THEATER DISTRICT/ BAY VILLAGE
LIQUID ART HOUSE
American Large, central bar is a gathering place for local professionals. Executive Chef Johnny Sheehan orchestrates modern American dishes. Focus on art here: works on canvas and video. D (M-Sa), brunch (Sa-Su). The Arlington, 100 Arlington St., 617.457.8130.
MAGGIANO’S LITTLE ITALY
Italian This is the kitchen you might imagine your Italian grandmother running. Dig into massive platters of food served family-style that range from specialties like beef tenderloin medallions and chicken saltimbocca to all types of pasta. Reasonably priced and very popular, so expect to wait for a table. L and D (daily). 4 Columbus Ave., 617.542.3456. $$