Where should I eat right now? It’s a question most visitors in Boston ask, our answer is always changing. In fact, nearly half of our top 50 restaurants didn’t exist when the last list ran in 2014. That’s not owing to some nerdy obsession with newness; rather, it’s a reflection of the accelerating rate of culinary innovation in a rapidly evolving city. And that’s part of the fun! We’re confident this is the best year yet for Boston diners. Boston dining is its own destination these days. Our chefs outdo themselves with signature dishes prepared from the freshest local ingredients. New restaurants and old favorites cater to every palate and pocketbook. However in this article you will get to know best and unique restaurants where you can eat breakfast, lunch and dinner in Boston.
Here are some unique restaurants below where you can eat breakfast, lunch and dinner in a majestic set up;
The setting is transportive at this Cambridge stalwart focused on international small plates. The menu identifies the roots of each plate — from Russian to Guatemalan to Peruvian — and the decor, brimming with bric-a-brac, channels old Hollywood glamour. Staff costumed as flappers pour out vintage cocktails at a 40-ft. bar, and you can choose to reserve the restaurant’s “Chico Chica Boom table,” an interactive LED light-equipped dining table for six to 10 that doubles as a motion-sensitive art installation.
795 Main St., Cambridge; 617-864-2929
Star restaurateur Barbara Lynch’s Fort Point cocktail haven does things differently. There is no printed menu at all; instead, guests describe their likes, dislikes and current spirit (no pun intended) to the city’s best mixologists, who invent something specifically tailored for your taste. (Obviously you can order old standards too.) The joint makes a conscious point to avoid displaying liquor bottles, creating a vibe more akin to a home party than a traditional bar. And though you wouldn’t generally come here to eat, it’s also home to one of the best burgers in Boston: a Wagyu beef patty with American cheese and black pepper mayo that is made in quantities of just 15 per night and secretly offered only on request.
348 Congress St.; 617-695-1806
Everything about Peter Ungár’s 20-seat showplace defies old modes of fine dining, from its advance-ticketing reservation system to its setup inside a Somerville warehouse. Behind the counter, Ungár and his team move like a small orchestra, composing tasting-menu experiences that excite and constantly change: starting points such as sake-lees-marinated squab, and sweet finishes like chamomile sherbet with tomatillo pearls. Somerville, Our pick for last year’s most important restaurant opening, Tasting Counter comes from chef Peter Ungár, previously of Boston’s late, esteemed Aujourd’hui and the Michelin-starred Paris restaurant Le Grand Véfour. Housed inside the same warehouse as Aeronaut Brewing Co., the restaurant focuses on nine-course tasting menus filled with gorgeous, esoteric ideas prepared directly in front of guests at the 20-seat counter, where your presence is secured via prepaid tickets. Price — inclusive of tax, gratuity and beverages — is based on reservation time and demand. They’ve also set a goal to be a zero-carbon-footprint restaurant. It’s smart, thoughtful and stylish.
14 Tyler St., Somerville; 617-299-6362
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Right now, Boston dining—the entire city, really—is defined by tension between old and new. Let’s look to Uni for guidance. Two years ago, Ken Oringer’s small subterranean sashimi bar at the Eliot Hotel pushed out his 19-year-old flagship, Clio, usurping the space with a frisky izakaya lineup executed by chef-partner Tony Messina: innovative sashimi, sophisticated Asian street food, and freewheeling fancies such as a spoonful of smoked sea urchin, caviar, and quail egg yolk. Old bones plus new ideas built the best version of Uni. It can work for Boston, too.
A decade after O Ya’s debut, the wooden sushi bar has aged gracefully. Diners can’t help but linger for a sake flight before committing to a junmai; or be captivated by chefs torching hamachi here, dropping glittery teaspoons of squid-ink bubbles there. In a sea of plastic pretenders, Tim and Nancy Cushman’s $200-a-head restaurant with the Comic Sans menu is—indulge us—like the timeless mahogany of Asian small-plates dining. Leather District, o-ya.restaurant.
