CAMBRIDGE/ HARVARD SQUARE
American American and internationally inspired food mingle with the offbeat live music in an atmosphere rife with whimsy and joie de vivre. Great cocktails and sustainable, small-batch wines. D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). 13 Brattle St., Cambridge, 617.499.0001.
CLOVER FOOD LAB
Vegetarian-Vegan-Raw The philosophy behind this foodtruck-turned-brick-and-mortar creation is simplicity and speed. With an average serve time around 3.5 minutes, there’s no need to wait long for a fresh, delicious meal. The food is locally sourced and the menu is constantly changing to keep pace with the seasons. And don’t forget to order a one-of-a-kind drink like cinnamon lemonade or maple soda. B, L and D (daily). 1075 Cambridge St., Cambridge; 5 Cambridge Center, Cambridge; 6 Harvard St., Brookline.
Contemporary American As the name suggests, the focus here is on fresh, local, seasonal ingredients. Innovative plates offer an above-average dining experience, not to mention craft cocktails and an “out-of-the-box” beer selection. D (daily). 5 Craigie Circle, Cambridge, 617.576.5444.
Seafood The latest concept from Grafton Group (creators of staples like Russell House Tavern), this oyster house features a menu that focuses on fresh seafood
and comes from the creative mind of Executive Chef Taryn Bonnefoi. Start the meal with freshly fried salt and vinegar chips and take home taffy from Cabot’s Candy. And, of course, indulge in delicacies like the Seafood Tower featuring eight varieties of oysters or the shrimp cocktail, curried mussels or a unique lobster dish. D (M-Sa). 15 Dunster St., Cambridge, 617.765.2342.
American The decor at Pammy’s is simple, rustic, classical and decadent all at the same time: just like the menu, where Sicilian anchovies elope with ricotta-stuffed artichokes and handsomely crisped red snapper dances a lascivious tango with Pammy’s signature chili sauce. Stellar. D (M-Sa). 928 Massachusetts Ave., 617.945.1761.
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). 91 Winthrop St., Cambridge, 617.714.3206.
Chinese After much success in China, restaurateur Tom Tong brings bao to Harvard Square. These delicious handmade buns come filled with flavors ranging from curry beef to lobster to orange zest sweet potato. L and D (daily). 84 Winthrop St., 617.945.0067.
Seafood Michael Scelfo’s second Cambridge restau- rant focuses on seafood in sharing plates, pizzas, pastas and inventive. D (daily). 1030 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617.864.2300.