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BAR BOULUD

French Ac­claimed chef Daniel Boulud op­er­ates this Frenchin­spired bistro and wine bar at the Man­darin Ori­en­tal ho­tel. Chef de Cui­sine Michael Denk runs the kitchen, of­fer­ing tra­di­tional Parisian bistro fare. B, L and D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). Man­darin Ori­en­tal, 776 Boyl­ston St., 617.535.8800.

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. Gluten-free menu avail­able. L (M-F), D (daily). 75 Arlington St., 617.357.4810. $$$$; 236 Pa­triot Place, Foxboro 508.339.4810.

EARLS KITCHEN & BAR

Amer­i­can Al­though the first Earls cropped up in Canada in 1982, ev­ery­thing about the Somerville and Pru­den­tial Cen­ter out­posts is lo­cal, from de­sign el­e­ments to staff. Con­cept is up­scale ca­sual; vibe is lively; food is mod­ern, scratch-made and sourced around here. Fa­vorites, de­pend­ing on the venue, in­clude the Ca­jun black­ened chicken breast and the mess­ily more-ish Avo­cado Su­per Toast (with a cheeky kick of Sriracha). At the bar, we es­pe­cially love Earls’ honey-lemony Bees Knees, served short. L and D (daily). As­sem­bly Row, Somerville; 800 Boyl­ston St., 857.957.0949.

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 Neapoli­tanstyle pizza, hand-crafted pasta and the Bar­bara Lynch­for­mu­lated Il Pesci. Coun­ters of­fer hand­made moz­zarella, fresh-caught fish and fresh­baked 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. Pru­den­tial Cen­ter, 800 Boyl­ston St., 617.807.7300.

LOLITA COCINA & TE­QUILA BAR

Mex­i­can Mex­i­can restau­rant is the sis­ter of the pop­u­lar Yvonne’s. Award-win­ning mar­gar­i­tas. Menu items in­clude pork belly car­ni­tas, black­ened mahi mahi ta­cos and grilled street corn. Al­lyou-can-eat taco Mon­days ($9). Now also in Fort Point. D (daily). 271 Dart­mouth St., 617.369.5609.

LUKE’S LOB­STER

Seafood This Maine-style lob­ster din­ing des­ti­na­tion serves up sus­tain­able seafood and has a com­mit­ment to pre­serv­ing its lo­cal fish­eries. It’s food with a con­science and loads of fla­vor. L and D (daily). 75 Ex­eter St, 857.350.4626; 53 North­ern Ave., 617.848.0911.

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). Ring Road, 617.536.1234.

RED LANTERN

Pan-Asian This foxy Asianstyle restau­rant and lounge off the Back Bay’s beaten track has some pretty amaz­ing food. Try the duck buns (think slow-cooked hoisin bar­be­cue duck with pick­les stuffed into taco-shaped, fluffy, steamed bread), as well as the Sin­ga­pore street noo­dles, the spicy tuna tem­pura roll and, frankly, the mar­ti­nis. Ex­cel­lent gluten-free of­fer­ings avail­able. D (daily). 39 Stan­hope St., 617.262.3900. $$$

SON­SIE

In­ter­na­tional One of the best fea­tures of this long­stand­ing New­bury Street restau­rant are its French doors that open right onto the side­walk. In­side, the vibe can be clubby, so­phis­ti­cated and chic with­out be­ing pre­ten­tious. The menu is in­ter­na­tional in fla­vor, sea­sonal in in­gre­di­ents and fol­lows the trends of up­scale din­ing. In the morn­ing, Son­sie serves espresso drinks and pas­tries. B (daily), L (M-F), D (daily), brunch (Sa, Su). 327 New­bury St., 617.351.2500. $$$

STEPHANIE’S ON NEW­BURY

Amer­i­can This pop­u­lar, preppy bistro has been a land­mark on New­bury Street for 20-plus years. A re­cent ren­o­va­tion has it look­ing as fresh as the menu, which serves up awe­some com­fort food as well as a num­ber of sig­na­ture dishes. In sea­son, Stephanie’s ex­pan­sive pa­tio is con­sis­tently packed. Great af­ter work bar scene for pro­fes­sion­als. B (M-F), L and D (daily), brunch (Sa, Su). 190 New­bury St., 617.236.0990. $$$

TOP OF THE HUB

Amer­i­can Ex­pect mod­ern, eclec­tic takes on re­gional New Eng­land cui­sine with a fo­cus on seafood. Top of the Hub also stands 52 sto­ries above the city, so din­ers get a stun­ning view. Two wine

cel­lars are the win­ners of Wine Spec­ta­tor’s Award of Ex­cel­lence. Danc­ing and live mu­sic in the lounge. L (M-Sa), D (daily), brunch (Su). Pru­den­tial Cen­ter, 800 Boyl­ston St., 617.536.1775. $$$

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