capo— where guests can enjoy live mu­sic and danc­ing nightly. IN­SIDER TIP: VIP ar­eas

out­fit­ted with cozy couches and per­son­al­ized mini fridges can be re­served for large par­ties. 443 W. Broad­way, 617.993.8080, ca­posouth­boston.com Sweet Cheeks Q Mouth­wa­ter­ing, her­itage breed pulled pork and prime brisket make this bar­be­cue joint a Fen­way foodie fa­vorite. 1381 Boyl­ston St., 617.266.1300, sweetcheeksq.com Tast­ing Counter Held as a “multi-sen­sory din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” Tast­ing Counter wants its din­ers to be able to ex­pe­ri­ence and view the process of its meals be­ing care­fully pre­pared. Guests can watch closely as chef Peter Un­gar pre­pares his ex­quis­ite dishes. 14 Tyler St, Somerville, 617.299.6362, tast­ing­counter.com Tapestry Lo­cated in the Fen­way neigh­bor­hood, Tapestry is known for be­ing a dual-con­cept restau­rant with a menu cu­rated by hus­band-and-wife duo Meghann Ward and Kevin Walsh. The Expo Kitchen of­fers items such as oys­ters and Neapoli­tan-style pizza, while the Club Room has a trop­i­cal vibe and fea­tures mod­ern Amer­i­can dishes. 69 Kil­marnock St., 617.421.4470, tapestry .restau­rant The Bee­hive An un­der­ground bohemian bistro, The Bee­hive spe­cial­izes in rus­tic com­fort foods in­fused with Amer­i­can, Euro­pean, Mediter­ranean, and Mid­dle East­ern in­flu­ences. IN­SIDER TIP: Take ad­van­tage of the bohemian vibe, stop in for din­ner Mon­day to Wed­nes­day, when it’s (sig­nif­i­cantly!) less crowded than on week­ends. 541 Tre­mont St., 617.423.0069, bee­hive­boston.com The Butcher Shop Bar­bara Lynch’s trib­ute to Old World Euro­pean boucheries, this wine bar and butcher shop’s meat-heavy menu changes daily. 552 Tre­mont St., 617.423.4800, the­butch­er­shop­boston.com The Hawthorne A leader in Bos­ton’s craft cock­tail move­ment, The Hawthorne fea­tures in­ti­mate spa­ces per­fect for ro­man­tic ren­dezvous. 500 Com­mon­wealth Ave., 617.532.9150, the­hawthornebar.com The Maiden As the slo­gan reads “those who ex­plore fla­vor,” that is ex­actly what chef Tyler Pot­ter does while cook­ing. With dishes such as the mar­i­nated radishes and av­o­cado toast, The Maiden seeks to ex­plore un­usual fla­vors in a cozy at­mos­phere. 28 W. Broad­way, 617.315.7829, the­maid­en­boston.com The Smoke Shop Chef Andy Hus­bands (Hell’s Kitchen alum) whips up a mod­ern in­ter­pre­ta­tion of fa­mous bar­be­cue dishes with an Asian in­flu­ence for a unique din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with dishes in­clud­ing the smoked fried chicken with Thai fla­vors and the Prime brisket with Korean vinai­grette. 1 Ken­dall Square, 617.577.7427, thesmokeshopbbq.com Tiger Mama Chef/owner Tif­fani Fai­son of­fers South­east Asian–in­spired food in this unique, hip and ex­cit­ing spot. The menu is large, and the choice for din­ner will be tough. Broths, cur­ries, rice, noo­dles, spices, cold, and rich are the words that dom­i­nate the menu, mak­ing the choice hard again. You’ll also be eye­ing the ex­ten­sive drink menu for a long time. The drink menu has a long list of cock­tails, beer, and sparkling, white, and red wine. Tiger Mama’s at­mos­phere is what will keep you com­ing back for more though, with il­lu­mi­nated signs and an ele­phant fig­urine cov­ered with metal­lic pieces. 1363 Boyl­ston St., 617.425.6262, tiger­mam­a­boston.com Toro South End fa­vorite Toro’s Barcelona-style tapas are made bet­ter by the space’s open win­dows, which bring the out­doors in. 1704 Wash­ing­ton St., 617.536.4300, tororestau­rant.com Towns­man The in­dus­trial Towns­man, at the edge of Chi­na­town, is the Bos­ton go-to for brasserie–in­spired New Eng­land fare. From oys­ters to home­made pasta, chef Matt Jen­nings has cu­rated a menu that of­fers a mod­ern spin on tra­di­tional fa­vorites. 120 Kingston St., 617.699.0750, towns­man­boston.com Trade In­no­va­tive Mediter­ranean fare is served up in a lively, high­ceilinged space at this wa­ter­front restau­rant. 540 At­lantic Ave., 617.451.1234, trade-bos­ton.com Uni Lo­cated in­side The Eliot Ho­tel, this iza­kaya serves sev­eral small plates and the pop­u­lar late-night menu is served on Fri­day and Satur­day of­fer­ing their pop­u­lar ra­men as well as sushi. 370 Com­mon­wealth Ave., 617.536.7200, uni-bos­ton.com Way­point Chef Michael Scelfo of Alden & Har­low serves unique coastal­in­spired dishes with a menu that fea­tures a raw bar as well as pizza and pasta plates that fea­ture seafood. 1030 Mas­sachusetts Ave., 617.864.2300, way­pointhar­vard.com Yvonne’s This mod­ern rein­ter­pre­ta­tion of the sup­per club fea­tures a cos­mopoli­tan menu that of­fers guests shared dishes that weave in fla­vors of the Far East, Mid­dle East, Mediter­ranean and Europe. 2 Winter Pl., 617.267.0047, yvon­nes­boston.com

Ser­a­fina Bos­ton’s hal­ibut with car­rot gin­ger bisque, spinach, fen­nel and potato crisp

Deux­ave’s cho­co­late al­mond cake, dark cho­co­late ganache, figs and co­coa-nib ice cream

Terra’s Tiki Ital­iano is made with plan­ta­tion pineap­ple rum, Cam­pari, tiki bit­ters and an­gos­tura.

Les Sablons’ crispy pota­toes with white stur­geon caviar and crème fraîche

STRIP by Strega’s truf­fle ri­cotta gnoc­chi with lob­ster, english peas, white shimeji mush­rooms and truf­fle brodo

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