DAVIO’S NORTHERN ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE— Italian. Grand and sophisticated, this restaurant is amenable to dates, business dinners, or even a simple glass of wine at the bar. Lengthy menu features regional dishes from northern Italy, as well as grilled meat a la carte; entrees run the gamut from lamb loin chops to tagliatelle Bolognese. We recommend starting with Davio’s signature Philly cheesesteak spring rolls. Gluten-free menu available. L( M-F ), D( daily ). www.davios.com. 75 Arlington St., 617.357.4810. $$$$ Map 5, F4; 236 Patriot Place, Foxboro 508.339.4810. Map 1, E2 EATALY— Italian. The Turin import, by way of New York City, is an Italian-themed market-restaurant hybrid of every foodie’s dreams. It gives Boston’s iconic North End neighborhood a serious run for its money with a number of sit-down restaurants featuring Neapolitan-style pizza, hand-crafted pasta and the Barbara Lynch-formulated Il Pesci. Counters offer handmade mozzarella, fresh-caught fish and fresh-baked breads, imported gourmet sauces and wine. Dine in, take out, eat as you wander. Open M-F 7 am-11 pm, Sa-Su 9 am-11 pm. www.eataly.com/us_en/stores/boston.Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St., 617.807.7300. PORTO— Mediterranean. Acclaimed chef Jody Adams brings her new restaurant to Back Bay denizens looking to wrap their tastebuds around modern Mediterranean-style New England seafood. From the open kitchen, expect oysters, whole-roasted fish, steamed mussels and seasonal vegetables. L and D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). www. porto-boston.com. Ring Road, 617.536.1234. Map 5, E4 SALTIE GIRL— Seafood. Seafood gets treated like a celebrity at this new Back Bay hot spot. Chef Kyle McClelland’s talents run from fried lobster and waffles to conserved sardines on Nordic rye, but the menu itself includes smoked fish, crudo, cocktails, toasts, sandwiches and entrees. L and D (Tu-Su), brunch (Sa-Su). www.saltiegirl.com. 281 Dartmouth St., 617.267.0691. Map 5, F4 TAPEO RESTAURANT & TAPAS BAR— Small PlatesTapas. Colorful tiles and a Spanish vibe set the tone for a sensuous and authentic dining experience. Menu features tapas frias y calientes, and we suggest visiting with an empty stomach because selecting only a few of these delicious small plates will be a challenge! Innovative main dishes and hot stone grilling are great for heartier appetites or to share with a few people. L (Sa-Su), D (daily). www.tapeo.com. 266 Newbury St., 617.267.4799. $-$$$ Map 5, E4
LALA ROKH— Middle Eastern. In Persian “lala rokh” means “tulip cheeks,” the equivalent of our “rosy cheeks.” The Persian empire changed over the centuries, and its culture was influenced by other ones, which is reflected in its food. Azita and Babak Bina’s eastern Mediterranean menu boasts entrees with Indian, Turkish and Armenian elements that include ghormeh sabzi and basmati rice dishes. L (M-F), D (daily). www.lalarokh.com. 97 Mt. Vernon St., 617.720.5511. $$ Map 5, G3 MA MAISON— French. Francophiles in Beacon Hill flock to this cozy, corner restaurant in the neighborhood. Legendary Maitre Cuisinier Jacky Robert mans the kitchen preparing such authentic bistro fare as mussels and shallots in white wine, panseared ray wing with caper butter and calf’s liver with caramelized onions. Diners shouldn’t overlook a specialty of the house: Uncle Lucien’s Country Pate. L and D (M-Sa). www.mamaisonboston.com. 272 Cambridge St., 617.725.8855. NO. 9 PARK— French. Located steps from the State House on a cozy street at the edge of Beacon Hill and Downtown, No. 9 Park is the original outpost of Boston culinary titan Barbara Lynch. Continually praised by foodie magazines, No. 9 Park’s refined kitchen offers a menu of classic country fare from southern France and Italy, but Lynch really shines in her signature dishes. Chef’s tasting menu available. D (daily). www.no9park.com. 9 Park St., 617.742.9991. $$$$ Map 5, G3
