SEAPORT DISTRICT/ FORT POINT CHANNEL
Seafood This coastal clam shack-cum-funky urban hot spot on Fort Point Channel is as casual as they come. Menu offers lots of fresh seafood, and the huge outdoor deck offers a great view. L and D (daily). 88 Sleeper St., 617.426.2722. $
Mediterranean Eastern Mediterranean-style small plates that run the gamut from grape leaf dolmades to marinated lamb with tzatziki. Don’t miss the Greek yogurt pancakes at brunch. L (M-F), D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). 50 Northern Ave., 617.737.5051.
Pan-Asian Empire is one of the largest restaurants to open in Boston in recent years, which makes it not too hard to find a seat and order up Chef Kevin Long’s pan-Asian treats, from freshly rolled sushi and delicate dumplings to spicy stir-fry. The lively open kitchen contains a noodle station, eightseat wok bar and eight-seat sushi bar. D (M-Sa). 1 Marina Park Drive, 617.295.0001. $$$
OAK + ROWAN
American Farm-to-table ethos means artisanal dishes comprised of locally sourced ingredients. Think lobster and veal sweetbreads, beef sirloin with tallow bread pudding and tarragon fettuccine with pistachio. L and D (daily). 321 A St., 857.284.7742.