Where to Eat in Boston Food critic John Mariani recommends six Boston restaurants for their innovative menu selections.
1/6 , 1 617/247-0400, 900 Boylston Street Towne Stove and Spirits Why go: Veteran Boston chef Lydia Shire went all out to create a glamorous two-storey restaurant and lounge next to the Hynes Convention Center, expressing her own huge personality and largesse in a menu of creative American cuisine. What to eat: The lobster popovers Take note: Ask for a big, roomy booth with a view of the glassed-in kitchen and its spectacular copper stove.
Photography courtesy Towne Stove and Spirits
2/6 , 1 617/576-3000, 300 Technology Square, Cambridge Catalyst Restaurant Why go: The new hot spot in Cambridge’s buzzing Technology Square, Catalyst is an expansive mix of minimalist modernism and evocations of New England farm décor. Chef/owner William Kovel is creating equally balanced American cuisine with a distinct nod to the seasonal. What to eat: Lemon sole with roasted fennel and lobster (seasonal) Take note: In summer and early autumn, the heated al fresco patio is the place to dine.
Photography courtesy Catalyst Restaurants
3/6 , 1 617/351-2037, Four Seasons Hotel Boston, 200 Boylston Street The Bristol Lounge Why go: The dining experience is an ideal combination of superb New England and global cuisine in a sophisticated but amiable dining room set against the backdrop of the Boston Common. What to eat: Ahi tuna tartare with crispy avocado, lemon grass, ginger jelly and ponzu Take note: The Sunday breakfast buffet is the most lavish in Boston.
Photography Heath Robbins/Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
4/6 , 1 617/451-1234, 540 Atlantic Avenue TRADE Why go: Jody Adams, known for her wonderful Italian restaurant Rialto in Cambridge, has provided the Boston waterfront with a big, sprawling, bustling place that specializes in small plates with a Mediterranean slant and counter/bar service that’s become very popular every day and night of the week. What to eat: Lamb sausage flatbread with eggplant, Manchego cheese, peppers and garlic yogurt Take note: TRADE has one of Boston’s best-value global wine lists, with bottles chosen to go with the spicy food here.
Photography courtesy TRADE
5/6 , 1 617/477-2900, 270 Northern Avenue Legal Harborside Why go: If you know the simple style of the many Legal Sea Foods branches, you’ll be surprised at the upscale swank of this terrific new spot overlooking Liberty Wharf. The menu is a refined take on classic and modern New England seafood cookery, and the place has the look of a sleek ocean liner. What to eat: The chef’s $75 six-course tasting menu with dishes such as pan-roasted arctic char with grilled green garlic tapenade Take note: There’s a more casual eatery downstairs, and a rooftop sushi bar and lounge with a grand view of the water.
Photography Chip Nestor/Legal Sea Foods
6/6 , 1 617/351-0400, 222 Berkeley Street Tico Why go: Michael Schlow (Radius and Via Matta) loved Latino food and knew Boston needed a big, casual place featuring the cuisines of Spain and Mexico and South America, done with his own creative spin. Bring a group and share. What to eat: Fried shrimp with pickled jalapeños, avocado and country bread Take note: Consider a flight or two of the scores of tequilas behind the bar.
Photography courtesy Tico
With a legacy of historic restaurants dating back to the early 19th century at places like Durgin-Park and the Union Oyster House, Boston’s dining scene has always capitalised on its bounty from the sea and New England farms that deliver the finest regional ingredients. Generations of great chefs have put these ingredients to good use, often in innovative and exciting ways, and this state of affairs holds true in some of the newest restaurants throughout town. Here are a few of the best bets in and around Boston.
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Issue 4 2014