CRAIGIE ON MAIN— French. Chef Tony Maws’ much talked about eatery is a spacious locale in the heart of Central Square. Maws is known for using sustain-
able, organic and locally farmed ingredients in his cuisine, which shows French technique and offers strong flavors. Adventurous diners must check out the nightly “Chef’s Tasting” menu. D (Tu-Su), brunch (Su). www.craigieonmain.com. 853 Main St., Cambridge, 617.497.5511. $$$$ Map 3, E4
LITTLE DONKEY— Small Plates-Tapas. James Beard Award-winning chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette open this new restaurant that focuses on their global travels through diverse and unique (truly!) small plates, a raw bar, rotating charcuterie and eclectic cocktails. B and L (M-F), dinner (daily), Br (Sa-Su). www.littledonkeybos.com. 505 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617.945.1008. Map 5, D1
NIGHT MARKET— Asian. This basement-level restaurant and bar is perfect for late-night study parties or those looking for Asian street-fare inspired dishes. Chef Jason Tom brings exceptional taste and affordability together in every dish, from daikon fries to hainan chicken. The graffiti-covered walls and community atmosphere provide the perfect backdrop to your culinary escape. It’s sure to be a transportive and delicious experience. D (Tu-Su). www.nightmkt.com. 857.285.6948. PARK— American. This subterranean space is an eclectic, rustic-meets-luxe hangout. Visitors have four distinct spaces to choose from, including a handsome tavern and funky dining area (filled with vintage curios) featuring fireside seating. The menu is full of nostalgic classics, creative items you want to gobble up immediately and a daily meat pie. The intriguing cocktail list features small-batch spirits, artisanal bitters and house-made infusions, syrups, sodas and tonics. D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). www.parkcambridge.com. 59 J.F.K. St., Cambridge 617.491.9851. $$ Map 3, B2 PARSNIP RESTAURANT & LOUNGE— Global. Quiet and refined, this new Harvard Square dining room occupies the space once run by Upstairs on the Square. Chef Peter Quinion serves modern European dishes that use fresh local ingredients and change with the season. Sunday brunch provides elevated dining options to start you r morning right, like potato griddle cake with cured salmon and guacamole or French toast brioche with with fruit compote. D (Tu-Sa), brunch (Su). www.parsniprestaurant.com. 91 Winthrop St., Cambridge, 617.714.3206. Map 3, B2
CAFÉ ARTSCIENCE—. No surprise this place in within the bounds of MIT. Café ArtScience explores innovations within the culinary world and shows off products being developed onsite. Inhale a cocktail or a flavor cloud; then munch on chef Patrick Campbell’s refined, innovative cuisine. L (Tu-F), D (M-Sa). www.lelaboratoirecambridge.com. 650 E. Kendall St., Cambridge, 857.999.2193. COMMONWEALTH— American. Chef and Owner
Nookie Postal serves up fresh ingredients family-style, things like cucumber gazpacho with watermelon and mint, grilled rainbow trout with lemon and chive, and lobster fettuccine. The adjacent market offers everything from lattes to sandwiches. L and D (M-Sa). www.commonwealthcambridge.com. 11 Broad Canal Way, Cambridge, 617.945.7030. THE SMOKE SHOP— Barbecue. Andy Husbands, chef-proprietor of Tremont 647, opens new digs focused entirely on the art of slow-cooked barbecue. Patrons lick their lips over the Texas-style brisket, glazed barbecue chicken, the Burnt Ends sandwich and seriously good sides like butter-smoked mushrooms. L and D (daily). 1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, 617.577.7427.