Ordering cornbread at a Turkish-inspired meyhane might sound as misguided as ordering baba ghanoush at a barbecue joint. But chef Cassie Piuma’s take—a deeply golden, thick-crusted round embellished with feta, honey, and black-eyed-peas-and-pepper relish—is utterly magical. Indeed, her whole menu is full of clever riffs on traditional mezze and bar snacks, including unpredictable nightly specials delivered seat-side. That’s the joy of Sarma: You can’t order wrong—it’s just a question of how spectacular the surprise will be. Somerville,
Cutting-edge creativity and locally sourced produce are the key ingredients of chef Alex Crabb’s nightly tasting menus; everything else is in play (see: midsummer squash ribbons wrapped around plump cherries one night and blended into savory ragu the next). While a relaxed evening of five or eight courses is the ultimate Asta experience, we appreciate the recent series of à la carte “distractions,” from sporadic Saturday fried-chicken sandwiches to weeknight “wine school.” Back Bay,
Colin Lynch, former executive chef for Barbara Lynch’s restaurant group, brought a fresh sea breeze to SoWa two years ago with the opening of this coastal Italian spot, which serves up daily-changing crudo, handmade pastas, and snackable crostini. Ryan Lotz’s refreshing cocktails, such as a peachy house spritz, suit the blue-and-white dining room, airy as the Amalfi coast, as well as the patio across the street from the team’s highly anticipated new tiki bar, Shore Leave. South End,
When Carl Dooley opened the Table in 2016 fresh off a standout season on Top Chef, he could have hewed to trends like self-paced small plates and family-dinner-ready roasts. Instead, he challenged them. In his 20-seat nook of a catering kitchen, Dooley (and the high-touch pros assisting) masters the prix-fixe format nightly, skillfully sating contemporary-cuisine cravings with a command of bold spices spanning from Ibiza to East India. Cambridge, cambridgetable.com.
Tony Maws’s slow-food standard-bearer continues to have uncompromising vision. But for November’s 10-year anniversary of Craigie’s move to Main Street, the chef is gifting himself with a lovely new look and feel: The refined dining room is moving to a daily-changing prix-fixe-only format, and the casual bar area is getting a refresh and a distinct identity. There you’ll still find the legendary burger—made from three cuts of grass-fed beef—now joined by a second, monthly-rotating patty. Cambridge,
Let’s start with the strong finishes: Pastry chef Meghan Thompson’s confections, from goat’s-milk panna cotta to rhubarb-and-strawberry zuppa inglese, are perfect capstones to SRV’s small-plates-based meals. This last-course correction (dolci stumbled in early days) finally fulfills the promise of Michael Lombardi and Kevin O’Donnell’s buzzy Venetian-style bacaro, where we’ve been in love with the creative cicchetti and pastas (think: embossed corzetti coins with fig and white pesto) since the beginning.
This swanky spot updates Locke-Ober, the 19th-century fine-dining bastion housed here until 2012, for the Brahmins of today. Lost: mandatory jackets, boys’ club consorting. Found: classy cross-sections of sharp-dressed singles clinking cocktails at the original hand- carved mahogany bar, surrounded by irreverent paintings—including Yvonne’s namesake nude, depicted snapping a selfie. For all of these flourishes, though, the space is a restaurant first, with feasts such as bavette steak “Mirabeau” accompanied by white anchovy butter and caramelized green olive packing plenty of culinary cred.
Chef Michael Scelfo’s standout “Secret Burger” stole a lot of the buzz early on. But several years after Alden & Harlow’s Harvard Square debut, the restaurant’s veggie-forward plates are its quieter wonders. Shareable, seasonal notions like seared eggplant a la plancha, flecked with mint on puffed farro, succeed on creative combinations of flavors and textures, not to mention pure quality of product. That not-so-secret recipe for success is what keeps us coming back.
Pasta maestro Michael Pagliarini hasn’t missed a beat at Giulia since opening his second restaurant, Benedetto. The Mass. Ave. charmer continues to roll out the most consistently craveable tortelli and bucatini at the same wood table where, come suppertime, seated guests drag them by the spoonful through sage-butter sauce or amatriciana. Raise a full-bodied red to the seamless synergy between Pagliarini and chef di cucina Brian Gianpoalo, his right hand from the start, for never letting his still-phenomenal first-born flag.
Year in and year out, power-chef duo Jamie Bissonnette and Ken Oringer keep the seats at their quaint neighborhood stalwart among Boston’s most covetable. Maybe that’s because Coppa absolutely nails every enoteca-associated craving. Italian wines and draft negronis on a sidewalk patio? Check. Spectacular salumi such as house-made duck prosciutto and beef-heart pastrami? Got ’em. Dreamy pastas, like carbonara with sea urchin, and cheffed-up pizzas topped with smoked bone marrow or fennel pollen? We’ll take them all, every time. South End, coppaboston.com
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