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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.

JUGOS

Health Food Su­per pop­u­lar fresh juice bar at Back Bay Sta­tion. B,L,D (daily). 145 Dart­mouth St., 617.418.9879.

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). D (daily). 271 Dart­mouth St., 617.369.5609.

RED LAN­TERN

Pan-Asian This foxy Asianstyle res­tau­rant and lounge off the Back Bay’s beaten track has some pretty amaz­ing food. Try Chef Kevin Long’s duck buns (think slow­cooked 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 availa- ble. D (daily). 39 Stan­hope St., 617.262.3900. $$$

SALTIE GIRL

Seafood Chef Kyle McClel­land’s tal­ents run from fried lob­ster and waf­fles to con­served sar­dines on Nordic rye. The menu it­self in­cludes smoked fish, crudo, cock­tails, sand­wiches and en­trees. L (M-F), D (Tu-Su), brunch (Sa-Su). 281 Dart­mouth St., 617.267.0691.

TAPEO RES­TAU­RANT & TAPAS BAR

Small Plates-Tapas 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). 266 New­bury St., 617.267.4799. $-$$$

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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