NEW SHANGHAI— Chinese. New Shanghai’s great reputation can mean a long line. Highly-skilled Shanghainese chefs man the kitchen that offers Shanghai-style cuisine, as well as Szechuan and Americanized entrees like scallion beef with onion or crispy fried duck. But, what’s not to miss are the specialty Shanghai-style cold dishes like seaweed peanuts, jellyfish with radish, smoked fish or the Eight Treasure hot paste. L and D (daily). www.bostonnewshanghai.com. 21 Hudson St., 617.338.6688. $$ Map 5, G4 SHOJO— Pan-Asian. Neon lights and bold decor are the first indications that Shojo isn’t quite like its vastly old-world, Chinatown compatriots. Find
modern Asian cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients on the menu, with a focus on small plates and Asian charcuterie. At the bar, check out tiki drinks, specialty sakes, and rare Asian wines. L (Th-Sa), D (M-Sa). www.shojoboston.com. 9A Tyler St., 617.423.7888. Map 5, G5
FAJITAS & ‘RITAS— Southwestern. Established in 1989, Fajitas & ‘Ritas is an easygoing restaurant and bar, featuring fresh, healthy southwestern barbecue and Texan fare at bargain prices. An all-around fun place to eat, drink and hang out, the walls are decorated with colorful murals and the bar boasts some of Boston’s best—and sturdiest—margaritas. L and D (daily). www.fajitasandritas.com. 25 West St., 617.426.1222. $ Map 5, G4 GINGER MAN— American. This craft-beer oasis has 90 tap lines to choose from and offers exceptional comfort food options like poutine, mac and cheese, pork belly sliders and pretzles. The restaurant and bar offers close proximity to many attractions such as Faneuil Hall and the New England Aquarium. L and D (daily). www.gingerman-bos. com. 148 State St., 617.936.4241. MAST’— Mediterranean. Feel transported to the Mediterranean at this rustic restaurant by enjoying one of their Neopolitan-inspired dishes or sipping a craft cocktail. It’s the perfect al fresco dining spot for warmer days on the beautiful, sunsoaked patio. On the menu, Southern European delights such as orechiette baresi, caprese salad, parmisiana di melanzane and fiori di zucca. L (M-F), D (daily). www.mastboston.com. 45 Province St., 617.936.3800. YVONNE’S— Global. Occupying the former space of legendary Locke-Ober (where the Ward 8 cocktail was invented, incidentally), Yvonne’s boasts a similar supper club experience with a more contemporary approach than its predecessor—it’s actually named after Locke-Ober’s members’ only club. Dining among the sophisticated crowd is meant to be social and shared; plates run the gamut from stone-fired dressed pitas to grain salads and tuna crudo. D (daily). www.yvonnesboston.com. 2 Winter Place, 617.267.0047.
LEGAL SEA FOODS— Seafood. Legal Sea Foods has served only the freshest ocean fare for 60 years. Discover award-winning chowder, pristine oysters, succulent Maine lobster, and more than 40 varieties of delicious fish and shellfish. Excellent wine list. Hours vary by location. www.legalseafoods.com. 100 Huntington Ave., 617.266.7775. Map 5, E4; 255 State St., 617.742.5300. Map 5, I3; 26 Park Plaza, Theater District, 617.426.4444. Map 5, G4; 20 University Road, Cambridge, 617.491.9400. Map 3, B2; 5 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, 617.864.3400. Map 5, E2 TOWNSMAN— American. Matt Jennings’ brasserieinspired place employs a whole hog style of cooking and the menu presents sophisticated takes on down-home cooking rooted in New England. Things like deviled eggs with crispy chicken skins, chicken-fried sweetbreads and hazelnut-fed pork and apple vinegar. Cocktail connoisseurs appreciate the dry martini service, a throwback to how a classic gin martini should be served. L (M-F), D (M-Sa). www.townsmanboston.com. 120 Kingston St., 617.993.0750. UNION OYSTER HOUSE— Seafood. Opened in 1826, Union Oyster House is a National Historic Landmark and the nation’s oldest continuously operating restaurant. Fresh seafood is the main attraction and always has been, and the menu is heavy-handed on shellfish and oysters, fried and broiled fish, baked, boiled and broiled lobster and local Yankee favorites. L and D (daily). www. unionoysterhouse.com. 41 Union St., 617.227.2750. $$ Map 5, H3
Food & Wine Events
BOSTON WINE EXPO— Food & Wine Events. Explore the world of malbec, riesling, pinot noir and more from vintners around the globe at this popular annual consumer wine event, celebrating its 26th year in 2017. In addition to sampling pours from more than 200 wineries from across the globe, visitors can take an expert-led seminar or two. Feb. 18-19, 1-5 pm. Tickets: $28-210. www.wineexpoboston. com. Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd., 877.946.3976. Map 5, I5 BOSTON WINE FESTIVAL— Food & Wine Events. Chef Daniel Bruce and the Boston Harbor Hotel offer three months of vino-inspired events, tastings, seminars and meals. This month includes: Paul Hobbs Winery Dinner, Feb. 3 at 7 pm; Valentine’s Dinner Dance, Feb. 11 at 7 pm; Valentine Jazz Brunch, Feb. 12 at 10 am; Cakebread Cellars Dinner, Feb. 16 at 7 pm; Tom Eddy Winery Dinner, Feb. 24 at 7 pm. Full schedule online. Tickets: $85-450. www.bostonwinefestival.net. 70 Rowes Wharf, 617.330.9355. Map 5, I4 CHOCOLATE BAR AT THE LANGHAM, BOSTON— Food & Wine Events. Indulge in The Langham’s famous Chocolate Bar, which features a massive spread of 100 different types of chocolate-laden desserts crafted by pastry chef Ryan Pike. Treats run the gamut from chocolate-cherry-pistachio gateau to a chocolate cylinder stuffed with smoked chocolate praline cream. Sept. 10-June 23. Seatings: Sa at 11 am-1:30 pm. Tickets: $42, $32 ages 5-12. Reservations recommended. www.langhamhotels.com. 250 Franklin St., 617.451.1900 Map 5, H4
