Din­ing

March

Where Boston - - THE GUIDE -

Back Bay

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

Beacon Hill

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

Cam­bridge/Cen­tral Square

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

Cam­bridge/Har­vard Square

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

Cam­bridge/Ken­dall Square

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.

Chi­na­town

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

Down­town

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.

Fi­nan­cial Dis­trict/Wa­ter­front

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

Ken­more Square/Fen­way

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.

Leather Dis­trict

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

North End

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.

South End

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

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