Japanese Not your average North End offering. Chef Kenichi Iwaoka serves Japanese-Pan Asian dishes for sharing, including innovative sushi and sashimi offerings. Great sake cocktails. L and D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). 78 Salem St., Boston, 617.367.6500.
Seafood Seafood focused eatery with Chef Pino Maffeo serving up housemade pastas, fresh oysters and fish-focused entrees like hay-roasted salmon with seasonal vegetables. L (Th-Sa), D (M-Sa), brunch (Su). 326 Commercial St., 857.277.1895.
Italian Not your typical “Little Italy” joint. Find a modern speakeasy vibe served up with contemporary takes on Italian cooking such as herbed-lamb pappardelle and pork belly chips. D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). 230 Hanover St., 617.367.2824.