EASTERN STANDARD KITCHEN & DRINKS— American. Proprietor Garrett Harker’s open dining room is loud, but that’s only fitting for this convivial atmosphere. Menu specialties include European and New England classics courtesy of Patrick Campbell, and the bar offers creative cocktails that are a must-try. The outdoor patio is a hot destination in all seasons. B,L, D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). www. easternstandardboston.com. 528 Commonwealth Ave., 617.532.9100. $$$ Map 5, C3 SALONIKI— Greek. Jody Adams opened her newest local restaurant this spring. At first glance, it seems a far cry from her signature Rialto and waterfront Trade, and while it is certainly more casual, the food and flavors are just as good. Let’s call this Greek to-go: patrons can build their own pita wrap choosing from a variety of proteins and sauces, or they can select from classic recipes. Salads, soups and a couple sweets make up the rest of the menu. Vibe is cool and fits right in with the new Fenway. L and D (daily). www.salonikigreek.com. 4 Kilmarnock St., 617.266.0001.; 181 Massachusettes Ave., Cambridge, 617.714.5151. TIGER MAMA— Southeast Asian-Thai-Vietnamese.
Lauded chef Tiffani Faison takes on Southeast Asia with this new spot that explores flavors and culinary traditions from Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia. To be sure, preparations—some 50 of them—are Faison’s creative interpretations of traditional dishes. Patrons can combat the spice at the bar with a variety of shaved ice cocktails. D (daily). www.tigermamaboston.com. 1363 Boylston St., 617.425.6262.
LES ZYGOMATES— Wine Café. This wine bar and bistro brings a taste of Paris with a menu that changes weekly, but often includes dishes such as beef cheek bourguignonne with potato puree and the seared jumbo sea scallops with celery root mousseline. Great raw bar offers Malpeque and Kumomoto oysters, ceviche, lobster tail and more. Award-winning wine list. Live music nightly. L (M-F), D (M-Sa). www.winebar129.com. 129 South St., 617.542.5108. $$$ Map 5, H4 O YA— Japanese. Located in a century-old fire station, Tim Cushman’s upscale O Ya is Boston’s coolest place for modern Japanese cuisine. The izakaya-style menu offers elegant dishes with interesting and innovative ingredient combinations and flavors; diners can also indulge in the omakase chef’s tasting menu. Sake list is extensive and unparalleled in this city. D (Tu-Sa). www. oyarestaurantboston.com. 9 East St., 617.654.9900. $$$$ Map 5, H5
CRUDO— Japanese. With its prime location on Salem Street and its 3,000 square feet of dining space across two levels, this North End restaurant has been a standout in the largely Italian neighborhood. Chef Kenichi Iwaoka serves Japanese-Pan Asian dishes for sharing, including rock shrimp tempura and innovative sushi and sashimi offerings. Don’t forget about the sake cocktails. L and D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). www.crudoboston.com. 78 Salem St., Boston, 617.367.6500. Map 5, I2 PARLA— Italian. This isn’t your typical “Little Italy” joint. Here, find a modern speakeasy vibe served up with inspired, contemporary takes on Italian cooking such as saltimbocca di pollo (chicken breast with prosciutto, buffalo mozzarella and crispy polenta) and crispy fried pork belly with black pepper aioli. D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). www.parlaboston.com. 230 Hanover St., 617.367.2824. Map 5, I3 THE BLACKSTONE GRILL— American. Built in 1822, the Blackstone Grill’s digs were modeled after design work by Charles Bulfinch and is located in one of Boston’s oldest sections. The grill pub offers seafood dishes like shrimp scampi and the fisherman’s platter, and a good burger. L and D (daily). www.theblackstonegrill.com. 15 Union St., 857.265.3480. $$ Map 5, H3
Seaport District/Fort Point
COMMITTEE— Mediterranean. Members at the flavor table of this Fort Point neighborhood eatery include Greece, Lebanon, Turkey and North Africa, causing diners to quibble over shares of eastern Mediterranean-style small plates that run the gamut from grape leaf dolmades to marinated lamb with tzatziki. Definitely don’t miss the Greek yogurt pancakes at brunch. L (M-F), D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). www.committeeboston.com. 50 Northern Ave., 617.737.5051.
