BAO BAO BAKERY & CAFE
Bakery The employees at this tiny Chinatown bakery are dressed in fun and bright purple uniforms, but Bao Bao serves a serious expanse of authentic pastries, baked goods and sweets, from almond and crunchy palm leaf cookies to taro sweet bread loaves. Sandwiches are also available. Open daily 6:45 am-7:30 pm. 77 Harrison Ave., 617.988.8191. $
Asian Fusion Gloria and Emily Chin opened their new Chinatown-Theater District Hong Kong style cafe hoping to corner the college and post-college aged crowd with delightful and calorie-heavy Asian-American treats of both the sweet and savory variety. Try modern Asian fusion salads, sandwiches and comfort food, including Craisin crab rangoon, Asian-inspired “poutine” and Spam-and-taro fries. Dessert is decadent, from Matcha Tres Leches Grass Jelly to the signature cube toast. Open 7 am-midnight. 86 Harrison Ave., 617.482.0682.
Chinese Highly-skilled Shanghainese chefs man the kitchen that offers Shanghaistyle cuisine, as well as Szechuan and Americanized entrees. Don’t miss the specialty Shanghai-style cold dishes. L and D (daily). 21 Hudson St., 617.338.6688. $$