EAT LIKE AN IN­SIDER

Metro USA (Boston) - - THINGS TO DO - Ken Oringer RACHEL RACZKA @rachel­raczka rachel.raczka@metro.us

James Beard-win­ning chef and restau­ra­teur Ken Oringer has a full plate. This week, Lit­tle Don­key joins the ranks of Oringer’s em­pire of Toro lo­ca­tions in Bos­ton, New York, Bangkok and, soon, Dubai, with co-con­spir­a­tor/owner Jamie Bissonnette. For his new­est en­deavor, the 50-year-old Paramus, New Jer­sey, na­tive turns fusion on its head with char­cu­terie plat­ters fea­tur­ing Viet­namese bologna and lamb BLT let­tuce wraps with pi­mento cheese, and main cour­ses of monk­fish biryani and matzo ball ra­men. But for him­self? He’s just fine with some cheap taquitos.

Best late night meal?

My go-to would be the late night ra­men at Uni. At that time of night, I love eat­ing ei­ther spicy food or street food, and the ra­men is a nice combo of the two. If I'm ex­tra hun­gry, but want to keep it light, I'll toss in a fist­ful of ni­giri. 370 Com­mon­wealth Av­enue, Bos­ton, uni-bos­ton.com

Best meal un­der $5?

This might go a lit­tle over bud­get, but I'd say Clover

Food Lab’s cauliflower sand­wich. It's all veg­e­tar­ian but loaded with fla­vor, messy and de­li­cious. If you re­ally have to keep it un­der $5, I'd say the taquitos from 7-Eleven. Mul­ti­ple lo­ca­tions, clover­food­lab.com; 7-eleven.com

Best hid­den gem?

The food court at Korean gro­cery store H Mart. They've got great donkkaseu. 581 Mas­sachusetts Ave., Cam­bridge, hmart.com

Best place to dine alone?

The up­stairs bar at

Felipe's Ta­que­ria in Har­vard Square. I'll usu­ally get the carne asada and car­ni­tas tacos. 21 Brat­tle St., Cam­bridge, har­vardsq. fe­lipes­ta­que­ria.com

Place you al­ways take or rec­om­mend for out-of-town­ers?

Nep­tune Oys­ter in the North End. This is a classic Bos­ton spot in a quaint neigh­bor­hood that ev­ery out-of-towner should see, and the food never fails! 63 Salem St., Bos­ton, nep­tu­neoys­ter.com

Go-to date spot?

Kava in the South End. It's a great new Greek spot, re­ally warm, has the most hos­pitable own­ers and just an all around great lit­tle neigh­bor­hood spot. 315 Shaw­mut Ave., Bos­ton, ka­va­neo­tav­erna.com

Best place to catch up with friends?

I like to catch up at Blue

Dragon. They've got su­per­fun food and a ca­sual am­bi­ence but with great en­ergy and drinks. 324 A St., South Bos­ton, ming.com

Most In­sta­grammable dish in town?

Af­ter all this time, it's still prob­a­bly the pig's head for two at Craigie on Main. 853 Main St., Cam­bridge, craigieon­main.com Visit Lit­tle Don­key at 505 Mas­sachusetts Ave., Cam­bridge, lit­tle­don­key­bos.com.

Oringer’s new restau­rant fo­cuses on our faves: small plates and a raw bar. PRO­VIDED

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