ROW 34— Seafood. Chef-partner Jeremy Sewall whips up modern seafood dishes like grilled swordfish with bone marrow horseradish butter and Faroe Island salmon with braised greens inside this modern, industrial-looking dining room and popular after-work spot. Don’t miss the raw bar’s unbelievable tuna crudo and, of course, the bivalves from co-owner Skip Bennett’s Island Creek Oyster. Great beers on tap. L (M-Sa), D (daily). www. row34.com. 383 Congress St., 617.553.5900.
BANYAN BAR & REFUGE— Pan-Asian. This “modern Asian gastropub” in the South End dig into a menu made up largely of sharing plates, including housemade pork wontons, spicy beef tartare hand rolls, lobster on a toasted house bun with miso honey butter, and grilled head-on shrimp. The bar features sake, wine and specialty cocktails with southeast Asian flair. D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). www. banyanboston.com. 553 Tremont St., 617.556.4211. BAR MEZZANA— Italian. Sophisticated and contemporary coastal Italian cuisine cooked by chef Colin Lynch (former student of Barbara Lynch) is what you’ll dine on here. Handmade pasta, deliciously fresh crudo, and traditional Italian cocktails are all part of the mix. D (daily), brunch (Su). www.barmezzana.com. 360 Harrison Ave., 617.530.1770. KAVA NEO-TAVERNA— Greek. From imported feta cheese to hard-to-find Greek wines, this Greek eatery is full of Mediterranean classics and charm. Menu items include Greek fries with olive oil and oregano, lamb meatballs, grilled octopus with lemon, and stuffed cabbage with rice, beef and herbs. The small plates compliment the convivial atmosphere and rustic decor. L (Sa-Su), D (daily). www.kavaneotaverna.com. 315 Shawmut Ave, 617.356.1100. MYERS+CHANG— Chinese. This colorful eatery boasts an indie diner vibe and a soundtrack ranging from The Beach Boys to Jimi Hendrix. The kitchen takes inspiration from China, Taiwan and Thailand—preparations are modern takes on authentic recipes. Try the Asian-braised soft tacos, the tigers tears lunch salad and the signature Mama Chang’s pork dumplings. Special menus: gluten-free, shellfish-free, vegetarian and nutfree. L (M-F), D (daily), dim sum brunch (Sa, Su). www.myersandchang.com. 1145 Washington St., 617.542.5200. $$ Map 5, F5
Theater District/Bay Village
BISTRO DU MIDI— French. Fine French restaurant Bistro du Midi’s stunning views of the Public Garden complement artful, modern Provençal cuisine. The downstairs bar is more casual—a great spot for lunch and a glass of wine in nice weather. L (daily, bar only), D (daily), brunch (Sa, Su); bar snacks available weekdays 4-6 pm. www.bistrodumidi.com. 272 Boylston St., 617.426.7878. $$$ Map 5, G4 THE BRISTOL— American. This casual yet ultimately elegant fine dining restaurant is the place for sophisticates to see and be seen. Diners focus their appetites on traditional New England comfort food before setting their sights on the great view of the Public Garden, situated right across Boylston Street. B, L and D (daily), brunch (Su). www.fourseasons.com. Four Seasons Hotel, 200 Boylston St., 617.351.2037. $$$$ Map 5, G4